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Garrett Whitley takes a practice swing during a Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 game for the Hudson Valley Renegades in Fishkill. (Steven Cook/Gazette Reporter)

Garrett Whitley starts season with Renegades

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter Garrett Whitley left Niskayuna for Florida in mid-February and started his first spring training as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization in early March. That portion of his season just finished a couple…


Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley watches from the dugout during batting practice after signing his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley ready for spring training

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — From the circus that surrounded his final season of baseball at Niskayuna High School, to the hoopla of draft night where he became a first-round pick and his whirlwind of a rookie season…


Niskayuna boys' lacrosse teammates Nicholas Horne, left, and Pat Holmes celebrate after winning the Class A state championship in Vestal on Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

2015, a year in review: Niskayuna athletics

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — To say the least, 2015 packed some serious sports punch. While there were enough great sports moments in 2015 to produce a much longer list, here are 10 of the year’s stories that…



Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley, right, chats with third baseman Evan Longoria during batting practice after Whitley signed his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley earns promotion

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter Earlier this week, Garrett Whitley had only one complaint about his first season playing professional baseball. While expressing excitement about the opportunity to get home to Niskayuna for a couple weeks, Whitley was not quite…



Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley watches from the dugout during batting practice after signing his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

First pro hit comes for Garrett Whitley

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter Garrett Whitley recorded the first hit of his professional baseball career today, a single, in a 4-3 loss for the Gulf Coast League Rays against the Gulf Coast League Orioles. In a 1-for-3 game, Whitley…


Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley, right, chats with third baseman Evan Longoria during batting practice after Whitley signed his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Garrett Whitley earns all-state honor

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter Now-professional baseball player Garrett Whitley was the lone Niskayuna player Tuesday to earn an all-state nod from the New York State Sportswriters Association. Whitley, an outfielder, garnered a first-team selection after taking a second-team spot…



Members of the Niskayuna boys' lacrosse team run onto the field after winning the Class A state championship in Vestal on Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Highlights galore for Niskayuna athletics in 2014-15

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Memorable moments were plentiful during the 2014-15 school year for athletes at Niskayuna High School. From sectional championships to state championships, the Silver Warriors achieved a variety of honors as individuals and teams….


Tampa Bay Rays first-round draft pick Garrett Whitley, right, chats with third baseman Evan Longoria during batting practice after Whitley signed his contract before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Expectations high for Garrett Whitley after signing with Rays

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter The expectations are far from modest. Hours before Garrett Whitley signed his contract Tuesday, MLB.com draft and prospects expert Jim Callis said the Niskayuna product could quickly become the crown jewel of the Tampa Bay…