John Furey

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Brian Grastorf, who was the quarterback at Niskayuna for three years, will be the varsity head coach next season.

Former Nisky QB Grastorf named head coach

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — As part of his day job at Niskayuna High School as a physical education instructor, Brian Grastorf inherited John Furey’s desk this past fall. Next fall? Grastorf starts his first season as head…


Players warm up during a Niskayuna football practice Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna football ready for the challenge

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — The challenge ahead is a steep one. The Niskayuna football team wants to embrace that. “Honestly,” Silver Warriors junior Reggie Melvin said, “we’re not intimidated at this point. We’re looking forward to our…


Head Coach John Furey of Niskayuna coaches along the third base line against Saratoga Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Season closes for Niskayuna baseball, Furey

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first thing John Furey did was talk up his sophomore pitcher, going on about the way Alec Ritzenthaler started so well in Niskayuna’s May 17 Section II Class AA first-round game…


The Niskayuna baseball team gathers after its game Tuesday, May 13, 2016 against Schenectady. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna baseball needs 1 win to qualify for postseason

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Two games to go, one win needed. That’s where the Niskayuna baseball team stands after its 12-0 victory today against Schenectady, a game which started Friday before weather delayed the finish. The Silver…


Head coach John Furey, foreground, walks away from his team to allow them to huddle before Niskayuna's football game against Green Tech on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

John Furey to retire at 2016’s close

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — One last spring, one more fall. That’s what John Furey has left leading Niskayuna High School’s baseball and football programs. The long-time head coach for the Silver Warriors said last Wednesday he will…


Niskayuna's DJ Endres defends third base as Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter approaches during a Monday, April 11, 2016 baseball game in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna loses baseball opener

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter CLIFTON PARK — CLIFTON PARK — An RBI double, a steal of third base and a sprint home after a wild throw. That was the pivotal sequence Shenendehowa baseball senior shortstop Nick Jacques delivered for…


Team members huddle during a Wednesday, March 16, 2016 practice for Niskayuna baseball. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Youthful Niskayuna baseball team not low on talent

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Obviously, things are going to be a bit different this season for the Niskayuna baseball team. Gone is Garrett Whitley, off preparing for his second season of professional baseball in the Tampa Bay…


Dylan Pantalone squats over 300 pounds in the  weight lifting competition at Niskayuna High School Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Niskayuna students compete at annual lift-off competition

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Upwards of 50 students from Niskayuna High School took part in a weight-lifting contest March 1 at the school. Participants were broken down into weight classes and able to compete in as many…


Niskayuna players run off the field after recovering a fumble during a football game Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna football to take on Averill Park in Week 8

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — A year ago, the football season for Niskayuna ended after Week 7, with too many injuries piled up for the winless Silver Warrior to continue its campaign into its crossover portion. This year,…