Jules Paul

Team members pack up after a Niskayuna softball practice Monday, March 21, 2016. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Youth, depth has Niskayuna softball optimistic for 2016 season

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — More depth, a healthy dose of underclassmen, and a sense of optimism. That’s what Niskayuna softball is bringing into its 2016 season, which gets underway April 6 with a nonleague game against Scotia-Glenville…

Niskayuna baseball player Ben Funyak goes after a loose baseball during practice behind Niskayuna High School during practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Warm weather a boon for spring teams

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter CAPITAL REGION — Practices for high school spring sports teams started Monday. Outside. Who’d a thunk it? Most years, area baseball and softball squads — and their spring peers — are forced indoors to gymnasiums…

Campers converge on counselor Angela Grant, left, at the youth softball camp at Niskayuna's River Road Park on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Town’s softball camps see growth

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — When Jules Paul first started running a youth softball camp in the town, it was a small enterprise filled with novice players. “Our first year, we went only one week and we had…