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MARC SCHULTZ/Gazette Photographer Guilderland's Shea Thompson looks to pass as Niskayuna's Kit Christian defends during Thursday's game.

Guilderland girls finally end Niskayuna’s hex

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — The Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team ended one streak Thursday and kept another one going with an uneven 8-6 Suburban Council win over state-ranked Niskayuna. The Dutchmen built a big halftime lead behind Siena…


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Insognia gets three hits to spark Niskayuna win

Staff report Niskayuna received three hits from Nick Insognia in a 5-3 Suburban Council baseball win against Guilderland on Thursday. Insognia doubled and had an RBI, while both Angelo Spataro and Ben Funyak had two hits and two RBIs. Nick…


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…


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Niskayuna's Jimmy Joyce is safe at home plate while Troy catcher John Germinerio defends on the play Thursday.

Niskayuna’s hitting is extremely efficient

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Tyler Senecal’s first-inning home run Thursday landed well beyond the fence in left field, the type of blast that usually draws the entirety of a high school baseball team’s roster out to celebrate…



PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Niskayuna native Lou Serafini finished 121st in Monday's Boston Marathon.

Serafini has new coach, plenty of confidence

BY MIKE MacADAM Gazette Sportswriter The numbers tell all. In the 2015 Boston Marathon, Lou Serafini wore bib No. 269, indicating a high seed, considering there are typically over 20,000 runners each year who have met qualifying performance standards to…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Despite losing key players, Niskayuna again expects to be good this year.

Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse looks to reload

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Despite its personnel losses from a year ago, the talent’s there for the Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse team to put together another special season. The challenge, Silver Warriors head coach Jason Bach said, is…


JIM SCHILTZ/Gazette Sportswriter New Niskayuna baseball coach Chris Bianchi is familiar with the team.

New Niskayuna baseball coach confident in seniors

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Chris Bianchi said he is in a comfortable spot as Niskayuna’s new varsity baseball coach. Being with the program for quite some time and knowing the young men in it helps. Having a senior-filled roster…



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Nisky splits two CDYBL games

Niskayuna split a pair of Capital District Youth Basketball League games with South Colonie on Feb. 11. The Warriors’ fourth-grade team won 33-28, handing the Raiders their first loss of the season. Ethan Gilson led Niskayuna with 16 points and…


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Girls’ basketball: Hipwell joins 1,000-point club

Staff report Jordan Hipwell netted a game-high 14 points, becoming the first Ballston Spa High School female player to score 1,000 career points in the Scotties’ 50-24 Suburban Council basketball victory over visiting Schenectady Friday. Hipwell now has 1,007 career…