Niskayuna athletics

PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Stefana Stan of Niskayuna celebrates a point against Shenendehowa on Sept. 5.

Stefana Stan a new area volleyball star

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Through its first three matches of the year, the Niskayuna High School girls’ volleyball team has the look of an improved squad. Its passing is better. Its defense is solid. Its communication is…


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Niskayuna nails down elusive AA football win

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter ALBANY — Niskayuna ended its Class AA football drought Saturday with a 14-6 Empire Division win at Albany. Derek Meisner and Deylon Edmonds ran for second-half touchdowns, and Niskayuna’s defense kept Albany out of the…


PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Sims of Niskayuna returns a volley against Shenendehowa on Tuesday.

Niskayuna girls’ volleyball falls to Shenendehowa

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Once Shenendehowa got itself close late in the first set of Tuesday’s Suburban Council girls’ volleyball match against Niskayuna, senior Nicole Adams made sure the Plainsmen’s comeback didn’t go to waste. Back-to-back kills…


MICHAEL KELLY/Gazette Sportswriter Former Niskayuna varsity football coach John Furey is leading the freshman team.

Furey still has his hand in coaching

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Photographer NISKAYUNA — John Furey has taken on a different role with the Niskayuna High School football program. The Silver Warriors’ retired varsity coach was in the Niskayuna press box for Friday night’s season opener against Saratoga Springs,…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Niskayuna head football coach Brian Grastorf gives a reassuring smile to quarterback Dan Brownell Friday.

Nisky’s Grastorf sees positives in debut

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA – Those teenagers on the Niskayuna sideline weren’t the only ones with jitters early on  in the Silver Warriors’ season-opening football game with Saratoga Springs Friday night. New head coach Brian Grastorf had some…


MARC SCHULTZ/Gazette Sportswriter Niskayuna's Fiona Zimmerman, right, who scored two goals Thursday, recently moved from Houston.

Niskayuna player’s heart still in Texas

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter ROTTERDAM — Twice Thursday, Fiona Zimmerman found herself in the right spot at the right time to score for the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team. With a wide smile, she accepted the hugs of congratulations after…


MICHAEL KELLY/Gazette Sportswriter Izzy Lynch leads a talented Niskayuna girls' soccer team in 2017.

Talent pool still running deep at Nisky

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — On his team’s first day of preseason practice, Niskayuna girls’ soccer head coach Bryce Colby had his players separate into groups based on the club teams they played for during the offseason. A couple…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photogapher Section II football teams will be following the Tommy Tough safety standards in the 2018 season.

Section II will wait on new football standards

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk football coach Gary VanDerzee has never hesitated to pull a player off the field after they were penalized for an illegal hit. Star athlete or second-stringer, close game or not, it’s never mattered to…



ERIC JENKS/For The Daily Gazette Niskayuna’s Ivy Owens drives to the basket during a game against Ravena at the Ciccotti Family Rec Center in Colonie.

Niskayuna girls’ basketball season already promising

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter COLONIE — When it comes to high school basketball programs, summertime is all about hope and the promise of potential. So when Niskayuna girls’ basketball head coach Sarah Neely looks at her projected roster for…


MICHAEL KELLY/Gazette Sportswriter Niskayuna's Lucas Quinn (center) was a first-team all-state pick.

Niskayuna’s Quinn a first-team all-state pick

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter Niskayuna’s Lucas Quinn was the lone Section II player to receive a first-team selection Monday when the New York State Sportswriters Association released its first-ever all-state teams in boys’ lacrosse. Quinn, set to play next…