Niskayuna baseball

Members of the Niskayuna boys' lacrosse team grab hold of the plaque for winning the Class A state championship in Vestal on Saturday, June 6, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

10 competitions to watch for in Niskayuna spring sports

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Spring weather came early this year, and high school sports are not wasting any time getting going. At Niskayuna, the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams are looking to defend Section II championships. The…


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…




Shown from the dugout are members of the Niskayuna Babe Ruth 15U team on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Colonie. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna 15U baseball squad falls short at regionals

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter COLONIE — With its ebbs and flows, baseball has a way of being as unpredictable a game as any. If they did not know that already, the players on the Niskayuna 15U travel squad learned…


The Warriors meet for one final post game break following a 7-2 loss against the Lansingburgh Royals in the deciding game of the Connie Mack State Championship at Dutchmen Field in Guilderland on July 20, 2015. The Warriors finished as runners-up to the Lansingburgh Royals. (Andrew Pugliese/For Your Niskayuna)

Niskayuna falls in Connie Mack baseball title series

BY ANDREW PUGLIESE For Your Niskayuna GUILDERLAND — Niskayuna’s entry battled to a runner-up finish at the Connie Mack State Championships at Dutchmen Field in Guilderland’s Keenholt Park on July 20. The 18-and-under wood bat baseball team lost to the…


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…



The Niskayuna 15U travel baseball team is shown Wednesday, July 15, 2015 after winning its Babe Ruth state tournament in Saugerties. (Photo provided)

Niskayuna’s 15U baseball team wins state championship game

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter The Niskayuna 15U travel baseball team recently won its Babe Ruth state tournament, toppling Beekman 8-0 in Wednesday’s championship game in Saugerties. In the title game, Sean Barry struck out 10 batters in a complete-game…


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…