Niskayuna football

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Niskayuna wide receiver Ismail Stewart takes a knee as other players lock arms during the playing of the National Anthem before the start Thursday's football game against Guilderland at Niskayuna High School.

Members of Niskayuna football kneel for National Anthem

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — For a few seconds, Osman Rasul hesitated. Then, as “The Star Spangled Banner” continued to play, he dropped to a knee, joining several other players on the Niskayuna High School football team who…


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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…


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…


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…


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…


Members of the football team huddle during practice Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Fall sports: 10 Niskayuna competitions to watch

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — With most teams opening their training camps Aug. 15, the fall sports season is underway for the Niskayuna High School programs. Games, matches and meets start in the final week of August. Here…


Niskayuna High School graduate and retired NFL football player Andre Davis, smiles after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Commencement Excercises at Proctors Theatre Thursday, June 26, 2014. (PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Andre Davis enters area football Hall of Fame

BY JOE CARR For Your Niskayuna Niskayuna High school football and track star Andre Davis was inducted July 30 into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame. Davis played wide receiver for the football team and sprinted while with the…


Team members run off the field together before Niskayuna's football game against Green Tech on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

2016 schedule released for Niskayuna football

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Schedules were released today for the upcoming Section II football season. After two years playing at the Class A level, Niskayuna returns to Class AA for the 2016 season and will compete in…