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Staff report Ben Funyak and Nick Insognia hit home runs to back the pitching of Alec Ritzenthaler as Niskayuna dealt Ballston Spa its first Suburban Council baseball defeat Monday 6-0. Funtak hit a three-run home run and Insogna hit a…


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…


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Judge William Fillmore assesses the entries at the 2017 Capital Area Media Arts Festival held at Niskayuna High School.

Festival showcases media arts

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — From movies to video games to photographs, students from 15 area high schools put their creativity on display at Niskayuna High School for the 2017 Capital Region Media Arts Festival. Nine of the…


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The Niskayuna High School Freshman Leadership Team aims to spend the next four years making a difference in the community. Their next event is a used cell phone drive to benefit Hope Phones.

Philanthropic freshmen to collect phones

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter They may be little fish in a big high school pond, but Niskayuna’s Class of 2020 aims to make a big splash. From the moment the freshmen leadership group, including class officers and self-selected students,…


PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Niskayuna High School students Greg George, 16, left, Johanne Friedman, 17, and MJ Lee, 16, did a study on the effects of stess on high school students Thursday, April 13, 2017.

High levels of anxiety found at Niskayuna High

Zachary Matson Gazette Reporter A significant majority of Niskayuna High School students feel “inadequate” compared to their peers, according to a survey conducted by a team of students for an AP English project. The survey – which juniors Greg George,…



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…


GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is one of the schools reclassified for lacrosse.

Reclassification gives lacrosse new playing field

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter When the cutoff numbers for the new four-classification system came out this past summer for high school lacrosse, Shenendehowa boys’ head coach Jason Gifford didn’t spend much time looking at them. “We weren’t too worried,”…