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Tied early, Silver Warriors pull away from Spartans

Staff report Tied after a quarter, the Niskayuna boys’ lacrosse team pulled away for a 21-10 Suburban Council win Tuesday against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Lucas Quinn had four goals and six assists in the win, while Connor Wolff had five…


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HS baseball roundup: Nisky goes deep

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…


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…


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,”…


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Changes in state rules will limit how often pitchers can be used in a game or week.

Every pitch counts

BY JIM SCHILTZ Gazette Sportswriter Duanesburg baseball coach Chris Wyanski is heading into the season with plenty of pitchers, but for Section II’s other small-school teams that do not have that luxury, he has a suggestion. “I’m lucky,” the Western…


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…


Niskayuna baseball player Ben Funyak goes after a loose baseball during practice behind Niskayuna High School during practice Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Warm weather a boon for spring teams

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter CAPITAL REGION — Practices for high school spring sports teams started Monday. Outside. Who’d a thunk it? Most years, area baseball and softball squads — and their spring peers — are forced indoors to gymnasiums…


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…


From left, Beca Piascik, Darby LaFlamme, and Anna Vitolins are shown during their Senior Day ceremony with the Niskayuna girls' swimming and diving team on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 16

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Our late-week report on everything Niskayuna High School athletics, with recent scores and highlights for the Silver Warriors teams. BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY The latest: Niskayuna scored wins Tuesday against Mohonasen and Schenectady, but…


Olivia Hilt pushes off the wall during a Niskayuna girls' swimming and diving practice on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 13

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Our early-week report on everything Niskayuna High School athletics, with recent scores and highlights for the Silver Warriors teams. BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY The latest: At the Manhattan Invitational, the squad came in fifth…