Niskayuna volleyball

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…


Members of the Niskayuna girls' volleyball team celebrate a point during a Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 match against Columbia in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna girls’ volleyball team off to strong start

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Up a couple sets but tied at 16 in the third, the Niskayuna girls’ volleyball team called a timeout during its Sept. 8 home match against Columbia. “We just needed to take a…


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 prepares to start a play during a boys' volleyball match Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 against Colonie at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

New coach in place for Niskayuna boys’ volleyball

BY JOE CARR For Your Niskayuna NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna boys varsity volleyball team has a new face leading the way this season: Thaddeus Sipe is taking over the head coaching position for the team. Sipe has a background of…



Niskayuna players celebrate a goal during a Section II Class AA girls' soccer semifinal match in Stillwater. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Nov. 2

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Our rundown with the latest top-five news items concerning Niskayuna High School athletics. ONE: With a dramatic 1-0 win Friday against Shaker, the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team earned a bid to Wednesday’s Section…


Niskayuna players huddle together during a Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 girls' field hockey game. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 22

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Our rundown on what you need to know for today about Niskayuna High School athletics. ONE: The Niskayuna field hockey team pulled off an upset in the Section II Class A quarterfinals on…


Niskayuna prepares to start a play during a boys' volleyball match Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 against Colonie at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 9

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: A break from action heading into a big weekend….


Niskayuna girls' volleyball's Casey Sims (7) smiles in between points during a Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 match in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 6

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: A second-place finish in its division at the Grout…


Niskayuna boys' soccer's Merjan Ozisik, right, battles with CBA's Dustin Scaringe during a game Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 in Niskayuna. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Niskayuna athletics report: Oct. 2

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: A sweep Tuesday of Averill Park, Columbia, and Troy,…