Niskayuna

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…


MARC SCHULTZ/Gazette Sportswriter Niskayuna's Fiona Zimmerman, right, who scored two goals Thursday, recently moved from Houston.

Niskayuna player’s heart still in Texas

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter ROTTERDAM — Twice Thursday, Fiona Zimmerman found herself in the right spot at the right time to score for the Niskayuna girls’ soccer team. With a wide smile, she accepted the hugs of congratulations after…


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Weekly Briefs: August 25 – 31

Northeast Parent & Child to host rummage sale SCHENECTADY — The Northeast Parent & Child Society will host an inside rummage and bag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the State Street Presbyterian Church,…


MICHAEL KELLY/Gazette Sportswriter Izzy Lynch leads a talented Niskayuna girls' soccer team in 2017.

Talent pool still running deep at Nisky

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — On his team’s first day of preseason practice, Niskayuna girls’ soccer head coach Bryce Colby had his players separate into groups based on the club teams they played for during the offseason. A couple…


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Clockwise from upper left: Tyler Bobbitt, Aidan Stevens, Stephen Swinton and Geoff Stroebel.

Youth Court dispenses justice, second chances

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Second chances can be hard to come by, but that’s just what Niskayuna’s Youth Court aims to do. Established nearly 20 years ago, Youth Court is a branch of the local justice system…


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Weekly Briefs August 11-17

Student to talk about her visit to Morocco On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Niskayuna Rotary will welcome high school student Elizabeth “Lizzy” Canavan, who will describe a trip to Rabat, Morocco, sponsored in part by the Rotary. While in Morocco, Canavan…


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…



ERIC JENKS/For The Daily Gazette Niskayuna’s Ivy Owens drives to the basket during a game against Ravena at the Ciccotti Family Rec Center in Colonie.

Niskayuna girls’ basketball season already promising

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter COLONIE — When it comes to high school basketball programs, summertime is all about hope and the promise of potential. So when Niskayuna girls’ basketball head coach Sarah Neely looks at her projected roster for…


MICHAEL KELLY/Gazette Sportswriter Niskayuna's Lucas Quinn (center) was a first-team all-state pick.

Niskayuna’s Quinn a first-team all-state pick

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter Niskayuna’s Lucas Quinn was the lone Section II player to receive a first-team selection Monday when the New York State Sportswriters Association released its first-ever all-state teams in boys’ lacrosse. Quinn, set to play next…


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Niskayuna wins 9U Ripken title

The Niskayuna 9U All-Star Team captured the Eastern New York Cal Ripken State Tournament title Tuesday in Poughkeepsie. After beating East Fishkill (16-6), Rome (12-9), Highland (10-3) and Clifton Park (9-2) in round-robin play, Niskayuna advanced beat North Colonie 8-7…