Section II

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…


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…


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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…


PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Sims of Niskayuna returns a volley against Shenendehowa on Tuesday.

Niskayuna girls’ volleyball falls to Shenendehowa

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Once Shenendehowa got itself close late in the first set of Tuesday’s Suburban Council girls’ volleyball match against Niskayuna, senior Nicole Adams made sure the Plainsmen’s comeback didn’t go to waste. Back-to-back kills…


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…


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…



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 grad Lucas Quinn scored three goals Saturday in the 12th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game.

Niskayuna’s Quinn nets 3 in All-America lacrosse game

Staff report BALTIMORE — Niskayuna High School graduate Lucas Quinn scored three goals Saturday night as part of the North’s 18-16 win over the South in the 12th Annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. A…


PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Eric Doyle scored five goals to help Niskayuna eliminate Warwick.

Niskayuna gets the rematch it wanted

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter BURNT HILLS — Next up, the Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse team gets the rematch it craves. A year after dropping a double-overtime decision against Section I’s Yorktown in a Class B regional championship game, the Silver…