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Keystone Oaks 2014 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

After an excellent tenure at Seton-LaSalle, Greg Perry heads across the street to begin his first season as coach at Keystone Oaks.

Perry, a Keystone Oaks graduate, went 73-24 in nine years at Seton-LaSalle, leading the Rebels to the playoffs eight times and reaching the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals the past four seasons. Perry is Keystone Oaks' third coach in four years. The Golden Eagles went 2-7 a season ago.

"It's a new culture we're trying to create," Perry said. "We knew going into the process that it would take some time. We just have to stay on the right path."

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Football: Perry returns 'home' to lead Keystone Oaks

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ryan Riordan profiles new Keystone Oaks football coach Greg Perry.

"Greg Perry may have changed jobs, but he'll still be in familiar territory.

Perry resigned as the Seton-LaSalle head football coach in December after 20 years at the school — the last nine as the head coach — and took the head coaching job literally right across the street at Keystone Oaks in early January.

It is a homecoming for Perry, who played football for the Golden Eagles in the 1970s, graduating from the school in 1979.

"I'm really excited to come back home," said Perry, a Green Tree resident. "I've spend the past 20 years right across the street and I've always stayed knowledgeable on how [Keystone Oaks] was doing."

 

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Softball: Keystone Oaks looking to rally after heartbreaking semifinal loss

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Losing in the semifinals, one step away from the championship, is never easy. The way Keystone Oaks saw its WPIAL title hopes vanish was certainly not easy. No. 4 seeded Keystone Oaks (13-5) forced extra innings against top-seeded and unbeaten Beaver Area (15-0) before losing in the bottom of the ninth inning when Beaver's Tayven Rousseau tripled and stole home with two outs. Keystone Oaks had to rally from behind earlier in the game. They knotted the score 1-1 in the sixth inning. Keystone Oaks freshman pitcher Lauren McMillan was the hard luck loser, giving up six hits and striking out five.

Now Keystone Oaks prepares to regroup and keep its season alive when it plays Seton-LaSalle Tuesday, May 27 at 4 p.m. at North Allegheny. The winner of the consolation game advances to the PIAA playoffs. The game pits Section 1-AA rivals against each other. The teams shared the section title this year and split both regular-season meetings. Keystone Oaks won the first meeting at home 1-0 while the Rebels won the regular-season finale, 4-1.

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Softball: Keystone Oaks' McMillan one-girl wrecking crew in first round

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The last time Keystone Oaks won a playoff game, Lauren McMillan was not even in the first grade. On Tuesday it was McMillan, a freshman, guiding the Golden Eagles to their first playoff win since 2005. McMillan did it with her arm and her bat. McMillan fired a complete-game four-hit shutout as No. 4 Keystone Oaks (12-4) blanked No. 13 Laurel (8-7) 3-0 at Fairhaven Park. McMillan provided all the offense she would need with two RBIs to snap a stretch of nine years of postseason futility.

Keystone Oaks will meet No. 5 Waynesburg (13-8). Waynesburg won the Section 2-AA title during the regular season and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals by virtue of an 11-6 win over Freeport. McMillan will have her work cut out for her against the Waynesburg offense that has scored that has scored ten or more runs ten times this season.

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Baseball: Lehman sparkles for Keystone Oaks in big win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Keystone Oaks turned to its top player when it badly needed a win last Friday.

That player turned in one of the top performances by a WPIAL pitcher this season.

Taylor Lehman, a 6-foot-7 senior left-hander, pitched an eight-inning no-hitter and struck out 15 in leading Keystone Oaks to a 1-0 win against visiting Waynesburg in Class AAA Section 3.

With the win, Keystone Oaks (7-7, 5-4) earned the third and final playoff spot in the section. Coming into that game, Keystone Oaks was 4-3 in the section and Waynesburg was 4-4. Both teams then lost games on Saturday – Keystone Oaks to South Fayette, and Waynesburg to Trinity.