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.


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

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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.


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.


Boys Volleyball: Coaching change shouldn't stop Keystone Oaks

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Keystone Oaks boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

When Mike DiPaolo stepped down as girls volleyball coach at Keystone Oaks two years ago, his assistant, Ben Van Balen, stepped in to take the reins.

The same scenario has taken place with the boys program, as Van Balen has replaced DiPaolo, who has retired from coaching.

"I've had enough," DiPaolo said. "I was the boys coach for 10 years. I also coached girls for three years at North Hills, two years at Keystone Oaks, and 11⁄2 years at Point Park [University]. I love volleyball, but my coaching career is over."

One reason for DiPaolo's retirement is his upcoming wedding.


Alumni Update - Renato Popovic (Washington & Jefferson)

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Renato Popovic went undefeated last week as W&J posted a 2-1 match record. In doubles action, hePopovic WJ combined with Christopher Fadil to win three matches by a 24-4 margin. Popovic, a Keystone Oaks graduate, won his singles match against Thiel's Trevor Martin 6-0, 6-0 before earning a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Saint Vincent's Dalton Yezovich.

His performance earned him PAC Tennis Player of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)