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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.

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Alumni Update - Renato Popovic (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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)

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Taylor Lehman, Keystone Oaks

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Taylor Lehman
School: Keystone Oaks
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: In the world of WPIAL baseball, Lehman is the big man on campus. Lehman looks down on opposing batters. That doesn't mean he doesn't respect them. It's simply a case of being so much taller than them. Lehman, a 6-foot-7 left-hander, is one of the top pitchers in the WPIAL. Last season, Lehman was the team's No. 2 option behind Jared Skolnicki – now at Kent State – but Lehman now finds himself as the top dog.

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - Keystone Oaks' Lauren McMillan

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Lauren McMillan
High School: Keystone Oaks
Grade: 9
Sport: Softball

Background Info: Lauren McMillan takes over in the pitching circle for the Keystone Oaks softball team as a freshman. At 6-foot-1, McMillan is one of the tallest pitchers in the WPIAL. Her potential is also high. McMillan has played travel softball for AAU teams at a high level and coach Mark Kaminski has followed her career since she was in the sixth grade. Keystone Oaks has one of the strongest offenses in the section and if McMillan adapts to the varsity game, the Golden Eagles could be a dangerous team this season.

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Softball: Keystone Oaks has the talent to contend in Class AA

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Keystone Oaks softball team.

"Early on last season, scoring runs was not a problem for the Keystone Oaks softball team.

In its first four games, Keystone Oaks scored 17, 12, 21 and 12 runs. The bats stayed hot for the Golden Eagles throughout most of the season but the team struggled down the stretch losing its final four games, including a WPIAL Class AA first-round playoff game against McGuffey.

This year, Keystone Oaks may have the pitching and defense to match that potent offense. Freshman Lauren McMillan has arrived on the varsity scene with plenty of potential and high expectations.

At 6 feet 1, McMillan is one of the tallest pitchers in the WPIAL and coming up through the ranks of travel softball, the WPIAL varsity stage should not be an intimidating factor for this freshman."