Track: Keystone Oaks relay team qualifies for PIAAs

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The Keystone Oaks 3,200-meter relay team of Jessie Porter, Lauren Ragan, Kara Hoffman and Jenny Murtha just missed out on a trip to the PIAA championships last year, but that only served as motivation this time around as the Golden Eagles placed fourth in the event at the WPIAL Class AA championships May 14 at Baldwin with a time of 10:04.93.

The state berth marks the first time a Keystone Oaks relay team, boys or girls, will participate in the PIAA championships in more than a decade.


Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Keystone Oaks' Nick Riggle

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Name: Nick Riggle
School: Keystone Oaks
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Riggle used an excellent performance to outduel Steel Valley star Brandon Donovan and help Keystone Oaks remain unbeaten in Class AA Section 4 after edging the host Ironmen, 3-1, Saturday. Riggle pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and four walks to go along with five strikeouts. It marked the second time this season Riggle picked up the win against Steel Valley, the defending WPIAL Class AA champion. Keystone Oaks is 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the section.


Baseball: Keystone Oaks the surprising frontrunner in Section 4-AA

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The two teams who met for last year's WPIAL Class AA championship opened the season as the top two contenders for the Section 4 title, but it's another team that has surged to the section lead.

Keystone Oaks, a Class AAA playoff qualifier last season before moving to Class AA, has assumed the section lead by getting off to a 4-0 start. The Golden Eagles – ranked No. 3 in class AA – are 6-1 overall, their lone loss coming to Piedmont, N.C. in the season opener.

Two of the Golden Eagles section wins have come against defending WPIAL champion Steel Valley and last year's runner-up, Seton-LaSalle. The Golden Eagles edged the Ironmen, 2-1, Apr. 1, before hammering Seton-LaSalle, 12-0, in five innings last Friday. Nick Riggle was the star of that most recent triumph, tossing a two-hitter and driving in a pair of runs.

Keystone Oaks is the only unbeaten team in the section. South Allegheny and Seton-LaSalle are 3-2, while Steel Valley and East Allegheny are 1-2. Carlynton is 0-4. The Golden Eagles defeated South Allegheny, 6-1, last Wednesday.


Boys Tennis: Keystone Oaks duo takes third at sections

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Predictably, two teams from perennial power Sewickley Academy took the top spots at the Class AA Section 4 doubles tournament.

But the third spot was secured by the Keystone Oaks duo of Richard Novak and Mike Meyer.

Novak, a junior, and Meyer, a senior, won their first two pro-style matches, 10-5 and 10-7, against McGuffey’s Aaron Lytton and Teague Nicolella and Hopewell’s Eli Lancer and Miles Collins, respectively. The Golden Eagles tandem fell to eventual champion Don and Ryan Gex of Sewickley in the semifinals in straight sets, but rebounded with a straight set win over Justin Nedzevsky and Alex Li of Seton-LaSalle in the consolation final. 


Baseball: Keystone Oaks chalks up a big victory

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Keystone Oaks baseball team.

2015 0410 KeystoneOaks Baseball(Photo: Keystone Oaks' Nick Riggle, taking a pick-off throw as Charteirs Valley's Nick Cane dives back to second base during a game last season, will be counted on as much for his pitching as his defensive work this season for the Golden Eagles. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"It was a risk Scott Crimone was willing to take.

With only one out in the top of the sixth inning last week against defending WPIAL Class AA champion Steel Valley, the Keystone Oaks baseball coach decided to walk the next batter and load the bases.

"With Brandon Donovan coming to the plate, we had already fed him a steady diet of offspeed stuff and we didn't want to risk it with him," Crimone said. "So I called a time out and told our starter, Nick Riggle, the plan. He looked his infielders in the eye and they got out of the jam.

"It was a risk, no doubt, but the guys realized their coach had faith in them.""