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‘Toughness’ boosts Keystone Oaks roster

By Nathan Smith
Keystone Oaks isn’t forgetting about the ones that got away last season. The Golden Eagles are coming off a three-win season that saw the team lose ...
Keystone Oaks football looking for improved results
By Nathan Smith
The Keystone Oaks football team had one focus during the offseason: learning to compete. The Golden Eagles finished 3-6 during coach Greg Perry’s first season. But ...
Keystone Oaks offense benefiting from experienced line
By Nathan Smith
There will be a lot of new faces on the Keystone Oaks offense this season. Gone are quarterback Kobe Phillippi and running back Jimmy Canello, as ...
Steel Valley uses late rally to beat Keystone Oaks, advance to PIAA playoffs
By Kevin Lohman
Steel Valley rallied for three runs in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s WPIAL Class AA consolation game to gain a 3-2 victory over rival Keystone Oaks. Eagles ace Nick Riggle, who earned two wins during the regular season against Steel Valley (12-6), kept the defending Class AA champs’ bats quiet through ...
Keystone Oaks sending several athletes to PIAA track championships
By Nathan Smith
The Keystone Oaks girls 3,200-meter relay knows the feeling of coming up just short. At last season’s WPIAL Class AA championships, the team was seconds away ...
Breaking down the 2015 WPIAL baseball playoffs
By Chris Harlan
Class AAAA Defending champion Seneca Valley The favorite Mt. Lebanon might have the WPIAL’s top pitcher in Coastal Carolina recruit Austin Kitchen, a lefty. ...
HS notebook: WPIAL announces baseball playoff pairings
By Staff Reports
Mt. Lebanon (Class AAAA), Chartiers Valley (AAA), Keystone Oaks (AA) and California (A) earned the No. 1 seeds in their respective classifications Friday when the ...
Keystone Oaks point guard Brownlee chooses Carlow
By Nathan Smith
After a senior season that didn’t go according to plan, Keystone Oaks’ Kayla Brownlee will get to continue her playing career at the next level ...
Keystone Oaks boys volleyball adapting to coaching change
By Nathan Smith
Before their matches, the members of the Keystone Oaks boys volleyball team will recite lines from the “Hokey Pokey” – “you put your right foot ...
Keystone Oaks track returning batch of talent
By Nathan Smith
If the South Hills Classic is any indication of future success, Keystone Oaks track and field could be in store for a strong season. The Golden ...
The Signal Item softball preview
By Nathan Smith
Expectations are high for the Signal Item area softball teams entering the season. A year after only two qualified for the postseason and another fell one game short, all four teams return several starters and are looking to reach the WPIAL postseason. The following is a look at what to expect from ...
Virgara joins Riverhounds soccer team this season
By Ray Fisher
Local product Anthony Virgara has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the 2015 United Soccer Leagues season. He is one of 10 midfielders on ...
Burrell wrestling captures 12th straight section crown
By Doug Gulasy
Faced with a game effort from Kittanning in the Section 3-AA team wrestling final, Burrell buckled down and did what it does best: won another championship. The Bucs won their 12th straight section title, pulling away late for a 43-30 victory over Kittanning on Wednesday night at South Allegheny. “The first hardware ...
Keystone Oaks junior wrestler Kazalas hungry for success
By Nathan Smith
Keystone Oaks coach Rich Bonaccorsi described 285-pound junior Joe Kazalas as a nice, mild-mannered kid. But when he gets on the mat, it is a different ...
Keystone Oaks girls hoops contends with injuries, inexperience
By Nathan Smith
Rich Griffin’s tenure as Keystone Oaks’ girls basketball coach probably couldn’t have gotten off to a rockier start. Just two games into the season, the Golden ...
Young Keystone Oaks wrestling team focused on improvement
By Nathan Smith
Don’t take the Keystone Oaks wrestling team lightly this season. Second-year coach Rich Bonaccorsi said the Golden Eagles have had trouble filling the lower weight classes. But with several returnees at the heavier weights and some new faces looking to make an impact, it could still prove to be a strong ...
Keystone Oaks girls basketball under guidance of new coach
By Nathan Smith
Coming into the season, first-year Keystone Oaks girls basketball coach Rich Griffin already is familiar with most of his team. Griffin was involved with the Golden ...
Keystone Oaks boys hoops coach focused on changing program’s culture
By Nathan Smith
Dan Elzer has one focus in his first season as Keystone Oaks boys basketball coach – changing the culture of a program that has not had a winning record since 2011-12. “It is a day by day process,” Elzer said. “We are a few day in and I am pleased with ...
WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
By Bill West
When asked about the WPIAL’s efforts to schedule football rivals against each other in Week 9, executive director Tim O’Malley went right into an explanation ...
Keystone Oaks streaking in the right direction
By Nathan Smith
For the first time since 2012, the Keystone Oaks football team has won two consecutive games. The Golden Eagles scored a 42-14 win over Carlynton last week . Keystone Oaks defeated South Allegheny, 35-20, in Week 5. “We are starting to get better,” coach Greg Perry said. “We’re young up front. ...
PIHL teams prepare for life outside Open division
By Bill West
New Baldwin hockey coach Craig Albert recalled that during his days as a Highlanders player in the late 1990s, the team typically started out 0-4. ...
Numbers down, but WPIAL teams boast top-notch golfers
By Paul Schofield
Sasha Lobel grew up learning how to play golf at Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. The Allderdice senior is now turning his ...
Veteran coaches having mixed results while leading new teams
By Doug Gulasy
Tom Nola admittedly finds himself in a situation he’s not used to one-third of the way through the regular season. After racking up almost unprecedented success ...
Senior Brown carries East Allegheny to victory over Keystone Oaks
By Nathan Smith
After his squad’s 26-21 win over Keystone Oaks, East Allegheny coach Dom Pecora had a message for college coaches — don’t sleep on Taizjon Brown. The senior accounted for three scores and more than 100 all-purpose yards to lead the Wildcats (1-2, 1-2) back from a 14-point deficit in the ...
HSFB preview by position: Familiar faces coaching in new places
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL and City League have a number of familiar faces coaching in new places. Among the career moves since last season, these five changes ...

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