City League baseball, softball teams continue to struggle in the WPIAL

Written by Brad Everett on .

The Allderdice baseball team has put itself in good position to earn a WPIAL playoff bid this season.

Things couldn't be much more different for the other City League baseball and softball teams competing in the WPIAL.

Just as was the case the previous two seasons, City League teams are struggling mightily in the WPIAL. Allderdice, Brashear and Carrick joined WPIAL sections in 2013. Obama Academy, Perry and Westinghouse make up the three-team City League, and do not play a WPIAL schedule.

Allderdice's baseball team is 5-2 heading into today's games. The Dragons are in third place in Class AAAA Section 4 with a 4-2 record. The top three teams qualify for the playoffs.


Boys Volleyball: 2015 City League Results

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Below is a breakdown of boys volleyball scores from the City League.

April 23
Carrick 3, Westinghouse 0
Allderdice 3, Perry 2

April 21
Allderdice 3, Westinghouse 0
Perry 3, Brashear 0

April 16

Allderdice 3, Carrick 1
Brashear 3, Westinghouse 0

April 14
Carrick 3, Brashear 0
Perry 3, Westinghouse 0

April 9
Carrick 3, Perry 0
Allderdice 3, Brashear 1

April 7
Allderdice 3, Perry 0
Carrick 3, Westinghouse 0


March 26


Section 1-AA

Ambridge 3, Beaver C.C. 2

Montour 3, Trinity 0

O.L. Sacred Heart 3, Hopewell 0

Section 2-AA

Derry 3, Ford City 0

Deer Lakes 3, Summit Academy 0

Section 3-AA

Obama Academy 3, Thomas Jefferson 0

Seton-LaSalle 3, South Park 0

Steel Valley 3, Keystone Oaks 0


March 31


Section 1-AA

Ambridge 3, Montour 0

Beaver C.C. 3, Hopewell 0

O.L. Sacred Heart 3, Trinity 0

Section 2-AA

Derry Area 3, West Shamokin 0

Deer Lakes 3, Ford City 0

Section 3-AA

Obama Academy 3, Seton-LaSalle 0

Steel Valley 3, South Park 0

Keystone Oaks 3, Thomas Jefferson 2


April 2


Section 1-AA

Hopewell 3, Trinity 0

Ambridge 3, O.L. Sacred Heart 0

Beaver C.C. 3, Montour 1 (4/13)

Section 2-AA

West Shamokin 3, Summit Academy 0 (4/15)

Derry Area 3, Deer Lakes 0

Section 3-AA

Seton-LaSalle 3, Thomas Jefferson 0

Obama Academy 3, Steel Valley 0

Keystone Oaks 3, South Park 1


April 7


Section 1

Ambridge 3, Trinity 0

Beaver C.C. 3, O.L. Sacred Heart 0

Montour 3, Hopewell 0

Section 2-AA

Summit Academy 3, Ford City 2

Deer Lakes 3, West Shamokin 0

Section 3

Obama Academy 3, Keystone Oaks 0

Steel Valley 3, Seton-LaSalle 2

Thomas Jefferson 3, South Park 1


April 9


Section 1-AA

Beaver C.C. 3, Trinity 0

Ambridge 3, Hopewell 0

Montour 3, O.L. Sacred Heart 0

Section 2-AA

Derry Area 3, Summit Academy 0

West Shamokin 3, Ford City 0

Section 3-AA

Seton-LaSalle 3, Keystone Oaks 1 (4/16)

Steel Valley 3, Thomas Jefferson 0

Obama Academy 3, South Park 0


Baseball: Obama hopes to be the 'Class of the City League'

Written by Brad Everett on .

City League baseball is a shell of its former self. What was once a flourishing league now finds itself fielding just three teams. The shutdown of several schools over the past decade played a huge role in the league's fall. The most recent hit occurred when three teams -- Allderdice, Brashear and Carrick -- moved to the WPIAL.

Only Perry, Obama Academy and Westinghouse remain. Those schools are now fighting for City League supremacy.

Obama is off to an excellent start. The Eagles are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. They topped Westinghouse, 18-0, in their league opener Tuesday.

A potent offense has driven the Eagles to positive results. They have scored 44 runs in four games, which averages out to 11 runs a game.


Boys Volleyball: Obama Academy soaring in WPIAL

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Obama Academy boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Obama Acad­emy made its WPIAL de­but in girls vol­ley­ball in the fall and the Eagles qual­i­fied for the WPIAL Class AA play­offs by plac­ing third in Sec­tion 4.

The Obama Acad­emy boys team is now mak­ing its Dis­trict 7 de­but and the Eagles could be even more suc­cess­ful than their fe­male coun­ter­parts.

"We were very pleased with the girls' per­for­mance this past sea­son," said Pete Vitti, who is the head coach of both teams. "We have even higher ex­pec­ta­tions for the boys' team."

Obama Acad­emy recorded three con­sec­u­tive 3-0 sweeps to open its Class AA Sec­tion 3 sched­ule. The Eagles have de­feated Tho­mas Jef­fer­son, Seton-LaSalle and Steel Val­ley. All three op­po­nents were WPIAL qual­i­fi­ers last year. With that in mind, Vitti's squad has earned the No. 4 spot in the WPIAL rank­ings.


Baseball: Talented Allderdice hoping to make playoff push

Written by Brad Everett on .

Like many area teams, Allderdice hasn't had many opportunities to play actual games this spring due to the constant inclement weather. In fact, the Dragons have taken the field only one time.

Once the Dragons begin playing more regularly, though, they have the look of a team that will be a strong contender for a playoff spot in Class AAA Section 4.

Allderdice, in their third season as a WPIAL team, is expected to have their best season since moving from the City League. The Dragons went just 8-23 overall and 1-19 in section play the past two seasons, including 6-9, 1-9 last season.

Coach Jeremy Askin's squad is experienced and talented. Of the 14 players on the roster, there are 10 seniors, three juniors and one sophomore. Four of those seniors have already commited to play in college, including two Division I recruits.


Boys Basketball: Allderdice's Creighton gains postseason accolades

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky described Ramon Creighton as the "glue" of the team this season.

That glue has now become a staple on postseason all-star teams.

After guiding Allderdice to its best season in nearly three decades, Creighton has been showered with postseason honors this week.

Creighton, a 6-foot junior point guard, was named third-team Class AAAA all-state by a statewide panel of Pennsylvania sports writers. Creighton was the only City League player selected.


Hockey: Carrick’s only loss comes in final game

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

For 23 games, Carrick was perfect.

But that streak came to a halt in game 24, which happened to be the Division 2 championship game.

After trailing 2-1 after the first period, Indiana scored the final four goals to defeat Raiders, 5-2, at RMU Sports Island last Thursday.

Anthony Manuel scored both of Carrick’s goals, with the two tallies coming just 41 seconds apart near the end of the first period.

But Patrick O’Neal (twice), Thomas Petro and Tyler Barker scored over the final two periods for the Little Indians.

The two teams did not meet during the regular season, as Indiana played in Class B and Carrick in Class C. But the two divisions were combined for the playoffs. Indiana finished 16-5-2, while Carrick ended 23-1. 


Photo Journal: Boys Basketball PIAA Second Round Playoffs - Allderdice vs. Mt. Lebanon (March 11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

North Allegheny hosted the PIAA Second Round Playoffs, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  In the last game of the evening Mt. Lebanon boys played Taylor Allderdice.  The air was electric and both teams played with all their might.  It was close to the end with Taylor Allderdice the victor, defeating Mt. Lebanon 60-57.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice one win away from first state final

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice knocked off one state power to reach the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals.

If the Dragons can defeat another Tuesday, they'll do something that's never been done in school history.

On the verge of reaching its first PIAA final, Allderdice will take on Martin Luther King in a semifinal Tuesday at Chambersburg High School. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Allderdice (26-2) is in the semifinals for the first time since 1987. The Dragons got there courtesy of a 65-58 win against Harrisburg in a quarterfinal Saturday at Altoona. After falling behind by eight points midway through the third quarter, the Dragons used a 14-1 run to completely swing the momentum. They never trailed again. Harrisburg tied the game, 57-57, with 1:16 left, but the Dragons outscored the Cougars, 8-1, the rest of the way to claim the win.


Boys Basketball: Harrisburg up next for Allderdice

Written by Brad Everett on .

It's been 27 years since Allderdice last advanced this deep into the PIAA playoffs.

The Dragons wouldn't mind sticking around for a few more games, too.

Allderdice will square off against Harrisburg in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal Saturday at Altoona at 4 p.m. The City League champion Dragons enter with a 25-2 record. Harrisburg, the fifth-place finisher from District 3, is 22-8.

Coach Buddy Valinsky's Dragons are making their first quarterfinal appearance since 1988. The Dragons were defeated in that game, but advanced to the semifinals a season earlier. They have never made it to the championship.


Photo Journal: Boys Basketball PIAA First Round Playoffs - Obama Academy vs. Ambridge (March 6)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Taylor Allderdice hosted the PIAA First Round Playoffs, Friday, March 6, 2015.  Obama Academy boys met Ambridge in the second game of the evening.  The game was played hard, close til the clock ran out.  Ambridge went home with the win defeating Obama 46-44. Ambridge (17-9) will go on to play Erie Cathedral Prep (20-6), Tuesday, March 10 in the next round of the PIAA playoffs.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball PIAA Playoffs - Obama Academy vs. Penn Hills (March 6)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Taylor Allderdice was the venue for the PIAA First Round Playoffs, Friday, March 6, 2015.  In the first game of the night, Obama Academy girls faced Penn Hills. The game had a slow start, but picked up to within reach for both teams in the second half. Penn Hills however maintained it's steady lead and brought home a victory defeating Obama 39-26. Penn Hills (17-10) will face North Allegheny (20-6), Tuesday, March 10, in the next round of the playoffs.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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