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Baseball: Obama's season ends with PIAA loss

Written by Brad Everett on .

Obama Academy had little difficulty against City League competition this spring.

A matchup with the District 9 champion Tuesday proved to be much different.

After a strong regular season, Obama saw its postseason end quickly after a 12-0 five-inning loss to Punxsutawney in a PIAA District 8-9 Class AAA playoff game at DuBois.

Obama finished 8-4, a huge improvement over its 3-7 finish a season earlier. The Eagles went 5-1 in City League action, the best of any of the three teams. They outscored City League foes, 98-14. Their only league loss was to Perry, 4-3, in the regular-season finale.

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Boys Volleyball: 2015 City League All-Star Team

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Carrick's Anthony Pham has been voted to the first team of the City League All-Star Team for the third straight year. Pham is a 6-1 senior outside hitter who led Carrick to the City League title. He is also the City League MVP.

Carrick's Grant Walsh and Perry's Deontay Wadley were voted to the first team for the second time. Walsh is a 5-10 senior setter. Wadley is a 6-4 senior outside hitter.

Click here to see the 2015 City League All-Star Team

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Baseball: Allderdice's impressive season comes to an end

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The Allderdice baseball team was one of the biggest surprises in Class AAAA this season, earning a WPIAL playoff berth for the first time and winning their final six games, highlighted by triumphs against Plum and Franklin Regional.

Unfortunately for the Dragons, their run at a championship ended much quicker than they had hoped.

Allderdice was defeated by Fox Chapel, 7-3, in a first-round playoff game May 13 at West Mifflin.

While the loss stung, it didn't diminish the accomplishments of a program playing just its third season in the WPIAL after coming over from the City League. The Dragons finished with an 11-4 overall record and a 7-3 mark in Section 4.

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Alumni Update - Zach Gray (Allegheny)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Seven members of the Gator baseball squad were named to the year-closing All-North Coast Athletic ConferenceGray Allegheny (NCAC) Baseball squad, announced by the conference office on Tuesday.  

 

Three Gators were named to the All-NCAC First Team listing, as senior Zach Gray, junior Joe Killian and sophomore Chase Boyer each earned the first All-NCAC First Team honors of their careers.

 

Gray closed out his senior season batting .395 on the year, leading the squad over a 39-start season.  

 

The Allderdice graduate closed out his career white hot, launching five home runs over the final nine games of the season, tacking on 58 hits and 13 doubles while driving in 28 runs during the season.  


Gray, always a threat on the base paths, led the squad with 16 stolen bases on the year while closing out the campaign with a .480 on-base percentage.

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Boys Tennis: Obama trio going to PIAA tournament

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Keith Barnes profiles the Obama boys tennis team.

"Obama Academy will be well represented when the PIAA Class AAA singles and doubles finals open next week at the Hershey Racquet Club.

Not only did the school send its top singles player, senior Nate Martin, to fill the City League's lone slot in the tournament, but freshmen Krishnan and Rajan Alagar captured the District 8 doubles title and will also be making the trip eastward in search of a state title.

What makes the accomplishment even more impressive is that those three players compose the entire Obama Academy team and none of them compete on the USTA youth circuit.

"I have a program where I team kids to play tennis for free and these kids were playing with me when they were younger and, now that they're old enough, they play for me at Obama," Obama Academy head coach Richard Martha said. "They've all been playing for me since they were about 10 years old.""

 

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Photo Journal: Baseball - Allderdice at Montour (May 8)

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Montour hosted a WPIAL Non-Section baseball game against Allderdice, Friday, May 8, 2015.  Excitement was in the air and the weather was made for baseball.  Montour held Senior Night and Allderdice's Evan Cheng threw a no-hitter.  Final score, Allderdice 1, Montour 0.

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

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Track: Allderdice boys, girls win again

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Keith Barnes covered Saturday's City League track championships.

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"There was little doubt early on that Allderdice was going to continue its dominance in the City League individual and team finals Saturday.

About the only question was what would be the final margin of victory, and it was impressive.

Allderdice swept the boys and girls championships by more than 100 points each as it routed the rest of the City League. The Dragons boys and girls each beat Carrick to win their fourth in a row, with the boys taking a 211-69 win while the girls rolled past Carrick, 209-79.

"It was hot and we had to make sure that the meet was paced well ... because we didn't want to squeeze them all together," Allderdice boys track coach Ed Flynn said. "I couldn't be more proud of them.""

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Boys Track: 2015 City League championship results

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Following are the top three finishers from the championship meets at Oliver High School May 7 and 9, 2015.

100 -- 1. Desean Bonneau, Obama Academy, 11.46; 2. Tyree Carlins, Westinghouse, 11.65; 3. Breon Oliver, Perry, 11.88.

200 -- 1. Desean Bonneau, Obama Academy, 23.88; 2. Tyree Carlins, Westinghouse, 24.75; 3. Cheyenne Jones, Allderdice, 24.84.

400 -- 1. Tyree Collins, Westinghouse, 53.85; 2. Ephraim St. Cyr, Allderdice, 53.36; 3. Tyler Robertson, Brashear, 56.16.

800 -- 1. Ephraim St. Cyr, Allderdice, 2:14.03; 2. Willem deBoer, Allderdice, 2:25.41; 3. Yoni Eglash, Allderdice, 2:15.94.

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Girls Track: 2015 City League championship results

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Following are the top three finishers from the championship meets at Oliver High School May 7 and 9, 2015.

100 -- 1. Kashaya Jones, Obama Academy, 12.86; 2. Asia Parker, Carrick, 12.87; 3. Cali Shealey, Carrick, 13.22.

200 -- 1. Cali Shealy, Carrick, 27.26; 2. Regine Robinson, Allderdice, 27.31; 3. Fidelis Jones, Brashear, 28.23.

400 -- 1. Aquia Chambers, Westinghouse, 1:02.83; 2. Elizabeth Smith, Allderdice, 1:03.94; 3. Faith Gomez, Allderdice, 1:05.70.

800 -- 1. Elizabeth Smith, Allderdice, 2:39.55; 2. Emma Harvey, Allderdice, 2:41.18; 3. Gigi Varlotta, Brashear, 2:43.28.

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Boys Tennis: Obama players win City League singles, doubles titles

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In what was a hot week, a couple of Obama tennis players quenched their thirsts by winning City League titles.

It was a big couple of days for the Eagles, who captured both singles and doubles championships. Nate Martin won the singles crown, while brothers Krishnan and Rajan Alagar took home the doubles title.

The singles championship featured an all-Obama final, with Martin, the No. 1 seed, taking down No. 3 Rajan Alagar, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3. Alagar then bounced back on the doubles side, as he and his brother, the No. 1 seeds, defeated Carrick's Ryan Wierzchowski and Donald Vascheran, 6-2, 6-1.

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Baseball: Allderdice discovers magic on the diamond

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Drew Karpen profiles the Allderdice baseball team.

"It was a magical run to the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals this past year for the Allderdice High School boys basketball team.

It was the furthest they have advanced, and a lot of it had to do with the stellar play of twins Keith and Kenny Robinson.

That we all knew.

What we didn't know is that they would also be one of the reasons why the baseball team has made history by advancing to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in school history."

 

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Baseball: Allderdice having quite a week

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Allderdice began this week in a tough spot. The Dragons were in dire need of wins, as their playoff hopes were up in the air. Having to face the top two teams in their section complicated matters even more.

Oh, how much can change in just a few days.

It's quite possible that no WPIAL team has had as impressive of a week as Allderdice, which in a three-day stretch defeated two of the top teams in Class AAAA and clinched its first ever playoff berth.

The Dragons, coached by Jeremy Askin, are 7-3 overall and 6-3 in Section 4 after picking up wins against Plum and Franklin Regional. If Allderdice defeats Brashear today, the Dragons will finish conference play in a second-place tie with Franklin Regional (12-4, 7-3). Plum (16-2, 9-1) is the section champion.

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

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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.