Allderdice is certainly up for a challenge.
Its last game, Allderdice took down a team that had been undefeated and featured the top player in the City League.
Saturday, the Dragons will take on one of the top teams in the state and arguably the best player in the WPIAL.
A City League title in its back pocket, Allderdice (19-5) will play Hampton (22-4) in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round game at Obama Academy. The game is set to tip at 3 p.m.
Allderdice is certainly up for a challenge.
The Obama Academy girls basketball team won City League regular-season and postseason titles.
A PIAA title won't be in its future, however.
Obama saw its dream of winning a PIAA championship end Friday, as the Eagles fell to WPIAL runner-up Hempfield, 54-33, in a Class AAAA first-round game at Allderdice.
Obama finished the season 14-7.
Against Hempfield, Obama got off to a slow start, perhaps a result of having not played since beating Allderdice in the City League championship 14 days earlier. Hempfield took a 22-8 lead after one quarter. Obama cut its deficit to 32-20 at the half, but the Spartans outscored the Eagles, 16-7, in the third quarter to pull away.
Cameron Jacobson was the lone wrestler from the City League to qualify for the PIAA wrestling championships.
Today, Jacobson's run towards a medal came to an end.
Jacobson, a junior at Allderdice, lost in a 152-pound second-round consolation match to Parkland's Josh Ortman at the Giant Center in Hershey. The defeat ended Jacobson's season at 33-7.
After winning a City League title, Jacobson qualified for the PIAA tournament with a third-place finish at last weekend's PIAA Northwest Regional qualifier.
Fresh off a City League championship, Obama Academy is hoping to make a run at another title.
Obama (14-6) opens the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs tonight with a first-round game against Hempfield (17-9) at Allderdice. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Hempfield is the WPIAL runner-up. The Spartans made a surprising run to the championship game -- the first in program history -- but let a 15-point third-quarter lead slip away in a 56-45 loss to Penn-Trafford last Saturday at Palumbo Center.
Against Hempfield, Obama will be challenged with the task of trying to slow down Monica Burns, who is one of the top guards in Class AAAA. Burns averages 20.1 points per game and scored 19 -- including several long 3-pointers -- in the title game.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, March 1.
Still glowing after winning the City League championship last weekend, Allderdice will have its eyes on Saturday's WPIAL Class AAAA title game.
Allderdice will play the runner-up in its PIAA playoff opener.
Next Saturday, Allderdice (19-5) will take on either New Castle or Hampton in a first-round game at a site and time to be determined. The Red Hurricanes and Talbots play for the WPIAL championship 7 p.m. Saturday at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center.
Either opponent will serve as a hefty challenge for Allderdice, which edged previously undefeated Obama Academy, 55-54, in the City League championship.
When City League champion Obama Academy begins the PIAA playoffs next Friday, the Eagles will play a team from just outside of town.
Obama's next game will be against either Penn-Trafford or Hempfield. Those two teams meet 9 p.m. Saturday in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center. Obama will play the loser of that game.
Kayla Payne scored 16 points and Samone Rainey added 12 to lead Obama to a 49-40 win against Allderdice in last Friday's City League championship. The Eagles (14-6) had split the regular-season championship with Allderdice, with the teams splitting a pair of meetings.
Two weeks after the City League championships, the top wrestlers from the district will take part in the PIAA Class AAA Northwest Regional Tournament, which will be held today and tomorrow at the Altoona Fieldhouse.
The top two finishers in each weight class at the City League championships advanced to this weekend's tournament. The top three finishers in each class at this tournament will then move on to PIAA championships in Hershey.
Among the wrestlers to keep an eye on will be Allderdice's Dorian Devaughn-Long (113) and Carrick's Mike Johnson (160), both of whom won City League titles. Devaughn-Long faces Selinsgrove's Bryce Reichenbach in his first match, while Johnson meets Altoona's Brinton Simington.
Carrick's surprising season finally came to an end Wednesday.
Carrick, one of the most improved teams in Western Pennsylvania, lost to Somerset, 64-51, in a PIAA District 6-8 Class AAA semifinal game at Richland.
Against Somerset, Carrick led by as many as nine points in the second quarter, but the Golden Eagles rallied to claim the win. Somerset outscored Carrick, 26-10, in the third quarter. Marcus Jones led Carrick with 13 points and Tyler Quinten added 11.
Carrick finished the season 12-13. If that sounds like nothing special, consider that the Raiders won just one game a season earlier when they went 1-22.
After a solid regular season, Carrick's playoff stay was rather brief.
Carrick lost to Hempfield, 6-4, in a PIHL Open Cup first-round game last Sunday. The loss ended Carrick's season.
Carrick took a 10-10 record into the game against Hempfield, which finished the regular season 17-3. After falling behind, 2-0, in the first period, Carrick got second-period goals from James Unger and Andrew Robison to tie the score. However, Hempfield scored the next two goals later in the period and led the rest of the way.
As he had done throughout the season, Anthony Manuel stood out for Carrick, scoring two goals and assisting on another.
Tri-State Sports & News Service writer John D'Abruzzo profiles the Allderdice boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.
"It wasn't hard to believe that the Allderdice boys basketball team would be considered an underdog heading into the City League championship game.
Facing a highly touted and undefeated Obama Academy team for a third time this season, the Dragons also were forced to play for the title on the Eagles' court in East Liberty last Saturday afternoon.
Allderdice, however, ignored the odds and edged Obama Academy, 55-54, to capture its fourth City League crown in five years. The Dragons won three consecutive championships in 2010-2012.
"No one believed in us," said senior DaVaughn Moultrie, who lives Hazelwood. "But we never stopped believing. We never stopped working and we never lost our focus.""
Post-Gazette writer Mike White reports that Bill Gallagher has resigned as Perry's football coach. Click here to read his story.
"You need two hands to count the number of City League football championships Bill Gallagher won as Perry's coach, but Gallagher has coached his final game at the North Side school.
Gallagher has resigned as Perry's coach. In 13 seasons, he won seven City League titles, including five in a row from 2001-05.
Gallagher, 57, has four children, the youngest (Brenna) age 16. Gallagher said one of the main reasons he is stepping away is because he needs to spend more time with his children after his wife, Nancy, died in November.
"I want to devote more time to my 16-year-old daughter," said Gallagher. "It's time to step back. It's simple, but yet it's complicated."
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 22.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 9-15)
*Wrestling: Allderdice stands out at City League championships
*Girls Basketball: City League Playoff Roundup (Feb. 17)
*Girls Basketball: Allderdice to meet Obama for City League title
*Basketball: Schenley grad Kane finalist for Cousy Award
Post-Gazette writer Mike White covered Saturday's City League boys championship game between Allderdice and Obama Academy. Click here to read his story.
(Photo: Allderdice's Javaughn Moultrie (11) and Alex Bell (34) celebrate after beating Obama Academy in the City League boys basketball championship at Obama Academy. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)
"Allderdice waited. The Dragons played Obama Academy twice in the regular season, but waited until the City League championship to spring a new defense on the Eagles.
Then, Allderdice waited until the final buzzer to spring something totally new on Obama.
Perfection? Forget it. History? That will have to wait, unless you count the personal history of Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky."
Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch covered Friday's City League girls championship game between Obama Academy and Allderdice. Click here to read his story.
"For the entire game, Obama Academy senior Alexis Bowens endured a "Floppy Bird" chant from the Allderdice student body at the City League girls basketball championship Friday night at Allderdice.
But when the game was on line, it was Bowens who took flight with two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles secure a 49-40 victory against the Dragons and a berth in the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.
Obama improved to 14-6 with the victory, while Allderdice finished 12-12.
The victory gave the Eagles the season series between the two teams. Obama defeated Allderdice 50-47, and the Dragons took the rematch, 64-52."
Post-Gazette writer Mike White previews the City League basketball championships. Click here to read his story.
"It can be a memorable experience for a parent to watch a child play for a district high school championship. For the Porters, it will be twice as nice this weekend.
It's highly unusual for a brother and sister act to play for WPIAL or City League basketball championships in the same year. But that's exactly what the children of Darelle and Michelle Porter will do.
The Porter run for championships starts tonight when Michaela Porter plays for the Obama Academy girls team against Allderdice in the title game. Michaela, a 5-foot-10 freshman, starts at forward.
She will hand the championship baton off to her brother Saturday afternoon. D.J. Porter, a 6-foot-5 senior, averages more than 20 points a game for Obama, who takes on Allderdice in the boys' title game."
Obama moves on to title game
The Obama Academy boys won the City League regular-season title. The Eagles now are one win away from claiming the league's postseason championship.
D.J. Porter scored 23 points to help Obama remain unbeaten after a 62-41 triumph against Carrick in a semifinal Wednesday at Brashear.
Obama (22-0), the top seed, advanced to the title game Saturday, when it will play No. 3 Allderdice (18-5).
Calique Jones added 14 points for Obama, which has won all but two of its City League games by double digits.
A former City League star is a finalist for one of the biggest individual awards in college basketball.
Schenley grad DeAndre Kane was selected as one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award on Monday. The award is named after NBA Hall of Famer Bob Cousy and annually recognizes the top point guard in college basketball.
Kane has been outstanding in his first year at Iowa State after transferring from Marshall. Kane is averaging 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. He is one of only two players in the nation averaging at least 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kane is 10th in the Big 12 in scoring, first in assists, second in steals and 13th in rebounds.
Kane is the headliner of an Iowa State squad that is 19-5 and ranked No. 17 in the country.
Allderdice and Obama Academy tied for the City League regular-season championship.
Only one will capture the postseason championship when the teams meet in Friday's title game at Brashear.
No. 1 seed Allderdice (12-11), the runner-up last season, punched its ticket to the title game for the fourth season in a row Monday with a 59-40 win against Carrick. The Dragons jumped to a 34-20 halftime lead and were led by Sierra Fordham's 30 points.
For the first time since the late 1980s, the Westinghouse girls basketball team will not play for a City League title.
And for the first time in its three years as a program, the Obama Eagles will get a chance to play for a championship.
Obama knocked off Westinghouse, 49-44, in the semifinals Monday night at Allderdice. The win put Obama (13-6) into Saturday's title game, and Westinghouse (13-8) saw its string of 26 consecutive City League title game appearances broken. The last time it didn't play in the title game was 1987.
At Saturday's City League Individual Wrestling Championships, Allderdice shined the brightest.
The Dragons had four individual champions and five other finalists on their way to edging Carrick, 176-164, for the team championship in the event held at Carrick.
Leading the way for Allderdice was Dorian Devaughn-Long (113 pounds), who claimed his third City League title. The other Dragons who took first place were Isaiah Slappy (120), Josh Zinkovsky (126), Cameron Jacobson (152). Zinkovsky and Jacobson are two-time champions.
Carrick had a strong showing, as well. The Raiders boasted five champions -- Cody Kirk (132), Mike Johnson (160), Hakeim McKenzie (182), Jesse Reid (220) and Mike Betz (285).
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 9-15)
- Boys Basketball: City League semifinals set
- Girls Basketball: City League semifinal matchups set
- Boys Basketball: 2014 City League Playoff Preview
- Girls Basketball: 2014 City League Playoff Preview
- Alumni Update - Eric Mallinger (Thiel)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 2-8)
- Boys Basketball: City League Roundup (Feb. 7, 2014)
- Girls Basketball: City League Roundup (Feb. 7, 2014)
- Football: City League standouts make college choices
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice gets second shot at Obama
- Girls Basketball: Obama can clinch City League title tonight
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice challenges in City League
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Jan. 26-Feb. 1)
- Boys Basketball: City League Roundup (Jan. 31, 2014)
- Girls Basketball: City League Roundup (Jan. 31, 2014)
- Wrestling: Allderdice takes on Perry in today's City League championship
- Boys Basketball: Obama still unbeaten
- Girls Basketball: Carrick hosts Allderdice in key City League game
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Jan. 19-25)