Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 19 through Saturday, June 25.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 12 through Saturday, June 18.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, June 5 through Saturday, June 11.
Brashear's Jiggz Cabral has been voted to the first team of the City League All-Star Team for the second straight year. Cabrel, a 5-9 junior outside hitter, was also an honorable mention selection as a freshman. With that in mind, Cabral has been designated as the City League MVP.
Cabral led Brashear to the City League title. He is joined on the first team by teammates Mohammad Abdella, Doug Meyers, and Emmanuel Ndayisenga.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 29 through Saturday, June 4.
Brashear had not sent a team to play in the PIAA Class AAA boys doubles tournament since the state split the sport into two classifications in 1999.
Seniors Dalton Link and Kevin Goodbread were the Bulls representatives after winning the City League title, but like the last three representatives from District 8, they had a very short stay at the Hershey Racquet Club.
In all fairness, they got about as tough a draw as they could as they faced District 1 champions Alex and Matt Whalen of Council Rock North. And they did pull out a game against their opponent. But in the end, they fell like every other City League doubles team in the last four years, with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat.
In that time, the City League finalists have won a total of four games in four matches.
Rajan Alagar had some PIAA Class AAA tennis experience under his belt before he stepped onto the court at the Hershey Racquet Club for the state singles championships last week.
As a freshman a year ago, Alagar teamed with brother Krishnan to win the City league doubles title and made it into the first round of the state finals before they lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Steve Yang and Max Howarth, the District 1 champions from Conestoga.
Playing singles, well, that was something completely different.
Alagar got the toughest draw he could have imagined when he was thrown into the mix against Downingtown East junior Michael Dickson, the No. 4 ranked junior in the state, and last year's PIAA Class AAA runner-up to Latrobe's Chad Kissell. And it went as expected as Dickson, who defeated Fox Chapel freshman Robby Shymansky in the title match, rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Alagar.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 22 through Saturday, May 28.
Each of the last three years the City League doubles champion has received an automatic invitation to the PIAA Class AAA tournament at Hershey Racquet Club.
Each of those years, the representative lost in straight sets.
Not only that, the three tandems have only won a total of three games in their three matches. Last season, the Obama Academy team of Krishnan and Rajan Alagar were shut out, 6-0, 6-0, by Steve Yang and Max Howarth, the District 1 champions from Conestoga.
This time it will be a team from Brashear that takes a chance at stopping a long run of City League futility in the state tournament. Seniors Dalton Link and Kevin Goodbread will be making the first appearance for the Bulls in the PIAA Class AAA doubles finals since the sport split into two classifications in 1999.
Rajan Alagar has been in the PIAA Class AAA tennis championships before.
As a freshman a year ago, Alagar teamed with brother, Krishnan, to win the City league doubles title and made it into the first round of the state finals before they lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Steve Yang and Max Howarth, the District 1 champions from Conestoga.
Now Alagar will be heading to Hershey alone as the City League singles champion. But he might need his brother if he hopes to get out of the first round.
Alagar will face Downingtown East junior Michael Dickson, the No. 3 ranked junior in the state, and last year's PIAA Class AAA runner-up to Latrobe's Chad Kissell.
Amadou Diallo and Noah Swaby both won City League track titles.
This weekend, the Allderdice teammates will compete at the PIAA championships.
Diallo and Swaby, both juniors, were the only City League boys athletes to qualify for the championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Diallo will participate in the 3,200-meter run and Swaby will take part in the 110 hurdles, both in the Class AAA portion of the event. They advanced to the championships by meeting state qualifying standards at the City League championships. Diallo is the No. 33 seed and Swaby No. 23.
Obama's Raven Haston is only a freshman, but that hasn't stopped her from making a trip to the PIAA championships.
Haston will be the City League's lone girls representative at the championships, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University. Haston will compete in the Class AAA 100-meter dash.
Haston earned an invite after meeting the state qualifying standard at the City League championships. She swept the sprints at the event, winning both the 100 and 200.
At the PIAA championships, Haston will be far from being a favorite, as she's the No. 20 seed. However, the future looks very bright as only one freshman is ranked ahead of her.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (May 8-14)
*Track: Diallo just keeps on running, and winning, for Allderdice
*Boys Tennis: 2016 City League Doubles Tournament Results
*Track: 2016 City League Boys Championship Results
*Track: 2016 City League Girls Championship Results
Following are the top three finishers from the championship meets at Oliver May 12 and 14, 2016.
100 -- 1. Therran Coleman, Brashear, 11.62; 2. Gregory Brooks, Obama Academy, 11.79; 3. Cheyenne Jones, Allderdice, 11.82.
200 -- 1. Therran Coleman, Brashear, 23.98; 2. Tyree Carlins, Westinghouse, 24.24; 3. Cheyenne Jones, Allderdice, 24.61.
400 -- 1. Tyree Carlins, Westinghouse, 54.46; 2. DaQuay Moore, Allderdice, 55.35; 3. D'Andre Moore, Westinghouse, 58.00.
800 -- 1. Amadou Diallo, Allderdice, 2:08.00; 2. Reise Brooks, Allderdice, 2:15.88; 3. Cody Kirk, Carrick, 2:17.59.
Following are the top three finishers from the championship meets at Oliver May 12 and 14, 2016.
100 -- 1. Raven Haston, Obama Academy, 12.47; 2. Regine Robinson, Allderdice, 12.83; 3. Asia Parker, Carrick, 12.92.
200 -- 1. Raven Haston, Obama Academy, 26.52; 2. Regine Robinson, Allderdice, 27.38; 3. Diamond Moss, Westinghouse, 28.43.
400 -- 1. Regine Robinson, Allderdice, 1:06.92; 2. Taylor Thompson, Obama Academy, 1:08.13; 3. Lyric Finney, Obama Academy, 1:08.49.
800 -- 1. Tyonna Walker, Brashear, 2:53.88; 2. Ella Copich, Allderdice, 2:56.74; 3. Julia Tremel, Brashear, 3:04.89.
Here are the results from the City League boys doubles tournament.
CITY LEAGUE DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
Dalton Link and Kevin Goodbread, Brashear, def. Cameron Martin and Kiyamee Johnson, Westinghouse 8-1; Javon Owens and Isaiah Peterson, Perry, def. Tim Mickelson and Nate Kohut, Carrick, 8-4; Drake Plut and Antonio Nelson, Carrick, def. Noah Nickols and Zack Ventura, Brashear, 8-0; Krishnan Alagar and Nitai Poanessa, Obama Academy def. Robert Hawkins and Ralynn Jones, Perry, 8-0; Declan Walkush and Andrew Knight, Perry, def. Ethan Anisewski and Reed Rankin, Obama Academy, 8-1; Desmond Taylor and Joe Conner, Brashear def. Roman Ramsey and Marealyn Page, Perry, 9-8; Shaun Taylor and Ramon Sanchez, Westinghouse, def. Joe Dang and Willie Ringeisen, Carrick, 8-5.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 8 through Saturday, May 14.
Keith Barnes covered Saturday's City League track and field championships.
"It's hard to catch Amadou Diallo standing still.
"He's never not run," Allderdice coach Ed Flynn said. "He joined the team in November of his freshman year and he hasn't stopped running since."
Amadou did some of his best running on Saturday in the City League championships at Oliver. The Allderdice junior won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter individual sprints and also ran the third leg of the Dragons title-winning 1,600-meter relay.
"It was hard and it was tiring, but I had to do it to get points for the team," Amadou said. "That just goes to the conditioning over the winter. I think I'm in good shape and I can run those races.""
The Allderdice baseball team isn't all about bats, balls and gloves.
Last Saturday, they participated in a marathon.
Well, that marathon did take place on a baseball field, though, as Allderdice played in one of the longest games of any WPIAL team this season. But after 16 innings, the Dragons fell to visiting Altoona, 4-3. The game lasted more than five hours.
It was the second one-run loss in a row and fourth this season for the Dragons, who have lost four of five and close their season with a non-section game Friday at Seneca Valley. The Dragons are 6-9 overall and placed fourth in Section 4 with a 4-6 record.
If there was any question as to how good of a runner Amadou Diallo is, the Allderdice junior silenced any doubters with a terrific showing at the South Fayette Invitational on April 30.
Diallo had the best performance of any Allderdice athlete, placing third in the 3,200-meter run and seventh in the 1,600. He ran times of 9:50.66 in the 3,200 and 4:30.11 in the 1,600. Mt. Lebanon's Todd Gunzenhauser (9:31.57) won the 3,200 and Beaver Falls' Dom Perretta (4:23.86) won the 1,600. Diallo's teammate, sophomore Ethan Hermann, finished sixth in the 3,200.
Two Allderdice runners placed in the top 10 in the 300 hurdles. Junior Dorian Hardy finished ninth and senior DeQuay Moore 10th. Moore came in sixth in the high jump. The 3,200 relay team placed fifth.
On the girls side, senior Regine Robinson finished fifth in the 100 with a time of 13.11 and 10th in the 200 with a time of 27.55. The 400 relay team finished seventh.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, May 1 through Saturday, May 7.
- Baseball: City League Update (May 5)
- Softball: City League Update (May 5)
- Alumni Update - Regis Sauer (La Roche)
- Alumni Update - Henri Wade-Chatman (Edinboro)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 24-30)
- Boys Volleyball: East Feature Athlete - Obama Academy's Connor Claussen
- Alumni Update - Micah Byrum (Washington & Jefferson)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 17-23)
- Boys Basketball: Perry's Sayles leads team to Roundball Classic win
- Baseball: Obama rolling in the City League
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 10-16)
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice makes mark on all-state team
- Boys Basketball: City League to be well represented at Roundball Classic
- Boys Tennis: Future bright for Allderdice
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Apr. 3-9)
- Baseball: Allderdice rides winning streak into section play
- Track: Allderdice's Diallo shines at Warrior Classic
- Alumni Update - Brad LaBovick (La Roche)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 27-Apr. 2)
- Basketball: Former Obama star is Division I-bound