Football: One of Allderdice's Jackson twins makes college choice

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James Jackson has picked a college.

Now the question is whether or not his twin brother will choose the same one.

Jackson, a two-sport star at Allderdice, will enter his senior football season knowing where he will play at the next level. Jackson, who was recruited by most schools as an "athlete," verbally commited to the University of Toledo earlier this month. Jackson chose the Rockets over offers from Arizona State and Temple.

Jackson plays quarterback and cornerback at Allderdice. He threw for 1,282 yards and 19 touchdowns his junior season, while also rushing for 547 yards and 10 touchdowns.


Boys Volleyball: Obama's surprising run ends

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

Obama Academy's Cinderella season came to an end in Tuesday's PIAA Class AA boys volleyball semifinals.

The Eagles had a season to remember in their WPIAL debut, but came up two wins short of reaching the ultimate goal of winning a PIAA title.

"We played a very good team that has been ranked No. 2 in the state all season," Obama Academy coach Pete Vitti said after watching Saegertown dominate his Eagles in the PIAA semfinals. "The 19 serving errors we had didn't help things."

Saegertown, the District 10 champion, flexed its muscles in a 3-0 semifinal match that took place at Slippery Rock High School. It will be the second PIAA title appearance in five years for Saegertown.


Boys Volleyball: Obama Academy runner-up in WPIAL tournament

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

As the No. 4 seed in the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball bracket, Obama Academy coach Pete Vitti knew his squad would have to beat two of the top three seeds to become the first City League team to win a WPIAL title.

The Eagles pulled one upset, with their stunning 3-2 win against top-seed Derry Area in the semifinals, but were unable to match the accomplishment in last Friday's title match against three-time defending champion Ambridge at Baldwin High School.

"Coming into the season, I truly felt we had a team that was capable of competing for the WPIAL title," said Vitti, referring to the fact that Obama Academy was making its maiden voyage into WPIAL competition. "We were ready for the challenge, but came up a little short."

Vitti's squad had to settle for a silver medal after losing, 3-1, to Ambridge in the WPIAL title match.


Baseball: Obama's season ends with PIAA loss

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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.


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


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.


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)


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.""



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.""


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.


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.


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.