Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, April 19 through Saturday, April 25.
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.
Below is a breakdown of boys volleyball scores from the City League.
Carrick 3, Westinghouse 0
Allderdice 3, Perry 2
Allderdice 3, Westinghouse 0
Perry 3, Brashear 0
Allderdice 3, Carrick 1
Brashear 3, Westinghouse 0
Carrick 3, Brashear 0
Perry 3, Westinghouse 0
Carrick 3, Perry 0
Allderdice 3, Brashear 1
Allderdice 3, Perry 0
Carrick 3, Westinghouse 0
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, April 12 through Saturday, April 18.
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.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, April 5 through Saturday, April 11.
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.
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.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 29 through Saturday, April 4.
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.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 22 through Saturday, March 28.
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.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 15 through Saturday, March 21.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 8-14)
*Boys Basketball: Allderdice one win away from first state final
*Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - PIAA Playoffs: Allderdice vs. Mt. Lebanon
*Boys Basketball: Semifinal loss can't dim Allderdice's season
John D'Abruzzo profiles the Allderdice boys basketball team.
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
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.
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 8 through Saturday, March 14.
*Sports Town City League Week in Review (Mar. 1-7)
*Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - PIAA Playoffs: Obama vs. Ambridge (Mar. 6)
*Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - PIAA Playoffs: Obama vs. Penn Hills (Mar. 6)
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.
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
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
Below is a review of the City League posts that appeared Sunday, March 1 through Saturday, March 7.
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice continues to gain fans
- Basketball: Three City League teams play PIAA first-round games this weekend
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 22-28)
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice wins PIAA play-in game
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice prepares for 'season three'
- Girls Basketball: Obama completes City League domination
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice set to begin PIAA tournament
- Alumni Update - Jason Evans (Chatham)
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 15-21)
- Boys Basketball: Allderdice repeats as City champs
- Girls Basketball: Balance propels Obama to City League crown
- Hockey: Carrick dominating on the ice
- Boys Basketball: 2015 City League Championship Preview
- Alumni Update - Eric Mallinger (Thiel)
- Basketball: City League Playoff Roundup (Feb. 18, 2015)
- Basketball: City League championships to be played at "The Pete"
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 8-14)
- College Basketball: Brashear grad scores big for Edinboro
- Basketball: City League playoff fields set
- Sports Town City League Week in Review (Feb. 1-7)