Had Allderdice not decided to join the WPIAL for boys tennis, there is little doubt that the Dragons would have been the school representing the City League in the PIAA Class 3A singles championships.
After all, junior Marcus Miller finished third in the WPIAL and is one of the top-ranked players in his class in the state.
Instead, Obama Academy will once again send its individual best to the PIAA Class 3A singles and doubles finals even though it was Perry that sent its team to the state championships.
And the one thing the team brings is experience.
Junior Rajan Alagar will be making his third consecutive trip to the PIAA finals and second in singles. 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.
Last year, Alagar had the toughest match he will likely have in his career as he faced the eventual state champion, Downingtown East's Michael Dickson, and dropped a 6-0, 6-0 decision to him.
Believe it or not, things get a little easier this year. Instead of Dickson, he will take on the District 2 champion, senior Bailey Harris of Abington Heights.
In doubles, City League champions Krishnan Alagar and Sachin Thiagarjan also qualified and will face District 2 champions Brian Ostrowski and Timmy Christman, also of of Abington Heights, in in the first round.