Boys Basketball: Obama the City League favorite

Written by Brad Everett on .

Last season, the Obama Academy boys basketball team won the City League regular season championship, but lost in the playoff semifinals.

The Eagles are considered the favorite to win both titles this season.

Obama appears to be the top team in the City League. The Eagles return several contributors from last season's team that finished 16-3 overall and 9-1 in the league. The Eagles were upset by Perry, 80-79, in the semifinals.

Keying Obama's championship hopes is D.J. Porter, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who is arguably the league's top player. Porter averaged 19.5 points per game last season and was named to the all-City League team. Division I schools are interested. Porter is the son of former Pitt standout Darelle Porter.


Boys Soccer: Obama's Kouyate named all-state

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One of the top high school boys soccer players in Pennsylvania resides in the City League.

Abe Kouyate, a junior forward at Obama Academy, was recently named all-state by the Pennsylvania Coaches Association.

Kouyate was the only player from a City League school selected to the team, which included 13 WPIAL players.

Earlier this week, Kouyate was picked as the Post-Gazette East Xtra Player of the Year.

Kouyate scored 17 goals this season for the Eagles, who finished with an 8-7 record.


Girls Tennis: Obama's Alagar falls in PIAA tournament

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Just a few weeks ago, Obama Academy tennis player Swata Alagar captured the City League singles championship.

She didn't fare quite as well in the state tournament.

Alagar lost in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA singles tournament Friday, falling to Methacton's Mihaela Codreanu, 6-0, 6-0 at Hershey Racquet Club.

The loss ended what was an excellent season for Alagar, who won the City League championship on Oct. 9. Alagar defeated Carrick's Dana Stabryla, 6-0, 6-2 in the final at Schenley Oval.


Girls Volleyball: Obama champions of the City League again

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Obama Academy girls volleyball team, which last week won the City League championship. Read his story below.

Obama Academy girls volleyball coach Pete Vitti isn't afraid of playing a tough schedule.

"We scheduled non-league matches against Oakland Catholic, Bethel Park, Bishop Canevin and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart," Vitti said. "All four qualified for the WPIAL playoffs. We also scheduled scrimmages against Pine-Richland and West Allegheny."

Obama Academy lost all four non-league matches, but Vitti was pleased with the Eagles performance.

"We were competitive in all four matches," Vitti said. "Those four matches and our tournament schedule helped to prepare us for the City League tournament and the PIAA tournament."


Girls Volleyball: Obama wins another City League title

Written by Brad Everett on .

In it's first season two years ago, Obama Academy won the City League girls volleyball championship.

A season ago, the Eagles won again.

This season? Well, you can probably guess the result.

Obama captured its third consecutive championship Thursday after defeating Allderdice, 2-0, in the final at Brashear.

The Eagles won the sets 25-21 and 25-20.