After winning its fourth consecutive City League championship, Obama Academy new it needed to win two more games just to qualify for the PIAA playoffs.
The Eagles did just that.
Obama used wins against Hollidaysburg and Bellefonte to claim a PIAA berth. The Eagles (18-8) will play the WPIAL fifth-place finisher (Mars or South Fayette) in a Class 5A first-round game next Saturday. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Eagles have advanced to the PIAA playoffs. They hope to have some success this time after losing to WPIAL teams in the first round each of the last three seasons.
To qualify for the state tournament, Obama won two Districts 6-8-9 subregional games. The Eagles defeated Hollidaysburg, 48-43, in the semifinals and beat Bellefonte, 42-30, in the championship last Saturday. Senior standout Michaela Porter scored 19 points against Hollidaysburg and 17 against Bellefonte.