Girls Basketball: Obama earns spot in state playoffs

Written by Brad Everett on .

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.


Girls Basketball: Obama one win away from PIAA playoffs

Written by Brad Everett on .

After winning yet another City League title, Obama Academy knew it needed to win two games to reach the main draw of the PIAA playoffs.

One down. One to go.

After passing its first test Tuesday, Obama will try to punch its ticket to the tournament Saturday when it plays Bellefonte in the PIAA Class 5A Districts 6-8-9 subregional championship at Mount Aloysius College at 6 p.m.

Obama (17-8) defeated Hollidaysburg, 48-43, in a subregional semifinal Tuesday. Michaela Porter led the Eagles with a game-high 19 points. Two days earlier, the Eagles beat Allderdice, 64-53, to win their fourth straight City League championship.


Alumni Update - Micah Byrum (Washington & Jefferson)

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WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson men's tennis team was dealt its first loss of the 2017 season byByrum WJ Division I Lafayette, an 8-1 setback at the Janet L. Swanson Tennis Center.

The loss drops the Presidents to 3-1 on the year, while the Leopards move to 2-4 this season.

Micah Byrum, an Obama Academy graduate, earned the lone victory for the Presidents. In No. 2 singles, Byrum defeated Mason Keel, 3-6, 6-3, 12-10. 


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Boys Basketball: East Feature Athlete - Obama Academy's Dana Strothers

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Name: Dana Strothers
School: Obama Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Strothers scored a game-high 24 points in the City League championship game against Allderdice, but it was how – and more importantly when – he scored that mattered most. Strothers hit a long basket from the right corner with less than two seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. He also hit a buzzer-beating, running 3-pointer from the top of the key at the end of the first overtime to extend the game to a second extra period. He is the go-to player for the Eagles.


Boys Basketball: Obama captures City League title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Obama Academy played the bridesmaid role to Allderdice the last two seasons as the Eagles had to settle for second place behind the Dragons during the regular season.

This time around, it's the Eagles who have the spotlight on them.

Obama wrapped up the City League regular-season title Friday when it defeated Carrick, 79-43. The Eagles -- 9-1 in league play -- had already clinched at least a share of the title, but the win over Carrick made sure that second-place Allderdice (7-2) would not be able to catch them, giving the Eagles the title outright.

It's Obama's first City League regular-season title since 2014 and second overall. Allderdice had won each of the last two titles. Obama's only league loss this season came at Allderdice, 53-48, on Jan. 13. The Eagles went on to win their final eight league games, highlighted by a 45-43 win against Allderdice on Feb. 3.