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Girls Basketball: Obama undefeated City League champs for third year in a row

Written by Brad Everett on .

Obama Academy won the City League regular-season title without dropping a league game.

In other words, it's been business as usual for the Eagles this season.

For the third season in a row, Obama finished as undefeated City League regular-season champs. In their final league game Friday, the Eagles beat Carrick, 72-35, to improve to 10-0. They also finished 10-0 the previous two seasons.

Obama was barely tested against league opponents this season. Allderdice lost to Obama by eight points the second time those teams played, but the Eagles won all of their other games by double digits.

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Girls Basketball: Another grand gesture for the Porter family

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Obama Academy basketball standout Michaela Porter.

2017 0127 Obama GBasketball(Photo: Obama Academy's Michaela Porter is the third member of her family to reach 1,000 career points, joining father Darelle and brother D.J. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Darelle Porter proved recently that he is masterful at keeping a secret.

Fully aware that daughter Michaela was on the precipice of scoring her 1,000th career point for Obama Academy, the former Perry Traditional Academy and Pitt basketball star went into hush-mode on Dec. 15.

"Thought I would surprise her," said Porter, a volunteer-assistant with the Eagles.

He did."

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Girls Basketball: East Feature Athlete - Obama Academy’s Michaela Porter

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Michaela Porter
School: Obama Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard-Forward

Background: Three seasons. Three City League titles. That's what Michaela Porter's résumé looked like heading into her senior season. Porter very well could be on her way to making it four for four. The reigning City League player of the year might lead her team to a four-peat this season. Obama is 8-5 overall and in first place in the City League with a 4-0 record. Porter, a 5-foot-11 guard-forward, has been her usual excellent self, leading the Eagles with 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. She will play next season at the University of Cincinnati.

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Swimming: East Feature Athlete - Obama Academy’s Noah Jamison

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Noah Jamison
School: Obama Academy
Grade: 10
Sport: Swimming

Background: Obama Academy's Noah Jamison is one of the fastest swimmers in the city and a key part of the Obama Academy team. Last year he qualified for the WPIAL Class 2A championships as a freshman. He competed on both Obama Academy relays at WPIALs and swam two individual events, including the grueling 500-yard freestyle where he took 15th place.

This year as a sophomore, Jamison made his presence felt at the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational. He placed fourth in the 100 butterfly and was the fastest underclassmen. His time of 58.72 ranked behind only three seniors. In his signature event, the 500 freestyle, Jamison swam a 5:09.42 to finish third overall.