Boys Basketball: Obama stays consistent

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For the Obama Academy boys basketball team, the first few weeks of the season have had a similar theme.

Out-of-area opponent.

Close game.

Obama win.

It's been an excellent, albeit unique start for Obama, which is 3-0 -- all of the results coming against teams from outside the City League and WPIAL.


Girls Basketball: Obama’s Porter surpasses 1,000 career points

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Michaela Porter accomplished something last week previously achieved by both her father and brother.

Porter surpassed 1,000 points in her high school career.

Obama Academy's 68-23 win at Ellis School last Thursday was a memorable one for Porter, who scored her 1,000th career point. A 5-foot-11 senior guard-forward, Porter is the reigning City League player of the year and is hoping to lead Obama (3-1) to its fourth straight league title. She will play in college at Cincinnati.

Porter joined father, Darelle, and brother, D.J., as 1,000-point scorers. Darelle played at Brashear and later at Perry. He went on to play at Pitt and scored more than 1,000 points in his college career, too. D.J. is a 2014 Obama graduate and now plays at St. Francis Brooklyn.



Boys Basketball: Obama wins season-opening tournament

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Obama Academy is the No. 1 ranked team in the City League.

The Eagles showed why with a pair of impressive wins to open the season.

Obama made the trip to Farrell last weekend for the Julius McCoy Tournament. The Eagles flew out of Farrell with two narrow wins, defeating Toledo Rogers, Ohio, 56-51, Saturday and host Farrell, 59-56, in Sunday's championship game.

The final didn't start how Obama had hoped. The Eagles trailed Farrell by 10 points after one quarter and the Steelers held the lead for the majority for the game. But the Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter. With the game tied 52-52 with 56 seconds left, Dana Strothers knocked down two free throws to give the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish.


Girls Basketball: Obama falls in Julius McCoy Tournament final

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For the second year in a row, Obama Academy found itself in the championship game of the Julius McCoy Tournament.

But unlike last year, the Eagles came up short in their championship bid.

Despite a strong effort from star senior Michaela Porter, three-time defending City League champion Obama lost to host Farrell, 55-49, in Sunday's championship game.

Porter, a Cincinnati recruit and the reigning City League player of the year, accounted for more than half of Obama's points, finishing with 25 points and 16 rebounds. Teammate Taylor Stewart added 10 points and 15 rebounds. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.


Girls Basketball: Obama standout signs with Cincinnati

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MichaelaPorter(Photo: Obama basketball player Michaela Porter. Via Twitter: itsmikay__)

The news flew a bit under the radar, but one of the top girls basketball players in the area made her college choice last month and just recently made it official.

Obama Academy senior Michaela Porter signed her letter of intent with Cincinnati last Thursday. Porter had verbally committed to the school in October.

Porter, a 5-foot-11 guard-forward, was the City League player of the year last season when she averaged 15.2 points per game. Porter led Obama to a 21-5 record and its third consecutive City League title.

Before she departs for Cincinnati, Porter hopes to make it four City League titles in four years. The Eagles are the team to beat again this season. Porter is one of two returning starters.