Print

Girls Tennis: East Feature Athlete - Obama's Swata Alagar

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Swata Alagar
School: Obama Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Alagar is a four-time City League singles champion and will be making her fourth consecutive trip to Hershey Racquet Club for the PIAA 3A finals on Friday. Alagar has never won a game in her three previous appearances, losing 6-0, 6-0 each time. She will have her first opportunity to make an impression in her noon match against unranked freshman Taylor Kopan of Manheim Township, the District 3 runner-up.

Print

Girls Tennis: Obama standout gets one last shot at state tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Swata Alagar might be the only four-time district champion that nobody is really raving about.

That's because the senior has won all four of her crowns in the City League and she plays for Obama Academy. It's not really a hotbed of high school tennis, but qualifying for the PIAA 3A singles finals for four consecutive years is an impressive feat few in the WPIAL can claim.

One thing she hasn't done yet, though, is win a game in a match at Hershey Racquet Club.

Each of the last two years, Alagar has had to play North Allegheny No. 1 Anna Li in the first round and the WPIAL runner-up rolled her over 6-0, 6-0, both times en route to a second place overall finish. In her first state championship appearance, she lost to Mihaela Codreanu of Methacton, who also ended up coming in second to Marlys Bridgham of Pine-Richland.

Print

Girls Tennis: East Feature Athlete - Obama's Indra Alagar

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Indra Alagar
School: Obama Academy
Grade: 10
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Alagar was the No. 3 singles player for the Eagles during the season and was an integral part of Obama Academy winning the City League team title. She lost to North Allegheny's Ashley Huang, 6-0, 6-0, in the preliminary round of the PIAA 3A team tournament. Alagar teamed with her sister, Jaya, to win the City League doubles title and will play Alexis Cramer and Corinne Grohoski of Exeter in the first round.

Print

Boys Soccer: Obama clinches first WPIAL playoff berth

Written by Brad Everett on .

The Obama boys soccer team is headed to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time.

Obama has held its own since joining the WPIAL in 2012, but had never qualified for the playoffs. That changed this week when the Eagles won section games against Keystone Oaks and Elizabeth Forward. The Eagles improved to 8-1-2 overall and 6-1-2 in Class 2A Section 1. With three section games remaining, the Eagles can finish no worse than third place. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs.

Obama coach Pantelis Papazekos said last weekend that qualifying for the playoffs would be a big accomplishment.

"It would mean a lot from a recognition point of view and a reward point of view," Papazekos said. "If you improve, good things will come. This is my fourth year and I think the stars have aligned for us. We have a senior-heavy class and the realignment was very beneficial to us."

Print

Boys Soccer: East Feature Athlete - Obama's Francis Eddy-Harvey

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Francis Eddy-Harvey
School: Obama Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background: Eddy-Harvey has scored a team-high 15 goals for Obama, which is close to clinching a playoff berth for the first time since joining the WPIAL in 2012. The Eagles are 6-1-2 overall and in third place in Class 2A Section 1 with a 4-1-2 record. The top four teams make the playoffs. Eddy-Harvey is a four-year starter who plays as an attacking midfielder. Division I schools are showing interest.