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Baseball: Obama rolling in the City League

Written by Brad Everett on .

There is no doubt which team is the best in the City League this season.

Obama boasts a 4-0 record in the three-team league. The Eagles have played the other two teams - Perry and Westinghouse - twice each, and have outscored them, 51-3. Perry is 1-2 in league play and Westinghouse is 0-3.

Overall, Obama sports a 5-1 record. The Eagles have split their two non-section games, beating Sto-Rox, 12-2, and losing to Johnstown, 11-0.

Senior Jacob Beckman is having a big season for Obama. Beckman is batting .632 (12 for 19) with a team-high 14 RBIs. He also leads the team with five extra-base hits (two doubles, a triple and home run).

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Basketball: Former Obama star is Division I-bound

Written by Brad Everett on .

A former City League basketball standout headed south to continue his pursuit of a Division I scholarship.

After two successful years in Florida, he earned that scholarship and is on his way back north.

D.J. Porter, a 2014 graduate of Obama Academy, recently committed to play at St. Francis, N.Y., a Division I school in Brooklyn.

Porter played the past two seasons at Polk State, a junior college in Winter Haven, Fla. A 6-foot-6 guard, Porter averaged 11.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game his sophomore season. Among his teammates were Beaver Falls graduate Elijah Cottrill and University Prep graduate Troy Simons. The team is coached by Rankin native Matt Furjanic.

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Swimming: Obama Academy sophomore captures WPIAL title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In his WPIAL debut last season, Obama Academy's Sead Niksic climbed on the podium after both his individual events, finishing sixth and seventh in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. This year he climbed to the top of the podium. Niksic won the 100 butterfly in a time of 51.29. He also took second place in the 100 backstroke in the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships.

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Girls Basketball: Obama faces stiff test in PIAA opener

Written by Brad Everett on .

City League champion Obama Academy has won 11 games in a row and 18 of its last 19, but the Eagles will be a big underdog when they take the court for their PIAA playoff game Friday.

Obama (21-4) will face North Allegheny (22-4) in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round game at Carrick. North Allegheny is the WPIAL runner-up and had won 16 games in a row before losing to undefeated Norwin in overtime in the WPIAL championship.

This marks the third consecutive year that Obama will play the WPIAL runner-up in the first round. The Eagles lost to Hempfield, 54-33, in 2014, and fell to Penn Hills, 39-26, last season. The Eagles are looking for their first win in the main draw of the PIAA tournament. No City League team has accomplished that feat since Schenley advanced to the Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2008.

Obama earned a spot in the main draw by defeating DuBois, 68-33, in a play-in game last Thursday. Junior standout Michaela Porter led the Eagles with 20 points.

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Boys Basketball: Obama shifts focus to PIAA playoffs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

If there was one good thing Obama Academy can take out of its 74-47 loss in the City League championship game, it's that at least the Eagles won't have to see Allderdice again until next season.

And it certainly won't be the same Dragons team that dominated them in three 20-plus point victories this season.

Instead, Obama Academy (14-7) can now refocus on the state playoffs where, as a Class AAA team, it will have a PIAA play-in game against District 9 champion Clearfield on Thursday at Clarion High School.

Obama Academy also played a play-in game against Clearfield last season and came away with a 66-52 victory at Clarion High School. The Eagles then lost to Ambridge, the third-place team out of the WPIAL, 46-44, in the first round of the state playoffs.