Girls Basketball: Obama rolling towards regular-season title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Obama Academy has yet to clinch the City League regular-season title, but it's hard to imagine the Eagles won't accomplish it soon.

No league foe has been able to give Obama much of a challenge. The two-time defending City League champs have won all seven of their league games by at least 40 points. Their average margin of victory in those games is 48.8 points. On Friday, the Eagles hammered Westinghouse, 83-9.

Allderdice (6-1) is actually only one game back of Obama in the standings, with each team having three remaining league games. However, Obama proved it's on a different level than the Dragons on Jan. 19, with the Eagles rolling to a 75-35 win. The teams will square off again in the league finale on Feb. 9 at Allderdice.

Obama, which is 11-4 overall, is 4-4 in non-league games. The Eagles own wins against South Park, West Mifflin, Laurel and Farrell.


Swimming: Obama freshman turns heads at West Allegheny Christmas Invite

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In the first major invitational of his high school career, Obama Academy freshman Noah Jamison notched a WPIAL Class AA qualifying time and a top 10 finish in the longest high school swimming event, the 500-yard freestyle. Jamison swam the 500 freestyle in 5:33.05 to take ninth place at the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational. WPIAL qualifying requirements this year are 5:37.40. The Obama freshman also swam the 100 breaststroke where he took 18th place with a time of 1:14.24.


Girls Basketball: Obama eager to play

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Obama Academy is expected to be the best team in the City League this season.

The Eagles are just anxious to prove it.

Although the season is three weeks old, Obama has played only three games. No other City League or WPIAL team has played fewer than five.

The Eagles began the season in the Farrell tournament, beating both Laurel (59-42) and Farrell (66-44). A week later on Dec. 12, the Eagles were defeated by Seneca Valley (41-36). The Eagles haven't take the court since.


Girls Basketball: Porter continues to pace Obama Academy

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If Obama Academy is to win its third straight City League title, the Eagles will need solid production from standout junior Michaela Porter.

So far, Porter has delivered, and it's helped the Eagles win two of three games against WPIAL opponents.

Obama heads into the winter break with a 2-1 record. The Eagles began the season with wins against Laurel and Farrell in the Farrell tournament. They defeated Laurel, 59-42, and beat Farrell, 66-44. The Eagles suffered their first loss today, falling to Seneca Valley, 41-36. Seneca Valley is 5-0.

Porter, a 6-foot center, is averaging a team-best 13.3 points per game. She scored nine against Laurel, 19 against Farrell, and 12 against Seneca Valley. Porter scored a team-high 13.6 points a game last season when she was named to the all-City League team. She is one of four returning starters.


Girls Tennis: Obama’s Alagar falls in PIAA first round for third straight season

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Swata Alagar is a three-time City League tennis singles champion and has been to the PIAA Class AAA finals each of the last three seasons.


But the Obama Academy junior has had a tough draw every time and has come away with little to show for her trips to Hershey Racquet Club.


Because of the PIAA’s preset brackets, Alagar caught the WPIAL Class AAA runner-up, North Allegheny’s Anna Li, in a rematch of the 2014 first round matchup. And, just like last year, Li came away with a 6-0, 6-0 victory and advanced to the title match.


In three trips to Hershey, Alagar has yet to win a game.