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CoGo’s High School Sports Unsung Hero: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny High School

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Balancing schoolwork and sports is a struggle most teenagers deal with in high school. However, East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson makes it seem easy.

Johnson is a four-sport athlete and maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking honors classes. Not only does she play center mid-fielder in soccer and outside hitter in volleyball in the fall, but also she’s the point guard on the girl’s basketball team in the winter and the shortstop on the softball team in the spring.

In the morning, she goes to the gym before school and practices shooting. After school, it’s basketball practice.

This fall, Johnson became the second player from East Allegheny to make All-Section. Her soccer coach, Stephen Shurgot, is happy to have her skills and knowledge on the pitch.

“She is always willing to help the younger girls and improve on their skills so that they become better players,” said Shurgot. “For my U8 and U10 teams that I coach, she referees the games for me and is always willing to come to practice and help them out. The younger kids already look up to her.”

While Johnson’s love for soccer, volleyball and softball are evident, she’s a basketball player at heart.

“Basketball is my favorite,” said Johnson. “It’s a struggle to hang out with my friends since I’m so busy, but my teammates are my friends so I’m always having a good time.”

Her dream is to play college basketball in the Washington DC metropolitan area, because their schools are very diverse. The University of Maryland is her “dream school,” but she also likes Towson University, Penn, Miami of Ohio and the University of North Carolina.

Johnson is thankful to her family for supporting her busy schedule.

“They are awesome, especially my parents,” she said. “They take me everywhere I need to be and make sure I have everything I need especially for my sports. I've got the best parents in the WPIAL.”

Johnson recieved her award, alongside her family, before East Allegheny beat Brashear 49-23 at the East Allegheny Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 28. Johnson scored 26 points in the Wildcats victory.

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