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Four DA field hockey players named to High School National Academic Squad
4/15/2014
Four seniors on Durham Academy's 2013 field hockey team have received national honors for academics. 

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Big kids welcome little kids and promote DA-Ravenscroft lacrosse game
4/8/2014
Editor’s note: The DA-Ravenscroft game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. 

Six members of the varsity boys lacrosse team were opening car doors Tuesday morning at Lower School drop-off. The big kids, sporting lacrosse gear or wearing a collared shirt and tie for game day, were easy to spot. They were part of a still-young tradition of promoting an athletic contest to students and their parents as they pull up to the sidewalk for the 7:30 to 8 a.m. drop-off. 

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April 11 picnic to celebrate spring athletic season
3/31/2014
Durham Academy's Parents Athletic Committee will sponsor a picnic on Friday, April 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Upper School athletic fields. Students, parents, faculty and staff from Preschool to Upper School are encouraged to come watch the varsity softball, girls soccer, boys tennis, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse teams play home games.

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Athletic Director's April Update
3/28/2014
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
Please allow me to tell a quick story about a conversation I had years ago with both of my sons. Both began playing on athletic teams when they were about 8 years old. Both became pretty good high school athletes, and one was a college athlete. At one point early in both of their youth sports “careers,” they wanted to complain about the officials after a particular game or call or loss.  

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Senior Lily Ronco competes in North Carolina All-Star Game
3/17/2014
Durham Academy senior Lily Ronco was one of 24 high school senior female basketball players chosen to compete in the 2014 Upward North Carolina Private School All-Star Basketball Game on March 8.

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Jon Enberg '98 and father of fallen Army Ranger stress importance of strong character at MS
3/7/2014
Addressing the Durham Academy Middle School student body on March 7, alumnus Jon Enberg '98 asked students to think of a friend who is always ready to lift them up with a joke, who is unwaveringly loyal, "who works incredibly hard — and through that makes everyone around them better."

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Athletic Director's March Update
3/2/2014
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
An exciting winter athletics season came to an end Feb. 21 with the varsity girls basketball team losing in the NCISAA state tournament final four in Greensboro. 

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DA to serve as host for King of the Spring Face-Off Classic lacrosse tournament
3/2/2014
As a host of the King of the Spring Face-Off Classic lacrosse tournament, Durham Academy will play host to nearly 30 of the nation's top high school lacrosse teams from March 7 to 10.

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Both girls and boys JV hoops teams end season undefeated
2/28/2014
The 2013-2014 hoops season was perfect for both the girls and boys basketball teams, as they remained undefeated all the way to TISAC championships. Both teams' coaches suggested that the secret to their success was not in individual performances but in playing as a team.

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Boys place fifth, girls 11th in state championship swim meet
2/19/2014
Durham Academy’s varsity boys swim team placed fifth in the NCISAA (North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association) state championship meet on Feb. 17, and the girls team placed 11th. Helping the boys to the fifth-place finish was senior Trey Harris, who won the 100-yard butterfly in a school-record 51.58 seconds.

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Senior Trey Harris is named top TISAC swimmer; boys win 5 individual and relay events
2/6/2014
Durham Academy senior Trey Harris was named the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer among the boys competing in the Feb. 4 TISAC swim meet. In addition, members of DA’s boys team took home championships in five individual and relay events. 

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Athletic Director's February Update
2/3/2014
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The winter athletics season is in its final weeks of the regular season, with varsity teams playing toward possible NCISAA state tournament bids.

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College Athletic Alumni Panel is Jan. 9
1/7/2014
The Durham Academy Parents Athletic Committee will host a College Athletic Alumni Panel on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Lower School campus.
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Athletic Director's January Update
1/7/2014
By Steve Engebreten
Director of Athletics

The winter break slowed the pace of action for Cavalier swimmers and basketball players, with some much deserved down time after midterm exams. The varsity boys and girls basketball teams did take time over the break to show their games on the hardwood. The girls team won three straight games in the Vision Sporting Goods Classic at Cary Academy to claim the tournament championship!

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Athletic Director's December Update
12/3/2013
The month of November was busy with the transition from fall to winter sports! Basketball and swim season are now well underway with several contests in the books and some important games and meets before the winter break. 

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Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony slated for Dec. 6
12/3/2013
The Durham Academy Alumni Association and Athletic Department are pleased to announce the creation of the Durham Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The first class of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted Friday, Dec. 6, in Kirby Gymnasium. 

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Senior athletes commit to Davidson, UNC
11/19/2013
Durham Academy seniors Trey Harris and Naomi Lerner committed to continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate Division I level during a ceremony Nov. 19 in the Kirby Gym Alumni Legacy Room. Harris signed a letter of intent to swim at Davidson College, and Lerner announced her plans to play lacrosse at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Seventh-grader Neil Mosca qualifies for Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships
11/18/2013
Durham Academy seventh-grader Neil Mosca finished 11th in a field of 45 4K runners Nov. 17 to qualify for the Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in San Antonio on Dec. 14.

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Athletic Director's November Update
11/4/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The 2013 fall sports season came to a quick end with final games at the Middle School and a flurry of tournament play for the varsity teams. Durham Academy was one of only five 3A schools to qualify every fall varsity team for N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) post-season play. 

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Durham Academy Athletic Hall of Fame to induct inaugural class Dec. 6
11/1/2013
In the more than 40 years since Durham Academy fielded its first varsity athletic teams, Cavaliers have won 70-plus state championships and dozens of athletes have gone on to successful collegiate and professional athletic careers. Given that rich history of excellence, the time is ripe a Durham Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, said DA Athletic Director Steve Engebretsen, and the inaugural class will be inducted Dec. 6.

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Eliza Dekker runs to third straight individual state cross-country title
10/25/2013
For the third consecutive year, Durham Academy junior Eliza Dekker was the top female finisher in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) cross-country meet on Oct. 25. The week prior, Dekker notched her fourth-straight Triangle Independent School Athletic Conference (TISAC) individual cross-country title.

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Girls golf team is state runner-up for second time in three seasons
10/22/2013
In just its third season on the green, the Durham Academy girls golf team notched its second straight runner-up finish in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Girls' Golf Championship on Oct. 21. The Cavs scored 250, trailing only perennial champion Cannon School's 225.

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Seven fall athletic teams headed into state tournaments
10/18/2013
With all seven Durham Academy varsity teams set to compete in N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) state tournaments, fans are urged to fill the stands, crowd the sidelines and show their support for the Cavaliers. 

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13 members of DA community participate in St. Croix Coral Reef Swim
10/15/2013
The crystal-clear waters of St. Croix sparkled with Durham Academy green Oct. 13 as 13 members of the DA community swam in the 18th annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim. Participants from the DA community — including eight students, four parents, and DA swim coach Gretchen Van De Carr — each placed within the top 10 in his or her age group.

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Athletic Director's October Update
10/1/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
Our fall athletic season is in full swing, with a few teams actually completing their seasons within the next few weeks.

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J.V. boys cross-country team claims Middle School Jamboree title
9/27/2013
Durham Academy's boys cross-country team dominated the Middle School Jamboree meet Sept. 26 in Raleigh, winning the team race and performing well enough to have won the open race, for which scores are not kept.

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Athletic Director's September Update
8/30/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
Welcome back to school, everyone, and to our fall sports season that is already well underway!  We are excited that fall Upper School athletes will be able to use the new Kirby Gym for the first time, and we are happy with improvements that we’ve made on the Middle School fields and inside the Middle School gym. All fall athletic schedules are posted at www.da.org/athletics, and any changes that occur will be posted immediately. Please get in the habit of checking the schedules of teams you’re most interested in.

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Evan Murray '13, Cameron Simpson, '13 receive lacrosse, academic accolades
6/14/2013
Two members of the Class of 2013 have received honors for excellence on the lacrosse field, in the classroom and in the community. Evan Murray was named an NCISAA/US Lacrosse Academic All-American, while classmate Cameron Simpson was named the regional winner of the Bob Scott Award.

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N.C. Soccer Coaches Association honors DA athletes, coach, athletic director
6/4/2013
The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association showered honors on several members of the Durham Academy community at its statewide spring program June 1, including the Region 1 Coach of the Year honor for girls soccer coach Susan Ellis and private school Athletic Director of the Year honor for Athletic Director Steve Engebretsen.

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Spring Varsity Athletic Awards Program recognizes success in spring sports
6/4/2013
More than 30 Cavaliers were recognized for their success on the field, court, course and track at Durham Academy's Spring Varsity Athletic Awards Program on May 19.

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Athletic Director's June Update
6/4/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
I’d like to officially end the 2013 spring athletic season by thanking the hundreds of parents who have supported and participated in the 2012-2013 athletic program! 

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Three Cavs represent N.C. in national lacrosse tournament, return as division champs
5/28/2013
Three Durham Academy students competed on North Carolina's top women's lacrosse team at the U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., returning from the May 25 to 26 tournament as undefeated division champions.

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Kirby Gym fitness center will be open during summer break
5/20/2013
Durham Academy's new fitness center/weight room will be open to the DA community during the summer break. The center, in the freshly renovated Kirby Gym, will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 17. 

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Plug in for live updates on NCISAA contests
5/17/2013
The Durham Academy athletics department will provide live updates on N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association contests the weekend of May 17 to 18, as the boys tennis, girls soccer and girls lacrosse teams pursue state championships.

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Several Cavalier athletic teams to compete in state, conference tournaments
5/9/2013
After a successful spring season — girls lacrosse, girls soccer and boys tennis all earned regular-season conference titles — athletes on seven Durham Academy teams will compete in state and conference tournaments and meets beginning Friday, May 10. 

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Steve Engebretsen: 'A pretty good place with some very special people'
5/1/2013
After two very busy days on the Upper School athletic fields, Athletic Director Steve Engebretsen shared a version of the following note with the Durham Academy faculty and staff April 26.
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Eighth-grader Madison Dunk is selected for N.C. U-15 girls lacrosse team
5/1/2013
Durham Academy eighth-grader Madison Dunk was among 18 female lacrosse players across North Carolina who were named to the U.S. Lacrosse North Carolina Under-15 girls lacrosse team April 16. 

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Athletic Director's May Update
5/1/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The spring season is finishing up with Middle School and junior varsity teams completing their seasons the first week of May. 
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Three Cavs make N.C. team for national girls lacrosse tournament
4/10/2013
Three Durham Academy students are among 18 North Carolina athletes selected for the state's top women's lacrosse team, which will compete in the U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Tournament in May.

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Junior class names Kirby Gym scoreboard in memory of Justin Straus
4/2/2013
Justin Straus' courage in the face of unthinkable adversity profoundly affected many of his Durham Academy classmates before his untimely death five years ago from a rare form of bone cancer. His message of "perseverance" lives on today in the hearts of both the students who knew him well and those who did not but have been inspired by his life.

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Athletic Director's April Update
4/2/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
Even though we’re still awaiting the arrival of spring weather, our spring sports teams are all up and running with busy game schedules. Dodging rain and cold winds make it more difficult, but we’re getting into conference play with all varsity teams eyeing NCISAA state tournament bids. We have several multiple-game days on each campus, so please check the schedules on da.org and come watch the Cavaliers play!

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Athletic Director's March Update
3/4/2013
For many of us, having just moved into Kirby gym, the basketball season seemed to have just begun, but tournament time and the winter season’s end came quickly. And with the end of swimming and basketball comes the full force of the busy spring athletic season. Our winter varsity teams all had terrific seasons with much team success and individual accomplishments.

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Five Questions with Nikki Graves
3/4/2013
Nikki Graves joined the Durham Academy community in 2010 as a pre-kindergarten teacher after working previously as an administrator with Boys & Girls Clubs of Raleigh. She graduated from UNC-Charlotte, where she was a 1,000-point scorer, a two-year captain and a team MVP as a member of the university's varsity womens basketball program. As DA's JV girls basketball coach, she has led the team to consecutive TISAC conference championships.
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King of Spring lacrosse tournament aims to raise chordoma awareness
2/27/2013
Above the scoreboard hanging in the Durham Academy Middle School gymnasium is scrawled a single word — a command from a late classmate to forge on no matter how great the obstacle, no matter the odds: "Perseverance." 

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DA boys place third in state swim meet, bring home relay championship
2/20/2013
Durham Academy's boys swim team placed third in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) state championships Feb. 18. It's the team's best finish in Gretchen Van De Carr's seven-year tenure as coach, and it very well may be the best finish in school history, she said, noting that records are a little sketchy.

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JV softball will not be offered in 2013
2/14/2013
Unfortunately, due to a clear lack of numbers, Durham Academy will not offer a JV softball team this spring.
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JV girls win second straight TISAC hoops championship
2/13/2013
Durham Academy's junior varsity girls basketball team scored its second consecutive TISAC (Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Association) championship Feb. 12 with a 30-19 victory against Ravenscroft School.

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Swim teams fare well at conference championships
2/8/2013
Durham Academy's swim teams fared well at the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC) Championships Feb. 8, with the boys team winning seven of 11 events, placing third overall, and the girls team placing fifth.
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DA senior Robin Blazing signs to play field hockey for Duke
2/6/2013
She had known for a while that she'd play field hockey at Duke University after graduating, but signing a letter of intent Feb. 6 was a big moment for Durham Academy senior Robin Blazing.
 
"Signing officially makes it that much more real," she said after committing to play for the Blue Devils.

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Four DA field hockey players named to High School National Academic Squad
2/4/2013
Four seniors on Durham Academy's state champion 2012 field hockey team were named to a national roster of academically successful field hockey players Feb. 4.

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Athletic Director's February Update
2/4/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The excitement of the opening of Kirby Gym is still in the air at Durham Academy Upper School. It was nice to see so many people at the ribbon-cutting ceremony last week and then to welcome our students, parents and faculty into the new space with four exciting games later that afternoon and evening.  

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Five Questions with Greg Murray
2/4/2013
The opening of Kirby Gymnasium, Durham Academy Upper School's renovated and expanded indoor athletic facility, has touched the lives of everyone at the school, but perhaps no one's life has been so transformed by the new facility than that of Greg Murray, chair of DA's physical education department. 

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Renovated, expanded Kirby Gymnasium opens to 'ooh's and 'ahh's
1/23/2013
When Durham Academy's original Upper School gymnasium opened in 1974, "it was the finest gym in Durham," DA Headmaster Ed Costello told a crowd gathered in front of the athletic facility Jan. 22, 2013.

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Athletic Director's January Update
1/7/2013
By Steve Engebretsen
Athletics Director
 
Happy New Year! The Holiday break is always a welcome one, but we’ve still had Cavalier athletic action going on with both varsity basketball teams competing in the Cary Academy Invitational Tournament in late December.
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Two DA students are the only N.C. players named to All-American field hockey team
12/10/2012
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced Dec. 10 that Durham Academy field hockey players Robin Blazing and Jordan Barry are NFHCA third-team All-American.

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National Field Hockey Coaches Association names two Cavs to all-region team
12/4/2012
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced Dec. 4 that Durham Academy field hockey standouts Robin Blazing and Jordan Barry have been named to the 2012 Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Region South Team.

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Athletic Director's December Update
12/3/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Athletics Director
 
The basketball and swim seasons are well under way, with Upper School teams having several games and meets under their belt already. The swim team has plenty of bodies and some talented swimmers, so we’re hoping for success in the season as we move toward winter break. Although we have several meets in November and December, the focus will be on the conference schedule after the first of the year.  

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Both varsity boys, girls hoops teams claim Cannon Classic titles
11/19/2012
The weekend of Nov. 16 was a good one for Cavalier basketball, as the Durham Academy varsity boys and varsity girls teams swept the Cannon Classic basketball tournament in Concord. The boys' victory marked the team's first basketball tournament title since 2007.

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Five Cavaliers named to state field hockey all-star teams
11/15/2012
Five members of Durham Academy's state-champion field hockey team were recently named to the N.C. High School Field Hockey Association all-star teams.

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DA volleyball players, coach selected for Oasis Volleyball Shrine Classic
11/8/2012
Durham Academy seniors Quincy Leech and Leigh Anne Pollard have been selected to play in the Oasis Volleyball Shrine Classic Saturday, Nov. 10, at Charlotte Latin School. Leech and Pollard helped the 2012 DA volleyball team to a 21-6 record and the TISAC regular-season championship.

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Athletic Director's November Update
11/1/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The Durham Academy fall season wrapped up with a busy tournament/championship week with many Cavalier teams going deep into the NCISAA playoffs. It was a strong varsity season for DA, with TISAC championships in volleyball, field hockey and girls golf, and second-place conference finishes for boys cross-country and girls tennis!

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Cavs varsity field hockey team wins its 11th state championship
10/30/2012
With its final two matches stretching into multiple overtimes, the Durham Academy field hockey team's state championship run culminated with an exhilarating 2-1 victory against Charlotte’s Providence Day School on Saturday, Oct. 27. 

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Girls golf team is state runner-up in only its second season
10/26/2012
Just a little more than a year after teeing off for the first time, the Durham Academy girls golf team placed second in the 2012 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Girls' Golf Championship. The Cavs finished the state tournament with a total of 275 strokes, trailing only Cannon School's 249. 

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Many fall athletic teams heading to state tournaments
10/19/2012
After a successful regular season for Durham Academy athletics, state tournament play kicks into gear for many fall teams beginning the weekend of Oct. 27. DA's varsity field hockey, volleyball, girls tennis, girls golf, and boys and girls cross-country teams have all advanced to compete in NCISAA tournaments and meets.
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DA cross-country runners fare well in Middle School XC Jamboree
10/5/2012
Durham Academy's junior varsity cross-country runners came in ahead of the pack at the Middle School XC Jamboree, a cross country championship meet featuring 592 runners from Triangle-area schools held Oct. 4 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Girls golf team sets school records
10/3/2012
The varsity girls golf team, in its second season, established a new school record in both team and individual scores vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy Oct. 3.
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Athletic Director's October Update
10/1/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
September is coming to an end with plenty of nice fall weather and Cavalier sports action almost daily. With each team halfway through their seasons, we’ve had plenty of success and each varsity team continues in the hunt for possible TISAC titles and state tournament bids.
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Team captain Robin Blazing leads scoring charge for field hockey team
10/1/2012
Varsity field hockey coach Judy Chandler reports that not only does Robin Blazing lead the 2012 Durham Academy field hockey team as a captain, but also leads in scoring.
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Team-first attitude sparks strong start for varsity girls tennis team
10/1/2012
Durham Academy's varsity girls tennis team is off to one of its best starts in school history, using three separate three-match win streaks to compile a 10-4 overall record headed into Tuesday's return trip down Interstate 40 to face conference rival Cary Academy
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Volleyball team defeats conference champions for second consecutive year
10/1/2012
Durham Academy’s varsity volleyball team is 14-4 and has already achieved two highlights. 
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Dekker wins second consecutive Adidas Cross Country Challenge title
9/17/2012
Durham Academy sophomore Eliza Dekker won her second-straight Adidas Cross Country Challenge at WakeMed Soccer Park Sept. 15 with a time of 17:44:2.

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Athletic Director's September Update
9/4/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Athletics Director
 
Welcome back to school and to another busy fall sports season! The Class of 2012 has approximately eight members on college sports rosters now, and many of our returning varsity players and coaches spent the summer competing in various club, select and Durham Academy team activities. Here are some of the activities and accomplishments by DA athletes over the summer:
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Blazing '11 named to U-21 national field hockey squad
7/24/2012
Lauren Blazing, a 2011 alumna of Durham Academy, has a shot at playing field hockey in the 2012 Pan American Games after being named to the Under-21 U.S. Junior National Squad from which Pan American athletes will be chosen.

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Blazing ’11 selected for national field hockey camp
7/10/2012
Lauren Blazing, a 2011 graduate of Durham Academy, was recently selected as the sole North Carolinian to attend the Junior National Camp for field hockey.
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Athletic Director's June Update
6/6/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The 2012 spring sports season concluded May 22 with the varsity awards program in Kenan Auditorium. Each varsity coach gave a brief overview of his or her season, announced various honors and presented team awards. Durham Academy’s spring season was a successful one with TISAC championships in boys tennis and softball, and multiple state tournament bids and wins.

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Track teams race to strong finishes at state championship meet
5/21/2012
The Durham Academy girls and boys track teams finished fourth and seventh, respectively, at the NCISAA state championship track meet on May 19 at Charlotte Country Day with members of both teams winning individual titles.
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Athletic Director’s May Update
5/3/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
With only a few weeks remaining in the spring season, it’s natural to look toward tournament time and the many end-of-school-year events. The month of May will be a busy time at Durham Academy.

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Fall 2012 Athletics Information
4/24/2012
Durham Academy Athletics Information and Team Try-Out/Start Dates for Fall 2012

Click here for information about fall 2012 try-out and start dates for Durham Academy's athletic teams.

Please remember that JV boys soccer, JV volleyball and JV field hockey are primarily 9th- and 10th-grade teams and will play high school JV schedules. We also have separate MS teams for these sports. Any 8th graders planning to try-out for one of these JV teams must attend pre-season try-out sessions.  Seventh graders are not allowed to play “up” a level. JV cross country and JV girls tennis may be comprised of students in grades seven to nine and will not begin practice prior to the beginning of school.

We do anticipate making cuts on some JV and varsity teams. Please contact the coach of these teams if the beginning date presents a problem. We do need all students to attend pre-season try-outs. There also may be roster limitations for JV tennis and some MS teams.

There will be an organizational meeting for all students in grades seven and eight who plan to play a fall sport on Tuesday, Aug. 21 (first day of classes) from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the MS gym.  

Please check www.da.org/athletics to refer to the Durham Academy Athletic Handbook for policies and procedures, and for the 2012-13 physical form that must be signed by a physician and returned to Jerry Davis, Upper School athletic trainer, prior to beginning practice or try-outs. All fall game schedules will be posted by June 20.
                                   


Dekker sets new school record at Raleigh Relays
4/5/2012
Freshman Eliza Dekker established a new Durham Academy record in the 3200 meters with her time of 10 minutes 47.19 seconds at the 2012 Raleigh Relays on March 30. Her time was nine seconds faster than the previous school record held by Adrianne Soo ’09. Dekker’s record-setting effort was the 15th-fastest time ever for a high school girl running the 3200 in North Carolina.

Junior Elizabeth Eason to play in U.S. Lacrosse Tourney
4/5/2012
Junior attacker Elizabeth Eason has been selected to participate in the Schoolgirls’ Division of the U.S. Lacrosse 2012 National Tournament this May as a member of North Carolina’s first team. Players are chosen for the team based on specific U.S. Lacrosse criteria for their given positions with evaluations based solely on their performance at tryouts.
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Photography student chronicles end of DA basketball season in images
4/5/2012
UNC-Chapel Hill student Julia Wall took a behind-the-scenes look at the Durham Academy boys basketball team as they finished up the 2011-2012 season, and now she’s sharing that perspective with the world. Wall, a photography student and member of the Daily Tar Heel newspaper staff, chronicled the team’s practices and games through her lens. The photos are available in the "stories" section of her website.

More than 350 DA students competing on spring teams
4/3/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The spring season is in full swing now with multiple games on most days. We have more than 350 students in grades seven through 12 competing on spring teams, and 49 of the 100 members of the senior class of 2012 are leading the way on varsity teams. At the Middle School level, 125 students in grades seven and eight are participating this spring.

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JV girls are TISAC basketball champions
3/2/2012
The JV girls basketball team secured its first TISAC championship since 1999 with a resounding 41-22 victory against Ravenscroft Feb. 14. The team finished with a 14-3 overall record (7-1 in league play) on the strength of a six-game win streak to end the season.
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Playing a sport in 2012-13? Download the athletics physical form
3/2/2012
The athletics physical form for the 2012-13 school year is now available on the Durham Academy athletics web page. This form will no longer be mailed home, so families should click here to download it for the 2012-13 school year. 

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Varsity awards cap winter sports seasons
3/1/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The winter athletic season turned quickly to spring. Now, instead of splashes in the pool and bouncing balls, the sounds are the crack of the bat, the swish of a ball in the soccer net, the pounding of feet on the track or the grunts on the tennis courts.

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DA boys win six of 11 events at conference swim meet
2/8/2012
Durham Academy swimmers excelled at the TISAC championship meet held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Ravenscroft School.
 
The DA boys finished third in the TISAC meet but had multiple individual event champions and actually won six of the 11 events. Double TISAC champions were 11th-grader Matthew Attarian in the 50 free and 100 breast and 10th-grader Trey Harris in the 200 IM and 100 fly. Ninth grader Nathan Greeley took first place in the 100 back. Attarian, Harris, Greeley and ninth-grader James Grubbs won the 200 medley relay.

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Spring sports participants will return to improved facilities
2/6/2012
Durham Academy athletes participating in spring sports will return to familiar, but improved surroundings as their seasons begin in late February thanks to off-season upgrades that will benefit players and spectators alike.
 
Enhancements to the DA baseball field include new dugouts, a new backstop and a larger foul territory area. Meanwhile, softball players on both the home and away teams will now have an awning covering their benches, which previously were not enclosed in any manner.
 

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Thomas to play volleyball at Stevens Institute of Technology
2/6/2012
Senior Annemarie Thomas will continue her volleyball career next year at Stevens Institute of Technology. Thomas is a three-year volleyball letter winner and was selected in November to play in the Oasis Shriners All-Star game. The women’s volleyball team, coached by Heidi Kearnan, finished 13-13 and advanced to the NCISAA quarterfinals. Click here to read the Stevens news release.


Senior athletes sign with Wolfpack, Demon Deacons
2/1/2012
Durham Academy senior athletes Shannon Cleaver and Lauren Rogers made their respective college decisions official during a brief ceremony at Kenan Auditorium on Feb. 1, the NCAA’s national signing day for Division I competitors. Cleaver will play soccer at North Carolina State University while Rogers is headed to Wake Forest to compete in field hockey.

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Winter sports look for strong finish
2/1/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The winter season is entering its final weeks, so the focus is on finishing strong and possible tournament bids.
 
Both varsity basketball teams are finding the going tough at times, but our players continue to play hard and both have had some exciting and successful contests so far. The boys, battling a brutal schedule of top opponents, have won five games since the winter break, including a victory over a quality, crosstown rival Cresset team on a buzzer-beater by senior Sammy Hobgood. The shot was in the air as the horn sounded ... when it swished through DA came away with a two- point victory! [Click here to watch video of the game-winning shot.] The boys continue to be led by Hobgood, fellow seniors Noah Tulsky, Vinnie Corwin and Justin Lawson, and sophomores Nash Carey-Ewand, Khari Williams and Slater Daniels, who are getting valuable experience in our tough league.

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Watch video of Durham Academy’s last-second victory on Jan. 23
1/24/2012
Sammy Hobgood’s 15-foot leaner as time expired lifted Durham Academy to a 64-62 victory against Cresset Christian Monday, Jan. 23 at the CavDome. Hobgood’s basket came after Cresset scored nine in a row to tie the game with 30 seconds left. Noah Tulsky led Durham Academy with 16 points, Vinnie Corwin had 11 points, Slater Daniels scored 10 and Chris Brasier scored seven.
 
 
Click here to watch video of Hobgood’s buzzer beater. (Video provided courtesy of Walter Daniels.)



DA soccer alumnae exhibit athletic, academic excellence
1/6/2012
Former Durham Academy goalkeeper Kelsey Kearney ’08 became the second player in UNC-Greensboro history to earn All-Southern Conference honors for four consecutive years after she once again earned the honor following the 2011 season.
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Varsity basketball teams compete in holiday tournaments
1/4/2012
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
The winter break slowed the pace of action for Cavalier swimmers and basketball players with a much-deserved rest after mid-term exams. The varsity boys and girls basketball teams competed over break, with both participating in holiday tournaments.  

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DA goalie recognized among the state’s top 100 soccer players
12/9/2011
Durham Academy junior goalkeeper Michael Pollard has been named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s 2011 All-State team. Pollard is the first DA player to earn NCSCA recognition as one of the state’s top 100 public and private school players since Sam Schwartz in 2008.
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Pathman '10 honored for highest GPA at NCAA women's soccer finals
12/2/2011
Mollie Pathman '10 is the first Duke women's soccer player to receive the Elite 89 Award, recognizing the person with the highest cumulative grade-point average among those participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Pathman's 3.912 GPA was tops among players from the four teams that qualified for the 2011 women's soccer College Cup. She is a two-time dean's list honoree at Duke.

At Durham Academy, Mollie was a five-year starter for Coach Susan Ellis's team. She was named the 2010 North Carolina and National Gatorade high school women's soccer player of the year.

Read more at the Duke athletics website or the NCAA's Elite 89 website.


DA swim teams have large rosters; Varsity basketball teams in rebuilding mode
12/1/2011
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
Basketball and swimming seasons are well underway, with Upper School teams getting a few games under their belts before the Thanksgiving break.  The varsity swim teams are large; we have more kids on the roster than we've had in several years.  While it's a mixture of beginners and veterans, hopes are high.  We started the season with a boys victory over Ravenscroft while the girls fell just short of winning the meet. 

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Fjeld '07 selected in NBA Development League draft
11/4/2011
The NBA Development League's Tulsa 66ers selected Evan Fjeld '07 with the 47th overall pick in the third round of its 2011 draft on Nov. 4. Fjeld was one of 10 selections made by the Tulsa 66ers, an affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Fall athletic season ends with all teams in state tournament play
11/1/2011
The 2011 fall athletic season officially ended this past weekend with several Durham Academy teams playing deep into the NCISAA state tournaments. Durham Academy is one of only five NCISAA 3A schools to qualify every fall sports team for state tournament play.  


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Cross country teams race to fine finishes at adidas invitational
10/20/2011
Eliza Dekker finished first in the girls varsity championship during September's adidas Cross Country Invitiational (see her post-race interview). Meanwhile, David Bradley established a personal record on his way to a first-place finish in the boys unseeded division (see his post-race interview). Overall, Durham Academy finished third among unseeded boys.
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DA fields its first-ever girls golf team
10/15/2011
Varsity girls golf is Durham Academy’s newest athletic team, with seven girls in grade seven through 12 playing for the Cavaliers in the team’s inaugural season. Seventh grader Madi Dunk took the historic first shot for DA girls golf in a Sept. 8 match against Ravenscroft.

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Varsity boys soccer ranked 10th in the area by News & Observer
10/11/2011
The News and Observer ranked Durham Academy 10th in its varsity boys soccer poll for the week of Sept. 7. 
 
"It's nice to get recognition for our early successes, but we know it’s a long season," says head coach Julian Cochran. "Despite an early nod, we're not incorporating that into our mindset. We know we have to move forward and keep getting better."

Varsity boys soccer ranked 10th in the area by News & Observer
9/7/2011

The News and Observer ranked Durham Academy 10th in its varsity boys soccer poll for the week of Sept. 7, an improvement of two spots from the previous week’s poll for the Cavaliers. The team ran its record to 5-1-0 overall with victories against Ridgecroft School on Aug. 22 and Highpoint Christian Academy on Aug. 25.
 
Two of the Triangle Independent Schools Athletics Conference’s four schools appeared in the Sept. 7 poll with 12th-ranked Ravenscroft joining Durham Academy on the list. The conference rivals meet for the first time this season on Sept. 13 at 6:15 p.m. at DA’s Alumni Field before a return match at Ravenscroft on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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DA athletes competed, excelled during summer vacation
9/3/2011
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
Welcome back to school everyone and welcome to the Durham Academy fall athletic season.
 
With approximately 10 members of the Class of 2011 on college rosters now, our returning varsity players and coaches have been working hard since early August to prepare for another year of DA athletics.  For many that work and preparation began before preseason tryouts and workouts.

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Parking for DA athletic events
8/25/2011
Now that the school year is underway, parking in the Upper School gym lot is even more congested than usual due to construction on campus.  Steve Engebretsen, director of athletics, asks that parents be careful and be quick when picking up students from athletic practices at the Upper School.  
 
The US tennis courts, track and soccer field can be reached via a pedestrian walkway from the US gym lot.  The walkway is located between the parking lot and the wooded area behind the tennis courts.  
 
Additional parking for Upper School athletic events is available in the large parking lot near Kenan Auditorium.   The track, tennis courts and soccer field can be reached by walking the path between Kenan Auditorium and the lacrosse field, by taking the stairs to the right of Kenan or via the stairs on the back side of the Upper School double-decker building.


DA adds girls golf; new team will play a full schedule this fall
6/16/2011
Durham Academy is pleased to announce the addition of varsity girls golf as an athletic option beginning fall 2011.  In cooperation with other TISAC schools, girls golf will become an official fall season girls sport with a full schedule and probable TISAC championship match.   This sports offering is open to Durham Academy girls in grades seven through 12.  Golf experience is expected.
 

Greg Murray, DA boys golf coach, will coach the girls golf team and will begin the fall season with an organizational meeting on Thursday, August 11, at 4 p.m. at the Upper School gym.  Coach Murray will distribute information and go over policies and procedures. Practice will begin Monday, August 15.
 
Please check the Durham Academy athletic webpage (www.da.org/athletics) to see the schedule, and please contact Greg Murray (greg.murray@da.org) with questions.


DA varsity lacrosse teams head to State Championships!
5/20/2011
Both boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams have earned their way to the state championship games.

Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs Charlotte Country Day School
NCISAA Championship $7.00 admission for both students and parents.
12:00 PM
Away
Location: Charlotte Country Day School
 
Varsity Girls Lacrosse vs Charlotte Country Day School
NCISAA Championships $7.00 admission for both parents and students.
There will be limited seating at this game site. Bringing chairs is advised!
2:00 PM
Away
Location: Charlotte Country Day School

Congratulations to both teams for a great season and good luck in the championships!


Every varsity team in strong contention for a tournament bid
5/10/2011
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
On the fields, track and courts, we are heading into the home stretch of our spring sports season.
Each varsity team is in strong contention for TISAC honors and/or NCISAA tournament bids.
 
The NCISAA selection and seeding committees for varsity teams meet as follows:  baseball, soccer, boys lacrosse, tennis on May 11, and softball and girls lacrosse on May 14.  After these meetings we will know the seeding and game sites for the first two rounds of NCISAA tournaments.  

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Yesterday produced one of the most exciting moments of the spring season!
4/15/2011
While to many of you, yesterday was a pretty day in April and a Thursday that meant the weekend is getting closer . . . it also produced one of Durham Academy’s most exciting athletic moments of the spring season!
 

After trailing 3-7 with about nine minutes to play, DA varsity girls lacrosse outscored Cape Fear Academy 6-1 to win the game 9-8! Not only that, a perfect pass from Elizabeth Eason allowed Mariel Murray to score the game winner with 1.9 seconds to go!!
 

Other notables of the spring so far include:
  • DA varsity girls soccer being undefeated at 9-0-1 so far
  • Varsity baseball being atop the TISAC standings (4-1) at this point, with four tough games remaining
  • Varsity tennis looking like a final four team with a 10-2 record
  • Golfers working their way back into contention for a state tournament bid
  • Varsity track relying on our outstanding distance runners and good depth to be at or near the top in the TISAC and NCISAA. Plus, DA has our first ever pole vaulter – Kristin Sundy is pole vaulting and doing pretty well.
  • 55 of our 90 seniors are on varsity rosters this spring!
 
– Steve Engebretsen, Director of Athletics
 



Spring Sports Update
4/14/2011
The spring sports teams are off to  good starts with each team having success at the half-way mark of the season.

Currently varsity soccer is undefeated (9-0-1)with several tough TISAC opponents remaining.  Varsity tennis, baseball and softball are also at or near the conference standings.  And we know that both boys and girls lacrosse and boys and girls track will be in contention for TISAC honors.
 

One note from the winter season - the 7th grade boys basketball team went unmentioned after having an undefeated season, going 11-0 under Coach Jon Lantzy.  Congratulations!
 

Important dates:
 
Fri. May 6 - Athletic Parent Council Picnic at the upper school fields from 5-7.  We have multiple home games, so come watch the Cavs and buy a hamburger and drink while enjoying the varsity boys lacrosse, tennis, softball, baseball and soccer games!
 
Sat. May 14 - TISAC track at NRCA
Sat. May 14 - Sat May 21 - NCISAA tournaments...check your teams schedule!
 
Tu. May 24 - Varsity Spring Sports Awards Program and BBQ, 5:45/7:00 at the upper school quad and in Kenan Auditorium.
 

All Fall sports starting dates for try-outs and practices are at www.da.org/athletics. Fall schedules will be published on-line before the end of June.


Spring Face-Off Classic features 18 lacrosse teams
3/15/2011
Durham Academy is partnering with Brine, Great Atlantic Lacrosse Company, Lacrosse.com, the City of Durham and Duke University to host the 2nd Annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic March 11-14. Competing will be 18 lacrosse teams from seven different states, including state championship teams from Tennessee (McCallie School), Texas (Highland Park) and North Carolina (Charlotte Country Day School).  Tournament director is Jon Lantzy, DA’s varsity lacrosse coach.
 
The 18 teams competing in the Spring Face-Off Classic have Combined 2010 Win/Loss Record of 244-74.  A complete schedule of games is available by clicking here.


Spring sports have sprung, but first here's the wrap for winter teams
3/15/2011
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics
 
In a blur, the winter athletic season turned into the spring athletic season with a bustle of activity and several spring varsity teams in action before spring break. But before we move outside to the fields and track, there are several winter season highlights to mention.
 
Durham Academy Middle School basketball teams all had outstanding seasons, finishing 10-0 (seventh grade girls), 11-1 (seventh grade boys), 12-1 (eighth grade girls), and 10-3 (eighth grade boys). Congratulations to all these athletes and coaches!

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Season ends for varsity girls basketball
2/24/2011
The varsity girls basketball team ended its season February 24 with a 39-49 loss to Forsyth Country Day School in the quarter-finals of the NCISAA tournament.

DA relay team wins first place at states
2/22/2011

Congratulations to Durham Academy swimmers Matthew Attarian, Trey Harris, Tommy Grigg and Joe Peterson, who took first place in the NCISAA state tournament 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.13.  The boys team finished fifth overall in the 3A state meet, and the DA girls finished 13th.


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DA girls host opening round in state basketball tournament
2/21/2011

Durham Academy’s #7 seed varsity girls basketball team (19-6)  will host a first round NCISAA state tournament game on Tuesday, February 22, vs #10 Saint Mary’s School.  Game time is 6:30 p.m., and there will be a $7 admission charge for everyone over the age 10 as required by the NCISAA.

 

“We hope to have a good crowd to support the girls.  Please plan to come attend,” said Athletic Director Steve Engebretsen.  “The winner plays on Thursday in Asheville, so this is last chance to watch DA basketball unless you plan to travel to Asheville! Come support the Cavs!”



Spring Sports 2011, starting dates
2/7/2011

Varsity golf - Mon. Feb. 14, coach Murray

Varsity boys lacrosse - Mon Feb. 21, 3:30 US field, coach Lantzy

Varsity girls lacrosse - Mon. Feb. 21, 3:30 US Alumni field, coach Rebosa

Varsity boys tennis - Mon. Feb. 21, 3:30 US courts, coach Bilsborrow

Varsity girls soccer - Mon. Feb. 21, 3:30 US Moylan field, coach Ellis

Varsity baseball - Mon. Feb. 21, 3:30 US field, coach Regnerus

Varsity G&B track - Mon. Feb. 21, 3:30 US track, coach Cullen

Varsity softball - Thu. Feb. 24, 3:30 US field, coach Chandler


JV softball (7-9) - Thu. Feb. 24, 3:30 MS field, coach Stafford

JV baseball (7-9) - Thu Feb. 24, 3:30 US field, coach Weinhold

MS boys lacrosse (7,8) - Thu. Feb. 24, 3:30 MS field, coach Keeney

JV girls lacrosse (7-9) - Mon. Feb. 28, 3:30 US Alumni field, coach Mondro

JV boys tennis (7-9) - Meet with coach Edwards at US on Thu. Feb. 24 at 3:30, first day on courts, Mon. Feb. 28

MS girls soccer (7,8) - Mon. Feb. 28, 3:30 MS field, coach McKenney

JV G&B track (7,8) - Mon. Feb. 28, 3:30 US track, coach Irons


There will be a DA shuttle to bring kids playing JV baseball, JV tennis, JV track, JV girls lacrosse to the US from the MS each day. This bus will leave the MS gym parking lot at 3:15, then again at 3:30. Students on these teams should be picked up from practice each day at the US.


Students will be expected to have a current physical form on file with Jerry Davis at the US.



DA names new coaches for varsity and JV girls lacrosse
1/27/2011

Durham Academy is pleased to announce that Debbie Rebosa has been named varsity girls lacrosse coach. Coach Rebosa has been active in the Triangle area girls lacrosse as a member of the Carolina Heat Women’s Adult Lacrosse Club and has been a coach and director in the Rival/Fusion/TSL lacrosse organization for several years. While earning her degree at the University of Buffalo, she was the captain and president of the Women’s Lacrosse Club. Coach Rebosa has been head coach at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill for the last two years.

 

Danielle Mondro has been named the junior varsity girls lacrosse coach at Durham Academy, and also will work as a development assistant in DA’s Alumni and Development Office. A lacrosse midfielder at the University of Rochester, she twice earned honorable mention all-league honors and four times won all-academic league honors.

 

Durham Academy is excited about these two coaches and hope our DA families will welcome them as we prepare for the spring season.



Mark Your Calendar:
Saturday, February 5, is
DA Night at the Hurricanes!

1/12/2011

 

Calling all hockey fans!  Saturday, Feb. 5th is the first ever DA Night at the Hurricanes!  Gather your friends and come watch the Hurricanes battle division rivals the Atlanta Thrashers at the RBC center.  Gates open at 6:00 pm, game time is 7:00 pm.  Special ticket prices are available for all DA families -- $18 for Upper Level, $55 for Lower Level -- but you must purchase your tickets by Jan. 31st.  Prices will increase to $30 and $80, respectively, after 5:00 pm on the 31st.

Ordering tickets is easy, click on the link below to purchase and print your DA tickets directly from the Hurricanes web site: http://hurricanes.nhl.com/durhamacademy

If you have any questions, please contact Nickie Donovan at nickie1@aol.com.  See you at the RBC Center!

 


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Basketball and swim season going strong!
1/5/2011

By Steve Engebretsen

Director of Athletics

 

The months of November and December were spent with basketball players and swimmers training and getting their seasons underway.  Durham Academy has 98 boys and girls playing on basketball teams and a roster of 40 on a boys/girls swim team.  Winter is the least active sports season in terms of the number of participants, but we have many students competing! 

 

The holidays are a short break in the daily athletics schedule, but game nights and swim meets come frequently once we return to school.  The swim team has moved its practice site from Campus Hills to Duke for the remainder of the season.  While this is an inconvenient interruption, training continues with the state meet as the prize at the end of the season.  Both girls and boys varsity basketball teams played in holiday tournaments and return with important conference games ahead.  Each Middle School basketball team got off to a great start before break and each hopes to recapture their momentum upon returning to school in January.


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It's still basketball and swimming season, but spring start dates are already set
12/8/2010

By Steve Engebretsen

Director of Athletics

 

As we move further into the winter weather, basketball and swimming seasons are well under way. Both varsity basketball teams are 3-0 at this point, with several tough and important games looming before winter break.

 

Our girls and boys varsity basketball teams will compete in the Cary Academy Holiday Tournament on December 20, 21, 22. Each Middle School basketball team will play several games before winter break, but the bulk of those seasons will come after the break. Our swim teams have two meets under their belt, and with high numbers and lots of enthusiasm they are looking forward to a strong season. I encourage everyone to check the schedules at www.da.org/athletics and come watch the Cavaliers play or swim!


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Used sporting equipment collection begins in November
11/27/2010

Fall sports are wrapping up, and it’s an ideal time to gather outgrown items for donation to the Parents Association Used Sporting Equipment Sale.  This spring sale is the perfect way to recycle gently used items, while raising funds that support the school’s academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives.


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Every DA varsity team qualified and advanced in state tournament play
11/2/2010

By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics 

The fall season has come to a close and so as the weather turns cool we'll shift quickly to basketball and swimming season.

But before we do there are many team and individual accomplishments to meniton from the fall seasons. Each varsity team qualified for and advanced in NCISAA tournament play. Durham Academy is one of only four 3A schools to place each fall sport team -- volleyball, tennis, field hockey and soccer -- into the state tournament brackets.


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Eliza Dekker tops TISAC cross country meet;
DA boys finish second, third and fifth

10/27/2010
DA eighth grader Eliza Dekker outran 85 girls for first place in the TISAC cross country championship meet, finishing a minute-and-a half faster than the runner-up.  DA seniors Carl Ward, Fred Ward and Michael Cunningham came in second, third and fifth in the boys race, helping their DA team to a second place finish behind Cary Academy.  Read about the TISAC conference meet in this article from the News & Observer.

NCISAA tournament update:
Volleyball, soccer, tennis end their seasons;
Field hockey, cross country compete Friday

10/27/2010

Durham Academy’s varsity volleyball, soccer and tennis teams each lost in the quarter-finals of the NCISAA tournament Tuesday to end their seasons.  Soccer finishes at 9-8-3; volleyball finishes at 12-9 and tennis winds up 12-8.

 

Varsity field hockey (15-4) defeated Providence Day School 2-0 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the NCISAA tournament.  DA will play Charlotte Latin School (18-0) at Charlotte Latin at 2 p.m. Friday.  The championship game is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Latin.

 

DA boys and girls cross country will run in the NCISAA meet on Friday at Montreat College.  The girls race is at 2 p.m. and the boys at 2:45 p.m.



Varsity teams are working toward state tourney bids
10/17/2010

By Steve Engebretsen

Director of Athletics

 

While summer seems long ago, it’s hard to believe we’ve only about three more weeks of heavy fall sports action.  Each varsity team is busy positioning themselves for possible state tournament bids and trying to stay healthy and peak at the right time.  Injuries and a stop-and-start school calendar are challenges, but all teams are looking to finish strong.  Each of our Middle School and JV teams have winning records, and are also working toward successful seasons.  We’ll have season re-caps in the next News & Notes.


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Alumni lacrosse game and picnic
will celebrate 20 years of
boys lacrosse at DA

10/12/2010

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Durham Academy’s boys lacrosse program, the school is hosting an alumni lacrosse game on Saturday, October 16, at 1:30 p.m. coached by current and former lacrosse staff. The entire DA community is invited to the alumni lacrosse game and family picnic on the Upper School fields. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Mom’s Delicious Dishes Food Truck. 


Alumni planning to play in the game include Zach Allison ’08, Wyche Carr ’08, JT Derian ’10, Peter Elkins-Williams ’03, Jonathan Evans ’94, Grant Fowler ’08, Ryan Frost ’93, Ben Harris ’03, Brent Hilpert ’94, Chris Kanoy ’07, Andy Kay ’98, James King ’09, Mike Larson ’90, Ben Mark ’03, Tim McCord ’03, Johnny Seivold ’99, Raj Sundar ’08, Everett Wilson ’08, Andrew Yarbrough ’02 and Wilkins Zollicoffer ’10.


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DA boys are City-County Cross Country champs;
Senior Fred Ward is top finisher, setting a meet record

10/6/2010

Durham Academy’s boys cross country team won its fourth straight Durham City-County Championship on Wednesday, with senior Fred Ward claiming top spot among all runners.  It was the second time in three years that Fred has won the city-county meet, setting a meet record 16:00 for the 5K course at DA!

 

DA’s Carl Ward came in third with 16:34, Michael Cunningham was seventh and David Bradley was ninth.  The DA boys team tied for first place with N.C. School of Science and Math, but Jimmy Mosca finished 20th, two places ahead of the next Science and Math runner, giving DA the tie breaker.  The Science and Math team is coached by Nick Lehman, a 2001 DA graduate and the city-county champ in 2000.

 

You can read full coverage of the Durham City-County Cross Country Championship in The Herald-Sun.   


And from veteran DA Cross Country Coach Dennis Cullen, a coach’s eye view of the Durham City-County Meet:

 

The boys won the City-County Cross Country Meet; the girls finished fifth.

 

Fred Ward won the individual race with a time of 16:00.  This is a new meet record.  DA has hosted the meet every year since 1979, so it is fair to say that no Durham runner has ever run faster in this meet.  Fred also won this meet in 2008.  He has won the 3200 at the state track meet in 2008 and 2009.  He set the school record at 3200 meters at 9:26.4.

 

Obviously, Fred's time is also our school record, breaking the record of 16:17 set earlier this year by his twin brother, Carl.  Carl has our school record at 1600 meters, 4:17.8 

 

The first five runners on the boys team (Fred, Carl, Michael Cunningham, David Bradley, Jack Lee) had an average time of 17:09.  This also established a new meet record.  It broke the record of 17:18 set by last year's DA team.

 

DA and the North Carolina School of Science and Math actually posted identical scores of 37 points.  In cross country, the places of the first five runners on each team are added together.  When a tie occurs, the place of the sixth runners breaks the tie.  In this case, DA's Jimmy Mosca finished a few places ahead of NCSSM's sixth runner, giving us the win. 



Homecoming is October 15 – Don’t miss it!
10/1/2010

A traditional barbecue dinner, moonwalks for the kids and three varsity athletic events are all part of Durham Academy Homecoming on Friday, October 15, at the Upper School fields. Come support the Cavaliers as varsity field hockey meets Chapel Hill High School at 4:15 p.m. on Moylan Field, varsity volleyball plays North Raleigh Christian Academy at 5:30 p.m. in the US gym and varsity boys soccer takes on North Raleigh Christian Academy at 6:30 p.m. on Alumni Field.  Admission is free to each of the games.


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Away Games and Basketball Info
9/20/2010

HEADS UP to parents traveling to away games - many school are charging admission to games. This includes MS games vs public schools and MS/JV contests at North Raleigh Christian Academy. Please be prepared...thank you!

Click the headline above for both Middle and Upper School Basketball tryout dates.


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Would you like a reminder about your child’s activities and athletic events?
9/10/2010
A new feature of Durham Academy’s web site includes the ability for parents to request e-mail or text message reminders for school announcements, games or schedule changes for their child’s athletic teams.
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DA athletes win an assortment of honors this summer
9/1/2010

By Steve Engebretsen

Athletics Director

 

The fields and courts are generally quiet at Durham Academy during the summer months.  There are several DA sports camps and routine summer maintenance, but it's not the bustling place that is it is during the school sports seasons.  Even though the summer months are a calm time for Durham Academy sports, many of our athletes continue to work hard and compete throughout the summer. 

Coaches Tim McKenna and Costen Irons took over 30 boys to the team basketball camp at Catawba College, where DA’s varsity team went 13-2 and lost in the championship game. Coach Krista Gingrich and the DA varsity girls team competed in a summer league against top competition and went 5-5 for the summer season. Coaches Julian Cochran and Judy Chandler took boys soccer and field hockey groups to team camps to compete against teams from across the state. Senior Cody Crenshaw and sophomore Robin Blazing were winners of the Will-to-Win Award at UNC field hockey camp, and Robin was named an all-star at Duke field hockey camp. Cody also participated in the Futures Regional Tournament and the College Field Hockey Showcase in Virginia during the summer. Also in field hockey, junior Lauren Rogers was named to the South U16 regional team that will compete in the National Futures Tournament in 2011, and eighth grader Jordan Barry was named to the South U14 regional team and will compete in the national tournament next year. On the lacrosse field, senior Billy Haas was named an all-star at the Top 250 boys lacrosse camp.


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Mollie Pathman is National Girls Soccer Player of the Year
5/28/2010

The national soccer spotlight shone brightly on Durham Academy May 26 when senior Mollie Pathman was named 2009-10 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.  The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, and distinguishes Mollie as the nation’s best high school girls soccer player.

 

Mollie was taken completely by surprise when Olympic gold medalist and former UNC soccer star Cat Reddick Whitehill knocked on the door of a DA classroom, informed Mollie that she was the national player of the year and presented her with an impressive trophy.  A camera crew – ostensibly making a video for DA – captured Mollie’s surprise and the brief assembly that followed.  The applause of students and faculty made it clear that Mollie is a much-appreciated member of the DA community.


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Senior Athletic Awards
5/21/2010

Kurt F. Meyer, 77 Senior Athlete Award winners:

Rachel Hall

Andrew Kuyper


TISAC Sportsmanship Award winner:

Kylie Reeves

Wilkins Zollicoffer


Durham Sports Club Scholar Athlete nominees:

(each high school in Durham nominates 1 male and 1 female)

Mollie Pathman - Runner Up, awarded $500.00 scholarship

Erik Kraus - Winner, awarded $1000.00 scholarship



DA boys win TISAC conference meet, girls take second place
5/10/2010

Durham Academy’s boys track team won the TISAC conference meet on Saturday with several impressive performances. First place plaques went to Andrew Kuyper in the 100m and 200m; Erik Kraus in the 800m; and Carl Ward in 1600m, with a new school record of 4:17.8!

 

Team members winning second or third place were Kenyon Scales – 100m; Andrew Kuyper ­ 400m, long jump; Fred Ward – 1600m, 3200m; Carl Ward - 3200m; Jordan Meyers – 110 high hurdles, 300 hurdles; Shan Nager – triple jump; and Robert Jackson and Alan Lindsay – discus.

 

DA’s girls track team came in second in TISAC meet. Event winners were Francesca Tomasi – 400m and Jasmine Williams – 300 hurdles. Team members winning second or third place were Elise Hartley – 400m; Lindsay Soo – 100 hurdles; Jasmine Williams – 300 hurdles; Kelly Thomas – long jump; Hannah Lewis – triple jump; Alexis Hewitt – shot and discus; and Betsy Wiener – shot.



DA lacrosse player is WTVD student athlete of the week
4/9/2010

Senior lacrosse player Rachel Hall has been named the WTVD student athlete of the week.  A brief interview with Rachel will air April 9 on WTVD news broadcasts at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.



Rachel Hall is scholar athlete of the month
3/1/2010
Rachel Hall, Durham Academy senior and member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, has been selected as a February winner for Scholar Athlete of the Month from 99.9 The Fan / 620 The Buzz and Coastal Federal Credit Union. Rachel will receive on-air recognition and special keepsake award, and Durham Academy will receive $400. The award will be presented March 2 in Raleigh.

Spring sports are off and running!
3/1/2010

By Steve Engebretsen

Director of Athletics

One cannot tell by the small piles of snow still in the parking lots and mostly chilly temperatures, but the spring sports season is upon us. We already have hundreds of students on the fields, courts and track preparing for spring season action.


But we still have many winter sports accomplishments to report. The seventh grade girls basketball team completed an undefeated season earlier this month! Both Middle Schoool boys basketball teams had winning seasons against strong competition, and the eighth grade girls team also had a solid season. Both JV basketball teams were defeated in the semi-finals of their conference tournament, but had several late season big wins!


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It's Tournament Time!
2/22/2010

Both the Durham Academy boys and girls varsity basketball teams qualified for NCISAA state tournament play.


The DA girls team finished at 14-12 and received the #10 seed.   DA played Rabun Gap School (17-7, #7 seed) in Rabun Gap, Ga., in first round action on Tuesday.  Durham Academy survived a six-hour bus trip and defeated Rabun Gap School 57-42, advancing to the quarter-final round in Greensboro. Read about this exciting game in this article from the Herald-Sun.  DA plays #2 seed Charlotte Christian at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at American Hebrew Academy (4334 Dobbs Road, Greensboro).

 

The DA boys team was 16-13 and received the #11 seed.  DA ended the season Tuesday with a 60-42 loss to Cannon School (15-13, #6 seed) in NCISAA first round action. Congratulations on a fine season and to Jordan Lawson for becoming the all-time leading scorer in DA basketball history with 1,444 career points!



Mollie Pathman '10 is National Scholar Athlete of the Year for girls soccer
1/4/2010
Durham Academy senior Mollie Pathman is the National Soccer Coaches of America Association/adidas High School Scholar Athlete of the Year.  Mollie is a member of the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, and has been a member of youth national teams since the U-14 level. She has maintained an excellent GPA while shining on the soccer field. A three-time NSCAA Youth All-America, she also earned both All-America and Scholar All-America honors for interscholastic play for 2009, giving her a sweep of the three available honors. 

In three seasons playing forward at DA, she has compiled 99 career goals and 43 assists while earning the team’s Most Valuable Player award three times. The 2009 North Carolina High School Girls Player of the Year, she has enjoyed success while playing for Triangle Football Club, leading the team to a pair of Super Y League U-20 national championships and earning tournament MVP in 2008. She also is an active volunteer, working with Habitat for Humanity, at a community center in West Virginia and as a peer educator at Durham Academy.

Read more about her reaction to the award in this article from the News & Observer.

January brings lots of swimming and basketball action
1/1/2010

Steve Engebretsen
Athletic Director

As I write, things have slowed down for exams and winter break, which for winter athletes and coaches can be a time to catch up and rest for a time (after exams, of course). The winter sports season is off to a good start with each team having a couple of notches in the win column.

Our swim team is larger than ever. With some talented swimmers and lots of depth, the team is off to a strong start. Both girls and boys varsity basketball teams have some big wins over tough opponents and both teams will be playing over the holiday break. Senior captains Kylie Reeves and Jordan Lawson are leading the way.


When we return from holiday break, game action will be heavy for basketball and swimming.  Keep checking the schedules on www.da.org and come out and watch DA athletes compete!


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Mollie Pathman ’10 named to NSCAA/Adidas All-America Soccer Team
12/4/2009

Senior soccer stand-out Mollie Pathman has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Soccer Team. Pathman, along with other award recipients will be recognized at the January NSCAA convention. To be considered for the award, the student must have a high academic standing, must have demonstrated excellence in soccer at the high school level and must have performed service in his or her community.


Officially sponsored by Adidas, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America serves as the recognized leader in naming All-America soccer players. The NSCAA selects All-America teams at every level of play. Through its annual sponsorship of the All-America teams, NSCAA provides coaches the opportunity to help their players receive richly deserved recognition while helping promote the growth of the sport.



Nearly 155 athletes competing on basketball, swim teams
12/1/2009

By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics 

Basketball and swimming seasons are now in full swing.  Durham Academy has eight basketball teams that include 105 students and a swim team roster of nearly 50!   So, even though the winter sports season is a bit quieter than fall or spring, we have high participation and loads of action. 

 As we begin a time of heavy game schedules, I’d like to remind parents that we expect and promote good sportsmanship at Durham Academy athletic events.  Please speak to your children about what this means and of its importance, and do your best to be a good model of sportsmanship at games.  


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DA athletes take conference and state honors
11/11/2009

A number of Durham Academy students were recoginzed by our conference (Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference) and state (North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association). 

TISAC honored students as follows:
Soccer All-TISAC: Seniors David Fowler, Andrew Kuyper, Wilkins Zollicoffer and Junior Rawls Zollicoffer received honorable mention

Volleyball All-TISAC: Sophmore Ada Taylor while Juniors Emma Kimmel, Taylor Williams and Sarah Elizabeth Hampton all garnered an honorable mention

Field Hockey All-TISAC: Seniors Rachel Hall, Caitlin Cleaver and Allie Bassil; Junior Lauren Blazing and Sophmore Lauren Rogers.  In addition, Rachel Hall was named Player of the Year for TISAC.

Tennis All-TISAC: Senior Sarah Edwards

Cross Country In addition to winning the conference, a number of runners were names to All-TISAC. Senior Erik Kraus, Juniors Carl Ward, Fred Ward and Michael Cunningham, Sophmore Sam Goldberg and seventh grader Eliza Dekker

In our state association (NCISAA), athletes in both field hockey and cross country took honors.  For field hockey Rachel Hall, Allie Bassil, Caitlin Cleaver and Lauren Blazing were all recognized. In Cross Country, in addition to winning the Boys State Championship, Carl Ward, Fred Ward and Erik Kraus all received honors. Eliza Dekker received honors from our girls cross country team.



Fall sports culminate with TISAC, NCISAA tournaments
11/2/2009

By Steve Engebretsen
Athletics Director

The fall season is quickly coming to a close with tons of TISAC and NCISAA tournament action. 

The Durham Academy boys cross country team won their second straight NCISAA state chanpionship on Friday in Greensboro. Carl Ward (2nd), Fred Ward (3rd) and Erik Kraus (5th) led the way and were named to the All-state team as DA outdistanced second place Cary Academy 53-77. Michael Cunningham (15th) and David Bradley (28th) also scored for DA. The girls team finished 9th overall and were led by Eliza Dekker who finished 5th overall to earn all-state honors.


The Durham Academy field hockey team lost to eventual state champion Charlotte Country Day in the semi-finals on Friday. The final score was 1-0, but went into sudden death penalty strokes after being tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, 0-0 after two over time periods, and still tied after one round of penalty strokes. Allie Bassil, Caitlin Cleaver, Rachel Hall and Lauren Blazing were named to the All-State team.


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What’s it like to play a sport in college?
Come to college coaches panel on Nov. 10

11/2/2009

Durham Academy is sponsoring a college coaches panel for students and parents in grades seven-12. The program will be held November 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Lower School campus.


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Fall Tournament Updates
10/21/2009

Wednesday 10/28

DA tennis (#8) plays Providence Day School (#1) at Providence Day, noon.  The game was moved due to inclement weather Tuesday.

Friday, 10/30
Varsity Field Hockey plays Charlotte Country Day at 3:30 pm on Moylan Field. Admission is $7.00 as required by the conference.


Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country will travel to Hagenstone Park in Greensboro for NCISAA meet. Girls race is at 10:00 am. Boys race is at 10:45 am.


Tournament results:

Friday, 10/23
The DA boys cross country team won the TISAC title with Fred Ward (2nd), Carl Ward (3rd), Erik Kraus (4th), Michael Cunningham (6th), and Sam Goldberg (8th) all finishing in the top 10. DA girls finished 4th with Eliza Dekker (2nd) and Casey Rogers (24th) as the top DA finishers.

DA volleyball defeated St. Mary's School 3-0 to advance to the TISAC semi-finals Saturday.

The DA tennis team, in the state tournament for the first time in 8 years, overcame two rain delays in a match that ended up lasting over 5 hours to beat Cary Ac. 5-4. A rain shower at 3:40 delayed the match from the scheduled 4:00 to 5:00. Then with the match score tied at 4-4, and only Mariah Young-Jones, having split sets at #4 singles still playing, another shower came at 8:30 to stop play. After some discussion and phone calls, the entire group went to UNC indoor courts to finish this last set, which Mariah won 6-1 to seal the win at 9:30!!

Tuesday, 10/27
NCISSA tournament ($7.00 required admission for both home and away games)
DA field hockey (#3 seed) defeated Forsythe Country Day School (#6). They will play Friday at 3:30 versus Charlotte Country Day here at home.
DA volleyball (#8) lost to Charlotte Country Day (#9), to finish their season.



DA soccer lost the game but won accolades for their compassion
10/15/2009

"Doing the right thing" is always part of the curriculum at Durham Academy, and an article in the October 15 News & Observer praised DA’s varsity soccer team and Coach Julian Cochran for doing exactly that! This column by Tim Stevens shows that the DA team is living what they learn.



Sports Shorts
10/1/2009

By Steve Engebretsen

Director of Athletics

 

Now that we are well into the school year, most class trips are complete and teams are able to get into the rythym of practices and games.  Our varsity teams are all off to solid starts and about to begin serious TISAC conference play.  Boys soccer, battling injuries and one of the strongest schedules ever for DA soccer is competing hard and after a win against Ravenscroft hoping to be a factor in the TISAC race and gain a possible bid to the state tournament.  Varsity girls tennis, with new coach Andy Pogach, is off to one of its best starts in recent years and also looking forward to positioning for possible state tournament play with several key conference matches ahead.  Varsity volleyball, also with new head coach Tania Stafford, has had several key wins already and looks to be an up-and-coming program at DA and also in the NCISAA.  The JV volleyball team is undefeated at this point in the season.  Boys and girls cross country, with large numbers and some talented runners both had solid performances in the DA Invitational (the boys finished 2nd behind Chapel Hill High School).  The boys are hoping to peak for a chance to repeat as NCISAA champions.  Varsity field hockey, while losing an early game to Charlotte Country Day will once again be considered a favorite to advance in the post season.


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DA athletes honored by Durham Sports Club
5/22/2009
Durham Academy's Adrianne Soo '09 was named the girl's first-place winner of the Scholar-Athlete Scholarship by the Durham Sports Club. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship recognizing both her athletic and academic ability.

Devin Drewry ’09 was also recognized with second-place honors for his excellence in both soccer and track as well as his academic excellence. He will receive a $500 scholarship.

For more information about the award, click here to read the article from the Herald Sun.


Varsity girls and boys track teams take second at states
5/19/2009
The varsity girls and boys track teams just barely missed bringing home first place trophies in the NCISAA state championships. The Durham Academy girls came in second by 3.5 points (DA 96 points to Charlotte Latin's 100.5) and the DA boys by 2.5 points (DA 103.5 points to Providence Day's 106)

DA runners winning individual state championships were: Adrianne Soo in the 1600m and 3200m; Fred Ward in the 3200m (he broke the school record by nine seconds by running a 9:26.6!); Francesca Tomasi, Alessandra Tomasi, Caitlin Finn and Elise Hartley in the 4x400m relay; Andrew Kuyper, Erik Kraus, Worth Newman and Devin Drewry in the 4x400m relay; and Fred Ward, Carl Ward, Worth Newman and Erik Kraus in the 4x800m relay.

Congratulations to Coach Dennis Cullen, all the track coaches and team members!

Girls lacrosse wins first-ever state championship
5/18/2009
Congratulations to Durham Academy’s girls lacrosse team for winning the NCISAA state championship with a 12-8 win over Charlotte Country Day. Read more about the title match in these articles from the Herald-Sun and the News & Observer.
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Durham Academy completes NCISAA tournament play
5/12/2009
All nine DA varsity teams qualified for NCISAA tournament play this spring and after the last weekend of the season.  Here is how we finished:
Baseball was eliminated in first round play.
Softball and boys lacrosse were eliminated in quarter-final play.
Boys tennis and girls soccer were elimiated in semi-final play.
Boys track, girls track and golf all brought home NCISAA 2nd place trophies.
Girls lacrosse won the first ever NCISAA state championship!!
Congratulations to all Durham Academy spring sports athletes and coaches!

The spring Varsity Athletic Awards program is Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00pm in Kenan Auditorium.


340 student athletes competing for DA this spring
5/1/2009
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics

The spring season is down to its final two weeks, but we still have lots of action yet to come. We have over 340 students participating this spring, so it's been busy and full of action!

JV and Middle School teams will finish up in early May, with all varsity teams still playing for potential NCISAA tournament bids. Varsity girls lacrosse had clinched the first ever TISAC championship and will await word of seeding for the first ever NCISAA girls lacrosse tournament.
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Basketball, swimming compete in state tournaments,
Maiji Roses wins two individual championships

3/2/2009
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics

The winter season is nearly complete and there were many highlights from DA teams and athletes. Our varsity girls basketball made it to the NCISAA state tournament, losing to #1 seed Providence Day School in a quarter-final game. The girls finished the season at 16-13 and were runners-up for the TISAC championship.

Senior Laurel Burk, the team's leading scorer, was named to the All-TISAC team, and senior Collin Burks was named honorable mention. Also on the girls basketball side - the JV girls team finished second in the TISAC, and our seventh grade girls team went undefeated at 15-0!
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Soccer player Mollie Pathman attends national training camp
2/26/2009
Soccer player Mollie Pathman, a Durham Academy 11th grader, attended a combined U18/U20 national training camp Jan. 25-Feb. 1 in California. This team is preparing for the 2010 U 20 world cup.

Mollie will travel to Portugal in March with the US region team to play international games and to watch the U.S. national team play in the Algarve Cup.

In December, Mollie received notification that she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Girls Youth All-America team. This marked the third consecutive year that Mollie has been named to the All-America team.

Winter Tournament Information
2/17/2009
Boys basketball team fell to #5 seed Cannon School 67-53
Girls basketball team won 49-43 in OT and will advance to Thursday's quarter-final game in Charlotte.
We play #1 Providence Day at 10:00am (yes - am) at Charlotte Country Day on Thursday, February 26.

Spring Sports, 2009 starting dates and information
1/23/2009
Varsity baseball - Feb. 16 on baseball field, 3:30
Varsity girls soccer - Feb. 16 on Moylan Field, 3:30
Varsity girls lacrosse - Feb. 16 on Alumni Field, 3:30
Varsity boys lacrosse - Feb. 16 on upper school lax field, 3:30
Varsity B/G track - Feb. 16 on track, 3:30
Varsity boys tennis - Feb. 16 on tennis courts, 3:30
Varsity softball - Feb. 19 (date changed due to teacher workday) on upper school softball field, 3:30

JV baseball - Feb. 23 on upper school baseball field, 3:30
JV softball - Feb. 23 on middle school softball field, 3:30
MS boys lacrosse - Feb. 23 on middle school lax field, 3:30
JV girls lacrosse - Feb. 23 on Alumni Field at upper school, 3:30
JV B/G track - Feb. 25 on upper school track, 3:30
JV boys tennis - Feb. 26 meeting in Mr/ Edwards room at upper school, 3:30
                       first practice on Mar 2 on upper school tennis courts, 3:30
MS girls soccer (G & W) - Mar 2 on middle school soccer field

-All spring schedules are on the DA website and any changes will be made directly to those posted schedules.
-The shuttle bus from DA middle school will begin on Feb. 23, leaving the MS gym area at 3:15 and making 2 trips. All students must be picked up after practice at the site of their practice.
-All students MUST have an up-to-date physical form on file with Jerry Davis at the upper school, before being allowed to try out or practice. Mr. Davis: 489-6569, ext 6338

Lots of games, meets ahead for basketball and swimming
1/5/2009
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Ahtletics

There has been a brief lull in the winter athletic schedule as everyone prepared for exams and the holiday break, although both girls and boys varsity basketball was set to play in tournaments over the break.

Both varsity teams have had several tough games in December. The boys are being led by strong play from Calvin Brett and Jordan Lawson and the girls by equally strong play from Laurel Burk and Collin Burks. Both teams have many home games after the holidays, so please come catch these teams in action.
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DA’s Adrianne Soo qualifies for national meet
12/1/2008
Durham Academy senior Adrianne Soo finished 10th in the Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Meet held November 29 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, qualifying for the national championship December 13 in San Diego, Calif.

Adrianne’s time of 17:39 was a particularly impressive accomplishment given the rainy, muddy conditions. She began the race cautiously, running in about 20th position for the first mile. She moved up gradually to 13th at the two mile point. Things became very difficult after that. She was still in 12th with only 600 meters to go, but unleashed a very strong kick to move into tenth.
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DA alumna Kelsey Kearney wins All-Conference honors at UNC-G
11/7/2008
Kelsey Kearney ’08 has earned first team All-Conference honors in soccer in the Southern Conference for the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro. Kelsey, who also played basketball at Durham Academy, has been voted the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week twice this season. Kelsey, a goalie, is among the national leaders in goals against at .55 per game. She also was named to the Southern Conference all freshman team.

Field hockey, boys cross country take state championships;
Adrianne Soo wins individual title for third year in a row

11/3/2008
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics

Today is the first official day of the end of the fall sports season! I want to thank all the coaches for their time and work. Also a special thanks goes to our parents, who have faithfully supported each team. As with any season we had successes and disappointments, but we had lots of great efforts and performances by Durham Academy athletes of all ages.

Durham Academy won two NCISAA state championships this fall! Our boys cross country team claimed the state championship on October 24 with an impressive showing in Cary to easily outdistance Cary Academy. Four runners earned all-state honors for finishing in the top 10 at the state meet: Fred Ward, second; Carl Ward, fourth; Worth Newman, sixth; and Erik Kraus, eighth. Equally as important for team scoring was the 13th place finish by Michael Cunningham. All five of these boys also earned all-conference honors a week earlier for their performance in the TISAC meet. This is Coach Dennis Cullen’s 16th state championship in boys cross country!
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Varsity field hockey takes state championship in double overtime!
10/24/2008
In an exciting double-overtime game, Durham Academy's varsity field hockey team defeated Forsyth County Day 1-0 on Saturday. Read more about this game in this Herald Sun article from Sunday's paper.

Fall 2008 Individual Athletics Honors
10/23/2008
TISAC All Conference
Field Hockey: Natalie Gallo (Co-TISAC Player of the Year), Margaret Anderson, Claire Carstens, Rachel Hall, Lauren Blazing, Mariel Murray (honorable mention)
Volleyball: Walker McLear
Soccer: Devin Drewry, Dillon Flynn, David Fowler, Wilkins Zollicoffer and Sam Carpenter (honorable mention).
Girls Cross Country: Adrianne Soo (TISAC Individual Champion) Erin O'Connor, Casey Rogers
Boys Cross Country: Michael Cunningham, Fred Ward, Carl Ward, Worth Newman, Erik Kraus

NCISAA All-State:
To be announced next week.

NCISAA Tournament Information
10/19/2008
Durham Academy field hockey, 12-1, is the #1 seed in the NCISAA state tournament.
DA will host #8 Greensboro Day School on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 4:15 pm on Moylan field in a quarter-final game.
If we win we'll advance to the semi-finals held on Friday, Oct. 24 at Forsyth Country Day School and will play the winner of #4 Charlotte Country Day vs #5 Saint Mary's School quarter-final game.
There will be a $7.00 admission.

The NCISAA Cross Country Championship are being held at Wake Med Soccer Park on Friday, Oct. 24. The 3A girls race is at 12:30 pm.  The boys race begins at 1:15.

Durham Academy Swimming, (grades 7-12)
10/8/2008

Swim team practice begins on Monday, November 3 at Campus Hills Pool (2000 S. Alston Ave Durham.) Practice will be daily from 4-6pm. DA will provide transportation to Campus Hills, leaving the upper school at 3:30, picking up swimmers at the middle school at 3:40 and arriving at Campus Hills at 3:50. Swimmers will be expected to be picked up at the pool. DA will not bring swimmers back to school after practice. The swim team will not practice when school is not in session for holiday or due to weather. Swimmers are expected to have current physical form on file with Jerry Davis, athletic trainer.

Contact Gretchen Van De Carr, head coach for more information. gvdc@nc.rr.com



DA takes two individual titles and one team title
in Durham City-County cross country meet

10/7/2008
Durham Academy was a gracious host for the Durham City-County cross country meet held October 6 at DA, but that didn’t keep the Cavaliers runners from grabbing three of the top four prizes! DA senior Adrianne Soo and sophomore Fred Ward won the girls’ and boys’ races, and the DA boys claimed the team title. The DA girls’ team wasn’t far behind, coming in second after Jordan High School.

It was the second year in a row that DA claimed the boys' title, topping second place Jordan by 47 points. NCSSM placed third, Northern fourth, Riverside fifth and DSA was fifth. Fred Ward took the individual title with a time of 16:52, and six of his Cavalier teammates finished in the top eight.

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Sports psychologist Greg Dale
presents a workshop
for DA parents on Nov. 3

10/3/2008

Sports psychologist Greg Dale will present a parent workshop, “The Fulfilling Ride: A parent’s guide to helping athletes have a successful sports experience,” November 3 at Durham Academy. The program will be held at 7 p.m. in Taylor Hall on the Middle School campus. All parents are invited to attend.

Using humor and stories every parent can relate to, Greg Dale will focus on how parents can help their children learn lessons in sport that will better prepare them for life. The program is sponsored by the Parents Association Athletics Committee. 

Greg Dale is a professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University. He is also the director of mental training and co-director of the leadership program for Duke Athletics. In addition to his work with Duke athletes and coaches, Greg consults with numerous college and professional athletes and teams as well as corporations across America.

He has written three books related to leadership and performance and served as the “expert” on a series of 11 videos for coaches and athletes. Greg has been featured on Good Morning America, MSNBC and numerous national radio programs. He is a member of the sport psychology staff for USA Track and Field and provides interactive and innovative workshops for coaches, parents and athletes in a variety of settings.



Field hockey and cross country have high tournament hopes
10/1/2008
By Steve Engebretsen
Director of Athletics

As we return from fall break weekend, it’s a good time to remind folks of upcoming dates and events and a few accomplishments.

Kelsey Kearney ’08 was recently named Southern Conference Soccer Player of the Week. Kelsey has been the starting goal keeper for UNC-G. Her team recently beat nationally ranked Santa Clara and lost to Stanford on a west coast trip. Congratulations to Kelsey.
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