With the snow melted and school starting to resemble something of a normal schedule, our winter sports teams will embark on a sprint to the finish with two to three games a week until mid-February. All eight of our basketball teams were in action Wednesday against Ravenscroft, with seven teams playing for the first time in 2017.
Unfortunately, our swim teams’ meet at Ravenscroft scheduled for Tuesday was postponed with a make-up date not set yet. The swimmers’ next scheduled meet is Jan. 19 in their final “home” meet of the year at Campus Hills.
It has been 45 long days since our high school basketball teams have played at home. The Cavs host Cary Academy Friday night at Preschool/Lower School Night at the CavDome. We hope that DA families will come out and support both the girls (6:15 p.m.) and the boys (7:45 p.m.) varsity teams as they continue their strong seasons.
Varsity girls take an impressive early-season win at Ravenscroft
The Cavs went to Raleigh on Wednesday and took a 62-57 come-from-behind win over last year’s TISAC champions and state runners-up. The Ravens were ranked No. 16 by the News & Observer coming in and had a record of 9-5, with five wins over NCISAA 3A teams.
Early on, it looked like it would be the Ravens’ night as they sprinted out to a 23-11 first-quarter lead. Behind the hot shooting of junior Izzy Strigel, the Cavs worked their way back in the second period to a one-point halftime lead. The game stayed tight throughout the second half, but some clutch plays by DA in the final minute gave the Cavs the TISAC victory. Strigel finished with a game-high 32 points with five three-pointers, and junior Erin Dilweg added 14 points and 12 rebounds. It was Dilweg who had the go-ahead layup with under a minute to go and came up with two steals on the Ravens’ final two possessions.
Coach Krista Gingrich-White was very impressed with her team’s play after the victory. She said she was "very proud of our entire team tonight. We knew this game was going to be a battle and focused on keeping our composure. Despite going down 13, we stayed mentally strong and fought back. Izzy Strigel was amazing, and Erin Dilweg had a great all-around game. Imani Spence had her only 2 points at the most critical time, as she stepped up and hit two huge free throws late to put us up 3. Hoping to keep this momentum through conference."
Despite hot shooting from the outside, DA boys lose TISAC opener to Ravens
Trying to play catch-up for 32 minutes proved too tough of a task for the 14-4 DA boys, who lost their conference opener at Ravenscroft 65-52 on Wednesday. Despite going 13-23 from three-point range, the most threes the team has made all year, the tall front line of Ravenscroft went to work inside, scoring the majority of their points down low and outrebounding the Cavaliers by seven. The first quarter was an offensive exhibition as the two teams combined to shoot 16-20 from the field. The Cavs went 7-7 from three-point range in the opening stanza as Charlie Mendys, Jorden Davis, Jack McCallie, Michael Savarino and Caleb Vanderburg all hit from downtown in the first eight minutes. The first two minutes of the second period proved to be critical, as Ravenscroft scored the next nine points and the Cavs spent the rest of the game trying to recover. While DA had the game to six points on a few occasions, the Ravens’ tough defense and interior play held off the Cavs. Mendys led DA with 18 points on six threes, while Davis added 15 points.
JV & MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES
JV and Middle School teams fare well vs. Ravens
All eight basketball teams were in action yesterday, and our lower-level teams had their share of success against the Ravens. The boys JV team went on the road and took a 38-30 win, led by freshman Davis McCain’s 14 points. Sophomore Henry Rogers tallied 8 points and nine rebounds as DA held the Ravens scoreless of over seven minutes of the first half to build a 12-point lead. Clutch play in the back court by sophomores Michael Jaffe and Shaffer Woody sealed the win in the end to push the boys JV team to a 6-1 record.
The girls JV team won 20-15 at Ravenscroft as freshman Charlotte Easley scored a game-high 15 points.
The Middle School boys teams both took home victories yesterday in much different fashion. The white team won a comfortable 51-20 game at Ravenscroft. Eighth-grader Brent Randleman led the boys with 12 points, while seventh-grader Nik Graves added eight points.
The boys green team had maybe the most exciting game of the day as they let a second half lead slip away before rallying in the final minute for a 33-32 win. Seventh-grader Charlie Rand had the game-winning play as his and-1 basket and free throw with eight seconds left proved to be the difference.
The Middle School girls white team dropped a 30-9 home decision to Ravenscroft as the Ravens brought a very tough and tall lineup to Durham. Eighth-grader Katherine Lantzy was the Cavs’ top scorer with three points.
In the Middle School green girls game in Raleigh, the Cavs came home with a 13-10 win. Seventh-grader Haley Fogg led the team in scoring, and great team defense limited the Ravens.
Finally, all of our spring sports schedules are now posted on the athletics website and all of our 2017 fall sports tryout dates will be posted before Feb. 1.
As always, thank you for supporting DA athletics!
KEEPING UP WITH THE CAVS
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App:
www.da.org/athletics: Schedules and Results
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
- For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit www.da.org/scoreboard.
- All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).
The DA App: Schedules and Results
- The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
- The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.