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Cavs Corner: Hoops teams riding high after incredible night in Kirby
Posted 02/02/2017 03:46PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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What a night it was last Friday in Kirby Gym! Both varsity basketball teams achieved milestone accomplishments in front of one of the largest and loudest crowds in the four-year history of Kirby Gym. In the girls’ loss to Ravenscroft, junior Izzy Strigel scored her 1,000th career point, becoming the sixth female member of this prestigious club. The boys followed up Strigel’s accomplishment with their first win over Ravenscroft in 11 years, breaking a TISAC streak of 91 consecutive wins by the Ravens. Our swim teams concluded the regular season with a meet at North Raleigh Christian last week and are looking ahead to both the conference and state meets.

 

VARSITY UPDATES

Boys hoops captures 20th win and end Ravenscroft’s streak
Trailing by 11 mid-way through the third quarter with senior Jorden Davis on the bench in foul trouble, it did not seem like the night that the Cavalier boys would defeat the Ravens for the first time in 26 tries. In fact, in only three of those 25 losses had the Cavaliers come within 10 points of Ravenscroft. Then, little by little, things started to go the Cavs’ way. An 8-2 run to end the third quarter, capped off by three Charlie Mendys free-throws, brought the Ravens’ lead down to just 35-30 headed into the fourth. Trailing 36-32 early in the fourth, the Cavs hit three-pointers on three consecutive possessions, including back-to-back long balls by sophomore Michael Savarino. Junior Jack McCallie hit another three capping off a 22-3 run, and the Cavs had a 44-36 lead. DA hit 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch and celebrated with a 53-43 victory. See highlights from the fourth quarter below.
 


There was no letdown four days later as the Cavs invaded Cary Academy and took a 76-46 win. The win was the 20th of the season — making this year’s varsity boys team the sixth in school history to reach that mark and just the third since 1988. Davis was high-scorer with 21 points, while McCallie had his second straight 16-point performance, including three straight three-pointers, to start the third period. Junior Tyler Carpenter had a career-high of 12 points, including a steal and hoop to end the first half. The Cavs shot 50 percent from the field, outrebounded the Chargers 34-23 and had a season-low five turnovers in the win.  

The DA boys will host the Raleigh Hawks on Friday night at 7 p.m. in their last non-conference game before one final week of the regular season. We hope you will also come out to support the Cavs on Tuesday night as we host Wake Christian for Senior Night. We will honor seniors Jorden Davis, Caleb Vanderburg, Nick Beischer, Xavier Nonez and manager Mike Igwemezie. 
 

Varsity Boys Standings

TEAM

CONFERENCE

TOTAL

DURHAM ACADEMY

5-1

20-5

RAVENSCROFT

4-1

15-9

CARY ACADEMY

2-3

9-9

WAKE CHRISTIAN

1-4

4-10

NRCA

1-4

3-18

 



Strigel scores No. 1,000
In the last two DA girls games, the Cavs went to the halftime locker room in a tight contest, leading Ravenscroft by two last Friday and trailing Cary Academy by one on Tuesday night. The second halves of each game went in opposite directions for DA. Last Friday night, in a battle for first place in the conference against Ravenscroft, the Cavaliers could not build on their halftime lead and fell to the Ravens 52-37.

On Tuesday, with the game tied after three periods, the DA girls scored 17 of the first 19 points of the final period and pulled away for a 47-30 victory. Juniors Erin Dilweg (14 points, 8 steals and 6 assists) and Izzy Strigel (12 points) led the Cavs in the win, pushing their record to 13-8 and 5-2 in league play.

Strigel’s 15 points in the Ravenscroft loss pushed her over the 1,000-point mark for her career. She joins five other DA girls in this prestigious club and was honored following the game and received a standing ovation. The DA girls have three league games remaining and sit tied for second with North Raleigh Christian, just one game behind first-place Ravenscroft in the standings. Tuesday night is senior night at Kirby Gym, and we will honor seniors Grace Drewry and Carter Lange.
 

Varsity Girls Standings

TEAM

CONFERENCE

TOTAL

RAVENSCROFT

5-1

15-7

DURHAM ACADEMY

5-2

13-8

NRCA

4-2

12-9

SAINT MARY’S

3-4

6-5

CARY ACADEMY

2-5

7-11

WAKE CHRISTIAN

1-6

5-12


Swim teams close out regular season
The varsity swim teams raced in their final regular season meet last Thursday at North Raleigh Christian. The boys took wins over St. David’s (59-32) and NRCA (48-46) to push their dual-meet record to 5-4. The girls lost to both the Warriors (47-45) and the Knights (58-36) and stand at 1-9. 

In the boys race, senior Hunter Knoll took three first-place finishes (200 freestyle, 100 free and the 200 free relay) as well as second place (400 free relay), while sophomore Nathan Dalva-Baird won the 100 breaststroke while placing third in the 200 individual medley. Senior Tristan Ramage also racked up some points for the AquaCavs with a first in the 200 free relay and second place in both the 50 free and 100 free. 

In the girls race, senior Kelly Cunneen won two individual races (200 free and 500 free) and was part of the second-place 200 free relay (along with her sister Katie Cunneen, Mallory Trapani and Aly Eward). The swimmers will be back in the pool on Tuesday for the TISAC meet.

 

‘HOW TO BE A GOOD PARENT OF A HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE’

DA to host renowned sport psychologist Dr. Greg Dale
Nationally recognized sport psychologist Dr. Greg Dale will visit DA on Wednesday, Feb. 8, for a talk titled “How to be a Good Parent of a High School Athlete.” Dale, a professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University, also serves as director of Duke Athletics’ Sport Psychology and Leadership Programs. Learn more. We hope that parents of young athletes in the Middle and Upper School will attend his informative and educational talk.

 

SPRING SPORTS

Spring team tryouts begin soon
Reminder: Spring sports are just a few weeks away. Please visit the DA athletics portion of the website to see the start dates for each sport. 

We will have an informational meeting for all seventh- and eighth-graders interested in playing a spring sport on Feb. 21 immediately after school until 3:30 p.m. in the Middle School gym. Coaches of spring sport teams will be there to answer questions. 

 

As always, thank you for your support of 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

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.
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