We have come to the end of an exciting and successful winter sports season and with this week’s warm weather, our thoughts are starting to turn to the spring season. Our swimmers and basketball players are ready to tell you “not so fast!” as the post-season is only a few days away.
Our basketball teams will learn their fate on Sunday afternoon after the state seeding committee selects the 12 teams in each tournament. First round games will be played on campus sites next Tuesday. After Tuesday’s TISAC swimming championship, our swimmers will have almost two weeks to prepare for the state meet in Greensboro on Feb. 20.
Thanks in advance for your support of the Cavs as they head into the postseason. I’d also like to thank the parents and coaches who came out to Brumley Performing Arts Building on Wednesday to hear sport psychologist Dr. Greg Dale’s advice on “How to Be a Good Parent of a High School Athlete.”
Girls hoops team prepares for season finale
The 14-9 varsity girls basketball team heads to Raleigh on Friday night to battle the North Raleigh Christian Knights in what will have a huge impact on the state tournament race. After Tuesday night’s 15-point senior night win over Wake Christian, the Cavs find themselves at 6-3 in league play tied with the Knights for second place behind league champion Ravenscroft. Coach Krista Gingrich-White’s team hopes that a win in their season finale will lift the Cavs into the state tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
Junior Erin Dilweg was the catalyst for DA in the win over Wake Christian on Tuesday. She led the Cavs with 20 points and eight steals. Sophomore Imani Spence added eight points and eight rebounds, while senior Grace Drewry had a strong performance with six points and nine rebounds in her final regular season game in Kirby Gym. The win was a bounce-back effort for the girls as they lost to Saint Mary’s last Friday 43-35. The Cavs shot just 21 percent in that game, allowing the Saints to pull away late for the win. Dilweg was the only Cavalier in double-figure scoring with 10 points, while Drewry added 9, Spence had 8 points and 15 rebounds, and junior Izzy Strigel added 8 points.
Drewry and fellow senior Carter Lange are hoping that Friday night’s regular season finale will not be their last in a DA uniform. The girls 3A tournament field does not seem easy to figure out at this point, as there are a lot of teams with similar résumés. The state seeding committee will release the tournament field and first-round games on Sunday afternoon. Look for news from the seeding committee on the DA Athletics Twitter feed: @DAathletics.
Boys basketball continues record-setting year
The DA boys enjoyed a 62-45 senior night win over Wake Christian on Tuesday night, hoping that there would be one more home game in Kirby Gym. After a slow offensive start against the Bulldogs, the Cavs had a third quarter offensive explosion with senior Jorden Davis scoring 17 of his game-high 30 points in the third period. Davis scored 13 points in a row to break the game open. In fact, those 13 points came on five consecutive possessions in a span of just 77 seconds. This was Davis’ fourth 30-point outing of the season and moved him into second place on the career scoring list. With his six 3-pointers, Davis passed current assistant coach Jake Engebretsen for the most career 3-pointers in school history. Junior Charlie Mendys added 12 points in the win, as the Cavs shared the ball extremely well assisting on 17 of their 22 baskets.
While the boys are confident they will be in the tournament field, a win Friday night at North Raleigh Christian would put them in a great position to possibly host a first-round state tournament game, which hasn’t happened at DA since the state tournament moved to the current format of placing opening round games on campus sites. The DA boys are currently ranked 13th in the News & Observer top-25 poll.
Li’s two race wins lead swimmers at TISAC meet
Senior Michael Li won two first-place medals at Tuesday’s TISAC conference meet, lifting the boys swim team to a third-place finish. Li won the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke while also placing fourth on the 200 medley relay team. The Cavs finished with 75 points, ahead of North Raleigh Christian in the standings but behind conference champ Cary Academy (166) and Ravenscroft (155). Sophomore Nathan Dalva-Baird continued his strong season as he finished third in the 100 breaststroke and joined Li, Ben Easley and Jay Shanahan on the 200 medley team. Senior Tristan Ramage had a fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle and two third-place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.
While the girls team finished in fifth place in the meet, there were some notable individual accomplishments. Sophomore Haley Leversedge placed sixth in the 50 freestyle, eighth in the 100 butterfly, fourth in the 200 freestyle relay and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay. Aly Eward, just a seventh-grader, had a fifth-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Senior captain Kelly Cunneen joined Leversedge and Eward on both freestyle relay teams. The 2017 NCISAA meet will be held at the Greensboro Aquatics Center on Feb. 20.
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
- 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.