Exams are approaching, but all of DA’s winter teams are full-speed ahead. Our four Middle School hoops team played their first games on Tuesday, joining the four varsity basketball teams and our swim team in action. Coach Sarah Chaires’ first swim meet last week was a success, while the varsity girls basketball team will look to break out of a three-game losing streak Friday night. Our varsity boys basketball team continues to be ranked highly in the area and the state, and will put its six-game winning streak on the line Friday.
Swim teams open season at North Raleigh Christian Academy
The youthful swim teams traveled to North Raleigh Christian on Nov. 30 to open their seasons against the host Knights, Fayetteville Academy and Saint Mary’s. The boys team split its two dual meets, defeating Fayetteville Academy 73-20, while losing to NRCA 53-41. The girls also defeated the Eagles 76-14 but lost to NRCA 72-22 and Saint Mary’s 76-18. Individually for the boys, eighth-grader Stewart Roessler had three first-place finishes (100 fly, 500 free and 400 free relay) and one second-place finish (200-yard medley relay). Junior Nathan Dalva-Baird had one first (400 free relay) and three seconds (200-yard medley relay, 100 breaststroke, 100 free). Junior Clayton Heard won the 50 free and joined junior Jack Anderson, Roessler and Dalva-Baird on the winning 400 freestyle felay. Heard, Anderson, junior Jack Knoll and ninth-grader Jay Shanahan were the members of the second-place 200 freestyle relay team. Knoll, Dalva-Baird, Roessler and eighth-grader Nicolas Williams comprised the second-place 200-yard medley relay team. Shanahan finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, while junior Jasper Wolf placed second in the 200-yard individual medley.
On the girls side, seventh-grader Spencer Jennings finished third in the 50 freestyle, while two relay teams also earned a third-place finish. Juniors Mallory Trapani and Katie Cunneen were joined by ninth-graders Quinn Shanahan and Sarah Julius in the 200 freestyle relay. Cunneen, Shanahan, ninth-grader Anna Brent-Levenstein and sophomore Natalie Montefiori were the members of the third-place 400 freestyle relay team. Both swim teams are at Cary Academy today for a 4:30 p.m. meet.
Girls hoops team battles some of the area’s best
The DA varsity girls basketball team will try to break a three-game losing streak when hosting N.C. School of Science and Math on Friday. The 4-5 Cavs hung around against a ranked Riverside team Tuesday night before eventually falling 52-30. Senior Erin Dilweg led all scorers with 16 points while also pulling down 6 rebounds and taking 6 steals. Junior Imani Spence added 8 points and 16 rebounds, while sophomore Claire Middleton had 10 rebounds.
Over the weekend, the girls played well in two tough losses to Charlotte powers Charlotte Latin and Providence Day. In Friday’s 52-40 loss to Latin, the Cavs led by one at halftime, thanks to the strong play of both Dilweg (15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals) and senior Izzy Strigel (16 points, 3 rebounds). The Latin defense held the Cavs to just 10 second-half points, which was the difference in the game. Spence added 4 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. The DA girls had just 18 hours to recover for the eight-time defending state champs from Providence Day. While the Chargers came in more guard-oriented than their past championship teams, they still had too much firepower for the Cavs to answer in the 67-47 game. Strigel led the Cavs with 13 points, while Dilweg finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Spence added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Science and Math comes to Kirby Gym Friday night with a record of 5-3, and then the DA girls will host 2-3 Cary Christian on Monday.
Boys basketball continues second-half magic in latest wins
Just when it looked like the DA varsity boys’ winning streak would come to an end, the Cavaliers dug deep for two comeback victories in Friday’s 62-56 win over Charlotte Latin and Tuesday’s 58-56 win over Riverside. In both games, the DA boys trailed heading into the fourth period and used some last-minute magic to improve their record to 8-1.
In Friday’s victory over the Hawks, DA won despite shooting a season-low 3-20 from 3-point range. A 21-10 final period highlighted by some tough inside baskets by senior Tyler Carpenter (13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks) and key plays by junior Bryant Randleman (game-high 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals) made the difference as the Cavs did not take their first lead of the second half until there were just four minutes remaining in the game. Senior Charlie Mendys added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists as DA defeated Latin for the third straight year.
In Tuesday night’s win over Riverside, the Pirates used a 16-1 run to close out the first half, take a 36-22 lead at the break and hand the Cavs their largest deficit of the season. Slowly but surely, DA responded with a 10-0 run to start the second half and climbed back into the game. Riverside built a 54-45 lead with three minutes to go, but just as the Cavs have done all year, they found a way to win. Senior Jack McCallie scored all 14 of DA’s fourth-quarter points, including 3-pointers on three straight possessions in the span of just 1 minute and 30 seconds to even the game. McCallie finished with a career-high 22 points on 8-9 from the field. The Cavs forced the Pirates into turnovers on six straight possessions and took the lead for good on a McCallie layup from Mendys with 51 seconds left. The Cavs survived several last-second Pirate attempts and claimed their third consecutive 2-point win over Riverside. Junior Michael Savarino added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, while Randleman had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Carpenter was also a spark with his 5-point, 7-rebound performance.
The 8-1 Cavs have earned some well-deserved recognition as they are now 16th in the News & Observer top-25 poll, eighth in the Hoop Insider N.C. Private School Hoops top-10 poll and 14th in the latest Phenom Hoop Report state private school rankings. Finally, the site maxpreps.com, which uses statistical data to rank all basketball teams around the country, published its first rankings of the year and have the Cavaliers 15th in the state and 153rd in the nation.
Preschool-Lower School Night is Friday at the CavDome!
We hope everyone can come out to Kirby Gym on Friday night as the varsity girls and boys teams host N.C. School of Science and Math for Preschool-Lower School Night. Please stay in your seats at halftime of the boys game and participate in games and prizes involving students. We will also have a special recognition honoring the North Carolina state champion varsity girls tennis team.
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.