Cavs Corner, April 27


Upcoming Events

A friendly reminder that NCISAA state tournament events are ticketed but DA students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge.

Tuesday 5/2 

  • Golf TISACS at Prestonwood in Cary - 12 noon

Senior Days*: 

  • Baseball vs. New Life Storm - 4:15 p.m.

  • Tennis vs. Cary Academy - 4:15 p.m.

  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Cary Academy - 4:30 p.m. 

Friday 5/5

Senior Days*: 

  • Softball vs. Wake Christian - 4:15 p.m.

  • Soccer vs. Wake Christian - 4:30 p.m.

  • Girls Lacrosse vs. Charlotte Country Day - 5:30 p.m.

*All Ceremonies to take place prior to same start time. 

Find all upcoming contests on the athletics calendar

Spring Athletics Wrap Up

Good Evening Cavaliers!

Coach Susan Ellis’ varsity girls soccer team is on a roll having won nine straight games since an opening day loss at Charlotte Country Day. Included in the win streak are four, one-goal TISAC wins capped by Friday’s 2-1 overtime victory over Ravenscroft. Ninth-grader Anna Morris had the OT game-winner after the senior duo of Faith Hanson and Kaia Vorenkamp connected for the tying goal in the second half. Senior keeper Cameron MacKay and senior Meghan Phu teamed up for a huge save in overtime to keep the game tied. Tuesday the team claimed the TISAC Conference Championship with a 2-0 win over NRCA behind two goals from junior Sarah Penry! The Cavs went through the TISAC schedule with a perfect 6-0 record! The Cavs play at home Friday against East Chapel Hill at 5 p.m. and next Friday, May 5, for senior day against Wake Christian. The squad cracked the top 15 rankings of the High School OT 919 area code rankings last week.  

The boys tennis team is 14-3 and 3-1 in TISAC play after defeating Ravenscroft 7-2 last Friday. The Cavs are ranked seventh in the latest NC Tennis Coaches state-wide poll as well as ninth in the High School OT mid-season state-wide poll. Senior Paul Wang has led the way at the top of the lineup as he is 11-4 in singles and 11-2 in doubles.  Coach Sean Bilsborrow’s squad will have six matches over the next two weeks, including a big 4A match at Carmel Christian on Friday and a home Senior Day match-up on Tuesday with undefeated Cary Academy, the state’s top-ranked team.  

The varsity girls lacrosse team is having another stellar season as they are 7-4 and 4-0 in TISAC play entering the High School OT mid-season state-wide poll at #24. The Cavs swept their season series with Ravenscroft and Cary Academy by an average margin of 10 goals per game. Junior Evelyn Guyer has paced the DA offense this season, including Friday’s 16-5 win over Ravenscroft. One win over St. Mary’s (on Monday at St. Mary’s or played Wednesday at St. David’s) would clinch another league crown for Coach Debbie Rebosa. This team has been hard hit by the referee shortage as many of their home games had to move to be part of double-headers so that the same pair of referees could officiate multiple games at the same location. There is still time to see the team in action on Senior Night vs. Charlotte Country Day at 5:30 p.m. on May 5.  

The varsity boys lacrosse team has found a rhythm, having won four of five to move to 6-7 and more importantly, 4-1 in TISAC play.  In last Friday’s 10-5 win over Ravenscroft, Coach Jon Lantzy’s team held a 9-1 lead at the half and avenged an earlier one-goal loss to the Ravens. Senior Brodie Mason, who leads the offensive attack this year, finished with four goals in the win. The Cavs are on the road Friday at Charlotte Latin before returning home for Senior Day on Tuesday against Cary Academy. A win in their final league game would give the Cavs an outright TISAC title.   

How about the varsity softball team! So much progress has been made in this program and their quest for the team’s first win since 2019. Well, it happened last Friday! The Cavs took down their rivals from Ravenscroft 36-26 in an epic contest that featured 444 pitches! Eighth-grader Stella Teis and sophomore Amelia Fay each had 7 RBIs, while senior Holly Wilcox (4-5, 5R, 5RBI) drove in the game-ending run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Teis along with sophomores Whitney Wiles and Maya Patel combined to allow just six Ravens hits as the girls were energized from the huge crowd at the end of the game! A huge shout out to coaches Emily Jansen Sword and Mak Pendergrass for leading this group to their historic moment! The Cavs have one home game left, Senior Day vs. Wake Christian on May 5.  

It has been a banner year for new coach Kevin Wicker and the boys golf team. Trying to match the state title won by girls golf in the fall, the boys team is currently ranked number one in the NCISAA Division I state index. The Cavs took home a 36-stroke victory over Ravenscroft on April 18 at Hope Valley. Ninth-grader Hall Chapman was the medalist with a round of 71. A trio of Cavs (senior William Chapman, ninth-grader Tate Duensing and sophomore Miles Moore) each carded a 73. Earlier this season, the team finished ninth out of 47 teams at the prestigious Palmetto Championship in Pawleys Island, SC, including playing their Saturday round in a driving rain. Senior Day was this past Tuesday with a win over Cary Academy. Their next round is Tuesday’s TISAC championship at Prestonwood in Cary.

The DA baseball team, looking to defend their 2022 TISAC crown, is 15-3 and 4-1 in conference play.  The Cavs swept Ravenscroft 10-0 and 8-0 in their two-game series this week, as the pitching of seniors Ben Tarpey (1 hit and 7 strikeouts in five innings) and Jack Goldstein (5 hits, 6 strikeouts in seven innings) kept the Ravens off the scoreboard. In Tuesday’s win in Raleigh, the offense was led by two hits and two RBIs apiece from Goldstein and sophomore Amare Burrus. In Friday’s home win, senior Sam Schaeffer had two hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. The team travels to Cary on Friday, and a sweep of the Chargers would give the Cavs a conference crown.  

While it is hard to quantify the success of our track teams as a whole during the regular season, there have been many individual feats worth celebrating this spring. While many of his classmates were beating Ravenscroft at home last Friday, senior Sanju Patel set a new school record at the Ravenscroft.  Sanju’s 9:20.33 in the 3200 broke a 14-year DA record. Last Saturday at the prestigious Apex Relays, both DA entries in the 4x1600 relays broke long-standing school records. The boys quartet of seniors Aaron Caveney, Zebee Jewel-Alibhai, Wyatt Benjamin and Patel placed first with a time of 18:16.72, while the girls 22:22.45 (with senior Jane Smith, junior Allison Hall, sophomore Anna Tricomi and ninth-grader Audrey Crowder) earned second in the event. The track team is back home next Thursday against Cary Academy! 

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