By Bria Irizarry and Andy Pogach
Durham Academy winter sports begin a busy stretch of the season facing opponents from all corners of the state. The basketball teams will take on both Charlotte Latin and Providence Day this weekend before heading to Charleston, South Carolina, over the holidays to compete in the Carolina Lowcountry Invitational. The Cavs swim teams will head to Raleigh for their last two competitions in 2021.
The varsity boys basketball team heads into this weekend’s home showdown with Charlotte powers Latin and Providence Day riding a three-game losing streak. The boys team is coming off a tough 59–55 loss to Riverside High on Monday night. Leading by one heading into the fourth quarter, the Cavs could not put away the Pirates, whose tough defense slowed the DA offense most of the night. Junior Jake Chisholm led all scorers with 25 points. He also had nine rebounds and four assists. Junior Bryson Tupper added a career-high 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
Last weekend, the boys travelled to Charlotte to participate in the Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Myers Park High School. On Friday, Charlotte Christian blitzed the Cavs in the middle two periods, outscoring DA 56–23. The Cavs kept the game close for the first eight minutes, but then the tough full-court Knights pressure was too much to handle. Chisholm was the only Cav to reach double-figure scoring with 10 points while junior JP Dilweg added eight points and four boards.
On Saturday, DA put a strong effort up against Grace Christian, eventually falling 72–52. After the Eagles took a 46–22 lead early in the third, the Cavs put together their best stretch of the young season with a 15–3 run to get back in the game. While they cut the lead to eight in the fourth quarter, some timely Eagles baskets put the Cavs away. Dilweg had a breakout game with 18 points and three rebounds while Tupper added 10 points.
DA girls basketball is now 4–3 on the season after being on the road over Thanksgiving break. The Cavs participated in the Headliners Challenge, hosted by Wesleyan Academy, that resulted in a loss to Rabun Gap of Georgia and a 20-point win vs. Charlotte Christian. Earlier this week, the Cavs faced Riverside High School and all rostered players contributed to a 15–0 run in the fourth quarter. DA put up over 50 points for the third time this season as junior Kendall Harris led the team with 12 points and six rebounds and classmate Joelle Davis totaled 11 points and two assists.
Ninth-grader McKenzie Graves is averaging 14.3 points per game, followed by Harris who is averaging 13.6. Graves leads the squad in points (100) and assists (37). Davis is close behind with 86 points and is followed by Harris with 68 points. Ninth-grader Rashiya Williams leads the team on the defensive end in rebounds (58) and blocks (8).
The girls head into a busy stretch with four games over the next seven days, beginning with their game Friday night vs. Charlotte Latin (3–1) at 5:30 p.m. in Kirby Gym.
The DA swim teams competed in their second meet of the year on Wednesday at the Triangle Aquatics Center and earned a combined second-place finish vs. Grace Christian School of Raleigh, Cary Academy and The Christian Community School.
The boys saw standout performances from eighth-grader Ben Brock, who came in third place in the 200-yard freestyle; ninth-grader Ian Platts-Mills, who scored second place in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke; senior Lars Oehler, who came in third place in the 50-yard freestyle; eighth-grader Cameron Morris, who scored third in the 500-yard freestyle; and ninth-grader Tyler Barritt, who scored third place in the 300-yard breaststroke. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Brock, Platts- Mills, Barritt and eighth-grader Camden Hughes scored third place, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team composed of seniors Jack Liddicoat and Edward Rogers, ninth-grader Noah Fine and seventh-grader Atakan Sevik also earned third place.
The girls team was headlined by junior Eva Boehlke, who placed second in the 200-yard freestyle and first in the 500-yard freestyle; eighth-grader Audrey Crowder, who earned second place in the 200-yard butterfly and third place in the 100-yard backstroke; and junior McKenna Morris, who placed third in the 100-yard freestyle. The 400-yard freestyle team of ninth-grader Cara Palmer, eighth-grader Nancy Reed, seventh-grader Emma Biswas and Boehlke placed third, while the 200-yard medley team of eighth-graders Cleo Gordon Parisi, Danna Chaparro and Crowder along with Morris also scored third place.
DA returns to the pool Thursday, Dec. 9, vs. Saint Mary’s School at 4 p.m.
Keeping Up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the Durham Academy App (available on the Apple App Store).
- 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.
- 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.