Cavs Corner: Cavs Eye Wins in Final Week of Regular Season

By Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Josh Andreski
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The Cavalier winter sports teams are heading into the last week of the regular season. Boys basketball is ranked fourth in conference and 15th in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 4A standings (according to heading into Friday’s contest with North Raleigh Christian. Girls basketball looks to upend Triangle Independent School Athletics Conference (TISAC) rival and top-seeded North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday as the Cavs defend their eighth-place rank in the NCISAA 4A standings. The swim teams compete in the TISAC championships today at the Triangle Aquatics Center after coming off a solid win in the pool last weekend.   

Boys Basketball

DA boys varsity basketball went 1-2 in three games in Kirby Gym this week. The Cavs kicked off the week vs. division rival Ravenscroft School. For the majority of the game, both teams traded leads as neither team could pull away with a definitive advantage. Junior JP Dilweg found success from inside the paint in the first quarter, converting a 3-point play to give the Cavs their first lead of the game. In the second quarter, Ravenscroft regained the lead, but junior Jake Chisholm hit multiple 3-pointers to keep the game within reach. Despite the effort from the Cavs, the Ravens were hot from behind the arc and continued to extend their lead. DA was unable to mount a successful fourth-quarter comeback, and Ravenscroft won the game 79–47.

DA looked to bounce back Tuesday night vs. Cary Academy while also celebrating senior night for Alex Dunk and Charlie Rand. The Cavaliers faced the Chargers earlier this year, falling 50–64 on the road. With the home crowd on its side, DA attempted to get even with Cary Academy and tie the season series at 1. Again, Chisholm was able to put the Cavs out in front in the first quarter by scoring eight points from inside the paint on contested layups and drives. DA took an early 13–10 lead over the Chargers. However, Cary Academy rallied back in the second quarter and amassed a five-point lead going into halftime. 

Once play resumed in the third quarter, CA went on an 18–8 run to seize a 51–36 lead. Thanks to two 3-pointers from Dunk, the Cavaliers eventually pulled within seven points of CA, but the Chargers ultimately came away with a 66–55 win. 

Reeling from two straight losses, the Cavaliers played their final game of the week against Emerson Waldorf School on Wednesday. From the jump, DA had a noticeable advantage vs. the Gnomes, scoring at will on offense and shutting down any offensive strategy that Emerson Waldorf could scheme. Despite DA’s decisive advantage, the Gnomes made the first quarter competitive, and both teams completed scoring stretches. The Cavs posted a 20–14 lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to build their lead through quick ball movement and multiple wide-open 3-pointers. After building a 21-point lead by the end of the third quarter, DA proved to be too much and cruised to a 73–46 win. 

Tuesday’s win improved the Cavs’ record to 7–12 on the year heading into Friday’s road matchup with North Raleigh Christian.

Girls Basketball

With only one week left in the regular season, the Cavs are holding on strong to second place in the TISAC standings after defeating Ravenscroft and Cary Academy this week.

The Cavs had a slight advantage over the Ravens on Friday, until a 12-point push in the third quarter opened up a double-digit lead. Ninth-grader McKenzie Graves was all over the floor with 17 points, five assists and four steals. Junior Joelle Davis followed with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists, and junior Kendall Harris had 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Ninth-grader Rashyia Williams put up five points and two rebounds, and junior Emerson Levin added in two points and four defensive rebounds. The Cavaliers walked away with the 49–36 win over the Ravens.

Tuesday’s matchup with Cary Academy was senior night for the team’s two seniors, Brooke Epstein and Molly Hunter (pictured here with senior manager Glenn Green). It was a full team effort, with scores and rebounds from every rostered player as the Cavs defeated the Chargers 56–28. Davis led DA with 16 points and three rebounds. Harris was strong in the paint against the Chargers defense with 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Williams controlled the boards on both ends for 11 rebounds to go along with  six points and two assists.

The Cavs are back on the court at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.


The Cavalier swim teams came out on top in their last regular season meets against Carolina Friends School, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and Burlington Christian Academy. 

Durham Academy had dominating performances in each of the relay categories — both the boys and girls 200-yard medley relay teams, 200-yard freestyle relay teams and 400-yard freestyle relay teams took first place. The boys 400-yard freestyle relay shaved off four seconds, finishing with a time of 3:25.58 to set a new school record.

Individually, both the boys and girls teams swept the first three spots in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley events. Junior Siri Oehler and seventh-grader Selena Burrus placed first and second, respectively, in the girls 50-yard freestyle. On the boys side, sophomore Jason Hugh and seniors Lars Oehler and Matthew Krieger took first, second and third, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle. In the 100-yard butterfly, ninth-grader Cara Palmer led the way for the girls, followed by sophomore Milly Jones and seventh-grader Monica Pastor-Valverde. On the boys side, eighth-grader Ben Brock placed first. Eighth-grade classmates Kenzie Kim and Nancy Reed came in first and second, respectively, in the girls 100-yard freestyle, as did Oehler and Krieger on the boys side. 

It was again all Cavs in the 500-yard freestyle as sophomore Riley Kim, Burrus and ninth-grader Maya Patel placed first, second and third for the girls, while ninth-grader Ethan Li and senior Jack Liddicoat placed first and second for the boys. In the 100-yard backstroke, Siri Oehler placed first on the girls side, and ninth-grader Ian Platts-Mills and sophomore Jason Hugh earned first and second, respectively, in the boys race. The 100-yard breaststroke had a first- and second-place finish from junior Holly Wilcox and eighth-grader Cleo Gordon Parisi and a sweep on the boys side from ninth-graders Tyler Barritt, Noah Fine and Li.

Out of 47 total individual events, Cavs swimmers set personal records in 37 of them. The team heads off to the Triangle Aquatics Center today for the TISAC championship meet!



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
  • Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders.
  • 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 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.