Cavs Corner: DA Fall Sports Wrap an Outstanding Season

By Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information Bria Irizarry
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics 

The final weekend of fall sports at Durham Academy ended with a state championship title in girls cross-country and state runner-up finishes by boys cross-country, volleyball, girls tennis and girls golf! Durham Academy is in first place for the Wells Fargo Cup, which is presented to the independent schools that have the best overall interscholastic sports program at the end of the year in each of the four classifications: 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A. The Cavs are ahead of all other schools by just over 100 points. 

Durham Academy fall sports closed the season with:
  • 1 NCISAA state championship (girls cross-country)
  • 4 NCISAA state runner-up finishes (boys cross-country, volleyball, girls tennis, girls golf)
  • 2 NCISAA third-place finishes (boys soccer, field hockey)
  • 6 TISAC conference titles (boys and girls cross-country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls tennis, girls golf)
  • 31 student-athletes named TISAC All-Conference
  • 17 students named to NCISAA All-State Team
  • 3 TISAC Players of the Year: Madeline Towning (girls tennis), Crosby Williams (boys soccer) and Allison Hall (girls cross country)


DA girls cross-country earned its second consecutive 4A state title and had five runners place in the top nine. Senior captain Claire Middleton led the pack, finishing in second place overall with a time of 18:47, followed by junior Quinn Shanahan in third place, eighth-grader Allison Hall in fourth place, and junior Anna Catherine Wilson in fifth place. Sophomore Stella Stringer also had an outstanding performance finishing not far behind in ninth place. This DA cross-country team is arguably the best team in the state as all five of DA’s top runners were named to the 2019 NCISAA All-State team.

DA boys cross-country finished in second place (69 points) at the 4A state championship meet at McAlpine Park in Charlotte last week, coming in behind a veteran Providence Day School (28 points). The Cavs were led by junior Jay Shanahan, who came in eighth place overall with a time of 16:27. The next DA runner next to cross the finish line was senior Mark Alkins, in 12th place overall with a time of 17:12. A millisecond later, senior captain Shan Wang crossed in 13th place, followed by senior Mac Hays who finished in 14th one second later. Shanahan was named to the 2019 NCISAA All-State team.


Girls Tennis

The DA tennis team and the incredible class of 2020 ended the season as state runner-up on Saturday when they fell to Charlotte Latin in a disappointing 5–4 loss. DA took a 3–1 lead after doubles play with wins from senior duos Alexis Galloway and Madeline Towning and Taylor Hunter and Isabella Strauss, but fell when Latin rallied to take the final four singles matches. In singles, Strauss completed an undefeated season with a win, senior Alex Bayer came out on top to go 15–1 on the season, and Galloway finished the year with a win to go undefeated in singles play. The Cavs lost momentum when both matches on courts 1 and 3 went into third sets and ended with losses. The Cavs have much to be proud of, going 19–1 this season and capturing the TISAC championship. Galloway and Towning also now sit atop DA’s all-time wins list for tennis. Galloway is ranked No. 1 with 133 wins, and Towning is ranked No. 2 with 125 wins!


Volleyball ended the season as state runner-up after battling a powerful, No. 1 seeded North Raleigh Christian Academy on Saturday afternoon in Raleigh. The Knights came out from the first whistle and went up 6–0 on the Cavs. DA could not close the gap and NRCA took the first set 25–15. The second set began in similar fashion, with the Knights jumping out to a 6–1 lead. The Cavs narrowed the margin to 15–12 and exchanged points with NRCA, but the Knights again came out on top 25–16. The third set was full of momentum swings between both teams and the score was tied at 15, 16 and 17, but eventually the Knights pulled away to end the Cavs’ season 25–19. Cavalier volleyball finished the season 17–8, and senior Millie Loehr and junior Elizabeth Kohn were named to the NCISAA All-State team! 


Volunteers Need!

Interested in helping support the Cavs? We are looking for volunteers for basketball home games in Kirby to help with:

  • Concessions stand
  • Ticket sales

No experience is required and there is nothing to do ahead of time — all proceeds go to support DA Athletics! Please sign up for a volunteer opening via the sign-up sheet that has been organized by the DA Parents Athletics Committee.

Contact with any questions!

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. 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 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.