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Cavs Corner: After Winter Break Hiatus, Cavs are Back in Action

By Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning and Josh Andreski
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics

Durham Academy winter athletics teams return to the court and pool this week after a brief hiatus. The boys and girls basketball teams will compete in six games over the course of the next two weeks, beginning with Friday night’s contests on the road at Cary Academy. 

Boys Basketball

DA varsity boys basketball started off 2022 with a road game vs. Wake Christian Academy. The Cavs scored early in the first quarter, with baskets from juniors Jake Chisholm and Bryson Tupper. DA jumped out to a 25–21 lead at halftime with the help of offensive chemistry between Chisholm and Tupper, who scored 12 and nine points, respectively.

Despite several lead changes throughout the first three quarters of the game, the momentum remained in favor of DA. Shortly before the third quarter ended, the Bulldogs regained control and did not surrender their lead. DA attempted a late comeback in the fourth quarter, rallying behind a clutch three-point shot from Chisholm that cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 49–47. In the end, Wake Christian ultimately won 53–49. Chisholm led the Cavs with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Tupper contributed mightily on both ends of the floor — ending the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds. 

DA is now 4–10 on the year and will travel to Cary Academy on Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff vs. the Chargers. 

Girls Basketball

Varsity girls basketball moved to 2–0 in conference play after Tuesday’s road win vs. Wake Christian.

The Cavs’ energy on defense forced several Bulldog turnovers early in the first half and allowed DA to take control. After giving up only one basket, junior Joelle Davis hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the team into halftime with a 19-point lead.

DA continued this pace in the second half, going on a 16–2 run in the third quarter. Second-half contributions from every active player allowed the Cavs to cruise to a 50–6 victory.

Davis led DA with 14 points, four assists and two steals. Junior Kendall Harris followed with 12 points, three rebounds and two blocks. Ninth-grader McKenzie Graves handled the ball at the point, putting up 10 points, six assists and five steals. Eighth-grader Sasha Bilsborrow added in two long three-pointers late in the fourth quarter for six of her eight points.

Now 6–6 overall on the season, the Cavs head to Cary Academy on Friday to take on the Chargers at 5:30 p.m.

Swimming

Junior Eva Boehlke has earned recognition at the state level for being a top swimmer in her class. North Carolina Preps Swimming has named Boehlke as the No. 6 swimmer in North Carolina for the Class of 2023. 

The varsity girls swim team is competing this afternoon in its first meet in more than a month. The Cavs travel to Saint Mary’s School for a 4 p.m. start vs. the Saints. Both the girls and boys varsity teams will return to the pool on Wednesday at 11 a.m. to face Cary Academy at the Triangle Aquatics Center.

 

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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.
  • 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.