Cavs Corner: Postseason in Full Swing; Spotlight on Girls Golf
By Bria Irizarry
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The fall sports postseason is in full swing as our Cavaliers look to leave their mark on the 2021 season. Last Friday, both our girls tennis and boys soccer teams secured Triangle Independent School Athletics Conference (TISAC) championship. Girls golf earned the conference title on Tuesday afternoon with a 5-under-par 208, setting new team records for lowest score to par and fewest strokes in 18 holes.

On Sunday evening, the North Carolina Independent School Athletics Association (NCISAA) state playoff brackets were announced. Field hockey hosted its first-round game on Tuesday afternoon and toppled Cape Fear Academy 9–0, with contributions from seniors Abby Grosshandler, Emmie Savarino, Amalie Keefe and Haley Fogg, as well as junior London Burnham. The team heads to Cary Christian this afternoon for its second-round contest. DA cross-country will compete this afternoon in the TISAC championship meet at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The girls will race at 4:45 p.m., and the boys will race at 5. 

Volleyball and boys soccer both earned No. 3 seeds and will host a state quarterfinal matchup on Friday or Saturday. Girls tennis earned a No. 4 seed and will host either Providence Day or Carmel Christian on Friday or Saturday. Games this afternoon will determine who the Cavs will face in the coming days! 

You can reserve tickets for our state playoff contests at

Performance of the Week

Durham Academy girls golf is the winner of this week’s Performance of the Week. Last Tuesday, the girls golf team completed an undefeated season (7–0) by outlasting defending state champion North Raleigh Christian Academy (NRCA) by one stroke, 214–215. It marked the second time this season that the Cavs won by such a narrow margin, having previously defeated the Knights 228–229 on Sept. 9. 

The Cavs led by five strokes after the first nine holes, with the first group, ninth-grader Saia Rampersaud and seventh-grader Jenna Kim, leading by four total strokes. Playing in the second group, junior Ona Lukes led the Knights’ No. 3 golfer by one stroke to give Durham Academy the edge heading into the back nine.

By the time the first group reached the 15th hole, the Cavs’ lead had shrunk to just one stroke, meaning the final result would hinge on the last few holes. 

Ahead of the match, head girls golf coach Greg Murray set the stage for his team to stay mentally tough. 

“The mindset for the match was that the pressure was on NRCA because they are the defending state champs,” Murray said. “The DA girls just had fun playing the game!”

On the 17th hole, Rampersaud and Kim each carded a birdie, and only one Knights golfer was able to match them. After the 18th hole, it became clear the Cavs would take the victory. Overall, Rampersaud shot a 3-under-par 69 to tie the school record for lowest score to par, while Kim scored a 1-under-par 71. In the second group, Lukes contributed a 74 to the Cavaliers’ win. 

Rampersaud was proud of her team’s focus during such an intense match. 

“We all worked really hard, and it came down to all of us playing our absolute best,” she said.  “It really gave us the momentum and confidence we needed to defeat them and take home the conference win!”

Murray was thrilled about his team's performance and the way it has competed throughout the season. 

“The top four teams in the NCISAA are in our conference, so going undefeated against that challenging schedule instilled confidence throughout the season,” he said. “But beating NRCA for the second time locked our sights on winning the TISAC and heading to [the state tournament] with momentum.”

Rampersaud said the team is close both on and off the course.

“Although it was a great win, the thing I look forward to the most in practices is just talking with the team about things not relating to golf,” Rampersaud said. “I love the connections and new friendships I’ve made while being in this amazing team!”

The Cavs will compete next in the state tournament at Bryan Park on Monday, Oct. 25, in Greensboro. 


  • Thursday, Oct. 21: Boys/Girls Cross-Country in the TISAC Championship (WakeMed Park in Cary)
  • Monday, Oct. 25: Girls Golf in the NCISAA Championship (Bryan Park in Greensboro)
  • Friday, Oct. 29: Boys/Girls Cross-Country in the NCISAA Championship (Olsen Park in Wilmington)
  • Saturday, Oct. 30: NCISAA State Championships for Field Hockey, Girls Tennis, Volleyball and Boys Soccer

Basketball Fan Frenzy

Cavs basketball fans, keep your eyes on the DA Athletics social media feeds (Instagram @dacavsathletics, Twitter @daathletics) for details on a new event for our most spirited Cavs, the Fan Frenzy. Limited tickets will be available for this Nov. 5 event.




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.