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Cavs Corner: Two Weeks Left of the Regular Season
Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Isaiah Caldwell ’20 and Colleen Gunning
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The Cavaliers have just over two weeks of the regular season left to play before conference tournaments, and what an exciting week it has been. Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • The Durham Academy girls track and field 4x100 team (sophomore Amani Diallo, junior Julianna Hallyburton, senior Lee Jeffries and ninth-grader Ama Mensah-Boone) set a new school record with a time of 51.68.

  • Since April 6, junior Ethan Goldstein has led DA baseball in several offensive categories: .667 batting average, .750 on-base percentage, eight hits, three doubles and two triples. Junior Jackson Niedel has contributed as well with a .417 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, five hits, one double, two triples and four RBIs.

  • For the fourth time this season, DA girls lacrosse has scored over 13 goals in a game.

  • DA girls soccer upended Saint Mary’s 5-0 with goals from four different players: junior Kennedy Yon, sophomore Aerin Borden, senior Molly McLaughlin and sophomore Faith Hanson.

  • Senior John Donovan of DA boys lacrosse had a 21-save performance Friday night against visiting Charlotte Country Day.

Baseball

DA varsity baseball went 1–2 in three straight road games this week. The Cavs traveled to Charlotte to face both Charlotte Country Day School and Charlotte Latin School on Saturday and to Raleigh to play Wake Christian Academy on Tuesday.

The first of two games was a tight matchup between DA and CCDS. The game was evenly matched until the fifth inning, when the Buccaneers posted five runs to take the first lead. DA tried to battle back in the sixth inning, scoring two, but left runners stranded and was unable to close the gap. The Cavs dropped 6–3 to CCDS in the end.

An hour later, the Cavs took the field against Charlotte Latin. The Hawks were quick to show strength at the plate, scoring seven runs in the first inning. DA struggled to get its offense started until the fifth inning when junior Ethan Goldstein, sophomore Sam Schaeffer and junior Jackson Niedel crossed the plate for the Cavs’ three runs. The Cavs picked up their third loss of the season, falling to Latin 10–3.

DA bounced back with an 8–4 win over Wake Christian on Tuesday. The Cavs were quick to jump on the opposing pitcher, posting four runs after two innings. DA continued the pace, scoring eight runs off nine hits through four innings. Niedel and junior Sean Donahue led the team on offense, picking up two RBIs each.

Sophomore Ben Tarpey was key to shutting down the Bulldogs, pitching a three-up, three-down first inning on only seven pitches. Tarpey threw three total innings, facing 15 batters with four strikeouts. The Cavs’ defense held strong in the final few innings, leaving the bases loaded and holding off game-tying looks from WCA.

The Cavs are now 5–3 on the season, heading into today’s home game vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Golf

DA boys golf got back on the course on Tuesday afternoon to face Wesleyan Christian, after a hiatus of more than a week. The team defeated the Trojans by 19 strokes (304-323) at the Grandover West Course in Greensboro. Senior Jackson Brimfield and sophomore William Chapman tied for medalist, scoring 73s. Seventh-grader Tate Duensing scored a 77 and Nicholas Hogan scored an 81 to round out the DA scoring.

The Cavs return to action on Tuesday when they face visiting Ravenscroft at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill at 2 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse

DA boys lacrosse split results with a 12–7 loss to visiting Charlotte Country Day on Friday and a 14–7 win on the road over Greensboro Day Schoolon Tuesday.

Friday’s contest vs. Charlotte Country Day began with a Buccaneers’ goal, but the Cavs were quick to answer with a feed from junior Austin Corbett to senior Gavin Schulz on the inside. Both teams exchanged goals before the Cavs went down by three after missing a handful of shots on offense. At the end of the first quarter, the Buccaneers led 5–2.

It was a rough start to the second quarter; the Cavs had three consecutive turnovers, two of which led to goals for Charlotte Country Day. Senior Jimmy Zavaglia was the next Cavalier to get on the board with an unassisted goal, but the Buccaneers answered by stinging a low shot past senior goalkeeper John Donovan. DA had attempts from Zavaglia, sophomore Brodie Mason and Schulz, but none were converted to goals. At the half, the score was 8–3 in favor of the Buccaneers.

DA started the second half on the defensive end of the field with big saves from Donovan and ground balls from sophomore John Bolognesi. With just five minutes left in the quarter, junior Charlie Rand back-checked his opponent for a caused turnover, but again the offense was unable to convert. Eventually, Schulz fired a riser to the top corner of the Buccaneers’ goal, and shortly after, Rand found Mason for the Cavs’ fifth goal to bring the score to 10–5. The Bucs notched two quick goals at the start of the fourth and the Cavs responded with two of their own late in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to come out on top.

On Tuesday, the Cavs had a bit of a slow start, scoring just one goal in the first quarter. The team kicked things into gear in the second quarter, tallying seven more goals and taking an 8–2 lead at the half. Schulz had four goals and one assist; Corbett had one goal and two assists; and Donovan had eight saves.

With the help of Mason, who dominated the face-offs against the Cougars, the Cavs continued to produce offensively. At the end of the third quarter, DA was up 13-4, and the Cavs were able to add one more goal before the end of the game.

DA boys lacrosse is now 5–2 on the season and will take on visiting Cape Fear Academy at 5 p.m. Friday.

Girls Lacrosse

Lacrosse Cecile Meredith


The girls lacrosse team had a dominating performance last Thursday afternoon, defeating Saint Mary’s School on the road 19–6. The Cavs wasted no time getting points on the board, scoring the first three goals of the game within the first two minutes of play. Ninth-grader Evelyn Guyer both scored and assisted on the next two goals, and after one more DA contribution, junior Mirella Kades stepped up to make a big free-position save.

The DA defense also proved to be a crucial element in the game, as senior Katherine Lantzy made a big interception that was converted to a goal by sophomore Spencer Jennings. With just 10 minutes left in the half, the Cavs extended their lead to 8–0. Shortly after, the Saints scored four consecutive goals to bring the score to 8-4 at the half.

The Cavs responded after halftime with three assisted goals — two of which were scored by junior Brooke Epstein — and an unassisted goal from Guyer. The offense got into a groove, and senior Kathleen Donovan scored two back-to-back goals. Around the 10-minute mark, the Cavs were ahead 15–5 and soon ninth-grader Kyla Newkirk and senior Cecile Meredith also got on the board. The Cavs finished just as they started, with three unanswered goals to topple the Saints.

DA is now 4–1 on the 2021 season, and the team will take on Cary Academy on Alumni Field on Friday at 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer 

Girls varsity soccer bounced back from last week’s loss to Cary Academy with a dominating win over Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.

In the 5–0 DA win, the offense was ready to go from the first whistle. Junior Kennedy Yon slid a shot past the Saints’ goalkeeper within the first five minutes to quickly give DA the lead. Sophomore Faith Hanson followed shortly after with a breakaway goal of her own, and senior Molly McLaughlin scored from close range inside the box to seize a 3–0 lead at halftime.

The Cavs continued to bring this energy in the second half, with sophomore Aerin Borden beating two defenders to tap one in the back of the net. Yon sent in her second goal of the night just three minutes later, from 25 yards out, to seal the win over Saint Mary’s on the road.

DA girls varsity soccer will take the field again on Friday, hosting North Raleigh Christian in a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

Boys Tennis

The varsity boys tennis team competed in matches this past week vs. Cardinal Gibbons High School, Cary Academy and Greensboro Day School. The Cavs took two out of the three matches, winning against Cary and Gibbons and losing at Greensboro Day, which was their first loss of the season. All three matches were competitive, and it is likely that all of these teams could make deep runs in the state tournament in May.

In the match at Cardinal Gibbons, DA got off to a strong start, winning five out of six singles matches and securing the win with a 5–1 lead. Sophomores Pete Crowley and Paul Wang, senior Frank Borden, sophomore Owen Brent-Levenstein and junior Gavin Levinson were victorious in singles play. The Cavs moved on to doubles play with the comfortable 5–1 lead and won two out of three doubles matches to win the competition 7–2. While Borden and Wang fell at the No. 1 spot, doubles pairs Crowley/Brent-Levenstein and senior Joey Shaheen and Levinson won their matches at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively.

DA started the match against Cary Academy on Friday, but due to a weather delay they were forced to complete it on Wednesday. The Cavs began the competition by winning all three of the doubles matches. Borden and Wang teamed up to win on court No. 1, Crowley and Brent-Levenstein were victorious on court No. 2 and Shaheen and Levinson pulled out a win on court No. 3.

The Cavs moved on to singles play and were halfway through when thunderstorms hit Durham on Friday. At the time, DA was up 3–0, but was losing five of the six singles matches and needed two for the win. The Cavs returned to the courts hungry for a victory on Wednesday, and took three out of six matches to secure the win. Crowley (No. 1), Wang (No. 2) and senior Jackson Zobrist (No. 6) were the three Cavaliers responsible for singles victories.

The Cavs lost their first match of the season when they traveled to Greensboro to face the Greensboro Day School Bengals. The Cavs put forth a great effort, but the Bengals outmatched them for a 6–3 victory. The competition began with doubles play, in which DA won one out of three matches, with Shaheen and Levinson being the winning pair. The Cavs moved to singles play down 2–1, and after two matches they were down 3-2. Greensboro Day went on a 3–1 run to close out singles play, producing a final score of 6–3.

The Cavs proved that they could compete with some of the best competition in the state this week, and the boys look to keep up their strong performances for the remainder of the season. DA is now 7–1 on the year and will play at East Chapel Hill High School at 4:30 this afternoon.

Track and Field

DA’s varsity track and field teams competed in one meet over the past week on Thursday, April 8 at Cary Academy. Both the boys and girls teams competed against three schools: Cary Academy, Cary Christian and Coastal Christian. The DA girls team took first place for the third straight meet, and the boys team placed third despite some standout performances.

There were several terrific results from the girls team, both in the field events and in the races. Some of the top field results included ninth-grader Ava Turek taking first place in the high jump and junior Julianna Hallyburton earning first place in the pole vault. The girls continued to shine in the races, winning events and propelling the team to first place. Sophomore Amani Diallo continues to dominate the short distance events for DA, earning first place in the 100-meter race with a time of 13.27 and in the 200-meter race with a time of 27.43. A highlight of the meet occurred when the Cavs’ 4x100 team, consisting of Diallo, Hallyburton, senior Lee Jeffries and ninth-grader Ama Mensah-Boone, took first place and set a school record with a time of 51.68. Congratulations to these girls for putting their names in the Durham Academy record books!

The boys showcased their talent in this meet, despite falling short and earning third place. In field events, sophomore Noah Triplett took first place in the triple jump and ninth-grader Evan Pfiel won the long jump to put some points on the board for the Cavs. Other strong performances included the DA 4x800 meter relay team of sophomore Aaron Caveney, senior Jay Shanahan, junior Stewart Roessler and sophomore Zebee Jewell-Alibhai capturing first place with a time of 8:42.00. Senior Ryan Norris won the 300-meter hurdles race with a time of 43.03 to contribute to the Cavs’ effort.

Both teams are seeing improvement and are looking forward to their next meet on April 22 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.