Cavs Corner: Swim Accomplishments Highlight Last Week of Winter Sports

By Bria Irizarry, Colleen Gunning, Josh Andreski and Andy Pogach
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DA swimming had a historic day in the pool on Monday as the boys and girls competed in the state championship meet in Greensboro. Junior Eva Boehlke earned the title of state champion, setting both a meet and school record in the 100-yard butterfly. The girls had their best performance since 2003, tying for fifth overall, and the boys placed eighth overall, their best finish since 2015. DA boys basketball had its season cut short in the first round of the state playoffs against Metrolina Christian Academy, while the girls will continue their 2021–2022 campaign tonight against Ravenscroft in the second round of the state tournament. 

Boys Basketball

DA varsity boys basketball ended the regular season with a win against Cedar Ridge last Friday night. The Cavaliers were looking to redeem themselves after a loss to their conference rival Ravenscroft,  and headed into the playoffs with a road win. DA took an early 15–4 lead to start the game against Cedar Ridge, making multiple 3-pointers, but the Red Wolves responded by going on a 9–3 run to close out the first quarter. In the second quarter, Cedar Ridge began to heat up from 3-point range, but junior Jake Chisholm kept DA alive by scoring 11 straight points to end the half and even the score at 30. 

When play resumed in the third quarter, the Cavs were able to turn defensive stops into quick fast break points and free throws at the other end. DA continued its 3-point barrage and capped off the final seconds of the quarter with a 35-foot 3-pointer from Amare Burrus. The Cavs extended their lead to 11 over Cedar Ridge by the start of the fourth quarter and didn’t look back, winning the game 56–46. 

On Tuesday night, the Cavs faced off against Metrolina Christian Academy in the first round of the North Carolina Independent School Athletics Association (NCISAA) 4A state playoffs. DA showed perseverance throughout the game after falling behind 16–13 in the first quarter. Juniors Bryson Tupper and Chisholm hit shots from the perimeter to keep the Cavs in the game, but Metrolina still managed to push its lead to 11 by halftime. 

Metrolina capitalized on quick ball movement and outside shooting to again increase its lead to 11 by the end of the third. DA made defensive adjustments at the break and came out in the fourth quarter with momentum. The Cavs fought back from a 15-point deficit to close the gap to three, but Metrolina’s shooting from behind the arc proved to be too much. The Knights forced the Cavaliers to turn the ball over and sank a few free throws to solidify a 67–61 win. 

Durham Academy ends the 2021–2022 season 8–15 overall and will look to continue to build on the foundations set by the team and first-year head coach Adam Cluff. 

Girls Basketball

DA varsity girls basketball closed out the regular season with a convincing win over St. Mary’s on Thursday night in Kirby Gym.

Senior Molly Hunter sparked the Cavs’ offense against the Saints by sinking back-to-back 3-pointers. Juniors Joelle Davis and Kendall Harris also added points from beyond the arc to give the team a 30–7 lead at halftime. DA cruised in the second half, holding the Saints to just four points, and finished with a 60–11 win.

Harris scored a game-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four assists. Hunter followed with 16 points, and Davis added 12.

With the win, the Cavs earned the No. 8 seed in the NCISAA state playoffs and hosted Cary Academy for a first-round game on Tuesday. The Cavs got on the board first with back-to-back 3-pointers by Davis and three straight transition buckets by Harris, and entered halftime with a 34–25 lead. The Chargers opened the third quarter with a 7–0 run to tighten the gap, but a 12-point push in the fourth quarter gave the Cavs what they needed to finish strong and pull away with a 58–43 win.

Harris led DA again with 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Davis sank three long 3-pointers for a total of 13 points and four assists. Ninth-grader McKenzie Graves followed with 12 points, six assists and five steals. Ninth-grader Rashyia Willams showed her strength under the hoop, tallying  nine points, two rebounds and three blocks. Seniors Molly Hunter and Brooke Epstein were also key components to the Cavs’ success, totaling three points and one rebound and two points and 10 rebounds, respectively. 

The Cavs will host Ravenscroft at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the second round of NCISAA playoffs.


The girls swim team tied for fifth in the state meet on Monday at the Greensboro Aquatics Center, earning their best performance since 2003, and the boys swim team placed eighth overall. In total, five school records were broken, and junior Eva Boehlke placed first overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.45 to earn the title of state champion! This was not only a school record, but a state meet record as well.

Boehlke placed second in the 200-yard individual medley to set another school record. She teamed with junior MacKenna Morris, eighth-grader Audrey Crowder and eighth-grader Kenzie Kim to set a school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Other top-eight finishers included: Kim, who finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke; Morris, who took fifth in the 200-yard individual medley; and Crowder, who placed seventh in the 500-yard freestyle.

On the boys side, ninth-grader Bennett Harris set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle and placed eighth in the state. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Harris, ninth-grader Ian Platts-Mills, ninth-grader Tyler Barritt and sophomore Jason Hugh placed sixth and also set a new school record. Platts-Mills finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle. 

First-year head coach John Manison and his assistants, Theresa Shebalin and Matthew Jaynes, are proud of what their teams accomplished this season. Coach Manison feels that they showed a desire to do what needed to be done, no matter what, for the betterment of the group this winter. “It is because of this difficult but powerful attribute that our team will go on to win a state championship in the coming years.”



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.