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Cavs Corner: Final Week of the Regular Season
Contributors: Bria Irizarry, Isaiah Caldwell ’20 and Colleen Gunning
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Durham Academy spring teams are wrapping up the regular season and looking ahead to Sunday’s state tournament seeding. The boys golf team, which placed third in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference Championship on Tuesday, has already qualified for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament on May 10, while DA boys tennis and girls lacrosse both clinched TISAC regular season titles with their wins late last week!

Baseball

The varsity baseball team split its two games this week, with a shutout win over Ravenscroft School and a tough loss to undefeated Cary Academy on Tuesday. 

For the first time since 2008, DA baseball swept rival Ravenscroft, after a 5–0 win in Raleigh on Friday. Senior Scott West was credited with the win after pitching a complete game in 84 pitches, allowing only one hit and striking out six batters.

The Cavs’ offense came out strong from the start, with multiple two-out rallies to drive in five runs on 11 hits. Juniors Zeph Hollenbeck and Stephen Lamb led the team with two RBIs each. West continued to be efficient on the mound with great defense behind him, shutting down the Ravens’ offense to seal the 5–0 win.

Tuesday’s matchup with Cary Academy was the final home game of the regular season and marked Senior Day for the team’s two seniors, Will Dowell and West.

Senior baseball players and parents

The Cavs got off to a slow start against the 16–0 Chargers and found themselves trailing by six after three innings. RBIs from Hollenbeck and sophomore Ben Tarpey created some offensive momentum late in the sixth, but the Chargers grabbed the final outs, leaving the DA base runners stranded and unable to close the gap. DA fell 7–4 in the end and moved to 8–5 on the season.

The Cavs look to even the score on Friday with another matchup vs. Cary Academy at 6:15 p.m.

Boys Golf

DA golf had a busy five-day stretch beginning Friday when the Cavs traveled to the Wesleyan Invitational at Grandover East in Greensboro. DA finished in third place out of 12 teams, and sophomore William Chapman led the Cavs with a 75. Senior Jackson Brimfield scored a 76, sophomore Nicholas Hogan scored a 79 and seventh-grader Tate Duensing scored an 83.

On Tuesday, the Cavs hit the road to head to Lillington, where the TISAC Championship was held at Keith Hills Golf Club. Again, DA placed third, behind North Raleigh Christian Academy and Ravenscroft, and the team also qualified for next week’s state championship. Chapman led the way with a 73, Hogan scored a 77, Duensing scored an 83 and ninth-grader James Robb scored an 85. Brimfield, Chapman and Duensing were each named to the TISAC All-Conference team for the 2021 season.

Boys Lacrosse

DA lacrosse suffered its fourth loss of the season last Thursday vs. TISAC rival Ravenscroft. Despite winning nine of 13 faceoffs, the Cavs fell 7-6.

The Ravens earned the first possession, but after seeing four shots, senior goalkeeper John Donovan came up with a save and sophomore Brodie Mason blocked a pass to turn defense into offense. Mason scored down at the other end to put the Cavs ahead 1–0. The Ravens answered, and the score remained 1–1 at the start of the second quarter. The Cavs dropped two goals to the Ravens in the second after missing out on a man-up opportunity. After a DA timeout, the Cavs came out firing, with goals from Mason and senior Nate Alexander to bring the score to 4–3 at the half. 

Neither team scored until three minutes were left in the third quarter, and it was Ravenscroft that found the back of the net. Down just two goals (5–3) at the start of the fourth quarter, the Cavs saw a spark from sophomore John Bolognesi and senior Henry Leasure on defense. With six minutes remaining, sophomore Hugh Wheeler and junior Austin Corbett notched back-to-back goals to tie the game at 5. Three minutes later, Mason tied the game again, this time at 6. Again, Donovan came up with a big save with under a minute left and senior Jackson Collie recovered the ground ball to bring the game to sudden-death overtime. Unfortunately, after two big saves from Donovan and a shot from Mason, the Ravens regained possession and eventually snuck a shot around the right crease and over Donovan’s off-stick side hip to secure the win. 

DA boys lacrosse tallied a 15–5 road win over Cary Academy on Tuesday evening. The Cavs jumped out to a 2–0 lead after goals from Mason and senior Jimmy Zavaglia. In his first game back after an injury, senior Blake Smith put a shot in the back of the net to extend the Cavs’ lead to 3–1. DA maintained its offensive momentum to go up 6–1 after goals from Corbett, Wheeler and senior Gavin Schulz. Donovan came up big in the cage when the Cavs went a man down and DA notched one more goal from Mason before the half to make it 7–1 at the whistle.

In the second half, DA continued to dominate the faceoffs with the help of Mason. Despite two man-up goals from Cary Academy, the Cavs were ahead 12–4 at the end of the third quarter. Schulz scored two quick goals to start the fourth quarter and Zavaglia notched the last goal of the night for DA off a crease roll for a 15–5 win.

The Cavs move to 7–4 on the season and look ahead to Senior Night on Friday when they take on the Knights of North Raleigh Christian at 4 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

The varsity girls lacrosse team ended its week on the road Friday at Ravenscroft and performed in dominating fashion to earn a 16–8 victory. Senior Brooke Epstein came out ready to play, scoring three goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. DA extended the lead to 10–3 after contributions from ninth-grader Kyla Newkirk and Epstein, who was assisted by ninth-grader Evelyn Guyer. The Ravens made a short run late in the second half, but the Cavs’ early lead proved too much to overcome. 

The team notched its eighth win of the season, an 18–8 victory over visiting Forsyth Country Day on Tuesday on Alumni Field.

Guyer kicked off the scoring for the Cavs, finishing on a free-position shot after winning the draw and carrying it down to the offensive end of the field. Shortly after, sophomore Spencer Jennings found Epstein, who buried the second goal out of transition. The Furies gained the next possession, but senior Katherine Lantzy had both a knockdown and an interception to recover the ball for the Cavs. Ninth-grader Fleming Burkert, senior Kathleen Donovan and Epstein all put goals in the back of the net to bring the score to 5–2 in favor of the Cavs. Newkirk, who assisted Epstein for the fifth goal, found her again in transition to force the Furies to call a timeout. The Furies grabbed a quick goal out of the timeout, but the Cavs offense settled in after winning eight of the last 12 draw controls. Epstein and Guyer finished off the half with a goal each to bring the score to 11–4.

The second half saw goals from five different Cavs to keep the Furies at a distance. Jennings, Fleming, Epstein, sophomore Ada Catherine Hays and ninth-grader Kiersten Hackman all contributed to make the final score a 10-point rout. 

With the win, the Cavs move to 8–1 on the season and will face Charlotte Country Day on Friday for Senior Day on Alumni Field at 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer

DA varsity girls soccer closed out the regular season strong with home wins over Ravenscroft and Saint Mary’s School this week.

After an overtime loss to Wake Christian Academy on the road, the Cavs were back on Moylan Field on Tuesday to face Ravenscroft. The DA offense was ready to go from the kickoff, scoring all four goals in the first half. Ninth-grader Sarah Penry and sophomore Kaia Vorenkamp got things started by netting goals early in the first half to put the Cavs ahead 2–0. A few plays later, junior Kennedy Yon slid another past the Ravens’ goalkeeper and ninth-grader Godiya Mangai added the fourth DA goal just before halftime to secure a healthy lead. The Cavs locked down on defense in the second half, giving up only one goal, to cruise to a 4–1 victory over the Ravens.

The following day, DA took the field against Saint Mary’s for Senior Day and honored the team’s four seniors: Molly McLaughlin, Kate Nichols, Lauren Read and Brooke Adams. 

Both sides had quite a few attempts in front of the net in the first half, but the shots missed wide and the game remained scoreless at halftime. 

Halfway through the second half, Adams was able to get her foot on a cross into the box from Yon to tap in the first and only goal of the game. Junior Haley Fogg held strong in net in the second half, making key back-to-back saves to prevent the Saints from scoring an equalizer. The Cavs maintained possession in the final minutes to wind down the clock and take a 1–0 win over Saint Mary’s.

The Cavs finished out the season with a 5–6 record, sitting at third in the TISAC standings and awaiting Sunday’s state playoff seedings.

Boys Tennis

The varsity boys tennis team won its 11th match of the year on Tuesday, and in doing so won the TISAC conference championship. The boys are currently standing at 11–1 heading into tonight’s senior day festivities and the state playoffs.

Tuesday’s match was at home against Ravenscroft and was a fairly easy contest for the Cavs. The competition started off with doubles matches, which were all won by DA. The pairs of sophomore Paul Wang/senior Frank Borden, sophomore Pete Crowley/sophomore Owen Brent-Levenstein and junior Gavin Levinson/senior Joey Shaheen got the job done and put the Cavs up 3–0 heading into singles play. DA moved on to dominate the Ravens in singles play, sweeping all six matches and giving DA the 9–0 win. Crowley, Wang, Borden, Brent-Levenstein, Levinson and senior Jackson Zobrist filled out the singles lineup.

The boys have their final regular season match today, taking on the Wake Christian Bulldogs at home on senior day.

Track and Field

The boys and girls varsity track and field teams competed twice over the past week, running hard and making improvements in both meets. 

The first of the two was a home meet in which DA faced off against Wake Christian Academy and St. David’s School. The boys team finished in first place with a score of 97.5 points and showcased a number of impressive performances. Sophomore Aaron Caveney took first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.8 seconds, which was a personal record; sophomore Zebee Jewell-Alibhai finished first in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:09.9; and senior Jay Shanahan won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races, setting a personal record in the 3,200 with a time of 9:50.8. DA was also well-represented in the field events. Senior Griffin Edwards and sophomore Sumner Virkler took first and second place in the discus event, respectively, with Virkler setting a personal record of 90 feet, 5 inches. Ninth-grader Evan Pfeil won the long jump event with a distance of 19 feet, 2 inches.

The girls team also captured first place, scoring 110 points and dominating Wake Christian and St. David’s. The meet was marked by multiple personal records and impressive times. Senior Lucy Steiner set a personal record in the 800-meter run and took first place with a time of 2:35.4; senior Anna Catherine Wilson outlasted her opponents in the 3,200-meter race to win first place; and the 4x100-meter relay team of ninth-grader Ama Mensah-Boone, junior Julianna Hallyburton, senior Lee Jeffries and sophomore Amani Diallo tied the school record they set a just few weeks ago (51.5 seconds).

The second track and field meet was on senior day, when DA took on Cary Academy and Wake Christian. Seniors on both the boys and girls teams excelled in this meet, showcasing all of the hard work they have put in over the last four years. The boys team took second place, scoring 54.83 points, just behind Cary Academy. The meet was marked by brilliant performances and personal records. Senior Ryan Norris won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.8 seconds; the 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Aaron Caveney, junior Lars Oehler, senior Charlie Robb and Norris won first place with a time of 3:37.0; and ninth-grader Evan Pfeil set a personal record in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 9 inches. 

The girls team once again captured first place, scoring 87 points. The excitement surrounding senior day led to record-setting performances. Senior Helen Hulka set a season record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 57.8 seconds; ninth-grader Ava Rose Turek won the high jump event, taking first place with a score of 4 feet, 10 inches; and sophomore Veronica Quiett set personal records and took first place in the shot put and discus events with distances of 27 feet, 9 inches and 85 feet, 1 inch, respectively. DA’s 4x100-meter relay team beat its previous school record with a time of 50.9 seconds. 

Seniors girls track and field team

Congratulations to everyone who participated in these two meets, especially the seniors, as it was their last time competing on the Durham Academy track!

Seniors boys track and field team

Next up for boys and girls varsity track is the TISAC conference meet, with both teams looking to capture a conference championship.

 


 

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.