Contributors: Bria Irizarry and Isaiah Caldwell ’20
On Sunday night, 2021 spring sports seniors and their families gathered for the end-of-the-season awards assembly in the K Family Commons while their teammates tuned in via livestream. There was much to celebrate: four conference champion teams (boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and girls track and field), three state semifinalist teams (boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and boys tennis), 32 All-Conference selections across eight sports, three conference players of the year and one state champion.
Durham Academy athletics also recognized individuals who received annual awards, voted on by head coaches and the athletics administration: the Steve Engebretsen Athletics Leadership Award, the Durham Sports Club Scholar Athlete Award, the TISAC (Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference) Sportsmanship Award and the Kurt Meyer Senior Athlete Award. DA student-athletes who play a sport in all three seasons were also recognized as Triple Crown Award winners.
Steve Engebretsen Athletics Leadership Award
Alex Dunk '22, Brooke Epstein ’22, Mirella Kades ’22 and Charlie Rand ’22
The Durham Sport Club Scholar Athlete Award
Tharindu Fernando ’21 and Anna Catherine Wilson ’21
The TISAC Sportsmanship Award
Kathleen Donovan ’21 and Blake Smith ’21
The Kurt Meyer Senior Athlete Award
Katherine Lantzy ’21 and Henry Leasure ’21
Juliana Hallyburton ’22, Pole Vault
TISAC All-Conference Selections
- Sean Donahue ’22
- Ethan Goldstein ’22
- Jackson Niedel ’22
- Jackson Brimfield ’21
- William Chapman ’23
- Tate Duensing ’26
- John Bolognesi ’23, Honorable Mention
- Austin Corbett ’22
- John Donovan ’21, Player of the Year
- Brodie Mason ’23
- Gavin Schulz ’21
- Kathleen Donovan ’21
- Brooke Epstein ’22, Player of the Year
- Evelyn Guyer ’24
- Spencer Jennings ’23
- Mirella Kades ’22
- Katherine Lantzy ’21, Honorable Mention
- Isabel Trahey-Matzen ’22
- Kaia Vorenkamp ’23, Honorable Mention
- Kennedy Yon ’22
- Frank Borden ’21
- Owen Brent-Levenstein ’23, Honorable Mention
- Pete Crowley ’23, Player of the Year
- Gavin Levinson ’22, Honorable Mention
- Paul Wang ’23
Boys Track and Field
- Ryan Norris ’21
Girls Track and Field
- Amani Diallo ’23
- Juliana Hallyburton ’22
- Lee Jeffries ’21
- Ama Mensah-Boone ’24
- Veronica Quiett ’23
- Lucy Steiner ’21
Triple Crown Award
- Molly Hunter (field hockey, basketball and soccer)
- Matthew Krieger (soccer, swimming and track)
- Lars Oehler (soccer, swimming and track)
- Charlie Rand (soccer, basketball and lacrosse)
- Stewart Roessler (cross-country, swimming and track)
- Edward Rogers (cross-country, swimming and track)
- Ameya Bellamkonda (tennis, basketball and track)
- Henry Leasure (soccer, basketball and lacrosse)
The varsity boys tennis team wrapped up a fantastic season on May 13 at Charlotte Country Day School in the semifinal round of the N.C. State Independent Schools Athletics Association (NCISAA) state tournament. This was only the team’s second loss of the season. The match started off with doubles play, in which the Cavs won one matchup but the Buccaneers took the other two. Seniors Jackson Zobrist and Joey Shaheen had the doubles win on Court 3. Heading into singles matches, DA was down 2–1, and the boys were looking to make a strong comeback. However, Charlotte Country Day would not let up and moved on to win three straight singles matches and secure a spot in the state championship match against Greensboro Day School.
Track and Field
The varsity boys and girls track teams competed in the NCISAA state track meet on May 15 at Cary Academy. Both teams performed well, which resulted in state-wide recognition for DA track and field.
DA’s girls team finished in fifth place overall, and the boys team placed 10th. A highlight from the meet was a school record set by DA’s girls 4x100-meter relay team (senior Lee Jeffries, juniors Julianna Hallyburton and Amani Diallo and ninth-grader Ama Mensah-Boone) with a time of 50.83. This time was enough for the girls to take third place. Senior Anna Catherine Wilson was a standout in distance events and took fourth place in the state in the 3,200-meter race. One of the most exciting moments of the meet was when junor Julianna Hallyburton won first place in the pole vault event.
The boys team placed 10th overall and also posted standout performances. The 4x400-meter relay team (seniors Ryan Norris and Charlie Robb, junior Lars Oehler and sophomore Aaron Caveney) took third place in the state, and senior Ryan Norris placed third in the boys 300-meter hurdles event with a time of 41.78. Senior Jay Shanahan placed third in the boys 3,200-meter race with a time of 9:36, and eighth-grader Ben Hornstein put up an impressive time of 10:17 in the 3,200-meter race. Both the boys and girls teams showed consistent improvement throughout the season and set numerous personal records each meet.
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.