By Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information Bria Irizarry; Athletics Interns Colleen Gunning and Davis Morgan; and Director of Athletics Andy Pogach
This week, we have a new feature to add to Cavs Corner called Cavalier Crossroads, which highlights two of our girls golf team members. Senior captain Brooke Aurentz and her team had a thrilling win over Cary Academy on Tuesday, when they avenged an earlier loss to the Chargers. Ninth-grader Ona Lukes set not one, but two new school records for lowest nine-hole score and lowest 18-hole score! Listen in to learn a little more about both of these student-athletes!
A big thank you is in order to the Parents Athletic Committee, which helped organize and execute an outstanding afternoon at our Fall Frenzy on Tuesday. There was delicious food, families representing all divisions cheering loudly for our sports teams, and tons of laughter from those enjoying time spent together. We are so grateful for the support of our community and look forward to seeing everyone out for Homecoming on Oct. 4!
Over the weekend, the boys and girls cross-country teams traveled to Charlotte for the Hare and Hounds Invitational at McAlpine Park. Both teams were at the course bright and early Saturday morning for the big race, which featured more than 35 boys teams and more than 20 girls teams. DA boys finished 11th overall and were led by junior Jay Shanahan, who placed 12th with a time of 16:04. Senior Mark Alkins was the next to come across the line for the Cavs with a time of 17:21, as he finished 81st. Senior captain Shan Wang came in behind Alkins, placing 104th with a time of 17:47. Shortly after, ninth-grader Aaron Caveney placed 119th with a time of 17:53 alongside sophomore George Linney, who placed 120th. The boys combined for a 376 point total.
The girls placed eighth overall in the meet and were led by eighth-grader Allison Hall, who placed 10th with a time of 18:37. Junior Quinn Shanahan was not far behind with a time of 19:02, which put her in 21st place. Junior Anna Catherine Wilson was next to come across with a time of 19:32 and a 24th-place finish. Cavaliers sophomore Stella Stringer placed 41st overall with a time of 19:56, and junior Abby Goldman placed 177th with a time of 23:41 to round out the top five for the girls. They finished with a team score of 265 points.
Cavs cross-country is back in action at home on Wednesday for the Durham City-County Championships. The boys B race is at 4:20 p.m., the boys A race is at 5:40, the girls B race is at 4:55 and the girls A race is at 6:10.
The girls golf team had a tale of two matches over the last week. On Sept. 19, the Cavs faced Ravenscroft for a nine-hole match and lost a close round 133–130. Ninth-grader Ona Lukes and seventh-grader Saia Rampersaud were medalists, ending with a pair of 42s.
Tuesday’s rematch vs. Cary Academy was one for the record books. Again, the momentum from Lukes, who scored a 75, and Rampersaud, who scored 76, lifted the team to a 238–272 win over the Chargers. Rampersaud held both the nine- and 18-hole records for mere minutes before Lukes broke the record on the front nine. The 76 from Rampersaud was a new school record until, again, Lukes ran in a putt on the 18th to break the same mark. It was a sweet win over Cary Academy, made even sweeter by a record-setting showing for DA!
DA field hockey is on a roll this week. Coming off a 4–1 win at Cary Academy, the Cavs faced a tough Charlotte Country Day on the road Sept. 19. The teams exchanged possession and shots on goal but remained scoreless after the first half. With 15 minutes left in the game, junior Katherine Lantzy capitalized on a DA corner, scoring to put the Cavs up by 1. The team’s defense was able to hold off the strong CCD offense and secure the 1–0 win over the Buccaneers.
Continuing their momentum, the Cavs faced Saint Mary’s School on Monday at home, dominating the first half. Goals from sophomore Emmie Savarino, ninth-grader Emilie Kirschner and Lantzy put the team up 3–0 going into halftime. The Cavs controlled the second half with 2 more goals from Kirschner and 1 from senior Elizabeth Owens, bringing the score to 6–0. DA defense remained unstoppable, allowing Saint Mary’s just two shots on goal the entire game. Back-to-back shutout wins for senior goalie Victoria Lawton helped the team extend its winning streak to three games. The Cavs look to stretch this streak to four as they face Saint Mary’s again on Friday at 4 p.m. in Raleigh.
Boys soccer took on Wake Christian Academy in a back-to-back showdown on Friday and Tuesday. On Friday, the Cavs went on the road and struck first midway through the first half. At the 19-minute mark, Crosby Williams found fellow senior Ryan Kirschner off a free kick, and Kirschner put one in the back of the net to go up 1–0. In the second half, junior Charlie Robb and the offense came out and continued to put pressure on the Bulldogs. DA placed multiple shots on goal, but the Cavs were unable to extend the lead. However, one goal was all the Cavs needed on Friday to take the victory and move to 4–0 in the TISAC.
DA returned home on Tuesday to play Wake Christian for a second time. This time, the Cavs lost in heartbreaking fashion, 3–2 in double overtime. The Bulldogs came out hot, scoring 2 goals in the first 15 minutes of play. However, the Cavs were able to hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the next 80 minutes while responding with two goals of their own from junior Connor McNamara and senior Isaiah Caldwell. Each team had plenty of chances, but it was Wake Christian who found the back of the net in the second overtime. The Cavs dropped to 4–1 in conference play and 6–4–1 overall. They will suit up again today at 6 p.m. at North Raleigh Christian Academy.
The DA girls tennis team continued its strong start to the season by sweeping last weekend’s East/West Challenge matches vs. Charlotte foes Latin and Providence Day, following that up with a 9–0 win over Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference rival Saint Mary’s. The 12–0 Cavs have now won 31 consecutive matches (the third-longest current girls tennis streak in the state) and are still ranked second in the latest High School OT poll. Friday’s match vs. Charlotte Latin was a rematch of the 2018 state finals that the Cavs won 5–2. The Hawks came out on fire with aggressive doubles, taking wins on courts 1 and 2.
For seniors Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway, it was their first loss as a team this year. However, in singles play, DA stormed back as Towning and Galloway remained unbeaten and were joined in the win column by seniors Taylor Hunter and Alex Bayer for a 5–4 victory. The next day vs. Providence Day, it was Towning who prevailed in a tough 6–3, 6–3 win over a nationally ranked Chargers ninth-grader at the top spot, leading DA to the 9–0 win. The girls tennis current TISAC win streak reached 27 straight on Tuesday as the Cavs defeated Saint Mary’s at home. Towning, Galloway, Hunter and senior Sarah Clark each won twice, while Bayer, senior Emma Whitehurst, senior Isabella Strauss and sophomore Mukta Dharmapurikar each won once. The girls are back in action today at North Raleigh Christian.
DA volleyball is on a four-game win streak, winning all 12 of the last 12 sets played. Two wins on the road vs. Cary Academy and Wake Christian Academy brought the Cavs back to Kirby Gym on Friday to take on Ravenscroft. The Cavs jumped to an early lead, winning the first set off a handful of strong serves from senior Millie Loehr and ninth-grader Olivia Kohn. Seniors Adriana Kim and Lauren Grosshandler had solid showings on offense, and junior Elizabeth Kohn assisted in the second set, winning 25–14. The Cavs continued to dominate the third set, allowing just 5 points from Ravenscroft, taking the set 25–5 and winning the game 3–0.
Moving to 9–6 on the season, the Cavs were back in Kirby Gym on Tuesday to face Saint Mary’s. Again, they took an early lead, finishing the first set 25–13. The captains set the tone for the second set, with Elizabeth Kohn and Loehr swapping points while serving the ball and helping lead the Cavs to a solid 25–5 win. All three Kohn sisters — Elizabeth, Hannah and Olivia — played big parts in the third set win, contributing on both offense and defense to give the team a 3–0 sweep.
The Cavs move to 10–6 on the season and match up with a tough North Raleigh Christian team on the road Oct. 3.
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.