By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
Rain was the theme for the week, as most of our teams were affected by postponements or cancellations. In fact, nine varsity events in the past seven days could not be played because of weather or field conditions. This means that our teams will have jam-packed schedules as we approach the final three weeks of the regular season. Today will be a great day to come out and support the Cavs, as five varsity teams will be in action at home (track at 4 p.m., boys tennis at 4:15 p.m. and baseball, boys lacrosse and girls soccer at 4:30 p.m.). Among the highlights of the past week: a new school record in boys track and conference victories from both tennis and girls lacrosse.
The boys tennis team, ranked No. 23 in the latest HighSchoolOT poll, improved to 5–5 with an 8–1 win Tuesday over Ravenscroft in their conference opener. The DA doubles, strong all season, continued to get the Cavs off to a good start with a sweep of the Ravens. The top team of senior Sheridan Kum and sophomore Joey Shaheen battled back from 3–5 down to win the final five games. On court two, senior Dylan Jones and sophomore Jackson Zobrist won 8–3 while the tandem of sophomore Frank Borden and eighth-grader Pete Crowley were 8–1 victors on court three. The Cavs used singles wins from Crowley on two, Shaheen on three, Zobrist on four, Borden on five and sophomore Jack Preble on six to down Ravenscroft. Three matches in the next three school days begins today with a home contest vs. Wake Christian.
Track and Field
The boys 4x1600 team of seniors Jack Anderson, Neil Mosca, Nick Epstein and junior Mark Alkins set a school record on Saturday at the Apex Relays. The 18:17.79 time placed them fourth in the event and was the fastest time ever run by a DA team.
On Thursday afternoon, the boys track and field team fell to Ravenscroft by five points, while the girls team took wins over both the Ravens and Saint Mary’s. On the boys side, eight different Cavaliers won individual events: senior Donovan Herndon (100m), sophomore Taffy Fernando (400m), junior Will Nichols (1600m), ninth-grader George Linney (3200m), senior Jack Petrucci (110m) hurdles, sophomore Ryan Norris (300m) hurdles, sophomore Lukas Dannull (long jump) and sophomore Justin Florence (discus).
In the girls competition, five Cavaliers won individual events along with a victory in the 4x400 relay. Junior Camille Capehart took first in the 400m, sophomore Quinn Shanahan won the 800m, seventh-grader Allison Hall was the winner in the 1600m race, while senior Anneke Dekker won the 3200m event. Ninth-grader Izzi Gershon also won the high jump. Capehart, sophomore Helen Hulka, and ninth-graders Stella Stringer and Lee Jeffries won the relay. This afternoon, the track and field teams will host Carolina Friends School, Trinity School and Wake Christian Academy.
🚨🚨School Record Alert:— DA Athletics (@daathletics) April 7, 2019
Congratulations to seniors Neil Mosca, Nick Epstein and Jack Anderson along with junior Mark Alkins for breaking the school record in the 4x1600 relay at the Apex Relays. @highschoolot @NCRunners pic.twitter.com/2OkoIaskK4
The baseball team was hit hard by weather cancellations, with both Saturday’s game vs. Cannon and Tuesday’s conference matchup with Wake Christian both being postponed to later in the season.
The Cavs were on the wrong end of an 8–7 game Thursday afternoon at Ravenscroft. DA saw a 7–3 lead disappear as the Ravens scored three runs in the sixth to turn a 6–4 deficit into a 7–6 lead. Senior Michael Jaffe hit a two-run homerun in the third to give the Cavs a 2–1 lead. After the Ravens plated two in their half of the third, DA struck for five in the fourth thanks to key hits from ninth-grader Zeph Hollenbeck and eighth-grader Miles Newsome. The Ravens would score one each in the fourth and fifth before their three-run sixth inning. Ninth-grader Ethan Goldstein contributed a hit and RBI, while senior Kyle Shelley also had a hit and RBI. Junior Benny Klein pitched five innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out two.
The Diamond Cavs will play four games in the next six days, starting with today’s 4:30 p.m. outing vs. Wake Christian. Friday’s game vs. Asheville Christian will be streamed live on DASN.
⚾️GAMEDAY⚾️— DA Baseball (@DACavsBaseball) April 11, 2019
After a week off, @DACavsBaseball returns to the diamond
TISAC Series #3
vs Wake Christian Academy
📍 Durham, NC
📱Follow @daathletics on Twitter for live game updates!#gameday #TEAMme #gocavs⚾️@IMPACTBASEBALL_ @highschoolot @PrepBaseballNC pic.twitter.com/FmOqprTUTC
Boys lacrosse, ranked No. 21 in the latest HighSchoolOT poll, will host North Raleigh Christian this afternoon in an effort to rebound from another one-goal defeat. Today’s game will be streamed live on DASN. In what has been a year of one-goal games for boys lax, the Cavaliers fell 9–8 in overtime on Friday to Charlotte Country Day. The Bucs join Charlotte Latin, Providence Day and Greensboro Day as N.C. Independent School Athletic Association schools to defeat the Cavs by 1. Senior Shaffer Woody had four goals, while senior Dan Clifford added two in the loss. Woody and ninth-grader Austin Corbett started the Cavs off strong with a 2–0 lead. The Bucs scored the next four before goals by senior Spencer Sapir and Woody made it 5–4 Bucs at the half. Woody and Clifford had third-period goals, and these two scored again in the fourth to tie the game with eight minutes left. The game stayed tied at 8 into overtime, where DA won the draw but turned the ball over and the Bucs capitalized with the game-winning goal. Boys lacrosse is now 1–7.
The boys golf team’s only match in the past week was the April 4 157–167 win over East Chapel Hill at Croasdaile Country Club. Junior Ethan Lukes was the medalist with a 33, while senior Will Pruthi (40), sophomore Jackson Brimfield (42) and junior Leo Strebel (41) also scored for the Cavs. Next up is today’s road match at Cary Academy.
Girls soccer had both Friday’s game vs. Wake Christian and Tuesday’s road game vs. Ravenscroft postponed due to rain. The Wake Christian game will be made up this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., while the Ravens game has been rescheduled for April 29. The 3–2 soccer team travels to Raleigh tomorrow to play Saint Mary’s before Monday’s 5 p.m. matchup with North Raleigh Christian Academy on Moylan Field.
Softball will head to the Jaycee Park in Raleigh to play Saint Mary’s on Friday after Tuesday’s road game at Ravenscroft was postponed. In their last outing, the 0–6 Cavs dropped a 10–0 contest to Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference rival Wake Christian on April 4.
The HighSchoolOT No. 9-ranked girls lacrosse team is now 2–0 in TISAC play and 5–2 overall after Tuesday’s 17–8 win over Saint Mary’s in Raleigh. After a tight first half that saw the Cavs score three of the last four goals to take a 7–5 lead, DA used a 10–3 second half to run away with the win. Senior Anna West had six goals and two assists while junior Charlotte Easley added 5 goals and 3 assists. Junior Katie Hunter and sophomore Kathleen Donovan each had two goals and one assist, while junior Caroline Sapir and ninth-grader Brooke Epstein each had a goal and an assist. Eighth-grader Ona Lukes chipped in with three assists. Junior Ella Virkler (11 saves) and ninth-grader Mirella Kades (six saves) split time in goal.
The win follows Thursday’s 17–15 road loss to Charlotte Country Day. A 9–1 Country Day run midway through the game was the difference, as the Cavs let an 8–6 lead turn into a 15–9 deficit. Despite being 6 down, the Cavs fought to make it close and cut the Bucs’ lead to two late. Easley had five goals and one assist, while Epstein finished the game with four goals and one assist. West added three goals and one assist. Virkler had 11 saves, while Kades had four saves in goal. Fourth-ranked 10–1 Ravenscroft hosts the Cavs today at 5:30 p.m.
Thank you for your continued support of DA athletics. Please make sure to follow @DAathletics on Twitter for live updates of all of our varsity events.
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: www.da.org/athletics: Schedules and Results
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The DA App: Schedules and Results
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