BY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ANDY POGACH AND ATHLETICS INTERNS COLLEEN GUNNING AND RYAN KILLEN
The winter sports season has come to a close. While the boys basketball team finished the season two wins short of their first state title in more than 40 years, the energy and excitement the team brought to campus and throughout Friday’s state semifinal was impressive. On Tuesday night, coaches of all winter varsity sports had an opportunity to reflect on their seasons at the Winter Varsity Awards Program.
Durham Academy is now transitioning into spring athletics season and, like most days in late February, the weather has not cooperated. Between the rain and soggy fields, many of our teams will not have many outdoor practices prior to their first contests. In this week’s Cavs Corner, we recap the final boys basketball game, as well as announce postseason honors for our winter athletes. Starting next week, expect to find previews, recaps and updates from our spring programs.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The DA boys basketball team had its season come to an end last Friday in Charlotte as the top-seeded Cavs lost for the first time in 2020 with a 68–62 setback to Charlotte Latin. The Cavs led only once in the game, at 3–2 in the first period, before a 10–0 Latin run propelled them to 21–7 after one period. The Cavs fought back to within 6 points after three periods and had a few chances in the fourth period to get back in it, but every time DA made a run, the Hawks answered.
Junior Toby Harris scored 19 of his career-high 22 points in the second half, including a 4–4 stretch in the third period that allowed the Cavs to stay in the game. He also had a team-high eight rebounds. Harris and fellow junior Cole Sinclair were named to the NCISAA All-State team, making this the second straight year the Cavs had two members on this exclusive squad. These two were also voted TISAC All-Conference, with Sinclair taking home conference Player of the Year Honors. Sinclair had 15 points and four boards in the final game of his junior year.
Sophomore Nik Graves, a TISAC honorable mention All-Conference, had 14 points and five assists while guarding an All-State guard from the Hawks. Senior Davis Beischer finished with 6 points and four rebounds in his final game. Sinclair, Harris and junior Brent Randleman were named to the TISAC all-conference squad, and Graves received an honorable mention.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The girls basketball team — which had its season come to a close Feb. 13 in the second round of the state tournament — had three Cavaliers make the TISAC all-conference team. Ninth-grader Joelle Davis and seventh-grader McKenzie Graves were All-Conference, while senior Claire Middleton earned honorable mention. Combined, the girls and boys basketball teams will return 83% of their scoring for the 2020–2021 season, with both teams looking to have strong seasons.
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.