BY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ANDY POGACH AND ATHLETICS INTERNS COLLEEN GUNNING AND RYAN KILLEN
It’s tournament time! Durham Academy’s varsity basketball teams are in the midst of what we hope will be deep tournament runs, while the girl and boys swim teams completed successful seasons at Monday’s state meet.
Sophomore Alfred Honore was a star at Monday’s swim meet, breaking two school records (including one of his own that he set earlier this season). On the girls side, it was ninth-grader Spencer Jennings who had two fourth-place individual finishes. The girls hoops team advanced to the state second round with a dominating first-round win over Cary Academy, while the No. 1-seeded boys team hosts the state quarterfinal game on Saturday in Kirby Gym.
Varsity Boys Basketball
An incredible regular season for the DA varsity boys basketball team has ended with a 27–4 record, an unbeaten Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference title and the No. 1 seed in this week’s N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A state tournament. Coach Tim McKenna’s squad is rolling, having won 11 in a row, and will host a state quarterfinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday in Kirby Gym.
The Cavs notched a 68–19 victory over Wake Christian Academy on Saturday in Raleigh. Senior Christopher Chaves scored a career-high 13 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead the way for DA. Sophomore Nik Graves had 5 points and dished out eight assists, while juniors Cole Sinclair (11), Toby Harris (10) and Brent Randleman (10) all scored in double figures. After a slow 3–3 start, the Cavs took over by scoring 29 of the next 31 points en route to a 45–9 lead at the half. Senior Davis Beischer added 8 points and seven boards, as all nine Cavs scored baskets.
We hope you can come out Saturday afternoon to support the boys team in the state quarterfinals. The Cavs will host the winner of today’s Covenant Day-Providence Day game with a Final Four berth on the line. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students, with no charge for age 10 and under. Thanks for the generosity of Parents Association, the first 100 DA students, faculty and staff will be admitted free.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Cavs varsity girls basketball team wrapped up a strong regular season with a 55–39 win over Wake Christian on Saturday. With this win, the Cavs finished third in the TISAC at 6–4 and 14–11 overall in Nikki Graves' first year as coach. Senior Claire Middleton led the Cavs, putting up a season-high 17 points and eight rebounds as a strong second half defensive performance keyed the victory. After eight straight possessions of quick shots, the DA offense settled down and went off on a 15-point run, thanks to big baskets from eighth-grader Lauren Walsh, junior Amelia Kass and seventh-grader McKenzie Graves. Ninth-grader Joelle Davis added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, in addition to six rebounds and three steals.
Moving into the postseason, the Cavs faced the Cary Academy Chargers on Tuesday in the first round of the NCISAA 4A state playoffs. Quick ball movement allowed DA to find holes in the CA defense for an early jump on the lead in the first half. An explosive third quarter from the Cavs offense secured a steady 37-point lead for the Cavs to top the Chargers 69–32 in the end. Graves and Davis led the scoring with 14 points, five assists and 14 points, three rebounds, respectively. Ninth-grader Mariam Abdelbarr sparked the Cavs’ second-half run, scoring 10 of her 12 points in the third and grabbing seven rebounds. Middleton remained strong in the paint with 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. Big defensive stops from ninth-grader Kendall Harris were key in stopping the Chargers’ momentum. Harris finished with 9 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
The Cavaliers have advanced to the second round and face Ravenscroft School in Raleigh at 5:30 p.m. today.
Its Go Time!!— Durham Academy Athletics (@daathletics) February 13, 2020
The DA Girls are in the 2nd Round of the state tournament!
⏲️ 5:30 pm
🎟️ $7 adults / $5 students / Under 10 - free
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DA boys swim team finished 11th out of 16 at the NCISAA state swim meet, while the girls finished 12th of 16. The girls finished 11th in both the 200 individual medley relay (MacKenna Morris, Natalie Montefiori, Quinn Shanahan and Lauren Grosshandler) and 200 freestyle relay (Montefiori, Morris, Shanahan and Spencer Jennings). The teams’ best relay of the day was the 400 freestyle (Grosshandler, Montefiori, Shanahan and Jennings), in which they placed eighth overall. Individually, ninth-grader Spencer Jennings led the way for the Cavs. Jennings finished fourth among all competitors in both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
On the boys side, sophomore Alfred Honore’s incredible second-place finish in the 100 butterfly was the highlight of the day — breaking DA’s record time for the event. Honore also broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke, in which he placed 13th in the state. The boys finished 10th in the 200 individual medley relay (Stewart Roessler, Honore, Bennett Harris and Lars Oehler), 10th in the 200 freestyle relay (Jacob Palmer, Jason Hugh, Jay Shanahan and Bennett Harris) and eighth in the 400 freestyle team relay (Palmer, Roessler, Oehler and Honore).
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.