BY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ANDY POGACH AND ATHLETICS INTERNS COLLEEN GUNNING AND RYAN KILLEN
The winter season is coming to a close, and while it’s almost time for pitchers and catchers to report (as well as all spring sport athletes!), our winter teams are not done yet! We will be honoring six basketball seniors prior to Friday night’s “Middle School Night at the CavDome” doubleheader vs. Cary Academy. Please come out and support our hoops teams in their quest for high seeds in the state tournament. With wins on Friday, our boys team can win an outright league championship, and our girls team can move into the top half of the league standings.
The swim team is competing today at the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference meet in Cary. Sophomore Alfred Honore was the second Cav to set a school record this season when he became the fastest DA swimmer in the 500 free in last week’s meet.
Here are the final seconds and lockerroom celebration from the DA boys first win at Ravenscroft in 14 years! Cavs are 24-4 and have clinched at least a share of the league title @highschoolot pic.twitter.com/zorPxOwphM— Durham Academy Athletics (@daathletics) January 29, 2020
Varsity Boys Basketball
The varsity boys basketball team clinched at least a share of the 2020 TISAC title with Tuesday night’s historic 12-point win at Ravenscroft. The win, the first over the Ravens in Raleigh in 14 years, puts the boys at 6–0 in league play. With a win in one of their final two conference games, DA can win the program’s first outright conference championship since 2006. Junior Brent Randleman led all scorers with a career-high 20 points, including a putback slam late in the second period that ignited a game-changing 14–0 run for the Cavs. Sophomore Nik Graves added 14 points and eight assists, and his seven straight points during that big run to end the half put DA up 37–25 at the break. Junior Toby Harris chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds. The win comes just four days after a 66–41 win at North Raleigh Christian in which the Cavs jumped out to a 14–2 lead and never looked back. In one of their best overall games of the season, the DA boys were led by junior Cole Sinclair’s 15 points and Graves’ 14 points and five assists. Senior Davis Beischer added 10 rebounds. With a sweep of their final three regular season games, the DA boys will all but assure themselves of the No. 1 seed in the upcoming state tournament and a home state playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The girls varsity basketball team traveled to Raleigh on Tuesday night to face conference leader Ravenscroft for the second time this season. After a 21-point loss to the Ravens earlier in the season, the Cavs came ready to play. The Cavs closed a 7-point gap to take the lead with help from back-to-back 3-pointers from ninth-grader Joelle Davis, just 6 of her 14 total points. The Ravens capitalized on a few DA turnovers to take back the lead before halftime, but the Cavs remained competitive. Ninth-grader Kendall Harris was key to keeping the Cavs close, pulling down 13 rebounds and adding four points. Down 5 points with 3 minutes left to play, seventh-grader McKenzie Graves hit three huge free throws to bring the Cavs within two of the 2019 state runner-ups. Despite the Cavs’ strength in the end, the Ravens came out on top 44–39. This close loss follows the 41–23 loss to N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A state champions North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday night. Graves, Davis and senior Claire Middleton put up the bulk of the Cavs scoring against the Knights after a rocky start in the first half. The Cavs found their energy heading into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knights 13–7. But the lead NRCA built in the first half was too much for the Cavs to overcome. Graves led the Cavs with 10 points and three rebounds, while Davis followed with 8 points and six rebounds and Middleton added 5 points and 11 big rebounds to keep the tall NRCA offense from put-back points. Ninth-graders Mariam Abdelbarr and Kendall Harris played big roles in the Cavs’ fourth-quarter defense, holding off the strong NRCA centers while the Cavs attempted a run. The team now moves to 11–11 on the season and third in TISAC standings, as they head into Friday's Senior Night game vs. Cary Academy.
DA girls swimming defeated Trinity Academy on Jan. 23 by a score of 73–14, but fell to NRCA 61–33. Meanwhile, boys swimming got the better of both Trinity Academy and NRCA, winning 80–6 and 68–23 respectively. For the girls, the night was highlighted by dominance in the freestyle competitions. In the 200 freestyle relay, DA managed to come back from a sizable NRCA lead to win by less than a 10th of a second. Ninth-grader Spencer Jennings once again turned in a splendid performance, winning both the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Ninth-grader MacKenna Morris also picked up a key victory in the 200 freestyle, winning by over 8 seconds. On the boys side, the night could hardly have gone better. The team won an individual event in every stroke, including the 200 individual medley which was won by sophomore Stewart Roessler. Roessler also won in the 100 backstroke. Senior Tate Eppinger picked up where he left off from the previous week, winning the 100 and 200 freestyles, and sophomore Lars Oehler won the 100 butterfly. But it was sophomore Alfred Honore who stole the night. Not only did Honore win both the 500 freestyle and 100 breastroke, his time of 4:59.95 in the 500 freestyle set a school record. The boys came away with wins in all three relays: the 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. The Cavs hope to carry their momentum over to the big one. The TISAC conference meet will take place today at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary.
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.