By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
It is the final weekend of the 2018–2019 athletics season, and we’ll be rooting for our boys and girls track teams as they compete in the state meet Friday and Saturday at Cannon School. The boys team emerged victorious in last week’s conference meet, while the girls placed third. Our girls lacrosse team was the only one of four teams in action late last week to win their quarterfinal game and advance to the state semis. Unfortunately, the girls fell Tuesday in Charlotte to top-seeded Charlotte Latin. Boys lacrosse, girls soccer and boys tennis all lost road quarterfinal games last week.
Track and Field
Congratulations to the boys track and field team for their dominating performance at last weekend’s Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference meet in Cary. The Cavaliers won three of the four relays, including setting a school record in the 4x100 as seniors Jack Petrucci, Donovan Herndon and Bryant Randleman were joined by sophomore Cole Sinclair for a time of 43.74. Junior Mark Alkins had a great meet, setting a conference meet record with a 49.33 in the 400 meters to win the race. Alkins finished second in the 800 (behind teammate Neil Mosca, a senior) and then was a part of both the 4x800 and 4x400 winning relays. In addition to his 800m win, Mosca also took first in the 1600, second in the 3200 and was a part of the winning 4x400 team. Other members of the 4x400 winning relay team included Herndon and sophomore Taffy Fernando, while Alkins joined ninth-grader Lars Oehler and juniors Sebi Lascola and Will Nichols in the 4x800. Herndon was third in the 200, and sophomore Justin Florence was second in the discus and third in the shot put.
On the girls side, the Cavs placed third in the team standings behind Cary Academy and Ravenscroft. The long-distance strength of the team was evident in their first-through-fourth-place sweep of the 3200 meter event. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson won the event, while seventh-grader Allison Hall was second, junior Claire Middleton was third and ninth-grader Stella Stringer was fourth. These four all placed in the top six in the 1600 race, with Wilson placing third, Hall fourth, Stringer fifth and Middleton sixth. Other top individual results included junior Camille Capehart’s third place in the 400m and fourth place in the 200m; senior Mongina Omundi placing third in the discus and fourth in the shot put and second-place finishes by the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.
Boys track wins the TISAC title this weekend in Cary. Mark Alkins sets a conference record in the 400 while the 4x100 team sets a school record. Neil Mosca wins four events while Alkins wins 3. @highschoolot @ncrunners pic.twitter.com/SHkcXpZU8Y— DA Athletics (@daathletics) May 12, 2019
The DA boys lacrosse team had its five-game win streak snapped, as Charlotte Country Day ended the Cavs season 10–6 on Friday in the state quarterfinals. CCDS used a 6–1 run to turn a 2–1 deficit into a 7–3 lead as the Cavs went almost 20 minutes with only scoring one goal. Senior Spencer Sapir and ninth-grader Austin Corbett each scored twice as the Cavs and Bucs played a low-scoring first half with CCDS leading 3–2. After Corbett scored from senior Shaffer Woody (1 goal / 2 assists) on a man-up to make it 5–3 CCDS, the Bucs responded with two goals in less than 30 seconds to build a four-goal lead. Corbett scored again, but then Country Day responded with two goals to all but put the game away. Senior Dan Clifford also scored for the Cavs, while sophomore John Donovan made eight saves in goal.
The DA girls soccer team could not defeat North Raleigh Christian for the third time this year as the Knights ended the Cavs’ season 3–2 Friday night in Raleigh in the state quarterfinals. NRCA scored first in the 17th minute, but then junior Lauren Grosshandler tied the game off a corner from Morgan Doyle in the 35th minute. The game remained tied at one until the Knights took a 2–1 lead in the 54th minute. The Cavs equalized less than a minute later on an NRCA own goal. The Knights were able to score the game-winner in the 64th minute and advanced to the state semis.
The boys tennis team lost for the third time this year to Cary Academy. The Chargers’ 5–2 win last Thursday ended the Cavs season in the state quarterfinals. Sophomore Frank Borden and eighth-grader Pete Crowley took an 8–6 win on court 3 to put the Cavs on the board in doubles play. Senior Sheridan Kum and sophomore Joey Shaheen lost 9–7 on court 1, while senior Dylan Jones and sophomore Jackson Zobrist lost 8–4 on court 2. Crowley was a 6–4, 6–1 winner on court 2 in singles; while Jones had a one-set-to-none lead on court 6, the Chargers took wins on courts 1, 3 and 4 to close out the match.
The boys golf team shot a two-day total of +64 316 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro to finish 10th in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 4A state tournament. Sophomore Jackson Brimfield was the only competitor in the field to shoot under par on the second day of the event and finished third overall with a +3 147 to earn All-State honors. Junior Ethan Lukes shot a +11 to finish tied for 19th. Junior Leo Strebel (+24, tied for 54th) and eighth-grader William Chapman (+27, 64th) were the other two scorers for the Cavs.
The DA girls lacrosse team fell to Charlotte Latin 16–7 in the state semifinals Tuesday in Charlotte. The Hawks held DA scoreless for over 19 minutes in the middle of the game to take a 4–2 lead and make it 11–2. Junior Charlotte Easley led the way for the Cavs with five goals and one assist, while senior Anna West had three assists. Junior Caroline Sapir and eighth-grader Spencer Jennings scored the other goals for DA. Junior Ella Virkler had six saves in goal and split time in the net with ninth-grader Mirella Kades.
The Cavs advanced to the semis with a 13–2 win over Cary Academy last Thursday. The Cavs jumped out to a 7–0 halftime lead and used a strong defensive effort to limit the Chargers to just 10 total shots. West had four goals and one assist, while ninth-grader Brooke Epstein and Easley each scored three times. Sapir added a goal and two assists. Virkler made five saves for a first-half shutout, while Kades only allowed two goals in the second half. Congratulations to coach Debbie Rebosa and her team on a great season.
Girls lacrosse falls to top seed Charlotte Latin in the state semis. Junior Charlotte Easley leads the Cavs with 5 goals. Congrats on a great season! @highschoolot @trianglelax pic.twitter.com/JUOA3dsCVz— DA Athletics (@daathletics) May 15, 2019
Please remember that the varsity athletics awards event will be Sunday night at 6 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. We hope to see all varsity athletes and their families in attendance.
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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- For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit www.da.org/scoreboard.
- 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.