BY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ANDY POGACH AND ATHLETICS INTERNS COLLEEN GUNNING AND DAVIS MORGAN
We have reached winter break! Congrats to everyone for their hard work and we hope that you will have a relaxing few weeks. Our winter sports teams continue to have fantastic seasons and while most of their classmates will be enjoying a few weeks off, our hoops team will continue to be competing at a high level. The girls team heads to Charlotte this weekend for the She Got Game Classic, while the boys will be in Hilton Head, South Carolina, this weekend and in Raleigh next weekend for six games. The swim team competed well in Cary last Thursday and will be off until after the holiday break.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Cavs traveled to Wilmington Friday to take on Cape Fear Academy in a non-conference match-up. A slow-scoring first half left the Cavs trailing the Hurricanes by 15 points at halftime. The team kicked it into high gear in the second half and chipped away at the lead until they found themselves down one with just over a minute to play. Cape Fear gained possession in the last seconds, forcing the Cavs to foul to save the clock. The Cavs fought hard to comeback but the final Hurricanes points went unanswered, falling 41–37. Ninth-grader Joelle Davis led the team in scoring, hitting three 3s to jumpstart the Cavs second half momentum and finishing with 11 points. Eighth-grader Lauren Walsh put up 6 points, senior Rory Smith followed with 5 points, and seventh-grader McKenzie Graves added in 5 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Senior Claire Middleton picked up 4 points and 8 rebounds — including a crucial basket in the final few seconds to keep the Cavs close. Senior Katie Hunter and ninth-grader Kendall Harris helped to control the boards, pulling down 6 and 5 rebounds, respectively. The team moves to 6–6 as it prepares for the She Got Game Classic in Charlotte this weekend. The Cavs play Friday and Saturday night against Cape Coral High School (Florida) and Clinton High School (South Carolina). The next home game is Jan. 7 and will begin conference play for the Cavs as they face a tough North Raleigh Christian!
Varsity Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team heads into winter break with a 13–1 record after Friday night’s thrilling 8-point win over Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington. The Cavs, still second in the latest Phenom Hoops state-wide independent school rankings and third in the latest High School OT eastern NC poll, will play six games over the winter break, including three games in the high profile John Wall Holiday Invitational in Raleigh.
In Friday night’s win over the Hurricanes, the Cavs battled back from a halftime deficit and used a 15–3 second-half run to take command. Sophomore MJ Rice continued his strong season with a 19 point, 13 rebound performance to lead the way. Junior Toby Harris added 16 points, including eight of them in the final period, while junior Cole Sinclair added 11 points.
The boys team heads to Hilton Head Island Friday morning to compete in the Seahawk Invitational hosted by Hilton Head High School. Game one is Saturday afternoon against Ferguson High of Miami.
After a few days off for Christmas, the Cavs are right back in action Dec. 28 as they will battle the nation’s top team, Montverde Academy of Florida, at Raleigh’s Broughton High School. This will be quite a test for the boys against a team filled with future Division I stars. In addition to Montverde, nationally ranked The Patrick School of New Jersey and North Carolina powers Millbrook, Greenfield and Farmville Central make up the bracket where the Cavs will have a tough three games. Any fan wishing to come to the event, please know that the only way to purchase tickets will be at the door and Friday night’s game vs. Montverde is expected to be a sell-out.
The boys and girls swim teams competed against Trinity School and Cary Academy at the SAS pool in Cary last Thursday night. The boys eked out a two point win over Trinity while falling to the host Chargers. The girls cruised to a 78–15 win over Trinity while taking a 64–30 loss to CA. In the girls competition, ninth-grader Eva Boehlke took home an individual event win in the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 200 freestyle. Senior Lauren Grosshandler (50 free and 100 free) and ninth-grader MacKenna Morris (100 backstroke and 100 butterfly) both had two second-place finishes. On the boys side, senior Tate Eppinger won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle while sophomore Alfred Honore took first in the 100 butterfly and second in the 500 freestyle. Both swim teams will be back in action on Jan. 9 at Saint Mary’s School.
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.