By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
Down the stretch we come! Our four varsity teams have reached key points in their seasons, with postseason events starting today and continuing for the next few weeks. The atmosphere inside Kirby Gym on Friday was incredible. Thank you to all students, parents, faculty, alums and fans for giving our teams a great home-court advantage. While the girls hoops team was in the game with Ravenscroft until the very end, the Cavs could not quite get over the top. The boys team capped off the evening with a phenomenal second-half performance to defeat the team’s biggest rival.
Each hoops team will be in Kirby Gym once this week (girls vs. Saint Mary’s today and boys on Friday vs. Raleigh Hawks) before both teams will play their regular season home finale Tuesday evening. We hope you can make it to Kirby on Tuesday to celebrate our senior class. Our swim team is in the pool today at the conference meet before heading to the state meet in two weeks.
What a night for the boys hoops team on Friday as they took down league-leader Ravenscroft 70–52 in front of a raucous Kirby Gym crowd. The Cavs defeated the Ravens for just the second time in their last 29 attempts. Senior Bryant Randleman had 24 points and six assists and played stifling defense, limiting the Ravens’ top scorer to just 2 points. Playing in his first game in over a month, ninth-grader MJ Rice quickly made his presence felt with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Toby Harris had 12 of his 14 points in the first half, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Cavs a 31–30 lead at the half and ended a back-and-forth first 16 minutes that saw 14 lead changes and five ties. Two separate 10–0 second-half runs for the Cavs allowed them to break the game wide open and take the exciting win.
On Tuesday night, Randleman’s 13 points led four Cavs in double figures as the boys defeated Cary Academy 90–37 on the road. Eleven different players scored, with junior Davis Beischer contributing 6 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Cole Sinclair (12 points), MJ Rice (10 points) and Toby Harris (10 points) all had solid games for the Cavs. The DA boys are now 24–3. With a win on Friday night, the team will tie the school record for wins in a season set by DA’s state championship team in 1977.
The DA girls basketball team split a pair of conference games this week, with the Cavs falling to Ravenscroft 45–37 on Friday night and defeating Cary Academy 33–30 on the road on Tuesday. In the loss to the Ravens, DA had the lead for most of the first three quarters of the game before a 23–12 fourth period lifted the Ravens to the TISAC win. Eighth-grader Joelle Davis led DA with 17 points and five rebounds, while senior Imani Spence, tough as always, battled for 9 points and 10 boards. Junior Claire Middleton chipped in 8 points and eight boards.
On Tuesday, the girls avenged an earlier loss to the Chargers, with Spence finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Davis adding 8 points. The Cavs are currently 10–11 and 2–5 in league play entering tonight’s key battle with Saint Mary’s School. Tip-off in Kirby Gym is set for 5:30 p.m.
Both swim teams are in action this morning at the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference championship meet at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary. They are coming off of a successful tri-meet on Jan. 24 at North Raleigh Christian Academy, where the boys swept the host Knights and Wake Christian Academy while the girls defeated the Bulldogs and fell in a tight score to NRCA. On the boys side, ninth-grader Lars Oehler and Stewart Roessler each won three races to lead the AquaCavs to a 69–24 win over Wake Christian and a 57–37 win over NRCA. Oehler won the 200 freestyle race and was part of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays, and Roessler took first in the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle while joining Oehler on the 400 free relay. Ninth-grader Alfred Honore was also a member of the 400 free relay team and placed second in both the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke races.
In girls action, the Cavs were 78–12 winners over Wake Christian while falling 60–34 to the host Knights. For the third time this season, DA swimmers set the 400 relay school record — this time, sophomore Quinn Shanahan joined senior Haley Leversedge, eighth-grader Spencer Jennings and seventh-grader Maya Dolan with a time of 3:58.41. Jennings took first in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while Leversedge won the 50 free and took second in the 100 free. Full results and a recap of today’s conference meet will be posted online on Friday and in next week’s Cavs Corner.
Thank you, as always, for your support of DA athletics!
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
- 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.
- 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.