The final weekend of fall sports at Durham Academy ended with a state championship title in girls cross-country and state runner-up finishes by boys cross-country, volleyball, girls tennis and girls golf! Durham Academy is in first place for the Wells Fargo Cup, which is presented to the independent schools that have the best overall interscholastic sports program at the end of the year in each of the four classifications: 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A. The Cavs are ahead of all other schools by just over 100 points.
Durham Academy fall sports closed the season with:
- 1 NCISAA state championship (girls cross-country)
- 4 NCISAA state runner-up finishes (boys cross-country, volleyball, girls tennis, girls golf)
- 2 NCISAA third-place finishes (boys soccer, field hockey)
- 6 TISAC conference titles (boys and girls cross-country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls tennis, girls golf)
- 31 student-athletes named TISAC All-Conference
- 17 students named to NCISAA All-State Team
- 3 TISAC Players of the Year: Madeline Towning (girls tennis), Crosby Williams (boys soccer) and Allison Hall (girls cross country)
DA girls cross-country earned its second consecutive 4A state title and had five runners place in the top nine. Senior captain Claire Middleton finished in second place overall with a time of 18:47. This DA cross-country team is arguably the best team in the state as all five of DA’s top runners (senior Claire Middleton, junior Quinn Shanahan, eighth-grader Allison Hall, junior Anna Catherine Wilson and sophomore Stella Stringer) were named to the 2019 NCISAA All-State team. DA boys cross-country finished in second place at the 4A state championship meet in Charlotte, behind a veteran Providence Day School. The Cavs were led by junior Jay Shanahan, who came in eighth place overall with a time of 16:27. Shanahan was named to the 2019 NCISAA All-State team.
The DA tennis team and the incredible class of 2020 ended the season as state runner-up when they fell to Charlotte Latin in a disappointing 5–4 loss. DA took a 3–1 lead after doubles play, but fell when Latin rallied to take the final four singles matches. The Cavs lost momentum when both matches on courts 1 and 3 went into third sets and ended with losses. The Cavs have much to be proud of, going 19–1 this season and capturing the TISAC championship. Alexis Galloway (No. 1 with 133 wins) and Madeline Towning (No. 2 with 125 wins) also now sit atop DA’s all-time wins list for tennis.
Volleyball ended the season as state runner-up after battling a powerful, No. 1 seeded North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Knights came out from the first whistle and went up 6–0 on the Cavs. DA could not close the gap and NRCA took the first set 25–15. The Knights jumped out to a 6–1 lead in the second set, and the Cavs narrowed the margin to 15–12, but the Knights again came out on top 25–16. The third set was full of momentum swings between both teams and the score was tied at 15, 16 and 17, but eventually the Knights pulled away to end the Cavs’ season 25–19. Cavalier volleyball finished the season 17–8, and senior Millie Loehr and junior Elizabeth Kohn were named to the NCISAA All-State team!
No. 4 seed DA played No. 1 seed Charlotte Country Day in Charlotte in the state semi-final. The Buccaneers got on the board before the end of the first half. DA continued to fight back, but the Buccaneers notched their second and third goals of the game. The Cavs didn’t give up and with seven minutes left in regulation, sophomore Emmie Savarino who scored the last goal of the 2019 season for the Cavaliers. The Cavs season ended with the 3–1 loss to CCDS, but they rounded out the year with an 11–7 record, 6–0 in conference play and earned the TISAC championship.
The girls golf team ended their 2019 season with a second-place finish in the two-day NCISAA state championship tournament at Whispering Pines. The Cavs scored 254 behind Cannon who scored a 232 to win the title. Ninth-grader Ona Lukes finished in ninth place overall, seventh-grader Saia Rampersaud finished in 11th place and ninth-grader Kayley Kim finished in 15th place. Lukes was also named to the All-State golf team and the Cavs placed above TISAC rivals Ravenscroft, NRCA and Cary Academy.
The No. 2 seeded Cavaliers faced a fierce No. 6 seeded Rabun Gap team in the state semi-final. Cavs scored early to jump out to a 1–0 lead, but the Eagles scored on the Cavs to even the score at one all. Rabun Gap scored another goal early in the second half, putting the Eagles up 2–1and then scored again off the second of two free kicks. The Cavaliers were not able to rally and the 3–1 loss in the semi-final ended their 2019 season. The team’s final record was 12–5–1, 7–1 in the conference and the squad earned the TISAC championship.