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There are just over three weeks remaining in the Durham Academy spring sports regular season, and five out of our eight teams have amassed a winning record. However, one team in particular has had a remarkable start to the season: the varsity boys tennis team. DA tennis is now 5–0 on the season, and all five wins have been 9–0 victories over their opponents. 

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Over the last week, Durham Academy spring sports have had some impressive outings, including two 10-run wins by the baseball team, a 16-save performance by boys lacrosse senior goalkeeper John Donovan, a girls lacrosse win over Ravenscroft School for the first time since April 2017, seven first-place finishes by the girls track and field team that contributed to an overall first-place win and a 4–0 start to the boys tennis season with all four wins exclusively shutouts. 

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On a springlike day perfectly suited for an outdoor, socially distanced college signing ceremony, five Durham Academy seniors put pen to paper on Feb. 25 to formally commit to compete in college athletics next year. John Donovan will play lacrosse at Gettysburg College; Toby Harris will play basketball at Brandeis University; Katherine Lantzy will play field hockey at Middlebury College; Gavin Schulz will play lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College; and Scott West will play baseball at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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The varsity swim teams capped off their season Monday at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state meet at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. Sophomore Spencer Jennings led the girls team to an eighth-place finish, four places ahead of where it finished last year, while the boys team earned a 12th-place finish overall.

Read More about Cavs Corner: Regular-Season Winter Sports Action is in its Final Week

Cavalier winter sports have been on a roll and are heading into the final few weeks of the season. The boys basketball team is 7–5 and in fourth place in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC). With just six regular-season games left, four of which will take place over the next nine days, the team looks to avenge earlier losses to Cary Academy and Trinity Academy of Raleigh. After two thrilling wins in Kirby Gym over the last week, the girls basketball team has earned an 8–4 record and is 5–0 in conference. Friday night’s home game vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy will prove to be a tough matchup, as the Knights hold the top spot in the conference. 

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At the end of yet another week of game changes and re-scheduling, the Cavalier basketball programs have a Friday night of competition to look forward to. Both teams will honor their seniors in a short ceremony in Kirby Gym prior to their matchups vs. Research Triangle High School. The boys basketball team heads into Friday’s game with a 6–4 record and will honor seniors Toby Harris, Henry Leasure, Sean Perkins, Alex Pfeil, Cole Sinclair and Blake Smith. The girls team, which is also 6–4 on the season entering Friday’s contest, will honor seniors Ameya Bellamkonda, Mary-Katherine Bryant and Amelia Kass. 

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Susan Ellis, who teaches physical education at the Middle School and coaches varsity girls soccer and JV girls tennis, is the 2020 recipient of Durham Academy’s F. Robertson Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award. The award was presented Monday at DA’s opening faculty and staff meeting. Watch a recording of the award presentation via Facebook.

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