We are heading down the home stretch of the spring season. With a flurry of recent weather cancellations, all of our teams will see the final two weeks of their regular season jam-packed with games. Last Thursday was a unique day, as eight of our varsity teams were in action, six of them at home. Thanks to the help of the Durham Academy Sports Network Middle School club, we have our own version of SportsCenter: CavsCenter! You can watch last Thursday’s highlights below.
Today will be just as big a day, with seven teams playing, including boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and baseball at home. Please remember that April 25 is our annual Spring Fling at the Upper School fields, hosted by DA athletics and the Parents Athletic Committee. Come out and support our JV baseball, varsity girls soccer, varsity girls lacrosse, varsity boys lacrosse and varsity softball teams from 4–7 p.m. There will be hot dogs, burgers, drinks and Kona Ice for sale!
The DA baseball team won two out of three over the last week, starting with the 7–3 home win over Wake Christian April 11. Senior Michael Jaffe pitched a complete game, giving up just one earned run while striking out five. Ninth-grader Zeph Hollenbeck was 3–4 at the plate with 3 RBIs, including knocking home the tying run in the fifth inning and bringing home two more in the sixth. With the game tied at 2 in the last of the sixth, Jaffe legged out an infield single to load the bases with two outs. Ninth-grader Ethan Goldstein and eighth-grader Sam Schaeffer both drew RBI walks to give DA a 4–2 lead before Hollenbeck's two-run single.
Monday’s non-conference game vs. Cannon was moved to Jack Coombs Field at Duke University because of wet field conditions at DA. The Cavs once again had to work from behind and rallied for a 9–8 win in nine innings. Ninth-grader Sean Donahue's two-out fly ball to centerfield dropped in to score Schaeffer with the winning run. Goldstein was 3–4 with two runs scored, while Hollenbeck and ninth-grader Jackson Niedel each had two hits.
In Tuesday’s 8–3 conference loss to Cary Academy once again, the Cavs found themselves in an early hole as the Chargers scored three in the second and two in the fifth to take a 5–1 lead. The Cavs cut it to 5–3 in the sixth as sophomore Scott West drove home 2 with a big one-out double; however, DA left the tying run at second base. The Chargers added 3 in the sixth, and the Cavs could not plate anything in their final at bat. Junior Benny Klein, Jaffe and Donahue joined West with one hit a piece. Jaffe pitched five innings, striking out two. Next up will be this afternoon’s home game vs. Cary Academy, followed by non-conference games next week vs. Grace Christian School and Pilot Mill.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track teams both emerged victorious from their quad meets vs. Wake Christian, Trinity School and Carolina Friends on April 11. On the boys side, junior Mark Alkins became the fourth male runner in school history to run a sub-50 second 400m. Alkins also teamed with senior Jack Petrucci, sophomore Griffin Edwards and sophomore Taffy Fernando to come in first in the 4x400 relay. Petrucci had a great day for the Cavs, as he won the 110m hurdles event and then teamed with seniors Donovan Herndon and Bryant Randleman along with sophomore Cole Sinclair to win the 4x100m relay with a time of 44.40, just a quarter-second shy of the school record. Sinclair was a three-event winner, taking first in the discus and high jump. Other event winners included junior Will Nichols in the 1600m, sophomore Ryan Norris in the 300m hurdles, sophomore Justin Florence in the shot put, and the 4x200 relay team of senior Jack Knoll, senior Jack Horgan, ninth-grader Elijah Nambo and Edwards.
On the girls side, 12 different Cavaliers won individual events, and the Cavs swept the three relays. Senior Katie Kim won both the long jump and triple jump while joining junior Isabella Towning and ninth-graders MK Bryant and Lee Jeffries to win the 4x100 relay. Jeffries teamed with sophomore Lucy Steiner, junior Camille Capehart and senior Bella Kim to win the 4x200 relay. Capehart also captured first place in the 400m race. Kim took first in the 200m race. The 4x400m relay was won by ninth-grader Stella Stringer, sophomore Quinn Shanahan, seventh-grader Allison Hall and junior Caroline Harpole. Stringer won the 1600m race, while Harpole placed first in the 800m race. Other event winners for the DA girls included: eighth-grader Amani Diallo in the 100m, sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson in the 3200m, sophomore Helen Hulka in the 100m hurdles, senior Katie Cunneen in the 300m hurdles, senior Mongina Omundi in the shot put, eighth-grader Victoria Quiett in the discus and ninth-grader Julianna Hallyburton in the pole vault.
The golf team will head to Myrtle Beach this weekend to participate in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship. Greg Murray’s team has won four matches in a row, including a 28-stroke victory over Wake Christian on Tuesday. Junior Ethan Lukes was the medalist with an 18-hole score of 68. Also scoring for the Cavs were sophomore Jackson Brimfield (75), junior Leo Strebel (82) and senior Will Pruthi (82). Last Thursday, it was ninth-grader William Biersach’s 36 that earned him medalist honors in the Cavs’ 30-stroke win over Cary Academy at Prestonwood Country Club. Lukes and eighth-grader William Chapman carded a 37, while Pruthi shot a 38.
The softball team is making strides — despite carrying a 0–7 record, the team has improved with each game and each practice. Despite the 14–2 score in Monday’s loss to North Raleigh Christian, the Cavs were able to push a game to the full seven innings for the first time this year. Ninth-grader Sophia Benjamin had two hits, and junior Emily Donaldson blasted a long triple to right field as the Cavs scored twice for just the second time this year. Seventh-grader Claire Orvis had a diving catch in right, while senior Ellie McGhee had numerous strong plays at shortstop. The softball team visits Cary Academy this afternoon.
The No. 22-ranked DA boys tennis team has now won four matches in a row following Monday’s 7–2 conference victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy. Eighth-grader Pete Crowley (second singles), sophomore Joey Shaheen (third singles), sophomore Frank Borden (fourth singles), sophomore Jack Preble (fifth singles) and senior Charlie Wilson (sixth singles) were all straight-set winners. Crowley and senior Dylan Jones, as well as Borden and Preble, won at second and third doubles. In Friday’s 9–0 win over Wake Christian, 10 different Cavs earned victories. Wilson and eighth-grader Owen Brent-Levenstein won at fourth and fifth singles following their second doubles victory. Today’s matchup at Cary Academy will be a battle for the top spot in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference.
Girls soccer is on a roll, having won four straight conference games by a combined score of 21–1. While not ranked in the latest HighSchoolOT poll, the 3–0 win over North Raleigh Christian — previously a one-loss and No. 11-ranked team — should vault the TISAC-leading Cavs back into the top 25. DA jumped on the visiting Knights early, as junior Claire Ridley was able to score first off a corner kick from ninth-grader Kennedy Yon. Yon scored late in the first half to make it 2–0, and junior Isabella Strauss added some insurance in the second half.
Late last week, the Cavs were 5–0 winners over Wake Christian and 7–0 victors over Saint Mary’s. Junior Lauren Grosshandler had three first half goals in the win over Wake Christian on Thursday evening at Moylan Field. Eighth-grader Faith Hanson tallied in the 77th minute, while senior Sylvia Soler scored in the 78th minute to cap off the scoring. Ninth-grader Haley Fogg and eighth-grader Cameron MacKay split time in goal to earn the shutout. In the 7–0 win at Saint Mary's, Fogg and ninth-grader Maya Caldwell along with Mackay combined for the shutout win. Soler led the Cavs with three goals, while Grosshandler, Hanson, Yon and senior Luci Jones all added scores. The girls will be at Cary Academy this afternoon looking to extend their win streak.
The No. 21-ranked DA boys lacrosse team hosts fifth-ranked Apex High School this afternoon. The 2–7 Cavs have not played since their 14–7 win over North Raleigh Christian April 11. Senior Shaffer Woody scored four goals and assisted on three others, while senior Spencer Sapir added four goals of his own. Senior Dan Clifford had two goals and one assist, while sophomore Jimmy Zavaglia scored twice. Sophomore Gavin Schulz and ninth-grader Austin Corbett each scored once. Sapir had five ground balls to lead the Cavs. Sophomore John Donovan had nine saves in goal, including four in the opening period. The boys lacrosse team will play three games next week, starting with a Monday home matchup with No. 10-ranked Chapel Hill High before traveling to Cary Academy on Tuesday and hosting Ravenscroft on Thursday afternoon in a game that will be livestreamed.
It’s a HighSchoolOT top-25 battle tonight, as the No. 14-ranked DA girls lacrosse team hosts No. 7-ranked East Chapel Hill at 5:30 p.m. on Alumni Field. This game will be streamed live on DASN. The Cavs went 1–1 over the last week with a 17–11 win over Cary Academy and a 21–11 loss to Ravenscroft. In Monday’s win at Cary, the Cavs were led by senior Anna West's 7-goal/one-assist game and a 3-goal/seven-assist effort from ninth-grader Brooke Epstein. DA led from start to finish and had an 11–6 lead at the break. The Chargers rallied and had the DA lead down to 12–10 with 10 minutes left in the game before eighth-grader Ona Lukes (1 goal) and junior Caroline Sapir (3 goals and two assists) were able to extend the advantage. Junior Charlotte Easley added 3 goals and two assists as well. Junior Ella Virkler (one save) and eighth-grader Mirella Kades (two saves) combined for the win in goal.
On April 11 in Raleigh, Ravenscroft outscored the DA team 14–5 in the second half to defeat the Cavs 21–11. The Cavaliers were neck-and-neck with their TISAC foes for the entire first half and trailed by just 1 at halftime. Epstein led the Cavs with five goals, while West added three goals and three assists. Easley had two goals and two assists, while a pair of eighth-graders got in the scoring column thanks to a goal from Lukes with an assist from Spencer Jennings. Virkler had 17 saves for the Cavaliers.
I’d like to extend a special congratulations to senior Bryant Randleman, who officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at High Point University on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who came out to the ceremony in Kirby Gym to celebrate Bryant and his big day.
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
- 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.