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Cavs Corner: Spring Teams Show Progress in Bounce-Back Week
Cavs Corner: Spring Teams Show Progress in Bounce-Back Week

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
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This was a week of bounce-back performances by our athletic teams. Boys tennis shook off a 6–3 loss to Charlotte Latin on Friday and used heroics by sophomore Joey Shaheen to defeat Providence Day 5–4 on Saturday morning. The boys lacrosse team finally turned its luck around in one-goal games and defeated conference rivals Ravenscroft 9–8 on Wednesday for their first win of the season. Girls soccer rebounded from losses to Greensboro Day and Charlotte Latin to take a 6–1 win over Cary Academy yesterday. Finally, the softball team scored 13 runs in Wednesday’s loss to Cary Academy, showing major progress under first-year coach Jody Robinson. Read more about all nine of our varsity teams’ contests in this week’s edition of Cavs Corner. 

Boys Tennis

After having not played for almost three weeks, the boys tennis team endured a stretch of three matches in four days vs. three of the top teams in 4A private school tennis. Despite having lost the top five players from last year’s state finalist team, the Cavs have competed well against top competition this year, especially in doubles play. In Wednesday’s home loss to state championship contender Greensboro Day, the second doubles team of senior Dylan Jones and sophomore Jackson Zobrist took a victory. Jones at sixth singles and eighth-grader Pete Crowley at fourth singles were victorious in the 6–3 loss.

On Friday, Charlotte Latin came to Durham and defeated the Cavs by the same 6–3 score. Zobrist and Jones, as well as the third doubles team of Crowley and sophomore Frank Borden, gave the Cavs a 2–1 lead after doubles play. Unfortunately, Crowley was the only DA singles winner. Zobrist (second singles) lost in three sets, while Borden (fifth singles) and Jones (sixth singles) lost in two tight sets. The very next morning, the Cavs put it all together for a 5–4 win over Providence Day. Sophomore Joey Shaheen was the hero, as his 7–5, 7–6 win at third singles was the deciding match. Shaheen trailed 1–6 in the second-set tiebreaker before winning the final seven points to take the win. It was another great performance in doubles as Zobrist/Jones at two and Borden/sophomore Jack Preble at three gave DA a 2–1 lead. Shaheen’s heroics were made possible following three-set wins by Borden and Preble. The 4–5 Cavs are in the midst of a six-match homestand and next host Wake Christian on Friday.

Track And Field

The girls track and field team came in a close second in a four-team meet on March 28 at North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Cavs scored 81.5 points, which was just behind the host Knights, who won with a score of 86.5. Junior Camille Capehart was victorious in the 200m and was DA’s lone individual event winner, while six Cavaliers (senior Sarah Maghraoui – 200m, eighth-grader Amani Diallo – 400m, junior Caroline Harpole – 800m, junior Claire Middleton – 3200m, senior Katie Cunneen – 300m hurdles, and senior Mongina Omundi – discus) took second-place finishes. The 4x100 relay team of junior Isabella Towning, ninth-grader Lee Jeffries and seniors Bella and Katie Kim won their event as well.

The boys track and field team took its third meet win in three attempts; their score of 86 points defeated both North Raleigh Christian (76 points) and Wesleyan Christian (six points). The Cavs won six individual events and two relays en route to the victory. Senior Donovan Herndon won the 100m event; senior Jack Petrucci took first in the 200m. Sophomore Cole Sinclair took first in the discus and second in the high jump. Senior Bryant Randleman was second in both the 100m and 200m events. These four Cavaliers combined to win the 4x100 relay. Junior Mark Alkins won the 1600m event. Senior Jack Anderson was first, while fellow senior Neil Mosca finished second in the 3200m race. These three Cavs joined junior Sebastian Lascola to win the 4x400 relay. Other top performances were turned in by ninth-grader Lars Oehler (first in the 800m), eighth-grader Wyatt Benjamin (second in the 800m), junior Will Nichols (second in the 1600m), sophomore Justin Florence (second in both the shot put and discus) and junior Luke Triplett (second in the long jump). Both the girls and boys track and field teams are back in action at home today vs. Ravenscroft.


The 5–3 baseball team had its four-game win streak snapped on Friday at the hands of Greensboro Day. The Bengals limited the Cavs to just two hits, while scoring all five of their runs in the first three innings. Sophomore Scott West and eighth-grader Sam Schaeffer were the only DA players to collect hits, while ninth-grader Jackson Niedel pitched four strong innings, striking out five.

The loss came just 24 hours following a thrilling 9–6 comeback win over North Raleigh Christian to sweep the Knights in a two-game series. Niedel and fellow ninth-grader Zeph Hollenbeck each had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Cavs. Senior Michael Jaffe pitched six strong innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out six for the victory. DA scored 4 in the fourth to cut a 5–0 Knights lead to 5–4, thanks to two-run doubles from both Hollenbeck and Niedel. In the top of the sixth, the Cavs struck for five runs, as Hollenbeck and Niedel each had RBI hits to tie the game. Hollenbeck scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, and then RBIs from eighth-grader Miles Newsome and ninth-grader Ethan Goldstein capped off the scoring. Thirty-two of the Cavs’ 42 RBIs this season have come from eighth- and ninth-graders, giving coach Tyrone Gould and his squad a promising future. With Tuesday’s home game against Ravenscroft being rained out, the Cavs will battle the Ravens in Raleigh this evening before heading to Cannon School on Saturday.

Boys Lacrosse

After three excruciating one-goal losses, the DA boys lacrosse team turned their fortunes around with two late goals to defeat conference rival Ravenscroft 9–8 on the road Wednesday afternoon. Senior Dan Clifford had three goals, including the game-winner off a feed from senior Shaffer Woody with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Woody had tied the game just one minute prior on his only goal of the night to go along with two assists. With the game tied at six after three periods, the Ravens took a 7–6 lead before sophomore Blake Smith (two goals and one assist) tied it at 7 with 5:28 left. The Ravens reclaimed the lead with 3:56 remaining before the two late DA goals won them a huge TISAC contest.

Senior Spencer Sapir had two goals and made a big save in net late in the game, as he had to stand in for goalkeeper John Donovan who was out with a penalty. Donovan made 8 saves in goal. Last Friday, the Cavs fell 10–9 at Charlotte Latin, letting an 8–5 fourth-period lead slip away. Woody had give goals, including the tying score with 1:34 left in the fourth period, but Latin scored the game-winner with just 30 seconds on the clock. Clifford (three goals) and Sapir (nine ground balls) were key for the Cavs, while Donovan had 11 saves in goal. Next up for the Cavs will be Friday’s game at Charlotte Country Day.

Boys Golf

The golf team took a victory on Wednesday over Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill at Hope Valley Country Club. Junior Ethan Lukes was the medalist with a 34, while sophomore Jackson Brimfield (38), senior Will Pruthi, junior Leo Strebel and junior Riker Schiff all shot a 41. The golfers are right back at it with a matchup vs. East Chapel Hill at Croasdaile this afternoon.

Girls Soccer

After allowing Cary Academy to score first, the DA soccer team roared back with six straight goals to take the 6–1 win over the Chargers on Wednesday on Moylan Field. Senior Sylvia Soler scored twice, while junior Lauren Grosshandler, sophomores Molly McLaughlin and Lauren Read, as well as ninth-grader Kennedy Yon each scored once for the Cavs, who are now 3–2 and 1–0 in TISAC play. The win comes on the heels of Friday’s 4–1 defeat at defending state champion Charlotte Latin. The Hawks scored three first-half goals, and it was Soler’s score in the final minute of play that averted a shutout. The Cavs host Wake Christian Friday afternoon on Moylan Field.


The DA softball team put 13 runs on the board, the most runs the team had scored in the last 27 games, but fell 25–13 to Cary Academy on Wednesday afternoon. After trailing 13–1 in the third inning, the Cavs exploded for an eight-run third and then added four in the fourth to cut the Charger lead to 15–13. Cary Academy scored nine in the sixth to re-open a double-digit lead. Junior Emily Donaldson had a hit and 3 RBIs, while senior Ellen Cochran had 3 walks and 2 RBIs to lead the way. Ninth-grader Sophia Benjamin, junior Cristina Pastor-Valverde and ninth-grader Mary Mungai all had hits for the Cavs.

Girls Lacrosse

The 4–1 girls lacrosse team, ranked No. 10 in the High School OT poll, will be back on the field this afternoon when they travel to Charlotte for a key NCISAA matchup vs. Charlotte Country Day. While the Bucs are 1–7, they have played an incredibly difficult schedule, including games against five out-of-state schools.

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Keeping up with the Cavs

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