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Cavs Corner: Hoops teams continue successes
Posted 12/08/2016 10:41AM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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As students start to prepare for the midterm exams, all three of our varsity teams will be taking a break from competition until later in December. Both basketball teams will be competing out of state over winter break, while the swim team will return to the pool in 2017. In this week’s Cavs Corner, we recap the basketball teams’ trip to Charlotte, as well as their sweep of Cary Christian on Tuesday night. We will also recap the swim teams’ competition at Ravenscroft on Tuesday. Finally, with spring sports a mere two months away, we have some information for our spring athletes and their families. 


More media attention for boys hoops
After a 9-1 start to the season, the varsity boys basketball team continues to receive media attention both from local and national sources. Coach Tim McKenna’s team has climbed to 10th in the News & Observer Triangle area top-25 rankings. In the most recent poll, DA is fifth in the 3A state rankings. On Tuesday, the national high school athletics website released its first computer rankings (similar to an RPI), and the DA boys found themselves ranked sixth in North Carolina and 66th in the country. 

The Cavaliers claimed a win for the first time in eight years on the daunting Charlotte Latin-Providence Day road trip. Senior Nick Beischer had a career-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Cavs won at Charlotte Latin on Friday night 58-46. Senior Jorden Davis added 13, while junior Charlie Mendys scored 12. The boys were right back on the court about 18 hours later as they tangled with defending 3A state champion Providence Day. The Cavs led for a majority of the game — including having a two-point lead and the ball with 75 seconds left. Providence Day, ranked second in the Charlotte Observer poll and with two division-one guards, outscored DA 10-3 down the stretch to take a 54-49 win. Junior Jack McCallie hit four threes to lead the Cavs.

DA girls go 1-1 in Charlotte
Any road 3A win is a big one, but going on the road to defeat Charlotte Latin will go a long way to help the DA girls earn a high seed in the state tournament. Junior Izzy Strigel scored a game-high 17 points, while sophomore Imani Spence added nine points and junior Nicole Riepl scored six — culminating in a 40-27 victory for the Cavs over the Hawks on Friday night. The Providence Day girls then showed why they have won 11 of the previous 12 state championships, as they were 72-22 winners over the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers, themselves ranked in the top 100, are poised to win their eighth straight title. 

Both hoops teams rebound with wins on Tuesday
Both DA hoops teams went on the road and secured wins at Cary Christian on Tuesday evening.  The girls started the double-header sweep with a two-point win, as Izzy Strigel’s two free throws in the final 15 seconds were the difference. Strigel’s 19 points led the Cavs while the interior play of Imani Spence (eight points and 13 rebounds) and Claire Middleton (eight points and 11 rebounds) were pivotal in the victory.

The DA boys started a new winning streak with their 61-37 win. Jorden Davis’ 22 points were a game-high, while Nick Beischer added 11 points. Junior Tyler Carpenter had a great overall game with two points, five rebounds, five assists and no turnovers. The Cavaliers’ defense held the Knights without a field goal for an eight-minute stretch, as a two-point lead became 17 right after halftime. 

Swimming falls at Ravenscroft
Both varsity swim teams went on the road to Ravenscroft on Tuesday in their final meet of 2016. Despite losing 54-40 to the host Ravens, the Cavalier boys won three individual races and a relay. Senior Tristan Ramage bested 44 competitors with a first-place 24.40 time in the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Clayton Heard, who finished second in the 50 free, won the 100-yard freestyle race with a time of 54.56. Senior Michael Li took the 100-yard backstroke by over 11 seconds with a time of 1:01.43. Heard and Li were joined by junior Ben Easley and senior Hunter Knoll in winning the 200-freestyle relay.

The girls swim team swam well in their dual meet losses to Ravenscroft (54-38) and Saint Mary’s (55-39). While there were no individual winners, senior Kelly Cunneen took third in the 200 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. Sophomore Haley Leversedge placed second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle. Seventh-grader Aly Eward placed third in the 200-yard individual medley and third in the 100-yard butterfly. 


It is never too early to prepare for our spring sports season.  While some varsity schedules are posted online now, all varsity spring sports start dates and schedules will be posted online before the holiday break. All junior varsity and middle school start dates for spring sports will be posted at the first of the year.   

As always, thank you for your support of Durham Academy athletics!



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