The winter season teams are starting to take a turn toward the home stretch, and both varsity basketball teams are jockeying for position at the top of the TISAC standings. It is a busy week, as both teams play three games, including Friday night’s Middle School Night at the CavDome vs. Ravenscroft. The swim team will travel to North Raleigh Christian Academy for its final regular season meet this afternoon.
Girls hoops takes two out of three over the past week and still remain in first place
The DA varsity girls went on the road Friday and hung on for an eight-point victory at Wake Christian Academy. After taking a 30-12 lead at the half, the Cavs saw their large lead dwindle to just six points late in the game. Junior Izzy Strigel led the team with 21 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Senior Grace Drewry had one of her best games in a Cavalier uniform, with 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Imani Spence added five points and 12 boards.
On Tuesday night, the Cavaliers could not hold a fourth-period lead as North Raleigh Christian outscored DA 21-6 in the final quarter to rally for a 54-42 win. The loss was the first in league play for the Cavs, who took a 36-33 lead after three periods thanks to a 40-foot buzzer-beater from Strigel. While she had 12 points on the night, it was Spence who led the team in scoring with 14 and rebounding with 11. It was Spence’s second double-double of the season. The DA girls were able to come out less than 24 hours later and rebound at Saint Mary’s School from the frustration of the NRCA loss. The Cavs shut out the Saints in the first period and had a commanding 19-4 lead at the half. Strigel (23 points) and Erin Dilweg (19 points) led the way in the 49-30 win. The victory pushes the girls’ record to 12-7 overall and 4-1 in TISAC play at the halfway mark of the conference season.
Boys hoops ready for Ravens showdown on Friday
The varsity boy hoops team gets another chance to tackle conference leader Ravenscroft on Friday evening in Kirby Gym. After falling to the Ravens by 13 in the conference opener, the boys have run off the last three league games, including a road win at Wake Christian last Friday and Tuesday’s 23-point home victory over North Raleigh Christian. In last Friday’s win, the Cavs shook off a terrible shooting night (25 percent) and rallied late for the win. Trailing by four with under four minutes to go, the Cavs scored eight straight without the Bulldogs having possession on their side of half court. Junior Jack McCallie hit a tough right wing three to cut the lead to one. Junior Tyler Carpenter stole the inbounds and found a cutting junior Charlie Mendys for the go-ahead lay-in. After a five-second violation on the Bulldog inbounds, Mendys hit another three to give DA the 55-51 advantage. Senior Jorden Davis led the team with 20 points, while Mendys added 13.
In Tuesday’s 67-44 victory over North Raleigh, a sluggish start found the Cavs tied with the Knights at 18 with just over three minutes to go in the first half. The DA boys would then score on 13 of their next 15 possessions over eight minutes to open up a 48-28 lead. All 12 Cavaliers saw action in the game, as Mendys led the team in scoring with a season-high 19. Davis added 16, while senior Caleb Vanderburg had a superb all-around effort with four points, six rebounds and a career-high six assists. The win pushes the DA record to 17-5 and 3-1 in conference play heading into Thursday afternoon’s non-conference game at Trinity School.
Boys swimming notches home win while girls battle well against Greensboro Day
The varsity swim team hosted its annual senior day meet at Campus Hills Pool on Jan. 19. The boys team, led by senior Michael Li’s four first place finishes, took a 51-39 victory over the Bengals. Li won all four of his races (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay). Sophomore Nathan Dalva-Baird also swam well winning three races (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, and joining Li on the 200 medley relay team). Seventh-grader Stewart Roessler swam to victory in his 500 freestyle race.
On the girls’ side, the Bengals squeaked by the Cavs 48-46. Senior captain Kelly Cunneen posted two first-place finishes, taking the 100 freestyle and joining with fellow seniors Ellis Toms, Madi Dunk and Campbell Hannan to win the 200 medley relay. Sophomore Haley Leversedge took first place in the 50 freestyle. After today’s meet at North Raleigh Christian, where the Cavs will swim against the Knights and St. David’s, the team will wrap up its season with the conference and state meets.
MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT AT THE CAVDOME
Lots on the line for teams in Friday’s games
There are just three more opportunities to catch the basketball teams at home, and one of them is tomorrow night as the Cavaliers host Ravenscroft. Both varsity games will have major significance for the TISAC conference race — as the DA boys sit just one game behind the Ravens for first place in the standings, and the DA girls and the Ravens are tied atop the league with just one loss each.
Friday night is Middle School Night at the CavDome, and we hope to see students of all grades giving the Cavs a major home court advantage! See more information on Middle School Night at the CavDome here. If you cannot make the games in person, be sure to check out the livestream online: http://thecube.com/e/709289
Spring team tryouts begin soon
Please make sure to check the DA athletics website for information regarding tryouts for spring sports. The spring season is the busiest on campus as we field boys teams in baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf and track, as well as girls teams in softball, lacrosse, soccer and track. Most varsity tryouts will begin on Feb. 20.
As always, thank you for your support of DA Athletics!
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.