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Cavs Corner: Gearing up for the spring season
Posted 02/23/2017 04:34PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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The weather for the start of the spring sports season has been fantastic, and all of our varsity teams have had a full week of quality practice to get ready for season openers that begin next week. Over the next few weeks of Cavs Corner, we will preview all nine varsity teams. 

In this week’s Cavs Corner, we recap the swim teams’ strong finish to the winter season at Monday’s state meet. This week’s edition also includes some information from Athletics Director Steve Engebretsen about a recent school-wide review of athletics-related expenses incurred by participating families, conducted in an attempt to ease any potential financial burdens.

Swimmers finish season strong
A large contingent of DA swimmers traveled to Greensboro on Monday to compete in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state meet. The boys team finished 14th (out of 19 schools) with a total of 39 points and had one individual and two relays that scored points. Seventh-grader Stewart Roessler continued his impressive rookie season on the swim team with a 14th-place finish in the 500-meter freestyle, earning 3 points for the team. The other 36 points came from two ninth-place relay finishes. The 400-meter freestyle relay team — composed of senior Hunter Knoll, sophomore Jack Knoll, junior Jack Anderson and senior Tristan Ramage — finished with a time of 3:51.43. The 200-meter freestyle relay team — Knoll, Knoll, Ramage and junior Ben Easley — earned a time of 1:40.09.

The girls team finished 16th out of 18 teams with 36 points. Two relays and three individual swimmers earned points for the girls, led by Kelly Cunneen’s 12th-place finish in the 500-meter freestyle and 15th-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. Aly Eward also played in the 500-meter freestyle race in the 14th position. Zoe Hannan was 16th in the 100-meter breaststroke.  The team of Cunneen, Eward, Mallory Trapani and Haley Leversedge competed in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle relays and finished 11th place in both. 

Taking a look at expenses for families

Durham Academy Athletics Director Steve Engebretsen offers the following message about extra expenses that families involved with the athletic program may have experienced.

Durham Academy’s administrative team has been discussing and reviewing some of the “additional costs” incurred by students and families in various departments, divisions and programs.

With that discussion in mind, the athletic program is encouraging coaches of teams and parents to limit the amount of money spent on non-school provided items.

Certainly, there are costs that families need to bear when children participate on teams, such as basic equipment — gloves, racquets, appropriate shoes, sticks, goggles, etc. But after discussions with coaches, we feel that there are some areas in which we can cut down or reduce costs for team members and their families:

    • Food and drinks provided by parents. Coaches appreciate drinks and snack provided but don’t expect it. Often, this is excessive with considerable waste. In many cases (home games, short-trip away games), coaches don’t feel this is needed. Parents who organize these game-day provisions should attempt to keep it simple and remember that DA does not expect parents to spend significantly on them.
    • Money collected for team parties, end of year gifts, etc. Parents should not feel obligated to purchase gifts for coaches or contribute significantly to a gift fund. Our coaches feel appreciated by your support and backing throughout the season and would prefer a low-key season-ending gathering.
    • Money collected for senior day. Many of these fun and important days have become excessive. DA and coaches want to provide a special recognition day for seniors, but we’d like to lessen the cost incurred by other team members and simplify these recognition events while still honoring and recognizing seniors.
    • Personal team gear. Many of our teams provide the opportunity for families and athletes to personally purchase extra gear (shirts, jackets, etc.) during the season. These items are never intended to be returned to DA at season’s end and are not required as team member. So we urge parents to make those choices as you wish, but not feel obligated to spend significant amounts.

The athletic department hopes to provide most of what is needed for participating on a team.

I ask coaches to keep me informed of items needed for team members that the school should provide, so we can plan accordingly through the budgeting process. I also have asked coaches to look themselves, and carefully consider and reduce what they ask parents to contribute during a season. The coaches and I sincerely hope to cut back on some of the expenses listed above, so as to ease any financial burdens. We also want to eliminate any misunderstandings of what parents feel obligated to spend.

Thank you to all parents for your support of the athletic program and our coaches. And thank you for your help in making life at Durham Academy as accessible and comfortable as possible for all of our families.

- Steve Engebretsen
Athletics Director


As always, thank you for your support of DA Athletics!



As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: Schedules and Results

The DA App: Schedules and Results

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