We are back from spring break and ready to dive into the meat of the spring sports season. In this edition of Cavs Corner, we preview three more spring teams: girls soccer, boys golf and softball. In addition, we highlight the spring break results of our other varsity sports.
VARSITY TEAM PREVIEWS
The DA girls soccer team is off to a strong 2-0 start, having outscored their opponents 11-2 in pre-spring break victories over Forsyth Country Day and Saint Mary’s. Coach Susan Ellis’ team is looking toward their goal of winning a state championship through hard work and the leadership of senior captains Abby Carey-Ewend, Olivia Postel and Jaya Perentis. Three other seniors (Zoe Pharo, Grace Drewry and Creel Cashin) join the captains to provide a very experienced core that will contend for the TISAC crown with last year’s state finalist Cary Academy.
Juniors Erin Dilweg and Kendall Bushick will provide the Cavs with a formidable scoring duo while Perentis, Cashin and junior Austen Dellinger will run the team from the midfield positions. Ellis says that Postel and sophomore Sylvia Soler will be “the glue in our back line.”
The squad has received some accolades, as they come into this week ranked fifth in the latest News & Observer area rankings and fourth in the Eurosport Soccer 3A Private School Ranking. The two Cary Academy games will be on April 4 at home and April 20 in Cary.
Coach Greg Murray is relying on a mix of senior experience and youthful energy to lead the 2017 boys golf team this spring. Senior captains Allen Smith and Quade Lukes have been mainstays on the varsity golf team for years, and while Lukes will play golf at Elon next year, it is not certain whether he will compete for the Cavs this spring due to a pair of wrist injuries. Smith will play golf at Hampden-Sydney next year and is a returning all-TISAC performer. If Lukes cannot play this spring, his brother Ethan, a ninth-grader, along with Jackson Brimfield, an eighth-grader, will join Smith in the top three and will give the Cavs the best chance to defeat conference rival Ravenscroft.
Murray’s goals are to “extend our home match win streak to four seasons, contend for the TISAC title, make states and finish in the top four.” Murray’s team took a big step toward their conference title hopes with Tuesday’s two-stroke win at North Raleigh Christian. Senior Seth Pruitt was the medalist, shooting an even par 36.
Heidi Kearnan’s varsity softball team went 1-1 heading into spring break and will be ready to go at today’s Ravenscroft matchup following a two-week break. Led by their four-year returning players and senior co-captains Julie Wechsler and Maya Watson, the Cavs have nine seniors on their roster that will provide leadership and experience. Kearnan is excited about freshman Emily Donaldson, who returns to the pitcher’s circle and will be the Cavs’ primary pitcher for the second straight year. Junior Nicole Riepl, a softball newcomer, will add some athleticism and depth to the squad.
Kearnan’s offensive goals this year are to swing more and extend innings with two outs. Her defensive goals are to get the next player out after something bad happens. The Cavs will have their hands full this spring against the likes of TISAC favorites North Raleigh Christian and Wake Christian, but Kearnan is hopeful that her team is ready to step up to the plate.
VARSITY SPRING BREAK UPDATES
A lot has happened since our last Cavs Corner, and the following provides a recap of our other varsity sports over the past few weeks.
The varsity girls lacrosse team is 3-2 following Tuesday’s 13-12 win over Canterbury School from Connecticut. Senior Hannah Pope led the Cavs with four goals and an assist, while senior Madi Dunk added three goals and five assists. The win follows a 1-1 stretch in the King of the Spring Lacrosse Classic at the beginning of spring break. The Cavs took down Georgia’s Pope High School 13-6 after falling to Charlotte’s Myers Park the night before 10-4.
Hannah Pope is the Cavaliers’ leader with 18 goals and is second on the team with five assists. Dunk has a team-high 14 assists and is third on the team with eight goals. Sophomore Anna West has 12 goals, while ninth-grader Charlotte Easley has eight goals.
The boys lacrosse team returns to action today against defending state champ Ravenscroft. The Cavs also split two games in the King of the Spring as they took down Charlotte Christian 16-11 before losing to national power McDonogh of Maryland 23-5. In the win over Charlotte Christian, sophomore Shaffer Woody paced the Cavs with six goals, while junior Tyler Carpenter added three. Senior Houston Holland scored twice in the win. Following their Thursday showdown vs. Ravenscroft, the Cavs will host Sewickley Academy from Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon.
The baseball team is 4-3 heading into Friday’s 3A matchup with Asheville School in a game to be played at Greensboro Day. The Cavs lost a heart-breaking 11-10 game to Pilot Mills on Tuesday afternoon, with DA giving up four runs in the last of the sixth and ending the game with the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Michael Jaffe, who is back in the lineup after starting the season with an injury, has been strong, hitting .571 through his first two games. Senior Aidan Therien (.389), junior Ben Easley (.389) and junior Ian Layzer (.357) are the other three Cavs batting over .350 through the first seven games. Easley leads the team with six RBIs, while Layzer and junior Matt Willis each have five. The Cavs have a balanced rotation, with five different pitchers each throwing between seven and 10 innings so far this season. Willis is 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA in two starts, while Layzer has not allowed an earned run in seven innings.
The boys tennis team continues to have an exciting start to the season, having broken out of the gates with a 6-1 record. The Cavs took three of four matches in the Florence Tennis Association high school event in South Carolina and followed that up with dual match wins over Forsyth Country Day, 2016 state finalist Covenant Day and Carrboro High. Juniors James Shaheen (6-1 at first singles) and Priyan de Silva (7-0 at second singles) have won all four of their matches together at first doubles.
Track and Field
The varsity track and field teams opened their season on March 9 with a meet at Ravenscroft. The boys soundly defeated the Ravens 96-43, while the girls were second (54 points) behind Ravenscroft’s 96 points and ahead of Saint Mary’s 18 points. Junior Wilson Hansen won the boys 100m, 200m and was part of the victorious 4x400 relay team while freshman Mark Alkins, senior Victor Harpe, senior Erik O’Luanaigh, sophomore Ethan Goldman, freshman Ryan Kirschner and junior Dylan Peter all won multiple events. In the girls competition, junior Virginia Capehart won both the 200m and 400m races, junior Serafina Turner took first in the 800m race, sophomore Caroline Camitta won the high jump competition, and junior Leah Granger took first in the pole vault. The track teams will be back at it Friday with a meet at Cary Academy.
Please continue to follow our Twitter account, @DAathletics, for live in-game updates of our spring varsity sports teams. As always, thank you for your continued 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.