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Cavs Corner: Cavs continue stellar season
Posted 04/13/2017 03:48PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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Just three weeks remain in the regular season, and this spring continues to be a good one for Durham Academy’s varsity sports teams.

In this week’s edition of Cavs Corner, we recap our varsity sports action from the previous week and highlight our annual Spring Fling scheduled for April 28. We also have another installment of the “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” video series, as members of our Durham Academy Sports Network Middle School Club interview Hannah Pope, a senior on the girls lacrosse team; Debbie Rebosa, head girls lacrosse coach; and Will Nichols, a ninth-grader on the boys tennis team.



Boys Lacrosse
The boys lacrosse team improved to 5-4 and 2-0 in TISAC (Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference) play with a 12-3 home win over Cary Academy on Tuesday. DA jumped out to an 8-0 lead and had an 11-1 lead at the half. Sophomore Shaffer Woody — the team’s leading goal scorer with 27 on the season — led DA with four goals and four assists. Senior Houston Holland scored this 20th goal of the season with his two first half tallies. Junior Tyler Carpenter added his 17th, 18th and 19th goals of the year, while sophomores Dan Clifford and Spencer Sapir each scored once.

The team traveled to Charlotte to battle Charlotte Country Day on Friday and lost a 9-8 heartbreaker. Neither team led by more than one goal; the Cavs led just twice at 2-1 and 5-4. Down 8-7 late, it was Woody who tied the game, but the Bucs won the ensuing faceoff and scored with under 10 seconds remaining to take the victory. Carpenter led the team with three scores, while junior Drew Hantzmon added two goals. The boys will have four games in the next eight days, starting with today’s matchup at North Raleigh Christian Academy followed by nonconference games against Southern Durham High on Monday and Delaware power Salesianum School on Tuesday afternoon. 

Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse team stands at 8-3 after Tuesday’s 21-4 victory over Saint David’s. Eleven Cavaliers scored in the game, with senior captain Lydia Carbuccia leading the way with four goals. Fellow senior captain Ellis Toms added her first goal of the year as DA jumped out to a 15-2 halftime lead. The win comes on the heels of last week’s back-to-back overtime games vs. Ravenscroft and Charlotte Latin. In the 14-13 win over the Ravens on April 6, sophomore Anna West had a career day with 10 goals including the overtime game-winner below.


West leads the team with 52 goals (tied for fifth in the state), while senior captain Madi Dunk now leads the entire state in assists with 40. On Friday, DA came right back to action against a tough Charlotte Latin team. After trailing for most of the first half, the Cavs took the lead in the second behind ninth-grader Charlotte Easley’s six goals and West’s five. With the game tied in the final minute, DA held for the last shot but could not get a good look on goal. Latin took the opening draw in overtime, and after a couple of quality shots, finally scored the game-winner. The girls lacrosse team is back in action Wednesday with a 6 p.m. matchup at Jordan High. 

Boys Golf
The golf team is holding steady as the third ranked team in the state after Wednesday’s seven-stroke win over North Raleigh Christian in an 18-hole match at Hope Valley Country Club. Senior Allen Smith scored an impressive 67; fellow scorers were eighth-grader Jackson Brimfield with 71, ninth-grader Ethan Lukes with 74, and senior Seth Pruitt and junior Eric Bradford, who both scored 82. With his 67 yesterday, Smith now moves up the 3A individual rankings to fourth in the state. The score was also 3 under par at the par 70 HVCC — just two strokes off the all-time DA record of 5 under par for a match. The golf team will travel to Myrtle Beach this weekend to participate in the prestigious Palmetto High School Golf Championship, which the team won last year. You can follow the action on the Palmetto’s website.

For the third time in the last four games and for the seventh time this year, the DA baseball team competed in a game that came down to the team’s final at bat. On Tuesday evening at Cary Academy, the Cavs trailed for most of the game before rallying for a 7-6 victory. With his team trailing 4-2 in the fifth inning, junior Ben Easley knocked in the tying runs with a single.  After Cary retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth, senior John McCubbin tied the game again with a single in the sixth. The Chargers scored in the sixth inning, setting the stage for a huge seventh inning for the Cavs. Senior Brooks Walker led off with a bunt and scored after singles by Easley and Cam Brown. Three batters later, junior Matt Willis got hit by a pitch bringing in the eventual winning run. Willis closed out the game by striking out the final two Cary batters in the bottom of the seventh. See the video below for highlights of the game, including the final strikeout. 


With the win, the Cavs remain in the hunt for a league crown; they are tied in the loss column with Ravenscroft for second place and just one game behind league leader North Raleigh Christian. Sophomore Michael Jaffe continues to lead the team in hitting with a .462 average, while Easley and junior Ted Middleton are tied with the team RBI lead at eight. The Cavs look to sweep the Chargers today when they battle at 4:30 p.m. at home.  

The softball team stepped out of conference on Tuesday as they hosted Falls Lake Academy from Creedmoor. The Firebirds scored the first seven runs of the game and raced out to a 9-1 lead through three innings. The Cavaliers had their best inning in the fourth as seniors Nikki Inocencio and Maya Watson crossed home plate for the Cavs’ third and fourth runs of the day. The Firebirds took the 14-4 victory, sending the Cavs to a record of 1-7 on the season. The softball team is back in action April 20 at Cary Academy. 

Track & Field
The boys track and field team is poised for a strong run to the finish line of the season as they remained unbeaten with a quad-meet win at North Raleigh Christian on Tuesday. DA won 13 events in the meet as the Cavs overwhelmed the host Knights, as well as The O’Neal School and Wayne Country Day. Junior Dylan Peter took first in four events (200m, high jump, 4x200 and 4x400 relays) to lead the Cavs, while senior Sonio Kum won both the pole vault and triple jump events. Other double winners were junior Ethan Goldman (800m and 4x400 relay), and junior Wilson Hansen (400m and 4x400 relay). 

The girls track and field team took second in the meet at NRCA after battling the same teams as the boys, in addition to Saint Mary’s. The Cavs scored 71 points, well behind the 141 of the meet winner NRCA but ahead of O’Neal (63), SMS (43) and WCDS (17). Event winners for the girls were junior Virginia Capehart (400m and 4x400 relay) and junior Serafina Turner (800m and 4x400 relay), as well as Anneke Dekker (3200m). Other members of the winning 4x400 relay were juniors Zoe Boggs and Callie Pierce. There are just two regular season meets remaining for the Cavs; they will host Cary Christian, Fayetteville Academy and St. David’s on Tuesday and then travel May 4 for a home meet vs. Cary Academy. The TISAC meet will be held at NRCA on May 12-13, with the state meet the following weekend at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

Boys Tennis
The tennis team stepped out of conference for three matches in the past week, including two against perennial 4A public school powers Cardinal Gibbons and East Chapel Hill. The Crusaders and Wildcats are ranked seventh and eighth respectively in the latest statewide NCHSAA 4A poll. Both matches came down to the wire involving the final doubles match on court. Against Cardinal Gibbons, a team DA has not defeated in seven years, DA received straight-set singles wins from juniors James Shaheen and Priyan de Silva on the top two courts. Sophomore Pierce Jenkins provided the crucial third point with his three-set win on court six. In doubles play, Shaheen teamed with junior Kenan Ulku-Steiner for the first time this season and took an 8-1 win on the top court. The match was in the hands of the third doubles team of junior Jack McCallie and sophomore Sheridan Kum. The duo trailed 5-6 before running off the final three games for the victory.

Wednesday’s match vs. East Chapel Hill provided a very similar script. While Shaheen lost for the first time against an in-state opponent all year, the Cavs picked up singles wins by de Silva, Ulku-Steiner and junior Alexander Brandt, who survived an 11-9 third set.  The Wildcats took third doubles, and the Cavs — behind Ulku-Steiner and Brandt — won second doubles, leaving the dual match in the hands of an undefeated Shaheen/de Silva. The junior duo twice served for the match, but ended up falling 9-8 (7-5). In between the Gibbons win and the East loss, the Cavs took a hard-fought 9-0 win over a previously unbeaten Cary Christian on Monday. The tennis team has four matches left, all conference matches in which DA has been perfect all season.

Girls Soccer
The girls soccer team keeps rolling along as they took down NCISAA 2A contender Fayetteville Academy 5-0 Wednesday on Moylan Field. Five different Cavaliers scored goals as junior Kendall Bushick added her team-leading 13th of the year, while junior Erin Dilweg scored her 12th of the season. Three Cavaliers scored their first goals of the season including this beauty of a free kick by senior Olivia Postel that gave DA their third goal of the day.  


Sophomore Morgan Doyle and senior Zoe Pharo also tallied their first goals of the season as ninth-grader Millicent Loehr was perfect in net.

In Friday’s 9-2 win over Wake Christian, DA scored early and often, tallying four times in the opening 10 minutes. By the time the game was over, Dilweg had four goals and Bushick scored three times and added two assists. Ninth-grader Peyton Goldthwaite scored twice. The Cavs will travel to Raleigh on Tuesday to battle St. David’s before their rematch with Cary Academy on April 20.  



We hope you can join us for Durham Academy’s annual Spring Fling, set for Friday, April 28, on the Upper School fields. Please support our boys tennis, girls soccer, softball and girls lacrosse teams, which will all have home games. There will be burgers, hot dogs and other food for sale, and Kona Ice will be on hand to sell cool treats. Fans are encouraged to wear DA gear to show their Cavalier spirit.



We hope you enjoy this latest installment of our video series “Middle School Munchkins & Varsity Stars,” as members of the Middle School’s Durham Academy Sports Network club interview members of our varsity teams.



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



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