There are just two weeks remaining in the regular season, and our spring sports teams are preparing for their stretch runs. A number of our teams sit at or near first place in the conference standings and are looking to close out conference titles and position themselves for a good state tournament seed.
Boys Track and Field
The boys track team won its sixth meet of the season, finishing first in a four-team event with Cary Christian, St. David’s and Carolina Friends. The Cavaliers finished with 186.5 points, more than 100 points better than their closest competitor. DA won 14 of the 16 events, led by four event wins from senior Ben Womble. Womble was a part of the first-place 4x100 relay team and also took first in the 100 m, discus and long jump. Junior Wilson Hansen took first in the 200 m, was part of the 4x100 relay team and led off for the 4x400 team that took first place by 16 seconds. Watch ninth-grader Mark Alkins, who anchored that relay, cross the finish line in the video below.
Alkins also won the 800 m race. Senior Victor Harpe continues to be the “King of the Hurdles,” as he took first in both the 110 m and 300 m hurdle events. The boys will be tested in their next meet, a May 4 home event against Cary Academy, last year’s state runner-up.
Girls Track and Field
The DA girls finished second in their five-team home meet Tuesday afternoon. The Cavaliers finished with 85.5 points, behind Cary Christian’s 147 but ahead of St. David (50.5), Fayetteville Academy (12) and Carolina Friends (5). Three Cavalier girls won individual events, led by Serafina Turner’s victory in the 800 m race. Anneke Dekker took first in the 3200 m, while Katie Kim won the long jump. Virginia Capehart finished second in the 400 m race and Ava Pacchiana was second in the 300m hurdles. Sydney Grissom came in second in the discus event. The next meet for the DA girls will be May 4 vs. Cary Academy.
The tennis team is 14-3 heading into their final three matches of the season. On Tuesday, the Cavs showed their depth with a 9-0 road win over Wake Christian. Sophomore Sheridan Kum took a 6-2, 6-3 win on the top singles court. Players who won both singles and doubles matches were freshman Will Nichols (third singles / second doubles), eighth-grader Joey Shaheen (fourth singles / 2nd doubles), junior Winston Wolf (fifth singles / third doubles) and sophomore Chris Walsh (sixth singles / third doubles). The team travels to Cary today for a 4:30 p.m. matchup with Cary Academy.
The undefeated girls soccer team keeps rolling, as they are now 9-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents 53-6! In Tuesday’s 8-1 win at St. David’s in Raleigh, the Cavs were led by three goals from junior Kendall Bushick (her 14th, 15th and 16th goals of the year). Freshman Peyton Goldthwaite added her ninth and 10th on the season, while junior Erin Dilweg (13th), sophomore Sylvia Soler (second) and senior Abby Carey-Ewend (first) also scored goals. For Carey-Ewend, a senior captain, it marked the first goal of her varsity career. Today’s game at Cary Academy will have two major implications. One is the conference title, as a win would allow DA to put a two-game advantage between them and the Chargers. Another is the state tournament seeds, as both the Cavs and Chargers are fighting for top-four seeds. This year, the state championship game will be played at Campbell University, but the higher seeds will host semifinal games, so finishing as the No. 1 or 2 seed means the team won’t have to play a road game in the state tournament.
The softball team is closing a stretch of nine days with no games. The Cavs’ last game was their 14-4 loss to Falls Lake Academy last Tuesday, which was detailed in last week’s Cavs Corner. The girls are back on the field today at Cary Academy, where they will face the Chargers at 4:30 p.m. There are five games remaining in the team’s season.
This is a busy time for the golf team, having completed five rounds in seven days with Wednesday’s Treyburn Invitational. The team traveled to Myrtle Beach last weekend to participate in the prestigious Palmetto Invitational including teams from all over the southeastern United States. After winning this event last year, the Cavs finished in fifth place this year with a score of plus 36. This score was the best result of any North Carolina team participating in the event. Senior Allen Smith carded a +1 for the event to finish tied for fifth in the individual event. Ninth-grader Ethan Lukes was a +6, which placed him 14th, and eighth-grader Jackson Brimfield tied for 21st with a score of +10. Lukes backed up his play in South Carolina with a 35 to earn medalist honors in the team’s 150-181 win over Wake Christian on Tuesday afternoon. Finally, on Wednesday, the golf team won their fourth consecutive Treyburn Invitational featuring teams from Durham County. Lukes won another medalist honor with a 2-under-par 70. Brimfield (72) and Smith (73) were right behind in the scoring.
The baseball team had its streak of magical conference wins come to a close on Tuesday in a 10-6 loss to Wake Christian. The Bulldogs scored two in the first; after DA took a 3-2 lead, Wake Christian came back with five more runs in the third. DA chipped away at the lead on RBIs by senior Aidan Therien and junior Cam Brown, but after mounting a seventh-inning rally that cut the Wake lead to just four, the Cavs grounded out and flew out with two runners on to end the game. The team will be out at Wake Christian this afternoon, looking for the split of the two-game series heading into next week’s big match-up with first-place North Raleigh Christian. The loss on Tuesday snaps a two-game winning streak, as the Cavs were celebrating a 6-5 home win over Cary Academy on April 13. In that game, DA jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to early RBIs by Therien and sophomore Michael Jaffe. In his first pitching appearance in a few weeks, senior John McCubbin was very strong on the mound as he scattered just three hits in six plus innings. Junior Matt Willis worked out of a big jam in the seventh as the Chargers scored five times and had the bases loaded before a strikeout ended the game.
The boys lacrosse team is 7-5 heading into today’s road TISAC battle with Cary Academy. The Cavs were 2-1 over the last week, defeating North Raleigh Christian 18-6 last Thursday and Southern Durham 10-1 on Monday before Tuesday’s 16-6 loss to Salesianum School from Delaware. In Thursday’s win over the Knights, the Cavs broke open a tight game after one period with a 13-goal run. Senior Houston Holland led DA with six goals, while junior Drew Hantzmon added five goals. Sophomore Shaffer Woody added three goals and three assists. In Monday’s win over the Spartans, Hantzmon scored five times, while Holland, Woody, junior Tyler Carpenter, senior Parker Lewis and sophomore Dan Clifford each scored once. On Tuesday, DA ran into a strong Salesianum team — two-time defending Delaware state champs. The Cavs scored three straight goals to tie the game at three after one period of play. The Sallies led 6-4 at the half and then scored five straight to start the third quarter to break the game open. Clifford had two goals for DA, while the four players with 20-plus goals on the season for the Cavs each scored once (Woody – 32nd, Holland – 28th, Carpenter – 24th and Hantzmon – 22nd).
The DA girls lacrosse team won for the eighth time in nine games with a dominating 20-3 win over Jordan High on Wednesday night. Eight different Cavaliers scored goals, led by four apiece from sophomores Anna West and Haley Leversedge. Senior Madi Dunk had three goals and improved upon her state-leading assist mark with 8. Freshman Charlotte Easley also scored three times. Senior Lydia Carbuccia scored twice, while sophomore Dianne Kim, sophomore Grace Gordon and freshman Caroline Sapir each scored once. Senior keeper Isabel Gutierrez had three saves in net. The Cavs travel to St. Mary’s on Wednesday before the April 28 senior day battle with Ravenscroft.
SPRING FLING IS APRIL 28
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.
As always, thank you for your support of Durham Academy 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.