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.
The spring season is winding down and unfortunately, wet weather cost many varsity teams the opportunity to play earlier this week. While we may not have games to recap for every team, we will look ahead to what each team has to do to finish their season strong.
This Friday’s Athletics Spring Fling is a great opportunity to catch many of our varsity teams in action on the Upper School fields. Please support our boys tennis, girls soccer, softball and girls lacrosse teams, which will all have home games. All games begin at 4:30 p.m., with the exception of the girls lacrosse match, which begins at 5:30 p.m. The Parents Athletic Council will be set up under the big green and white tent grilling up ballgame fare ($5 dinners include hamburger/hot dog, chips, drink and cookie), and Kona Ice will be on hand to sell cool treats. We hope to see you there!
Boys Track and Field
The boys track team has been off since April 18 and will not be back in action until May 4 when Cary Academy comes to town. The squad has won every meet they have participated in this year and is poised for a run at both the conference and state crowns. A few Cavaliers participated in Saturday’s Bojangles Apex Relays and earned impressive scores among the Triangle’s top schools. Seniors Sonio Kum and Ben Womble finished ninth and 10th in the pole vault competition, while the 1600 m relay team of sophomores Neil Mosca, Nick Epstein and Jack Anderson and junior Ethan Goldman finished seventh with a time of 18:28. This time was the second-fastest result in school history.
Girls Track and Field
The girls track team also awaits their meeting with Cary Academy next Thursday afternoon after having been off since last Tuesday’s second place finish in a five-team home meet. Junior Virginia Capehart has been a star for the ladies this season. Her 1:00.55 time in the 400 m on March 24 ranks as the third fastest in the state this year and the sixth fastest in school history. Junior Leah Granger’s 8’6 pole vault mark on March 9 is tied for fifth best in the state while the relay team of Capehart, Cami Simpson, Callie Pierce and Serafina Truner has the 10th fastest time in the state in the 4x400 relay this season.
Tennis is back in action Friday, hosting Ravenscroft in a conference match. The 15-3 Cavs have two matches remaining before looking to start the state tournament as a top-four seed. If the Cavs defeat the Ravens and North Raleigh Christian in the regular season finale on May 5, DA should be seeded third in the state tournament, behind Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day. DA took down defending state champs Cary Academy 9-0 last Friday — the Cavs’ second sweep over the Chargers this year. With a win in Friday’s match, the DA team will earn its second straight conference crown. The junior duo of James Shaheen (14-2 singles / 13-1 doubles) and Priyan de Silva (16-0 singles / 11-2 doubles) continues to make its case for all-state consideration. De Silva has not dropped a set in singles all year; he has been taken to a set tiebreaker just once.
The girls soccer team was dealt the year’s first loss in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat at Cary Academy. The 9-1 Cavs can still capture at least a share of the TISAC crown with wins in their final four league games, starting with Friday’s home matchup with Ravenscroft on Moylan Field. DA, Cary Academy (9-2-1), Providence Day (14-2-2) and defending state champion Charlotte Latin (13-2-1) are all fighting for the top spot in the state tournament seedings. Three Cavalier girls have scored double-digit goals on the season, led by junior Kendall Bushick’s 16. Junior Erin Dilweg has 13 goals and freshman Peyton Goldthwaite has 10 goals.
Despite an 11-run offensive outburst in last week’s game at Cary Academy, the softball team was on the wrong side of a 21-11 score. DA scored twice in the top of the first but then saw the Chargers answer with 11 runs in the bottom of the inning. The Cavs scored four times in the top of the fourth, including a great steal of home by senior Maya Watson to cut the Cary Academy lead to 16-7, but the Chargers returned the favor with five runs in their half of the fourth. The 1-8 softball team has four games left, including tomorrow’s home Spring Fling matchup with Ravenscroft — a team that just barely beat the Cavs 12-9 last month. Senior co-captain Julie Wechsler leads the team with seven hits, while junior Nicole Riepl leads the team with seven RBIs. Wechsler (.412) and senior Diane Youngstrom (.462) are the batting average leaders.
The 9-7 baseball team heads into its final three games of the regular season with a lot on the line. With Tuesday’s rain-out, the Cavs will play three games on three consecutive school days, starting with tomorrow’s road matchup with conference leader North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Knights are 4-0 in league play but still have two games with third place Ravenscroft (3-1 in league play). At 4-2, the Cavs can put themselves in great position to win the conference with a two-game sweep of NRCA — and would still be in contention with a split. In last week’s 7-5 road win at Wake Christian Academy, junior Ben Easley had a monster day that saw him drive in five runs, including four with a first-inning grand slam. Junior Matt Willis, who improved to 5-1 with the win, retired the final six batters in order, earning the complete game victory. Easley’s offensive outburst gives him a team-leading 16 RBIs on the season as he is batting .327. Sophomore Michael Jaffe continues to lead the team in batting at .372 while Easley, senior Aidan Therien (.327) and Willis (.302) are all batting over .300.
The boys lacrosse team stands at 8-5 heading into Friday’s huge conference road game at 7-5 Ravenscroft. The Cavs are coming off a 20-7 win last Thursday at Cary Academy in which sophomore Dan Clifford led DA with five goals and one assist. Seniors Parker Lewis and Houston Holland added four goals apiece, while sophomore Shaffer Woody and junior Tyler Carpenter each chipped in with three goals. Senior netminder Neil Sudan had seven saves in the victory. Tomorrow’s game vs. the Ravens starts a stretch of three straight games vs. state tournament contenders as the Cavs travel to Greensboro on Monday to battle a strong Christ School team that is unbeaten against NCISAA foes this year. The game will be a neutral site game at Greensboro College. Five players have scored double-digit goals for the Cavs this year, led by Woody’s 35. He also leads the Cavs with 15 assists. Holland has 32 goals and 10 assists while Carpenter (27 goals / 9 assists), junior Drew Hantzmon (22 goals / 1 assist) and Clifford (15 goals / 6 assists) round out the group. Wins against the Ravens, Greenies and next Friday’s home opponent Cannon School will boost the Cavs near the top of the NCISAA Division I lacrosse seedings heading into the state tournament.
The DA golf team has been ranked third in the NCISAA 3A state rankings for over the last month. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, the Cavs ran into a very strong Ravenscroft squad, ranked one spot ahead of them in the rankings. In the 18-hole match, the Cavs shot a 301, which was 18 strokes behind the Ravens. Ravenscroft’s score of 283 was five strokes under par as a team. Senior Allen Smith paced DA with an even par 72, while ninth-grader Ethan Lukes (75), eighth-grader Jackson Brimfield (76) and junior Eric Bradford (78) were also scorers for the Cavs. Next Tuesday’s home match vs. Trinity School will be the final regular season match of the year.
Wednesday’s DA-St. Mary’s girls lacrosse game was billed as a matchup between two top-15 teams as ranked by The News & Observer. The Saints, ranked 13th, were an impressive 8-2, while the Cavs entered at 9-3 and ranked 7th. The Cavaliers made sure that they would keep their top-10 ranking as they jumped out to a 12-4 halftime lead and ran away with a 20-9 victory. Sophomore Anna West led DA with six goals and four assists, while freshman Charlotte Easley added five goals and two assists. Sophomore Haley Leversedge scored three times, and senior Madi Dunk had two goals and seven assists. Dunk now has 55 assists on the season, placing her second in the entire country in this category according to maxpreps.com. West now has 62 goals on the year, which is eighth in the state.
The team, now 10-3 on the year, will be bolstered for their stretch run by the return of senior all-state Hannah Pope, who should be back in action soon. After tomorrow’s senior day game vs. Ravenscroft, the Cavs will travel to Cary Academy on Monday before next Friday’s matchup with defending champs Charlotte Country Day.
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.