The 2016-2017 athletics season will come to a close this weekend as the boys and girls track teams compete in the state meet at Winthrop University. Unfortunately for our other teams competing in their state tournaments, a trip to this weekend’s championship games was not in the cards. On Tuesday, boys tennis, girls soccer and girls lacrosse all traveled to Charlotte and lost in their state semifinal matchups. Despite these losses, our spring teams had great years with five conference championships. In this week’s Cavs Corner, we recap the NCISAA state tournament events, as well as the TISAC track meet in which our boys team took a thrilling victory.
Boys and Girls Track & Field
Twenty-nine DA boys and girls track and field athletes will converge on Winthrop this weekend to compete against the state’s best in the NCISAA tournament. The boys team will have its hands full in its quest for a state title, as both Cary Academy and Providence Day look to be tough competition. In last weekend’s TISAC conference meet, the boys team took first place by the slightest of margins. Leading by two points heading into the final race, the Cavs needed a victory over Cary Academy to secure the championship. In the final leg of the 4x400 race, ninth-grader Mark Alkins held off his Charger opponent by nine-hundredths of a second to win the race and the title.
Alkins and his teammates — junior Wilson Hansen, senior Nijel Hunt and junior Josh Klein — broke the conference record for this race. Hansen was also a part of the winning 4x100 relay team along with junior Dylan Peter and seniors Ben Womble and Bailey Horgan. Womble (long jump) and senior Erik O’Luanaigh (discus) were also individual event winners in the meet. On the girls side, junior Virginia Capehart took first place in both the 200m and 400m individual events and the team placed fourth overall.
The boys tennis team had its season come to an end in the state semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. After a convincing 5-0 defeat of Cannon School in Saturday’s quarter-final match, DA found themselves in an unfamiliar position at Providence Day, down 2-1 after doubles. This was just the second time all season that DA did not head into singles with the lead. Despite singles wins from juniors James Shaheen and Priyan deSilva and their combined first doubles victory, DA could not get points from anywhere else in their lineup. The Chargers took the win 5-3 and advance to Saturday’s state finals. Shaheen (16-2 singles, 16-1 doubles) and deSilva (19-0 singles, 15-2 doubles) will continue to lead a team that has no seniors back into competition in 2018.
After Friday’s 17-5 home state quarterfinal win over St. Mary’s, the girls lacrosse team knew the task in front of them would be tough. They had to travel to Charlotte Latin for the state semisand compete against a team that had come to Durham in April and defeated DA in overtime. Much like the Hawks 15-14 win on April 7, this game proved to be a game of two evenly matched teams. Thanks to dominating the draw controls early, Latin jumped out to a five-goal lead. Trailing 9-4 at the half, the Cavs started to make a comeback, including three quick goals from senior Hannah Pope and two more from senior Madi Dunk to bring the score to 13- 12. After the Latin keeper made a big save to keep the Hawks in the lead, senior Lydia Carbuccia caused a turnover, picked up the loose ball and fed Dunk, who found ninth-grader Charlotte Easley in front of the goal for the game-tying score with just four minutes to go. While the Cavs would have one more good opportunity on offense, it was Latin who would score the game-winner with 3:05 remaining. Dunk led DA with four goals and three assists, while Pope added four goals and one assist.
The DA girls soccer team headed to Charlotte Latin on Tuesday looking to advance to the state finals for the first time since 2008. Each team had allowed only eight goals on the season as both were dominant throughout the year. While DA had the better of the play in the first 10 minutes, a goal by Latin in the 17th minute gave the Hawks a lead they would not relinquish. Latin scored late in the first half and early in the second half to extend their lead. The Hawks then added a late goal to make the final score 4-0.
The DA golf team competed Monday and Tuesday at Whispering Pines Country Club in the NCISAA 3A state championship. Led by All-State finisher Allen Smith, the Cavs placed fourth behind Ravenscroft, Cannon and Charlotte Latin. Smith finished eighth in the individual competition with a two-round score of +5. Ninth-grader Ethan Lukes was right behind him at +8 to finish 11th. Eighth-grader Jackson Brimfield carded a +13 to finish tied for 23rd place.
Like their tennis, soccer and girls lacrosse counterparts, the boys lacrosse team had their season come to an end in Charlotte. The seventh-seeded Cavs finished the year 9-8 as Providence Day took a 15-11 state-quarterfinal win on Friday. DA trailed for the majority of the game; each time they cut the Charger lead under three goals, PD had an answer. Junior Tyler Carpenter had four goals to lead DA, while sophomore Shaffer Woody, junior Drew Hantzmon and senior Houston Holland each scored twice.
Baseball & Softball
Both baseball and softball finished their seasons last week.
In next week’s Cavs Corner, we will list spring All-Conference and All-State honorees and recap Sunday night’s varsity spring athletic awards presentation.
Our spring awards ceremony will be this Sunday at 6 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. All spring sport varsity athletes and their families are invited.
Looking ahead to 2017-2018, all starting dates for fall 2017 teams are now posted online.
All fall schedules will be posted at www.da.org/teams by mid-June.
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.