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Cavs Corner: It's been a terrific year for DA athletics
Posted 05/25/2017 01:38PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics  

Welcome to the 35th and final Cavs Corner of the 2016-2017 school year. It has been a great year on and off the courts and fields for our student-athletes. This spring alone, five teams took conference championships and top-five finishes in their state tournaments. On Sunday night, we celebrated the accomplishments of our spring athletic teams and athletes at our annual spring athletics awards program. It’s amazing to listen to our passionate coaches talk about everything from All-Americans to pasta parties.

In this edition of Cavs Corner, we recap the final athletics event of the year, the 2017 NCISAA state track meet; announce our conference and state honorees; and take a final look at the accomplishments of our teams and student athletes.

Boys and Girls Track & Field
This year’s state track meet was held at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Fresh off their exciting conference championship the week before, the boys team entered states with hopes of individual and team golds. While neither occurred, there were some special performances of note.

Individually, senior Erik O’Luanaigh placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot put, while classmate Ben Womble was fourth in the long jump, fifth in the discus and eighth in the pole vault. Ninth-grader Mark Alkins continues to be a star in the making on the team, as he set a personal record by running 1:57.19 in the 800m race to finish third (missing first place by under half a second). In the distance races, Cavalier runners fared very well as DA placed four of the top nine runners in the 1600m race. This group included junior Ethan Goldman (fourth), and sophomores Neil Mosca (sixth), Nick Epstein (seventh) and Jack Anderson (ninth). Mosca also placed fourth in the 3200m race. The two relay teams that won at the TISAC meet also scored points for the Cavs in the state meet. The 4x100 team of juniors Wilson Hansen and Dylan Peter and seniors Bailey Horgan and Ben Womble placed sixth. The 4x400 team of Hansen, Alkins, senior Nijel Hunt and junior Josh Klein broke the school record to finish second, just .007 of a second behind the race winner. 

Junior Virginia Capehart had a standout weekend for the girls team at the state meet. Capehart took third place in the 400m race and fourth in the 200m race. These two top finishes combined for 11 of the Cavaliers total of 14 team points, placing the team 14th in the competition. The other three points came from a sixth-place finish in the 4x800m relay. This team comprised senior Katie Concannon, and juniors Serafina Turner, Cami Simpson and Lauren Harpole. 

Eleven spring varsity athletes were selected NCISAA all-state, and many earned all-conference honors.  The following students are award winners:

  • Baseball – TISAC All-Conference: Michael Jaffe, Matt Wills (honorable mention)
  • Softball – TISAC All-Conference: Julie Wechsler
  • Tennis – NCISAA All-State: James Shaheen, Priyan de Silva
  • Tennis – TISAC All-Conference: Shaheen (Player of the Year), de Silva, Kenan Ulku-Steiner, Alexander Brandt
  • Boys lacrosse – NCISAA All-State: Tyler Carpenter, Shaffer Woody
  • Boys lacrosse – TISAC All-Conference: Carpenter (Player of the Year), Woody, Houston Holland
  • Girls lacrosse – NCISAA All-State: Madi Dunk, Hannah Pope, Charlotte Easley, Anna West
  • Girls lacrosse – TISAC All-Conference: Dunk (Player of the year), Pope, Easley, West, Lydia Carbuccia, Haley Leversedge
  • Soccer – NCISAA All-State: Kendall Bushick, Jaya Perentis 
  • Soccer – TISAC All-Conference: Bushick, Perentis, Olivia Postel, Austen Dellinger, Sylvia Soler (Honorable Mention).
  • Golf – NCISAA All-State: Allen Smith
  • Golf – TISAC All-Conference: Smith, Ethan Lukes, Jackson Brimfield

Additional Award Winners
Seniors Hannah Pope and Madi Dunk, as well as junior Tyler Carpenter were named All-Americans by U.S. Lacrosse. Pope and Dunk were also named Academic All-Americans. 

Dunk won the Durham Sports Club Bob Bickel Award, given to Durham County’s most outstanding lacrosse player. This is the first time the award has been given to a female player.

Kendall Bushick and Jaya Perentis were named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) all-state team. They were joined by Olivia Postel on the all-region team. Coach Susan Ellis was named the region and state high school soccer coach of the year.

Spring Awards Ceremony
In addition to team awards being presented at Sunday night’s ceremony, the TISAC Sportsmanship and Kurt Meyer Senior Athlete Awards were also presented. These awards are voted on by our varsity coaches. Julie Wechsler and Caleb Vanderburg were awarded the TISAC Sportsmanship Awards. Julie played volleyball and softball, while Caleb was on both the basketball and lacrosse teams.

Our Kurt Meyer male winner was Matt Tucker. Matt was a standout soccer player and also a key member of our track team. Two teammates won the female Kurt Meyer Award. Madi Dunk, an all-state golfer, All-American lacrosse player and a member of our swim team, shared the award with Hannah Pope. Pope was also an All-American lacrosse player and an all-state field hockey player. 

Athletic Department Achievements
Thanks to our remarkably successful spring seasons, DA was awarded the TISAC Prestige Cup for excellence in boys sports. A separate tally is kept for boys and girls sports, with schools receiving points based on their final conference standings in each sport. This year, our cross country, basketball, track, tennis and boys lacrosse teams took conference titles. In the Wells Fargo Cup, a statewide competition with schools earning points based on their final state finish in each sport, the Cavs finished seventh in 3A.

Final Thank Yous
I want to thank the following spring sports managers and parents who provided me with information during games so that I could tweet updates. I really appreciate your willingness and help so that I can bring our community timely results!

  • Baseball: student managers Maggie Dirschl and Audrey Monson
  • Softball: student manager Olivia Hall
  • Girls Lacrosse: Parents Erik and Andrea Dunk, Todd and Lori Pope
  • Boys lacrosse: Student manager Chan Cashin and parent Marel Woody
  • Boys tennis: Team members Chris Walsh and Charlie Wilson
  • Girls soccer: Student managers Lizzie Kerman and Ellen Cochran

Spring Sports Slideshow

We hope you enjoy this slideshow that was presented at the end of Sunday night’s Awards ceremony.

Important Announcements
Looking ahead to 2017-2018, all starting dates for fall 2017 teams are now posted on the athletics section of the DA website.

All fall schedules will be posted on the website by mid-June.

We hope you enjoyed our enhanced coverage of Durham Academy athletics in 2016-2017. We hope to continue to provide you with the most up-to-date and in-depth coverage when the fall sports roll around in August. Thank you for your support of DA Athletics!



As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: Schedules and Results

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 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.
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