Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
As we head into our four-day holiday break, all of our varsity teams are well into their seasons and looking forward to the start of conference play. Four of our teams (boys tennis, girls soccer and boys and girls lacrosse) remain ranked in The News & Observer’s area rankings. Highlights of the past week include an opening-match win for the boys golf team and a 5-4 boys tennis victory over previously unbeaten Cardinal Gibbons High School.
The baseball team (3-6) went 1-2 this week with a split of games in Asheville and a Tuesday afternoon loss to Greensboro Day at home. On Friday, the Cavs played two five-inning games at Asheville School, the first against the host Blues and the second against Asheville Christian. In the opener, it was the strong pitching of senior Matt Willis and a seven-run third inning that led to an 11-4 victory over Asheville School. The Cavs had their first eight hitters reach in the third inning to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 7-3 lead. Sophomore Brandon Caveney was 3-3 in the win. In the nightcap, junior Michael Jaffe hit a two-run home run to give the Cavs an early 2-0 lead over the Lions. Asheville Christian scored one in the third and six in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead. DA answered with four in the fifth inning but fell one run short.
In Tuesday’s 11-7 loss to Greensboro Day, the Cavs struck early as a single by Jaffe and a triple by senior Ted Middleton led to a 2-0 Cavs lead after one inning. The Bengals scored seven straight runs before a bases-clearing triple from senior Ian Layzer brought the Cavs back to within 7-5. GDS added four runs in the seventh before the Cavs answered with an RBI groundout by senior David Klein and a RBI double from senior Cam Brown in the last of the seventh. The Cavs will be right back at it this afternoon at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston.
The girls lacrosse team (ranked No. 14 in the N&O poll) has won three in a row following Tuesday’s 21-7 win over Greensboro Day School on Alumni Field. The Cavs were led by five goals apiece from junior Anna West and sophomore Charlotte Easley. West also added four assists. Junior Haley Leversedge had three goals and three assists, while sophomore Caroline Sapir and eighth-grader Brooke Epstein each added two goals and three assists. In last Thursday’s 16-8 win at Cary Academy, West had a game-high six goals and three assists while Sapir and Easley each scored five goals. The Cavs will step out of conference play on Thursday as they host Virginia Episcopal School.
The girls soccer team remains undefeated at 3-0 following wins over both Ravenscroft School and Greensboro Day School this week. In Tuesday’s win in Greensboro, the Cavs were led by senior Kendall Bushick’s two goals and a late insurance goal from senior Austen Dellinger. The Cavs were 4-1 winners over Ravenscroft on March 22 on Moylan Field, as all five goals were scored in the second half. Bushick and fellow senior Erin Dilweg each scored twice for the DA squad (now No. 15 in the N&O poll). The girls will go into the long weekend with a 4:30 p.m. home game this afternoon against Northern (Durham) High School.
The golf team took its season-opening match on Tuesday with a 161-167, six-stroke victory over Cary Academy at Prestonwood Country Club. Sophomore captain Ethan Lukes was the medalist with a 36. Coach Greg Murray’s squad is in Myrtle Beach this weekend competing in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship event.
The softball team is 0-2 after a 12-2 road loss to Franklin Academy on Monday afternoon in Wake Forest. The Cavs were 2-2 with the Patriots until Franklin Academy scored twice in the fourth and eight times in the fifth. Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Kushner and junior Ellen Cochran had the lone hits for DA. The softball team is off until Tuesday’s conference opener at Cary Academy.
The seventh-ranked boys tennis team is sure to move up in the rankings after a 5-4 home win over fourth-ranked and previously unbeaten Cardinal Gibbons on Monday. Utilizing new doubles pairings, the Cavs earned a sweep of all three courts to take a 3-0 lead on the Crusaders. Splitting up All-State seniors James Shaheen and Priyan de Silva proved to be a big factor, as Shaheen and senior Kenan Ulku Steiner on court 1 and de Silva and senior Jack McCallie on court 2 each won 8-4. Senior Alexander Brandt and junior Sheridan Kum took a tough 8-5 win on court 3. The Cavs took a three-set comeback win from junior Pierce Jenkins on court 6 (4-6, 7-6, 10-8) and a 7-5, 6-4 win from de Silva on court two to earn the team win.
Not 24 hours later, the Cavs were back on the court as they traveled to Greensboro Day to battle the team that has given DA its only loss this season. Unfortunately, for the Cavs, it was another loss to Greensboro Day in a tight match that featured the Bengals winning three third-set tiebreakers in singles. Only the first doubles team of Shaheen/Ulku-Steiner and Shaheen at first singles could muster wins for the Cavs, although de Silva (11-9), Ulku-Steiner (10-8) and McCallie (11-9) all had match points in their third-set losses.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track and field team hosted Cary Academy and Wake Christian Academy on March 22 in a three-team meet. The boys team came away victorious with 86.5 points, outscoring the second-place Chargers (58.5) and third-place Bulldogs (13). Senior Wilson Hansen continued his strong senior year with victories in the 100m, 200m and 4x200 relay. Sophomore Mark Alkins took first in the 800m, while senior Dylan Peter won the long jump event. Ninth-grader Lukas Dannull won both the high jump and triple jump. Junior Jack Petrucci was first in the 110m hurdles.
On the girls side, the Cavaliers ladies finished second (61.5 points), behind Cary Academy’s 92 and in front of Wake Christian’s 9.5. Senior Ava Pacchiana won two individual events, taking first in both hurdles races (100m and 300m). Also taking individual event wins were senior Virginia Capehart (800m) and ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson (1600m). Results from Wednesday’s meet vs. Carolina Friends, Trinity and St. David’s will appear in next week’s Cavs Corner.
Finally, the boys lacrosse team, ranked No. 12 by the N&O, continued a tough non-conference schedule, hosting national power Georgetown Prep of Maryland. The Hoyas, one of the best teams in the strong Interstate Athletic Conference — comprising private schools in Washington D.C., area — scored the first three goals before the Cavs could get on the board. Despite a 15-10 loss, Coach Jon Lantzy’s team should feel good about another strong outing against a team with multiple future Division I players. Junior Spencer Sapir led the Cavs with four goals, while senior Tyler Carpenter added three goals and two assists.
In yesterday’s 23-13 home win over Greensboro Day, the Cavs jumped all over the Bengals early on, leading 8-3 after one period and 16-5 at halftime. Carpenter scored five of his team-leading six goals in the opening half. Junior Shaffer Woody scored all five of his goals before the break — including a highlight reel behind-the-back score, which put the Cavs up 16-3. Also scoring multiple goals for DA were senior Benson Easley (4), junior captain Dan Clifford (3) and Sapir (3). The boys are right back at it this afternoon, traveling to Richmond, Virginia, to battle St. Christopher’s School with a 4:30 p.m. start time. The game will be streamed live.
As always, thank you as always for your support of DA 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.