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
Tuesday was one of our busiest varsity sports days of the year, as seven of our teams were in action coming off of the four-day weekend. All of our teams are now in the heart of their seasons and getting into conference play. Four teams (boys tennis, girls soccer, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse) continue to be included in the News & Observer’s area rankings. This past week’s highlights include the boys golf team’s third-place finish in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship in Myrtle Beach and senior Kendall Bushick’s six-goal performance in the Cavs’ soccer win over Northern (Durham) High School.
In addition to recaps of recent action in DA athletics, this week’s Cavs Corner includes the first spring installment of our popular “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” video series.
The boys tennis team moved up to fourth in the latest N&O rankings, making this the highest ranking any DA team has ever had in the short time that the local newspaper has published these rankings. The boys bounced back from a tough loss in Greensboro last week to defeat conference rivals Cary Academy 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The win, their 16th Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference victory in a row, gives the Cavs a 7–2 overall record and 2–0 record in conference play. DA swept the three doubles matches with wins by seniors James Shaheen and Kenan Ulku-Steiner on court 1, senior Priyan de Silva with junior Sheridan Kum on court 2, and seniors Alexander Brandt and Jack McCallie on court 3. Shaheen, de Silva, Brandt, Ulku-Steiner and junior Pierce Jenkins all won in straight sets in singles play. Shaheen and Ulku-Steiner both sit at 99 career wins as Cavaliers and together can reach the 100-win milestone on Friday when they will play first doubles vs. Wake Christian.
The No. 13-ranked girls soccer team is on a roll after starting the season with five wins and outscoring their opponents 30-3. On Tuesday, the Cavs defeated conference rival Cary Academy 5-0 behind two goals from senior Erin Dilweg and single goals from senior Kendall Bushick, ninth-grader Emilie Meredith and eighth-grader Kennedy Yon. Bushick had one of the greatest individual performances in school history on March 29, tallying six goals in the 9-1 win vs. Northern High on Moylan Field. Also scoring in the win were Dilweg, senior Gwen Caudle and sophomore Isabella Strauss. Coach Susan Ellis’ team is at Wake Christian Academy on Friday, and then will battle last year’s N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A state champion Cary Christian Academy on the road Tuesday.
The boys golf team had a great showing in Myrtle Beach last weekend, placing third in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship. The 603 total score shot by the Cavs was just behind event winners Boiling Springs High School (South Carolina) and runner-up Frederica Academy (Georgia). Individually, ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield placed ninth, sophomore Ethan Lukes was 16th, senior Gus Lascola placed 20th and junior Will Pruthi was 28th. Coach Greg Murray’s team was right back on the course Tuesday, facing off against defending state champs Ravenscroft School at Carolina Country Club. While the Cavs came up seven strokes short (299-306), their results of the past week have given them confidence heading into the rest of their season. Lukes and Lascola each scored a 72 to lead the Cavs, while Brimfield (79) and Pruthi (83) were right behind. DA hosts North Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.
The No. 12-ranked boys lacrosse team continued a string of playing some of the nation’s top lacrosse programs when they traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to battle St. Christopher’s School on March 29. Just 24 hours after scoring 23 goals vs. Greensboro Day, the Cavs could only muster two goals against a strong Saints defense. Junior Shaffer Woody scored in the first half, and the Cavs went to the halftime break trailing 2-1. St. Christopher’s limited DA to one goal — from junior Dan Clifford — in the second half of the 8-2 defeat. The lacrosse team entered TISAC play on Tuesday against rivals from Ravenscroft. Led by a strong defensive performance and 11 saves in goal from ninth-grader John Donovan, the Cavaliers defeated the Ravens 7-5. In the first half, DA saw the Ravens rally twice from two-goal deficits to go into halftime tied at 4-4. Senior Tyler Carpenter made two beautiful individual plays in the third quarter to put DA back up by two, and the Cavs were able to kill off two man-down situations in the final period to hang on for the win. Senior Ben Easley also scored twice, while senior Drew Hantzmon, Woody and Clifford each added goals. The 4-3 Cavs, ranked fourth in the area by Trianglelax.com, welcome 7-3 Charlotte Country Day to Durham on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. showdown.
The 4-4 girls lacrosse team, ranked No. 14 by the N&O, lost twice in the last week to out-of-conference foes. On March 29, the Cavs hosted Virginia Episcopal School from Lynchburg, Virginia. The Fighting Bishops came out on fire and immediately took a 4-1 lead on Alumni Field. Sophomore Charlotte Easley’s three goals and junior Anna West’s two accounted for all of the Cavaliers scoring in the 12-5 loss. Sophomore Ella Virkler was stellar in net, making 15 saves. On Tuesday night, Debbie Rebosa’s team traveled to East Chapel Hill to battle the No. 12-ranked ranked Wildcats. Trailing 7-5 at the half, the Cavaliers could not come all the way back and fell to East 15-12. Easley led DA with six goals and one assist, while West scored three times and dished out three assists. Sophomore Caroline Sapir chipped in with two goals and one assist, while junior Haley Leversedge scored a goal. Virkler had nine saves in goal. The girls are off for a week before heading to Charlotte on April 12 to battle Charlotte Latin School, the team that knocked them out last year’s state tournament.
Tyrone Gould’s 4-7 baseball team lost Tuesday’s conference opener 5-4 at Ravenscroft, as the Cavs were limited to just six hits in the game. The Ravens took a 1-0 lead in the second before a three-run third put DA up 3-1. The big inning started with a walk from junior Michael Jaffe, followed by a single from senior Ian Layzer. Jaffe stole third and scored on a walkout from senior Matt Willis. After senior Ted Middleton reached first on an error, another error on a pickoff play scored Layzer and moved Middleton to second. Back-to-back singles by the Klein brothers (sophomore Benny and senior David) brought in Middleton. The Ravens answered with three in the bottom of the third and a run in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. DA scored a run in the fifth as Middleton doubled to lead off, advanced to third on a Benny Klein groundout and scored on a passed ball. However, the Ravens retired the final eight DA batters to hold on for the win.
On March 29, the baseball team traveled to Kinston to battle Arendell Parrott Academy, a team that came into the game having pitched three straight no-hitters. Senior Matt Willis pitched five strong innings, and the Cavs used two runs in the fourth to break open a tied game. Six different Cavaliers recorded hits, led by a big fourth inning double by senior David Klein and RBIs by junior Ali Fahim and senior Cam Brown, for a 5-2 victory. The Cavs host Ravenscroft today and Gaston Christian at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track and field teams head to Raleigh today to battle Ravenscroft and Coastal Christian High School from Wilmington. In last week’s quad meet win over St. David’s, Trinity School and Carolina Friends School, the boys were led by seniors Wilson Hansen and Dylan Peter, along with ninth-grader Taffy Fernando’s two wins each. Hansen took individual victories in the 100m and 200m races, while Fernando came in first in the 400m and then was part of the winning 4x400m relay team along with Peter, sophomore Sebi Lascola and ninth-grader Henry Leasure. Peter also took part in the winning 4x100m team with sophomore Ryan Kirschner, junior Jack Knoll and junior Donovan Herndon. Also winning events for the boys were ninth-graders Ryan Norris (300m hurdles), ninth-grader Cole Sinclair (high jump), and senior Osezele Okoruwa (shot put). Herndon added two seconds in the 100m and 200m races, while ninth-grader Lukas Dannull placed second in the high jump, triple jump and 300m hurdles.
On the girls side, seniors Virginia Capehart, Ava Pacchiana and Serafina Turner each had two individual wins to lead the Cavs to a first-place finish vs. the Quakers, Lions and Warriors. Capehart captured first in the 100m and 400m races; Pacchiana was first in both hurdles events; and Turner won the 800m and the discus. Also capturing individual wins for DA were ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson (1600m) and junior Katie Kim (long jump). The Cavs swept the three relays, as the 4x100 team of ninth-grader Sarah Julius, sophomore Camille Capehart, juniors Bella Kim and Katie Kim; the 4x200 team of junior Katie Cunneen, senior Cami Simpson and ninth-graders Maggie Chambliss and Emma Larson; and the 4x400 team of seniors Lauren Harpole, Callie Pierce and Zoe Boggs and junior Bella Kim took wins.
The DA softball team is still looking for its first win after Tuesday’s 18-6 loss at Cary Academy. Through three games, eighth-grader Kaitlyn Kushner leads the Cavs with a .667 batting average, four hits, two runs and two RBIs. Junior Ellen Cochran is right behind her with a .500 average, three hits, two doubles and a run scored. Senior captain Nicole Riepl is batting .333. Sophomore catcher Cristina Pastor-Valverde has a run scored and an RBI. Heidi Kearnan’s team is home today against Ravenscroft and on the road Friday at Wake Christian.
‘Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars’
Our popular “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” video series is back, as members of the Middle School Durham Academy Sports Network club recently had an opportunity to interview varsity athletes. In today’s episode, seniors Nicole Riepl (softball), Lauren Thompson (girls lacrosse) and Ted Middleton (baseball) answer questions posed by our Middle Schoolers. We hope you enjoy!
Mark your calendars!
The Parents Athletic Committee would like to announce two upcoming events.
First, they will host the annual Spring Fling on the Upper School campus on Thursday, April 19. Come out and support the boys tennis, girls lacrosse, softball and girls soccer teams. There will be burgers, hot dogs, drinks and Kona Ice for sale.
The Parents Athletic Committee will host a “Breakfast of Champions” event on Wednesday, April 25, in the Learning Commons on the Upper School campus. Breakfast will be provided starting at 7:15 a.m. with a program to follow at 7:30. The theme of the breakfast will be “I Wish I Knew,” as local collegiate student-athletes will be in attendance to talk with our students about what they wish they knew when they were going through high school themselves. All DA students, teachers and coaches are invited to this worthwhile program.
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.