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 move into mid-April, our nine varsity teams will be jockeying for state tournament seeding position and competing for conference titles. Four DA teams continue to be included in the News & Observer area rankings. Highlights of the past week include milestone victories for two tennis seniors, a major win for the boys lacrosse team, a dominant pitching performance by senior Matt Willis of the baseball team, and two more shutout wins from our undefeated girls soccer team.
As we look back at last week in varsity athletics, I want to encourage the entire DA community to look forward to next Thursday’s Spring Fling hosted by the Parents Athletics Committee. Food, drinks and Kona Ice will be for sale at the Upper School fields, so please come on out and support our boys tennis, girls soccer, softball and girls lacrosse teams. Games start as early as 3 p.m.!
Boys and Girls Track and Field
The track teams visited Ravenscroft last Thursday for a tri-meet with the host Ravens and Coastal Christian High School of Wilmington. The varsity boys continued their unbeaten run as they took first in their fourth consecutive meet, while the girls finished second behind Ravenscroft. On the boys side, senior Wilson Hansen won both the 100m and 200m races, something he has accomplished in all four meets this year; Hansen also ran on the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. Junior Donovan Herndon finished second in in the 100m and 200m races and joined Hansen on the winning 4x200 team while placing first as a member of the 4x100 team. Sophomore Mark Alkins (400m) and senior captain Josh Klein (800m) also won their individual events. Both Alkins and Klein took home first-place finishes with the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. Senior Dylan Peter also was a double-winner as he competed on the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
On the girls side, despite a second-place team finish, there were a lot of strong individual performances, highlighted by the running of the Capehart sisters. Senior Virginia Capehart won the 400m race and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team. Her younger sister, sophomore Camille, won the 200m event and was a member of the winning 4x100 relay team. The track teams are back on the road at North Raleigh Christian Academy this afternoon.
The girls soccer team has been on a roll to start the season as they improved to 7-0 with Tuesday’s 7-0 shutout win over Cary Christian, last year’s NCISAA 2A state champion. That is the third consecutive shutout for the Cavs, who have outscored their opponents 45-3 so far this season. Leading the way on the scoring chart is senior Kendall Bushick, who has 20 goals on the year. Bushick had a hat trick on Tuesday while fellow senior Erin Dilweg added two goals. Sophomores Isabella Strauss and Victoria Lawton scored as well.
In Friday’s 8-0 road win at Wake Christian, Bushick (three goals) and Dilweg (two goals) led the way while individual goals were scored by senior Austen Dellinger, senior Gwen Caudle and ninth-grader Jaden Simpson. The Cavs, now ranked No. 12 by the News & Observer, and top-ranked Leesville Road High School are the only remaining unbeaten and untied teams in the area. Next up will be Friday’s 4:30 p.m. home game vs. St. Mary’s School before heading to Raleigh on Tuesday to battle No. 19-ranked North Raleigh Christian.
Another DA team moving up the N&O rankings is boys lacrosse, which is now No. 10 after a 15-0 road win Tuesday at Cary Academy. The Cavs also moved up to No. 4 in the trianglelax.com area rankings. The win over the Chargers marked the third straight win for DA and the first career shutout for goalie John Donovan, a ninth-grader. Seniors Drew Hantzmon and Ben Easley each scored four times, while juniors Dan Clifford and Shaffer Woody and ninth-grader Gavin Schulz each added two goals. Ninth-grader Blake Smith scored his first career goal as well. Senior Tyler Carpenter dished out five assists.
On Friday, the Cavs took down longtime nemesis Charlotte Country Day 11-10 in a win that will significantly bolster DA’s state tournament seed in May’s playoffs. Despite a six-goal second-half lead, the Cavs had to hang on late for the victory. Easley led the way with three goals while Carpenter, Clifford and senior Drew Hantzmon had two. The boys go for their fourth straight win today as they host North Raleigh Christian at 4:30 p.m.
The golf team won its lone match of the week, a 298-319 victory over North Raleigh Christian on Tuesday. The match was an 18-hole event at Hope Valley Country Club. Leading the way for the Cavs was ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield, who shot a 70. Sophomore Ethan Lukes was right behind with a 73. Senior Will Pruthi’s 77 and eighth-grader William Biersach’s 78 rounded out the top four for the Cavs. Next up for Greg Murray’s squad will be Wednesday’s Durham High School Invitational hosted by Treyburn Country Club.
The softball team played its most exciting game of the year on April 5, dropping a tight back-and-forth game to Ravenscroft 7-5. The Cavs rallied from 5-0 down to tie the game at five with four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but the Ravens were able to bring across two runs in the seventh to earn the win. DA received two hits from junior Ellen Cochran and one hit apiece from senior Nicole Riepl and sophomores Cristina Pastor-Valverde, Ellie McGhee and Emily Donaldson. Sophomore Finn May scored two runs in the close loss. The Cavs then had to play two of the more talented teams in the state in Wake Christian Academy and Wesleyan Christian Academy, both undefeated on the year. In Friday’s 14-1 road loss at Wake Christian, the Cavs were limited to just two hits — by Donaldson and eighth-grader Kaitlyn Kushner. Donaldson, who pitched a complete game, drove in DA’s only run with a fourth-inning RBI to bring home Pastor-Valverde. In Tuesday’s 15-0 loss at home to the Trojans, the Cavs could only muster a McGhee single in the run-rule shortened game. Next up for the Cavs will be Friday’s road game at Saint Mary’s.
This past week, the baseball team has gone from one of the highs of the season — a 9-0 shutout win over Ravenscroft on April 5 — to one of the lows — a 13-3 home loss to Wake Christian on Tuesday. Thursday’s win over the Ravens was keyed by a brilliant pitching performance by senior Matt Willis. Willis delivered a four-hit shutout and needed just 61 pitches to do it. Willis also helped himself at the plate with a hit and two RBIs while junior Michael Jaffe was 3-4 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored. Senior David Klein and sophomore Brandon Caveney added two hits apiece.
Willis was back on the mound Tuesday against Wake Christian Academy hoping for a repeat performance. Unfortunately, four errors doomed the Cavs, and the Bulldogs scored six unearned runs against Willis in the first four innings. The DA bats that produced three runs in the first three innings went cold in the fourth through seventh. Willis had two RBIs, one on an RBI-double in the first and another on a sacrifice fly in the third. Senior Ian Layzer drove in the other Cavaliers run with an RBI-triple, but DA managed just five total hits in the loss. The Cavs head to Raleigh today to battle the Bulldogs again with an opportunity to earn a series split. Coach Tyrone Gould’s team will have three games next week: a Monday non-conference home game with St. Thomas More before two games vs. Cary Academy.
The girls lacrosse team is No. 15 in the latest N&O poll and will be back in action this afternoon at Charlotte Latin School, the team that knocked them out of last year’s state tournament. The Hawks lost a tight one-goal game to defending state champs Charlotte Country Day and have a two-goal win over Ravenscroft. The Cavs, who are 4-4 on the year, have not played since their three-goal defeat at East Chapel Hill on April 3.
The No. 4-ranked boys tennis team won three matches in the last week, taking down Wake Christian, Cary Christian and Carrboro High all by matching 9-0 scores.
In Friday’s win over the Bulldogs, two Cavaliers reached their milestone 100th career victories. What made the feat even more special is that seniors Kenan Ulku-Steiner and James Shaheen reached that milestone together, playing first doubles. Ulku-Steiner and Shaheen won 8-0 and became the sixth and seventh members of the DA 100-win club. Current assistant coach Parker Preyer ’07, another member of this exclusive club, was on hand to witness the milestone. A video of the final point of their big win is below.
Facing the Bulldogs, ninth-graders Jackson Zobrist, Jack Preble and Frank Borden, and sophomores Will Nichols and Jack Linger all won their first matches of the year. In the 9-0 win vs. Cary Christian, the Cavs used straight set wins at all positions except on court three, where senior Alexander Brandt fought off two match points to win an 11-9 third set tiebreak. Just 24 hours following the win over the Knights, DA delivered another 9-0 sweep, this time over Carrboro High, a team previously undefeated and ranked No. 17. The Cavs cruised through doubles play, losing just four total games, and then received straight set wins by both Shaheen boys (James and Joey), Ulku-Steiner, seniors Priyan de Silva and Jack McCallie and junior Sheridan Kum. The Cavs travel to Charlotte to face another undefeated team, Charlotte Country Day, on Friday.
‘Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars’
Our popular “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” series is back with members of the Middle School Durham Academy Sports Network interviewing varsity athletes. In today’s episode, seniors Josh Klein (boys track), Leah Granger (girls track) and Gus Lascola (boys golf) answer questions from our Middle Schoolers.
Mark your calendars!
In addition to next Thursday’s Spring Fling, the Parents Athletic Committee will host another “Breakfast of Champions” on Wednesday, April 25, in the Learning Commons on the Upper School campus. Breakfast will be provided starting at 7:15 a.m. with the program to follow at 7:30 a.m. The theme of the breakfast will be “I Wish I Knew” with local collegiate student-athletes in attendance to talk to 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.