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Parents Bulletin Board

Cavs Corner: Teams jockeying for state tourney seeding
Posted 04/19/2018 04:45PM

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
Twitter: @daathletics
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With just three weeks left in the regular season, our nine varsity teams are jockeying for state tournament positioning. We hope you can all come out this afternoon and cheer on the Cavs at the annual Spring Fling presented by the Parents Athletic Committee.  

Our teams are having great success this spring. The boys tennis, boys lacrosse, girls soccer and girls lacrosse teams are all ranked in the News & Observer polls, and the boys golf team took home a big trophy Wednesday as winners of the Durham Invitational at Treyburn Country Club.  The girls soccer team celebrated a milestone when senior Kendall Bushick notched her 100th career goal. Other highlights of the last week include the baseball team’s eight-run comeback to defeat Cary Academy and the tennis team’s 5-4 win over defending state champion Charlotte Country Day. 

Girls Lacrosse

The girls lacrosse team, ranked 13th in the latest News&Observer poll, went 1-1 this week. They traveled to Charlotte on April 12 and fell 17-6 to Charlotte Latin before beating Cary Academy 10-3 at home Tuesday. The Hawks, one of the favorites to take the state championship, were as good as advertised in taking the 11-goal win. Sophomores Caroline Sapir and Charlotte Easley, as well as junior Anna West, each had two goals in the defeat.  Sophomore Ella Virkler finished with 12 saves. In Tuesday’s TISAC win over the Chargers, Virkler was spectacular in goal, making 10 saves — passing the 100-save mark on the season — and only allowing three goals. The game was extremely tight in the first half before DA went on a five-goal run spanning both halves to open up a 7-2 lead. West, Easley and eighth-grader Brooke Epstein all scored three times, while ninth-grader Rebecca Urato tallied a goal. The girls lacrosse team is now 5-5 overall and 3-0 in TISAC play and will face St. David’s at 6:15 today.

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team is on a roll, having run off five consecutive victories to improve to 8-3 on the year. The Cavs have been rewarded for their strong play of late by moving up to No. 10 in the N&O rankings and fourth in the rankings. Coach Jon Lantzy’s team had two 13-goal victories in the past week, defeating both North Raleigh Christian and Chapel Hill High. In Thursday’s win over the Knights, DA led 8-1 after one period and 12-3 at halftime. Senior Tyler Carpenter and junior Spencer Sapir each had four goals and two assists on the day. Senior Ben Easley chipped in three goals and two assists in the victory. On Tuesday, Carpenter got things going early with a goal just 13 seconds into the game against the Tigers. In fact, the Cavs scored the first 15 goals of the game en route to a 16-3 win. Junior Shaffer Woody was an assist machine, racking up seven assists to go along with one goal. Easley led DA with five goals, while junior Dan Clifford added four goals and an assist. DA will be at St. David’s at 4:30 this afternoon.

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis team, still ranked fourth by the N&O, had one of its biggest regular season wins in years on Friday with a takedown of the defending state champions and previously unbeaten Charlotte Country Day 5-4 in Charlotte. The Bucs, winners of 28 straight matches, had lost just 12 individual matches during their two-year streak. The Cavs struck early by taking doubles wins on courts two (seniors Priyan de Silva and Alexander Brandt) and three (senior Jack McCallie and junior Dylan Jones). In singles play, senior James Shaheen on court one and his younger brother, ninth-grader Joey Shaheen, on court six put DA on the brink of victory before the Bucs ran off wins on courts three, four and five to even the team match at 4-4. The overall victor was decided on court two, where de Silva and Bucs sophomore Bennett Turner were fighting neck-and-neck. Up one set but trailing 2-5 in the second set, de Silva rallied for the 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory, sending Sean Bilsborrow’s team to a happy bus ride back to Durham. On Tuesday, the Cavs extended their win streak to six with a 9-0 shutout over North Raleigh Christian. James Shaheen, de Silva, Brandt and senior Kenan Ulku-Steiner all won both their singles and doubles matches. The Cavs will host conference rival Cary Academy at 3 p.m. today, hoping to improve to 13-2 on the season. 

Girls Soccer

The No. 10-ranked girls soccer team lost for the first time this season when North Raleigh Christian handed the Cavs a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday evening. Despite having the majority of the shots on goal, DA fell behind 2-0 and could only muster a goal by senior Erin Dilweg with just 10 minutes to go. The loss drops DA to 8-1-0 on the season. Even with the TISAC loss, the girls soccer team continues to have an impressive start to the season. The team celebrated a milestone for one of their leaders last Friday. Senior Kendall Bushick became just the second Cavaliers girls soccer player to score 100 goals when she netted three in the 5-1 win over Saint Mary’s on Friday afternoon. She joins former Gatorade National Player of the Year Mollie Pathman (125 goals) as the only two DA soccer players to achieve this milestone. Dilweg had the other two goals in the victory Friday. Coach Susan Ellis’ team hosts Cary Academy at 3:30 this afternoon on Moylan Field.


The baseball team went 2-1 over the last week to improve their record to 7-9 heading into today’s road matchup at Cary Academy. The highlight of the week was Tuesday’s 9-8 win over Cary Academy, in which the Cavs trailed 8-0 midway through the game. An incredible nine-run rally, including a seven-run sixth inning, fueled a big TISAC victory. Senior Ian Layzer had three hits and two RBIs, and drove home the winning run on this play in the bottom of the seventh.

Ninth-grader Scott West was the catalyst for the seven-run sixth inning. He led off getting hit by a pitch and came around to score on a Colin MacKay single. The Cavs batted around and with two outs, West drove in two runs with a long double to center field to tie the game. The win followed Monday’s 9-7 non-conference victory over St. Thomas More of Raleigh. Sophomore Brandon Caveney struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings, and junior Michael Jaffe came in to the game in relief to close out the win. Jaffe was 3-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. After the Chancellors went up 3-1 in the second, DA immediately answered with five runs of their own as Jaffe doubled home two runs. While St. Thomas More tied the game in the fifth, DA broke the tie with three runs in the last of the sixth. Senior Matt Willis drove home two runs with a double. 

Track and Field

Both boys and girls track and field teams finished second in the April 12 tri-meet with Wesleyan Christian and North Raleigh Christian at the home of the Knights. The boys team finished with 56 points, behind NRCA’s 94 and in front of Wesleyan’s 24. Three Cavaliers won events, led by junior Donovan Herndon’s win in the 200m. Senior Ethan Goldman took first in the 1600m, while sophomore Mark Alkins won the 800m event.

On the girls side, the Cavs were nipped by NRCA 82-71, while Wesleyan finished third with 10 points. A pair of DA seniors won two events each. Virginia Capehart won the 100m and 200m races, while Ava Pacchiana took first in both hurdles events. Sophomore Camille Capehart (400m) and junior Katie Kim (triple jump) also won individual events. The DA 4x400 relay team of seniors Lauren Harpole, Callie Pierce, Serafina Turner and sophomore Capehart took first in that event. Both track teams are away today at a dual meet vs. Cary Academy. 


The softball team is still in search of its first win after Tuesday’s 14-3 loss at North Raleigh Christian. Despite getting on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the first inning, the Cavs could not keep the Knights off the base paths all afternoon. Junior Ellen Cochran and eighth-grader Kaitlyn Kushner continue to lead the Cavaliers offense; both are batting .417. Kushner and sophomore Cristina Pastor-Valverde have the team lead in RBIs with two apiece.  Sophomore Emily Donaldson has done the majority of pitching for the team and has 12 strikeouts on the season. Coach Heidi Kearnan’s crew will host Cary Academy this afternoon at 3:30.

Boys Golf

Greg Murray’s golf team won the Durham Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at Treyburn Country Club. This is the team’s fifth straight championship in an event that includes all of the schools in Durham County. Sophomore Ethan Lukes and ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield each shot a 73 to earn co-medalist honors. Junior Will Pruthi was right behind them with a 74, and senior Gus Lascola completed the scoring with an 83. The Cavs beat out second-place Northern Durham, third-place Jordan and fourth-place Science and Math. Next up will be Tuesday’s home matchup with defending state champions Ravenscroft.   

Middle School Munchkins & Varsity Stars

Our popular “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” series returns for a third-straight week as members of the Middle School Durham Academy Sports Network club get an opportunity to interview varsity athletes. In this final episode of the season, seniors James Shaheen (tennis), Kendall Bushick (soccer) and Tyler Carpenter (boys lacrosse) answer questions posed to them by our Middle School students.

Mark your Calendars!

In addition to today’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: 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.


Parent Events
  • February 2019
    • ThuFeb28 Parents Council Nominations Close
  • March 2019
    • ThuMar21 Parents Council Meeting 8:15 AMMiddle School Board Room
    • MonMar25 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
  • April 2019
    • SatApr06 Benefit Auction 6:30 PM
    • WedApr24 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
  • May 2019
    • WedMay22 Parents Council Luncheon and Meeting Brumley Performing Arts Building (Lower School)
    • FriMay24 CavClassifieds Ad Deadline
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