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
While Tuesday’s wet weather caused postponements for five of our six scheduled varsity events, our nine varsity teams are eyeing their final two weeks of the regular season. Last week’s Spring Fling event was a huge success thanks to the work of the Parents Athletic Committee, and four teams remain ranked in the News & Observer polls. In fact, DA is the only independent school in the area to have more than two teams currently ranked.
In this week’s Cavs Corner, we review the last week, which included another four-goal game for soccer senior Kendall Bushick, and a second-straight multi-run baseball comeback vs. Cary Academy. Friday night is a big night in DA athletics as five varsity teams will travel to Raleigh to battle Ravenscroft School — including both girls and boys lacrosse in matchups of conference leaders.
The 8-9 baseball team has a huge, two-game series against TISAC leader North Raleigh Christian Academy this week. With Tuesday’s postponement, the Cavs will play the Knights on back-to-back days to end the week, traveling to Raleigh this afternoon and hosting on Friday. DA still has a chance at a conference crown but can do so only with a sweep of the Knights and some help from other league teams.
The Cavs capped off their three-for-three week with a 12-7 eight-inning win over Cary Academy on April 19. Just two days after rallying to win from eight runs down, Coach Tyrone Gould’s team came back from a 5-1 deficit. Trailing by four runs in the third, DA tied the game on RBIs from seniors David Klein, Matt Willis and Cam Brown. Ninth-grader Scott West and senior Ian Layzer also brought home runs, and the Cavs had a 7-6 lead late in the game. The Chargers tied the game on a single with two outs in the seventh, but the Cavaliers bounced right back to score five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Klein had the game-winning RBI and was followed by run-scoring hits from West, Brown and sophomore Brandon Caveney. After this week’s NRCA series, the Cavs will host Pilot Mills on Tuesday in their regular-season finale.
Heidi Kearnan’s softball team took two tough home losses last week, falling at the hands of Cary Academy and St. Mary’s School. In Thursday’s 18-5 senior day loss to the Chargers, the Cavs found themselves in a 7-0 hole before their offense came alive. Sophomore Madeline Genova had a run scored and an RBI, while sophomore Cristina Pastor-Valverde scored twice in the game. On Friday, the Cavs were neck-and-neck with the Saints through the entire game. Once again, first inning runs put DA in the hole as St. Mary’s struck for three in the top of the first. Little by little, the Cavs made up the difference with one in the first, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Leading by a run in the seventh, the Cavs could not hold St. Mary’s off the scoreboard as the Saints rallied for three runs and the 6-4 win. Sophomore Emily Donaldson had a great day at the plate, going 4-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Senior Nicole Riepl and sophomore Ellie McGhee each had two hits, while Donaldson pitched a complete game, giving up zero earned runs and striking out five.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track and field teams were back on the Upper School track on Wednesday, hosting both Ravenscroft and St. Mary’s. We will have full results of this meet in next week’s Cavs Corner. This is the final regular-season meet before the conference meet at Cary Academy May 11–12. In last Thursday’s dual meet at Cary Academy, both the boys and girls teams fell to the host Chargers. On the boys side, Cary Academy defeated the Cavaliers 85-55 but not without some strong performances by Cavaliers seniors Dylan Peter (first place in both the high jump and long jump as well as second place in the 200m) and Osezele Okoruwa (first place in the shot put.) Also winning individual events for the Cavs were ninth-grader Taffy Fernando (400m) and Walker Benjamin (3200m), as well as junior Jack Petrucci (200m). On the girls side, seniors Ava Pacchiana (100m hurdles) and Virginia Caphart (200m) took first-place finishes in the Cavs’ 105-35 loss to the Chargers. Capehart also took second in the 100m race.
The boys golf team is holding steady at fourth place in the state team index. While Tuesday’s much-anticipated home battle with Ravenscroft was washed out, the Cavaliers are looking forward to Tuesday’s final home match vs. Cary Academy. Ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield leads the team and is fifth overall in the state in the individual rankings. Also appearing in the top 25 are sophomore Ethan Lukes (eighth) and senior Gus Lascola (23rd).
The boys lacrosse team can all but wrap up a Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference crown on Friday night at Ravenscroft. The 9-3 Cavs, winners of six in a row, have not lost to an in-state opponent since their season-opener against now 12-3 Christ School. Currently up to No. 6 in the N&O poll and No. 5 in the trianglelax.com poll, the Cavs head into Friday’s monster showdown coming off a 15-1 road win at St. David’s. Senior Tyler Carpenter led the Cavs with four goals and four ground balls, while junior Shaffer Woody added three goals and three assists. Senior Ben Easley and juniors Dan Clifford and Spencer Sapir each scored twice, while senior Jacob Harpe and junior Clayton Heard each chipped in one goal each. Ninth-grader John Donovan had two saves in goal. Three games remain in the regular season after Friday, including Monday’s home matchup vs. Cary Academy in a game that was rescheduled from Tuesday’s washout.
The No. 13-ranked girls lacrosse team will battle No. 3-ranked Ravenscroft on Friday in the first of two meetings with the Ravens this year. Neither the Cavs nor the Ravens has dropped a TISAC game this season, making Friday’s game pivotal for conference supremacy. Coach Debbie Rebosa’s team is 6-5 after a 16-7 home win over St. David’s on Thursday afternoon. Junior Anna West led all scorers with six goals and an assist, while sophomores Caroline Sapir and Charlotte Easley and eighth-grader Brooke Epstein all added two goals. Easley also dished out three assists. Also scoring goals in the win over the Warriors were juniors Haley Leversedge and Dianne Kim; sophomore Katie Hunter; and ninth-graders Rebecca Urato and Kathleen Donovan. Sophomore Ella Virkler and eighth-grader Mirella Kades split time in goal, with each picking up one save. Three games remain after Friday night’s battle in Raleigh, including a rematch with the Ravens at home on May 7.
The boys tennis team remains No. 4 in the N&O poll and is No. 5 in the nchighschooltennis.com “Best of the Best” poll, which ranks tennis teams from all classifications around the state. The Cavaliers took down second-place Cary Academy 8-1 on Thursday. The Chargers pushed the Cavs in doubles play, especially on court three, where senior Jack McCallie and ninth-grader Joey Shaheen had to rally for an 8-6 win. On the top courts, it was seniors Priyan de Silva and Alexander Brandt winning 8-4 on court one and James Shaheen teaming with Kenan Ulku-Steiner for an 8-1 win on court two. In singles play, Shaheen, de Silva, Brandt, McCallie and junior Sheridan Kum won in straight sets. Tuesday’s road matchup at Wake Christian Academy was washed out and will be made up at home on Monday.
The girls soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season with back-to-back shutouts over TISAC foes Cary Academy and Wake Christian. The 10-1-0 Cavaliers, ranked No. 17 by the N&O, defeated the Chargers 5-0 on Thursday afternoon, led by a hat trick from senior Kendall Bushick. Also scoring for the Cavs were seniors Austen Dellinger and Erin Dilweg. In Tuesday’s soggy 9-0 senior day home win over the Bulldogs, Bushick added four more goals, including this score — the first goal of the game.
The other three seniors all got in on the action as Dilweg scored twice, Dellinger added a goal and Gwen Caudle nearly put one in the back of the net early in the second half. Also scoring for DA were sophomores Victoria Lawton and Isabella Strauss. Dellinger and Dilweg scored less than a minute apart in the 53rd and 54th minutes to end the game at 9-0. The Cavs travel to Ravenscroft on Friday before visiting St. Mary’s and hosting NRCA in the final week of the regular season.
As always, thank you 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.