Parents Association & Parents Council
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Parents Bulletin Board
It’s tournament time for our spring varsity sports teams! Our track and field teams will compete in the conference meet this weekend in Cary, and our boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and girls soccer teams will be in the state quarterfinal round, looking to advance to their respective final fours. The boys golf team will compete in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament in Pinehurst on Monday and Tuesday.
So far, our team accolades have been impressive, with four teams garnering conference titles and two more placing second. DA is one of just five area schools (Green Hope, Cardinal Gibbons, Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill and Broughton) to have as many as four teams ranked in the News & Observer’s top 15. In fact, no other independent school has more than two teams ranked in the top 15. We hope that you can come out and support the Cavs on Friday in three state quarterfinal contests. Tennis hosts Cannon at 4:45 p.m., boys lacrosse hosts Charlotte Latin at 5 p.m. and girls lacrosse hosts Saint Mary’s at 5:15 p.m.
The boys lacrosse team has won 10 games in a row following a 15-5 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy in the regular season finale Tuesday. The Cavs, ranked No. 6 in the latest N&O poll and No. 4 in the trianglelax.com poll, enter the NCISAA tournament as the No. 3 seed and will host Charlotte Latin at 5 p.m. Friday. The Cavs defeated the Hawks in their regular-season matchup 14-11 on March 9. A win for DA puts them in the state semifinals on Tuesday vs. the winner of the Providence Day-Greensboro Day matchup. In Tuesday’s win, DA jumped out to leads of 6-1 after one period and 10-2 at halftime. Senior Tyler Carpenter and junior Shaffer Woody led the way with five goals apiece. Seniors Ben Easley and Drew Hantzmon each chipped in two goals.
The girls lacrosse team heads into Friday’s 5:15 p.m. state quarterfinal game home game vs. Saint Mary’s as the No. 4 seed. The Cavs have two wins by matching 17-11 scores over the Saints this season. The girls are ranked No. 13 in the latest N&O poll.
On Monday, the Cavs fell 17-9 to the Triangle Independent School Athletic Conference champions Ravenscroft on Alumni Field. While the Cavaliers kept the game close for most of the first half, the Ravens scored three straight goals to make a tight 9-6 game into a 12-6 lead early in the second half. Junior Anna West and eighth-grader Brooke Epstein led the Cavs with three goals each, while sophomores Charlotte Easley, Caroline Sapir and Katie Hunter each scored once. Sophomore Ella Virkler made 13 saves in goal.
On Friday, the Cavaliers hosted five-time defending state champs Charlotte Country Day School. Controlling the draws seemed to be the name of the game, as DA did a great job in the first half in this area and jumped out to an 11-5 lead. In the second half, Country Day proved why they are a favorite for another state championship by going on a 12-1 run and taking possession of the ball for most of the half. West had a two-goal, one-assist game, while Easley added four goals and an assist. Epstein chipped in two goals and two assists.
The girls soccer team advanced to the state quarterfinal round with a 10-1 win over Cannon School on Tuesday in the first round of the NCISAA 3A state championship. The No. 6-seeded Cavs, currently ranked No. 10 by the N&O, finished the regular season 13-1-0 after defeating NRCA 3-1 on Friday. The win over the Knights avenged the Cavs’ only loss of the season and gave Susan Ellis’ team a share of the TISAC championship. In the win over NRCA, senior Kendall Bushick continued her offensive onslaught with two goals, both on great individual plays. Sophomore Claire Ridley also scored, volleying in a deflected ball off a corner kick. DA built a 3-0 lead before the Knights scored with 30 minutes left. The Cavs held off NRCA for the final half hour to take the win and head into the state tournament having won five straight games.
In Tuesday’s state tournament win, the Cavs scored a season-high 10 goals by seven different goal scorers. Bushick scored twice, while senior Erin Dilweg had a hat trick to lead the way. The senior duo has combined for an incredible 67 goals this season. Leading 3-0, DA put the game away in the 25th minute by scoring penalty-kick goals just 27 seconds apart. The goal of the game came just two minutes into the second half, as sophomore Lauren Grosshandler headed in this great free kick from senior Austen Dellinger to make the score 7-0.
Dellinger, junior Morgan Doyle and eighth-graders Kennedy Yon and Molly Hunter each scored one goal for the Cavs, who will advance to Friday’s quarterfinal game at Charlotte Country Day.
The tennis team, now ranked No. 3 in the N&O poll, enters the state tournament as the No. 3 seed and will host Cannon School on Friday at 4:45 p.m. The 16-2 Cavs capped off their second straight unbeaten TISAC campaign with an 8-1 win over NRCA on Friday. In their senior day victory, all three doubles teams captured wins followed by singles victories from seniors Priyan de Silva, Alexander Brandt, Kenan Ulku-Steiner and Jack McCallie, along with freshman Joey Shaheen. Despite a singles loss on Friday, senior James Shaheen completed an incredible final year by finishing the regular season 14-2 in singles and 13-1 in doubles. De Silva is a combined 25-3, Brandt is 17-4, Ulku-Steiner is 21-5 and McCallie is 21-6.
The boys golf team finished second at Monday’s TISAC championships at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. Ravenscroft took the championship with an impressive 279, while the Cavs were 25 strokes back at 304 ahead of NRCA (305), Cary Academy (321) and Wake Christian (334). Leading the way for the Cavs were senior Gus Lascola (73), sophomore Ethan Lukes (76) and ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield (76), who all received All-Conference honors. Eighth-grader William Biersach was the fourth scorer with a 79.
On Tuesday, the Cavs completed the regular season with a 143-190 win over Trinity School at Hope Valley Country Club. Lukes was the medalist with a 1-under-par 34, while Brimfield (35), junior Will Pruthi (37) and seventh-grader William Chapman (37) rounded out the top four. The Cavs, ranked No. 4 in the latest NCISAA 3A golf index, will be in Pinehurst for the state tournament next week.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track and field teams will be at Cary Academy on Friday and Saturday for the TISAC championship meet. We will have coverage of that meet in next week’s Cavs Corner. A few Cavaliers have etched their name in the record books this track season. On the boys side, senior Wilson Hansen set a school record with a 22.54 200m. His 11.24 100m time and his 50.44 400m time places second all-time in both categories. Two relay teams both had the second-fastest times in school history this year. The 4x100 team of senior Dylan Peter, juniors Donovan Herndon and Jack Knoll, and sophomore Ryan Kirschner ran a 45.64. The 4x200 team of Hansen, Herndon, senior Josh Klein and sophomore Mark Alkins was just a second off the school record with a 1:34.65.
On the girls side, senior Leah Granger captured a school record by becoming the first DA girl to clear 10 feet in the pole vault. Senior Virginia Capehart’s 12.87 time in the 100m and her 26.34 time in the 200m place her only behind Cha’Mia Rothwell ’16 in both events. Rothwell, now racing for Dartmouth, won the 100m hurdles event at last week’s Ivy League Championship meet. Ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson’s 5:39 in the 1600m and 12:37 in the 3200m are the fourth-fastest ever run by a DA girl.
The girls softball season is complete with Heidi Kearnan’s team finishing 0-13 on the season and 0-10 in TISAC play. The Cavs’ two games vs. Saint Mary’s both came down to the final at bat, with DA losing 6-4 at home and 10-6 on the road in tight contests.
Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Kushner was the team leader in batting average at .429, followed by sophomore Emily Donaldson, who hit .409. Donaldson and senior Nicole Riepl each had 4 RBIs on the year to lead the team. Kushner, along with sophomores Cristina Pastor-Valverde and Ellie McGhee, led the team with 6 runs scored apiece. Riepl had a .926 fielding percentage to lead the team from the especially difficult shortstop position. She committed a team-low 4 errors on a team-high 54 opportunities. On the mound, Donaldson pitched all but four innings on the year and struck out 23 batters in 43 innings pitched.
Coach Tyrone Gould’s team earned their first TISAC championship in 10 seasons. However, they could not get the help they needed last week to advance to the state tournament as the TISAC’s automatic bid. With Wake Christian taking two games from Cary Academy, there was a three-way tie at 5-3 between the Cavs, Wake Christian and NRCA. By virtue of NRCA’s non-conference win over Charlotte Latin (a team that defeated both the Cavs and Bulldogs), the Knights earned the automatic bid and will play in the state tournament.
Junior Michael Jaffe led the Cavs in the following categories: batting average (.439), hits (29), runs (26), doubles (7), and stolen bases (13). Seniors Matt Willis (.258, 21 RBIs) Ian Layzer (.351, 20 RBIs) also had strong years at the plate for DA. On the mound, Willis (4-3, 3.76 ERA) and senior Cam Brown (2-5, 4.58 ERA) were the primary starters, while sophomore Benny Klein (2-2, 3.40 ERA) had a great season pitching in relief.
Spring Varsity Awards Program
Join us in celebrating this season’s student-athletes at the spring varsity awards program on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium
Please continue to follow @DAathletics on Twitter for updates from our tournament events this weekend. 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.