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Parents Bulletin Board
During this exciting week of Cavaliers athletics, we unfortunately saw many of our teams’ seasons come to a close. Only the boys tennis team, a 5-3 winner over Greensboro Day School, was able to advance to a state championship from a trio of DA teams playing in Tuesday’s semifinals. Tennis (playing Saturday at the Lake Norman Tennis Center in Mooresville) and the track and field teams (competing this weekend in the state meet at Ravenscroft School) are the two remaining sports in action. Our golf team had a fourth-place finish in their state meet, while girls lacrosse and girls soccer lost semifinal battles on the road. The boys lacrosse team had its season come to an end on Friday on a heartbreaking finish, with Charlotte Latin scoring the game-winner with 11 seconds left.
There have been a lot of great individual performances from our spring student-athletes all season long. This week, we add the dominating four-event winning feat of senior Virginia Capehart at last weekend’s Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference track meet to that list. Read on for a recap of the previous week in DA athletics.
The boys tennis team advanced to its first state championship match in 11 years by taking a hard-fought 5-3 win over Greensboro Day. The Bengals, who handed the Cavs their only two losses this year, had a young core of eighth- and ninth-graders, compared with the senior-laden DA lineup. This match started on Tuesday at Greensboro Day and finished Wednesday at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center. DA started with matching 8-4 wins at first doubles (seniors Priyan de Silva / Alexander Brandt) and second doubles (seniors James Shaheen / Kenan Ulku-Steiner). While the third doubles team of senior Jack McCallie and junior Sheridan Kum lost 8-6, they fought back from a big deficit to get back in their match. Shaheen won 6-0, 6-2 on court 1, while Brandt and ninth-grader Jackson Zobrist lost their singles matches; when the rain came on Tuesday, the team match was three apiece. Ulku-Steiner and his opponent were deep in the third-set tiebreak, with Ulku-Steiner sporting a 6-3 lead.
Needing just four points to close out the match on Wednesday, Ulku-Steiner lost the first point but then won the next two and closed out the 10-6 third-set win. All eyes turned to de Silva, who led a set 2-1 when play resumed indoors. De Silva served for the match at 5-4 and had two match points before being broken. His opponent then ran off the next two games to take the second set. In the third set, de Silva jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never had a lead smaller than three points in taking a 10-5 victory. McCallie’s match was not completed, as DA had clinched with the fifth point. The Cavs broke a streak of five consecutive state semifinal losses and will battle Charlotte Country Day School on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Norman Tennis Center in Mooresville. DA took a hard-fought 5-4 win over the Bucs in Charlotte, handing Country Day their only loss of the year, but CCDS was without the team’s No. 1 player.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track and field teams will compete in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state track meet on Friday and Saturday at Ravenscroft. The Cavaliers enter the state meet coming off some impressive performances at last weekend’s TISAC meet at Cary Academy.
The girls team placed second overall behind senior Virginia Capehart’s four event victories. Her wins in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay earned her the meet’s “Most Outstanding Performer” award. Capehart was joined on the winning relay team by her younger sister Camille, senior Callie Pierce and ninth-grader Lucy Steiner. Pierce also finished second in the 400m race, while senior Leah Granger placed second in the pole vault and third in the high jump.
The boys’ third-place team finish was highlighted by a meet record in the 4x400 race set by seniors Wilson Hansen and Josh Klein along with junior Nick Epstein and sophomore Mark Alkins. The 4x800 team of Hansen, Alkins, Epstein and senior Ethan Goldman also set a meet record and school record but came in second behind Cary Academy. Hansen (400m) and Alkins (800m) took individual event wins along with senior Osezele Okoruwa, who won the shot put.
The boys golf team finished fourth in the NCISAA 3A state tournament held at Pinehurst No. 8 on Monday and Tuesday. The Cavs shot a two-day total of 622, which placed them 49 strokes behind the state champion Cannon School. Ninth-grader Jackson Brimfield (12th), sophomore Ethan Lukes (18th) and senior Gus Lascola (23rd) all placed in the top 25 of the individual competition. Congratulations to coach Greg Murray and his squad for a great finish.
The 2018 girls soccer season came to a close Tuesday afternoon in Charlotte as the Cavs fell 4-3 to Providence Day School. DA finished the season 15-2-0. Despite a two-goal deficit early, the Cavaliers fought hard and had chances to tie the game late against one of the top teams in the country. In fact, maxpreps.com had both teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation entering the contest. The Chargers led 2-0 before senior Erin Dilweg scored the first of her two goals in the 13th minute. Providence Day answered two minutes later and carried a two-goal lead until senior Kendall Bushick scored in the 27th minute. The Chargers led 3-2 at the half but then scored right out of the halftime locker room. Dilweg answered with a penalty kick goal with about six minutes remaining, and despite some last-minute chances, the Cavs were unable to tie it up. Providence Day moves onto the state finals on Saturday afternoon.
In last Friday’s quarter-final game at Charlotte Country Day, the Cavaliers took a 4-1 win over the third-seeded Bucs. Four different Cavaliers scored goals, including the senior trio of Bushick, Dilweg and Austen Dellinger. Sophomore Isabella Strauss also scored in the win. Bushick finished her incredible senior season with 41 goals, while Dilweg scored 31 goals for coach Susan Ellis and her conference championship-winning team.
The girls lacrosse team also had its season come to an end on Tuesday in Charlotte. The Cavs lost 19-8 to top-seeded and five-time defending state champion Charlotte Country Day. The Bucs’ firepower was too much for DA, as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead and had a 12-3 advantage at halftime. Sophomore Charlotte Easley and junior Anna West each scored three goals, while ninth-grader Katherine Lantzy and eighth-grader Brooke Epstein added one goal apiece.
The loss comes on the heels of Friday’s 14-9 quarterfinal home win over St. Mary’s School. Easley had seven goals, while West scored five and dished out two assists. The Cavs led from start to finish in the win. Congrats to coach Debbie Rebosa and her squad on another great season!
Boys lacrosse lost a 12-11 heartbreaker in the state quarterfinals last Friday to Charlotte Latin. The third-seeded Cavs, who had not lost since late March, had their season come to an end with a final record of 12-4. Latin controlled both the shots on goal (42-20 Hawks advantage) and the face-offs (64 percent) to put the Cavs on their heels throughout the first period. DA fought back from three down in the first half to eventually tie the game but then went to the locker room down 6-5. Senior Tyler Carpenter, who finished with three goals, scored immediately off the second-half draw to tie the game at six a piece. After junior Shaffer Woody (three goals) scored to give DA a 7-6 lead, the Hawks responded with four straight to make it 10-7. The Cavs answered with four straight of their own, including a highlight-reel goal from Carpenter and two from junior Dan Clifford. Latin tied the game with 2:08 remaining, and while both teams had chances to score in the final two minutes, it was the Hawks who buried the game-winning goal with just 11 seconds on the clock. Congrats to coach Jon Lantzy and his conference championship-winning team on a great season.
In next week’s edition of Cavs Corner, we will recap the NCISAA track and field meet, as well as the tennis state championship. We will also announce which spring athletes earned All-Conference and All-State honors. Please remember that our spring varsity awards program will be held Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium.
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.