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
We wish everyone a safe weekend and hope that our teams can continue their seasons next week. All athletics events have been canceled for the remainder of the week in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Read on for the week in review for our six varsity teams.
The girls volleyball team battled a gauntlet of top-ranked opponents over the last week. While they did not win a match at the “Volley with the Knights” tournament at North Raleigh Christian Academy, the experience of playing such tough competition has already paid dividends. The Cavs ended a six-match losing streak on Wednesday with a 3–0 sweep of Cary Academy. The victory will go a long way toward helping DA achieve the team’s goal of finishing in the top two in conference play. In the 25–21, 25–20, 25–17 win over Cary Academy, the Cavs were led by junior Millie Loehr’s 13 kills, junior Adriana Kim’s 30 assists and eighth-grader Olivia Kohn’s 19 digs. In the clip below, Olivia Kohn receives a Chargers’ serve and then Kim sets up Elizabeth Kohn for one of her 11 kills.
In the previous six matches, including four at the NCRA tournament, the combined record of the Cavaliers’ opponents was 65–13. The Cavs started the weekend with a two-set loss to Westminster Christian of Miami, Florida, before falling to last season’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state semifinalist, Marvin Ridge High School. After taking a set from Providence Day, the Cavs’ weekend ended with another loss to Marvin Ridge. DA returned to NCRA on Tuesday and lost in three sets to the defending NCISAA 3A state champs. The girls will be back in action Monday, hosting Wake Christian Academy.
After halting the Sept. 7 game vs. Cary Academy due to lightning just 20 minutes in, the Cavaliers were ready to get back on the pitch Wednesday night, as they traveled to conference rival Ravenscroft School. The 10–0 Ravens have received major accolades so far this season, including being the top-ranked team in the High School OT poll and the top-ranked team in both the state and country according to maxpreps.com. The Cavaliers, among “others considered” in the High School OT poll and themselves a top-100 team in the nation according to maxpreps, played the Ravens neck-and-neck before allowing a 65th-minute goal.
While the 1–0 loss stings and kept the Cavs from a statement win, coach Julian Cochran was pleased with his team’s effort and looks forward to the rematch with the Ravens on Homecoming night, Sept. 28. The Cavs are off until Sept. 20 at Wake Christian.
The girls tennis team heads into the biggest week of the season on an eight-match win streak following a 9–0 Wednesday sweep over Cary Academy at home. In a rematch of last year’s state championship, the Cavs did not need a comeback like they did last October to defeat the Chargers. Senior Joy Callwood was joined by juniors Madeline Towning, Alexis Galloway and Renee George in winning both their singles and doubles matches.
Callwood earned her 50th career victory in the Sept. 7 9–0 win at Ravenscroft. The Cavs were pushed in doubles and needed some late rallies to win on courts one (Galloway / Towning) and three (senior Julia King / junior Sarah Clark). In singles action, DA dropped just 12 combined games in their six singles wins. Just 18 hours later, the Cavs were back on the court, hosting a strong Asheville School squad. The Cavs swept the doubles matches, highlighted by Galloway and Towning’s 9–8 tiebreak win on the top court. The junior duo is now 22–3 at first doubles in their career. In singles play, it was the bottom of the lineup that led the Cavs to victory as Galloway, George, Clark and ninth-grader Mukta Dharmapurikar earned straight-set wins in the 7–2 victory. DA remains in the top spot in the North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association poll and is now third in the High School OT poll.
The boys and girls cross-country teams hosted their annual invitational Saturday on a hot morning. Led by ninth-grader Stella Stringer’s first place performance, the DA girls placed second overall. Stringer, seen below crossing the finish line, won with a time of 20:01. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson placed fourth with a time of 20:41, while sophomore Quinn Shanahan was 13th, junior Claire Middleton placed 16th and senior Anneke Dekker was 17th.
Freshman Stella Stringer wins the DA Invitational with a time of 20:01. pic.twitter.com/avfeaOa1uF— DA Athletics (@daathletics) September 8, 2018
On the boys side, sophomore Jay Shanahan’s third-place finish with a time of 17:25 led the Cavs to a third-place team finish behind both Jordan High School and N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. Senior Jack Anderson placed sixth with a time of 17:49. Junior Mac Hays was 11th overall, as the boys are still working to get their top five runners healthy. Today’s race at Ravenscroft has been canceled and has been rescheduled for Sept. 24.
The field hockey team was caught in bad weather as their Sept. 7 game vs. Charlotte Country Day was cut short in one-on-one shootouts due to lightning. After neither team scored in regulation or 7 v 7 overtime, the game went to a shootout, where both the Bucs and Cavs scored once in their two opportunities. Since the game could not be finished, it will officially be counted as a 0–0 draw. It was the third consecutive shutout for junior goalkeeper Victoria Lawton, who made 18 saves. Wednesday night’s non-conference battle at East Chapel Hill was canceled, so the Cavs will have to wait until Sept. 21 to get back on the field when they host Chapel Hill High.
The girls golf team dropped a 145–134 match on Tuesday to Cary Academy at Hope Valley Country Club. Eighth-grader Ona Lukes led the Cavs with a 46, while senior Haley Leversedge shot a 48. Senior Jinger Callwood and eighth-grader Kayley Kim each carded a 51. The Cavs will return to the course Monday when they host Saint Mary’s School.
Weather and field conditions permitting, a schedule of athletics events for next week is below (click to see a larger version). Thank you for your continued support of Cavaliers 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.