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Parents Bulletin Board
It was evident over the last week that our teams were ready to get back to action following some time off due to Hurricane Florence. In fact, this was one of the most successful weeks in recent memory, as our seven varsity teams combined to go 14–1 vs. their opponents. One could even argue that the lone loss (volleyball’s five-set thriller vs. defending state champion North Raleigh Christian Academy) might have been the best performance of the week. Girls golf headlined the week with three dual-match wins followed by a first-place finish at a 15-team tournament in Buies Creek. Senior Haley Leversedge tied a school record in the golf team’s win on Monday.
Speaking of school records, the tennis team broke their school record for most consecutive wins with 12. They were 4–0 in the previous week. Soccer, field hockey and both cross-country teams won their competitions and are all set for a strong finish to the year. As we look ahead to tomorrow’s Homecoming events, read on for a look back at a great week in DA athletics.
Week in Review
The girls golf team leads off our “week in review” as Greg Murray’s squad had three events in three days to begin the week following Thursday’s thrilling three-stroke win at Ravenscroft. The win over the Ravens propelled the Cavs to victories over both Saint Mary’s School (129–185) and Cary Academy (124–131). In last week’s win at Ravenscroft, eighth-graders Ona Lukes (42) and Kayley Kim (43) led the way, while senior Jinger Callwood and junior Boyce Huckabee each scored personal bests of 48 in the critical third scoring spot to lead the Cavs to the 133–136 win. Senior Haley Leversedge tied a school record with a 37 in Monday’s 129–185 win over Saint Mary’s at Hope Valley Country Club. Lukes was second with a 42, while Kim and Callwood each shot a 50.
The Cavs avenged an earlier conference loss to Cary Academy with a 124–131 win on Tuesday. Lukes (40), Kim (41) and Leversedge (43) led the way. On Wednesday, the team capped off its recent strong stretch with a first-place finish at the North State Girls High School Challenge at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek. The event pitted 15 of the top high schools in the area in an 18-hole stroke play event. The girls shot a +38 to defeat Cape Fear High School by two strokes. Lukes was 12th with an 81, Leversedge was 21st with an 85 and Kim finished 24th with an 88. It will be tough to duplicate the success of this week for the golfers as they head into their home-stretch run with a lot of momentum.
The girls tennis team also faced a daunting three-matches-in-three-days stretch starting with the top-5 tussle with undefeated East Chapel Hill High School on Sept. 20. The Cavs (ranked No. 3 in the High School OT poll) defeated the previously No. 4-ranked Wildcats 7–1. DA clinched the team match after singles thanks to straight-set wins by juniors Madeline Towning, Alexis Galloway, Renee George and Sarah Clark, as well as ninth-grader Mukta Dharmapurikar. On Friday night in Charlotte, the two best teams in the North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association 4A poll met as the Cavs tangled with Charlotte Latin School. Both teams have strong doubles play, and something had to give as neither team had lost an individual doubles match in the month of September. The three doubles matches did not disappoint as the Cavs gritted out tight wins on all three courts (8–6, 8–6, 9–7) to take a 3–0 lead. Senior Joy Callwood joined Towning, Galloway, George and Clark with singles wins in the 8–1 victory over the Hawks.
The next morning, the Cavs took care of business against Charlotte Country Day School with an 8–1 win. Towning and Galloway combined for their 12th win in as many tries in doubles this year, and then each won their singles match to lead the way over the Bucs. On Tuesday, the Cavs won their school record 12th consecutive match as they defeated conference rival North Raleigh Christian Academy 9–0. Twelve different Cavaliers earned wins in the team victory. Next up is today’s Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference match at Cary Academy, followed by a big showdown at Cardinal Gibbons on Wednesday in Raleigh.
The volleyball team had a 2–1 week with conference sweeps over Ravenscroft and Saint Mary’s sandwiched around an impressive five-set loss to defending state champions North Raleigh Christian on Monday. In the 25–16, 25–15, 25–18 win at Ravenscroft on Friday, sophomore Elizabeth Kohn led the Cavs with 14 kills and 11 digs. Junior Millie Loehr added 12 kills and two aces. Eighth-grader Olivia Kohn had 33 assists and four aces. Just two weeks following a straight-set loss to NRCA in Raleigh, the Cavs gave everything they had and then some, taking the Knights to five sets in Kirby Gym. Despite a 14–25, 25–23, 22–25, 25–21, 8–15 defeat to the second-ranked team in the area, it was great night for DA volleyball in Kirby Gym. Watch a clip of Elizabeth Kohn with the kill that sent the match to a decisive fifth set below.
The girls came right back out Tuesday night for a 25–11, 25–17, 25–10 win over Saint Mary’s. The DA squad travels to Wesleyan Christian today before hosting Wake Christian for Friday’s Homecoming match.
Boys soccer is 6–2 and 2–1 in TISAC play heading into Friday night’s showdown with undefeated and nationally ranked Ravenscroft under the lights on Alumni Field. The Cavs took a 3–1 road win at Wake Christian on Sept. 20 before hanging on for a 2–1 home victory over NRCA on Tuesday. In the victory at Wake Christian, junior Ryan Kirschner and ninth-grader Jake Zaas gave the Cavs a 2–0 lead at the half. After the Bulldogs scored to cut the DA lead in half, senior Nick Epstein added an insurance goal. Zaas, junior Crosby Williams and senior Fred Chang had the assists on the Cavs’ goals.
On Tuesday night, after a scoreless first half, Kirschner scored just three minutes into the second half to give DA the 1–0 advantage. Williams added a goal midway through the half, and despite a Knights tally in the 76th minute, the Cavs held on for the win. Zaas and Epstein had the assists, while senior Roberto Escobar played all 80 minutes in goal. Following tomorrow night’s homecoming game vs. the Ravens, the Cavs will play Cary Academy in back-to-back games next week. DA will be in Cary on Tuesday and then will complete the final 60 minutes of play from their Sept. 7 home meeting with the Chargers that was halted due to lightning in the first half.
The boys and girls cross-country teams each took victories Monday afternoon in Raleigh vs. Ravenscroft School. The boys defeated the Ravens 17–42. Leading the way was senior Spencer Adler, who won the race with a time of 19:09. Junior Shan Wang (19:09), sophomore Ryan Norris (19:28), senior Tigey Jewell-Alibhai (20:19) and eighth-grader Aaron Caveney (20:26) held five of the top six spots in the meet.
The DA girls also took five of the first six positions in their 19-36 victory. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson finished first with a time of 20:19. Sophomore Quinn Shanahan (22:25) was third and was followed by senior Anneke Dekker (22:25), junior Claire Middleton (22:38) and junior Fran Pacchiana (22:42). Next up is today’s home meet vs. NRCA and Eno River Academy.
The field hockey team was the hardest hit from cancellations due to Hurricane Florence. Tuesday’s game vs. Saint Mary’s was the Cavs’ first contest in 18 days. Senior Eleanor Robb scored twice, while junior Elizabeth Owens and ninth-grader Emmie Savarino each tallied a goal in the 4–1 win over the Saints. Sophomore Katherine Lantzy earned an assist in the win.
While junior goalie Victoria Lawton’s three-game shutout streak was ended, she turned in a solid performance with seven saves. Lawton has 96 saves on the year and is allowing just 1.8 goals per game for the 5–2–1 Cavaliers. Coach Judy Chandler’s team is back on Moylan Field hosting Cary Academy for Homecoming and will host Ravenscroft on Tuesday in their final regular season home game.
Homecoming Pep Rally
Thanks to the Middle School’s Durham Academy Sports Network Club, Friday’s Homecoming pep rally will be live-streamed. The stream will begin around 1 p.m., and the pep rally is set for 1:20 to 2 p.m. Due to space limitations, we do not have the ability for parents to attend this event, but we encourage you to join us in cheering from home.
Homecoming will continue with home volleyball, field hockey and boys soccer games, and we’ll have food trucks on hand and fun for all ages. We encourage you to bring your entire family to support the Cavs on Homecoming!
Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars
All six of the latest episodes of “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” will be shown via the live-stream of Friday’s pep rally. This series features members of the Middle School’s DASN Club interviewing their favorite varsity athletes. Watch the first three episodes — featuring soccer goalie Roberto Escobar, senior volleyballer Lana Kalfas and tennis senior captain Julia King — below.
Thank you for your support of DA athletics. We hope you can join us Friday for our great Homecoming festivities!
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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.