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Parents Bulletin Board

Cavs Corner: It's Been a Thrilling Week for the Cavaliers
Posted 10/04/2018 02:25PM


By Andy Pogach, 
Assistant Director of Athletics 
and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics   

What has been a strong fall sports season for our varsity teams is heading into the final stretch. All seven of our fall teams are in position for postseason berths, while girls tennis, boys soccer, girls golf and both cross-country squads are in the running for a conference title. This week featured some magical moments for our teams; among the highlights were the thrilling boys soccer win over Ravenscroft School on Homecoming night, a boys and girls sweep of the team titles at the Durham City/County Cross-Country Meet on Tuesday and the girls tennis victory over Cardinal Gibbons on Wednesday (their first win over the Crusaders in over 20 years). 

Week in Review

Cross-Country

The boys and girls cross-country teams took first place in Tuesday’s Durham City/County Cross-Country Meet, held each year at Durham Academy. The boys team was led by sophomore Jay Shanahan’s second-place individual finish. Junior Mac Hays (third), senior Neil Mosca (fifth), junior Mark Alkins (seventh) and senior Jack Anderson (ninth) all finished in the top 10 to give the Cavs a team score of 26.

On the girls side, ninth-grader Stella Stringer won the individual race with a time of 19:36. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson finished sixth overall as the girls won the team title by a slim margin over second-place N.C. School of Science and Math. The girls’ average time of 21:20 was the fastest time ever run by a DA girls team on the current course!

This is the first combined championship for the Cavs since 2008 and the first time that both the girls and the boys won their respective team titles in the same year since 1997. Here are Wilson, sophomore Quinn Shanahan, senior Anneke Dekker, Anderson, Mosca and Stringer with the three trophies won during the meet (boys title, girls title and the combined team score title).



The final regular season meet of the year will be Oct. 11, when the Cavs host Ravenscroft.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team pulled off one of the best wins of the fall on Alumni Field Friday night, when the Cavs defeated previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Ravenscroft 2–1. In front of an enthusiastic Homecoming crowd, the Cavaliers scored twice in a six-minute span late in the game for the victory. Senior Nick Epstein converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute to tie the game, while junior Isaiah Caldwell scored the game-winner on a blast from more than 30 yards away in the 74th minute. Senior goalkeeper Roberto Escobar was once again stellar; the lone goal he allowed was on a penalty kick in the first half. See highlights of the big win below.

 


On Tuesday, the Cavs were back at it, taking on Cary Academy on the road. Juniors Crosby Williams and Tanner Barry scored first-half goals as DA defeated the Chargers 5–0. Fellow juniors Caldwell and Ryan Kirschner scored in the second half, and ninth-grader Jake Zaas added the fifth goal to go along with two assists on the night. The Cavs will once again battle the Chargers this afternoon at home in the completion of a 0–0 game that was halted midway through the first half.

CURRENT TISAC SOCCER STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

RAVENSCROFT

5–1

14–1

CAVALIERS

4–1

8–2

WAKE CHRISTIAN

2–3

9–6

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

1–3

3–7

CARY ACADEMY

0–4

2–7

 

Volleyball

Tuesday’s 3–0 sweep at Cary Academy was the volleyball team’s fourth win in a row and their sixth in their last seven outings. The Cavs defeated the Chargers 25–18, 25–15, 25–18 to improve to 10–7 and 5–2 in Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference play. DA took a straight-set win over Wesleyan Christian on Thursday and followed with a four-set win over Wake Christian on Friday before a Homecoming crowd. Junior Millie Loehr had 14 kills, and junior Adriana Kim had 27 assists in Thursday’s win over the Trojans. Sophomore Elizabeth Kohn was the kill leader on Friday with 16, while her sister Olivia had 28 assists in the win over the Bulldogs. A video from Tuesday’s win at Cary Academy — in which Olivia Kohn finds Kim, who sets Loehr for a big kill — is below.

 

The Cavs travel to Wake Christian this afternoon to battle the Bulldogs.

CURRENT TISAC VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

7–0

21–5

CAVALIERS

5–2

10–7

CARY ACADEMY

5–3

10–8

WAKE CHRISTIAN

4–4

9–11

SAINT MARY’S

1–6

1–11

RAVENSCROFT

0–7

2–13

 

Field Hockey

The field hockey team had two heartbreaking losses this week, including Friday’s 3–2 double-overtime defeat vs. Cary Academy on Moylan Field. The Cavs erased an early deficit, thanks to ninth-grader Emmie Savarino scoring twice in the first half to give DA a 2–1 lead at halftime. Eighth-grader Emilie Kirschner and junior Elizabeth Owens had assists on the goals. The Chargers equalized in the second half, and both teams had opportunities late in regulation to win. Neither team scored in the first of the two 10-minute sudden victory 7v7 overtime periods.  With time having expired in the second overtime, the Chargers converted on a penalty corner to take the 3–2 conference win.

On Tuesday — Senior Day — the Cavaliers could not muster any offense against a strong Ravenscroft team. The Ravens capitalized to score the only goal of the game with a little more than two minutes remaining in the second half and beat the Cavs 1–0. Junior Victoria Lawton had two saves in the loss. The Cavs have three regular-season games remaining, all on the road, starting with this afternoon’s game at Saint Mary’s.

 

CURRENT TISAC FIELD HOCKEY STANDINGS

TEAM

CONFERENCE RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

CARY ACADEMY

4–0

11–4

RAVENSCROFT

2–1

6–6

CAVALIERS

1–2

5–4–1

SAINT MARY’S

0–4

2–8

 

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team has accomplished a lot of “firsts” over the last two seasons, but on Wednesday, they accomplished something that they have not done in over 20 years — defeat Cardinal Gibbons. The Cavs took a 6–3 win over the Crusaders in Raleigh to extend their school record win streak to 15 matches. Playing singles first, DA received straight-set wins from senior Joy Callwood and juniors Madeline Towning, Alexis Galloway, Renee George and Taylor Hunter.

The win caps off a 3–0 week that also saw the Cavs defeat Cary Academy 8–1 and Wake Christian 9–0. In the win over the Chargers on Sept. 27, Towning and Galloway each took two wins, while Callwood, George, Hunter and junior Sarah Clark earned singles wins. Senior Julia King teamed with junior Isabella Strauss for a doubles victory. On Tuesday in Holly Springs, the back half of the DA lineup swept Wake Christian. Ninth-grader Mukta Dharmapurikar won at first singles and then teamed with sophomore Ameya Bellamkonda for a doubles win. Strauss, King and sophomore Lucy Steiner earned two wins, while juniors Emma Whitehurst and Alex Bayer each earned a win. The state champs are back at home this afternoon hosting second-place Ravenscroft in a key TISAC match.


CURRENT TISAC GIRLS TENNIS STANDINGS

TEAM

CONF RECORD

OVERALL RECORD

CAVALIERS

6–0

15–1

RAVENSCROFT

4–1

10–3

CARY ACADEMY

4–3

5–9

NRCA

2–4

2–10

SAINT MARY’S

2–4

3–4

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0–5

0–10

 

Girls Golf

The girls golf team has been off since last week’s three matches in three days run that saw the Cavs defeat Saint Mary’s and Cary Academy, as well as win the 15-team North State Girls High School Challenge in Buies Creek. The girls are back in action this afternoon hosting North Raleigh Christian at 3 p.m. at Hope Valley Country Club.

 

Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars

Thank you to everyone who watched the livestream of last Friday’s All-School Pep Rally. All six of our Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars videos were played during the livestream and if you didn’t happen to catch them live, the second set of videos (featuring cross-country runner Jack Anderson, golfer Haley Leversedge and field hockey player Eleanor Robb) are below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our teams’ regular seasons are coming to a close with state tournaments starting up in two weeks.  We hope you can come out and support the Cavs this week!

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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.




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