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
Three DA varsity teams will compete for state championships this weekend as the fall season comes to an end. The top-seeded girls tennis team will battle Charlotte Latin at Salem College Saturday afternoon, defending last year’s state championship title, and both the boys and girls cross-country teams will compete in Hendersonville on Friday in the state meet.
Our field hockey and volleyball teams had their seasons finish with losses in Charlotte on Tuesday, while four Cavaliers golfers had solid showings in the state tournament in Pinehurst.
Week in Review
The boys and girls varsity cross-country teams swept championships at the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference meet in Cary on Oct. 18. The boys team edged Cary Academy by just one point, as all of the top 10 positions in the race were filled by Cavs and Chargers. While Cary Academy held the top two positions, DA had five of the next six finishers. Senior Neil Mosca (third), sophomore Jay Shanahan (fourth), junior Mac Hays (fifth), junior Mark Alkins (seventh) and senior Jack Anderson (eighth) all earned all-TISAC honors with their results.
On the girls side, the Cavaliers had four of the top eight finishers and defeated second-place Cary Academy by 11 points. Ninth-grader Stella Stringer defended her conference meet title with an 18:44. Seventh-grader Allison Hall placed third, while sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson was fourth. Junior Claire Middleton’s eighth-place finish allowed her to join her three teammates on the All-Conference list. Both teams will head to Hendersonville for Friday’s state meet.
The varsity girls tennis team will make a return trip to the state championship match on Saturday to battle Charlotte Latin in Winston-Salem. The top-seeded Cavs earned back-to-back 5–0 wins over Cary Academy and Charlotte Christian in the first two rounds of the state tournament. The girls have now won 18 in a row since a season-opening loss to still-unbeaten St. David’s. In Friday’s win over the Chargers, juniors Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway took an 8–0 win on court one. Senior Joy Callwood and junior Renee George were 8–1 winners on court two, and senior Julia King along with junior Sarah Clark took an 8–5 win on court three. Towning and George followed with straight-set singles wins, ending the match at 5–0. The DA doubles teams put the Cavs up 3–0 vs. Charlotte Christian on Tuesday with 8–3, 8–1 and 8–3 wins. This time, it was Galloway and junior Taylor Hunter who took straight-set wins to end the match.
For Galloway, it was her 32nd win of the season, breaking a school record. She now stands alone in second place all-time with 97 career wins. For King, her win Friday was the 50th of her career, quite a feat for a doubles specialist. The Cavs head to Salem College with an 8–1 win over Latin from earlier in the year. Do not let the final score fool you, however; all three doubles matches were two-game differences, and the Cavs took two of five singles wins in three sets. The girls remain atop or near the top of all of the major rankings; they are third in the High School OT poll, and sixth in both the North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches Association poll and the new GameTimeNC statewide poll.
The field hockey team had its season come to a close in Charlotte on Tuesday as the top-seeded Charlotte Latin Hawks won a tight 3–2 game over the Cavs in a one-on-one shootout. DA finished the year 8–2 in games that ended in regulation but just 0–4–1 in games that ended in overtime or a shootout. After Latin scored two goals in a 1:04 span midway through the first half, the Hawks took a 2–0 lead to halftime. That lead stood up until the Cavs scored twice in the final 10 minutes. Junior Elizabeth Owens scored with 10:07 left and ninth-grader Emmie Savarino tied the game with 6:35 remaining in regulation. Neither team was able to score in two 7v7 overtime periods, and the game went to a 1v1 shootout. Only eighth-grader Emilie Kirschner was able to convert in the shootout, and the Cavs fell 2–1 to the Hawks.
Kirschner had the lone goal in the Cavs’ 1–0 state quarterfinal win over Ravenscroft last Friday afternoon on Moylan Field. DA and the Ravens had split two meetings in the regular season, with each winning on the other team’s home field. Kirschner’s goal at 19:29 in the first half was assisted by Owens. Junior Victoria Lawton made three saves in goal for the shutout.
The volleyball team’s season also ended Tuesday in Charlotte, as second-seeded Charlotte Country Day defeated the Cavs in a thrilling five-set match. The Bucs jumped out to a 2–0 lead with 25–20 and 25–19 set wins. DA rallied to tie the match by taking sets three and four 25–17 and 25–23. Despite leading for most of the decisive fifth set, the Cavs saw the Bucs storm back for a 15–13 victory and advance to the state championship. Junior Millie Loehr led four Cavs in double-figure kills with 25. Junior Lauren Grosshandler and sophomore Elizabeth Kohn each had 11 kills, while eighth-grader Hannah Kohn added 10 kills. Junior Adriana Kim led the team with 55 assists.
This was the first time that the volleyball team had advanced to the semifinal round since 1996. The team earned the semifinal berth with another thrilling five-set match in Charlotte, as the Cavs took down third-seeded Cannon 3–2 on Friday. Unlike Tuesday’s loss, DA jumped out to a 2–0 lead by taking 25–21 and 25–18 set wins. The Cougars then rallied with 25–18 and 25–22 in the third and fourth sets. The Cavs controlled play in the final set and won 15–8. Loehr’s 19 kills and seven blocks were both team highs, while Hannah Kohn added 11 kills and 16 digs. Kim was the assist leader with 45.
The girls golf team completed its season earlier this week at the state championship in Pinehurst. Despite not qualifying for the team competition, four Cavaliers participated in the individual tournament at the very difficult Whispering Pines Country Club course. Senior Haley Leversedge finished with a team-best 184 for 31st place. Eighth-graders Ona Lukes (187 — tied for 37th place) and Kayley Kim (190 — tied for 39th place) were right behind. Senior Jinger Callwood carded a two-day total of 198 for 48th place.
Fall Athletics Awards
Please remember that our fall athletics awards event is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Preschool/Lower School campus. We hope that all varsity athletes and their families will attend!
Please continue to follow all of our platforms (da.org/athletics, @DAAthletics on Twitter and @DACavsAthletics on Instagram), as we will be posting live updates during our state championship events this weekend.
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.