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Parents Bulletin Board
It was a great weekend to be a Cavalier! All three of our varsity teams that competed on Friday and Saturday turned in amazing performances, resulting in girls tennis and girls cross-country state titles and a runner-up finish for boys cross-country.
Girls Tennis — Back-to-Back State Champs
On Saturday, the girls tennis team captured the program’s second consecutive state championship with a 5–2 win over Charlotte Latin School. The DA girls ended the season on a 19-match win streak.
I am grateful to serve as head coach of this incredible group of student-athletes and to have witnessed their grit and determination all year long. This team brought it every match. We didn’t have any ‘bad days.’ All 13 of our girls performed admirably and were great teammates, whether they were in the lineup or not.
Juniors Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway started things off on Saturday with an 8–1 win at first doubles. The duo is now 31–4 together as a doubles team. Senior co-captain Julia King finished her DA career with a win as she teamed with junior Sarah Clark for an 8-3 win at third doubles. King leaves DA with a final individual record of 52–3.
“Last year, even though the team won, I lost my doubles match to a team that I had beaten twice,” King said. “This was really difficult for me coming in to Saturday's match because I wanted to win, but I was nervous the same thing that happened last year would happen again. For that reason, I was really nervous the whole time, but also determined, and I think that's what helped us win. ... Once we got in our groove and got into the match, the nervousness went away, and we just focused on how much fun we were having playing great tennis.”
Latin captured the final doubles point as senior co-captain Joy Callwood and junior Renee George fell 8–6 at second doubles. Callwood and George rallied from 1–5 down to cut the Hawks’ lead to 6–7 before eventually falling. In singles play, Galloway was first off with a 6–0, 6–0 win on court 3. She ended the year 34–1 to set the school record for most wins in a season.
Sarah Clark rallied from a tough first set to defeat her opponent 1–6, 6–1, 10–2 to put the Cavs one win away. Clark defeated the same Latin player in three sets earlier in the year. Junior Renee George clinched the championship, taking a 6–1, 6–1 win on court four to set off the celebration.
“I think the key to our success was not the focus on winning,” Callwood said. “To me, it didn't matter if we won or lost, as long as we fought out there and knew when we left the court we gave it every last sweat and tear we had. Of course ‘winning’ is fun, but that's not why I'm happy. I was proud of my team because of their focus, work ethic, support for one another, and never giving up!”
Callwood and Towning were named to the All-State team. Galloway (34–1), Towning (30–3), Clark (28–2), George (28–4) and Callwood (20–6) all finished with 20-plus wins on the season, while King was 18–1.
Cross-Country — State Champions and a Runner-Up Finish
At the state cross-country meet in Hendersonville on Friday, the DA girls earned a state championship, with seventh-grader Allison Hall crossing the finish line first to claim the individual title. Her 20:14 was 16 seconds ahead of ninth-grader Stella Stringer, who placed second. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson made it a 1–2–3 DA sweep, with a third-place finish of 20:52.
“The girls were just amazing,” head coach Costen Irons said. “We knew they had a really good chance of winning going in, but had no idea they were going to do it in the fashion they did.”
He sees assistant coach Kristin Stroupe as being critical to the team’s success.
“She did a masterful job with the girls every day. She had the girls training smart at practice and racing tough on race day. She helped them become a team that competed for each other.”
For Hall — the youngest member of a young team overall — that sense of unity was hugely important.
“We really focused on working as a team, and that really helped us get first, second, third,” she said. “And we worked really hard. It just paid off.”
Junior Claire Middleton joined Hall, Stringer and Wilson on the All-State team by finishing eighth with a time 21:40. Sophomore Quinn Shanahan was the fifth DA runner to cross the finish line, as her 22:57 placed her 22nd. The Cavs finished with 36 points to hold off second-place Cary Academy by 25 and third-place Charlotte Latin School by 33.
Friday’s course conditions — driving rain overhead and mud underfoot — weren’t ideal, senior captain Anneke Dekker said, likening the starting line and much of the course to a lake.
“However, I told the team to have fun, as I thought the conditions were a fun challenge,” she continued. “I kept this positive attitude throughout the race, even after almost falling twice because of the amount of water on some areas of the course. By the end of the race, I was ready to be finished, but I knew the team had done well, so I was excited about that. I knew we had won after finishing.”
Hall’s first-place finish on Friday came 30 years after her father, Conrad Hall ’89 — now head coach of the Cary Academy team — led the DA boys to the 1988 team title while also winning the individual crown. Hall’s mother, Virginia Reves Hall ’91 — now coach of DA’s JV team — placed seventh for DA in that 1988 meet.
The DA boys came oh-so-close to a Cavalier cross-country sweep but had to settle for the state runner-up trophy after a gutsy performance in the mud at Hendersonville’s Jackson Park. The Cavs lost by just one point to heavily favored Providence Day, with four DA boys making the All-State squad. Senior Neil Mosca (4th — 17:43), sophomore Jay Shanahan (5th — 17:48), as well as juniors Mac Hays (10th-18:09) and Mark Alkins (11th-18:14) paced the Cavs. Senior Jack Anderson was the fifth DA runner, finishing in 20th place with a time of 18:45. DA’s team score of 50 trailed state champ Providence Day School’s 49 points, with the Chargers’ finishers coming in at 1, 9, 12, 13 and 14.
“For the guys, it was disappointing to come in second by one point,” Irons said. “They had this goal for a long time. But you can’t lose sight of what they did. They were ranked 26 points behind Providence Day going in — I think the boys know in a different way than they did before that they have what it takes.”
It was a great day for both cross-country teams. A big shoutout to coaches Irons, Stroupe and Dennis Cullen!
Fall Athletics Awards
On Tuesday night, all of the fall varsity teams and athletes were celebrated at the fall athletics awards event. It was impressive to hear our coaches talk about the many accomplishments their teams had during the year. In next week's Cavs Corner, we will announce our All-Conference and All-State selections from the fall season.
Winter sports are underway! Our Upper School basketball teams, as well as our swim team, started practice Monday. The varsity boys will be in Greensboro on Saturday to participate in the Phenom Hoops Jamboree. We will have a recap of this event and will preview both basketball teams’ season openers in next week's Cavs Corner.
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.