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
Winter season is upon us, and if the varsity basketball teams’ home-openers were any indication, it is going to be an exciting and fun three months in Kirby Gym. Both the boys and girls teams were winners over the Durham Flight on Tuesday night and combined to score 165 points — most definitely a Kirby record for combined points in a night by the two home squads. Our swim team is off and running in preparation for the first meet in two weeks. In this edition of Cavs Corner, we recap the first three games of the varsity boys basketball team’s season and the girls basketball season opener.
Boys Basketball Off to a Scorching Start
The varsity boys basketball team is 3–0 and scoring at a high clip with wins over Southlake Christian (79–32), Combine Academy (70–54) and the Durham Flight (95–55). Ninth-grader MJ Rice is leading the way with a 20.3-points-per-game scoring average and a 9.0-rebounds-per-game average through the first three games. Rice is shooting 63 percent from the field and had a monster 20-point, 12-rebound, six-assist performance vs. Combine Academy on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Cole Sinclair is also off to a strong start on the offensive end, with an average of 17 ppg, including a 20-point performance in Tuesday’s win over the Flight. Sinclair is a red-hot 13–19 from three-point range on the young season. Senior Bryant Randleman has picked up right where he left off last year, with three double-figure scoring games. He is averaging 11.0 ppg and 5.3 assists per game.
In Tuesday’s win over the Flight, Randleman finished with 10 points, eight assists and zero turnovers. Sophomore Toby Harris and ninth-grader Nik Graves have each provided a spark off the bench, with both averaging 7.3 ppg. Harris has already hit six three-pointers, while Graves has eight assists and just one turnover on the year. As a team, the Cavs are shooting 55 percent from the field and a scorching 44 percent from three-point range with a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio. Tuesday’s win over the Flight was the 15th straight win for the DA boys over Durham-based teams. The Cavs will go for wins 16 and 17 in the next week as they travel to Durham School of the Arts today and then return home on Tuesday for a matchup with Voyager Academy.
A Strong Start for Girls Hoops
The DA varsity girls basketball team has some big shoes to fill with the departure of All-State guard Izzy Strigel and fellow Class of 2018 teammates Erin Dilweg, Nicole Riepl and Audrey Monson. On Tuesday, it was eighth-grader Joelle Davis who stepped up to provide the scoring punch with a 15-point performance in her first varsity game, which included three three-point baskets. The dominating post duo of senior Imani Spence (12 points and nine rebounds) and junior Claire Middleton (10 points, 12 rebounds and six steals) helped lead the Cavs to a 70–20 win over the Durham Flight. The Cavaliers’ defense allowed just eight made baskets as nine DA girls found the scoring column. Senior Jenny Drury was the fourth Cavalier in double-figures with 10 points, while senior Morgan Doyle added nine points and six assists. The Cavs finished the game shooting 51 percent and had 18 assists on their 31 baskets. Next up will be tonight’s battle with Durham School of the Arts.
The list of fall season accomplishments continues to grow, as the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s track and field/cross-country coaches association this week named Costen Irons the 4A Coach of the Year. It is quite an accomplishment for Irons, who led the girls team to a state title and the boys team to a runner-up finish. Ninth-grader Stella Stringer was also named the 4A Cross-Country Athlete of the Year. Stringer was the TISAC meet winner and finished second to teammate Allison Hall in the state meet.
Division I Bound
Congratulations are in order for seniors Shaffer Woody and Anna West, along with DA alumnus Tyler Carpenter ’18, who all signed on Wednesday to continue their lacrosse careers at the college level. Woody, a two-time All-State selection, will play lacrosse at Syracuse University, while West, last season’s TISAC Player of the Year as well as an All-State and All-America selection, will play lacrosse at Davidson College. Carpenter, a four-year standout for the boys lacrosse team whose accomplishments include TISAC Player of the Year, All-State and All-America, has signed to play at Duke next year. Carpenter is spending the 2018–2019 year at Salisbury School in Connecticut. Learn more about these outstanding student-athletes.
Thank you for your continued support of DA athletics. Please remember that our home varsity basketball games will be streamed by the Durham Academy Sports Network.
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.