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
There is a buzz around campus as Durham Academy’s 9–0 boys basketball team prepares for one of the most anticipated showdowns in Kirby Gym over the past few years. The Cavs will host Charlotte Christian School, a favorite to win the 4A state championship, on Friday at 7 p.m. following the girls game vs. the Knights. Coach Tim McKenna’s team has garnered a lot of attention lately, following the hot start that saw DA sweep the Charlotte Latin School and Providence Day School road trip for the first time in school history. In addition to the basketball excitement, our swim teams enjoyed a strong start at North Raleigh Christian, including a new school record in the 400 freestyle relay.
While the weekend started with a 90-minute delay on I-85 heading to Charlotte, it ended with two wins for the boys hoops team and a water bucket shower for Coach McKenna. Friday night’s win at Charlotte Latin saw the Cavs use a 22–2 first-half run to turn a five-point deficit into a 15-point lead. Twice in the second half, the Hawks cut the DA lead to 3, but on both occasions, ninth-grader MJ Rice answered in a big way. The first was a top-of-the-key three at the end of the third period to give DA a 45–39 lead. The second was a dunk off a Michael Savarino drive that started a decisive 8–1 run that put the Cavs back up 10 with 4:07 left. Senior Bryant Randleman led all scorers with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Rice added 17 points and sophomore Cole Sinclair chipped in 15.
The next afternoon, the Cavs shook off another slow start to defeat Providence Day. It was the first win over the Chargers since 2008. Trailing 10–6 after one, the Cavs stormed in front on an 11–0 run capped by a 3-pointer from sophomore Toby Harris. The Cavs used a dominating defensive second half to limit Providence Day to just 15 total points and only one fourth-quarter basket in the 60–37 win. Randleman led the way with 15 points and seven assists, while Rice (12 points), Harris (11 points) and sophomore Brent Randleman (10 points and five rebounds) joined him in double figures.
First sweep of the Latin/PD weekend in school history= ☔️☔️ in the lockerroom. DA boys are now 8-0 on the season. pic.twitter.com/QaCaTGyIME— DA Athletics (@daathletics) December 1, 2018
On Tuesday, the boys were back at it vs. neighbor Jordan High School on Garrett Road. Looking for their 19th straight win over a Durham opponent, the Cavs jumped out to a double-digit first-quarter lead and survived a second-half Jordan rally for a 78–64 win. Sinclair led the Cavs with 19 points, while Rice added 18 points and nine rebounds. Bryant Randleman and ninth-grader Nik Graves each scored 13 points in the win.
The girls basketball team will look to snap a four-game losing streak when hosting Charlotte Christian on Friday night. Despite a strong start that saw coach Krista Gingrich-White’s team trail by just 4 points after one period, the Cavs could not hang with High School OT’s third-ranked Jordan High School. The 4–0 Falcons used strong second and third periods to run away with the 72–36 win. Senior Imani Spence had 23 points to lead the Cavs.
Over the weekend, the girls fell to both Charlotte Latin and Providence Day. In Friday night’s loss to the Hawks, eighth-grader Joelle Davis led DA with 15 points, while Spence added 14 points and nine rebounds. The Cavs trailed by just 3 at the half and by 5 after three periods but ended up losing 51–37 to Latin. On Saturday morning, the DA offense could never get going in a 43–32 loss to the Chargers. Spence led the Cavs with 10 points, while junior Claire Middleton added 6. A 15–5 PD third period put the game away.
It took no time at all for the 2018–2019 swim team to start the season off with a major accomplishment. In the Nov. 29 meet vs. North Raleigh Christian Academy and Wake Christian Academy, the 4x400 freestyle relay team of senior Haley Leversedge, junior Natalie Montefiori, eighth-grader Spencer Jennings and seventh-grader Maya Dolan broke the school record with a time of 4:00.36.
Leversedge, Jennings and Dolan all had three first-place finishes and a second to help the Cavs girls team defeat Wake Christian 80–10 and narrowly lose to NRCA 50–44. The same relay team that broke the 400 free record also took first in the 200 medley relay. Leversedge was the 100 free winner with a time of 58.86; Jennings took first in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.95; and Dolan was the winner of the 200 IM at 2:24.20. On the boys side, the Cavs swept the tri-meet with a 76–16 win over Wake Christian and a 68–25 win over NRCA. Ninth-graders Stewart Roessler and Alfred Honore led the way with four first-place finishes. Roessler and Honore, along with senior Nathan Dalva-Baird, teamed with eighth-grader Brodie Mason to win the 200 medley relay and then with senior Jasper Wolf to take first in the 400 free relay. Roessler took individual wins in the 500 free (a near record-setting time of 5:08.32) and the 200 free (1:56.66), while Honore took home first-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:06.99) and the 100 Fly (58.08). Dalva-Baird also had a first-place finish in the 100 free (57.79) and placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.33). Wolf won the 50 free (25.30), while the 200 free relay team of sophomore Logan Beard, ninth-graders Nicolas Williams and Lars Oehler and eighth-grader William Chen took first as well.
The swim teams will be back at it this afternoon at Saint Mary’s School as they race against the home Saints and Wake Christian.
Thank you for your continued support of DA athletics. We hope you can come out to Kirby Gym on Friday night to support the basketball teams. If you cannot make it, catch all the action live via our live-stream.
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.