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
Thank you to everyone from our school community who came out to Kirby Gym on Friday night to cheer on our basketball teams vs. Charlotte Christian School. It was one of the loudest crowds we have had in years and truly gave our squads a home court advantage. The best part is, we can do it again Friday night! Our girls varsity team hosts Cape Fear Academy at 5 p.m., with the boys hosting the Hurricanes at 6:30 p.m. We will be recognizing all of our Middle School basketball players, with the green and white girls teams introduced at the half of the girls varsity game and the green and white boys teams introduced at halftime of the varsity boys game. This is the last home event of the 2018 calendar year, and we hope you can be there to cheer on the Cavs!
The swim teams are also back in action Friday as they travel to Cary Academy to battle the Chargers. The boys team looks to improve upon their 3–0 start, while the 2–2 girls try to raise their record. Both teams have had a lot of success from their youngsters in their opening two meets.
Varsity Boys Basketball
The varsity boys basketball team lost a great opportunity for their first ever 10–0 start, as Charlotte Christian scored the final 8 points of the game to rally for a 61–58 win on Friday night. Ninth-grader MJ Rice had team-highs of 19 points and nine boards, while senior Bryant Randleman added 18 points, five rebounds and three assists — but the Cavs came up empty on three straight possessions to end the game, while the Knights hit a big 3-pointer and made five of six free-throws to rally for the win. Trailing 14–4 early, the Cavs made a run to get back in the game as Randleman had two tough baskets and sophomore Toby Harris hit a top-of-the-key 3-pointer. At the half, it was 31–28 Knights. After Rice tied the game with a 3-pointer to open the third quarter, some sloppy DA possessions allowed the Knights to re-open an 8-point lead. The Cavs then came on strong for a 9–0 run to take their first lead of the game as sophomore Cole Sinclair hit a 3, Rice scored twice inside and Randleman had a transition layup, all in a quick span of 1:19. The Cavs built a 5-point lead late in the fourth as junior Davis Beischer hit a tough leaner and then scored on a great full-court pass from ninth-grader Nik Graves to make it 58–53 DA with 2:00 to go.
After a timeout, the Knights scored on a deep 3-pointer to cut the lead to 2. The Cavs had unforced turnovers on their next two possessions, and the Knights went 3–4 from the line to take a 59–58 lead. The Cavs had chances on their final possession; senior Michael Savarino had a good look from three with 6 seconds left, and after a Knights foul on the rebound, a final attempt by Rice was stolen away. Sinclair finished with 8 points for DA, while Savarino had 2 points, four boards and six assists. Beischer added 5 points and four boards.
The next two nights will bring two more tough opponents as the Cavs visit Wesleyan Christian Academy and host Cape Fear Academy — DA and these two teams are all ranked in the Phenom Hoop Report’s private school top-15 rankings.
Varsity Girls Basketball
On the girls side, the Cavs snapped a four-game losing streak with a low-scoring 36–22 win over the Knights. The Cavs led 8–4 after one period and 19–13 at the half. Seniors Jenny Drury (11 points, three rebounds) and Imani Spence (10 points, 12 rebounds) led the Cavs, as they held the Knights to just two third-quarter points. Junior Claire Middleton chipped in 4 points and six rebounds, while eighth-grader Joelle Davis added 3 points as a late fourth-quarter spurt put the game away. Sophomore Amelia Kass had 2 points, six rebounds and four steals in a big effort for DA. While their game vs. Wesleyan was canceled, the girls are back at it Friday night vs. Cape Fear Academy.
The boys swim team traveled to Saint Mary’s School on Dec. 6 to battle Voyager Academy, and the Cavaliers youngsters helped DA come away with a 69–24 win. Leading the way were ninth-graders Alfred Honore and Stewart Roessler, who each won all four of their events. Both Honore and Roessler were joined by seniors Clayton Heard and Nathan Dalva-Baird to win the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Honore won his 200 and 500 freestyle individual races, while Roessler took first place in his 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke races. Heard won the 50 freestyle race and came in second in the 100 freestyle, while Dalva-Baird added second-place finishes in the 50 free and the 100 back. The Cavs won two other races, with ninth-grader Lars Oehler winning the 200 individual medley and the team of senior Jasper Wolf, juniors Jacob Palmer and Crosby Williams, and eighth-grader William Chen winning the 200-yard freestyle relay.
On the girls side, the Cavs took a 56–37 win over Voyager but fell 63–30 to the host Saints. Eighth-grader Spencer Jennings had two individual victories to lead DA, taking first in both the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events. Jennings was also a part of two second-place relay finishes, as she teamed with senior Haley Leversedge, sophomore Quinn Shanahan and eighth-grader Meghan Phu in the 200-yard medley relay. Jennings, Leversedge and Shanahan also joined with junior Lauren Grosshandler for second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Eighth-grader MacKenna Morris also had a great day in the pool, placing second in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle. Already, the Cavs have a combined 20 swimmers who have qualified for at least one event in the state meet, with Roessler, Honore, Dalva-Baird, sophomore Jay Shanahan and Leversedge having qualified for four events each. Monday’s meet at Ravenscroft was postponed, leaving Friday’s meet at Cary Academy as the last meet in calendar year 2018.
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 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.