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
While students have been focused this week on exams, the buzz surrounding our winter sports teams continues to build. After two consecutive rockin’ Friday night Cav Dome basketball events (our crowd and atmosphere earned a positive write-up in Phenom Hoop Report), both varsity basketball teams will be in action over winter break in the inaugural Durham Holiday Classic, held at Durham School of the Arts Dec. 27–29.
This comes a week after the boys team plays two headlining games in Charlotte. While the swim team had some rough results in Friday’s meet in Cary, there were more state qualifiers and positive times in the pool.
The 11–1 boys basketball team is garnering a lot of attention lately, including being ranked in the top 10 in many of the state’s major polls. The Cavs are seventh in the latest HighSchoolOT poll, which ranks the top public and private school teams in the eastern part of the state.
These accolades come on the heels of two more big wins for coach Tim McKenna’s crew, as the Cavs went to High Point on Dec. 13 and defeated Wesleyan Christian Academy 76–60 behind senior Bryant Randleman’s 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals. DA used a 25–3 first-half run and held the Trojans to just one basket over a 10-minute period to break the game open. Sophomore Cole Sinclair matched a season-high with 20 points, while ninth-grader MJ Rice added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Twenty-four hours later, the Cavs returned home for a 59–44 victory over previously unbeaten Cape Fear Academy. After a sluggish offensive first half that saw DA lead by just one for 18–17 at the half, the Cavs came out on fire in the second half, hitting eight of 14 3-pointers. Sinclair hit all five of his threes in the second half to score a game-high 15 points while Rice added 12 points and nine rebounds. Randleman had 7 points and a career-high-tying eight assists. Senior Michael Savarino had a great all-around game with 10 points and four assists. A 14–0 third-quarter run gave the Cavs the breathing room they needed to take control of the game.
This weekend, after wrapping up exams, the boys will head to Charlotte to participate in the first-ever Crown Town Classic at Providence Day School. DA will battle Charlotte power Northside Christian Academy at 5:15 p.m. Friday and 4A competitor Cannon School at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The DA girls basketball team matched a season high in points as an offensive outburst led to a 70–50 home win over Cape Fear Academy on Friday night. After an early deficit, eighth-grader Joelle Davis shot the Cavs back in the game as her 35-footer at the buzzer put DA down just 1 point after the first period.
Davis, senior Imani Spence and junior Claire Middleton all had career nights to help the Cavs to the win over the Hurricanes. We will start with Spence, whose career-high-matching 17 rebounds put her over the 1,000-career-rebound mark. Spence and her teammates had some fun honoring this milestone after the game.
🚨🚨Milestone Alert! With her 17 rebounds tonight, senior Imani Spence has eclipsed the 1000 rebound mark for her career! Here is the postgame celebration pic.twitter.com/jVktvy1V5m— DA Athletics (@daathletics) December 15, 2018
Middleton scored a career-high 24 points on 12–18 from the field and pulled down seven boards, while Davis also had a career-high with 21 points including six 3-pointers to go along with career highs of seven rebounds and five assists. A 25–10 second period broke the game open, and a season-best seven 3-pointers helped the Cavs to their fifth win of the year. The girls will be off until competing in the Durham Holiday Classic on Dec. 27–29. Their opening game will be vs. Hillside High School on Dec. 27 at 11:30 a.m.
A shorthanded swim team traveled to Cary Academy to compete with the host Chargers and Raleigh Charter School on Friday. The boys teams dropped matching 76–18 scores to both schools, as ninth-grader Stewart Roessler continued his impressive season with three top-three finishes. Individually, Roessler placed second in the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:16.88 and third in the 200 individual medley at 2:21.69. Roessler teamed with senior Nathan Dalva-Baird, ninth-grader Alfred Honore and sophomore Jay Shanahan to place third in the 200 medley relay.
On the girls side, the Cavaliers had a narrow 49–44 loss to Raleigh Charter, while also falling 72–22 to Cary Academy. Eighth-grader Spencer Jennings and seventh-grader Maya Dolan both had four top-three finishes to lead the Cavs, while senior Haley Leversedge had three top-three finishes. Jennings had a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.31) and a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (26.49). Dolan placed second in the 200 freestyle race (2:06.75) and third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.12). Leversedge finished third in the 500 freestyle (6:05.94). Jennings, Dolan and Leversedge were joined by sophomore Quinn Shanahan to place third in the 200-yard medley relay; the team of Jennings, Dolan, Leversedge and sophomore Anna Brent-Levenstein placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Next up for the swimmers is a rare evening meet, as they travel to the Triangle Aquatic Center on Friday, Jan. 11, to battle Triangle Math and Science Academy at 7 p.m.
While this is the last Cavs Corner of 2018, you can still follow our basketball teams on our social media platforms as they play during winter break. If you are in town Dec. 27–29, please consider coming out to Durham School of the Arts to catch both hoops teams in action. Happy holidays from DA athletics!
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.