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
Welcome to the first Cavs Corner of 2019! We hope you had a restful and relaxing winter break and are ready for the sprint of winter athletics events scheduled between now and mid-February. Both basketball teams were in action over the break, with the boys winning five of six games and the girls going 2–2. Friday night is a big one for all of our athletics teams, as seven of our eight basketball teams are in action, as well as our swim teams. The swimmers will battle Triangle Math and Science Academy at the Triangle Aquatics Center, while our junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will host Cary Academy for Lower School Night at the CavDome.
Winter Break Review
The boys basketball team had a successful winter break, winning two games in the Crown Town Classic in Charlotte, taking two of three in the inaugural Durham Holiday Classic and then capping winter break with a 25-point win at the Raleigh Hawks. In Charlotte, ninth-grader MJ Rice had 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the Cavs to a 62–57 win over a high-powered Northside Christian team with multiple Division I prospects. The very next afternoon, a 15-point effort from senior Bryant Randleman and a 23–1 bench scoring advantage propelled the boys to a 66–60 win over Cannon School. Here are weekend highlights from Ball is Life.
The following week, both varsity basketball teams were in action at Durham School of the Arts for the Durham Holiday Classic. This event featured eight Durham schools battling it out for a true city championship. Both the boys and girls teams had similar fates, losing to Hillside in round one, defeating Durham School of the Arts in round two and then winning their third and final game of the weekend.
On the girls side, the Cavs started with a 10-point loss to Hillside High as eighth-grader Joelle Davis scored a team-high 16 points while senior Imani Spence had a game-high 16 rebounds. In the second round, the Cavs had to rally from double digits down to nip Durham School of the Arts in overtime 32–30. Davis had 18 points, while junior Claire Middleton had 7 points and 14 rebounds. In the final game of the tournament, DA scored the first 17 points of the game and cruised to a 49–11 win over Voyager Academy. Davis had 16 to lead the Cavs in scoring while Spence had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
In boys action, the Cavaliers met undefeated Hillside High in a battle of two of the state’s top-ranked teams. In fact, as of Tuesday’s maxpreps.com rankings, the Hornets were No. 7 and the Cavs were No. 18. Hillside’s size and athleticism were too much for DA in a 73–52 loss. Randleman had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals, while sophomore Toby Harris connected on four of five from 3-point range for 12 points. The boys regrouped for a dominating 82–46 win over DSA the following day. This was a total team effort, as all 11 Cavs scored at least two points and pulled down at least one rebound. Ten Cavaliers registered at least one assist, led by a six-assist performance from ninth-grader Nik Graves. Sinclair (15 points), Randleman (14 points) and Savarino (14 points) all scored in double figures, while junior Davis Beischer (8 points) and senior Henry Rogers (nine rebounds) registered career highs. Senior Jasiah Davis also had a career high with 5 points and five rebounds. A strong second-half performance lifted the DA boys to a 62–47 win over Riverside High in the tournament finale. Randleman’s 19 points and nine rebounds along with 14 points from Savarino lifted the Cavs to the win.
Both teams had a few days off for the New Year’s holiday, then both teams were back in action Friday night. After a strong start that saw a tied game after one period and a five-point game at the half, the girls eventually lost to Greensboro Day 51–40. Spence was once again a warrior, as she put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. Senior Jenny Drury added 9 points and six rebounds.
Meanwhile in Raleigh, the boys shook off a slow start to down the Raleigh Hawks 82–57. The Cavs were 19–28 from the field in the second half and used a 20–2 third-quarter run to break open a close game. Sinclair tied a career high with 22 points, while sophomore Brent Randleman had career highs in points (11), rebounds (8) and assists (5).
Rough Night at Ravenscroft
Tuesday was a rough night for both the boys and girls basketball teams in Raleigh. Neither team started well; in fact, if you combine the first periods of both games, the Ravens outscored the Cavs 29–6! In the girls game, the Cavs could never climb out of their slow start, with a 15–2 deficit after one quarter growing to 32–11 at the halftime break. Drury’s 10 points and Middleton’s 8-point, eight-rebound night led the Cavs in a 49–29 defeat to open up conference play. The boys missed their first 13 shots from the field and did not score a field goal for the first 7:15 of the game. While the Cavs were able to climb out of a 14–2 hole to eventually cut the Ravenscroft lead to 1 point in the third period, a rough six-minute stretch from the end of the third through midway in the fourth was the difference. Trailing 35–34, DA had five shots and two free-throw attempts to tie or take the lead. Unable to knock down any of those seven shots, the Cavs went cold and did not score for the next six minutes. Meanwhile, the Ravens scored on 12 of their next 13 possessions to re-open a double-digit lead and cruise to a 17-point win. Sinclair (14 points/6 rebounds) and Bryant Randleman (12 points/5 assists/4 steals) led the Cavs.
Lower School Night at the CavDome
Friday evening is Lower School Night at the CavDome! We hope all Lower School students and their families, as well as all other members of the DA community, will attend our varsity hoops games as the Cavs host conference rivals Cary Academy. The girls game starts at 6:15 p.m., with the boys to follow at 7:45 p.m. If you cannot make it out to Kirby Gym, be sure to check out the livestream. As always, thank you for your support of 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.