Durham Academy is fielding its first Ultimate Frisbee team for the upper school after four seasons at the middle school level.
Eighteen students are competing in the club-level sport, and they take it seriously.
“It’s a mix of a couple different sports,” junior Ben Womble said. “You have one or two people handling the discs, throwing to receivers like football, and then there’s a little bit of soccer, because you’re always moving around. It’s pretty high octane. Not many people know about it, but the people who do know about it are really into it.”
While skeptics might scoff at playing Frisbee as anything but recreational, note that a middle school tournament DA hosted last year drew 12 teams. This year’s tourney expects to attract up to 30 teams to DA.
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Jonathan Nethercutt is in his first season coaching both the middle school and upper school DA White teams. He is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate who played on the Tar Heels’ Darkside team and won the 2015 Callahan Award – Ultimate Frisbee’s version of the Heisman.
Faculty liaison/coordinator Jeff Parkin said he is especially pleased to see more girls participate on the middle school level.
“The popularity of the sport, it has to do with the inclusive nature of it, both boys and girls. It’s a co-ed sport in a very true sense,” he said. “It’s also a sport where the vast majority of player are entering it at more or less the same skill level. I think it’s really important that the school be able to provide that for kids who might not see themselves as the most athletically gifted.”
Fans can watch all three of the Cavaliers’ Ultimate squads in action in the Middle School Championship Tournament Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Durham Academy. The upper school team will compete in the Triangle Wolfpack Invitational Jan. 30-31 on N.C. State’s campus.
Voyagers overcome a bad break
Voyager Academy was forced to move its junior varsity and varsity girls and boys basketball games to a different location last Friday night due to unforeseen circumstances.
The culprit: Jay Huff.
The senior 6-foot-11 Virginia recruit shattered a backboard with a backward slam dunk during the homecoming pep rally dunk-off contest. The games were moved to the middle school gymnasium for the night. Of course, the video has gone viral.
But the relocation didn’t change the results. The Vikings defeated Franklin Academy 77-48 for their 25th straight conference win. Huff and Haydn Lyons scored 11 points apiece.
Dons Basketball looks at expansion
Otis Lyons, executive director of Campaign4Change and the DONS Basketball League, is hosting an information session in Raleigh today on expanding the DBL into the City of Oaks.
The league has been serving Durham’s youth for years with not only basketball but also enrichment programs, life skills workshops, community service and more. Lyons plans to launch the Raleigh DBL in May for 150 youth in the 14-week free summer program.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell and underwriter Capitol Broadcasting Company endorse the C4C.
Bull City Legacy hoops on TV
The Bull City Legacy will have several of their remaining regular season games televised on ESPN3. The matchups will be played at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh. The games include:
• Feb. 20, 5 p.m. – Cary vs. Bull City
• March 5, 5 p.m. – Huntersville vs. Bull City
• March 12, 5 p.m. – Charlotte vs. Bull City