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Cavaliers moving up to the next level

DA students who signed NCAA National Letters of intent last week were, left to right: Jordan Barry (Stanford field hockey), Chloe Lewis (Duke lacrosse), Eliza Dekker (Dartmouth cross country) and Anna Wears (Wake Forest golf).
DA students who signed NCAA National Letters of intent last week were, left to right: Jordan Barry (Stanford field hockey), Chloe Lewis (Duke lacrosse), Eliza Dekker (Dartmouth cross country) and Anna Wears (Wake Forest golf). Courtesy of Durham Academy

Durham Academy concluded its fall athletic season with a four-player national signing day celebration.

Jordan Barry, Eliza Dekker, Chloe Lewis and Anna Wears signed National Letters of Intent to Division I schools Wednesday inside DA’s Kirby Gymnasium.

“Everybody standing here is really, really proud of you all,” Athletics Director Steve Engebretsen said. “We’re proud because of how well you’ve done in your sport and what you’re getting to do. ... and it makes it easier to celebrate something like this when you’re standing here with four young women who are just great teammates and great students.”

Barry will play field hockey at Stanford. She is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America, three-time NCISAA All-State and two-time conference player of the year.

Barry played on the prestigious U19 national field hockey team, one of just 24 players selected from across the country.

She also lettered in swimming and was a three-time All-America in lacrosse.

“It’s (Stanford) is just an amazing school,” she said. “It has Olympic sports, and I want to surround myself with the best people I can.”

Added field hockey coach Judy Chandler: “Jordan has been an amazing competitor. Her athletic ability, competitiveness and desire to be the best have led her to where she is today.”

Lewis will be the first recruit from North Carolina to play lacrosse at Duke. She is a three-time NCISAA All-State player, and also lettered in swimming.

Lewis said she chose Duke for its academics and atmosphere.

“It’s a great academic school, and I love the lacrosse team there. They are a great group of girls,” she said.

Dekker, a three-time state cross-country champion, is off to Dartmouth College.

Her bid to win a record fourth title failed after she was forced to quit this year’s race due to health reasons. Nevertheless, her school records and titles will last for some time: five-time NCISAA All-State; five-time TISAC champion; six-time DA team MVP; state championships in the 800, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay; school records in the 800, 1600 and 3200; and a state meet record in the 800. She also lettered in swimming.

DA coach Dennis Cullen said he can’t take any credit for Dekker’s wins.

“She started running with the Durham Striders long before she met me, so I take no credit for her success,” he said. “They gave her a good foundation. She has been wonderful to work with here, always cheerful. She’s going to be missed.”

Wears will head to Wake Forest as a Demon Deacon. In one season at Durham Academy, she was named the TISAC’s girls golf player of the year and co-champion.

Wears said she never considered not being able to play sports on the next level.

“It’s scary, but it’s all about time management,” she said. “You have to make time for the things you want to do.”

Movin’ on

Jordan High student-athletes Salita Greene (basketball) and Steven Oakley (baseball) also signed National Letters of Intent last week during the early signing period.

Greene, rated a three-star forward by ESPN, signed with Richmond. She is last season’s PAC-6 Conference Player of the Year, the first female in school history to be so named, and led the Falcons to a 16-10 record as a junior.

Oakley will travel down I-40 to N.C. State. He also was named last season’s PAC-6 Player of the Year as a junior.

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