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Monday, May 20, 2019

Men’s Tennis Season Comes to an End in State Playoffs

NCHSAA 4A Dual Team Tennis State Playoffs

Broughton men’s tennis team fell to Gibbons (6-0) in the 4A East Semifinals, third-round action on May 13th on the campus of Cardinal Gibbons. The Caps finished in the top 8 of North Carolina teams in the 4A division as well as the CAP-7 conference runner-up!

Marc Ridel Photos: BHS vs. Gibbons
BHS Overall Standing: 12-4

BHS top 6 singles (layout:@CapsTennis, 📷:MRidel)

NCHSAA 4A Individual Tennis State Championship

Cap's doubles team of Joey Burroughs and E.J. Mildwurf represented Broughton in the Individual State Championships on May 10th at the Millbrook Tennis Center. Round 1 Caps claimed victory against Page High but quarterfinals proved to be more difficult. After splitting the first two sets Broughton came up short in the third set at 7-5.

Burroughs/Mildwurf finished in the top 8 for doubles teams in North Carolina (4A division), as well as the 4A East Regional doubles team runner-up, and the CAP-7 doubles team champion!

States Round 1
Burroughs/Mildwurf def. Page 6-4,6-1
States Quarterfinals
Myers Park def. Burroughs/Mildwurf 7-5,2-6,7-5
Doubles duo, J. Burroughs & Mildwurf (📷:MRidel)

BHS Men’s Tennis Team Awards

Congratulations to Josh Lohman for Coaches Award and Adam Burroughs for MVP Award! 

Senior J. Lohman, Coach Mann, & Sophomore A. Burroughs
A huge thank you to our coaches, Barry Mann and Bill White for all their time, leadership, patience, and encouragement! Their outstanding coaching greatly contributed to our team having a successful season.

Twitter: @CapsTennis

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Peter Fountain Runs Away with 4A Golf Title - Caps Team Ties 4th

Congratulations to Broughton golfer Peter Fountain, who put together a historic performance to win the NCHSAA 4A Individual State Championship by 8 shots over his nearest competitor!

Peter Fountain, 2019 NCHSAA 4A State Champion

The NCHSAA 4A State Championship was contested May 13th and 14th at Pinehurst No. 8 (6,694 yards, par 72).  Myers Park of Charlotte won its first state championship since 1956, shooting 604 over 2 days to top Day One leader New Bern by 2 shots.

The Broughton Caps finished tied 4th with Pinecrest, six shots back at 610.  Cardinal Gibbons finished 3rd at 609.  While Peter Fountain spotted his teammates a lot of strokes, only James Carlin (78-76) played well enough to provide the assistance needed to allow the Caps to defend their 2018 title.  The rest of the team ran into trouble on either the front or back nine each day to push up their scores.

Champion Peter Fountain flanked by his teammates.

Fountain's performance in the championship, 69-68 for a total of 7 under par, was rather historic.  Only 7 players have shot better than 137 in two days of any NC High School golf championship, and this year's 2nd place finisher was 8 shots back at 1 over par.  And while the weather was beautiful, a persistent and gusty wind took a toll on the rest of the field.  The winning team score of 604 was the highest since 2002, and Myers Park's No. 1 player, a soon-to-be Division 1 college golfer, was 17 over par.

For Fountain, it was a great way to cap off a tremendous season that also included an East Region championship, wins at the Neuse High School Invitational and the Pinehurst High School Invitational, along with being Cap 7 Player of the Year.  Fountain was well under par in all of these competitions.  Peter joins a list of 4A State Champions that has included PGA players Carl Petterson, Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson, Grayson Murray and Doc Redman over the past 20 years or so.  Way to go Peter!

Coaches and Players on the 10th Tee at Pinehurst No. 8

For the Caps team, States were undoubtedly a disappointing end to what was otherwise the best regular season in years.  The Caps won the season-opening Keith Hills Kickoff, was the top NC team at the Anderson Creek High School Elite, finished 2nd by a stroke at the Carmel High School Challenge, won the Neuse High School Invitational, finished 3rd at the Pinehurst High School Invitational, and won the NC High School Invitational.

And this in a year when the best teams in the state, public or private, with the exception of 3A Charlotte Catholic, were all in the 4A division.  All 5 tournament starters, and all 6 conference starters, made big contributions to the team's success.  It might best be said that the team simply peaked too early, as golf is a game of ups and downs.

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Special thanks to Coaches Anderson Marlowe, Steve Smith and Jeff Ferrell.  Coach Marlowe brought a tough competitive edge that spurred on the players, Coach Smith was selfless in the time and travel he gave to the team, and the addition of Coach Ferrell for the last 4 years has been very welcome, with his calm demeanor and the respect he has earned in decades of Broughton basketball excellence.

Returners James Carlin, Jennings Glenn and Frank Gilliam

Best of luck to outgoing seniors, Biggs Hawley, Britt Stroud, Carter Dickinson, Smith Brewer and Wooten Wheless.  The Caps also bid a fond farewell to Peter Fountain, who will enroll early to prepare to play golf for the University of North Carolina.

Returners for next year include James Carlin, Frank Gilliam, Jennings Glenn and Will Mitchell.  For Broughton Golf, the history is impressive and the future is always bright!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lady Laxers End Season with A Stunner at East Chapel Hill

May 10, 2019

Lady Laxers End Season with A Stunner at East Chapel Hill
The Lady Caps traveled to East Chapel Hill for the quarterfinals of the state playoffs Friday night. This was the closest game of the year for the Caps, and it certainly was an exciting contest for a large crowd.  East Chapel Hill controlled the draw in the first ten minutes of the game.  The Caps also committed some costly turnovers in the first half.   These two factors allowed East Chapel Hill to take a 6-4 lead into the half.  The Caps didn’t play their best lacrosse in the first half and they faced a lot of adversity in the opening period.

Coach Yoder was able to get the girls focused during halftime. Broughton came out in the second half with a huge amount of confidence.  The passing was much better, the teamwork and offensive sets were very efficient.  The Caps controlled the draw.  Stella Smith had 6 draw wins on the night, and most of those came in the second half.  This allowed the Caps to roll off 5 straight goals and take a commanding 9-6 lead with 9:00 to play.   The story on the night was the incredible goalie play of Lauren Bryner.   Bryner reeled in 15 saves on the night for the Caps.  Broughton got some untimely penalties called in the last ten minutes of the game (while none were called on East CH, I mean 0, really 0). This resulted in having to play portions of the last ten minutes one and two players down.  Spotting East Chapel Hill two people proved costly as East rolled off 3 goals in a 4:00 span. They scored the go-ahead goal with 1:30 left to play.  This girls never gave up, and they managed to get a takeaway in the final 30 seconds and advance the ball the length of the field for a close shot with 7 seconds to play.  The East goalie made a great stop, and the contest ended with a 10-9 final score.
The Caps were led by Addie Camak with 4 goals.  Margaret Anne Warner had 3 goals,  Bailey Burgess and Emily Clark Joyner had 1 goal apiece.  Warner scooped up 4 ground balls, and Greer Eckerd had 2 ground balls.  Eckerd and Abigail Pugh played some great defense for the Caps to assist Bryner in dealing with the East attack.  

The loss ends the season for the Lady Caps with a 13-4 record.  Thanks to Coach Yoder and her dedicated staff for their leadership and hard work this year.  Thanks to a special group of Seniors, Emily Clark Joyner, Margaret Anne Warner, Ashley Soltis, Greer Eckard and EJ Fuller that have left a lasting impact on the program. These girls have set a standard for the program that can be built on for years to come. The future is bright for the Broughton Lady Laxers! 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Men’s Tennis Advances to States for Dual Team and Individuals

NCHSAA Dual Team Tennis State Playoffs

Broughton’s men’s tennis team earned a 5-0 win over Wakefield in the first round action on May 1st at an away match hosted by Wakefield High. This is the first time since 2013 in which the Caps beat Wakefield!

Round 1:
Broughton 5  |  Wakefield 0
J. Burroughs def. Wakefield 6-3,6-1
Mildwurf def. Wakefield 6-0,6-0
A. Burroughs def. Wakefield 6-0,6-0
Pace def. Wakefield 6-0,6-1
Tuttle def. Wakefield 6-3,6-1
Maret vs. Wakefield 6-4,1-0 DNF

Caps traveled to Wilmington on May 7th and battled Hoggard High in the second round of States earning Broughton a 5-1 victory!

Round 2:
Broughton 5  |  Hoggard 1
Hoggard def. J. Burroughs 6-2,6-2
Mildwurf def. Hoggard 7-5,1-0 Ret.
A. Burroughs def. Hoggard 6-4,6-4
Pace def. Hoggard 3-6,6-4, (10-3)
Tuttle def. Hoggard 6-3,6-1
Maret vs. Hoggard 2-6,7-5 (10-3)
Caps take the WIN vs. Hoggard in Wilmington!
Up Next: Monday, May 13th Broughton vs. Gibbons at 4pm, away at Cardinal Gibbons for the 4A East Semifinals Dual Team State Championship. Only 8 teams left now in the State Playoffs!
NCHSAA Individuals, Regionals

Broughton’s double team of Joey Burroughs and E.J. Mildwurf finished the 4A East Regional Doubles Tournament as the runner-up!

Burroughs/Mildwurf duo got off to a strong start securing two victories on May 3rd, hosted at Millbrook Tennis Center. Day two the doubles team kept things rolling by a huge win in the semi-finals in a 3-hour, 3 set match. Finals proved to be more difficult as the Caps fell in another tight 3 set match.

Jackson Pace and Hunter Tuttle also competed at Regionals, picking up a win for their first match.

Round 1
#1 seed Burroughs/Milwurf def. Wake Forest 6-0,6-0
Pace/Tuttle def. Wakefield 6-3,6-2
Burroughs/Mildwurf def. Hoggard 6-0,6-1
#2 seed Gibbons def. Pace/Tuttle 6-3,6-2
Burroughs/Mildwurf def. #3 seed Gibbons 7-5,3-6,7-6(7-2)
#2 seed Gibbons def. #1 seed Burroughs/Mildwurf 3-6,6-2,6-4
Burroughs/Mildwurf duo 4A East Regional Runner-up Champs! 📷:MRidel
Team Hunter/Pace at Individual Regionals |  📷:MRidel
Next Up: Burroughs/Mildwurf will compete on Friday, May 10th, 9am at Millbrook Tennis Center at the NCHSAA Individual Tennis State Championship! A lineup of 16 doubles teams will be competing. Good luck Caps!!!
Marc Ridel Photos: Individual Regionals
Twitter: @CapsTennis

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Peter Fountain Wins East Regional Golf Title - Caps Team Survives and Advances

Broughton Men's Golf played in the NCHSAA Golf East Regional at The Emerald Golf Club (6,500 yards, par 72) in New Bern on Monday, May 6th, trying to snag one of three team spots into the 2019 NCHSAA State Championship.

The Caps' #1 player, Peter Fountain, played his usual exceptional round of golf, posting 2-under 70 to win the individual Regional title by 3 shots over Randall Hudson and Jack Towarnicky of New Bern High School.

New Bern went on to win the team title.  Casey Osiecki shot 75 and Caleb Kimbrough shot 76 to complete New Bern's team score of 297.

The competition was close at the turn, with the Caps down by a couple of strokes on New Bern's home course.  However, much of the team faltered over the back nine, with only James Carlin posting a respectable 78.  While the Caps' team total of 310 was good enough for 2nd and a spot in the State Championship field, it was otherwise a forgettable round.

The field is set for the NCHSAA State Championship, to be played May 13th and 14th on Pinehurst No. 8, including the following teams:

East Region - New Bern, Broughton, Wilmington Hoggard
Mideast Region - Cardinal Gibbons, Holly Springs, Green Hope (Leesville missed by 2 strokes)
Midwest Region - Greensboro Page, Pinecrest, RJ Reynolds
West Region - Myers Park, Ardrey Kell, Providence (Hough lost playoff to Providence)

The Caps have had a highly successful regular season, proving that they can compete with anyone on tough courses.  Based on Regional results, however, the team will need to come to States like an underdog with an attitude.  New Bern, Myers Park, RJ Reynolds, Pinecrest and Cardinal Gibbons have all shown at some point that they can prevail, and the rest of the field are no slouches either! 

On the bright side, as defending champs the Caps are playing with house money.  They should be loose and buoyed by the incredible history of the program and the fact that they are the only team this year with the opportunity to repeat, while most of the other programs seek to win their first title ever, or in many decades.

It should be an entertaining competition to watch unfold.  For more information on the championship, and most likely a link to scoring during the tournament,

Go Caps!

East Regional Runner-up