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Monday, February 19, 2018

Wrestling: 4A State Championship Final Update


February 17th; Greensboro, NC - In front of 8,000 spectators at the Greensboro Coliseum, we had five Caps who had earned the privilege to compete at the 4A NCHSAA State Championships by placing top four in Regionals the weekend before. In the grueling three-day tournament, a wrestler must make weight in three consecutive days as well as avoid injury.  Seniors Nash Philbeck, Nic Valdespino and Christian Hite all went undefeated through the first two days to advance to the State Championship Finals. On Saturday night, each dropped close matches in the final, but held their heads high as 4A East Region Champions and NCHSAA 4A State Runner-Ups.  Junior Kaleb Wright made of a run of his own placing 4th, and also had claimed a Regional Championship the week before.  Senior Patrick Maxwell capped off a stellar season by winning two matches at the State Tournament.

Having five wrestlers qualify for the State Tournament as well as having four earn a place at the podium is unprecedented at NBHS. The endurance, discipline and courage the sport demands to participate and win is inspiring, and these student-athletes should be applauded. We close the book on the season and on the careers of our four seniors. Thank you to the coaching staff, supporters and fans. And special recognition for Marc Ridel for his talented photography and support - more photos here)

Nash Philbeck, Senior 145 lbs.

  • 143 Career Wins
  • Conference Champion
  • Regional Champion
  • 4X State Qualifier
  • 2017 State Champion and 2018 State Runner-up











Nic Valdespino, Senior 138 lbs.
  • 139 Career Wins
  • Conference Champion
  • Regional Champion
  • 3X State Qualifier
  • State Runner-Up
  • Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State










Christian Hite, Senior 160 lbs.
  • 112 Career Wins
  • Conference Champion
  • Regional Champion
  • 2X State Qualifier
  • State Runner-Up








Patrick Maxwell, Senior 132 lbs.
  • 65 Career Wins
  • Conference Champion
  • Regional Place-winner
  • State Qualifier

Kaleb Wright, Junior, 170 lbs.
  • 38-8 season record
  • Regional Champion
  • State Qualifier and State Place-winner

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wrestling: Three Caps Are Regional Champs...Unprecedented Five Qualify for State Championships


New Bern, NC -- Broughton's big five came alive this weekend at the 4A East Region Championship Tournament held at New Bern High School. Nash Philbeck, Nic Valdespino and Kaleb Wright each went undefeated to win the 4A East Region title in their respective weight classes. Christian Hite earned runner-up honors and Patrick Maxwell placed 4th. To advance to the NCHSAA state championship tournament next weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum, wrestlers must place in the top four in their respective regional championship tournaments. This year Broughton sends an unprecedented five wrestlers to the big dance. Congratulations to Head Coach Charles Blumell and to our Caps!

Senior Nash Philbeck - 42-1 
2018- 145 lbs. 4A East Region Champion
Returning State Champion and 4X State Qualifier



Senior Nic Valdespino; 41-4
2018- 138 lbs. 4A East Region Champion
3X State Qualifier



Junior Keleb Wright; 35-6
2018-  170 lbs. 4A East Region Champion


Senior Christian Hite; 40-2
2018- 160 lbs. 4A East Region Runner up
2X State Qualifier


Senior Patrick Maxwell; 29-11
2018- 132 lbs 4A East Region Place-winner and State Qualifier















An unprecedented five Broughton wrestlers qualified
for the 2018 NCHSAA State Championship

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wrestling to Honor Juggernaut Senior Class



On Tuesday night, January 23rd, at 5:45pm in the small gym, the Wrestling Program will honor the most decorated senior class in Broughton wrestling history as they take on Sanderson. Please come out and celebrate with us:

(photo credits: Marc Ridel Creative)


PATRICK MAXWELL, Senior, 132 lbs.
  • 59 career wins
  • 2 Individual Tourney Championships
  • Has victories this year over 4A #7 and #8 ranked wrestlers
  • Currently ranked #6 in NC; 4A, 132 lbs.




CHRISTIAN HITE, Senior, 160 lbs.
  • 102 career wins
  • Regional Champion
  • 4th in State Tournament
  • Currently ranked #1 in NC; 4A at 160 lbs





NIC VALDESPINO, Senior, 138 lbs.
  • 129 career wins
  • 2X State Qualifier
  • Currently ranked #4 in NC; 4A at 138 lbs.
  • Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State



NASH PHILBECK, Senior, 145 lbs.
  • 133 career wins
  • Regional Champion
  • State Champion
  • Currently ranked #1 in NC; 4A at 145 lbs



















Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cheerleaders Finish 3rd in Championship

On Saturday December 2, the varsity cheerleaders competed in the NCHSAA Championship Invitational. After a season of cheering on the football and basketball teams, they were given the opportunity to do be center stage in front of their competition and judges at the Raleigh convention center. Their division included 9 teams and they finished in 3rd place.

HSOT Photos

More Photos from the Tournament








Thursday, November 9, 2017

Broughton Volleyball Awards Wrap-Up

Broughton Letter of Intent signing day. November 8, 2017.

The volleyball team celebrated signing day yesterday with five players putting pen to paper in the lobby of Holliday Gym:

Nan Parrish: 5-10 Outside Hitter, UT-Chattanooga
Claire Sawyer: 5-10 Setter, UNC-Wilmington
Holli Smith: 5-6 Defensive Specialist, Appalachian State
Alden Willis: 5-3 Defensive Specialist, Jacksonville
Grace Youngblood: 5-11 Outside Hitter, University of North Florida

A number of program and conference awards were announced on Monday night at the Fall Sports Awards Assembly:

Cap-7 Player of the Year: Jade Demps
All-Conference: Claire Sawyer, Brittany Wood
HM All-Conference: Nan Parrish, Holli Smith, Alden Willis

Team MVP: Jade Demps
4-Star Coach's Award: Holli Smith, Grace Youngblood

The Capitals (17-5) ended their season with a third-round 3-1 loss to eventual state champion Green Hope on October 24th. Broughton had a first-round bye before sweeping Hoggard in the second round.






Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Five Volleyball Seniors Sign College Letters of Intent

In the Holliday gym Hall of Fame on Wednesday, five seniors from the volleyball team signed Letters of Intent to continue playing volleyball in college. A supportive crowd of fellow teammates coaches and parents watched as the following players signed their letters.

Claire Sawyer - University of North Carolina Wilmington
Holli Smith - Appalachian State
Nan Parrish - University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Alden Willis - Jacksonville University
Grace Youngblood - University of North Florida

Photos: http://bit.ly/2zohAHB








Monday, November 6, 2017

Caps Lose A Heartbreaker to #3 Heritage on Saturday

In a game where the #14 Caps gave # Heritage all they wanted and then a little bit more, Broughton could not overcome missing scoring chances and a strange free kick goal to lose 1-2 on Saturday night at Heritage in the Second Round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.


From the opening kickoff, Broughton showed that they had come to play and took the action right to the third seeded Huskies.  We had a good game plan, spearheaded by Senior Harrison Lee who drew the short straw to man mark 4A leading scorer Trevor Berk. Harrison did an exception job following Berk all over the field and making it difficult to find open space.

Unfortunately, Heritage got a goal against the run of play to make it 0-1 after 15 minutes. 

After that goal, the next 65 minutes were all Broughton. Junior John White had his best game as a Cap and terrorized the left side of the field continually getting the pass and beating his defender 1v1.  Junior Andrew Rossetti narrowly missed a header and both John and Andrew had shots saved or go just outside the post and we were 0-1 at half.

In the second half, Broughton got the equalizer that they deserved thanks to the hustle of Senior Ahmed Magoub who hustled to break up a ball near the top of the box and then had it spin back and follow him into the goal.  It was Ahmed's 10th goal of the season.

It was then Senior Cesar Gonzalez's turn, for the next 10 minutes, to run through the Heritage midfield and set up chances that the Caps couldn't capitalize on.   After Cesar, it was John White again who provided chances and - most importantly - kept the ball away from Heritage.

With 12 minutes left, it appeared that we were headed for overtime, but the strangest call ever gave Heritage an indirect free kick/goal inside the box.  Here's the best description I can provide:

  • A long ball was played towards our goal that was accidentally headed backwards by Broughton to a Heritage player - who was behind our defenders.  
  • The linesman on the right side called incorrectly called offsides (because if we play it backward then their person can be offsides and play the ball) and the ref blew the whistle after Clay had stopped a shot by the Heritage player.  
  • At that point, Heritage claimed foul and that it wasn't offsides (which was technically correct).
  • So, the ref consulted with the linesman and they awarded an indirect free kick for Heritage about 12 yards from our goal.  They said that this was the spot where Heritage received the back pass header.
  • The resulting free kick was always headed to the top corner and we were down 1-2.
  • Now, if the whistle blows in HS (or at least that is what I've been told by those smarter than me about these things) then the play is dead and at worst, if the ref wanted to change the bad call, then it should have been a drop ball OR we would have played the ball back to the Heritage GK.

Needless to say, it was deflating to have that happen but the Caps had over 10 minutes to correct the mistake and send the game to overtime.  Unfortunately, it just wasn't the Caps night as Erik Johnsen, Andrew, Cesar and John missed chances and we lost 1-2.

And while the above listed call definitely left us all scratching our heads, the Caps have only themselves to blame as they had ample chances to score and didn't finish.

A special shout out to: Ewan Reynolds, Lucas Beeson, Duncan Coffey, Ivey O'Brien and Jack Eubank for the defensive work Saturday night.  They held Heritage to 4 shots on goal - this coming from a team that was averaging 6+ goals a game.

Lastly, a thank you to Erik, Harrison, Franklin, Clay, Lex, Cesar, Stephen, Ahmed, Jack and Ewan for their commitment to the program over their time with us.

The Fall Banquet is Monday, November 6th and we'll have one more post with a recap of the season and awards.

Go Caps!!