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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Broughton Baseball Takes Care of Heritage

Broughton Varsity Baseball raised their conference record to 4-1 with a 10-1 victory over Heritage. Broughton returns to action either Thursday or Friday at Wakefield. Game time is 4:00 and the winner takes over sole possession of first place in the Cap 8.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

jvCaps Lax lose

The men's JV lacrosse team lost a tough game to rival Cardinal Gibbons 11-3. Falling behind 4-0 by the end of the first quarter, the offense had a hard time getting on track. Credit Cardinal Gibbons defense and stellar goalie play to thwart any comeback attempt. Scoring goals for the Caps were: Adam Mattheis, Cameron Gilchrist, and Max Hardin. Davis Weaver added two assists. jvCapsLax next home game is Monday April 4 at 5:30.

Staats Battle: WRAL's Extra Effort Award Winner

Tennis Coach Bill White, Staats Battle, Tom Suiter, Basketball Coach Jeff Ferrell
WRAL's Tom Suiter came to Broughton to present Staats Battle with the Extra Effort Award.

Staats Battle and his tennis teammates clown around with Tom Suiter.
Congratulations Staats for a well deserved honor!

Monday, March 28, 2011

White Leads Caps to Victory over Enloe

The Broughton Varsity Baseball team improves to 3-1 in conference play with a hard fought 4-3 win over Enloe. Wilson White pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to get the win and Joe Bialkowski got the final out with the bases loaded to pick up the save. The hitting attack was led by Payne Eller who went 3-3 with an RBI and Joe Bialkowski and Brandon Saunders who each provided a solo home run.

The team returns to action Tuesday night at Heritage. The game time is 6:00.

JV Girls Soccer Battles On

On Monday, the team had a dominating performance, with Lena Wallace having another great day of scoring, when they defeated Enloe, 2-0. After tieing the game before halftime on Wednesday against Wake Forest-Rolesville, victory slipped away with a late game score by Wake Forest.

The JV Caps face Heritage today, assuming the weather cooperates.

Lady Caps Soccer Ads Two More Wins

The Varsity Girl's soccer team started the week with a home game against Enloe. The Caps struck first when Caroline Brown scored with 25 minutes left in the first half. The Girls carried this 1-0 lead into halftime. With 16:39 left in the second half, Catherine Murphy scored an insurance goal off an assist from Markie Studnicky to put the Caps up 2-0 and seal the win.

On Wednesday night the Lady Caps were away at WF Rolesville. The girls wasted no time getting on the board when Markie Studnicky scored off a corner kick from Jessica Crowder ten minutes into the game. With 13 minutes left in the first half Elise Stafford scored on another corner kick from Jessica Crowder. The girls were not done as Caroline Brown scored off an assist from Clay Weaver with seven left to close out the first half with a 3-0 lead. The second half started much the same as Markie Studnicky scored with 39 minutes left in the first half. WF Rolesville was able to put one in during the last three minutes of the game, but it was too little too late as the Lady Caps closed out the week with a 4-1 win.

This week's schedule: Monday away at Heritage, Wednesday at home versus #7 Wakefield, Thursday at home versus #4 Apex.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Three Varsity Softball Games This Week

The Broughton Varsity Softball team will have a busy week, adding a make up game tomorrow at home with Middle Creek. The Lady Caps will host the Mustangs at the Pullen Park Field, off of Pullen Road on the campus of NC State University. Game time is 4 PM and admission is free.

The Caps will travel to Heritage High School on Tuesday and then to Wakefield on Thursday. Both games are scheduled for 4 PM.

Last Thursday, the softball team had a nail biter with rival Enloe High School. The Caps won their first conference game for Head Coach Dorrian Stephens, beating the Eagles by a score of 9-8. Junior Sarah Dodson, who displayed outstanding defensive play, was the winning pitcher for the Caps. The entire Broughton team made numerous outstanding defensive plays, including sophomore Morgan Buonpane, who retired all three batters in the 5th inning. Every player in the Lady Caps line up either had a hit, an RBI or scored a run. The offensive attack included two hits by Morgan Buonpane, Gina Guzzo and Kristi Parker.  Apryl Olko had a double, while Valerie Guzzo, Garett Hedgepeth, and Cole Bellamy all had singles.  Morgan Bounpane scored three runs, and Apryl Olko, Valerie Guzzo, Gina Guzzo, Kristi Parker, Cole Bellany and Lindsey Warren all scored one run. Garett Hedgepeth and Gina Guzzo each had three RBIs while Valerie Guzzo had one RBI.

The Junior Varsity Softball team will host Wakefield this Thursday at the Pullen Park Field. Game time is 4 PM and admission is free. Good luck to both teams this week!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Broughton Men's Golf - Season Update

Men’s golf at Broughton has been under way for several weeks now, starting their
season the first week of March. Here is an update of the season, along with the latest scores from their match this past Thursday at The Clayton-Neuse Invitational.
The golf team competes with either 5 or 6 players in each match with the top 4 scores
counting for the team total. Most of the Invitational tournaments are 18 holes, with the
Conference tournaments being 9 holes.

Mar 4th – Keith Hills High School Kickoff: Broughton finished tied for 7th out of 20 teams with a team score of 314.

Mar 7th – Conference Match at North Ridge. 1st place -Leesville Rd; 2nd place - Wakefield; 3rd place- Broughton

Mar 8th – Conference Match at Heritage: 1st place – Leesville; 2nd place – Broughton
3rd place – Wakefield

Mar 11th – Anderson Creek Invitational: Broughton finished 5th out of 13 teams with a team score of 314.

Mar 15th – Conference Match at Lonnie Poole: Broughton finished 2nd behind Leesville and ahead of Wakefield.

Mar 24th - In their latest match at the Clayton-Neuse Invitational, Broughton finished 5th out of 16 teams, with a team score of 303. Competing in the match for Broughton were Bill Marlowe (75); Cyrus Stewart (77); Chris Harmon (75); George Kilgore (76) and John Irby (87).

Next Match – March 29th - Conference match at Wildwood Green

Current standings: Broughton is in second place in the Conference behind Leesville Road, followed by (in order) Wakefield, Wake-Forest Rolesville, Millbrook, Sanderson, Heritage and Enloe.

Tennis: Millbrook edges Broughton

Millbrook edges Broughton with doubles sweep - High school -

Friday, March 25, 2011

Best Win for Lady CapsLax This Season, Holding Off Enloe, 14 vs. 13

The odds were against the Lady CapsLax last Thursday night, 3/24, for seven players were missing, largely due to school field trips, or injury. The girls played conference rival Enloe, which is a senior-oriented team whose core players demonstrated commitment to extensive fall ball training. Coach Alexander and Coach Duncan knew they would have turn to non-starters for important contributions this game and they responded. Of particular note, the defense held Enloe to only 3 goals in the 1st half. After a furious 2nd half rally, the defense held onto the lead for the Lady CapsLax, particularly in the closing minute when they shut down a furious scramble and attempts to get the tying score. A special shout-out goes to junior goalie Faith Kelly who recorded a career high 12 saves. On offense, it was another balanced production lead by senior co-captains Paulina Escobar (5 goals & 1 assist) and Sarah Stidham (3 goals). Rounding out the scoring were freshman Kelsey Dupere (4 goals & 2 assists) and sophomore Madeline Crone (3 goals) and Mary Katherine Fagan (1 assist). The final score was a nail bitter, 14 vs. 13. It was a total team effort the entire game. Coach Alexander said it best, “…I am so proud of the heart and soul that shined through last night’s game. Of course, the win in itself is great; however, I am most proud of the hustle and team effort that shined through last night’s win.”

Varsity CapsLax Pin Enloe on Heels, 16 vs. 2

The Varsity Boy’s CapsLax team defeated a defense-oriented and pesky Enloe team last Thursday evening, 16 vs. 2. As usual when playing conference rival Enloe, the game was emotional and often marred with penalties throughout. This game was another outstanding team effort by the defensive unit and complete goalie play by junior Austin Johnston. Enloe was limited to only 6 good shots on goal all evening. All clears to transition were successful. You know your defense is having a good night when faced with a man-down penalty situation, they cause a turnover, clear quickly to open field transition, enter cleanly inside the box, and dish to an open attackmen for a easy lay-up. Give a shout out to Harrison Black who registered an assist for that type of play which exemplifies the total team defensive effort in this game.

For the fourth game in a row, the CapsLax had balanced offensive production lead by senior Sonny Creech, who registered a 5-point game (4 goals & 1 assist), junior Dane Angell (3 goals & 2 assists), and senior Mitchell Dupere (3 goals & 1 assist). Of particular note, senior Oliver Fleming had his best all-around game of the season, registering 2 goals and 1 assist; it was good to see him dodge effectively from the midfield with confidence, athleticism and skill. Rounding out the balanced offensive production were seniors Coleman Whyte and Sam Cramer, and juniors Battle Smith and Justin Moore, who contributed with 1 goal each. Senior Michael Eades registered 1 assist and put point on the stat sheet for at least the third game in row. The balanced team play, both on defense and offense, is important going into the pivotal conference match-up against perennial state power Cardinal Gibbons in the next game on Tuesday, 3/2. A tie for 1st place in the conference is on the line.

JV Women's Softball beat Enloe

The JV Women's Softball team played tough and beat Enloe by a large margin. They played hard and came out with a great win.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

jvCapsLax beat Enloe

Broughton's jvCapsLax team raced out to a 7-0 lead over conference foe Enloe by the end of the first quarter. In a rather ragged game, all lines got playing time and the Caps finished off Enloe with a final score 10-4. Max Hardin had a strong effort, winning most of his faceoffs, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist. Davis Weaver led the scoring with 3 goals and 1 assist. Starting attackman Adam Mattheis added a goal and 1 assist. Drew Foster, Ian Nabors, and Cameron Gilchrist each scored 1 goal. Drew Hinton scored an unassisted long stick goal.
Next up for the Caps is a Tuesday night home rematch with Cardinal Gibbons.

Lady CapsLax Exert Strong Effort at Millbrook, 15 vs. 4

The Broughton Varsity Lady CapsLax team had their most complete game of the season last Tuesday against Millbrook. Offensively six different players recorded goals with freshman Kelsey Dupere, sophomore Madeline Crone, junior Alex Yankoglu, and senior co-captain Paulina Escobar recording 3 goals, each. Rounding out the scoring was sophomore Mary Katherine Fagan with 2 goals, and Sarah Stidham with 1 goal. Both Alex and Sarah recorded 2 and 1 assists, respectively.

More importantly, this was the best defensive outing of the year. The defense held Millbrook to a total of 4 goals. Furthermore, much of the 2nd half was played with a rolling clock, meaning our defense held the game margin to more than a 10 goal differential throughout the 2nd half. The entire Lady CapsLax team was hungry for ground balls, and/or caused turnovers leading to ball control and time of possession in our favor. This was definitely the most complete game of the season.

Varsity Boy’s CapsLax Handle Millbrook Easily, 13 vs. 4

After a ragged first 10 minutes of play, Sonny Creech finally put a goal on Millbrook late in the 1st period. From that point on, this game was all Broughton. Mitchell Dupere went on to have a career night scoring 6 goals with most originating from out front of the goal rather than from behind. Also from the midfield, Dane Angell recorded 4 goals on the evening, tying a career high. It is always a fan favorite when a long pole scores—Ruffin Jones put one past the Millbrook goalie after a coast-to-coast defensive clear, bringing a roar from the crowd. Sam Cramer rounded out the goal scoring with Justin Moore and Michael Eades each recording one assist. Austin Johnston had another great game both in the cage and on defensive clears. Some of the clears pushed the ball forward quickly, leading to unsettled situations which resulted in easy transition goals--always fun to watch. And once again, the defense was dominant all evening lead by Harrison Black, Gray Johnson, Gray Gordon, Ruffin Jones, Kelton Jones, Rob Rader and others. Millbrook struggled all evening while on offensive thanks to another strong effort by the defense. Wilson Purcell and the other FoGo’s dominated all evening winning 2 out of every 3 faceoffs. A dominant team effort.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Re-Cap of Varsity Softball Action

The Varsity girls softball team opened up conference play last week by visiting Millbrook High School on Monday. The Caps pulled ahead early in the game but could not overcome a 6 run inning sixth inning by the Wildcats, losing 11-7.

Last Tuesday, the girls traveled to Cary to take on the Imps in a non-conference game. The Caps came out swinging in the first inning and never let up, winning 7-2. The Caps played their strongest game of this season defensively, giving up only two runs. Winning pitcher Sarah Dodson demonstrated excellent control while striking out three batters and making some exceptional fielding plays. Senior catcher Gina Guzzo made a diving catch for an out behind the plate followed by another diving catch by April Olko in left field to save the Caps from giving up a big inning. Nicole Bellamy, Garett Hedgepeth, Katie Munger, Morgan Buonpane, Kristi Parker, and Valerie Guzzo all played excellent defense to hold the Imps to two first inning runs. The Caps hitting attack was led by April Olko who flew around the bases with an inside the park home run. She later was held to third on what could have been another home run had the ball not gone under the left field fence. The sophomore infield trio of Morgan Buonpane, Nicole Bellamy, and Garett Hedgepeth all had two singles, followed by Katie Munger and Kristi Parker with one single each.

On Friday, the Caps returned home to Pullen Field to host a very strong Leesville team in another conference game. The Caps lost a heart breaker 10-6, giving up multiple runs in one inning. The hitting was led by April Olko who had a home run and a single. Sophomore Valerie Guzzo had two singles, while Katie Munger and Lindsey Warren each had a double. Gina Guzzo rounded out the hitting attack with a single.

Yesterday, the Lady Caps traveled to Wake Forest and lost 12-0 to conference power house WF-Rolesville. Tomorrow Broughton returns home to Pullen Field on the campus of NC State to take on the visiting Enloe Eagles. Please come out to support our girls in what hopes to be a conference win. Lets Go Caps! It's clobbering time!

Men's Tennis Team dedicates season to Sackett White

We were all saddened by the news two weeks ago of the sudden, unexpected and tragic loss of Coach Bill White's older son, Sackett White.  Sackett was 27 years old and had attended Broughton.  Upon hearing of the loss of Sackett, the Tennis Team collected their new tennis jerseys and had Sackett's name printed on their sleeves to dedicate their season in his honor as a surprise tribute to Coach White.  On Monday, the team unveiled their new jerseys for an emotional gathering with Coach White.  On Tuesday, Coach White's wife Sally, daughter Lelia and sister -in- law Peggy, all came to the tennis match to show their appreciation.  It was a special time being with the White family.

There was a schedule mix up on Monday and Broughton did not play East Chapel Hill, but played a make-up match with Enloe.  Broughton beat Enloe and won all courts with a score of 9-0.  On Tuesday, Broughton hosted Sanderson and won 9-0.  Broughton is now 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the CAP-8 Conference with a very impressive 54-0 conference match record.

Broughton (# 3 State Rank) will host undefeated (#7 State Rank) Millbrook for 1st place in the CAP-8 conference at HOME this Thursday, March 24 at 3:30pm.  Should be some great high school tennis.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

JV Mens Lacrosse Win Big

Entering the week with 3-1 record, the JV mens CapsLax team faced conference rival Millbrook on Tuesday. With a balanced team effort, the Caps dominated the time of possesion. The offense scored early and often taking a 6-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The defense shut down Millbrook, keeping the ball out of the box for most of the game. Holding Millbrook scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter, the Caps won 15-1. Leading the scoring were Davis Weaver and Logan Kendall with 3 goals each. Max Hardin and Ian Nabors had 2 goals each. Also scoring goals were: Cameron Gilchrist, Adam Mattheis, Vincent Lowe, Donnie Puryear, and Kevin Schmoeger. jvCapsLax next game is at Enloe on Thursday at 5:00.

The next home game is next Tuesday the 29th at 5:30. The jvCapsLax will have the chance to avenge their only loss when they host Cardinal Gibbons.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lady Caps Soccer Finishes Busy Week

With three games to be played in the same week the Caps needed a strong start which they delivered. They began last Monday night with a home game where they took on conference foe Sanderson. The Caps played well in closing out the match 2 - 0 for their first conference win of the season.

Wednesday night the Lady Caps were at Leesville Road. This conference rivalry always yields a hard fought match by both sides and Wednesday night did not disappoint. Leesville Road struck first and took a 1 – 0 lead into half time. The match was evenly played throughout the second half with both teams having scoring opportunities. With only a minute left in regulation, the Caps Lucia Stein-Montalvo took a free kick from 30 yards out that bounced over the Leesville keepers head to tie the score at 1 – 1 sending the game into overtime. Leesville came out strong and scored three minutes in to take a 2 – 1 lead that proved to be the game winner.

The Lady Caps were back in action again Thursday night to take on Pine Crest in a non-conference home game. Broughton came out strong in the first half with two goals from Clay Weaver coming at the 35 minute and 12 minute marks and Caroline Brown scoring at the 18 minute mark to take a 3 – 0 lead at the half. The second half proved to be more challenging as the effects of Wednesday nights overtime game started to show. Pine Crest was able to score two goals in the second half but the Lady Capitals held on for a 3 – 2 win.

Next up this week are Enloe at home Monday and Wake Forest away on Wednesday.

Varsity Softball travels to WF- Rolesville on Tuesday

The Lady Caps softball teams will travel to WF-Rolesville for a double-header on Tuesday to take on their toughest league opponent of the year. Junior Sarah Dodson will be on the mound at 6 PM for the Varsity while freshman Taylor Trigg will be pitching for the Junior Varsity in the opener at 4 PM.

The Lady Caps Varsity will be at home this Thursday at 4 PM hosting another league opponent, Enloe High School. All Broughton home games are played at the Pullen Road field on the campus of NC State. Admission to all home games is free. Please come out and support our girls in what promises to be an exciting game.

Broughton Alumnus Webb Simpson finishes 2nd in PGA Event!

Webb Simpson, Broughton's Hall of Fame Alumnus, finished second at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Fl on Sunday.   His 14 under par was one stroke behind the winner Gary Woodland.

Video Highlights of Sunday's final round.
Final-round highlights from Transitions Championship | Videos |

Transcript of post match interview with Webb.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lady CapsLax Lose to Athens on Effective Crease Play

The young Lady CapsLax experienced effective crease play around the goal by a senior-dominated Athens Drive team losing, 5 vs. 16, on Friday night away. This was the first time all season that the Lady CapsLax faced an experienced opponent that ran established sets from behind the goal, using cuts, slides, and dodges to create one-on-one isolation. Opponents in our previous games usually plowed directly toward the cage in open field transition, taking advantage of unsettled scoring situations. Facing an experienced team that runs set isolation plays was another important lesson for our young team as they continue to learn nuances of the game. The LadyLax transition game was effective and we held position well, particularly in the midfield. Scoring was lead by freshman Kelsey Dupere with three goals, followed by junior Alex Yankoglu and senior co-captain Paulina Escobar with one goal each. Of particular note, we saw the LadyLax run their own offensive sets for the first time all season which resulted in two of our goals. While the Lady CapsLax definitely had many scoring chances, they ran into a goalie which had a career night stopping at least eleven of more than the sixteen shots on goal she faced.

Broughton CapsLax Defeats a Feisty Garner Team

Broughton defeated a feisty Garner team, 16 vs. 2, last Friday evening. Garner continues to show improvement each year. In what has become a hallmark of this year’s team, the CapsLax defense was solid again allowing only 6 shots on goal, while forcing at least 15 turnovers on the evening. Both Garner goals came on man-down situations after penalties. Garner had great difficulty running any kind set offense for they were clearly overmatched on the CapsLax defensive end of the field. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening, however, was the Garner defense. Historically Garner has been known as a physical team and last Friday night was no different. Several CapsLax players got their bells rung, but this time the hits were clean and not out of frustration like in past seasons. Slowly the CapsLax offense adjusted and the team got another diverse outing with 9 different players contributing points on the night. Scoring was lead by senior captain Mitchell Dupere (4 goals & 5 assists), Sonny Creech (3 goals & 1 assist), Carl Churchill (2 goals), Justin Moore (2 goals), Sam Cramer (1 goal & 1 assist) followed by Johnathan Burke, Michael Eades, Coleman Whyte, Oliver Fleming all with one goal each. (Note: This author thinks Coleman should be credited with an assist for playing bounce-back with goalie’s facemask straight into the hands of a teammate who proceeded to score.) A closing credit goes out to the Garner goalie which played very well stopping at least 20 good shots on goal, otherwise the final score could have been much more lopsided.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

JV Girls Soccer Team Faces A Busy Week

The JV Girls Soccer team played valiantly through an exhausting week of soccer. On Monday against Sanderson, the girls played to a 0-0 finish. On Wednesday, a tough game against a mighty Leesville team ended in a painful 0-8 loss. With no time for recovery, the team faced a non-conference game against Pinecrest on Thursday. After falling behind 1-0, Lena Wallace came through with the tying goal. A courageous effort by everyone on the team, with great hopes for Mondays game against Enloe.

Friday, March 18, 2011

JV Women's Softball Team have tough loss to Leesville HS

We had a tough loss today but look forward to wins next week.

Men's Tennis Team Undefeated !

The Men's Tennis Team is off to a good start this season. The Team is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the CAP-8 Conference and is currently ranked # 3 in the State 4-A. Last week , Broughton defeated Wake Forest Rolesville ,9-0. On Tuesday, Broughton traveled to Heritage and won 9-0 and on Thursday they went to Wakefield and won 9-0. Broughton is 36-0 in CAP-8 conference matches.

March Madness is here with A "BIG" week coming up with three HOME matches.The team plans to unveil their new tennis uniforms at 4:00 Monday, March 21, with Broughton (# 3) hosting (# 2) state ranked and undefeated East Chapel Hill. East Chapel Hill's top three players have already committed to play in college next year.On Tuesday,March 22 @ 3:30 ,Broughton will host Sanderson.On Thursday, March 24 at 3:30, Broughton will host arch-rival undefeated Millbrook for the #1 ranking in the CAP-8 conference.Should be some great High School tennis.

Caps Baseball Takes Defending Champs

Broughton Baseball started their conference season in fine fashion with a 10-5 win over the defending Conference Champion Millbrook. Brandon Saunders pitched four solid innings for the win and the Broughton attack was led by Joe Bialkowski and Will Cooper who each had three hits.

 Broughton returns to action Friday at home versus Leesville. Game time is 4:00pm.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lady CapsLax Defeat Cary in Overtime Thriller

Last Friday, 3/11, the Lady CapsLax team won an overtime thriller against an improved Cary team, 16 vs. 14. Broughton was up by a comfortable 11 vs. 7 margin at halftime; however, Cary re-grouped and came from behind to catch the Lady CapsLax. At one point late in the game, Cary actually went ahead by one goal until sophomore Madeline Crone scored the tying goal near the end of regulation. The Lady CapsLax defensive unit got a couple of needed stops when the game on the line. Despite the high scoring game, our defense executed well in set defensive situations, for most of Cary’s goals were scored in either unsettled fast-break situations or off of unforced turnovers. The tense game ended in tie, 14 vs. 14, at the end of regulation.

In girl’s high school lacrosse, a tie game at the end of regulation goes into two 3-minute overtime periods. Broughton scored the first 2 goals in overtime. Cary matched the first goal. The winning goal was a perfectly executed crease goal on a backdoor cut by freshman Kelsey Dupere who received a pretty behind-the-goal assist from senior co-captain Sarah Stidham. Offensively, the Lady CapsLax had the most balanced game of the season with goals from regular contributors Kelsey Dupere (5 goals), senior co-captain Paulina Escobar (3 goals and 2 assists), and junior Alex Yankoglu (1 goal). Importantly, the LadyLax got much needed offensive point production from sophomores Mary Katherine Fagan and Madeline Crone who had 4 and 3 goals each, respectively.

On Friday, 3/18, the Lady CapsLax play NC Conference #3 rival Athens Drive, an experienced team with a starting lineup dominated by seniors, @ 4:00 PM away.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

JV Women's Softball Beat Cary High School Today

JV Women played a great game today against Cary High School. They won 6-2. There were several great moments during the game. These women are truly playing together as a team. There is alot of enthusiasm and support for each other. Please come see us play Leesville at Leesville Friday, March 18, 2011 at 4 pm.
Go Lady Caps!!!

Many Contribute to Win Over SE Raleigh

The Broughton Boy’s CapsLax Team won handily over SE Raleigh on Tuesday night, 3/15, by a final margin of 22 - 0. The outcome of the game was never in doubt as Broughton lead 12 – 0 at the end of the 1st period. In the possession and ball control aspects of the game, Broughton won nearly every face off and ground ball. If we didn’t, then our defense quickly converted the SE Raleigh possessions into a turnover. So dominant was Broughton’s defense that SE Raleigh managed only one legitimate shot on goal the entire game, which was handled easily by Austin Johnson, who recorded his first career shutout as the starting goalie.

On offense, nineteen different players contributed points, either goals or assists, creating the most balanced and prolific scoring contribution from any Varsity CapsLax game in recent memory. Mitchell Dupere and Dillon Pitts lead all goal scorers with 3 each, followed by Jimbo Dixon, Christian Harrell, and Coleman Whyte, who scored their first 2 goals of this season and their varsity careers. Rounding out the goal scoring included Dane Angell, Forrest Buckthal, Johnathan Burke, Carl Churchill, Sonny Creech, Colt Crouch, Michael Eades, Oliver Fleming, Aaron Kelley, and Dylan Stone who each recorded one goal in the game. Perhaps even more impressive was the assist-to-goal ratio—15 of the 22 goals recorded an assist. Mitchell Dupere tied a career high with 4 assists, followed by Colt Crouch and Justin Moore who each recorded 2 assists. Dane Angell, Sonny Creech, Michael Eades, Kelton Jones, Carter Robinson, and Battle Smith all recorded one assist on the night.

A closing credit and compliment goes out to the entire SE Raleigh team for maintaining player enthusiasm and determination throughout the game despite such a significant CapsLax opponent.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

JV Women's Softball Games This Week-Come Support the Team

JV Women play today at 4 pm against Millbrook at Home. Home games are played at Pullen Field on the NCSU campus not far from Broughton. Come see them play against the Cap 8 conference team. On Wednesday, they play Cary High School also at Home at Pullen Field at 4 pm. Friday they go against Leesville, another Cap 8 conference game at Leesville High School at 4 pm. Come support the Lady Caps!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Schedule Change in Varsity Softball this Week

The Lady Caps start conference play on Tuesday as they travel to Millbrook for a 4 PM game. Junior standout and last year's MVP, Sarah Dodson, will be on the mound as the Varsity Softball team takes on their first league opponent. The game will be played at the Millbrook Exchange Park.

On Wednesday, the softball team will travel to Cary for a non-conference game. The game time was originally scheduled for 4 PM but has been changed to 6 PM under the lights at Cary High School.

The Lady Caps return home this Friday for their second conference game of the year, hosting Leesville High School at 4 PM. All Broughton home softball games are played on the campus of NC State University. The games are NOT played at the softball stadium but at the softball field off of Pullen Road. If you are traveling from Broughton, the field is off of the second roundabout past Hillsborough Street.

Please come out and support the Lady Caps Softball team this week. Admission is free at all home games.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Big Week for Lady Caps Varsity Soccer Schedule

Come support the BHS Varsity Girls Soccer team while they play at home on Monday, March 14th against Sanderson High School. Game time begins at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, March 16th, the Caps will play away at Leesville High School, the conference champion last year. The Caps will be playing at home again on Thursday, March 17th versus Pinecrest High School.

Last week the Lady Caps suffered a conference loss against Wakefield on their home turf, 0-2.
But the team rallied on Wednesday night playing another conference team, Millbrook. The Caps looked good on offense and defense, scoring two goals and holding the Millbrook team to a shut-out.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Men's Track & Field defeats Millbrook

Congratulations to the Broughton Men's Track and Field team who defeated Millbrook yesterday by a score of 95 to 43.

Event Winners:
  • Chris Mangus: 100 meter and 200 meter Dash
  • Alvin Martin: Mile Run
  • Parker Johnson: 800 meter Dash
  • Jacob Hyman: 2 Mile Run
  • Juston Burris: High Jump and Long Jump
  • Harrison Booth: Pole Vault
  • Clay Jones: Shot Put
  • Carson Wooten: Discuss
  • Caleb Gabriel: 400 meter dash

Female Event Winners:
  • Mattie Blue: Mile Run
  • Girls 1600m Relay: Mattie Blue, Kyndal Boykin, Lauren Gettinger, Kim Spruill

Come to Broughton's first home track meet on Wednesday, March 15 at 3:30pm.  We'll be competing against Leesville.

Girls JV Caps Soccer Suffer Tough Week.

The JV girls soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Wakefield on Monday. The Caps were in control in the first half, and went into halftime with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a tremendous crossing goal by Heather Johnson. Wakefield came back strong in the second half, with a tieing goal on a corner kick with 8 minutes left, and slipped in with the winning goal with 21 seconds left on the clock.
On Wednesday, the aggressive but shorthanded Caps suffered another disappointing loss in a 1-0 loss to Millbrook, when after making one of many great stops, goalie Savannah Reid fell across the goal line.

CapsLax Lose Tight Game to Rival Gibbons

The Broughton Boy’s Varsity CapsLax team lost another close defensive struggle to conference rival Cardinal Gibbons, 5 vs. 7. In Gibbons’ style of play, each offensive possession is long, methodical, fundamentally sound execution where they exploit any defensive mental breakdown. Our boys experienced that type of game Tuesday night. Ball possession is what wins those close games, as measured by getting the ball (winning face offs, ground balls, creating turnovers, goalie stops, and clears to offensive transition), maintaining the ball (minimizing turnovers), and offensive execution (number of shots on frame, assists). Frankly, Gibbons won most of these categories Tuesday night, not Broughton.

With few exceptions, the CapsLax team defensive did a noteworthy job, as they have consistently in this young season. Austin Johnson was stellar once again inside the cage. Yet we missed several goalie clears, lost the ground ball battles, and committed more penalties which created man down situations that Gibbons exploited (3 man-down goals to none for Broughton). Our CapsLax team struggled to maintain ball possession on offensive, particularly in the second half, and recorded only one assisted goal (senior Wilson Purcell to junior Justin Moore). Otherwise senior Mitchell Dupere accounted for 4 unassisted goals which was the extent of the offense.

This weekend the Boy's Varsity CapsLax team was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off in Durham March 11-14th. This year’s field has been expanded to 18 teams from 7 different states. ESPN Rise is scheduled to broadcast live throughout the weekend. Broughton plays Texas powerhouse St. Mark's (Dallas, Texas) @ 2:00 p.m. on the Duke Turf fields adjacent to Koskinen Stadium.

Lady CapsLax Rally Falls Short Against Gibbons

The Lady CapsLax hosted a strong Cardinal Gibbons team last Tuesday night for its first home game of the season. Many on their team are experienced players that play lacrosse year-round. While the final score was 8 vs. 18 in Gibbons’ favor, on the field it was a much closer game. On the offensive end of the field, our girls surprised our opponents, both with our efficiency and with the number of players who contributed. The Lady CapsLax balanced scoring was lead by senior Paulina Escobar (3 goals), junior Alex Yankoglu (2 goals, 2 assists), freshman Kelsey Dupere (2 goals, 1 assist), and sophomore Mary Katherine Fagan (1 goal, 1 assist). The real difference in the game was unforced turnovers, particularly in our transition game on the defensive end of the field. When our girls learn to get the ball into the hands of the midfielders quicker and with more consistency it will certainly pay dividends.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BHS Varsity Softball

The Broughton Softball team lost at home today to perennial powerhouse Garner High School by a score of 5-0. The Lady Caps held their own until the 4th inning when they gave up four runs with some very solid hitting by Garner.

Defensively, Broughton was lead in the field by senior left fielder April Olko and sophomore third baseman Nicole Bellamy. Our sophomore newcomer from California, Katie Munger, had two hits for Broughton while senior captain Gina Guzzo and sophomore Morgan Buonpane each doubled to center field.

The Lady Caps will be at home this Thursday against Middle Creek at 4 PM. It was previously reported that the Caps will be away at Millbrook this Thursday. The Millbrook game will be the first league game next Tuesday AT Millbrook. Game time is 4 PM. Go Caps!

BHS Varsity Softball

The Broughton Varsity Softball team opened up their 2011 season last Tuesday beating Riverside High School in Durham by a score of 7-3. The Lady Caps came out swinging in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead and never looked back. The winning pitcher was Sarah Dodson. Last Thursday, the Lady Caps played their first home game, losing to a very strong Athens Drive team by a score of 9-1.

This afternoon, the girls take on another non-league opponent when they host Garner High School at 4 PM. All of the home softball games will take place on the campus of NC State University. The field is very close to BHS located off of Pullen Road near Theatre in the Park.  Coming from Broughton, take Pullen Road onto campus (pass the bell tower on your right).  In the first roundabout on campus, take the third right towards Theatre in the Park and the field will be on your right.  Please come out and support the Lady Caps this afternoon at 4 PM.

The softball team will host Middle Creek this Thursday afternoon at 4 PM. Good luck this week to our Lady Caps!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lady CapsLax Win First Game of Season vs. Cary

The Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse played its first game of the season last Monday night, 2/28, away at Cary. While leading 7 v 5 at halftime, the game was suspended due to inclement weather. According to the NCSHAA, if a sanctioned game is suspended in the first half, then it is replayed on a different day, and the game picks up from the point of interruption. However, if a game is suspended at halftime or in the second half, then the game is considered complete. Of particular note, this is different than the US Lacrosse rulebook which caused some confusion that took the better part of a week to resolve with the organizing officials.

Net/Net: Record an opening day win for our new coaches, Patricia Alexander and Jen Duncan, and the Lady CapsLax team. The game was well played for an season opener for this relatively young Broughton team. Both teams were evenly matched. Alex Yankoglu was effective at draw controls. Broughton controlled and moved the ball well on the offensive end of the field. The defense was solid in settled situations and made key stops when needed most. One area of improvement is transition toward defense and unsettled situations. With a young midfield the transition game has room for improvement, but they have the right personal to sharpen this area. It promises to be an area of strength in future games with their overall team speed. On offense, Broughton jumped out to an early 3 – 0 lead before yielding the first goal. Team scoring was lead by freshman Kelsey Dupere (4 goals), senior captain Paulina Escobar (2 goals), and senior Sarah Stidham (1 goal).

CapsLax Lose to Riverside in Defensive Struggle

Broughton lost a defensive struggle, 3 versus 4, to a talented Riverside team this past Saturday night. Riverside scored three goals early in the 1st period, all on effective crease play. Then Broughton made adjustments which effectively shut down Riverside’s offensive for they scored only one goal the remainder of the game. Broughton registered unassisted goals from Sam Cramer, Mitchell Dupere, and Wilson Purcell. A special shout-out goes to Wilson Purcell who stripped the ball on defense, took the ball up-field in transition, and when left unmarked, proceeded to score as a long stick middie—one of the few offensive highlights of the game. On offense Broughton was frustrated, it struggled all evening, lacking team play when needed most.

Though registered as a loss, the Riverside game was the perfect game, at the perfect time, with the perfect set of extenuating circumstances that should benefit this CapsLax team in the long run. I asked Coach Hall: Is there such thing as a good loss? His answer: “[There is] never a good loss, but good lessons to be learned.” Well said in so few words. Upon reflection, Broughton had yet to play back-to-back games, face quality skilled crease attack play, miss two key offensive contributors due to injury, experience a stout triple team on one of your marquee players, nor play a perennial state powerhouse that plays together year-round as a high school (not club) team. These are not excuses; these are the circumstances adding up to adversities that Broughton faced in this game. Did the CapsLax respond? Absolutely (on defense and in the transition game)! Probably not (while on offensive and in the mental game handling pressure situations)! Certainly there are lessons to be learned in this loss.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Port City Invitational Champions!

The Men's Tennis Team began their tennis season on Thursday by hosting and beating Leesville 9-0.  Then the Caps loaded up the bus and traveled to Wilmington on Friday for the Port City Invitational Tennis Tournament.In the opening round, Broughton beat Wilmington Ashley 7-0.  On Saturday morning, after a big dinner at the Outback Steakhouse, Broughton beat Wilmington Laney, 6-0.  The final Championship Match would be that afternoon against a very good #4 ranked team in the state, Wilmington New Hanover.     Broughton prevailed 5-4 with a key doubles win by Peter Kelly and Simon Collis to win its third straight Port City Invitational Championship.

Broughton (4-0 overall;1-0 Cap-8; #3 in State) travels to Wake Forest Rolesville on Tuesday, March 8 and plays Enloe at HOME at 3:30pm on Thursday, March 10.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Girl's Varsity Lax Lose Frustating Game At Wakefield

The girl’s varsity lacrosse game on Friday night, 3/4, versus Wakefield was odd, filled with apparent inconsistencies in calls between the two refs, time clock discrepancies, penalty clock lapses, no observance of the penalty area, too many uncontrolled stick checks (particularly Wakefield from behind), other oddities, and rarities (offensive warding, charges). This was a rough game filled with numerous fouls and yellow cards on both teams (4 on Broughton). Furthermore, our girls experienced a different, if not ugly, style of play. Unfortunately, Wakefield’s style—run full field first, pass later—is not uncommon relative to other high school girl's lacrosse teams in this area. The final score was 17 vs. 8, Wakefield.

Notwithstanding the final score, the Broughton girl's can compete with Wakefield. For example, draw controls and 50:50 groundballs were about even, perhaps even more in Broughton's favor. The difference in this game was simply, unforced turnovers, offensive penetration, and penalties inside the 8-meter mark. Our girl’s literally gave Wakefield more possessions and free shots on goal. It is hard to win consistently when those two stats are not in your team’s favor.

Shout-outs go to Faith Kelly, for she played a solid game in goal with a save percentage of ~50%, and also to sophomore Mary Catherine Fagan and junior Alex Yankoglu who each scored their first goal of the season, respectively. Broughton's leading point scorers were freshman Kelsey Dupere (3 goals, 2 assists) and senior captain Paulina Esocbar (3 goals, 1 assist). Our girl’s resume play on Tuesday evening, 3/8, at home against a very talented, pass oriented, and deep Cardinal Gibbons team.

JV Women's Softball Has First Game at Athens Drive

The JV Women's team played their first game at Athens Drive on Thursday. They played hard and were up at one point, but lost in the final inning by one. Please come and support them against Garner at Garner on Tuesday, March 8 at 4 pm. Go Lady Caps!!

CapsLax Handles Wakefield With Ease

Friday night’s game was a solid second outing for the boy’s varsity lacrosse team, winning 12 vs. 6 versus conference rival Wakefield. On many levels, however, the team took a slight step backwards over the emotional, near-perfect game they played against Chapel Hill last Tuesday night. In the first half the offense was frustrated, and held to only 5 goals in the first half. Then the offensive erupted for 6 goals early in the 3rd period effectively putting the game out of reach. In the second half, the defense dug in, holding Wakefield to zero goals in the 3rd period, and only two in the 4th period.

Junior Dane Angell led all scorers with four goals, which I believe may be his career high as a member of the Varsity CapsLax program. Let’s give a shout out to Oliver Fleming who scored his first two goals of the season. Other scores came from Sam Cramer (2), Sonny Creech (1), Mitchell Dupere (2), and Dillon Pitts (1).

Since midway through the 3rd period the outcome of the game seemed no longer in doubt, the coaching staff was able to get a good amount of playing time for many non starters, allowing an opportunity to rest many starters in preparation for Saturday night’s endowment game versus a talented and well coached Durham Riverside team @ 6:00 PM. Remember this endowment game is paid admission and serves as a fund raiser for the CapsLax program. Let's hope the forecast of heavy rain holds off until after the game is over.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lady Caps Win Soccer Season Opener

The Broughton women's varsity soccer team began their first game at Athens Drive High School on Monday, February 28th, only to be cancelled due to inclement weather! So the Caps first complete game was at home on Wednesday, March 2nd, versus Jordan High School and the girls were victorious 2-1. Jesse Crowder, our senior midfielder, scored both goals with assists by Clay Weaver and Markie Studnicky. Solid defense was the key to our success with returning starting senior Lucia Stein-Montalvo anchoring the defense in the sweeper position.

Next week, the Lady Caps will play away at Wakefield on Monday, March 7th and at home against Millbrook on Wednesday, March 9th. Come support the girls as they play their first two conference games of the season!

Broughton Wrestlers Named All-Conference

The Broughton wrestling team has finished their 2011 season and several team members have garnered awards and honors.

Three Caps wrestlers named to the All-Conference Team:
Jakeitha Baker (119)
Tiu Rahlan (125)
Aaron Jefferson (Heavyweight)

Five Caps qualified for the 4A Mideast Regional Tournament:
Sam Hines
Jakeitha Baker
Tiu Rahlan
Neh A
Aaron Jefferson

Aaron Jefferson won third place in the regional tournament and qualified for the NCHSAA State Championships held in the Greensboro Coliseum over the Feb 25-26 weekend!

Coach Mike Merritt was proud of this year's team and very optimistic for next year. "All of the regional qualifiers from Broughton are underclassmen, so they will form a strong nucleus for next year's squad."

Congratulations to both the team and these individuals for their accomplishments this season!

Broughton Baseball

The Broughton Varsity baseball team raised its record to 2-0 with a come from behind 7-2 win. After falling behind 2-0 in the first Broughton timely hitting, strong pitching and good defense to pick up the victory.

Will Cooper had the big hit in the 4th inning hitting a grand slam on the first pitch he saw. Wilson White pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Brandon Saunders to pick up the win.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Caps Lacrosse Beats Perennial State Power

This was a good season opener for the Broughton Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse team on Tuesday evening, 2/28, beating perennial power, Chapel Hill, 16 vs. 6 in the first regular game for each team. Broughton avenges its loss to Chapel Hill in the first round of the state tournament at the end of last season. Broughton showed noticeable improvement over both pre-season scrimmages. This game warrants accolades for both the entire team and individual players, but there are some areas of improvement needed as well.

Of particular note, the defense was solid all evening, not allowing Chapel Hill to effectively run their offense. The defense limited Chapel Hill to horizontal dodges with very little down–the-alley ball entry, angled ball movement, or shots on goal. Crease play from their attackmen was effectively eliminated. Chapel Hill had only 18 total shots all game. A. Johnson was on task all night in goal, saving 12 of 16 (66%) shots on goal. Our defense cleared the ball well, completing all 12 saves in transition to offense. At one point, Chapel Hill went from 6:17 in the 2nd period all the way to the 6:45 mark in the 4th period before scoring their 4th goal.

Offensively, the team got scoring contribution from several players lead by seniors M. Dupere (5 goals) and S. Creech (4 goals), followed by D. Angell, S. Cramer, C Churchill, and D Pitts who split the remaining 7 goals between them. Assists were recorded from C. Whyte, W. Purcell and H. Black.

This was definitely a good win for Broughton, suggesting this veteran boy’s varsity team is among one of the premier teams in the RTP area this season. The team plays conference rival Wakefield at home on Friday evening (3/4) @ 7:30 PM, followed by an endowment game with a talented Riverside team on Saturday evening (3/5) @ 6:00 PM. (Note: Saturday’s game is paid admission although it is a home game.) Areas for improvement would be getting a higher assist to goal ratio (only 3 of 16), and winning more face-offs (only 9 of 24).

Broughton Baseball Wins Opener

The Broughton Varsity Baseball team got the season off to a good start Tuesday by defeating Garner 2-1.

Payne Eller pitched 5 strong innings to pick up the win while Pierce Jensen threw two scoreless innings to pick up the save.

The Broughton offense was led by Will Cooper who had a solo homer in the 3rd and Pierce Jensen who added an RBI double in the sixth.

Broughton plays their home opener versus Garner Thursday at 4:00PM.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"The Dirty Dozen"

Last year, Broughton's Men's Tennis Team (23-2) won the CAP-8 Conference, stopped Millbrook's 33 game win streak, won the Port City Invitational tournament, won the Eastern Regional Championship and finished as runner-up in the 4-A Dual Team State Championship.  But that was last year.  This year, the Caps have 4 returning starters and is ranked # 3 in the NCHSTCA preseason State 4-A poll.  This year's roster consisits of 12 players ("The Dirty Dozen"):


The first match is 3:30pm at HOME on Thursday, March 3 vs. Leesville.   Broughton will travel this weekend to Wilmington for the Port City Invitational Tournament.