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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Soccer: Broughton Boys to get New Head Coach

Izzy Hernandez, one of the most successful high school soccer coaches in the state, will not be coaching the Broughton High boys team this fall, but he is expected to remain as the girls soccer coach.  

Jack Spain, the Broughton athletic director, said Hernandez was scaling back his coaching duties.  "Izzy is an unbelievable high school coach," Spain said. "He is the epitome of what you want in a coach. He has done a fantastic job for us for many years. I am really disappointed for the boys who won't have the opportunity to play for him, but I am very pleased that he is staying on as the girls coach and as a teacher."
John Pace, Izzy Hernandez, and Lassiter Tollison attend the All-State Banquet earlier this year in Greensboro.

Hernandez has coached the Caps since 1989.  His boys teams have won two N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championships, including one in 2007 when Broughton was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings.   His girls have won nine NCHSAA 4-A titles.

Robbie Moore, the Broughton baseball coach for the past two years, and Tim Meserth, the Caps' volleyball coach, also have stepped down.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Varsity Softball Recap

The Broughton Varsity Softball Team completed one of the most successful seasons in its history this past spring under Head Coach Dorian Stephens and assistants Chris Frasier and Brandi Keys.

The Lady Caps finished the season with an 8 and 6 record in the conference and a third place finish in the conference. The Caps clobbered Enloe in the first round of the Cap 8 tournament to make it to the semi-finals for the first time ever but lost in the second round to eventual tournament champion Leesville. The Caps then went on to compete in the North Carolina State Softball Tournament but lost to Riverside of Durham in the first round.

Four of the Lady Caps were selected for the All Conference team. Those players were senior left fielder Apryl Olko, senior catcher Gina Guzzo, sophomore third baseman Nicole Bellamy, and sophomore shortstop Garett Hedgepeth. Honorable mention awards went to junior pitcher Sarah Dodson, sophomore second baseman Morgan Buonpane, and sophomore right fielder Valerie Guzzo. The future looks bright for Broughton softball next year with only three seniors graduating, Gina Guzzo, Apryl Olko and Lela Rucker.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Baseball: Cap 8 All-Conference Named

2011 Cap 8 All-Conference Players
Broughton: Saunders, Will Cooper, Joe Bialkowski, Wilson White

2011 Honorable Mention Cap 8 All-Conference
Broughton:Payne Eller, Tanner Parker, E. Partin, Max Magallanes

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Caps' Battle to walk on at NCSU

Battle accepting WRAL's Extra Effort Award earlier this year.

Staats Battle, a 6-foot-5 basketball guard at Broughton, prefers the walk-on position on the N.C. State basketball team.  Battle averaged 13.7 points last season for the 22-6 Caps and made a school-record 61 three-pointers during his senior season.

“He is a tremendous three-point shooter,” said Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell. “I think he is going to do a great job at State. He plays well with other people and he plays within his capabilities. He is very much a team player. Staats is a person of great character.”

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