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Monday, December 22, 2014

Caps take early lead for Wells Fargo Cup

A successful fall season has boosted Broughton to the top of the initial statewide standings for the Wells Fargo Cup for 2014-15.

The award, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the N.C. High School Athletic Association, recognizes excellence in interscholastic athletics by North Carolina high schools.

Broughton leads the 4-A rankings, thanks to the state championship won by the men's cross country team, a runner-up finish in the state championship by the men's soccer team, and a regional final runner-up finish by the volleyball team. Four Broughton teams - men's cross country, men's soccer, volleyball, and women's tennis - won conference championships in the fall.

Standings for the Wells Fargo Cup are determined by performance in state championship events.

Broughton has a narrow lead in the standings over Green Hope, which won the Cup last year. The only other area teams in the top 15 in the 4-A standings are Panther Creek (#6) and Wakefield (#13).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Swimmers smash competition

Both the men’s and women’s swim teams won three meets this week.  They beat Garner, Clayton and Harnett Central.
Men                                          Women
BHS                       182              BHS                  199
Garner                   173               Clayton              137
Clayton                  110               Garner               116
Harnett Central       46                 Harnett Central  61

     First place winners were Colter Carman, Bancks Holmes, Smith Moran, Jack Messenger, Kyle Rohweder, Katie Childrey, Genna Brewer, Adaira Brewer, Izzy Nechvatal, Caroline Willis, and Alexandra Smalto.
     Others with greatly improved times included Sarah Johnson, Geoffrey Watters, Donovan Nicholson, Alexandra Smalto, and Richie Soltis

Two Caps Medal at 43rd annual WRAL Invitational

Seven Caps wrestled into the second day of the 43rd annual WRAL Invitational Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Athens Drive High School. The individual double-elimination tournament hosted wrestlers from over 30 schools representing 3 states.

Josh Zinner, Nash Philbeck, Braxton May, Di Rahlan and Manny Robinson made it to day two of the tournament which was packed with state placers and ranked wrestlers. In addition, Senior Lamont Burt and Freshman Nic Valdespino each fought their way to the consolation finals with each placing 4th in what is arguably the toughest tournament in the state.

Burt defeated 4A #6 ranked Miles Kent from Panther Creek and took Blake Hohman, 2014 Virginia state runner-up and VMI recruit to overtime during his march to the podium. Valdespino defeated 4A #5 ranked David Bostian (Laney HS) and 4A #8 ranked Ben Long (Alexander Central) to get to the consolation finals as well. The Caps will be in action again on Saturday, January 3rd at the Jaguar Duals at Athens Drive.

Lamont Burt on the podium at the WRAL Invitational

Nic Valdespino on the podium at the WRAL Invitational

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Caps Wrestling: Zinner Has Big Week on the Mat

Sophomore Josh Zinner's pin in the last match of the dual Wednesday night salvaged a tie against Cap VIII power Millbrook. Tie matches are decided by criteria and, in this case, the "W" went to Millbrook despite a courageous Caps effort.  Braxton May, Christian Hite, and Nash Philbeck also turned in especially gutsy performances to keep the Caps in it.  Last week the Caps lost a tough dual at Leesville Rd. Three Caps, however, went 2-0 on the week including undefeated Senior Lamont Burt (12-0), Sophomore Josh Zinner (7-4) and Freshman Nic Valdespino (11-1).

The Caps are in action this weekend at the 43rd Annual WRAL tournament in which nearly 40 schools will be participating. The two-day event will be held at Athens Drive High School this Friday and Saturday.

Sophomore Josh Zinner

Leesville Rd. 46, Broughton 28

Millbrook 32, Broughton 31

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Caps Basketball Fundraiser at Armadillo Grill - 12/17, 6pm-9pm

Support Broughton Basketball by eating at Armadillo Grill Wednesday night, December 17th, between 6 - 9pm.  The fundraiser is sponsored by Armadillo Grill and STEALZ (a social media app for marketing promotions and deals).

Tell your friends and family to come and help support the team by eating dinner.  A portion of each purchase will be donated to Caps basketball.

The Broughton team reacts after taking the lead with less than two seconds remaining. The Green Hope Falcons played the Broughton Capitals in Men's Basketball on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Raleigh, N.C. Broughton won the game, 45-43. GREG MINTEL —

Read more here:
Tuesday night, 12/16, the Caps are at home against Leesville.  
Women play at 5:30pm and the men at 7pm.

Go CAPS !!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Carman and G. Brewer lead CAPS swimmers

     At the CAPS swim meet this past week, Colter Carman led the men with victories in both the 200 IM and the 500 free.  Genna Brewer led the women with a victory in the 100 fly.  Both qualified for regionals with their swims.  Also qualifying for regionals at this meet was Bancks Holmes in the 200 free and the 100 breast.  The men defeated Middle Creek and Wake Forest and lost to Leesville, while the women defeated Wake Forest and lost to both Middle Creek and Leesville.
     The two men's victories put Coach Dubois' career victory total over the century mark to 101. 
     The swim team will be in Smithfield this week swimming Garner, Clayton, and Harnett Central.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Alumnus: Lasso Soccer All-American

Congratulations to Forrest Lasso, a 2011 Broughton graduate, who is named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Lasso a senior at Wofford College has started every game since arriving at Wofford 4 years ago.

Click here for all of the details.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Soccer: Krueger named to Mid-Atlantic team

Senior Jack Krueger has been named to the 2014 All-Mid-Atlantic Region team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The team honors the best high school players from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Krueger was one of two defenders named to the 31-player team. There are 11 players from North Carolina on the team.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Caps Wrestling Update

Broughton's wresting squad capped a busy week with a strong showing at the 28th Annual Swiss Bear Classic at New Bern High School on Saturday. Senior Lamont Burt ran his record to 10-0 and earned 1st place honors among 15 wrestlers in the 152 lb. weight class. Freshmen newcomers Nic Valdespino (9-1) and Nash Philbeck (8-1) also rolled to the Championship finals and each took 2nd in their respective weight classes. As a team, the Caps took 5th out of 15 Eastern NC high schools.

Overall Results:
Team: 5th Place
Lamont Burt: Champion; 152 lb. weight class
Nash Philbeck:  Runner-Up;  138 lb. weight class
Nic Valdespino:  Runner-Up;  113 lb. weight class
Jack Elliott: 4th place; 132 lb. weight class
Josh Zinner: 4th place; 106 lb. weight class

Earlier in the week on Wednesday, the Caps dropped their first conference dual to a strong Wake Forest team 39-36. The match was very competitive and was back and forth for the duration in front a vocal crowd at BHS.  The Caps will be back in action this week with the JV squad wrestling on Monday and the Varsity team facing Leesville Rd. on Wednesday.

Senior Lamont Burt:  2014 Swiss Bear Champion; 152 lbs.

Freshman Nic Valdespino; Swiss Bear Runner-Up; 113 lbs.

Freshman Nash Philbeck: Swiss Bear Runner-Up; 138 lbs.

December 3rd Results:  BHS: 36, WFHS: 39

Soccer: Two earn spots on All-Metro team

Seniors Matt Brickhouse and Jack Krueger were named Sunday to The News & Observer All-Metro soccer team.

The All-Metro team is comprised of 13 players from all classifications in the Triangle. Two players from Heritage were the only other representatives from the Cap 8 Conference.

Broughton, which was runner-up in the 4A state championship game, finished second in The N&O's final rankings of area high school soccer teams. Cardinal Gibbons, which won the 3A state championship, finished first in the rankings.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Caps Wrestling goes 2-0 at Gibbons Duals

Broughton's Varsity wrestling squad improved to 5-1 Tuesday night with convincing wins over Cardinal Gibbons and Green Hope. Juniors Di Rahlan and Jack Elliott as well as Freshman Christian Hite all went 2-0 while recording 2 pins each. Broughton will next be in action at home on Wednesday, December 3rd vs. Wake Forest. Match time is 6:00pm.

Broughton 66
Cardinal Gibbons 18

Broughton 45
Green Hope 24

Junior Jack Elliott's pivotal pin turned the momentum in the Caps favor vs. Green Hope

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Caps Wrestling Goes 3-1 at Wilson Fike Demon Duals

The Broughton varsity wrestling team under the direction of new coach Stan Chambers kicked off the season this morning at Wilson Fike competing in the annual Demon Duals. The Caps defeated Greene Central, Hunt and Beddingfield. Our only defeat was a very close contest against Farmville Central with the dual coming down to the last match despite a few gaps in the lineup due to early season injuries.

The Caps were led by the following undefeated wrestlers who all went 4-0 on the day:

  • Lamont Burt, Sr.  152 lbs.
  • Jack Elliott, Jr.  132 lbs.
  • Di Rahlan, Jr. 160 lbs.
  • Nash Philbeck, Fr. 138 lbs.
  • Nic Valdespino, Fr. 113 lbs
The Caps will be in action on Tuesday, Nov 25th at Cardinal Gibbons.

Jr. Di Rahlan and Sr. Lamont Burt 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wrestlers Begin the Season

Caps wrestling begins their season at Wilson Fike on Saturday, Nov 22 at 10am.  See Wrestling Tab on the Broughton Sports Blog for a schedule of all their matches this year.
Go Caps!

Caps Wrestlers (click photo to enlarge)


Good News for Swimmers

     According to the NCHSAA, Broughton only had to adjust scores from our swim meet on Tuesday, not forfeit.  Therefore, the men's team defeated Wakefield 91-51.
     Swimmers qualifying for regionals were the Girls Medley Relay, the Boys Medley Relay, Colter Carman in the 200 free and 100 bk, Smith Moran in the 200 IM and 500 free, Carson Harvey in the 50 free and 100 free, and Jack Messenger in the 100 breast.  
     Congratulations swimmers!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Carson Harvey leads swimmers

     At the first swim meet of the season last night, the men's team forfeited due to the use of an ineligible swimmer.
     The women's  team beat Wakefield but lost to Enloe and Millbrook.  The CAPS were led by Carson Harvey who took first place in the 50 free and qualified for regionals with a time of 25.68.  Carson took second in the 100 free with a regional qualifying time of 55.98.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Soccer: Caps players earn post-season honors

The success that the Caps had as a team this season -- winning the Cap 8 Conference and the NCHSAA 4A East titles -- led to individual post-season honors for several members of the team.

Coach Nick Wheeler announced Monday night at Broughton's Fall Sports Banquet that seven members of the team had been named to the Cap 8 All-Conference team. They are seniors Matt Brickhouse, Brandon Gettinger, Jack Krueger, Frankie Stallings and Chris Vlahoplus, and juniors Ike Drooz and Elvis Wiredu.

Trey Morton
Broughton also had four of the 11 players named to the All-Region team for Region 5. The four Broughton players chosen were Brickhouse, Gettinger, Krueger and Vlahoplus. Wheeler was named the 4A coach of the year for Region 5.

And Broughton had three players named to the 4A All-State team - one of only two schools with that many players on the team. The three Broughton players chosen were Brickhouse, Krueger and Vlahoplus. It was Krueger's second All-State selection.

Brickhouse, who led the Caps in goals and assists this year, was named the team's MVP. Senior keeper and team co-captain Trey Morton received the Four Star Coach's Award.

Junior Grant Tyler was awarded the 2014 NC Farm Bureau Insurance Sportsmanship award at the state championship game on Saturday.

Back row: Coach Nick Wheeler, Frankie Stallings, Chris Vlahoplus, Ike Drooz
Front row: Matt Brickhouse, Brandon Gettinger, Jack Krueger (Not pictured: Elvis Wiredu)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Soccer: A bitter end to a sweet season for Caps

A storybook season for the Broughton Caps ended unhappily on a chilly Saturday night, as the Caps fell 0-1 to Reagan High School in the NCHSAA 4A state championship game at NC State.

The Caps possessed the ball for much of the game, particularly in the first half, but were unable to finish any of their scoring chances. The game was a defensive struggle throughout, with Reagan packing multiple defenders in and around the Broughton box.

After the first half ended in a scoreless tie, Reagan finally broke through with the game's lone goal about midway through the second half. Broughton had other scoring chances, including one shot that hit off the post with about seven minutes remaining in the game, but were unable to put one in the net.

Broughton finishes the year as Cap 8 Conference champions and NCHSAA 4A East champions. Congratulations, boys, on a great season. Go Caps!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Soccer: Saturday game time set for 5:05 p.m.

Broughton's bid for its first state championship in men's soccer since the Caps won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 will kick off at 5:05 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State's Dail Soccer Field.

The Caps, winners of the NCHSAA 4A East title and the Cap 8 Conference title, will face West champion Reagan High School in the championship game. Go Caps!

Soccer: Photos from win over New Hanover

The News & Observer has posted a gallery of photos from Broughton's 5-2 win over New Hanover to win the 4A East title. To see the photos, click here. also has posted a gallery of photos from the game. To see those photos, click here.

MaxPreps also has posted a gallery of photos from the game. To see those photos, click here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Soccer: Broughton wins 4A East title, will play for state championship on Saturday

Senior Matt Brickhouse scored three goals Tuesday night to lead Broughton to a 5-2 victory over New Hanover and into the 4A state championship game on Saturday.

Playing before a large home crowd, Broughton controlled the game from the outset and had several scoring chances in the game's first 15 minutes. In one instance, junior Elvis Wiredu pulled off a bicycle kick inside the box, only to have the ball go directly to the New Hanover keeper.

The scorers (left to right): Brandon Gettinger,
Chris Vlahoplus, Matt Brickhouse
But 16 minutes into the game, junior Ibrahim Mohamud chased down a ball headed toward the end line and crossed it just before it rolled out. Brickhouse headed the ball into the net for his first goal of the game, giving Broughton a 1-0 lead.

New Hanover responded by stepping up its attack, earning several scoring opportunities over the next 10 minutes. But keeper Trey Morton and Broughton's defenders were able to keep New Hanover off the scoreboard.

Then, with eight minutes remaining in the half, senior Chris Vlahoplus finished off a pass from Mohamud for Broughton's second goal of the game. It was Mohamud's second assist on the night, and gave the Caps a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Broughton didn't let up as the second half began, with Brickhouse scoring just three minutes into the half on a mini-breakaway off a pass from Wiredu to put Broughton ahead 3-0.

New Hanover finally got on the scoreboard about five minutes later when it converted a penalty kick after drawing a Broughton penalty in the box.

The visitors stayed on the attack for the next several minutes, forcing Broughton keeper Frankie Stallings to make four saves during a four-minute stretch midway through the half. But New Hanover managed to get another ball in the net to make the score 3-2.

Senior captains: Trey Morton, Chris Vlahoplus, Matt
Brickhouse, Jack Krueger (with head coach Nick Wheeler)
But with New Hanover pressing to tie the game, Broughton gave themselves some cushion with about 12 minutes remaining in the game when Brickhouse scored his third goal off a cross from sophomore Abdulle Ibrahim.

Stallings made another save a couple of minutes later as New Hanover scrambled to try to get back in the game. But Broughton finished off the scoring with seven minutes remaining in the game, when senior Brandon Gettinger buried a corner kick from junior Ike Drooz to give the Caps a 5-2 lead.

The 2014 Broughton men's soccer team has now claimed two titles this season -- they are the Cap 8 Conference champions and the NCHSAA 4A East champions -- and will have a shot at a third title when they face West champion Reagan High School in Saturday's state championship game at NC State. Game time is 5:05 p.m.

But before the Caps move on to the final game of the season, a few shoutouts are in order for some of those who have helped off the field this season. Shoutouts go to:

  • Senior Sean Betts, the voice of the Broughton men's soccer team
  • Senior Sam Holden, keeper of the clock
  • Senior Jabar Zalal, the man behind the camera
  • Marcella McCord, team parent
  • Sperry Krueger, team paparazzi
  • Kim Tyler, t-shirt maven
  • Jordin Sparks, musical inspiration
  • Dani Blackwell and Trina Cicco, team trainers
  • Langdon Clay, assistant coach
  • Nick Wheeler, head coach 
  • And, of course, the great Broughton fans. Hope to see you out in force on Saturday! Go Caps!
The NCHSAA 4A East Champions (click on photo to enlarge)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Soccer: Video highlights of Middle Creek win

Click here for video highlights from the fourth round victory over Middle Creek.

Caps host New Hanover on Tuesday, November 11th at 6pm for a spot in the State Championship Game!

Soccer: Tuesday game time set for 6 p.m.

The Caps' semifinal playoff game against New Hanover on Tuesday will be played at 6 p.m. at Broughton.

We need all Caps fans out in force as the team tries to earn its 20th win of the season and make it to the state championship game. Let's make sure we give the boys the home-field advantage they earned with their great play during the regular season. Go Caps!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Soccer: Photos from win over Middle Creek

The News & Observer has posted a gallery of photos from tonight's win over Middle Creek. To see the photos, click here. also posted a gallery of photos from the game. To see those photos, click here.

Soccer: Caps win to move on to semifinals

Broughton is moving on to the Final Four of the state soccer playoffs after scrapping and clawing its way to a 3-2 victory over Middle Creek Saturday night.

The Caps found themselves behind for the first time in the playoffs when Middle Creek scored off a long throw-in about 11 minutes into the game to go up 0-1. Just a couple of minutes later, junior defender Bryant O'Neal made a critical defensive stop on a 2-on-1 breakaway by Middle Creek.

Bryant O'Neal
It wasn't long, though, before Broughton managed to get on the scoreboard. Senior Brandon Gettinger finished off a good crossing pass from senior Matt Brickhouse about 15 minutes into the half to make the score 1-1.

Coming into the game, Broughton had only given up one goal in the playoffs - off a penalty kick by Apex. But Middle Creek crowded the box on throw-ins, and scored again midway through the first half off a long throw-in to take a 1-2 lead.

While Middle Creek made the most of its scoring chances in the first half, Broughton missed high or wide on several opportunities in the final few minutes of the first half. At halftime, the Caps were trailing 1-2.

The two teams traded possession for the first nine minutes of the second  half before senior defender Jack Krueger hit a bullet of a shot into the net from about 25 yards out to tie the score at 2-2.

About three minutes later, Brickhouse headed the ball over the reach of the onrushing Middle Creek keeper and then finished the shot into the back of the net to put Broughton ahead for the first time in the game, 3-2.

Frankie Stallings
Broughton spent much of the rest of the game fending off Middle Creek attacks. Senior keeper Frankie Stallings punched away a Middle Creek free kick about midway through the half and then made another save off a long throw-in with about seven minutes remaining in the game.

Middle Creek may have had its best chance to get back in the game less than a minute later, when the ball appeared to be heading into the goal off a corner kick before Krueger blocked it with his chest to the foot of junior defender Hyu A, who cleared the ball out of harm's way.

Broughton held on for the game's final few minutes to earn the 3-2 win before a large home crowd. The Caps will play New Hanover at Broughton Tuesday night (time to be determined) for a chance to advance to the state championship game. Go Caps!

The scorers (left to right): Brandon Gettinger, Jack Krueger, Matt Brickhouse

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Soccer: Saturday game time set for 5 p.m.

The Caps' fourth-round playoff game against Middle Creek on Saturday will be played at 5 p.m. at Broughton.

We need all Caps fans out in force as the team tries to make it to the state semifinals. Let's make sure we give the boys the home-field advantage that they earned with a great regular season. Go Caps!

Soccer: Photo galleries from win over Apex

The News & Observer has posted a story and photo gallery from tonight's 3-1 win over Apex. Click here to check it out.

To see the photo gallery posted at, click here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Soccer: Caps advance with 3-1 win over Apex

Broughton earned a hard-fought 3-1 win over visiting Apex Wednesday night to advance to the fourth round of the state playoffs. The Caps will play Middle Creek Saturday at Broughton (time still to be determined).

Playing in front of large home crowd, the Caps traded possessions with the Cougars for the first 15 minutes of the game. Broughton managed to earn several corner kicks, though, and eventually converted one to take a 1-0 lead  about 17 minutes  into the game when senior Chris Vlahoplus headed in the cross from junior Ike Drooz.

Apex came roaring back immediately, forcing Broughton keeper Frankie Stallings to punch away a shot less than a minute later. It was reflective of the fast pace of the game, with both teams quickly turning to attack when they gained possession. The first half ended with the Caps holding a slim 1-0 lead.

Apex attacked immediately when the second half began, forcing Broughton keeper Trey Morton to make a save on a shot about two minutes into the half.

Ike Drooz
But the Caps came back to take a 2-0 lead about 15 minutes into the half when senior Brandon Gettinger headed in a lofted free kick from Drooz. It was the second assist of the night for Drooz.

It looked as if the Caps would have another prime scoring opportunity about 25 minutes into the half when Drooz drew what appeared to be a foul inside the box. But the referee placed the ball outside the box, and the subsequent shot by the Caps sailed high.

The Caps added to their total about a minute later thanks to a second goal by Vlahoplus, who stole the ball from an Apex defender in the box and put it into the back of the net.

Apex got on the scoreboard about two minutes later when the referee called a Broughton penalty in the box. The Cougars converted the penalty kick, the first goal scored against the Caps in the playoffs.

Broughton's defenders held off repeated Apex attacks over the game's final 10 minutes to earn the 3-1 victory.
The scorers: Chris Vlahoplus, Brandon Gettinger

Football: Sr Night + Angus Barn

Friday, Nov 7 - Caps football vs Heritage at 7pm.  At halftime, all senior athletes who play fall sports will be recognized with their parents.

Thanks to a generous Broughton family, Angus Barn hamburgers will be for sell in the concession stand during the football game.   All proceeds go to support the Caps Club and our Broughton athletes.   

Gate opens at 6:00pm.  Come hungry and ready for some football!

Link to photos from Enloe game last week.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Soccer: vs Apex, Wed at 6pm

The Broughton Soccer team is making a great run to the State Championship and we need all fans out in force this Wednesday night.

Broughton plays at home against Apex on Wed,  Nov 5 at 6:00pm. Come out and cheer on our Caps soccer team!

Caps celebrate 2nd Round win over Heritage. (click photo to enlarge)

Link to N&O photos from Heritage match.

Monday, November 3, 2014

XC: Caps Win 4th Consecutive State Title

story from High School OT

...Raleigh Broughton’s men won their fourth consecutive NCHSAA team championship and sixth in the last eight years, and Cary Green Hope notched its sixth straight state title in the women’s 4-A race.

Broughton, with three of the top nine runners in the team scoring, tallied 53 points to 65 for runner-up South View while Winston-Salem Mount Tabor was third with 93. Jeremy Brown led the way for Broughton by winning the individual championship in a time of 15:50.03, about 13 seconds ahead of Kyle Christ of West Johnston...

Here is the link to the complete story on WRAL High School  OT.

Link to pictures from the N&O.

Link to official results.

Soccer: Caps back on top of Triangle ranking

Broughton has reclaimed the top spot in The News & Observer's ranking of Triangle-area soccer teams.

With wins over Cap 8 foes in the first two rounds of the state playoffs, the Caps moved up from last week's #2 ranking. They next play the winner of tonight's second-round match between Apex and New Bern. Apex is #6 in the latest N&O ranking.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Soccer: Photo galleries from win over Heritage has posted a gallery of photos from Broughton's 4-0 win over Heritage in the second round of the state playoffs. To see the photos, click here.

The News & Observer also posted a gallery of photos from the game. To see those photos, click here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Soccer: Caps advance with win over Heritage

Broughton shook off a sluggish start on a cold and blustery Saturday to roar back for a 4-0 win over Heritage in the second round of the state playoffs.

Heritage kept the Caps on the defensive for much of the first half. Senior defender Jack Krueger cleared a dangerous ball out of the box about midway through the first half and keeper Trey Morton punched out a Heritage shot about six minutes later.

But the Caps settled down late in the half and started taking some of the attack to Heritage, with senior Matt Brickhouse forcing the Heritage keeper to make a save on a shot that was on goal.

The scorers (left to right): Brandon Gettinger,
Elvis Wiredu, Ike Drooz
Then, with two minutes remaining in the half, Brickhouse crossed a ball to senior Brandon Gettinger, who headed it into the goal to get Broughton on the scoreboard for a 1-0 halftime lead.

Broughton stayed on the attack as the second half began, with Brickhouse shot again forcing the Heritage keeper to make a save. A little over 10 minutes into the half, Broughton capitalized on a corner kick when junior Elvis Wiredu tapped in a shot out of the scrum in front of the goal. Brickhouse assisted on the goal to make the score 2-0.

Wiredu, back after missing a few games due to injury, added another goal about 10 minutes later when he fired a shot into the upper corner of the goal. Senior Chris Vlahoplus was credited with the assist, making the score 3-0 for the Caps.

Broughton's defenders thwarted several Heritage attacks throughout the second half, with junior Hyu A repeatedly fending off Heritage's forwards.

But Broughton continued to attack when it had the ball, forcing the Heritage keeper to come outside the box to try to stop a breakaway by the Caps with about six minutes to go in the game. The keeper was given a red card for using his hands outside the box, and junior Ike Drooz converted the subsequent free kick to give Brougton a 4-0 lead.

Keepers Frankie Stallings and Morton combined on the shutout, the second consecutive shutout for the Caps in the playoffs. It was Broughton's third win of the season over Heritage.

The Caps, now done with the Cap 8 portion of the playoffs, will next play the winner of the game between Apex and New Bern. The game will be played at Broughton either Tuesday or Wednesday evening.
The postgame celebration (click on photo to enlarge)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Soccer: Caps score big in first-round victory

Broughton got goals from five different players to rack up a decisive 5-0 win over Enloe Wednesday night in the first round of the state playoffs. The Caps will face another Cap 8 team - Heritage - in the second round.

Playing in a driving rain throughout most of the first half, the Caps got on the scoreboard early when sophomore Abdulle Ibrahim finished off a pass from junior Ibrahim Mohamud to make the score 1-0 in the game's first minute.

Broughton dominated throughout the half, earning several corner kicks as they kept the ball at Enloe's end. They finally broke through with another goal when Mohamud scored from a difficult angle along the end line, with the ball deflecting off an Enloe defender. Senior Matt Brickhouse assisted on the goal to make the score 2-0.

Keepers Trey Morton, Frankie Stallings and Benjamin McCord
combined for the shutout
Senior keeper Frankie Stallings kept Enloe off the scoreboard a couple of minutes later when he saved a shot off a breakaway by the visitors.

Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the half, junior C Badweh forced a turnover by an Enloe defender and crossed the ball to Brickhouse, who headed it into the goal to make the score 3-0 at halftime.

Senior Chris Vlahoplus added to Broughton's tally about 10 minutes into the second half when he took advantage of an Enloe turnover to fire a shot into the goal from outside the box to make the score 4-0.

Broughton nearly scored again about seven minutes later when junior Bryant O'Neal struck the cross bar with a rocket of a shot off a free kick.

Junior keeper Benjamin McCord helped save the shutout for Broughton when he deflected a carom off an Enloe free kick with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Junior Jacob McCaslin scored the game's final goal, to make the score 5-0, when he finished off a ball in the scrum from a corner kick with less than two minutes to go. Junior Nick Mizero assisted on the goal.

As the #3 seed in the eastern half of the draw, Broughton will be home again for the second-round game against Heritage. Coach Nick Wheeler said after the game that the next game could be scheduled for Friday or Saturday.

The scorers (left to right): Jacob McCaslin, Matt Brickhouse, Abdulle Ibrahim, Chris Vlahoplus, Ibrahim Mohamud

Monday, October 27, 2014

Soccer: Caps earn #3 seed for state playoffs

Broughton, as the third seed in the eastern half of the draw, will begin the state soccer playoffs Wednesday with a home match against a familiar foe - Enloe.

The Caps defeated Enloe, a fellow member of the Cap 8  Conference, twice in the regular season. The two teams will meet a third time at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the first round of the playoffs.

Come out and cheer on Broughton, the Cap 8 champions, as they look to get off to a good start in the postseason. Go Caps!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Volleyball: Broughton Downs Hoggard 3-1 to Move to Semifinals

Broughton (20-0) defeated Hoggard 25-15, 21-25, 25-9, 27-25 on Saturday to advance to Tuesday's NCHSAA 4A east region final.  The Caps will host J.H. Rose who beat East Chapel Hill in their quarterfinal tilt tonight in Greenville.

Hoggard High School faces Broughton High School in the NCHSAA Volleyball 2014 Playoffs on Saturday October 25. After a good challenge from the Vikings, Broughton dug in and took the match 3 to 1. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

(Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

Katja Ehlers pounded out a match-high 24 kills (.455) to lead a potent Caps offense.  Tiana Butler collected 15 kills (.448) and 5 blocks and Kati Smith added 11 kills (.381), 32 assists and 11 digs.  Adria Johnson had 7 kills, a match-high 4 aces and 4 blocks.  Genna Simpkins scooped up 14 digs and Lauren Brustofski and Ehlers each posted 8 digs.  The Caps outhit Hoggard .309 to .212.  The Vikings (22-3) were paced by Alyssa Zupan with 15 kills (.393) and Elly Cosgrove with 10 kills (.231) 

Broughton started fast by taking an 11-4 lead in the opening set and cruised to a 25-15 win. Hoggard claimed the second game by outscoring the Caps 4-1 after the two teams were knotted at 20-20.  The Capitals won the third game 25-9 to take a 2-sets-to-1 lead but Hoggard jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the fourth stanza.  Broughton then tied things up at 23-23 before eventually closing out the match 27-25.


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Divers needed

Attention Broughton Sports Fans:
Gymnasts and Cheerleaders generally make very good divers.  If you know of any Broughton student who used to be either a gymnast or cheerleader, encourage him or her to join the Broughton Diving team.  Practice starts this coming Thursday, so have them see Coach Dubois in pod 2, room 3 ASAP.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Volleyball: Caps Advance to 4A Quarterfinals with 3-1 Win Over Conley

Broughton (19-0) defeated D.H. Conley 25-14, 25-27, 25-21, 26-24 on Thursday to move into a NCHSAA 4A east region semifinals match-up with Hoggard on Saturday.

We WON! D.H. Conley High School visits Broughton High School in Raleigh N.C. on Thursday October 23, 2014 for round three of playoff volleyball. Broughton took the match by a score of 3 to 1 and will advance in the playoffs. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).
We WON! D.H. Conley High School visits Broughton High School in Raleigh N.C. on Thursday October 23, 2014 for round three of playoff volleyball. Broughton took the match by a score of 3 to 1 and will advance in the playoffs. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

The Caps closed out the first set by winning the last 8 points and held a 24-21 lead in the second set before the Vikings (20-4) scored four straight points to tie the match at a game apiece. Broughton hoped to carry the momentum of a 3rd-frame win into the fourth stanza but instead fell behind 7-0. After a timeout the Caps closed to 7-6 but the Vikes responded by pushing their lead to 14-9.  Conley  was two points away from forcing a fifth set at 23-22 but the hosts closed the affair with a 4-1 run punctuated by a kill from Adria Johnson on match-point.

Katja Ehlers (19 kills, .410) and Adria Johnson (10 kills, .400) paced the Caps offense.  Tiana Butler added 9 kills, Kati Smith had 7 kills and Rachel Byrd chipped in 4 kills (.444).  Broughton totaled 51 kills on the night and posted a lofty .322 hitting pct. (kills - errors/total attempts). Ryan Haar (23 assists) and Kati Smith (19 assists) guided the Caps offense.  Genna Simpkins (10 digs) and Kati Smith (10 digs) led the defense.  Kaylee Vanderhorst led Conley with a match-high 22 kills.

Broughton will host perennial 4A east power John T. Hoggard in Saturday's 4th round contest (TBA). Hoggard's coach Ron Strickland holds the NCHSAA volleyball state record for most career wins with 744.  The Vikings (22-2) defeated Apex 3-2 in their third-round tilt on Thursday.

For more stats, brackets and other information visit the team's MaxPreps page by clicking on the link below:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm


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Broughton moved to #32 in the latest National Top 100 Poll (10/23).  Charlotte Country Day (39) and Cardinal Gibbons (45) are the other NC teams listed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Soccer: Caps finish regular season with win

Broughton finished off a championship regular season Wednesday night with a decisive 5-2 road win over Heritage that included a hat trick from junior Ibrahim Mohamud.

The Caps were on the attack from the game's outset, and got on the scoreboard first when Mohamud scored his first goal off a pass from junior Ike Drooz about 9 minutes into the first half.

Heritage responded quickly, scoring off the ensuing kick-off to even the score at 1-1.

But Broughton took control of the game after that, responding within a few minutes with a second goal by Mohamud. He took a pass from senior Matt Brickhouse and chipped it past the charging Heritage keeper to make the score 2-1 at halftime. (Another potential Broughton goal in the first half, off a corner kick, was waived off after the referee ruled that the Caps had interfered with the keeper.)

Frankie Stallings
It didn't take long for Mohamud to finish off his hat trick once the second half began. When the Heritage keeper bobbled a shot by senior Jack Krueger, Mohamud was in position to put the rebound into the back of the net to make the score 3-1.

The Caps scored again about 12 minutes later when Brickhouse finished off a brilliant series of back-and-forth passes with senior Chris Vlahoplus to make the score 4-1.

Heritage threatened to get back into the game at one point, forcing Broughton keeper Frankie Stallings to make back-to-back saves by punching away on-target shots by the Huskies.

But then senior David Winter added to Broughton's total with a shot into the far post off a pass from junior Niko Hacklaender to make the score 5-1. Heritage scored late in the game to make the final score 5-2.

The Caps finished the season 12-1-1 in conference play to win the Cap 8 title. Their overall record of 15-1-2 will earn them a high seed in the upcoming state playoffs, which begin next week.

Earlier, Broughton's junior varsity team suffered a tough 0-1 loss to end their season. But it was a successful season for the junior varsity, which finished with a conference record of 7-2-4.

The scorers (left to right): David Winter, Matt Brickhouse, Ibrahim Mohamud

Caps Tennis Defeat Lumberton and Apex in Dual Team Competition

Last week the Caps defeated Lumberton High School, 9-0.  On Tuesday the Caps defeated Apex High School 5-0.  The Caps will continue their push in dual team play versus Panther Creek High School this Monday.  The match will be played in Cary as the Catamounts are undefeated this season and are defending their state championship title.  Come cheer for the Caps!

Summerford def. Cain 6-0, 6-0, Cox def. Kinlaw 6-2, 6-0, Austin def. Leggetle 6-1, 6-0, Blackburn def. Martin 6-0, 6-0, Burrus def. Floyd 6-0, 6-0, Bennett def. Hickman 6-0, 6-0.
Cox/Austin def. Cain/Kinlaw 8-0, Summerford/Burrus def. Leffetle/Hickman 8-0, Blackburn/Paylor def. Floyd/Ard 8-0.
Summerford def. Romano 6-2, 6-1, Cox def. Johnson 6-4, 6-1, Austin def. Thomas 6-1, 6-0, Blackburn def. Melech 7-5, 5-2 (retired), Burrus def. Oyler 6-0, 6-0, Bennett def.Sung 6-2, 7-5.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Volleyball: Caps Squeeze Past Leesville Road to Move into 3rd Round

The Caps (18-0) downed Leesville Road 25-20, 22-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-13 in Tuesday's NCHSAA 4A 2nd round playoff game.  Broughton fought back from a 2-sets-to-1 deficit to advance to Thursday's 3rd round tilt against D.H. Conley. The Caps were down 18-14 in the fourth set before outscoring the Pride 9-4 to force a fifth frame. The deciding set was tied 13-13 before Broughton scored the night's final two points to close the match.  The Pride (13-7) called timeout down 14-13 but Tiana Butler hit a clutch serve and a kill by Katja Ehlers sealed the win.


Tiana Butler had 15 kills (.371) and 10 service points and Adria Johnson tallied 8 kills (.364), 7 service points and 4 blocks to lead the Caps.  Katja Ehlers added 12 kills, 16 digs and 4 aces and Kati Smith posted 10 kills, 3 aces, 12 digs and 19 assists.  Ryan Haar notched 19 assists, 3 kills, 3 aces and 8 service points and Rachel Byrd had 4 blocks. Lauren Brustoski picked up 16 digs and Genna Simpkins chipped in 12 digs and 3 assists.

D.H. Conley (20-3) defeated New Bern 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in their 2nd-round contest.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Soccer: Caps clinch Cap 8 conference title

Broughton celebrated Senior Night on Monday by clinching the Cap 8 regular season title for the first time since 2009. The Caps sealed the championship with a hard-fought 2-1 win over visiting Enloe in front of a large home crowd.

The game started with all 10 of Broughton's seniors in the starting line-up, including keeper Trey Morton playing in the field as a defender while fellow keeper Frankie Stallings was in the goal.

The two teams went back-and-forth for much of the half, with Broughton missing on several scoring opportunities. But it was Enloe that had the best chances in the first half. Stallings made a critical save on an Enloe free kick from outside the box with about nine minutes remaining in the half and then an Enloe goal in the last minute of the half was voided by an offsides call.

Broughton went back on the attack in the second half, creating several scoring opportunities and corner kicks. The Caps finally got on the scoreboard about eight minutes into the half when junior Bryant O'Neal crossed a ball into the box to onrushing senior Matt Brickhouse, who poked the ball into the net to make the score 1-0.

The Caps had several more missed scoring chances before junior Ike Drooz converted on a free kick to make the score 2-0 with less than nine minutes remaining in the game.

Enloe got on the scoredboard a couple of minutes later when one of the Eagles' players launched a free kick into the goal from 50 yards out. Broughton managed to hold off a few other Enloe attacks to seal the 2-1 win.

At halftime, the team's 10 seniors were recognized along with their parents, siblings and grandparents. A big shout-out to this year's conference-winning seniors: Matt Brickhouse, Brandon Gettinger, Jack Krueger, Trey Morton, David Ridgeway, Frankie Stallings, Chris Vlahoplus, Eli White, David Winter and Peter Winter.

Earlier, Broughton's junior varsity scored a decisive 6-1 win over Enloe. Goals were scored by Graham Gunter, Rees Massarelli, Yassir Moumen, William Hernandez, Jack Ashby and Elias Kuhns. Chris Canderos, Doug Scott, Eric Johnsen (2) and Elias Kuhns recorded assists in the game.

The Caps close out the regular season Wednesday night with a road game at Heritage. Then it's on to the state playoffs! Go Caps!

Back row (left to right): Trey Morton, David Winter, Matt Brickhouse, Chris Vlahoplus, David Ridgeway, Frankie Stallings
Front row (left to right): Eli White, Brandon Gettinger, Jack Krueger, Peter Winter

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Volleyball: Caps Advance Past Overhills

Broughton downed Overhills 25-7, 25-6, 25-17 on Saturday afternoon to move into Tuesday's second-round match with Cap-8 rival Leesville Road.  The Pride swept visiting Southern Alamance in their first-round tilt.

Tiana Butler swings while Adria Johnson, Genna Simpkins and Holli Smith provide cover.

Tiana Butler notched 9 kills (.412), 14 service-points and 7 aces and Katja Ehlers tallied 10 kills (.444) and 3 aces to pace the Caps.  Kati Smith added 7 kills (.538), 16 assists and 10 service points and Ryan Haar posted 3 kills (.600), 16 assists, 5 aces and 11 service points.  Rachel Byrd recorded 5 kills (.667) and Adria Johnson collected 4 kills and 2 aces.  Lauren Brustofski and Marisa Buonpane led the team with 4 digs each and Genna Simpkins scooped up 3 digs.

Broughton (17-0) hosts Leesville Road (13-6) on Tuesday at 6 pm in a second-round contest.

Click on the link below to access the complete NCHSAA 4A tournament bracket:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Volleyball: State playoff bracket released, Caps Climb in National Poll

The Caps host Overhills (8-9) in Saturday's first-round state playoff match-up.  The game will start at 2pm.  The complete NCHSAA 4A bracket can be found by linking on the link provided.

Broughton moved to #37 in the latest National Top 100 Poll. (10/16).  Charlotte Country Day (46) and Cardinal Gibbons (50) are the other teams from North Carolina to appear in the poll.  (