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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.


Broughton Beats Hoggard to Move Closer to State Championship -

Broughton Drops Hoggard to Reach First Region Final -

Hoggard @ Broughton (Slideshow) -

Rose Sweeps Into East Final -

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


Broughton Turns Away Conley for NCHSAA 4A Win -

Broughton Survives D.H. Conley, Advances to 4th Round (includes slide show)-

Rampants Advance, Vikings Fall -

Vikings Keep Focus to Advance in Volleyball -

Broughton Volleyball Coach Has Helped Build Two Strong Programs in Raleigh -

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.


Broughton Avoids Upset Bid From Leesville Road -
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Broughton Pushed to Brink in 5-set Playoff Win Over Leesville Road -

First Look: Broughton 3, Leesville Road 2 -

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.  (

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Soccer: Caps come from behind for victory

Broughton relied on two quick goals in the second half to pull out a come-from-behind win Thursday night against visiting Wakefield.

The two teams played a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half, with junior Hyu A making a couple of defensive stops, before the Caps struck more than 25 minutes into the game. Junior Abdulle Ibrahim finished off a crossing pass by junior Bryant O'Neal to give Broughton an initial 1-0 lead.

But Wakefield scored a few minutes later on a defensive miscue by Broughton, leading to a 1-1 halftime score.

Wakefield scored again about five minutes into the second half to take a 1-2 lead on the Caps that stood for nearly 15 minutes.

But Broughton evened the score with about 18 minutes remaining in the game when senior Brandon Gettinger was fouled inside the box and then converted the subsequent penalty kick. Less than a minute later, Gettinger assisted when senior Matt Brickhouse scored to give Broughton the go-ahead goal.

Trey Morton
The Caps fought off repeated attacks by Wakefield over the next 15 minutes, with senior keeper Trey Morton making a brilliant save on a Wakefield scoring chance with about 30 seconds remaining in the game.

The score at the buzzer was 3-2 in favor of the Caps to keep them atop the Cap 8 Conference standings with just two games left in the regular season. Broughton next plays Monday night, when the team's seniors will be recognized during a home game against Enloe.

Earlier, the Broughton junior varsity team continued its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Wakefield.

The goals were scored by Eric Johnsen, Luis Hernandez and Jacob Hill, with assists by Graham Gunter and Kebe Martinez. Hill's goal, on a free kick from outside the box, was unassisted.

A big shout-out to senior Sam Holden for filling in as the game announcer in senior Sean Betts' absence.

The scorers (left to right): Matt Brickhouse, Abdulle Ibrahim, Brandon Gettinger

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Volleyball: Caps Fete Seniors, Wrap-up Unbeaten Regular Season

Broughton (16-0, 14-0) defeated Sanderson 25-22, 25-16, 25-17 on Monday night to close out the regular season.  The Caps honored seniors Clare Bocklage, Marisa Buonpane, Adria Johnson and Sydney Richardson before the match.

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Adria Johnson, Marisa Buonpane, Clare Bocklage and Sydney Richardson

Katja Ehlers paced the Caps with 17 kills (.438), 10 digs and 2 blocks.  Tiana Butler added 8 kills(.467) and 12 service points and Kati Smith tallied 8 kills (.294), 10 digs and 15 assists.  Adria Johnson posted 7 kills (.267), 2 aces and 6 service points and Ryan Haar recorded 21 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces and 13 service points.  Rachel Byrd chipped in 3 kills and 3 blocks and Marisa Buonpane collected 6 digs. Genna Simpkins had 10 digs, 8 service points and 5 assists and Lauren Brustofski scooped up 4 digs.

The Caps are the top seed in the 4A east region and will host a first-round state tournament match this Saturday afternoon (TBA).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Soccer: Caps suffer first loss of the season

Broughton suffered its first loss of the season Monday night in a fast-and-furious road contest against Sanderson.

Jack Krueger
The Caps struck first, when senior Jack Krueger put a bullet of a shot into the goal from outside the box less than a minute into the game. Senior Brandon Gettinger assisted on the goal.

But the Caps then found themselves playing defense against an aggressive Sanderson team for much of the first half. Sanderson scored twice in the half and junior defender Grant Tyler prevented another Sanderson goal near the end of the half when he cleared a ball in front of an open net.

Broughton had some scoring chances as the second half began, with the Sanderson keeper making good saves on shots by Krueger and then Gettinger.

Elvis Wiredu
Then, about 10 minutes into the half, junior Elvis Wiredu dived to put a header into the goal off a corner kick to tie the score at 2-2. Gettinger assisted on the goal.

But Sanderson scored twice more in the second half, once off a free kick and once off a long throw-in that somehow found its way into the goal, to earn the 2-4 win.

The Caps' record now stands at 12-1-2 overall and 9-1-1 in conference play with three conference games remaining in the regular season. Their next game is Wednesday, at home against Wakefield.

Girls Tennis Clinch Cap 8 Regular Season Title

Broughton defeated Sanderson High School on Thursday afternoon to win the Cap 8 Conference Championship, 5-4.  The match was played in lieu of a coin toss at Millbrook High School.  The Caps will compete in the first round of NCHSAA dual team playoffs on Tuesday on Broughton's home courts at 4:00. On Friday and Saturday the Caps will continue to compete in the Mid-East regional individual tournament at Middle Creek High School in Cary.  Come cheer for the Caps as they progress in post season play!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

RE: Volleyball: Caps Sweep Millbrook, Maintain National Ranking

Correction to previous post: the Senior Varsity Volleyball player in the Broughton Class of 2015 being honored on Monday is Marisa Buonpane. Not "Maria" as previously posted. Nice job blogging there "jtf" . . .

Soccer: Photos posted from win over Enloe

The News & Observer posted a collection of photos from Thursday night's 5-1 win over Enloe. You can see the photos by clicking here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Volleyball: Caps Sweep Millbrook, Maintain National Ranking

Broughton defeated host Millbrook 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Thursday night to improve to 15-0 and 13-0 in league play.  Katja Ehlers posted 14 kills and 4 aces and Tiana Butler added 10 kills (.474) to pace the Broughton offense.  Adria Johnson had match-highs in aces (5) and service points (15) to go along with 5 digs, 3 blocks and 2 kills.  Kati Smith added 5 kills, 17 assists, 2 blocks and 9 digs and Genna Simpkins piled up 27 digs, 5 assists and 3 aces.  Holli Smith chipped in 7 assists and 3 digs and Ryan Haar added 4 assists and 2 kills.  Rachel Byrd tallied 3 kills (.333) and Lauren Brustofski scooped up 6 digs.

The Caps host Sanderson on Monday night in the last regular-season match of the year.  Broughton will honor their four seniors: Clare Bocklage, Marisa Buonpane, Adria Johnson and Sydney Richardson prior to the match.

Broughton is ranked 39th in the latest National Top 100 Poll (10/9).  Cardinal Gibbons (55) and Charlotte Country Day (61) are the other teams from North Carolina to appear in the poll. (

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Soccer: Caps convert corners in 5-1 road win

Broughton scored three times off corner kicks Thursday night to post a 5-1 win over Enloe in a conference road game.

The Caps struck early, when junior Ike Drooz finished off a pass from senior Jack Krueger to score off a short corner about five minutes into the game.

Ike Drooz
Broughton got another corner less than a minute later, and went up 2-0 as the result of an own goal off an Enloe player after Krueger crossed the ball into the box.

The Caps were unable to convert on a handful of additional corner kicks early in the first half, giving Enloe time to regroup before the game got out of hand. Senior keeper Trey Morton made back-to-back saves with less than two minutes to go in the half to preserve Broughton's 2-0 lead going into the break.

Broughton converted another corner kick just a few minutes into the second half when senior Matt Brickhouse punched in a cross from Krueger. It was Krueger's second assist on the night.

Matt Brickhouse
Enloe fought to get back in the game, forcing junior Elvis Wiredu to run the length of the field to muck up a potential breakaway by Enloe. Senior keeper Frankie Stallings made a nice save on a subsequent shot. Broughton's defenders -- Jack Krueger, Grant Tyler, Hyu A, David Ridgeway and Sam Cole -- turned back several other Enloe attacks.

The Caps then became the aggressors again, forcing four corner kicks within the span of a couple of minutes. They were unable convert any of their chances, though, and Enloe countered with a strong shot from outside to make the score 3-1.

The two teams scrapped for possession for much of the rest of the half, until the Caps scored when Brickhouse finished off a crossing pass from senior Brandon Gettinger with about eight minutes remaining in the game.  It was the second goal of the night for Brickhouse.

Elvis Wiredu
Stallings helped preserve Broughton's 4-1 lead less than a minute later when he jumped to punch away a dangerous free kick by Enloe.

Broughton finished off the scoring with about six minutes remaining in the game when Gettinger ended an attacking run by passing off to Wiredu, who fired a shot past the charging Enloe keeper to make the final score 5-1. It was Gettinger's second assist on the night.

Earlier, the Broughton junior varsity team won 2-0 over Enloe. Kebe Martinez and Jack Ashby scored the goals, which were both assisted by Graham Gunter. Defenders Jacob Hill, Esteban Salinas and Jose Abarca played the entire game and stopped several Enloe attacks.

The Caps return to action Monday night at Sanderson.

Defenders (left to right): Jack Krueger, David Ridgeway, Hyu A, Grant Tyler

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Soccer: Caps win shutout, 4-0, over Millbrook

Broughton recorded its third consecutive shutout as it defeated Millbrook 4-0 Wednesday night to remain undefeated and at the top of the Cap-8 Conference standings.

The game was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half, but the Caps exploded for three goals in the final eight minutes of the half to take control of the contest. Senior Brandon Gettinger scored two of the goals and narrowly missed a chance for a hat trick when he had a third scoring opportunity.

The scorers: Jesse Dean, Brandon Gettinger, Matt Brickhouse
The first goal came after junior defender Hyu A lofted a long ball down the field to senior Chris Vlahoplus, who flicked the ball forward with his head to Gettinger running down the right side. The shot scooted past the keeper's right side and into the net.

The second goal came about four minutes later, when Gettinger raced the Millbrook keeper to a pass from junior Abdulle Ibrahim. Gettinger slid and managed to get a foot on the ball just before the keeper got to it, pushing the ball into the goal to give the Caps a 2-0 lead.

With less than a minute remaining in the half, junior Jesse Dean finished off a pass from junior Ike Drooz to make the score 3-0 at the half.

Ike Drooz
The Caps kept the scoring going as the second half began, with senior Matt Brickhouse finishing off a rebound after the Millbrook keeper couldn't hold on to a shot by Drooz less than two minutes into the half. It was the second assist of the night for Drooz.

Coach Nick Wheeler was able to clear his bench in the second half as Broughton held off a series of attacks by Millbrook. The visiting Wildcats finally managed to get a ball in the net with about four minutes remaining in the game, but the goal was voided by an offsides call.

Keepers Trey Morton, Frankie Stallings and Benjamin McCord combined to earn the shutout. Hyu A, playing the entire game at center back, made several  late defensive stops to help keep Millbrook off the scoreboard.

Earlier, Broughton's junior varsity team scored a 1-0 victory over Millbrook.

The Caps have a quick turnaround before their next game, traveling to Enloe for another conference game on Thursday night.

Keepers (left to right): Benjamin McCord, Frankie Stallings, Trey Morton

Girls' Tennis Knocks out Round 1 in Individuals

After two days of intense competition the Caps won individual doubles with Hunter Cox and Alison Austin defeating Sofia Anthony and Dillon Cannon, from Sanderson High School. Caro Summerford defeated Pem Jattavap, from Sanderson for third place in singles. Blaine Blackburn and Belle Paylor defeated Kate Griffin and Grace Smith also from Sanderson High School for third place in doubles.  In lieu of a coin toss, the Caps will play Sanderson, Thursday afternoon at 3:30 at Millbrook High School for the Cap 8 regular season title.  Come cheer for the Caps! The Caps always play their best when fans come to cheer and Sanderson always brings a boisterous fan base! Go Caps!

Volleyball: Caps Down Pride

Broughton improved to 14-0 and 12-0 in the Cap-8 with a 25-15, 26-24, 25-21 win over visiting Leesville Road (10-6, 7-5) on Tuesday night.  Tiana Butler collected 9 kills, 4 aces, 10 service points and 2 blocks and Katja Ehlers added 10 kills and 5 digs.  Adria Johnson tallied 6 kills and 10 service points and Kati Smith posted 6 kills, 10 digs and 17 assists.  Genna Simpkins chipped in 11 digs and 7 service points and Ryan Haar had 12 assists.  The Caps travel to Millbrook (7-8, 6-6) on Thursday before hosting Sanderson on Monday's Senior Night.

The Caps remain at #2 in the latest News & Observer Top 15 Poll:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Soccer: Caps earn tough road win at Leesville

Broughton scored a hard-fought 2-0 road win over Leesville Monday night to continue its unbeaten season.

The win over Leesville, which is in second place in the Cap 8, gives Broughton more cushion as it works to hold on to first place in the conference. The Caps are now 7-0-1 in conference play, while Leesville falls to 5-2-1, with both losses being to Broughton.

Elvis Wiredu
Senior Matt Brickhouse helped get the scoring started for Broughton about 10 minutes into the game, when he made an attacking run with the ball up the center of the field before passing off to junior Elvis Wiredu as he got into the box. Wiredu drove the ball into the goal from the left side.

The two teams traded chances for the rest of the half, with both teams missing on opportunities to score. The score was 1-0 at halftime.

Brandon Gettinger
The two teams continued to battle in the second half, but senior Brandon Gettinger gave the Caps a 2-0 lead when he blasted a pass from Wiredu past the Leesville keeper about 10 minutes into the second half.

Junior Ike Drooz drew a penalty in the box with about 10 minutes to go in the game, but the shot was called off because of encroachment by one of the Broughton players.

Hyu A
Senior keepers Frankie Stallings and Trey Morton combined on the shutout for Broughton, with help from defenders Hyu A, David Ridgeway, Jack Krueger and Grant Tyler.

Earlier, the Broughton junior varsity team eked out a tough 1-0 win over Leesville thanks to a header by Jacob Hill off a pass from Kebe Martinez.

The Caps, who are now ranked fifth among the state's 4-A schools by Eurosport (click on 4-A in the thin gray box near the top of the page), return to action Wednesday night. They play Millbrook at home in the second of three conference games this week.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Soccer: Caps earn top spot in N&O rankings

Broughton's varsity soccer team has risen to the top of The News & Observer's latest rankings of high school soccer teams in the Raleigh Metro area.

The Caps were number two in last week's rankings, but claimed this week's top spot after previously unbeaten Cardinal Gibbons suffered its first loss of the year, to Chapel Hill.

Broughton is 9-0-2 (one of those ties could change when Broughton resumes the suspended game against Clayton) and leading the Cap 8 Conference midway through the season. It faces a key conference match-up Monday night at Leesville Road, which is in second place in the conference and #14 in The N&O rankings.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Volleyball Clinches Cap-8 Crown

The Caps defeated host Wake Forest 25-12, 25-5, 25-15 on Thursday to sew up the 2014 Cap-8 title.  Katja Ehlers led the way with 12 kills (.400 hitting pct.) and Adria Johnson tallied 5 kills, 5 aces, 4 blocks and 4 aces.  Tiana Butler added 6 kills (.750) and 3 blocks and Ryan Haar recorded 4 kills (.800) and 11 assists.  Kati Smith chipped in 4 kills, 15 assists, 2 aces and 5 digs and Genna Simpkins scooped up 11 digs. Broughton (13-0, 11-0) plays Leesville Road (9-5, 7-4) at home on Tuesday night.

The Capitals are ranked 39th in the latest National Top 100 Poll (10/2).  Cardinal Gibbons (58) and Charlotte Country Day (62) are the other two North Carolina teams featured in the poll.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Alumnus: Jeremy Shelley hangs up his cleats

Placekickers typically don't get a lot of attention from football fans, but Jeremy Shelley says he can't walk around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, without being approached by Crimson Tide fans wanting an autograph or a photo.

But that's what happens when you kick five field goals to help your team beat your archrival in the national championship game, as Shelley did when Alabama squared off against LSU in 2012. It was one of three national championships that Alabama won while Shelley was on the team.

So life is a little more relaxed when Shelley returns to Raleigh, where he grew up and played soccer and football for Broughton before finding fame in Alabama. "When I'm down there in Tuscaloosa, everyone knows me," Shelley said this week when he returned to Broughton for the soccer team's annual Alumni Night. "It's a lot easier to hang out around here."

Not that Shelley is complaining about his time in Alabama, mind you. Shelley had the kind of game -- on a huge stage -- that most kickers could only dream of. "That was a career game for me," he said. "Every one of those kicks is a memory for me."

Shelley got his start as a kicker at Broughton, after talking to the school's soccer and football coaches about whether they would allow him to play both fall sports. They did, and Shelley was the kicker and punter for the varsity football team for four years and an outside midfielder and center back on the varsity soccer team for three years.

Shelley had primarily played soccer as a kid, but says he decided to try his hand at football just for the fun of it. But then, after kicking a game-winning extra point in the third game of his freshman year and a 51-yard field goal in a pouring rain in a game against Chapel Hill his sophomore year, Shelley realized he might be able to give it a try in college.

"Originally, it was just for fun," he said, "but I saw that I was pretty good at it."

He also excelled on the soccer field, as part of a team that won back-to-back state championships for Broughton. "Both of those state championships were so much fun," he said. "That was such a good squad."

While Shelley once thought he might play soccer in college, he started to get some feelers from college coaches about playing football. Initially, Shelley heard from smaller schools and nearby schools like East Carolina. But after excelling at a football camp at Alabama the summer before he graduated from Broughton in 2009, Shelley was offered a spot as a recruited walk-on for the Crimson Tide.

Following his success at Alabama, Shelley signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons to see if he could land a job in the NFL. He lasted through the pre-season, but didn't survive the final cuts. He now says he is "hanging up his cleats" and is back in Raleigh with is family while he sorts through career options.

As for this year's Broughton soccer team, which is undefeated midway through the season, Shelley was impressed with what he saw in Wednesday night's 5-0 win over Wake Forest. "They look great," he said.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Soccer: Caps score big win on Alumni Night

Broughton got off to a sluggish start Wednesday night, but ultimately put on a show of offensive firepower to earn a 5-0 win over visiting Wake Forest as the Caps celebrated Alumni Night.

Several former Broughton players were on hand to watch as three Caps players scored their first goals of the season, bringing to 14 the number of players who have scored for Broughton this season. Keepers Trey Morton, Frankie Stallings and Benjamin McCord combined for the Caps second shutout of the year.

Keepers (left to right): Morton, Stallings, McCord
The game started slowly, with both teams trading possession for much of the first 20 minutes. But after junior Hyu A and senior David Ridgeway teamed up to make a good defensive stop inside the box about midway through the first half, Broughton unleashed an onslaught of shots over the next 10 minutes.

The Caps finally got on the scoreboard with about five minutes to go in the half when senior David Winter lofted a ball into the box that bounced off the crossbar and post before senior Matt Brickhouse headed it in for the game's first goal.

The score was 1-0 at halftime, when several former Broughton players were honored by members of this year's team. Among those returning for the game was Jeremy Shelley, a 2009 Broughton graduate who went on to win three national championships as a kicker for the University of Alabama.

Broughton struggled at the beginning of the second half with several offsides calls. But senior Brandon Gettinger finished off a pass from senior Chris Vlahoplus about 15 minutes into the half to make the score 2-0.

Wake Forest threatened to score a few minutes later when the ball bounced around in front of the Broughton net following a free kick from outside the box. But junior Jesse Dean made a save along the goal line and cleared the ball out of harm's way.

Scorers (left to right): Dean, Brickhouse, Gettinger, Winter, Wall
About seven minutes later, the Caps took a 3-0 lead when Winter scored his first goal of the season by burying the rebound of a shot that the Wake Forest keeper fumbled.

With less than nine minutes to go in the game, junior Liam Wall scored  his first goal of the season to give the Caps a 4-0 lead. Vlahoplus earned his second assist of the night on the goal.

Finally, Dean headed in a cross by Winter to score his first goal of the season with about two minutes remaining in the game to give the Caps a 5-0 lead. It was Winter's second assist of the night to go with his one goal.

Earlier, Broughton's junior varsity team scored a decisive 4-0 win over Wake Forest. Chris Canderos , Rees Massarelli, Yassir Moumen and Sam Stein all scored for the Caps, with assists from Jack Ashby, Kebe Martinez and Moumen. Keepers Clay Oxford and Jack Nickens combined for the shutout.

The undefeated and league-leading Caps hit the road Monday for a key conference match-up against Leesville, which is second place in the Cap 8 standings. Encourage your friends and family to show up to support the Caps as they look to continue their winning streak. Go Caps!

Current and former Caps soccer players (Click on photo to enlarge)

Caps Tennis Vanquish Eagles and Cougars

Broughton's girl's tennis team defeated Enloe High School on Tuesday 6-3 and Wake Forest High School 9-0 on Wednesday. Kara Summerford, Blaine Blackburn and Belle Paylor were all honored at today's celebration. Senior Day topped off a great regular season record of 15-1.  The Caps continue post season play beginning next week with the Individual Tournament and the following week for Dual Team Playoffs.

Enloe High School:
Singles: Summerford def. Price 6-0, 6-2, Cox def. Brown 6-0, 6-0, Austin def. Gupta 6-0, 6-0, Blackburn def. Kim 6-1, 6-2, Burrus def. Sanka 6-1, 6-0, Bennett def. Yang 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: Bennett/Bell lost Price/Brown 8-3, Gilbert/Pharr lost Gupta/Sanka 9-8, Marlowe/Butler lost Kim/Yang 8-2.

Wake Forest High School:
Singles: Summerford def. Blalock 6-0, 6-0, Blackburn def. Pearce 6-0, 6-0, Paylor def. Tortora 6-0, 6-0, Bell def. Coats 6-0, 6-0, Pharr def. Burks 6-1, 6-1.
Cox/Austin def. Pearce/Tortora (forfeit), Summerford/Burrus def. Coats/Byrd 8-0, Blackburn/Paylor def. McClung/Burks 8-0.

Volleyball: Caps Battle Past Heritage

Broughton claimed a hard-fought 15-25, 25-19, 25-12, 28-26 win at Heritage on Tuesday night.  Katja Ehlers had 19 kills (.531 hitting pct.) and 11 digs to help the Caps improve to 12-0 and 10-0 in the Cap-8. Heritage fell to 11-6 and 6-4.  Kati Smith filled up the stat sheet with 10 kills (.308), 23 assists, 7 digs and 3 aces and Ryan Haar had 20 assists, 3 kills (.333), 7 digs and 5 aces.  Adria Johnson added 9 kills and 3 blocks and Tiana Butler chipped in 6 kills and 2 blocks.  Genna Simpkins and Lauren Brustofski each posted 11 digs.  The Caps travel to Wake Forest on Thursday night.

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