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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Caps' Soccer Blasts Imps

Sam Stein, Ibrahim Mohamud, Bryant O'Neal, Jack Nickens and Elvis Wiredu

The Broughton soccer team notched its second consecutive shutout, beating the Cary Imps 4-0 at Cary's Cooper Field. The match was much closer than the score would indicate, as Cary's strong midfield controlled possession for much of the night, but Broughton's strong defense, including a stellar showing from Junior keeper Jack Nickens, kept the Imps off the scoreboard. Broughton's constant pressure and counter-attacking made the difference in the match. as Broughton took advantage of its opportunities and Cary did not.

Senior co-captain Elvis Wiredu was a disruptive force throughout the match, and in the 11th minute, his firecracker from 35 yard deflected off a Cary defender and found the back of the net. Wiredu helped create the Caps' second goal 11 minutes later, sending a perfect pass to super-frosh Lucas Beeson on the left side of the box, and Beeson calmly slotted a pass to a charging Ibrahim Mohamud who easily finished the goal.

Nickens was caught wrong-footed in the 25th minute after a knuckling shot but quickly recovered and made a remarkable save.

Senior co-captain Bryant O'Neal decided to challenge the Cary keeper in the 38th minute, firing a rocket from over 40 yards out. A wise decision it was, as the keeper misplayed the shot, making the score 3-0 at the half. Cary actually outshot Broughton in the first half, 14-7, but Nickens' five saves repeatedly frustrated the home team.

Nickens came up big again in the 58th minute, making a kick save on a Cary breakaway, and two minutes later, Mohamud was fouled in the box. Super-sub Sam Stein calmly buried the penalty to end the scoring for the night. Broughton finished with 19 shots, 9 of them on goal while Cary had 23 shots, 9 on frame. Nickens totaled 9 saves on the night.

Broughton's record improved to 3-2. The Caps' have two more non-conference matches next week before beginning Cap-8 play the following week. Broughton first plays perennial power Cardinal Gibbons at Heritage High on Tuesday, September 1st and then East Wake at home the following night. Please come out and cheer for your Caps.

Lady Caps Tennis Defeats Millbrook

The Broughton Girls' Tennis team defeated Millbrook 8-1 on Thursday afternoon, August 27 at Millbrook High School. Broughton improved their record to 2-0 in the Cap 8 conference and 4-0 overall. The Lady Caps play at home against rival Sanderson on Tuesday, September 1 at 3:30pm. Please come out to support your Lady Caps!


B. Taranto (MIL) def. H. Cox(BRO) 7-5, 7-5; A. Austin def. S. Cirillo 7-6 (9-7), 6-1; B. Waters def. R. Gittleman 6-1, 6-2; M. Hardesty def. O. Luckinbill 6-1, 6-0; W. Burrus def. M. Sloan 6-0, 6-0; K. Burroughs def. S. Bradshaw 6-1, 6-0


Waters/Hardesty def. Taranto/Gittleman 8-0; Austin/Burrus def. Day/Sloan 8-1; Bell/Bennett def. Mosley/Demartino 8-0

Volleyball Improves to 4-0

The Caps downed visiting Athens Drive 25-16, 25-15, 25-11 on Wednesday night.  Kalee Vanderhorst (17 kills, .353) and Katja Ehlers (16 kills, .382) spearheaded the Broughton offense.  Kati Smith tallied 36 assists, 4 aces and 6 digs and Tiana Butler collected 4 kills (.429), 8 digs and 4 aces.  Alden Willis added 3 aces and 6 digs and Holli Smith chipped in 4 digs. Grace Youngblood (.286) and Rachel Byrd (.667) each recorded 2 kills.

The Capitals hammered out a season-high 14 service aces in Wednesday night's win.  Broughton continued their streak of hitting .300 or better by posting a .333 hitting percentage last night (42 kills, 11 errors, 93 attempts).  The Caps hit a season-high .429 in a 3-1 win over Providence in Charlotte this past Saturday.

Broughton travels to Panther Creek on Monday (8/31) before beginning Cap-8 play next Thursday (9/3) in a home match against Wakefield.

Click on the link below for rosters, schedules, stats and standings:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Caps' Soccer Conquers Knights

The Broughton soccer team exhibited great depth and balance in a 5-0 victory over the Knightdale Knights Wednesday night at Broughton. The match opened up tightly with Broughton having the first look at goal when freshman Lucas Beeson's shot was punched away by the Knightdale keeper and Liam Wall's rebound clanked off the right post. The Caps' high defensive pressure led to the first goal after C. Badweh's aggressive tackle and steal in the Knight's box gave him the opportunity to tuck it past the keeper to the far post in the 19th minute. Broughton outshot the Knights 11-6 in the first half, but they couldn't extend their one goal lead.

Broughton's continued pressure finally wore down Knightdale. Elvis Wiredu was unlucky when his screamer from distance hit the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Ibrahim Mohamud was taken down in the box and then converted the penalty kick. In the 59th minute, co-captain Bryant O'Neal blasted a free kick into the net from 20 yards away, taking advantage of a less than solid Knightdale wall. Junior Sam Stein made the most of his seven minutes of playing time by scoring his first varsity goal in the 79th minute after a great run, calmly slotting it past the keeper. A minute later, Stein struck again, when after working against two defenders, he dumped a short cross over to a hustling Jesse Dean, who buried it for Broughton's fifth and final goal. 

Broughton outshot Knightdale 21-9. Sophomore Clay Oxford earned a clean sheet, playing the entire game in goal. 

The Caps improved their record to 2-2 and next face Cary on the road on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Broughton Girls' Tennis Defeats Leesville

Broughton girls' tennis team beat Leesville High School 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon. The Caps play Millbrook Thursday at Millbrook.  The Caps are 3-0 in match play this season!

H. Cox lost L. Robbins 6-2, 3-6, (10-8); A. Austin def C. Michaud 6-0, 6-2; B.Waters def. C.Stull 6-3, 6-2; M. Hardesty def. A. Pirzadeh 6-0, 6-1; W. Burrus def. I. Michalakis 6-0, 6-0; E. Bell def. L. Stanely 7-6, 6-4.

Cox/Austin lost Robbins/Michaud 8-4; Waters/Hardesty def. Pirzadeh/Michalakis 8-3, Burrus/Burroughs def. Sande/Stark 8-0.
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Caps Tennis Play Port City Invitational

Broughton girls tennis team competed in the Port City Invitational Tournament this weekend.  Friday afternoon's match with New Hanover High School was a wash out with all courts leading.  The Caps competed successfully to win all courts versus Laney High School and Hoggard High School on Saturday.  Cap 8 match play begins this week. Come cheer for the Caps!

BHS vs. Hoggard, 9-0

Cox def. Opper 6-1, 6-0
Austin def. Marable 6-0, 6-0
Waters def. Traflet 6-1, 6-2
Hardesty def. Diab 6-1, 6-1
Bell def. Phelps 6-0, 6-1
Burroughs def. Duplessis 6-3, 6-2

Cox/Austin def. Opper/Marable 8-1
Waters/Hardesty def. Traflet/Baker 8-1
Bell/Bennett def. Diab/Brewer 8-0

BHS vs. Laney, 9-0

Cox def. Schoolfield 6-0, 6-1
Austin def. Porcelli 6-0, 6-0
Waters def. Tucker 6-2, 6-1
Hardesty def. Hanks 6-2, 6-4
Bell def. Young 6-3, 6-0
Burroughs def. Jefferson 6-0, 6-1

Cox/Austin def. Schoolfiled/Porcelli 8-2
Waters/Hardesty def. Tucker/Hanks 9-7
Bell/Bennett def. Young/Jefferson 8-5

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Volleyball Picks Up Two Wins on Charlotte Trip

Broughton travelled to Charlotte over the weekend to play perennial 4A powerhouses Ardrey Kell and Providence.  Providence was the 2014 west region champion and Ardrey Kell claimed the 2012 state title.

The Caps downed Providence 25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-13 in Saturday's first contest. Kalee Vanderhorst (17 kills, .400), Katja Ehlers (16 kills, .484) and Tiana Butler (9 kills, .571) paced the offense and helped Broughton overcome 17 missed serves.  Kati Smith handed out 42 assists, Rachel Byrd chipped in 3 kills and 2 blocks and Vanderhorst led the Caps with 9 digs and 3 blocks.  Alden Willis and Kati Smith each had 3 aces and Butler and Holli Smith added 2 aces.

In the day's second match Ardrey Kell jumped to a 14-6 lead in the first set before Broughton responded with a 19-8 run to claim a 25-22 victory.  Kalee Vanderhorst picked up four service points and two aces to close the set.  The Capitals carried that momentum into the second frame by taking a 14-0 lead on their way to a 25-7 win.  Broughton ended the match with a 25-18 win the final stanza to improve to 3-0 while Ardrey Kell dropped to 2-1.

Vanderhorst collected 14 kills (.345), 8 digs, 2 blocks and 2 aces and Katja Ehlers tallied 12 kills and 12 digs.  Kati Smith piled up 35 assists, 3 kills, 2 aces and 5 digs and Holli Smith scooped up a team-high 15 digs.  Tiana Butler had 8 kills (.538), 2 blocks and 6 digs and Grace Youngblood each recorded 2 kills. Alden Willis added 6 digs.

Maddie Sweeney and Brianna Dellosa led the Knights with 5 kills each, Ella Duggan had a match-high 19 digs and Chanise Taylor dished out 11 assists.  Sweeney also chipped in 7 assists and 3 blocks for the hosts.

Broughton hosts Athens Drive the Wednesday with the JV match beginning at 4:30.

You can follow the Caps on their MaxPreps page to access stats, records, schedules and league standings (Click on the link below).,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Men's Soccer Splits Opening Matches

The Broughton men's soccer team opened its 2015 season by splitting a pair of matches, winning at home 7-1 over Garner and losing 2-0 in a rain-shortened game at Panther Creek. Broughton, the 2014 State runner-up, lost three all-state and one all-region players to graduation and are looking to have a number of returning players and a handful of new faces step up to fill the void. 

On Monday, August 17, Senior co-captain Elvis Wiredu notched a hat trick against the overmatched Garner squad, who were outshot 23-10, with 17 of the Broughton shots on frame. Also scoring were junior Graham Gunter, seniors Ibrahim Mohamud and C. Badweh, and finally, freshman Lucas Beason. 

Broughton's dominance allowed Coach Nick Wheeler to work in a number of reserves, giving them needed experience against an athletic squad. 

Sophomore keeper Clay Oxford started in goal for the Caps, and junior Jack Nickens took over in the second half, with the only blemish coming from a Garner header off of a free kick. 

The Caps traveled to Panther Creek last night, falling behind 2-0 before rain and lightning caused an early end to the match. 

Broughton returns to the pitch tonight at Holly Springs at 4:30. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Volleyball Tops Middle Creek in Season Opener

Broughton opened the 2015 season with a 25-22, 25-17, 25-15 win over visiting Middle Creek on Tuesday night.  Kati Smith tallied 29 assists, 4 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces and 2 blocks and Kalee Vanderhorst pounded out 17 kills (.593) and scooped up 8 digs to pace the Capitals.  Katja Ehlers collected 10 kills and 7 digs and Tiana Butler added 3 kills, 2 blocks, 4 assists and 6 digs.  Rachel Byrd had 4 kills (1.000) and Alden Willis hammered out 4 aces.

The Caps travel to Charlotte this weekend to play perennial 4A powerhouses Ardrey Kell and Providence.

Broughton volleyball completes season-opening sweep of Middle Creek-

Broughton’s Kati Smith improvises way through season-opening volleyball sweep-

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Caps ranked 50th in National Preseason Poll

Crews set up for the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational (Dec. 21, 2009)
Holliday Gym (HSOT)

Broughton is ranked 50th in's National Preseason Top 100 Poll.  The Capitals spent most of the season ranked in the top 50 in last year's poll until losing 3-2 to J.H. Rose in the NCHSAA 4A semifinals.  Broughton ended the year ranked #164 in the final National Poll.

Rose is ranked 47th in this year's Preseason Poll after finishing up last year at #79. Cardinal Gibbons moves up to the 4A classification this year and is ranked 14th in's Preseason Poll.

Broughton opens regular season play with a home match against Middle Creek on August 18th (4:30/5:30).

Follow the Caps at,nc)/volleyball/home.htm for rosters, schedules, results, league standings and statistics.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Volleyball Preview

(Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

The Caps begin the 2015 season with a multi-team scrimmage this Saturday at Triangle Volleyball Club.  Broughton looks to compete for Cap-8 honors this fall while also hoping to make another deep run in the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.  The Capitals went 20-1 in 2014 and made the program's first ever appearance in a region final before falling 3-2 to eventual state champion J.H. Rose.  Broughton has won the last two Cap-8 conference crowns and will host Middle Creek next Tuesday (8/18) in the season-opener (4;30/5:30).

Cap-8 Conference volleyball preview: Broughton returning bulk of playoff pieces -

2014 NCHSAA East Region Finals Reports:  

Broughton volleyball falls in 4A East final to Rose -

Rose takes down unbeaten Broughton for championship bid -

2014 Honors /Awards


Katja Ehlers
Genna Simpkins
Kati Smith

Tiana Butler (Hon. Mention)
Adria Johnson (Hon. Mention)


Katja Ehlers
Kati Smith


Adria Johnson (3rd Team)


Adria Johnson (Pepperdine)