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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Soccer: Wed Match Postponed

September 30th soccer match is been cancelled due to field conditions being dangerous and possible storms later. We do not know when it will be rescheduled for as of yet, but I wanted to let you know the minute I heard. I will be in touch soon and thank everyone for understanding and for your support this year!!


Volleyball Wins at Wakefield

Broughton (13-0, 8-0) downed host Wakefield 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 on Tuesday night.  Katja Ehlers and Kalee Vanderhorst each pounded out a match-high 12 kills and Tiana Butler added 9 kills as the Caps outhit the Wolverines .301 to .154.  Rachel Byrd added 3 kills and a match-high 4 blocks and Kati Smith and Grace Youngblood each chipped in 2 kills.  Smith also collected 34 assists and 7 digs. Vanderhorst added 11 digs for her second double-double of the season. Alden Willis tallied 5 digs, Butler added 4 digs and Holli Smith picked up 3 digs.

Broughton had their best serving match of the year as they piled up 15 aces with just one error for a 98.6 serve pct. Ehlers led the way with 5 aces and Butler and Vanderhorst had 4 and 3 respectively.

Ade Owkoniran paced the Wolverines (7-9, 2-6) with 6 kills and 3 blocks and Gabbi Ingram recorded 5 kills and 2 blocks.  Erin Fox had a match-high 12 digs and Erin McEneny handed out 12 assists.

The Capitals travel to Enloe (6-8, 1-6) on Thursday while Wakefield visits Heritage.

Midtown Raleigh News Athlete of the Week, Sept. 27: Katja Ehlers of Broughton

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Caps Declaw Wolverines

Winning is Good

Neither an afternoon start time, a wet field, or mid-game changes of tactics could hold back the Broughton soccer team as they soundly defeated the Wakefield Wolverines 3-1 in a game not nearly as close as the score would indicate. Elvis Wiredu notched the brace for the Caps and Ibrahim Mohamud scored a goal and added two assists.

Wakefield nearly scored off the bat, hitting the frame, but that would be the only sniff they would get of the Broughton goal in the first half. The Caps, on the other hand, had 8 shots, with 7 of them on goal. Unfortunately, the Wakefield keeper was strong, making save after save, but finally, in the 30th minute, Wiredu took a pass from Mohamud and deftly slotted it just inside the far post past the diving keeper.

Wakefield took a more aggressive approach to open the second half, which paid off in the 44th minute when the Wolverines took advantage of a defensive lapse to even the score. However, the aggressive tactics also made Wakefield more susceptible to a counter-attack, and Mohamud did exactly that, using his speed to fire a shot, recover the save, and calmly tuck in the rebound. Although Broughton controlled most of the possession and flow of play, Wakefield nearly scored on a breakaway in the 60th minute, but sophomore keeper Clay Oxford came off his line perfectly and smothered the Wakefield attempt. Broughton's ball pressure frequently frustrated Wakefield, and in the 79th minute, Wiredu scored again, on the assist from -- who else? -- Mohamud.  For the game, Broughton took 19 shots, 15 on goal, while Wakefield took 8, 5 on goal.
The Dynamic Duo: Ibrahim Mohamud and Elvis Wiredu

The Caps improved their Cap 8 record to 4-1 and are now 8-4 overall.

Broughton's next match is at home against Enloe on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 pm. Follow the Caps on Twitter at @CapsMensSoccer.

Soccer Alumni Night - Wed 9/30 at 6:30pm

Wednesday, Sept 30 at 6:30pm will kick-off Alumni Night for Broughton Soccer vs Enloe! Please spread the word and RSVP to Babs Nichols at

The Caps currently sits atop the Cap-8 standings at 3-1 and second place Wakefield is coming to visit Monday, 9/28 at 3pm (football game tonight at 6pm due to Friday's rainy weather). Hope to see everyone at the Alumni Night!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Soccer Stops Sanderson

The Broughton men's soccer team jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held off a surging Sanderson comeback to walk (or, perhaps, slide) away with a hard-fought 3-2 win on a wet and sloppy night at Broughton on Thursday.

The match couldn't have started any better for the Caps, as Elvis Wiredu was taken down in the box in the first minute and was awarded the penalty. Unfortunately, while being taken down, the Sanderson defender stepped on on Wiredu's shoelace and broke it, forcing the senior striker to retreat to the bench while Ibrahim Mohamud calmly converted the PK.

Broughton controlled most of the first half, and in the 26th minute, the Caps' pressure in the Spartans' box resulted in a handball and a second penalty. This time, with a new shoelace in place, Wiredu notched the goal.

Sanderson came out in the second half motivated, playing much more cohesive soccer, with their best opportunity on a near-point blank shot in the 43rd minute, but sophomore keeper Clay Oxford came up huge, pushing the shot aside.

And then the rain came. Along with a single bolt of lightning, causing a half hour delay.

The Caps came out pumped up and ready to take it to Sanderson, and senior Daniel Rivera scored his first goal of the season in the 51st minute off a beautiful cross from Wiredu.

And then the rain came down harder. Much harder, making the pitch slippery and sloppy. Sanderson decided to take a more attacking approach, and Broughton started to back off. Which led to an interesting final twenty minutes when Sanderson scored in the 60th and 78th minute. Fortunately, for Broughton, time ran out and the Caps escaped with the big victory. Broughton outshot Sanderson 14-9.

The Caps improved their overall record to 7-4 and are leading the Cap 8 with a 3-1 record. Their next match, weather permitting, will on Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm in a rematch of last year's 4A championship game against Reagan. The Caps lost a heartbreaker in 2014, 1-0, and will be motivated to get the win. The match will be played on a neutral field at Millbrook High School. Come out and root for Broughton.

Follow the Caps on Twitter at @CapsMensSoccer. Also check out their Max Preps Page.

Volleyball Downs Sanderson

Broughton (12-0, 7-0) wrapped up the first half of conference play with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-9 win against visiting Sanderson (9-4, 4-3) on Thursday night.  Katja Ehlers led the Caps offense with 18 kills (.625) and added 6 digs and 3 blocks.  Kalee Vanderhorst collected 11 kills (.389), 4 aces and 7 digs and Tiana Butler chipped in 2kills, 4 aces, 3 blocks and 4 digs.  Kati Smith recorded 28 assists, 2 kills, 3 aces and 9 digs and Grace Youngblood tallied 3 kills and a block.  Alden Willis scooped up 5 digs and Holli Smith had 4 digs.

The Caps continue Cap-8 play on the road next week with matches at Wakefield and Enloe.

Broughton comes in at #46 in the latest National Top 100 Poll. J.H. Rose (45th) is the only other team from North Carolina to be ranked. (Subscription)

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lady Caps Fall In Heartbreaker to Sanderson

The Broughton Women's Tennis team lost on the road today against Sanderson , 7-2. The Lady Caps showed a lot of improvement in their play but could not muster enough games to overcome the Spartans. The Lady Caps' record falls to 10-2 overall and 8-2 in the Cap 8, putting them in uncontested second place behind Sanderson. Broughton faces Wakefield at home on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:30pm. Come out and support the Caps as they head toward the end of their conference play and onto the Cap-8 tournament in mid-October.


S. Tanik (S) def. H. Cox (B); 6-1, 6-2
D. Cannon (S) def. A. Austin (B), 6-3, 6-2
B. Waters def. A. Holshouser; 6-3, 6-4
S. Anthony (S) def. M. Hardesty (B); 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 [10-6]
K. Griffin (S) def. W. Burrus (B); 6-2, 7-5
H. Buck (S) def. K. Burroughs (B); 6-2, 6-3


Tanik/Anthony (S) def. Cox/Austin (B); 8-5
Cannon/Holshouser (S) def. Waters/Hardesty (B); 8-5
Burrus/Burroughs def. Griffin/Buck; 8-6

The link to the MaxPreps webpage for Broughton Women's Tennis can be found here:,nc)/girls-tennis-spring/home.htm

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Volleyball Sweeps Millbrook

The Caps improved to 11-0 and 6-0 in the Cap-8 with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-12 win at Millbrook (7-8. 2-4) on Tuesday night.  Kalee Vanderhorst tallied 18 kills (.680) and six digs and Katja Ehlers had 14 kills (.385) and nine digs. Kati Smith recorded 33 assists, nine digs and two kills and Tiana Butler filled up the stat sheet with four kills (.500), five aces, two blocks and five digs. Grace Youngblood collected three kills (.375) and three digs and Rachel Byrd chipped in two kills (.333).  Holli Smith picked up six digs and Amber Russell had two digs.

Broughton posted a season-high hitting percentage of .487 (43 kills, 6 errors, 76 attempts) last night and it's the second straight match that the Capitals have hit over .400. The Caps were ranked 50th in last week's's National Top 100 Poll.  Broughton returns to action at home on Thursday against Sanderson (9-3, 4-2).  Game times are 4:30 and 5:30.

Click on the link below to access Broughton's MaxPreps page:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Women's Tennis Macerates Millbrook

The 2015 Broughton Women's Tennis Team
Front row (L to R): Meg Hardesty, Julia Butler, Elizabeth Bell, Coach Andy Fowler
Back Row (L to R): Wynn Burrus, Katie Burroughs, Janie Grace Gilbert, Hunter Cox, Becket Waters, Shields Bennett, Eliza Marlowe, Becca Pharr, Lily Roth, Coach Laura Davidson, Alison Austin
The Broughton Women's Tennis Team won 7-2 over the visiting Millbrook Lady Wildcats on Tuesday, Septemeber 22. The Lady Caps showed real determination in sweeping Millbrook for season as they handily won. Broughton's record improved to 10-1 overall and 8-1 in the Cap-8 conference. The Lady Caps will travel to Sanderson on Thursday, September 24 to avenge their only loss earlier this season. Come out on Thursday and support the Broughton Women!


B. Taranto (M) def. H. Cox (B); 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 [10-7]
A. Austin def. S. Cirillo; 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 [10-8]
B. Waters def. R. Gittleman; 6-0, 6-0
M. Hardesty def. M. Sloan; 6-1, 7-5
W. Burrus def. K. LeFevre; 6-0, 6-0
K. Burroughs def. H. Shifman; 6-3, 6-0


Taranto/Cirillo (M) def. Cox/Austin (B); 8-5
Burrus/Burroughs def. Reiher/Bradshaw; 8-0
Bennett/Pharr def. S. Mosby/DeMartino; 8-0

Other matches:
Marlowe/Gilbert def. Olson/K. Mosby; 8-6

The  link to the MaxPreps page can be found here:,nc)/girls-tennis/home.htm

Monday, September 21, 2015

Caps Mash Millbrook

Keeper Clay Oxford and goal scorers Jesse Dean and Elvis Wiredu.

The Broughton men's soccer team may not have brought their "A" game to the pitch in a Cap 8 showdown against Millbrook, but a strong defensive effort and timely keeping by sophomore Clay Oxford led the Caps to a 2-0 victory. The Millbrook defense took advantage of an over-eager Broughton attack, with the Caps being repeatedly caught offside. Finally, in the 38th minute, senior Jesse Dean found space in the attacking third, beat a Millbrook defender, and slotted home Broughton's first goal.

The second half was a sloppy affair, with neither team able to control possession beyond a couple of passes. Millbrook nearly tied the match with three minutes remaining, but Oxford made the save of the match to thwart the Wildcats. A minute later, striker Elvis Wiredu scored on a breakaway after getting a sweet pass from Liam Wall.

The Broughton defense was well organized all night, with Hyu A also making a number of defensive stops. Clay Oxford earned the clean sheet and was solid throughout.

The Caps improved their record to 6-4, 2-1 in the Cap 8. They next play Sanderson on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 pm at Broughton. If you can't attend, please follow the Caps' live twitter feed at @CapsMensSoccer.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Volleyball Sweeps Leesville Road

Photo Gallery: Photographer Liz Condo’s coverage from the Broughton Capitals and Leesville Road Pride in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Broughton won the match 3-0.
Kati Smith (7), Katja Ehlers (11) and Tiana Butler (4) celebrate (Liz Condo/N&O)

Broughton (10-0, 5-0) handed visiting Leesville Road (7-1, 4-1) their first loss of the season 25-12, 26-24, 25-19 last night in Raleigh.  Kalee Vanderhorst collected a match-high 16 kills (.609) and 7 digs and Katja Ehlers piled up 15 kills (.357), 2 blocks and 7 digs.  Rachel Byrd added 5 kills (.556) and a match-high 6 blocks and Tiana Butler posted 3 kills (.600) and 9 digs.  Kati Smith tallied 34 assists, 2 aces and 8 digs and Holli Smith chipped in 2 aces and 6 digs.  Grace Youngblood had 2 kills and 5 blocks and Alden Willis picked up 3 digs.

The Caps jumped to a 6-1 lead to begin the match and a kill by Katja Ehlers stretched the margin to 14-7.  Broughton closed the set with an 11-5 run.  Broughton took a 10-7 lead in the second stanza on a Holli Smith ace and two kills by Ehlers pushed the advantage to 18-11.  The Pride roared back to tie things up at 24-24 before two kills by Kalee Vanderhorst ended the set.  A kill by Ehlers gave the Capitals their first lead at 7-6 in the third frame. The hosts then went on 15-6 burst punctuated by an ace by Kati Smith at 22-12.  Tiana Butler's kill sealed the win after Leesville Road had closed to 24-19.

The Capitals travel to Millbrook next Tuesday before returning home to face Sanderson next Thursday.

Ehlers’ strong start lifts Broughton past Leesville Road in volleyball showdown

Photo Gallery: Leesville Road at Broughton volleyball - 09.17.15

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lady Caps Tennis Commands Leesville

The Lady Caps Tennis team visited Leesville Road and left victorious, defeating the Lady Pride team 7-2. The Broughton Women swept the doubles courts led by the number one team of Hunter Cox and Allison Austin. Along with the #3 singles match featuring freshman Becket Waters, all had exciting matches to move the team record to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the Cap 8 conference. Broughton faces Millbrook at home on Tuesday, September 22 at 3:30pm. Please come out to support your Lady Caps Tennis team!


L. Robbins (L) def. H. Cox (B); 6-2, 6-1
A. Austin def. C. Michaud; 6-1, 6-2
B. Waters def. C. Stull; 6-1, 7-5
M. Hardesty def. A. Pirzadeh; 6-1, 6-3
W. Burrus def. L. Stanley; 6-1, 6-1
I. Michalakis (L) def. K. Burroughs (B); 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3)


Cox/Austin def. Robbins/Michaud; 8-6
Waters/Hardesty def. Pirzadeh/Stanley; 8-4
Burrus/Burroughs def. Michalakis/Daigle 8-1

Bennett/Gilbert def. Stull/Stark; 6-3
Bell/Roth def. Sande/Diemer; 7-6 (8-6)
Waite/Stempaen (L) def. Pharr/Marlowe (B); 7-5

The link to the MaxPreps page can be found here:,nc)/girls-tennis/home.htm

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Caps Drop Tight Match to Leesville

It was a beautiful night for soccer in North Raleigh.

The Broughton Caps men's soccer team fell to the Leesville Road Pride 3-2 in a hard-fought Cap 8 The Pride struck first in the 24th minute, but Broughton co-captain Elvis Wiredu tied it up 7 minutes later after dribbling through several Leesville defenders and drilling the shot past the Pride keeper. Freshman midfielder Lucas Beeson put the Caps in the lead in the 52nd minute after a nice feed from Abdulle Ibrahim, all set up with a strong individual effort by Wiredu. Unfortunately, Broughton was unable to hold the lead, as Leesville took advantage of a Caps' defensive error in the 62nd minute. The back breaker came a minute later when a Leesville low-driving corner was buried by a charging Pride player. The Caps worked tirelessly to come back, but they resorted to lots of one-on-one soccer rather than playing cohesively, which Leesville was able to defend.

The Caps' record dropped to 5-4 on the season, 1-1 in Cap 8 play. Their next match is at home against Millbrook on Monday, September 21 at 6:30 pm.

Ehlers Tallies 1,000th Career Kill as Caps Down Wake Forest

Katja Ehlers (C) (11) swings against Hoggard in the 2014 NCHSAA Playoffs last October 25.  (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

Katja Ehlers collected her 1,000th career kill to help Broughton (9-0, 4-0) sweep Wake Forest 25-9, 25-10, 25-9 last night.  Ehlers' landmark kill came in the third set to give the Caps an 8-5 lead.  She posted match-highs in kills (12, .526) and aces (8).  Kalee Vanderhorst posted 11 kills (.500) and 5 digs and Tiana Butler and Grace Youngblood each recorded 3 kills. Kati Smith had 21 assists and 6 digs and Claire Sawyer handed out 8 assists.  Amber Russell picked up 5 digs, Rachel Byrd had 2 kills and Holli Smith pounded out 6 aces.

The Caps return home this Thursday (4:30/5:30) to face Leesville Road (7-0, 4-0) in a big Cap-8 match-up.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Women's Tennis Wipes Out Wake Forest

Broughton Women's Tennis team defeated Wake Forest 8-1 at home on Tuesday, September 15. The Lady Caps were dominant in their wins and really showed their strengths against an outgunned opponent. Broughton's record to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Cap-8 conference. Broughton travels to Leesville on Thursday, September 17 at 3:30 for their second match of the season.


S. Bennett def. K. Le; 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
B. McClung (WF) def. B. Pharr (B); 6-3, 6-3
J.G. Gilbert def. K. Ness; 6-2, 6-2
E. Marlowe def. T. Burks; 6-1, 6-0
L. Roth def. R. Davis; 6-2, 6-1
J. Butler def. S. Wrenn; 6-0, 6-0


Hardesty/Bell def. Ness/Blalock; 8-1
Gilbert/Pharr def. Davis/Stewart; 8-3
Marlowe/Butler def. Harrell/Provenzano; 8-1

The link to the MaxPreps webpage for Broughton Women's Tennis can be found here:,nc)/girls-tennis/home.htm

Monday, September 14, 2015

Caps Tame Cougars

Elvis Wiredu, Ibrahim Mohamud, Sheenaymu "C" Badweh, and Abdulle Ibrahim notched goals for Broughton.

The Broughton Caps opened up the 2015 Cap 8 soccer season with a convincing 5-2 victory over the visiting Wake Forest Cougars. Senior Sheenaymu Badweh led Broughton with 2 goals on the night, in a match that was more lopsided than the score would indicate. Badweh opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, sneaking a goal through a scrum past a screened Wake Forest keeper. Abdulle Ibrahim scored six minutes later, after receiving a beautiful, and unselfish, cross from Ibrahim Mohamud. Elvis Wiredu nearly scored off a self-volleyed bicycle kick, but the Cougar keeper was in the perfect spot for the save.

Badweh tallied his second goal of the night in the 49th minute with a well-placed header served from freshman Lucas Beeson. Ibrahim Mohamud made it a four-goal lead a minute later, scoring off an assist from Gray Gwaltney. Wake Forest did not even get a shot on goal until the 63rd minute, but unfortunately, that shot found the back of the net. Elvis Wiredu got the lead back to four goals when he scored three minutes later, with Beeson getting his second assist of the night. Wiredu was a pain in Wake Forest's backside all night, and his hard work finally paid off. Wake Forest scored with two minutes remaining to make the final 5-2.

Broughton outshot the Cougars 24-8 and totally outplayed their Cap 8 opponent. With the win, the Caps improved their overall record to 5-3, 1-0 in the Cap 8. Their next match is Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm at Leesville Road. Come out to North Raleigh and root for the Caps! And if you can't make the game, follow the team's live Twitter feed at @CapsMensSoccer.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Volleyball Downs Heritage

The Caps (8-0, 3-0) swept past Heritage (7-3, 2-1) 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 on Thursday night in Wake Forest.  Kalee Vanderhorst paced the visitors with 16 kills (.727), 11 digs and 3 blocks and Katja Ehlers tallied 9 kills and 5 digs.  Claire Sawyer posted 29 assists, 2 blocks and 9 digs and Tiana Butler had 5 kills (.444), 6 aces and 2 blocks.  Rachel Byrd recorded 3 kills (1.000) and 3 blocks and Grace Youngblood chipped in 3 kills and 3 digs.  Alden Willis scooped up 7 digs and Holli Smith added 3 digs.

Broughton jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start the match and a Vanderhorst kill pushed the score to 16-7. The Caps took a 5-1 lead in the second stanza but Heritage tightened things up at 15-13 before two Vanderhorst kills pushed the lead to 17-13.  Rachel Byrd's kill made it 19-13 and Butler's block stretched it to 22-14. Vanderhorst closed out the set with another kill.  The third frame began with the Huskies taking a 2-0 lead but a Vanderhorst kill gave the visitors a 8-6 edge.  A kill by Ehlers made it 10-8 but Heritage fought back to take a 11-10 advantage.  A kill and a block by Butler gave the Caps the lead again at 12-11 and a kill by Vanderhorst pushed the advantage to 16-12.  A kill by Hannah Midles pulled the Huskies to 16-13 before the Capitals went on a 5-1 run punctuated by three more Vanderhorst kills, an ace by Butler and a kill by Byrd.  Kalee Vanderhorst's kill from the back row ended the match.

The Caps continue conference play next Tuesday (9/15) with a match at Wake Forest (0-9, 0-2) before returning home to face Leesville Road (6-0, 3-0) on Thursday.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Women's Tennis Takes Home Win Against Heritage

The Lady Caps defeated Heritage at home today, 9-0. Inspired by the strong performances at the U.S. Open, the team played with the poise and strength of greats like Federer, Williams and Young. The match was played with pro sets due to the unseasonably hot weather. Broughton improved their record to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. The Lady Caps take on Wake Forest at home on Tuesday, September 14 at 3:30pm.

B. Waters def. A. Scott, 8-0
M. Hardesty def. J. Maffucci, 8-3
W. Burrus def. A. Jones, 8-0
K. Burroughs def. S. Garff, 8-0
E. Bell def. K. Arteta, 8-0
S. Bennett def. Q. McCabe, 8-0


Bell/Bennett def. Scott/Maffucci, 8-1
Marlowe/Pharr def. Jones/Garff, 8-1
Gilbert/Roth def. Arteta/Weddle, 8-2

The link to the team's MaxPreps page can be found here:,nc)/girls-tennis/home.htm

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Volleyball Sweeps Enloe

Grace Youngblood (14) swings over an Enloe blocker while Rachel Byrd and Claire Sawyer cover. (Photo: Tracey Spampinato)

The Caps (7-0, 2-0) swept past visiting Enloe (5-4, 0-2)  25-6, 25-2, 25-17 in Cap-8 play on Tuesday night.  Claire Sawyer saw the first varsity action of her career and handed out 37 assists while posting a team-high 6 service aces.  Kalee Vanderhorst tallied a match-high 19 kills (.655) and Katja Ehlers had 8 kills (.583), 4 digs and 3 aces. Tiana Butler collected 5 kills (.714) and 3 aces and Grace Youngblood added 4 kills (.375).  Amber Russell recorded 3 aces and 5 digs and Holli Smith picked up 6 digs.

Broughton travels to Heritage on Thursday (4:30/5:30).  The Huskies are 7-2 and 2-0 in Cap-8 play.

Click on the link below to access Broughton's MaxPreps page:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Girl's Tennis Sweeps Enloe

The Broughton Girl's tennis team swept Enloe in an away conference game today at 3:30pm. Every player showed great tenacity in their wins. The Lady Caps' record improves to 4-1 in the Cap-8 and 6-1 overall. Broughton's next game is at home on Thursday, September 10 at 3:30pm against Heritage High School. Come out and support your Women's tennis team!


H. Cox def. N. Price, 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
A. Austin def. C. Battle, 6-0, 6-3
B. Waters def. A. Li, 6-1, 6-2
M. Hardesty def. E. Yang, 6-1, 6-0
W. Burrus def. S. Sanka, 6-0, 6-0
K. Burroughs def. J. Yu, 6-2, 6-0


Cox/Austin def. Price/Battle, 8-6
Burrus/Burroughs def. Li/Kim, 8-0
Bell/Bennett def. Sanka/Yu, 8-0

Friday, September 4, 2015

Volleyball Claims Cap-8 Opener

Broughton (6-0, 1-0) swept Wakefield (5-3, 0-1) 25-21, 25-15, 25-11 on Thursday night in the season's first conference match for both teams.  Tiana Butler led the way with 8 kills (.455), 6 digs and a season-high 7 service aces.  Kalee Vanderhorst tallied 14 kills (.333), 3 aces and 5 digs and Katja Ehlers had 10 kills (.368) and a team-high 14 digs.  Kati Smith posted 34 assists, 5 digs, 3 kills and 2 aces and Rachel Byrd and Grace Youngblood each added 2 kills.  Holli Smith chipped in 5 digs and Amber Russell and Alden Willis each picked up 2 digs.

Tiana Butler's ace out of a Wakefield time-out ended the first set but the visiting Wolverines jumped to an 8-2 lead to open the second frame behind the strong blocking presence of Gabbi Ingram and Ade Owkoniran.  The Caps responded with a 19-4 run that featured 9 straight service points by Butler.  Kati Smith's ace on set point gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage.  Broughton took an 8-1 lead to start the final stanza on their way to their fifth sweep in six matches.  The Capitals collected 12 aces and served at a season-high 91.7 clip.

Broughton is ranked #1 in the MaxPreps NC poll and #53 in their national poll.  Cap-8 play continues as Enloe visits next Tuesday (4:30/5:30).

Defending league champion Broughton shines in Cap-8 volleyball opener-

Visit the Broughton MaxPreps page for complete statistics, rosters, schedules and league standings.,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Broughton Women's Tennis Defeats Wakefield

The Lady Caps visited Wakefield and endured the hottest weather of the year on Thursday, September 3. The Lady Caps won 7-2  playing pro sets due to the extreme weather. Their record improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Cap 8 conference. Broughton visits Enloe on Tuesday, September 8 at 3:30pm. 


S. Boynton (WAK) def. H. Cox (BRO), 8-0
A. Austin def. A. Thompson, 8-4
B. Waters def. L. Ivey, 8-0
M. Hardesty def. C. Stallings, 8-0
K. Burroughs def. M. Tojong, 8-0
E. Bell def. M. Munsey, 8-0


Boynton/Thompson (WAK) def. Cox/Austin (BRO), 8-2
Waters/Hardesty def. Ivey/Stallings, 8-0
Bell/Bennett def. Tojong/Munsey, 8-5

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Caps Whip Warriors

Goal scorers Ibrahim Mohamud, Sam Stein, Grant Tyler and Elvis Wiredu.
Keepers Jack Nickens and Benjamin McCord.

The Broughton men's soccer team ended its non-conference schedule on a winning note, trouncing the visiting East Wake Warriors, 5-0. The Caps dominated the entire match, as East Wake hardly had a sniff at the goal, with only one decent shot in each half. Coach Nick Wheeler was able to give his reserves plenty of action in the one-sided match.

Elvis Wiredu showed off his goal-scoring form, tallying two goals. He opened the scoring in the 9th minute after shaking off the last defender on a nifty cut back, then calmly forced the keeper to over-commit before gently tucking the ball in the net. In the 30th minute junior Sam Stein scored his third goal in the last 4 matches when he was taken down in the box and comfortably beat the keeper on the ensuing penalty. Senior Benjamin McCord saw his first action in goal for the Caps after being out all season with an illness, and he kept the Warriors off the score sheet.

The Caps opened the scoring in the second half with another penalty kick, after Ibrahim Mohamud was fouled in the box by an East Wake defender. His first attempt was saved by the keeper, but the assistant referee ruled the keeper had left his line prematurely. Mohamud buried his second attempt.

Wiredu scored his second goal of the match in the 56th minute, deftly chipping the keeper after a brilliantly-timed run and perfect pass from Bryant O'Neal.

Senior co-captain Grant Tyler finished the scoring in the 61st minute on an unassisted goal, coming off a blocked shot.

Junior keeper Jack Nickens ensured the clean sheet for Broughton. Another standout in the match was junior fullback Jacob Hill, who has shown improvement in each game of the season.

Broughton outshot East Wake 20 to 8 and improved their record to 4-3 with the win.

The Caps have a bit of a break before their next match, when they open up the Cap 8 season on Monday, September 14th, hosting Wake Forest at 6:30 pm. If you cannot attend, follow the Caps' live Twitter feed at @CapsMensSoccer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Women's Tennis Falls to Sanderson

The Lady Caps hosted Sanderson on Tuesday, September 1 at 3:30pm. The Lady Caps fought hard on the hot, sunny afternoon but Sanderson ultimately prevailed 7-2. Broughton's overall record moves to 4-1 and to 2-1 in the Cap 8. The Lady Caps are away at Wakefield on Tuesday, September 3 at 3:30pm. Come support your Women's Tennis team and cheer them on at Wakefield!


S. Tanik (SAN) def. H. Cox (BRO), 7-5, 6-0; D. Cannon (SAN) def. A. Austin (BRO), 6-0, 6-0; B. Waters (BRO) def. A. Holshouser (SAN), 6-3, 6-3; S. Anthony (SAN) def. M. Hardesty (BRO), 6-3, 6-2; W. Burrus (BRO) def. K. Griffin (SAN) 6-2, 6-2; H. Buck (SAN) def. K. Burroughs (BRO) 6-1, 6-1


Tanik/Anthony def. Cox/Austin, 8-4; Cannon/Holshauser def. Waters/Hardesty, 8-1; Griffin/Buck def.  Burrus/Bennett 8-1.

Link to the News and Observer photo gallery of match found here:

Men's Soccer Falls to Cardinal Gibbons

The Broughton men's soccer team lost a hard-fought match to the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders in a Wake County Cup match held at Heritage High School, 3-0. The first half of the match was very even, with the Caps having several scoring opportunities denied, some by the Gibbons' keeper, but others by the post. Both teams moved the ball well, but Broughton had more scoring threats, but they couldn't take advantage, with the first half ending in a 0-0 tie.

After Elvis Wiredu missed on a golden opportunity to score at the beginning of the second half, the Crusaders began to control the midfield -- and possession -- leading to its first goal in the 47th minute. Gibbons continued to apply pressure across the pitch, forcing a tired Broughton team to abandon its first half tactics and to rely on long balls over the top. The Caps hung tough, however, and in the 69th minute, Ibrahim Mohamud made a great move to get past the final defender and fired a shot, which the Gibbons keeper saved with a remarkable parry over the crossbar.

Keeper Clay Oxford kept the score close when he came far off his line to stop a breakaway Crusader from scoring a second goal. Unfortunately, the Gibbons pressure proved too much for the Caps, as the Crusaders put in two more goals in the final five minutes, including a rocket from 25 yards out with less than 20 seconds remaining.

The Caps outshot Cardinal Gibbons in the first half, but the second half was a different story, where they were outshot 15-4. The loss moved Broughton's schedule to 3-3 on the season.

The Caps' next match is at 6:30 Wednesday night at home against East Wake. Come out and root for your Broughton Caps.

Volleyball Sweeps Panther Creek

Broughton downed host Panther Creek (4-2) 25-23, 26-24, 25-10 on Monday night to push their record to 5-0.  Kalee Vanderhorst had a match-high 21 kills (.429) and 3 aces and Katja Ehlers tallied 14 kills (.290) and 16 digs to lead the Caps.  Kati Smith posted 43 assists and 8 digs and Holli Smith had a team-high 19 digs.  Alden Willis added 12 digs and 3 aces and Rachel Byrd had 3 kills (.600) and 2 blocks.  Tiana Butler chipped in 5 kills and 3 digs.  Broughton hit a season-low .286 (44 kills, 10 errors, 105 attempts) and missed 11 serves while recording 8 aces.  The Caps scooped up a season-high 64 digs and averaged over 21 digs per set.

The Caps claimed the first set despite missing six serves in the first half of the game.  Broughton held a 12-5 advantage in the second frame but Panther Creek fought back to take a 24-23 lead before the Capitals scored three straight points to win it.  Broughton scored the first 7 points of the third set and eventually led 21-6.  The match featured two of the top teams in the area.  Broughton was ranked #2 in Monday's News & Observer Area Top 15 Poll while Panther Creek was ranked 11th.

N&O rankings: first top 15 for boys’ soccer, volleyball-

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