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Friday, October 30, 2015

Volleyball Sweeps Leesville Road, Hosts Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday (4pm)

Kalee Vanderhorst (18) swings past a Leesville block while Rachel Byrd (10), Kati Smith and Holli Smith cover her attack. (Photo: Beth Jewell/

Broughton (22-0) defeated fellow Cap-8 member Leesville Road 27-25, 25-13, 25-22 on Thursday night to advance to Saturday's 4A state quarterfinals.  Kalee Vanderhorst pounded out a match-high 20 kills (.357) and Katja Ehlers tallied 13 kills (.455), a match-high 3 aces and 7 digs. Tiana Butler added 6 kills, 4 blocks, 2 aces and 3 digs and Kati Smith posted a match-high 38 assists, 2 blocks and 7 digs.  Holli Smith had a team-high 15 digs and Alden Willis picked up 8 digs.  Grace Youngblood recorded 2 blocks and Rachel Byrd chipped in 1 kill and 1 block.

Sydney Wilson led The Pride (18-3) with 9 kills and Meghan Gasper handed out 27 assists.

Broughton will host Pac-6 champion Cardinal Gibbons (17-3) on Saturday at 4pm. 


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Caps Tie Huskies to Secure 2nd in Cap 8

The Broughton Seniors -- Playoff-Bound!!

On a Senior Night where the Caps started 11 seniors, the Caps clinched second place in the Cap 8 with a 4-4 tie against Heritage. The match was truly an exhibition of two talented strikers: Broughton's Elvis Wiredu and Heritage's Logan Shytle.  Shytle tallied four goals in the first meeting between the clubs, and he repeated that accomplishment. Think about that: 8 goals in two matches against one of the better teams in the region.

Fortunately, Wiredu had a hat trick, and with a goal by Gray Gwaltney, the Caps managed to hang on for the tie.

The match appeared as if it might be a blow-out, as Wiredu scored two goals in the 16th and 17th minutes, the first after Elvis juked four or five Husky defenders and the second on a beautiful through ball from C. Badweh. The Broughton defense was well-organized until a couple of mistimed lunges gave Shytle some room to beat a number of defenders and slot the shot past a diving Benjamin McCord.

Broughton maintained its poise in the opening minutes of the second half, but an unfortunate bounce found a Caps' defenders arm, leading to a Husky penalty, which was easily converted by Shytle in the 47th minute. Wiredu, however, seized the opportunity by dribbling through the Heritage defense and notching his hat trick.

No lead in this match was safe, however, as a solid cross by Heritage led to a perfect header from Shytle into the back of the net. And Shytle was not finished, as he scored in the 72nd minute, giving Heritage the lead.

Broughton refused to quit, and in the 75th minute, Gray Gwaltney shot through a mass of humanity in front of the goal, a shot the Heritage keeper may not have seen, which tied the score.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the overtimes, but neither could convert.

With the tie, the Caps finish second in the conference at 8-3-3. Their overall record is 12-6-3.

The NCHSAA playoffs begin next week. Broughton should learn of its seeding and first round opponent some time this weekend.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Volleyball Pushes Past Apex, Hosts Leesville Road on Thursday

Liz Condo

Broughton (21-0) advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Apex (16-7) on Tuesday night.  Kalee Vanderhorst had a match-high 14 kills (.353) and 5 digs and Tiana Butler collected 5 kills (.500), 4 blocks, 2 aces and 5 digs.  Katja Ehlers added 4 kills and a team-high 11 digs and Rachel Byrd chipped in 4 kills (.375).  Kati Smith tallied 25 assists and 8 digs and Grace Youngblood had 4 blocks.  Alden Willis and Holli Smith each scooped up 8 digs.

Senior outside hitter Abbey Veit paced Apex with 13 kills.

The Caps took early leads in each of the first two sets and held off the Cougars in both to claim a 2-0 advantage going into the third frame.  Apex jumped to an 8-4 lead and stretched it to 16-8 before the Capitals ended the evening on a 17-4 run to win the match.  A strong blocking performance by Apex helped force Broughton post a season-low team hitting pct. of .284 (29 kills, 6 errors, 81 attempts) but the Caps missed just one serve on the evening in recording a season-high serve pct of 98.6.  

Broughton hosts Leesville Road (18-2) on Thursday night in a third-round tilt.  The Pride defeated D.H. Conley 25-21, 25-11, 25-23 in their second-round contest on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Broughton Ties Enloe

On a rainy Tuesday night, in a match the Caps had to win, a dominant Broughton team was unable to accomplish its goal, and ultimately tied the home Enloe Eagles 2-2. The narrow confines of the Enloe pitch combined with the rain made for a sloppy and chippy match with lots of fouls.

Broughton scored first, when Elvis Wiredu took advantage of an Enloe mistake and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper in the 4th minute. The Caps were clearly the superior team, but Enloe tied it up in the 16th minute off of an own goal -- a Caps' defender headed the ball in his own net off of a well-struck corner. Interestingly, the Caps gave up an own goal to the Eagles in their first match.

The Caps reclaimed the lead just three minutes later when Gray Gwaltney blasted a shot into the upper 90 from over 25 yards away.

It was Senior Night at Enloe, and the halftime must have inspired the Eagles, as they came out aggressively and scored on a rocket to the far post one minute into the second half.

Neither team was able to score in the remainder of the half and two ten minute overtimes. For the match, Broughton outshot Enloe 31-8, but, of course, the game is not won or loss on shots.

With the tie, the Caps fall to 8-3-2 in the Cap 8, in second place behind Leesville Road. Leesville secured the Cap 8 title with a 2-1 win over Millbrook.

Come out to Broughton on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm, when the Caps take on Heritage High on Senior Night. The Caps will be seeking to offset an earlier loss to the Huskies and secure second place in the conference before the state playoffs begin.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Volleyball Advances to Second Round, Hosts Apex Tuesday Night

Rachel Byrd (10) and Neely Whittington (2) presented Kati Smith a signed ball before Saturday's match to celebrate Kati reaching 1500 career assists.

Broughton (20-0) swept past Holly Springs (9-12) into the second round of the NCHSAA 4A state tournament with 25-10, 25-13, 25-12 win on Saturday night in Raleigh.  The Caps jumped to a 10-1 lead in the evening's first set behind the strong serving of Tiana Butler and cruised to a 25-10 win.  Broughton started fast in the second set as well by taking a 9-1 lead before claiming a 25-13 victory.  The hosts took a 5-2 lead to begin the final frame and ended the match on a 6-0 run after the Hawks had closed within 19-12. Kalee Vanderhorst collected 13 kills (.357), 1 ace and 7 digs and Tiana Butler piled up 6 kills (.625), 6 aces and 5 digs.  Katja Ehlers tallied 5 kills, 1 ace and 6 digs and Rachel Byrd had 5 kills (.625).  Kati Smith filled up the stat sheet with 27 assists, 5 aces, 7 digs and 2 kills.  Alden Willis had an ace and 2 assists and Holli Smith chipped in  a team-high 9 digs.

Broughton will host Apex (16-6) on Tuesday night at 6pm. after the Cougars swept New Hanover in their first round contest.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Volleyball Draws Top Seed in East Region, Hosts Holly Springs on Saturday at 5pm

With a 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-17) win over Leesville Road, Broughton has ensured itself at least a share of the Cap 8 volleyball title. The match was played at Leesville Road on Oct, 13, 2015. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/
Katja Ehlers swings against Leesville Road earlier this year. (Nick Stevens/HSOT)

Broughton (19-0) is the #1 seed in the NCHSAA 4A East Region bracket released yesterday.  The Caps will host Holly Springs (32) in the first round on Saturday at 5pm. The winner of the BHS/Holly Springs match will play the winner of Apex (16) and New Hanover (17) on Tuesday. Cap-8 runner-up Leesville Road is seeded 9th and hosts Athens Drive (24) and Wakefield (31) travels to defending state champion J.H. Rose (19-1, 2 seed). Heritage (18) will visit Cape Fear (15) and Sanderson (23) travels to 10-seed Fuquay-Varina.  

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Women's Tennis - Regional Bracket Update

The Lady Caps Tennis team will face the East Chapel Hill Wildcats in regional play at Broughton on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4pm. The winner of this match will face the winner of Green Hope/New Bern.  The other side of the regional bracket pits Cardinal Gibbons visiting Sanderson and Panther Creek playing Clayton (coin flip to determine host).

Come out and support you Lady Caps Tennis team next Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Women's Tennis Punishes Pinecrest in Regionals

The Lady Caps opened dual team regional playoffs at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, NC on October, 20, 2015 at 4pm. The Lady Caps played exceptional tennis defeating Pinecrest, 8-1. The regional schedule is incomplete so stay tuned for the Lady Caps next opponent in dual team regional play. In individual singles regional play, Hunter Cox will play Friday at Millbrook Exchange Park here in Raleigh. In individual doubles play, freshmen Becket Waters and Meg Hardesty along with seniors Allison Austin and Wynn Burrus take on opponents in regionals Friday at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh. Good luck to our Lady Caps!


H. Cox def. E. Landry; 6-3, 6-1
A. Austin def. Cl. Ray; 6-0, 6-1
B. Waters def. Ch. Ray; 6-2, 6-2
M. Hardesty def, P. Sumner; 6-3, 6-1
W. Burrus def. E. Hodges; 6-0, 6-0
K. Burroughs def. E. Holleah; 6-2, 6-3


Waters/Hardesty def. Ray/Ray, 8-4
Austin/Burrus def. Hodges/Holleah, 8-1
Holleah/Harper(P) def. Roth/Butler(B), 8-6

The link to the MaxPreps page for Broughton Women's Tennis is here:,nc)/girls-tennis/home.htm

Monday, October 19, 2015

Volleyball Wraps Up Regular Season With Sweep at Sanderson, Kati Smith is AVCA/MaxPreps POW

Broughton (19-0, 14-0) defeated Sanderson 25-18, 25-17, 25-8 on Monday night to close out their regular season.  Kalee Vanderhorst tallied 12 kills (.381) and 4 digs and Katja Ehlers collected 9 kills (.263), 2 aces and 5 digs.  Tiana Butler added 5 kills (.417), 6 aces and 4 digs and Kati Smith posted 25 assists, 2 kills, 2 aces and 4 digs.  Grace Youngblood and Rachel Byrd each had 3 blocks and Holli Smith recorded 6 digs and 2 aces.  Alden Willis chipped in 4 aces and piled up 10 straight service points in the third set to push the Caps from a 9-6 lead to a 19-6 advantage.

Sanderson finished the regular season with a 13-7 mark and 8-6 in conference play (4th place).

Kati Smith was named the North Carolina AVCA/MaxPreps Player of the Week (10/12-19) after handing out 88 assists in 7 sets (12.57 per set) in the two Broughton wins last week.  Kati notched her 1500th career assist in last Thursday's victory over Millbrook and she leads the Cap-8 in assists per set (10.9).

Broughton will host a first round state tournament match this Saturday (TBA).

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Volleyball Downs Millbrook on Senior Night, Kati Smith Collects 1500th Career Assist


Broughton honored their five seniors (Kati Smith, Katja Ehlers, Neely Whittington, Tiana Butler and Rachel Byrd) prior to Thursday's final regular season home game against Millbrook. (Photo: Greg Mintel)

Broughton (18-0, 13-0) defeated Millbrook 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17 in their final regular season home game.  The Caps were led by Kalee Vanderhorst who recorded a season-high 22 kills (.474), 2 aces and 8 digs and Katja Ehlers who posted season-highs in kills (21) and blocks (4).  Kati Smith notched a season-high 51 assists including her 1500th career assist in the first set of the evening.  Grace Youngblood had a season-high 8 kills (.412) and 2 blocks and Rachel Byrd collected a season-high 7 blocks.  Tiana Butler added 7 kills and 8 digs and Alden Willis had a season-high 14 digs.  Holli Smith a team-high 3 aces and 6 digs.

The Wildcats (10-12, 5-8)  jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first set but the Caps went on a 24-14 run to claim the opening frame.  Broughton won the second set after another shaky start and then found themselves trailing Millbrook 12-4 to begin the third stanza.  The Capitals closed to 22-24 but couldn't quite close the distance.  Broughton controlled the fourth set and eventually took a 24-13 lead before Holli Smith's ace ended the match.

Broughton travels to Sanderson (13-6, 8-5) on Monday (4:30/5:30) to close out the regular season.

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Broughton is ranked 42nd in the latest National Top 100 Poll (10/15).  J.H. Rose is ranked 41st. (Subscription required)

Kati Smith with Assist number 1500

Kati Smith dished out her 1500th career assist in Thursday's first set. (Photo: Greg Mintel)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wiredu's Hat Trick Leads Caps Past Millbrook

The Instant Hat Trick, Elvis Wiredu, and the Three Clean Sheeters, Clay Oxford, Jack Nickens, and Benjamin McCord

After 11 minutes, the score of the men's soccer game at Millbrook was Elvis Wiredu 3, Millbrook 0. That's right, Wiredu pulled off a hat trick in the first 11 minutes of the match, two on breakaways and one off a header. The goals were assisted by Chris Gasga Candela, Esteban Salinas Noyola, and Ibrahim Mohamud.  After Wiredu's third goal, the game bogged down, with little action occurring. So little action, that there was nothing else really to report other than the three Broughton keepers, Clay Oxford, Jack Nickens, and Benjamin McCord, combined on the clean sheet.

With the win, Broughton moved into sole possession of first place in the Cap 8, a game ahead of Sanderson, whom they play on Monday, October 19th on the road. Tonight's match was the first of a brutal stretch: four consecutive road games. Head up to Sanderson and root on your Broughton Caps. Kickoff is at 6:30 PM.

Find Broughton stats and more on their MaxPreps page.

Volleyball Clinches Cap-8 Crown With Win at Leesville Road

Kalee Vanderhorst (Nick Stevens/

Broughton (17-0, 12-0) clinched their third straight Cap-8 championship with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-17 win at Leesville Road (14-2, 10-2) on Tuesday night.  Kalee Vanderhorst recorded a match-high 17 kills (.275) and 6 digs and Katja Ehler had her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills (.231) and 12 digs.  Kati Smith had her second double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs.  Tiana Butler filled up the stat sheet with 6 kills (.333), a match-high 3 aces, 6 digs, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Grace Youngblood tallied 6 kills (.625) and 3 blocks and Rachel Byrd had 2 kills (.333) and 2 blocks.  Holli Smith posted 10 digs and Alden Willis scooped up 9 digs and added 2 assists.

The Caps will honor their seniors (Tiana Butler, Rachel Byrd, Katja Ehlers, Kati Smith and Neely Whittington) prior to Thursday's final regular season home contest against Millbrook (4:30/5:30).

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Caps Soccer Ties Leesville

Defender (and master throw-in specialist) Esteban Salinas Noyola, Two Guys Who Have Scored a Lot of Goals This Season and Who Don't Need to Be Identified and the Keeper Who Saved the Day, Clay Oxford

Broughton played its second consecutive overtime match, but this time, no last second heroics were in the cards as the Caps tied Leesville Road, 2-2. Broughton was trying to avenge an earlier loss to Leesville, but despite ample opportunities, the Caps couldn't get a game-winning goal.

Leesville scored first in the 20th minute in a goal similar to one from the first game: a low, driving corner kick, with multiple Leesville players running in the box, and one left unmarked to drill it home.

And the Leesville defense was man-marking senior striker Elvis Wiredu, and often had two or three defenders on him. Somehow, however, Wiredu found some space with the ball at his foot, 25 yards from goal, and shot a laser past the keeper to tie the match in the 26th minute.

Broughton controlled the first half, outshooting Leesville 12-5. But once again, the tables turned in the second half. Leesville found its rhythm, maintained shape and possession, and forced Broughton to chase. Offensively, Broughton resorted to balls over the top, with very little working through the midfield. After a flurry, Leesville took the lead in the 54th minute off a beautiful display of teamwork and a solid finish.

The Caps, however, refused to fold, and finally scored off of one of Esteban Salinas Noyola's dangerous long throws. The ball managed to bounce over the Leesville defense, making its way to the far post where Ibrahim Mohamud deftly shot it into the open net in the 64th minute.

Neither team could score in the final 16 minutes, and the match went into overtime. Not much action took place in the first OT, but in the second, both teams were a bit unlucky. Broughton frustratingly hit the crossbar on a long distance shot that fooled the keeper. With just a couple of minutes to go, the Caps fouled a Leesville player in the box. On the ensuing PK, sophomore keeper saved the shot, and the day, when he fully laid out to his right, spectacularly pushing the ball wide of the goal.

It was a great night of soccer, and as disheartening as it might have been for both teams, the final score was just.

Special thanks to the Broughton Dance Team for a lively and entertaining halftime show.

The Caps are now 6-2-1 in the Cap 8 and 10-5-1 overall. Their next match is at 6:30 on Wednesday at Millbrook. If you are unable to attend, follow the Caps' Twitter feed at @CapsMensSoccer.

Women's Tennis Sweeps Enloe

BHS women's doubles team Meg Hardesty and Becket Waters
In their final conference match of the season the Broughton Lady Caps swept the Enloe Women's Tennis team, 9-0. The team looked particularly strong despite the off week from the torrential rains. Broughton moved their record to 14-2 overall and 12-2 in the Cap-8 conference. Tomorrow the team enters the Cap-8 tournament at Millbrook Exchange Park for not only Cap-8 bragging rights but potential entry into the Regional and State tourneys later in the month. Come out to Millbrook Exchange Park and support the Lady Caps tomorrow and Wednesday!


 H. Cox def. N. Price; 6-2, 6-2
A. Austin def. C. Battle; 6-0, 6-1
B. Waters def. S. Kim; 6-1, 6-2
M. Hardesty def. E. Yang; 6-0, 6-1
W. Burrus def. S. Sanka; 6-1, 6-0
K. Burroughs def. L. Rochan; 6-0, 6-0


Waters/Hardesty def. Price/Battle; 8-3
Austin/Burrus def. Kim/Yang; 8-0
Bell/Bennett def. Sanka/Yu; 8-2

The MaxPreps page four the Women's Tennis Team can be found here:

Friday, October 9, 2015

Women's Tennis Hammers Heritage

The Broughton Lady Caps Women's Tennis Team continues their winning ways by defeating Heritage on their home court, 7-2. The Caps record improved to 13-2 overall and 11-2 in the conference. The Lady Caps final home match of the season will be Monday October 12 versus Enloe at 3:30 pm. Come out and support the Lady Caps before they enter the Cap-8 Tournament on October 13 at Millbrook Tennis Park.

A. Scott (H) def K. Burroughs (B) 6-3, 6-1
E. Bell (B) def. J. Maffucci (W) 6-3. 6-2
S. Bennett (B) def. A. Jones (W) 6-2, 6-2
B. Pharr (B) def. S. Garff (W) 2-6, 6-2 (10-4)
J. Gilbert (B) def. K. Arteta (W) 6-1, 6-2
J. Butler (B) def. M. Weddle (W) 6-1, 6-1

Bell/Bennett (B) def. Scott/Maffucci (H) 8-1
Jones/Garff (H) def. Pharr/Gilbert (B) 8-3
Butler/Roth (B) def. Arteta/McCabe (H) 8-2

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

Volleyball Sweeps Wake Forest

Kalee Vanderhorst (with ball) celebrates a milestone for No. 44 Broughton
Kalee Vanderhorst (with ball) and Katja Ehlers celebrate milestones for No. 44 Broughton ( October 8 National Top 100 Poll)

Broughton defeated Wake Forest 25-9, 25-10, 25-10 on Thursday to improve to 16-0 and 11-0 in Cap-9 play. Kalee Vanderhorst paced the Caps with 14 kills (.455), 3 aces and 4 digs and Katja Ehlers tallied 7 kills and 7 digs. Tiana Butler chipped in 5 kills and 5 digs and Rachel Byrd added 3 kills (.750).  Kati Smith had 25 assists and 3 blocks and Claire Sawyer handed out 4 assists.  Amber Russell, Holli Smith and Alden Willis each recorded 2 aces.

The Capitals travel to Leesville Road (14-1, 10-1) on Tuesday (4:30/5:30) before returning home for Senior Night against Millbrook (8-11, 3-7) on Thursday.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Caps Stun Enloe With Last Second PK

On the surface, sports teams are easy to judge. You look at how many games are won, how many are lost, and then you compare it the competition. You win more games, you are deemed to be a better team. But what is often not quantified in the win-loss columns is heart, spirit and a desire to not give up.

Goal scorers Ibrahim Mohamud and Lucas Beeson
The Broughton men's soccer team has heart and courage and a willingness to keep grinding it out, even when the game is extended to 100 minutes. And even when it had to play a man down for 80 of those minutes. And when this relentless spirit results in a win, well, one can just stand and applaud.

Here's the facts. After starting out strongly against visiting Enloe, the Eagles caught the Broughton defense out of position. The Enloe winger fired a cross into the box, Broughton defender Bryant O'Neal tried to block it, and it went directly into the Caps' net. Own goal. Enlo 1, Broughton 0. Things got worse just four minutes later when Broughton co-captain and leading scorer Elvis Wiredu was sent off in the 20th minute, with a straight red card after his reckless bicycle kick after the whistle in the box failed to find the ball, and instead, found the face of an Enloe defender. Wiredu had no ill intent; he had no desire to hurt anyone, but his actions were in the wrong place.

So the Caps were down a man, down a goal, and things weren't looking good. Enloe was well coached, they kept their shape, and maintained a fair amount of possession. But they didn't score again. In fact, Broughton seemed to get stronger as the match wore on. Ten minutes into the second half, a bit of magic happened, when Esteban Salinas Noyolas's long throw-in found the head of freshman Lucas Beeson in the box, and the ball found the back of the net. Tie game.

Enloe continued to maintain possession, making the Caps play a game of chase, wearing down Broughton. But Coach Nick Wheeler substituted more liberally this game, giving key players rests. And the defense held tight, with the human perpetual motion machine, Hyu A, anchoring the back line. And even though they were a man down, Broughton got off more shots and better shots than Enloe.

Overtime brought more of the same. Close chances, but no goals.

Broughton soccer stars, past and present, were in the house on Alumni Night.

And magic reappeared. With 11.9 seconds to go in the game. Senior Ibrahim Mohamud, who has been on a scoring tear of late, was taken down in the box. The center referee initially waved it off, but when checked with his assistant, he pointed to the spot. Mohamud calmly scored the penalty, the fans, including a lot of soccer alumni, roared, and the game was over. An unexpected, but hard-fought and well-earned win for the Caps, because of heart and determination.

With the win, Broughton moved back into first place in the Cap 8, a half game ahead of Heritage, at 6-2. Their overall record improved to 10-5.

The Caps next play Leesville Road on Monday at home, where they will try to avenge an earlier loss. Kick-off is at 6:30.

Caps Clobber Cougars

Benjamin McCord, Ibrahim Mohamud, Jack Nickens. A striker between a pair of keepers.

A shooting gallery. That's what it was last night as the Broughton men's soccer team fired 39 shots on the way to a 3-0 victory over the Wake Forest Cougars in a match where the outcome was never in doubt. The Caps hit the crossbar three times, the Cougars' keeper made some spectacular saves, and the Broughton attack was relentless, but it only led to three goals, all of them by senior Ibrahim Mohamud. Jack Nickens and Benjamin McCord shared keeper duties for the Caps, jointly earning the clean sheet.

Broughton nearly got on the board in the 9th minute when Elvis Wiredu's shot from distance plunked off the crossbar. Wiredu had a number of opportunities, but he was unable to score (including a second shot on the crossbar in the 50th minute). However, Wiredu drew multiple defenders, creating opportunities for the Broughton attackers. Mohamud took advantage of the space when he scored in the 18th minute on a nifty assist from Grant Tyler. Six minutes later, Wiredu delivered a perfect pass to Mohamud, who put the Caps up 2-1. Broughton outshot Wake Forest 18-8 in the first half, but Wake Forest actually had a couple of opportunities, with Nickens making a handful of strong saves.

The second half was a different story for the Cougars, as the Broughton defense clamped down. Wake Forest didn't get a single shot off until right at the final whistle, on a long distance attempt that was routinely saved by McCord. The Caps got off 21 shots, but were only able to convert on one, a penalty by Mohamud after he was taken down in the box in the 46th minute. Mohamud's goal was his 13th of the season, drawing him within one goal of team leader, Elvis Wiredu (don't look behind you, Elvis, as Ibrahim has 5 goals in the last 2 matches!).

The play got a little chippy at times in the second half as the overmatched Wake Forest team became more physical, piling up fouls and yellow cards. The Caps maintained their composure (shout out to Joe Ruslander who stayed cool in spite of being on the receiving end of a number of overly enthusiastic fouls) and dominated the match.

The Caps improved to 5-2 in the Cap 8, tied for first place, and are 9-5 overall. Their next match is tonight, Thursday, at 6:30 at Broughton against Enloe. It's Alumni Night, so come out and cheer on the Caps and welcome soccer legends returning to their field of glory!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Women's Tennis Whips Wake Forest

The Broughton Women's Tennis Team easily defeated the Wake Forest Wolverines on their home court, 8-1. The Lady Caps improved their record to 12-2 overall and 10-2 in the Cap-8 conference. Broughton travels again tomorrow to Heritage to make up the previously rained out game. Come support the Lady Caps at Heritage tomorrow at 3:30pm.

E. Bell def L. Blalock; 6-1, 6-2
K. Lee (WF) def. S. Bennett; 6-2, 6-1
B. Pharr def. N. Trojanowski; 6-2, 6-4
K. Burroughs def. M. Harrell; 6-0, 6-0
J. Gilbert def. K. Ness; 7-6 [7-4], 6-4
L. Roth def. E. Scheurele; 6-0, 6-1

Austin/Burrus def. McClung/Burks; 8-2
Bennett/Bell def. Stewart/Kuga; 8-0
Burroughs/Roth def. Davis/Wrem; 8-1

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Volleyball Rolls Past Heritage

Broughton (15-0, 10-0) defeated visiting Heritage (12-5, 7-3) 25-9, 25-7, 25-7 on Tuesday night in Holliday Gym.  The Caps posted a season-high hitting percentage of .574 (44 kills, 68 attempts, 5 errors). Kalee Vanderhorst was recognized for reaching 1000 career kills before the match and was presented a signed ball by fellow 1000 kill club member Katja Ehlers.  Vanderhorst (15 kills, .737) and Ehlers (14 kills, .500) led the Broughton offense and Tiana Butler tallied 9 kills (.667).  Vanderhorst and Ehlers also each posted team-highs in digs with 7.  Kati Smith collected 37 assists, 2 kills and 3 digs and Alden Willis had a match-high 5 aces and 5 digs. Holli Smith had 2 aces and 3 digs and Neely Whittington pounded out 2 aces. Rachel Byrd had 2 kills and Amber Russell scooped up 2 digs.

The Capitals host Wake Forest on Thursday (4:30/5:30).

NC State will play UNC in Holliday Gym on Wednesday night at 7:30.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Women's Tennis Washes Out Wakefield

Seniors Alison Austin and Wynn Burrus
After being rained out for two weeks, the Lady Caps returned to the courts and defeated Wakefield, 7-2. The Caps celebrated Senior Day, honoring seniors Alison Austin and Wynn Burrus in their last home game. Wakefield managed two wins but the Caps were not about to let Senior Wynn Burrus have a team loss on her 18th birthday!  Broughton improved their record to 11-2 overall and 9-2 in the conference. The Caps play again tomorrow at Wake Forest at 3:30pm. They have three more games left before the Cap-8 conference tournament beginning on October 13th.

Celebrating Senior Day for Broughton Women's Tennis
L to R: BHS Athletic Director Aaron Minger, Coach Andy Fowler, BHS Assistant Athletic Director Sally Jo Smith,   Jennifer Austin, Senior Alison Austin, Senior Wynn Burrus, Beth Burrus, Coach Laura Davidson, BHS Principal Steve Mares

S. Boyden (W) def. H. Cox (B); 6-2, 6-0
A. Austin def. A. Thompson; 6-0, 6-0
B. Waters def. H. Anderson; 6-0, 6-2
M. Hardesty def. L. Ivey; 6-1, 6-0
W. Burrus def. C. Stallings; 6-0, 6-1
K. Burroughs def. M. Munsey; 6-1, 6-4

Boyden/Thompson (W) def. Waters/Hardesty (B); 9-7
Austin/Burrus def. Anderson/Ivey; 8-1
Bell/Bennett def. Stallings/Tojong; 8-4

Marlowe/Gilbert (B) def. Beam/Weithaer; 8-1

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Heritage Outlasts Caps

Combine a wet field and soccer and anything can happen. Exhibit A: Broughton and Heritage played a scoreless first half despite Broughton dominating the home team, outshooting them 8-2 and having an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

And the second half started out like the first, still without a goal for 10 minutes, but with Heritage taking control.

Things changed. Quickly. Over the next 23 minutes, the teams scored seven goals, with all of the Huskies' coming from Logan Shytle in a remarkable exhibit of strength,  poise and determination. In the first half, Shytle hardly had a sniff at the goal, and in the second half he notched all four Heritage scores to lead the home team to a 4-3 victory. But it wasn't easy, nor was it dull.

Shytle's first goal came in the 50th minute, and Broughton tied it up 7 minutes later when Bryant O'Neal drilled a laser from 30 yards out off of the corner from Ibrahim Mohamud. The Caps had little time to celebrate, as Shytle caught the Broughton defense too far forward and scored off of a break away. He then made it a hat trick in the 63rd minute, pushing the Huskies' advantage to 3-1. Amazingly, no one scored for the next 8 minutes, and the play got sloppy and chippy, with many yellow cards being shown. But Ibrahim Mohamud pulled the Caps within one at the 71st minute off of a nice pass from Elvis Wiredu. Once again, Heritage, or rather, Shytle, responded, as he took advantage of the overzealous defense for a second time to tally his fourth goal.

The Caps refused to quit, as Mohamud scored a minute later, drilling the wet ball through the hands of the Heritage keeper.

There would be no more goals, however, as Heritage held off the Caps and sealed the victory.

The Caps dropped to 4-2 in the Cap 8 and 8-5 overall. Their next match is another road game, this time on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 pm against Wake Forest.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Vanderhorst Collects 1000th kill in win at Enloe

Broughton defeated Enloe 25-12, 25-11, 25-17 on Thursday night in Raleigh.  Kalee Vanderhorst's 1,000th career kill gave the Caps a 6-4 lead in the first set and Broughton went to sweep the hosts to improve to 14-0 and 9-0 in Cap-8 play.  Vanderhorst (.409) and Katja Ehlers (.348) each pounded out 11 kills and Rachel Byrd added 5 kills (.833) to pace the Capital's offense.  Tiana Butler tallied 3 kills, 5 aces and 5 blocks and Kati Smith collected 27 assists, 3 blocks and 2 aces.  Ehlers also recorded 4 aces and 5 digs and Vanderhorst added 2 aces.  Holli Smith had a team-high 7 digs and Amber Russell picked up 4 digs.  Alden Willis had 3 aces and Claire Sawyer and Nan Parrish each hammered out 2 aces.

The Caps return home this week to host Heritage (12-4, 7-2) on Tuesday and Wake Forest (0-17) on Thursday.  Game times are 4:30 and 5:30.

J.H. Rose and Broughton climbed to 42 and 43 in the latest National Top 100 Poll. (Subscription)

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