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Monday, November 23, 2015

Caps Wrestling Kicks Off Campaign with Jam-Packed Week

The Caps wrestling squad hit the mat last week with a full slate of matches on the schedule. The team is young but boasts a strong core of returners to continue to build the program.

Varsity Returners with 2014-15 Records are:
Nash Philbeck (So. 32-10), Nic Valdespino (So. 32-7), Jack Elliott (Sr. 25-16), Christian Hite, (So. 15-7), Andrew Maxwell (Jr. 8-15), and Jasper Lassiter (Jr. 14-12). The Caps will also be relying on big contributions from newcomers to the starting lineup: Parker Batts, Jr., Michael Knott, So. and Newman Davis, Fr.

The Caps kicked off the season on Tuesday with a dual at Green Hope followed by a grueling dual meet tournament at Wilson Fike on Saturday where BHS wrestled five times throughout the day vs. Ayden Grifton, Aycock, Farmville Central, Beddingfield and North Pitt.  Although BHS finished the week 2-4, bright spots include:

Nash Philbeck: 6-0, 4 pins, 1 tech. fall
Nic Valdespino: 6-0, 3 pins, 1 tech. fall
Jack Elliott: 5-1, 4 pins
Jasper Lassiter: 5-1, 4 pins
Christian Hite: 5-1, 3 pins
Michael Knott: 4-2, 3 pins, 1 tech. fall

Full results can be found here. The Caps are in action again Monday night at Chapel Hill High School. 

BHS Wrestling:  2015-16

Sr. Jack Elliott

Sophs Nic Valdespino and Nash Philbeck

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Swimmers do well at first meet

The first swim meet of the season was held November 17.  The CAPS competed well, losing to perennial state powers Enloe and Millbrook, but beating Wakefield.  Jack Messenger won two events, setting a new school record in the 50 freestyle.

Women - Enloe      152             Men - Millbrook    190
             Millbrook  150                      Enloe        149
             BHS        127                      BHS          111
             Wakefield 85                       Wakefield    64

Congratulations to those who qualified for regionals at our first meet.
Men's 200 free relay, Men's 400 free relay
Jack Messenger 50 free  and 100 breast
Smith Moran - 500 free

Many of our swimmers made best times at the meet Congrats to:
Michael Baric - 50 free and 100 free
Katie Childrey - 200 free
Eliza Krause - 100 free
Duncan Matthews - 50 free
Jack Messenger - 60 free and 100 breast
Bob Payne - 50 free and 100 back
Alexandra Smalto - 200 IM and 100 breast
Dalton Smith - 50 free and 100 back
Richie Soltis - 100 free and 100 breast
Syd Spampinato - 200 IM
Geoffrey Watters - 50 free and 100 free
Caroline Willis - 200 free

Our next meet is Wednesday December 2 in Smithfield.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Caps Soccer Ousted by Laney

After a season where all expectations were exceeded -- except for the expectations of the team itself -- the Broughton men's soccer team were ousted from the NCHSAA 4A playoffs by Wilmington Laney 2-0. The match was played before a raucous home crowd in Wilmington, and the Buccaneers showed why they beat top-seeded and #4 nationally ranked Apex, as they controlled possession throughout the majority of the game. An athletic, gifted, and savvy team, Laney won most of the 50-50 balls, had more shots, and generally controlled the match. But this Broughton team, who was without its leading scorer, dynamic senior Elvis Wiredu, for the third match in a row, frustrated Laney throughout the first half. Neither team had a great scoring opportunity, leading to a scoreless first half.

Laney came out a bit more aggressively in the second half, but Broughton held its own for the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the defense made the mistake of giving midfielder David Dailey, easily the most talented player on the pitch, too much space, and he buried a driving 25 yard shot into the far upper netting past Broughton keeper, Clay Oxford. Ten minutes later, 6 foot 3 inch Tristan Nelson soared above the Caps' defenders to head in a corner kick to put the Bucs up 2-0. The Caps gave the home team a bit of a scare when Grant Tyler's shot was barely parried over the cross bar by the Laney keep.

And so ends a fantastic season. The Caps admirably defended their Eastern Region championship, scrappily fighting for every goal and tenaciously defending throughout. The team did what every coach dreams of: getting better each week throughout the season.

A special shout out to the seniors of the team, who have worn the Broughton kit for a final time:

  • Benjamin McCord
  • Hyu A
  • Liam Wall
  • Nick Mizero
  • C Badweh
  • Ibrahim Mohamud
  • Elvis Wiredu
  • Jacob McCaslin
  • Jesse Dean
  • Daniel Rivera
  • Grant Tyler
  • Bryant O'Neal
Thank you, gentlemen. Your career, and the team's successes, are attributable to you. The underclassmen have big shoes to fill

The Caps finished with a 15-7-3 record.

Join us to celebrate the team at the sports banquet on Monday at 5:30. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Caps Clip Hoggard -- Advance to Regional Semifinals

Ibrahim Mohamud calmly scores from the penalty spot.

In a match marred by numerous inexplicable yellow cards, two red cards, and a seemingly endless second half, the Broughton soccer team topped Wilmington Hoggard 1-0 in a third round match of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs. With the win, the Caps earn a berth in the regional semi-finals against either top-seeded (and #4 nationally ranked) Apex or Wilmington Laney.

Broughton, which was the home team even though the match was on the turf of the WRAL Soccer Center, played its second match in a row without leading scorer Elvis Wiredu. Despite the lack of firepower, the Caps figured out a way to win behind a well-organized defense and tons of ball pressure, forcing Hoggard into numerous turnovers. In the 15th minute, senior Ibrahim Mohamud juked a defender in the box, resulting in a foul and a penalty kick. Mohamud calmly slotted the kick past the diving keeper to notch what would turn out to be the only goal of the match.
Students took advantage of the school holiday to root for the Caps.

Both teams were frustrated by an officiating crew that could be viewed as being a bit sensitive, where yellow cards were handed out for simple fouls, or, in one instance, no foul at all. It was unfortunate for both teams that the match was called this way, as the officiating this season has been the best at the high school level in quite some time. The second half ran for over 51 minutes, even though the center referee only stopped the clock for 4 minutes -- thus, the half ran 7 minutes too long. (end of rant)

The Caps' season continues for at least one more match.
Regardless, the Broughton defense hung tough, including two consecutive spectacular saves by keeper Clay Oxford at the end of the first half. The Caps had senior co-captain Bryant O'Neal play at striker most of the match, and his physicality created a lot of problems for the Hoggard defense. Junior defender Jacob Hill, who has missed much of the season due to health reasons, filled in admirably in the back line and played perhaps his best match of the season,
Clay Oxford came up big with two huge saves. Ibrahim Mohamud scored the game winner.

The Caps improved their season record to 15-6-3. Broughton advances to the semi-finals of the East Region (aka, the "Elite Eight") and will likely play on Saturday. Broughton will be the visiting team, and the Caps hope to get the same level of fan support that came out to today's match.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Soccer Match Moved to WRAL Soccer Center -- 2 PM Kickoff

Due to all the recent rain, the third round soccer match against Wilmington Hoggard has been moved to the WRAL Soccer Center's Stadium Field. The match will be on Wednesday, November 11, at 2:00 PM.

Come out and root for the Caps as they try to advance to the Elite 8!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Caps Top Leesville to Move to Third Round of Playoffs

Goal scorer Liam Wall, Keeper Clay Oxford, and senior defender, Bryant O'Neal, because he's a captain and he said he wanted to be in the photo, and who's to argue with the captain??

The Broughton Caps soccer team played perhaps their most complete match of the season and topped Cap 8 champion, Leesville Road, 1-0 on a rainy afternoon. The match was moved to the turf field of the WRAL Soccer Center, as no grass fields were playable due to the recent deluge of rain.

The Caps were  without leading goal scorer, senior striker Elvis Wiredu. Consequently, Broughton had to play a complete team game, which they did, involving the midfield more than in any prior match. Both teams hunkered down on defense, with Broughton frequently keeping six players behind the ball . Although each team had a couple of chances, nothing was overly close until the 60th minute, when Liam Wall collected a ball in the box and calmly slotted it past the Leesville keeper.

Coach Nick Wheeler frequently subbed his players, keeping them fresh, as the wet field led to some heavy legs later in the match. Sophomore keeper Clay Oxford came up big a couple of times in the last 15 minutes, include a brilliant parry of a would-be goal.

With the win, Broughton improved their record to 14-6-3. The Caps move onto the third round of the 4A NCHSAA playoffs, and they get to play at home against 20th seed, Wilmington Hoggard. Hoggard is 13-6-4 on the season and finished third in the Mideastern conference. They have beaten Southern Alamance and Clayton to advance this far.

The match is tentatively scheduled for 7 pm on Wednesday, November 11 at Broughton. Come out and root for the Caps!!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Soccer Playoffs: New Date, New Place

Broughton's second round playoff match against Leesville Road has been rescheduled for Monday, November 9, at 6:30 pm. Because of adverse field conditions at Leesville, the soccer match will be played at Millbrook High School. The winner of this match will host a third round contest against Hoggard later in the week (likely Wednesday).

Sports Banquet Rescheduled to November 16

The Fall Sports Banquet that was originally scheduled for this Monday, November 9, has been rescheduled for Monday, November 16 at 5:30 pm.

Due to the bad weather, the Broughton soccer playoff match that was to be played on Saturday was postponed until Monday. In order to have all teams represented at the banquet, the decision was made to reschedule the banquet to the following week.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Caps to Play at Leesville on Saturday at 7pm

The Broughton men's soccer team will face Cap 8 rival Leesville Road at 7pm on Saturday, November 7th in the second round of the NCHSAA 4A soccer championships. The match will be at Leesville, whose pitch was turned into a mud pit on Wednesday. With the additional rains, the field will probably not be in much better shape.

Please make the trip to North Raleigh to root on the Caps. Admission is $6.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Caps Trounce South View in First Round of Playoffs

Elvis Wiredu, Jack Nickens, Clay Oxford and Gray Gwaltney showing their excitement over their first round win.

The Broughton men's soccer team got off to a solid start in the 4A NCHSAA playoffs, topping the South View Tigers, 3-0, in a match that was not nearly as close as the score would indicate. The Caps dominated the entire match to the point where at one point, South View failed to possess the ball in the attacking half of the field over a 17 minute stretch.

Senior striker Elvis Wiredu scored two goals to lead the Caps, tallying scores in the 7th and 46th minutes. In the 26th minute, Gray Gwaltney  scored for the third match in a row, knocking home a shot off of a brilliant cross from Abdulle Ibrahim.

The Caps outshot the Tigers 36-8. Clay Oxford and Jack Nickens combined for the clean sheet, although they only had to make one save the entire evening.

The Caps will face a familiar opponent in the second round in Leesville Road, the Cap 8 champions. The match will likely be on Saturday and will be at Leesville. Kickoff time has not yet been announced.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Soccer Playoff Date, Time Set

Broughton's match against South View will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, November 4th at Broughton. Please come out and root for your Caps in the 4A NCHSAA Soccer playoffs.

Soccer Playoff Brackets Published; Caps to Host South View

The Broughton Caps men's soccer team drew the 12th seed in the east region and will host the South View Tigers in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs, likely on Wednesday. The Caps are one of five Cap 8 schools to qualify for the playoffs.

South View, from Hope Mills, finished third in the Mid-South Athletic Conference with a 9-3-0 record and 11-10-1 overall.

The Caps finished second in the Cap 8 with an 8-3-3 record, 12-6-3 overall. The two teams did not play a common opponent this season.

The weather may impact the exact date and time of the match, but more details will be posted once we learn of the specifics.

UPDATE: The match against South View has been set for 7pm on Wednesday, November 4. The match will be played at Broughton.