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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weather Woes Cause Default for Lady Caps and East Chapel Hill

Multiple threats of severe weather caused the coaches to default the non conference match at East Chapel Hill for the Lady Caps tennis team. Some of the singles matches were nearing completion when the threat of severe weather for the third time caused yet another delay. The mutual decision to default the game was in the best interest of all concerned and in keeping everyone safe.
The Lady Caps have a conference match tomorrow, September 1, 2016  at 4pm against Wakefield. Come support your Lady Caps tennis team!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Caps JV Soccer Crushes Clayton Comets 5-0

Following a disappointing defeat against the Gibbon Crusaders, the Caps turned it around Monday afternoon with a bang in a 5-0 road victory against the Clayton Comets.

Broughton started the match slowly, connecting their passes and dominating possession. But after many opportunities, they couldn't put it in the back of the net until there was 3 minutes left in the first half. They finally broke down the defense with a ball played through to sophomore Max Lewis who put it away in the bottom left corner to make it 1-0.  Not even a minute later sophomore Joan Carlo Ramirez Orozco dribbled the ball up the left side and finished it near post with the outside of his right foot to make it 2-0 going into the halftime break.

After a half filled with interruptions from the Clayton announcer, the Caps started the second half dominating possession once again. This resulted in a half field screamer from sophomore Peter Abatangelo that bounced of the Clayton keeper's hands and into the net to make it 3-0. After a brief spell of possession passing from the Caps, they worked it just outside of the Clayton box and played sophomore Carter Gasia through to tuck the ball in the near right corner. Quickly after Broughton received a free kick just outside of the box after a foul on freshman Than Oo. The free kick taken by freshman Jack Eubank hit the wall. He got the ball back and this time put one top left corner from outside the area for one more goal for the Caps. With almost no shots on goal, the Broughton keepers freshman Sam Vlahoplus and sophomore Hector Martinez Porras and their defense helped keep the clean sheet against the Comets making the final score 5-0.

The JV Caps play next this Thursday away at Athens Drive.

Women's Tennis Falters 4-5 at Sanderson

The Broughton Lady Caps visited rival Sanderson and fell 4-5 on an unseasonably warm afternoon. Sophomore Becket Waters, playing the number two court, beat Anna Scott Holshouser, 6-4, 6-1 while Broughton split the remaining singles courts. Junior Elizabeth Bell fought back in a tiebreaker to win against M. Warren 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6). Broughton is now 1-2 overall and in the Cap 8 conference. The Lady Caps travel to an out of conference game at East Chapel Hill tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31 then meet Wakefield at home on Thursday, September 1 at 4pm to end a busy first week of school. Come out and cheer on your Lady Caps Tennis team on Thursday against Wakefield!


S. Tanik (SAN) def. H. Cox (BRO) 6-1, 6-3; B. Waters (BRO) def. A.S. Holshauser (SAN) 6-4, 6-1; S. Anthony (SAN) def. M. Hardesty (BRO), 6-2, 6-2; B. Bollinger (SAN) def. K. Burroughs (BRO) 6-4, 6-2; E. Bell (BRO) def. M. Warren (SAN) 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (10-6); B. Pharr (BRO) def. M. Spickard (SAN) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)


Tanik/Anthony(SAN) def. Cox/Burroughs (BRO) 8-1; Hardesty/Waters (BRO) def. Holshauser/Bollinger (SAN) 8-1; Warren/Spickard (SAN) def. Bell/Bennett 8-5

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

Volleyball Closes Out Non-Conference Play With Home Win

Broughton (5-0) downed visiting Middle Creek (2-3) 25-17, 25-18, 25-8 on Monday night in Raleigh. The Mustangs jumped out to a 17-12 advantage in the opening frame before Nan Parrish collected 3 kills in a 6-0 run to give the Caps a 18-17 lead. Amber Russell reeled off 12 consecutive service points to close the set.  The Caps started fast in the second stanza and took a 8-1 lead before Middle Creek battled back to eventually close to within three points at 19-16.  Kalee Vanderhorst had two kills and an ace to spark a 4-1 run that pushed the host's lead to 23-17 and Claire Sawyer's ace ended the set.  Jade Demps' kill gave the Capitals a 8-5 lead to start the third game and sparked a 13-0 service run by Alden Willis.  A kill by Peyton Kendall punctuated the streak making it 20-5 and another Vanderhorst kill ended the match.

Kalee Vanderhorst posted 13 kills (.241), 10 digs, 3 aces and 2 blocks and Jade Demps tallied 12 kills (.360) and 3 digs.  Peyton Kendall added 6 kills (.333), Nan Parrish had 4 kills and Grace Youngblood chipped in 3 kills.  Claire Sawyer recorded 32 assists, 4 digs, 2 blocks and 2 aces and Alden Willis had team-high 4 aces and 10 digs.  Amber Russell added 11 digs and 2 aces and Holli Smith scooped up a team-high 15 digs.

Broughton opens Cap-8 play at Wakefield this Thursday (4:30/5:30).  The Wolverines defeated Hough to win the 2013 NCHSAA 4A state championship and currently feature Duke University recruit Ade Owokiniran (6-2 Jr. MB).

Click on the link below to follow the Caps on their MaxPreps page:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

News & Observer Top 25 Poll (8/29/2016):

Monday, August 29, 2016

Caps handle Comets (and their PA Announcer) 5-0

In a game that was dominated by both the play of the Caps on the field - as well as the commentary of the home field PA Announcer - Broughton dominated the possession and defeated Clayton 5-0.

Broughton opened their account with Freshman Edson Candela-Perez finished a pass from Donovan Nicholson to make it 1-0 just five minutes into the match (his fourth goal in five games).  The next goal was pretty as Andrew Rossetti lofted a corner kick to the far post and Senior Jacob Hill rose high above the defenders to head it home for 2-0.  Edson returned the favor to Donovan and the Junior finished the play to make it 3-0.  With only a few minutes left before halftime, Senior Graham Gunter converted a PK and it was 4-0 at half.

The only person not impressed with the Caps in the first half was the Clayton PA Announcer - and he let everyone know about it. (You had to be there - it was amazingly good)

The second half saw Broughton play possession and the only score was a PK by Sophomore Andrew Rossetti - also his third goal in three games.  Senior Luis Hernandez had several excellent chances as did Junior Alexis Santos and Junior Erik Johnsen.

Junior Clay Oxford and Sophomore Ryan Meredith did well on the few chances they faced and that same back line of Esteban Salinas-Noyola, Lex Varani, Caleb Adams, Ewan Reynolds, Duncan Coffey, Ivey O'Brien and Joe Ruslander held off all Clayton attacks.

Broughton plays another non-conference game on Thursday when they face Athens Drive @ Athens Drive before getting the next week off prior to their showdown with #3 Middle Creek on Saturday, September 10th.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Caps Football Posts Win Against Cary Imps

Broughton's varsity football team toppled the Cary Imps 26-16 on Friday night at home. The victory enabled the team to surpass its win totals from each of the past three seasons as it jumped out to a 2-0 start under new head coach Chris Dawson.

The game was largely a defensive slugfest as the Caps forced seven turnovers en route to a victory that avenged a 7-10 late game loss to the Imps in 2015. Once again the Caps started the game quickly as they forced and recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from Clifton Chavis to Tyair Smith on the Caps' first offensive play. Broughton then battled to maintain control of the game as high temperatures tested the toughness and endurance of both teams.

The Caps received a huge boost from its secondary with five different players recording a Cary interception -- sophomores Brandon Codrington and Tynias Peace, juniors Tyair Smith and Terell Johnson, and senior Metak Wiggins. This capped off significant improvement for the squad as the defense had allowed over 400 passing yards to Apex in its previous win. The game ball was presented to the defensive backs by the coaches.

Clifton Chavis led the offense as he recorded a big game in the air and on the ground. Nick Catano also contributed over 105 all-purpose yards, including a 44-yard touchdown run.

The Caps look to extend their solid start this Thursday with an away game at Eastern Guilford. Eastern Guilford also enters the contest with a 2-0 record.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Caps Advance to Wake County Cup Finals

In a game featuring two of the top five teams in the N&O rankings, the #5 Broughton Capitals (4-0-1) came from behind to defeat the #3 Apex Cougars be a score of 3-2 in the second round of the Wake County Cup. With this victory, the Caps have advanced to play #1 Green Hope in the Cup finals on Saturday, September 24th at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

Broughton took the lead in the first half as Junior Donovan Nicholson found Freshman Edson Candela-Perez to make it 1-0.  The Caps continued to dominate play and shots from Andrew Rossetti, Cesar Gonzalez and Edson Candela-Perez kept the Apex keeper extremely busy in the first 40 minutes.  

Apex, however, scored at the end of the first half and then took a 2-1 lead 7 minutes into the second half.

At that point, the boys settled down and took control again with Sophomore Andrew Rossetti getting his second goal in two games to tie the score up.  Then with 10 minutes to play, Senior Graham Gunter played a long ball to Andrew Rossetti who played a well-timed cross into the run of Senior Abdulle Ibrahim who coolly finished to put the Caps up for good. The defense then held off some furious charges from the Cougars with Lucas Beeson, Esteban Noyola-Perez, Jacob Hill and Lex Varani heading crosses into the box away.

The Caps next play on Monday at Clayton (2-2).

PS - Peter Gwaltney is working on getting some photos to me from the first few games and I'll dedicate an entire post to putting some of the best ones up.

Volleyball Picks up Another Road Win

Broughton (4-0) won its second straight on the road with a 25-11, 25-8, 25-9 victory at Rolesville (3-2) on Thursday night.  Kalee Vanderhorst led the way with 15 kills (.682), 4 blocks and 2 aces and Jade Demps recorded 8 kills (.400), 3 aces and 4 digs.  Nan Parrish added 7 kills (.312) and Claire Sawyer handed out 24 assists.  Holli Smith posted 9 digs and 3 aces, Amber Russell pounded out 5 aces and Grace Youngblood had 2 blocks.

The Caps are back at home on Monday against Middle Creek (4:30/5:30) before opening conference play at Wakefield next Thursday (9/1).

Follow Broughton Volleyball on their MaxPreps page by clicking on the link below:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lady Caps Wipe Wildcats

The Broughton Lady Caps stood their ground to win their home opener against the Millbrook Lady Wildcat tennis team, 7-2. Sophomore Becket Waters, playing the number one court, lost a heartbreaker to Brianna Taranto 6-2, 4-6, 0-1 (8-10) while Broughton claimed the remaining courts. Waters and doubles partner Meg Hardesty dropped their doubles court to Taranto and Shea Cirillo, 7-9 while seniors Hunter Cox and Shields Bennett dominated their opponents 8-0 on the number two doubles court. Broughton is now 1-1 overall and in the Cap 8 conference. The Lady Caps travel to rival Sanderson on Tuesday, August 30 and play out of conference on Wednesday, August 31 traveling to East Chapel Hill. Come out and support the Lady Caps next week!


B. Taranto (MIL) def. B. Waters (BRO) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8); H. Cox (BRO) def. S. Cirillo (MIL) 6-0, 6-1; M. Hardesty (BRO) def. R. Gittleman (MIL), 6-0, 6-0; E. Bell (BRO) def. S. Bradshaw (MIL) 6-2, 6-0; K. Burroughs (BRO) def. R. Irene (MIL) 6-2, 6-2; B. Pharr (BRO) def. S. Adams (MIL) 6-4, 6-1


Taranto/Cirillo (MIL) def. Waters/Hardesty (BRO) 9-7; Cox/Bennett (MIL) def. MIL #2 doubles team 8-0; Burroughs/Pharr (BRO) def. MIL #3 doubles team 8-1
Senior Co-Captains Shields Bennett and Hunter Cox celebrate after their doubles win versus Millbrook

Lady Caps cheer on their teammates versus Millbrook.
(Front row L to R: Elizabeth Bell, Meg Hardesty, Addie Camak; Back Row L to R: Emma Grace Alphin, Janie Grace Gilbert, Bella DeVivo, Eliza Marlowe, Lily Roth)

Caps Men's Soccer Smothers Garner in Wake County Cup (1st Round)

The Broughton soccer team (3-0-1) rebounded from a tough draw against Cary Monday night to dominate a young, but talented Garner team 8-0 in the first round of the Wake County Cup.

In a game played at South Garner Stadium, the Caps scored early and often and led at halftime by a score of 4-0. Freshman Edson Candela-Perez started the scoring off an assist by Jack Ashby. That was followed by Sophomore Lucas Beeson heading home a ball from Jacob Hill. Cesar Gonzalez had a great individual goal to make it 3-0 and then – with just four minutes left before halftime – Sophomore Andrew Rossetti beat two Garner defenders to score the Caps last goal of the half.

The second half was much like the first and Senior Sam Stein drew and then finished the PK to make it 5-0. Alexis Santos then tapped in the rebound off Cesar’s free kick and the game was put out of all doubt. Abdulle Ibrahim and Stephen Holloman finished off the Trojans with goals in the 62nd and 72nd minutes to firm up the 8-0 victory.

Defenders Esteban Salinas Noyola, Jacob Hill, Lex Varani, Ivey O’Brien and Duncan Coffey led the back line who thwarted all chances by the strong Garner attack and Sophomore Ryan Meredith did well to ensure the clean sheet.

Broughton must regroup for the second round Wake County Cup matchup against the always strong Apex in a game played at 4:30P at Broughton. Please come out and support the team.(by Christian Rossetti)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lady Caps Tennis Falls to Leesville Road

The 2016 Broughton Women's Tennis Team
Front row (L to R): Lily Roth, Becket Waters, Bella DeVivo, Addie Camak, Hunter Cox, Eliza Marlowe, Elizabeth Bell. Back Row (L to R): Becca Pharr, Shields Bennett, Emma Grace Alphin, Meg Hardesty, Katie Burroughs (Not pictured: Janie Grace Gilbert)         - click photo to enlarge.
The Broughton Women's Tennis team could not overcome nerves to secure the season opener from a vastly improved Leesville Road team. The lone singles winner was sophomore Becket Waters defeating Helen Alvis , 7-5, 7-6 (8-6). Although many of the other matches were well played, the Lady Caps struggled in their respective second sets to overcome the Leesville women.  The Lady Caps have their first home match against the Millbrook Wildcats on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 4pm. Come out and cheer on the Caps to a victory over Millbrook!


L. Robbins (LR) def. H. Cox (BRO), 6-0, 6-1; B. Waters (BRO) def. H. Alvis (LR), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6); K. Rigsby (LR) def. M. Hardesty (BRO), 6-3, 6-2; A. Dwomoh (LR) def. E. Bell (BRO), 6-4, 6-1; C. Clark (LR) def. K. Burroughs (BRO), 7-6 (7-5), 6-0; A. Pirzdeh (LR) def. B. Pharr (BRO), 6-2, 6-4


Robbins/Rigsby (LR) def. Waters/Hardesty (BRO), 8-3; Cox/Burroughs (BRO) def. Michalakis/Stillwell (LR), 8-0; S. Bennett/Pharr (BRO) def. Makita/Stempien (LR), 8-1

Sophomore doubles team Meg Hardesty (L) and Becket Waters (R) ready for action!
The link to the Women's Tennis MaxPreps page and results is here:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Football: Capitals Start Season with a Win

Broughton’s varsity football team won its inaugural game under the tenure of new head coach, Chris Dawson, in strange but exciting fashion. Broughton jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over the Apex Cougars thanks to an 88-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff by senior Devone Jackson. The Caps then forced and recovered an Apex fumble on the ensuing kickoff, scoring just four plays later on a Clifton Chavis touchdown run. The Cougars would later tie the score at 14-14, but Broughton surged again to close out the half. With less than a minute to go, junior Tyair Smith scored on a 49-yard pass play, to push the score to 35-22.

As the teams prepared for the second half of play, officials spotted lightning in the area and suspended play. The game would later be postponed 14 hours until noon on Saturday. Coach Dawson emphasized to his players that whichever team came out ready to play under the strange circumstances would take control of the game.

Sitting on a 13-point lead, the Caps jumped on the Cougars as soon as play resumed with multiple key defensive stops and a brother-to-brother 29-yard halfback touchdown pass from Devone Jackson to Tyair Smith. The brothers, together with senior quarterback, Clifton Chavis, powered an impressive offensive performance, while senior Luke Davis led the defense with six tackles. The overall team effort resulted in a 61-36 opening victory.

The Caps (1-0) look to ride their early momentum into a home matchup against Cary this Friday night (8/19) at 7pm. Broughton hopes to avenge last season’s close late-game loss to the Imps.

Other recent reports on Broughton Football in the local media:
  • Click here for the N&O's recap.
  • Click here for pictures from N&O.
  • Click here for great article on Caps' first year coach Chris Dawson.
  • The Football Tab at the top of the Broughton Sports Blog homepage has been updated with both the varsity & JV schedules and the varsity roster with pictures.

Help needed - The Broughton Sports Blog needs a reporter for the JV Football team.  The JV Caps begin their season Thursday night in Cary with a 6:30pm kick-off.  If you are interested in reporting game scores, please send your contact info to me at and we'll get you set-up.  Reports can be as short as a score or as long as a game recap.  We just want to give the team some recognition.  Thanks.

Volleyball Improves to 3-0

The Caps traveled to Holly Springs on Monday night and came home with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 victory over the Golden Hawks (3-1).  Broughton fell behind 7-2 in the second frame after jumping to a one set lead.  Jade Demps' ace gave the visitors a 13-11 lead and two straight aces by Amber Russell pushed the lead to 18-13.  Holly Springs closed the deficit to 19-18 before Kalee Vanderhorst had a kill and an ace to give the Caps a 21-18 edge.  Another kill by Demps stretched the advantage to 24-20 before a Holly Springs hitting error ended the set.  Five consecutive serving points by Claire Sawyer gave Broughton a 10-1 lead to open the third stanza.  Two straight aces by Demps made it 15-2 and a Vanderhorst kill and block pushed the lead to 17-3.  Peyton Kendall's kill closed out the match.

Kalee Vanderhorst led the Caps with 14 kills (.444), 12 digs and 3 aces and Jade Demps posted 12 kills (.458), 5 aces, 4 blocks and 4 digs.  Claire Sawyer tallied 28 assists and 5 aces and Amber Russell collected 6 digs and 2 aces.  Holli Smith and Alden Willis each scooped up 5 digs and Grace Youngblood (.333) and Peyton Kendall (.500) each had 3 kills.  Broughton posted season highs in hitting percentage (.408) and service aces (16).

The Capitals travel to Rolesville (3-1) on Thursday with game times at 4:30 (JV) and 5:30 (Varsity).

Follow the Caps on their MaxPreps page by clicking on the link below:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Broughton Volleyball Opens With Pair of Wins

The Capitals downed two of North Carolina's most successful programs on Saturday to open the 2016 season. Broughton defeated Providence (3-1) 18-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-14 in the day's first contest.  The Panthers are led by new coach Brian Rosen who coached Charlotte Country Day to NCISAA 3A state titles in 2013 and 2014. The Caps beat Ardrey Kell in the day's second match 25-16, 25-13, 21-25, 25-13.  The Knights are coached by Zoe Bell who won her 600th game in their first match of the day against Apex. Coach Bell directed Providence teams to four NCHSAA 4A state championships during her time there.

Broughton got off to a slow start in dropping the day's first set but improved serve receive helped the Caps even the match by claiming a tightly contested second stanza. Providence led 23-18 in the third set but Jade Demps (6-2 Freshman OH) reeled off  seven straight service points (including three aces) to give Broughton a 2-1 lead. The Caps were paced by Kalee Vanderhorst's 24 kills (.340) and 14 digs and Jade Demps tallied 20 kills (.444) and 6 aces in her first varsity contest.  Claire Sawyer handed out 50 assists and had 4 digs.  Grace Youngblood collected 5 kills and Peyton Kendall and Nan Parrish each added 3 kills. Amber Russell and Holli Smith each pounded out 3 aces and Smith and Alden Willis each scooped up 7 digs. Carly Peck led Providence with 12 kills (.391) and Ashley Cruise added 10 kills (.316) and 3 blocks. Emily Konchan recorded 32 assists and Macy Henry had 14 digs.

Broughton jumped to a 2-0 lead in Saturday's second tilt before the Knights rebounded to claim the third stanza.  Peyton Kendall's kill ended the fourth set and gave the Caps a 2-0 start to their season.  Kalee Vanderhorst had a match-high 20 kills (.275), 17 digs and 3 aces and Jade Demps piled up 17 kills (.361), 6 digs and 2 blocks.  Claire Sawyer posted 41 assists, 5 digs and 2 aces and Amber Russell chipped in 15 digs and 2 aces.  Holli Smith had a match-high 4 aces and 9 digs and Alden Willis picked up 7 digs.  Nan Parrish added 4 kills and Peyton Kendall and Grace Youngblood each chipped in 2 kills.  Sylvia Duggan paced Ardrey Kell (3-1) with 18 kills and 7 digs and Ella Duggan posted a match-high 21 digs. Maddie Sweeney had 18 assists, 6 kills and 2 blocks.

Broughton travels to Holly Springs (3-0) on Monday.  Game times are 5:00 (JV) and 6:00 (V).

You can follow the Caps on their MaxPreps page:,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Thursday, August 18, 2016


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