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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cheerleaders Finish 3rd in Championship

On Saturday December 2, the varsity cheerleaders competed in the NCHSAA Championship Invitational. After a season of cheering on the football and basketball teams, they were given the opportunity to do be center stage in front of their competition and judges at the Raleigh convention center. Their division included 9 teams and they finished in 3rd place.

HSOT Photos

More Photos from the Tournament

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Broughton Volleyball Awards Wrap-Up

Broughton Letter of Intent signing day. November 8, 2017.

The volleyball team celebrated signing day yesterday with five players putting pen to paper in the lobby of Holliday Gym:

Nan Parrish: 5-10 Outside Hitter, UT-Chattanooga
Claire Sawyer: 5-10 Setter, UNC-Wilmington
Holli Smith: 5-6 Defensive Specialist, Appalachian State
Alden Willis: 5-3 Defensive Specialist, Jacksonville
Grace Youngblood: 5-11 Outside Hitter, University of North Florida

A number of program and conference awards were announced on Monday night at the Fall Sports Awards Assembly:

Cap-7 Player of the Year: Jade Demps
All-Conference: Claire Sawyer, Brittany Wood
HM All-Conference: Nan Parrish, Holli Smith, Alden Willis

Team MVP: Jade Demps
4-Star Coach's Award: Holli Smith, Grace Youngblood

The Capitals (17-5) ended their season with a third-round 3-1 loss to eventual state champion Green Hope on October 24th. Broughton had a first-round bye before sweeping Hoggard in the second round.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Five Volleyball Seniors Sign College Letters of Intent

In the Holliday gym Hall of Fame on Wednesday, five seniors from the volleyball team signed Letters of Intent to continue playing volleyball in college. A supportive crowd of fellow teammates coaches and parents watched as the following players signed their letters.

Claire Sawyer - University of North Carolina Wilmington
Holli Smith - Appalachian State
Nan Parrish - University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Alden Willis - Jacksonville University
Grace Youngblood - University of North Florida


Monday, November 6, 2017

Caps Lose A Heartbreaker to #3 Heritage on Saturday

In a game where the #14 Caps gave # Heritage all they wanted and then a little bit more, Broughton could not overcome missing scoring chances and a strange free kick goal to lose 1-2 on Saturday night at Heritage in the Second Round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.

From the opening kickoff, Broughton showed that they had come to play and took the action right to the third seeded Huskies.  We had a good game plan, spearheaded by Senior Harrison Lee who drew the short straw to man mark 4A leading scorer Trevor Berk. Harrison did an exception job following Berk all over the field and making it difficult to find open space.

Unfortunately, Heritage got a goal against the run of play to make it 0-1 after 15 minutes. 

After that goal, the next 65 minutes were all Broughton. Junior John White had his best game as a Cap and terrorized the left side of the field continually getting the pass and beating his defender 1v1.  Junior Andrew Rossetti narrowly missed a header and both John and Andrew had shots saved or go just outside the post and we were 0-1 at half.

In the second half, Broughton got the equalizer that they deserved thanks to the hustle of Senior Ahmed Magoub who hustled to break up a ball near the top of the box and then had it spin back and follow him into the goal.  It was Ahmed's 10th goal of the season.

It was then Senior Cesar Gonzalez's turn, for the next 10 minutes, to run through the Heritage midfield and set up chances that the Caps couldn't capitalize on.   After Cesar, it was John White again who provided chances and - most importantly - kept the ball away from Heritage.

With 12 minutes left, it appeared that we were headed for overtime, but the strangest call ever gave Heritage an indirect free kick/goal inside the box.  Here's the best description I can provide:

  • A long ball was played towards our goal that was accidentally headed backwards by Broughton to a Heritage player - who was behind our defenders.  
  • The linesman on the right side called incorrectly called offsides (because if we play it backward then their person can be offsides and play the ball) and the ref blew the whistle after Clay had stopped a shot by the Heritage player.  
  • At that point, Heritage claimed foul and that it wasn't offsides (which was technically correct).
  • So, the ref consulted with the linesman and they awarded an indirect free kick for Heritage about 12 yards from our goal.  They said that this was the spot where Heritage received the back pass header.
  • The resulting free kick was always headed to the top corner and we were down 1-2.
  • Now, if the whistle blows in HS (or at least that is what I've been told by those smarter than me about these things) then the play is dead and at worst, if the ref wanted to change the bad call, then it should have been a drop ball OR we would have played the ball back to the Heritage GK.

Needless to say, it was deflating to have that happen but the Caps had over 10 minutes to correct the mistake and send the game to overtime.  Unfortunately, it just wasn't the Caps night as Erik Johnsen, Andrew, Cesar and John missed chances and we lost 1-2.

And while the above listed call definitely left us all scratching our heads, the Caps have only themselves to blame as they had ample chances to score and didn't finish.

A special shout out to: Ewan Reynolds, Lucas Beeson, Duncan Coffey, Ivey O'Brien and Jack Eubank for the defensive work Saturday night.  They held Heritage to 4 shots on goal - this coming from a team that was averaging 6+ goals a game.

Lastly, a thank you to Erik, Harrison, Franklin, Clay, Lex, Cesar, Stephen, Ahmed, Jack and Ewan for their commitment to the program over their time with us.

The Fall Banquet is Monday, November 6th and we'll have one more post with a recap of the season and awards.

Go Caps!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Broughton Men's Soccer - Second Round Preview

The second round of the NCHSAA Playoffs is this Saturday, November 4th as the Broughton Capitals (seeded 14th) will travel to the Heritage Huskies (seeded 3rd) at 6P. 

Heritage went undefeated in the 4A Northern Conference and is led by the leading scorer in all of 4A - Trevor Berk. The Huskies only lost once this year - so it will be a tough test for the Caps.  It is a 30 minute drive up Capital Blvd to get to Heritage, so please come out and support the Caps!!

Here's the preview:

Co-Captains: Clay Oxford, Jack Ashby, Lucas Beeson

Key Players:
Jr. - Midfield - Andrew Rossetti (13G/12A) - 38 points (second in CAP-7)
Jr. - Forward - John White (9G/5A) - 23 points (sixth in CAP-7)
Jr. - Midfield - Lucas Beeson (9G/4A) - 22 points (seventh in CAP-7)
Sr. - Forward - Ahmed Magoub (9G/2A) - 20 points (tenth in CAP-7)
Sr. - Forward - Erik Johnsen (7G/4A) - 18 points
Sr. - Midfield - Cesar Gonzalez (6G/4A) - 16 points
Sr. - Jack Ashby, Ewan Reynolds - Midfield/Defender
Jr. - Ivey O'Brien/Duncan Coffey - Defender
Sr. - Clay Oxford - Goal Keeper

HERITAGE HUSKIES (22-1, 10-0):
Co-Captains: David Daria, Trevor Berk, Dylan Berk, James Simpson

Key Players:
Sr. - Forward - Trevor Berk (37G/24A) - leading scorer in 4A
Sr. - Forward - Jimmy Findlen (12G/14A)
Sr. - Midfield - Jonathan Carducci (10G/11A)
Jr. - Midfield - Jake Owczarak (7G/7A)
Jr. - Midfield - Dylan Berk (5G/4A)
Sr. - James Simpson, David Daria - Defender
So. - Joshua Bratager, Ashton Ferrante - Midfield, Goalkeeper

Common Opponents:

Wake Forest - BHS defeated once and Heritage defeated twice
Sanderson - BHS defeated twice and Heritage defeated once
Millbrook - BHS split and Heritage defeated twice
Middle Creek - BHS defeated once and Heritage defeated once
Athens Drive - BHS defeated once and Heritage defeated once
Wakefield - BHS defeated once and Heritage defeated three times
Cardinal Gibbons - BHS lost twice and Heritage lost once
Rolesville - BHS defeated twice and Heritage defeated twice

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Broughton Defeats Wake Forest 3-0 in First Round of the Playoffs

The first round of the 4A NCHSAA Playoffs went according to plan for #14 Broughton (13-7) as they used two first half goals and strong defensive play to beat #19 Wake Forest 3-0 and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Caps returned several injured starters and that helped us start out strong against the Cougars.  After some early pressure by John White, Senior Ahmed Magoub picked up where he left off before his injury and took a nice pass from Andrew Rossetti and skillfully beat the GK to make it 1-0.  Then, the Caps showed off their depth as Seniors Erik Johnsen and Harrison Lee came off the bench for the prettiest goal of the night as Harrison played a super ball in from the right side and Erik powerfully volleyed it home to put the Caps up 2-0 at halftime.

The second half started the same as the first and about mid-way into the half, Co-Captain Jack Ashby played a gorgeous free kick into the box that Junior Andrew Rossetti headed home for his 13th goal of the season, leaving him just 4 points off the Cap-7 scoring lead, and putting Broughton up 3-0. 

The remainder of the game was a chance for Coach Brannan to play the entire squad and when it was all finished - Co-Captain Clay Oxford recorded his 10th shutout for the Caps and we won 3-0.

By virtue of the W, the Caps progress to the next round of the playoffs against former Cap-8 rival and #3 seed Heritage.  The game will be played this Saturday, November 4th at 6p at Heritage.  It should be a beautiful night - so make the short trek up to see the boys try to pull the upset and advance to the third round.

Pictures from the game are here from Marc Ridel: LINK

Go Caps!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Broughton Men's Soccer - First Round Playoff Preview

The first round of the NCHSAA Playoffs is this Wednesday, November 1st as the Broughton Capitals (seeded 14th) will host the Wake Forest Cougars (seeded 19th) at 6PM.

Please come out and support the Caps!!

Here's the preview:

Co-Captains: Clay Oxford, Jack Ashby, Lucas Beeson

Key Players:
Jr. - Midfield - Andrew Rossetti (12G/11A) - 35 points (second in CAP-7)
Jr. - Forward - John White (9G/5A) - 23 points (fifth in CAP-7)
Jr. - Midfield - Lucas Beeson (9G/4A) - 22 points (sixth in CAP-7)
Sr. - Forward - Ahmed Magoub (8G/2A) - 18 points
Sr. - Forward - Eric Johnsen & Sr. - Midfield - Cesar Gonzalez (6G/4A) - 16 points
Sr. - Jack Ashby - Defender/Midfield
Jr. - Ivey O'Brien/Duncan Coffey - Defender
Sr. - Clay Oxford - Goalkeeper

WAKE FOREST COUGARS (11-8-3, 5-6) 
Co-Captains: Johnny Autry, Dom Fronius, Edy Argueta

Key Players:
Sr. - Blake Brewer (11G/4A) - 26 points
Jr. - Ross Genetti (10G/5A) - 25 points
Sr. - Johnny Autry (6G/6A) - 18 points
Sr. - Chris Guccio (5G/7A) - 17 points
Sr. - Edy Argueta (5G/1A) - 11 points

Common Opponents:

Millbrook: BHS split and WF defeated once
Rolesville: BHS defeated twice and WF went 2-1
Wakefield: NHS defeated once and WF split

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Caps Tennis in State Sweet Sixteen

Junior Becket Waters represented Broughton tennis on Friday in the NC Individual Women's Tennis Championships. She was one of sixteen players eligible from the 4A conference throughout the state. Facing Green Hope, she was defeated 6-2, 6-2.

Caps XC Sweeps Regionals

Both the boys and girls cross country teams are 4A East Region Champions. They competed on Saturday at the WakeMed cross country course in Cary.

The boys team was led by senior Ryan Brown who came in 3rd with a time of 15:53:99.
The girls team was led by junior Annabelle Atkinson who came in 9th with a time of 19:52.99.

Boys: 41 Points.  3+4+6+11+17 (18+39) 0:55 1-5 Split | 16:20 Avg
Girls: 69 Points.  9+10+14+17+19 (26+49) 0:28 1-5 Split | 20:08 Avg

The teams both qualify for the State Championship on November 4th in Kernersville.

MileSplit Stats:

Photos from the meet:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Broughton Men's Soccer - Playoff Information (Friday Update)

We're going to pretend like the Millbrook game never happened and focus on preparations for the playoffs next week.

Broughton finished 12-7 overall and 6-6 in the Cap-7.  We played the last 2 weeks without our starting CB (Lex), MF (Lucas and Bryce) and Striker (Ahmed). There's hope we get Lucas, Bryce and Ahmed back for next week.

Because of how the NCHSAA is doing the playoffs completely based on your MaxPreps ranking, there really isn't a lot of guess work in the seeding. For review:

  • 7 conferences get an automatic bid
  • 4 conferences get a second automatic bid (and no runner up can be ahead of a conference champion
  • That leaves 13 at-large spots based entirely on your MaxPreps score - and no at-large can be ahead of a conference champion or qualifying runner up

Meaning that, eventhough the Caps finished 5th in the Cap-7, our strong non-conference start allows us to be the 3rd team from the conference to be placed in the brackets, ahead of Millbrook and Leesville Road.

So, as of the Friday morning update earlier today, the Caps would be the third at-large team and #14 seed overall in the playoffs.  There will be a Monday final update, but since no HS games will be played, there should be little to no change.

As of 10/27/17 9:00AM:

Broughton (#14) v Wakefield (#19) - at home for Broughton on Wednesday
Winner will play Heritage (#3) - away on Saturday

There will be further updates....

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Caps Men's Soccer Snaps Losing Streak Against Sanderson

In their most important game of the season, Broughton (12-6, 6-5) utilized the depth of the roster and goals by John White & Andrew Rossetti to defeat Sanderson 3-1.

While the wind howled and the skies darkened, Junior John White kept his cool and almost single handedly put the Caps in the lead by making run after run down the left side, finally taking a pass from Erik Johnsen and going half the field to beat the Sanderson GK (for his 9th goal of the season) and make it 1-0.

After halftime, Broughton came out with more resolve than the Spartans and made it 3-0 off two Andrew Rossetti goals (his 11th and 12th of the season).  The first came off a scramble in the box from a long Jack Eubank free kick and then the second off a beautiful pass from John White.

Sanderson did pull one back but the Caps didn't let up and Scott Rostick and Carter Gasia both hit the post - or the score would have been worse. Special mention to Senior Ewan Reynolds who filled in for Lex in the back and played a great game.

As referenced above, all the news wasn't good, as it appears that Broughton will be without Lex Varani, Ahmed Magoub and Lucas Beeson for the rest of the regular season and maybe even the playoffs.  Next man up for us.

Another must win game comes up Wednesday against Millbrook on their Senior Night.  Let's go Caps!

Caps Men's Soccer Loses on Senior Night

It was a night of highs and lows for Broughton (11-6, 5-5) as they took a 1-0 lead to halftime but surrendered two second half goals to lose to Leesville Road 1-2 on Senior Night.

The Caps started out strong and took an early 1-0 lead off a nice pass from Andrew Rossetti to Senior Erik Johnsen who very nicely slotted the ball across the GK and into the net to give the boys the lead.

Broughton had several more chances in the first half but couldn't finish to make the score 1-0.

The second half started off well, but within a span of 10 minutes, the Caps went from 1-0 up to 1-2 down.  The boys continued to battle and put several good shots onto the Leesville GK (especially John White) - but we came up short at the final whistle.

The loss hurt even more as Junior Lucas Beeson went out to a concussion during the game and Senior Ahmed Magoub to a thigh injury.  Both will miss a few weeks and we'll miss them for sure.

Here are picture from Marc Ridel: LINK

I'd like to specifically call out and thank the Senior for their service to the team:

Jack Ashby (Cap)
Clay Oxford (Cap)
Franklin Noyola
Erik Johnsen
Harrison Lee
Lex Varani (inj)
Stephen Holloman
Ewan Reynolds
Cesar Gonzalez
Ahmed Magoub

Next game is Monday, Oct 23 v Sanderson.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Football tailgate turns into dance party

The Broughton Dance Department took advantage of a early release on Friday to do a fundraiser tailgate leading up to the Caps football game. They hosted a Dance-a-Thon to raise money for their department. Students enjoyed music and entertainment including the dance teams and the Broughton band drum line.

Following the Dance-a-Thon the dance team entertained the students at the football game vs. Cardinal Gibbons.

Dance photos:

Caps Fall to the Crusaders

The Broughton Caps football team hosted Cardinal Gibbons Friday night. The Crusaders were able to  stay ahead throughout with a final 41-17 win.

Dalton Smith put the Caps on the scoreboard first with a 42 yard field goal. Tyair Smith scored two second half touchdowns.

See the stats on MaxPreps:

Broughton travels to Sanderson on Friday for their last away game of the season.

Game photos:

Friday, October 20, 2017

Broughton Volleyball Update

Broughton volleyball vs Enloe. October 12, 2017.

Broughton (16-4, 10-2) wrapped up the 2017 regular season with a 3-1 win at Leesville Road (17-5, 9-3) on Monday (10/16)  to clinch second-place in the Cap-7 and a first round bye (8th seed) in the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.

The Caps will host the winner of Saturday's Middle Creek(8-15)/Hoggard (19-10) match on Tuesday (TBA).

Volleyball State Playoff Brackets -


Brittany Wood (.351) and Jade Demps (.350) paced the Cap-7 in hitting percentage and finished second (Demps 278) and third (Wood 223) in kills. Nan Parrish was 8th in kills (169) and 5th in hitting percentage (.316).  Demps led the Cap-7 in kills per set (4.1), Wood was third (3.4) and Parrish was 8th (2.5). Claire Sawyer led the league in assists (550) and assists per set (10.6). Jade Demps (3rd - 46) and Holli Smith (7th - 35) finished in the top 10 in service aces and Alden Willis was 4th in digs (259).  Peyton Kendall (6th - 45) and Grace Youngblood (8th - 41) placed in the top 10 in blocks.

Broughton Volleyball MaxPreps Page -,nc)/volleyball/home.htm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Broughton Men's XC 2017 Cap-7 Champions

The Broughton cross country teams competed in their first Cap-7 conference championship on Tuesday at WakeMed soccer park.

The varsity boys were led by senior Ryan Brown and the team took first place.
The varsity girls were led by Junior Anna Simmons and took second place.

The JV teams also competed and finished with the same result. Boys finishing first and the girls as runner-ups.

See complete times and scoring: NC Milesplit Results

Meet photos:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Broughton -- Next 5 Years and Beyond...

Broughton Sports Fans - Join us THIS THURSDAY for Broughton High School: the Next Five Years and Beyond…

DATE: October 19th
TIME: 6 p.m.
PLACE: BHS Diane Payne Auditorium

The presentation will feature Principal Elena Ashburn outlining her strategic vision for BHS's future. The program will also showcase BHS’s top organizations instrumental in helping support that vision - the CAPS CLUB athletic boosters, Academic Boosters, PTSA, and the Capital Foundation. 

The audience will include stakeholders interested in BHS’s future - current, future and former parents, students, grandparents, friends, neighbors and community members.  PLEASE ATTEND AND INVITE ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Caps Split W's with the Lions

On Thursday night the Broughton JV football hosted Leesville. This was their first meeting in 3 years. The past two season the games weren't played due to thunder and rain and never rescheduled.

Friday night the Caps traveled to Leesville with hopes of spoiling the Pride's Homecoming.

JV | Broughton 23 - Leesville 12
Varsity | Broughton 14 - Leesville 33

JV Pix:
Varsity Pix:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Caps Men's Soccer Gets Revenge Against Enloe 2-1

It seems like it is always cloudy and raining when we play at Enloe. And in a rescheduled game from Wednesday, Broughton (11-4, 5-3) moved to stand alone third place in the Cap-7 with a 2-1 victory at Enloe - which was payback for their victory against us a few weeks ago.

The first half of the game was very even with both teams having opportunities to score. Senior Ahmed Magoub and Junior John White had several good first half chances.  However, it was the middle of the Caps lineup: Senior Cesar Gonzalez, Senior Lex Varani and Junior Logan Hunter who established their presence in this first half as Enloe would continually move the ball through the middle and continually they - with help from Captain Clay Oxford - thwarted every Eagle attack.  The first half ended 0-0.

Coach Brannan's talk at halftime proved successful as the Caps came out and got 2 goals in the first 20 minutes: the first from Ahmed, who took a nice chipped in pass from Junior Andrew Rossetti around the excellent Enloe GK to give us our first goal.  Then, Sophomore Parker Willis delivered a beautiful long free kick to the top of the box where Senior Lex Varani headed it backwards past the Enloe GK who had been running out to stop the initial pass.

Enloe then showed why they are in second place in the Cap-7 and took it to us for 10 minutes finally getting a well deserved goal to make it 2-1.  However, the last 10 minutes was all Caps and we came away with the 2-1 victory.  A special shout out to the entire DEF last night: including Clay, Lex and Logan, but also Senior Ewan Reynolds, Juniors Duncan Coffey/Ivey O'Brien and Sophomore Jack Eubank.  The Cap-7 leading scorer for Enloe (Harry Cooper) had 0 points in this game - and he's an excellent player. 

The end of the game got a little testy as - not surprisingly - Enloe didn't enjoy our celebration at midfield (as we didn't enjoy theirs a few weeks ago).  However, cooler heads prevailed and both teams should be proud of the game and both will be tough outs come playoff time.

Next game is Monday (Oct 16) v Leesville Road - which is SENIOR NIGHT - and we'd ask that all BHS family, friends and supporters come out and show appreciation to the boys who have worked so hard for this team. (As well, we can also get some revenge against Leesville who beat us 1-0).

Sko Caps!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lady Caps Show Heart at Cap7A Tournament

The Cap 7A Women's Tennis tournament began today at Millbrook Exchange Tennis Park. Representing Broughton at the tournament were Junior Becket Waters and Freshman Trevlyn Roberts in singles play. Also representing Broughton were two doubles teams, Senior Elizabeth Bell and Junior Meg Hardesty and Senior Becca Pharr and Junior Katie Burroughs.

Pharr and Burroughs fought with true grit in the first round but lost a heartbreaker of a match to Rogers and Ye from Enloe, 9-11.

Bell and Hardesty defeated Callus and Johnson of Southeast 10-0 in the first round. They lost to Holshouser and Craft of Sanderson 0-10 in the second round but came back in the third round to defeat Cirillo and Shea from Millbrook, 10-1.

Becket Waters received a first round bye, then defeated Schenberger of Sanderson, 10-2 in the second round. Waters then defeated Taranto of Millbrook, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 {14-12} to advance to the finals. She will face Sibel Tanik of Sanderson for the Cap 7A Singles Championship tomorrow!

Trevlyn Roberts also had a first round bye. She lost to Battle of Enloe 6-10 in the second round after a rain delay. However, Trevlyn showed true heart and determination upsetting Kruger of Cardinal Gibbons in the third round 2-6, 6-1 1-0 {10-7}.

Elizabeth, Meg, Becket and Trevlyn all advance to regional play next weekend in Wrightsville Beach to represent the Cap7A. Cheer them on next week as they travel and fight to bring home more wins for the Lady Caps!

Caps Men's Soccer Dominates SE Raleigh 7-1

It was the Cesar Gonzalez show last night for Broughton (10-4, 4-3) as the Senior had his first ever hat trick to help lead us past SE Raleigh 7-1.


Cesar opened up the scoring right away with 2 goals in the first 15 minutes - this first off an assist from Junior John White and the second from Senior Erik Johnsen to make it 2-0.  Then, in a play that helped Broughton defend the lead, an indirect free kick was called in the box against us and we lined up the entire team on the goal line to stop the upcoming shot. The wall, led by Senior Harrison Lee and Junior Ivey O'Brien ran out and Senior Clay Oxford blocked the shot and thwarted the attack.

After that there were goals-a-plenty as follows:

Erik Johnsen from Scott Rostick (Jr.) - great team goal
John White from Parker Willis (So.)
Carter Gasia (Jr.) from Andrew Rossetti (Jr.)
Cesar from Tzo (So.)
Carter Gasia from Ahmed Magoub (Sr.)

Photos from the game are linked here: Marc Ridel

With the victory, the Caps moved to 3rd place in the Cap-7 and have a showdown on Wednesday against Enloe @ Enloe.  Please make the short drive out to Enloe on Wednesday to cheer the boys on.

Sko Caps!