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Friday, April 20, 2018

Fountain Wins Pinecrest Golf Title - Caps Team Falls 3 Shots Short

Congratulations to Broughton sophomore Peter Fountain who was the co-champion of the Pinecrest Invitational played Thursday, April 19th, on Pinehurst No. 8 (6,704 yards; par 72).  Fountain tied Michael Childress of the Cannon School of Concord, NC for the title.

Very strong winds from an arriving cold front once again played a big role in the competition.  Players had to repeatedly back away from shots and putts, hoping for a lull.  Approach shots were treacherous.  Into the wind, shots that appeared long would hit a wall and fall short of the green or spin back off.  With the wind, it was very difficult to keep shots from running through the green and over the back, leaving difficult up and down attempts.

Against that backdrop, scoring was challenging.  Only about a quarter of the field broke 80, with some of the top ranked high school golfers in the state unable to do so.

The tournament was run by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) and featured live scoring.  As coaches and parents followed the leaderboard on their smartphones in close to real time, the lead ebbed back and forth all day.  At one point, the Caps held the lead, including a sizable margin over other 4A powers, such as Pinecrest, Myers Park and Hough, but in the end could not hold on for the win.  The tightness of the competition should give the Caps players confidence heading into the state tournament.

Peter Fountain had a remarkably steady round under the conditions, carding 12 pars, 4 bogeys, a birdie and an eagle, and also included a couple of chip-in's from off the green.  Fountain is the Caps' highest ranked player statewide, ranked as the #2 NC high schooler by the TYGA, and #5 by Junior Golf Scoreboard.  Peter is committed to play collegiate golf at North Carolina, following his brother and Caps alum Preyer who is currently on the Tar Heel golf team.

Fountain's 1 over par 73, combined with strong scores from seniors Connor Jones, 76, and Patrick Carlin, 78, helped the Caps to a 3rd place finish, 3 shots behind host Pinecrest and the Cannon School.  Pinecrest has won the last 3 NCHSAA 4A state championships, and 4 of the last 6 (the Caps were the only team without 'Pine' in its name to win during that time, in 2014 and 2012), and Cannon is a perennial private school golf power.  Both schools routinely send golfers on to Division 1 golf programs.

Team results from the top 15 were as follows:

Cannon School, Concord, NC
Pinecrest HS (Gold), Pinehurst, NC
Brougton HS, Raleigh, NC
Myers Park HS, Charlotte, NC
Hough HS, Cornelius, NC
Clayton HS, Clayton, NC
RJ Reynolds HS, Winston-Salem, NC
O'Neal School, Pinehurst, NC
Green Hope HS, Cary, NC
Providence HS, Charlotte, NC
New Bern HS, New Bern, NC
East Chapel Hill HS, Chapel Hill, NC
Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, NC
Pinecrest HS (Green), Pinehurst, NC
New Hanover HS, Wilmington, NC

The Caps' Peter Fountain and Cannon's Michael Childress show off Championship hardware!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Soccer: Caps shut down Enloe in 5-0 win

Freshmen Allie Brown and Morgan Holt each scored two goals and Broughton's defense shut down Enloe's attack Thursday night as the Caps defeated the Eagles 5-0. It was the third conference win of the week for the Caps, who stand alone in second place in the Cap 7.

The Caps were dominant from the beginning of the game, which was played in a cold, gusting wind. Brown got the scoring started less than four minutes into the game when she buried a volley from a corner kick by sophomore Adair Warner.

About three minutes later, Holt got her first goal of the night when she nailed a rebound off a corner kick that she initiated. Meanwhile, the Eagles struggled to get the ball past the midfield line for much of the first half.

Holt got her second goal of the night in the 19th minute when senior Anne Lassiter Barnes dropped off a pass to her in front of the net. Less than two minutes later, Barnes got a goal of her own when she tapped the ball past the onrushing Enloe keeper and into an empty net.

Brown got her second goal of the night when she scored off a crossing pass by freshman Annie Agar. The Caps took a 5-0 lead into the half.

Broughton continued to dominate possession in the second half, but were unable to convert several scoring chances as the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. 

But the Broughton defenders -- Agar, Warner, junior Abby Finan, sophomore Lauren McMillan, junior Grey Ramm as well as sophomore Elizabeth Gilchrist in the midfield -- shut down every Enloe attack. Sophomore keeper Sydney Spoor earned her second clean sheet of the week.

The Caps return to action on Monday, when they travel to Enloe to play the Eagles again -- the result of a game being rescheduled earlier in the season due to weather.

Earlier, the Broughton JV earned a tough 1-0 win over Enloe. Ava Reid scored the lone goal off a pass from Emma Dobek. Keeper Lillian Holmes and the defense notched another clean sheet.

Defenders Agar, Finan, Ramm, McMillan, Gilchrist, Warner and Spoor

Tennis: BHS Claims Victory over Sanderson & Millbrook

Caps tennis celebrated Senior Day and another strong 9-0 win against the Sanderson Spartans this past Monday!  Seniors led the team to victory with Ross Bechtel on court 5, and Noah Sommers on court 6 with Noah pulling out a split-set tiebreaker win of 10-2!  Our seniors on doubles sealed the deal with Foster Harvey and Harrison Lee on court 2 battling it out for an 8-4 finish.  These seniors are excellent players on and off the court and will be greatly missed next year.  Congratulations to them and best of luck in college!  Special thanks to Principal Ashburn, Aaron Minger, and Sallie Jo Smith for attending our Senior Day celebration and to the BHS athletic staff for supporting our team throughout the season.

This past Wednesday, Caps traveled to meet the Millbrook Wildcats to play the last conference match of the season and the men did not disappoint with an 8-1 win!

Overall: 9-5 and Conference: 7-5  (79 matches won this season)
Ranked #10 in the PrepsNow ranking list for the top 25 area schools, list published in News and Observer.
Senior Day with AD Aaron Minger, Noah S., Ross B., Foster H., Harrison L., & Principal Ashburn

BHS vs. Sanderson, 9-0 win (home, April 16th)
J. Burroughs (BHS) vs. T. Macanley 6-1,6-1
G. Jelert (BHS) vs. T. Thompson 6-0,6-0
E. Mildwurf (BHS) vs. G. Webb 6-0,6-0
H. Weatherspoon (BHS) vs. B. Bello 7-6(1),6-0
R. Bechtel (BHS) vs. A. Moss 6-0,7-5
N. Sommers (BHS) vs. J. Ellison 1-6,6-1,(10-2)
G. Jelert/J. Pace (BHS) vs. T. Macanley/ J. Ellison 8-3
F. Harvey/H. Lee (BHS) vs. B. Nguyen/A. Bond 8-4
J. Lohman/C. Maret (BHS) vs. P. Conley/D. Afwell 8-4

Coach Bill White & Head Coach Barry Mann celebrating their 12th graders

BHS vs. Millbrook, 8-1 win (away, April 18th)
J. Burroughs (BHS) vs. A. Crabtree 6-2,4-6, (10-4)
G. Jelert (BHS) vs. A. Lopez 6-3,6-0
E. Mildwurf (BHS) vs. A. Bafia 6-0,6-3
J. Pace (BHS) vs. C. Wieber 6-4,6-4
H. Weatherspoon (BHS) vs. A. McCloskey 6-0,6-1
R. Bechtel (BHS) vs. J. McCorgudale 6-0,6-2
J. Burroughs/E. Mildwurf (BHS) vs. A. Bafia/J. McCorgudale 8-0
C. Wieber/A. McCloskey vs. F. Harvey/H. Lee (BHS) 8-4
N. Sommers/J. Lohman (BHS) vs. J. Sears/ B. Burris 8-3

Noah Sommers on Court 6 fighting for the win in a split-set tiebreaker! 
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Next up:  Cap 7 Individual Conference Tournament at Millbrook Tennis Center, April 24th at 1pm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Soccer: Caps complete sweep of Millbrook

A strong team effort led the Caps to a 3-1 road win Wednesday night to complete a regular-season sweep of Millbrook.

Senior Anne Lassiter Barnes led the way with two goals. She scored the first goal less than two minutes into the game when she buried a rebound after the Millbrook keeper couldn't hold on to a shot by sophomore Elizabeth Gilchrist.

Cate Brewer and Anne Lassiter Barnes
The Caps dominated play throughout most of the first half, but were unable to convert on several scoring chances and corner kicks until the first half was almost over. With less than four minutes remaining in the half, Barnes scored her second goal of the game off a pass from senior Meredith Brown.

Barnes appeared to finish the hat trick just before the first half ended, but the goal was waived off due to an offsides call.

Millbrook was the aggressor as the second half began, and got on the scoreboard on a corner kick five minutes into the half. But Broughton fought back, and senior Cate Brewer scored her first goal of the year about five minutes later when she nailed a shot by Barnes that bounced off the crossbar.

Broughton's midfield and defensive line continued its strong play, with sophomore keeper Sydney Spoor making a great save on a Millbrook corner in the 54th minute and sophomore Adair Warner making a nice defensive stop on a Millbrook breakaway in the 78th minute. Junior Abby Finan, sophomore Lauren McMillan and freshman Annie Agar all played strong defense to stymie Millbrook as it tried to claw its way back into the game.

The Caps return home Thursday night for the first match of the season against Enloe.

Earlier, the Broughton JV dropped a tough 0-1 loss to Millbrook.

Broughton Golf Goes Low at RGA in Cap 7

The venerable Raleigh Golf Association was no match for Caps Men's golfers on Wednesday.

Playing RGA's "Stockholders 9," and in spite of punched greens, the Caps combined for a team score of 10 under par 130 to ease past host Cardinal Gibbons at 145.

Even par was not even good enough to make the top 4 scores that counted for the Caps' team score.

Biggs Hawley was the Medalist with a 5 under par 30, Connor Jones and Patrick Carlin posted 2 under par 33's, and Peter Fountain added a 1 under 34.  Someone should check the record books on both the team and medalist score!**

With the team conference title sewn up, the Caps will complete the Cap 7 season on Tuesday, April 24th at Hedingham Golf Club.

In the meantime, the Caps will seek consistency against top competition at the Pinecrest Invitational on Pinehurst No. 8 on Thursday, as the regular season winds down and the opportunity for bigger prizes loom.

Great team golf Caps!

**The NCHSAA website shows the nine hole team record stands at 129 and the nine hole individual record at 29.  Both 129 team scores and one 29 individual score were posted on a par 34 course, and one 29 individual score on a par 36 course, so today's Caps performance was certainly in historic territory.

Varsity Baseball: Caps Capture First Bobby Murray Invitational Title Since 1991

Caps Capture First Bobby Murray Tournament Championship Since 1991

Broughton put together three extraordinary performances to capture the title of the Bobby Murray Invitational Baseball Tournament- its first title since 1991.  The Caps championship was even more extraordinary given the circumstances- because of the threat of bad weather, the tournament was condensed, forcing the Caps to play three road games in just 30 hours.

Broughton (7) at Rolesville (5)-  Broughton started the tournament in a deep hole, down 5-0 to Rolesville after five innings.  In the top of the 6th, the Caps loaded the bases with hits from Campbell Nixon and Kyle Ehlers and a walk by Xander Hamilton.  The next batter, Joe Barrow, watched as a passed ball scored Nixon and moved runners to second and third.  Barrow then singled to left, scoring two more and the Caps moved closer at 5-3.

In the top of the 7th, Jon Benefield singled and Mathis Dean reached on a error to put runners on the corners.  After Campbell Nixon drew a walk, Kyle Ehlers singled to right, plating two more runs to tie the score.  Broughton's bats kept the inning alive, as Xander Hamilton and Penn Sealey each collected RBI singles to take a 7-5 lead.

Broughton's relief pitchers did a great job of shutting down Roleville in the last two innings of the game.  Walker Dixon and Ehlers combined to retire 6 of the last 7 Rolesville hitters, sealing the win.  

Broughton (8) at Heritage (6)-  Broughton erupted for 6 runs to get out to an early lead against Heritage but had to hang on for dear life as Heritage's late rally fell short.  In the top of the first, Broughton loaded the bases after Mathis Dean drew a lead off walk, Campbell Nixon was hit by a pitch and Kyle Ehlers singled.  Joe Barrow then slammed a grand slam deep to right to get the Caps on top early 4-0.  It was Barrow's second career grand slam.

After giving up a single run to Heritage in the bottom of the second, Broughton responded with a quick run in the top of the second after Jon Benefield singled and later scored as Josh Holloman reached on an error.  Campbell Nixon drove in Holloman with a ground ball single and Joe Barrow doubled off the centerfield fence to score Nixon.  The Caps led 7-1.

Things got interesting late as Heritage chipped away at the lead, but Nixon, pitching in relief for starter (and winning pitcher) Xander Hamilton, held the Huskies to just one earned run in 3 and 2/3 innings to secure a spot in the championship game with an 8-6 victory.   

Broughton (12) v. Corinth Holders (2) (at Millbrook HS)-  Broughton rolled in the Championship game of the Bobby Murray Invitational, defeating Corinth Holders 12-2 in a game called after 5 innings by mercy rule.  After ending the first inning tied 1-1, the Caps started pouring it on in the second.  After a leadoff walk by Robert Ramseur, Mathis Dean was hit by a pitch.  Another walk by Campbell Nixon loaded the bases for Kyle Ehlers who singled to score two.

In the next inning, a lead off walk by Joe Barrow set the table for Penn Sealey who doubled to score Barrow.  Ramseur reached on an error which enabled Sealey to score and Broughton suddenly jumped out to a 5-1 lead.  The good fortune continued in the next inning as back to back singles by Josh Holloman and Mathis Dean plated another run.  Nixon then reached on an error to score Dean.  A single and a walk loaded the bases again and again Joe Barrow delivered, smashing a double to left to score score two.  Broughton was cruising 10-2.

Broughton ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.  After a leadoff single by Holloman, Ehlers doubled to score Holloman.  A fielding error then allowed Ehlers to come home for the winning run and the Championship for the Caps.

Penn Sealey was brilliant on the mound, giving up only two earned runs over five complete innings.  Sealey was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Kyle Ehlers, Campbell Nixon and Joe Barrow.  Barrow was named the MVP of the tournament- and for good reason.  Barrow was 5-11 from the plate with 10 RBIs.

2018 Overall Record 9-7
2018 Conference Record 3-2 

Varsity Baseball: Mid-Season Update

Mid-Season Update:
Caps Angle for Cap-7 Title and Playoffs

The Broughton Varsity Baseball team has endured spring break, brutal weather conditions, and a tough schedule but finds themselves in the thick of the Cap-7 Conference race as the season reaches the halfway point.

Broughton (11) v. Knightdale (1)-  The Broughton Varsity Baseball Team won a non-conference game on March 26 against Knightdale at Wiley Warren Field.  The Caps collected 9 hits, including a single and triple by Mathis Dean and a single and double for Robert Ramseur.  Dean and Ramseur also drove in 4 runs to lead the Caps to an easy win.  Joe Barrow was sharp on the mound, striking out 8 and surrendering only one earned run over 5 solid innings.

Broughton (2) at Durham Jordan (4)-  Broughton lost a tough non-conference road game on March 28 against juggernaut Durham Jordan 4-2.  The Caps struggled to score, collecting just 7 hits and stranding 8 runners in the contest.  Junior Xander Hamilton had a solid day for Broughton, going 2-2 at the plate with a walk and scoring a run and driving in a run.  Despite falling behind early 4-0, the Caps battled back with stellar defense and threatened to tie the game late until strikeouts and stranded base runners took its toll.

Broughton (1) at Leesville (6)-  Broughton could not get on track against in-conference rival Leesville on April 11 as the Caps fell short 6-1.  Leesville's ace, Will Sandy, kept the Caps off balance as the Caps tallied just 5 hits while striking out 11 times.  Robert Ramseur went 2-3 at the plate and Mathis Dean had a hit an scored a run to lead the Caps.

Broughton (6) v. Leesville (3)-  Broughton's offense exploded on April 13 against Leesville, leading the Caps to an extremely important 6-3 conference win.  Unlike the first matchup, the Caps feasted off Leesville's pitching, collecting 13 hits in the contest.  Every starter for Broughton had a hit, including multiple hits from Mathis Dean (3), Campbell Nixon (2) and Kyle Ehlers (2).

The brightest star of the game, however, was the pitching performance of Penn Sealey.  Sealey pitched a complete game, fanning 6 batters and giving up only 6 hits over 7 innings.  With the exception of the 3 hits surrendered in the top of the 4th (culminating in a 3-run homerun by Leesville's Landon Choboy), Sealey kept the Pride guessing all game, all but shutting down a powerful offensive lineup.
2018 Overall Record 9-7
2018 Conference Record 4-2