Broughton, which fielded the top-ranked girls soccer team in the country in 2003, isn't ranked No. 1 in the first N.C. Soccer Coaches Association poll.
Coach Izzy Hernandez' Caps, who return eight starters, are ranked No. 2 behind Greensboro Grimsley. Broughton defeated Grimsley 2-0 in last year's NCHSAA 4-A final.
Leesville Road is ranked No. 3, Durham Riverside No. 6 and Apex No. 8 in the 4-A poll.
East Chapel Hill is No. 2 in 3-A.
The private school poll has Greensboro Day on top and includes No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons, No. 3 Ravenscroft, No. 7 St. Mary's and No. 9 St. David's.
TIMELY HOMERS: Garner shortstop Trey Bailey hit a solo home run in the 14th inning to give the Trojans an 8-7 non-conference baseball win on Monday.
Garner had a 7-2 lead going into the seventh, but Cary rightfielder Joe Cutler hit a grand slam in the bottom of the inning with two outs and two strikes to send the game into extra innings.
EARLY HAT TRICKS: Fuquay-Varina sophomore Tory Acosta got her soccer season off to a fast start by scoring three goals in a 10-0 win over Garner.
Durham School for the Arts' Eliza Bordley had three goals in an 8-0 blanking of Bunn.
Wilson Fike's Sarah Winslow, who had 72 goals in 2003, had three goals and an assist in a 7-0 win over Erwin Triton.
PRAISE FOR ROSE: Garner boys basketball coach Eddie Gray sang the praises of Greenville Rose after the undefeated Rampants ousted his team 89-69 in the sectional semifinals.
"Rose is the best team we've seen," Gray said. "They have so much speed and such great athletes. They do so many things well and really play outstanding defense."
Rose will play Fayetteville Britt at 8:30 tonight at East Carolina's Minges Coliseum.
Wakefield faces Jacksonville in the 7 p.m. 4-A regional opener.
Staff writer Tim Stevens can be reached at 829-8910 or email@example.com