High Schools

Stevens: Broughton is pursuing big prize in Under Armour competition

tstevens@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2012 

Broughton’s athletics program is trying to win more than $140,000 in equipment and uniforms in the Under Armour “Finding Undeniable” Athletics Competition.

The contest is an unusual one, because the points system is based on a series of challenges, unusual things. The mascot doing pushups. A banner headline. Sports gear design. Winning athlete of the week honors. Having a pregame tradition.

The school gets points for being on television or for having a story written about the competition. Current and professional athletes can provide points by tweeting the school’s contest site - http://findingundeniable.com/school/needham-broughton-high-school/.

Boys lacrosse coach Damian Hall has led the school’s effort to knock off item after item and the Caps currently hold fifth place in the national contest. The top four finishers and four wild-card selections will advance to head-to-head challenge competition with the champ being crowned on Jan. 4 at the Under Armour all-star football game.

Basketball jamboree: Green Hope is the host school for the Buffalo Lanes Basketball Jamboree on Saturday. The scrimmages begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.

East Chapel Hill, Cary, Knightdale, Greene Central, Southern Pines Pinecrest, Wilson Beddingfield, Durham Jordan and Green Hope are participating.

Each team plays six 20-minute sessions against other teams.

Soccer showdown: Sanderson (21-1-2) and Green Hope (19-2-0), who have been ranked among the top high school boys’ soccer teams in the state all season, play Wednesday night in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship.

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Green Hope.

Other games in the 4A East are Heritage (15-6) at East Chapel Hill (16-1-2), Wilmington Hoggard (12-8-1) at New Hanover (14-6-2), and Wilmington Laney (16-4-1) at Southern Pines Pinecrest (18-2-2).

Soccer finals: The NCHSAA boys’ soccer championship games will be played at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Field on Nov. 17.

Games will begin at 11:05 a.m., 2:05 p.m., 5:05 and 8:05. Classifications have not been assigned to times yet.

All four games will be televised live by Time Warner Cable.

Conley’s forfeits: Greenville Conley, which plays at Cleveland on Friday, is not expected to have running back Maleek Gorham in its lineup in the second-round football playoff game on Friday

Gorham, who played at Greenville Rose in 2011, has been ruled ineligible for 365 days because of residency issues. Conley forfeited three games, two wins and a loss.

James Dever III, the United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, heard an appeal last Friday, but did not grant a temporary restraining order that would have allowed Gorham to play in Conley’s 33-0 victory over Erwin Triton last Friday.

Greenville Rose football coach Todd Lipe and Pitt County athletic director Ron Butler have been suspended with pay, possibly in connection with the controversy.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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