High schools

Stevens: Broughton girls want to move beyond 'solid'

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 8, 2013 

Broughton High girls basketball coach Brad McCorkle said his team is solid but needs to take the next step toward becoming outstanding.

“We’ve benefitted from playing a difficult schedule,” McCorkle said. “We have a talented bunch, and we’ve come through a challenging schedule with a 10-2 record. We need to continue to improve, though.”

The Caps have a pair of wins over 12-2 Holly Springs and defeated Durham Hillside (9-4). Broughton’s two losses were to 2012 state 4A champion Millbrook (12-0) and to Charlotte Myers Park (13-0).

“Those are four of the better teams in the state,” McCorkle said. “We competed well against them.”

Broughton has a balanced attack led by sophomore Kaila Ealey (14 points per game.) Senior Justice Byrd and junior Nadine Ealey average 11 and 10 points. Junior Megan Sullivan (9 ppg) and Nicole Bellamy (7 ppg) add to the balance, and the Caps have a deep bench.

“On occasion we have someone score lot – Kalia had 29 against Hillside, for example – but those are the aberrations,” McCorkle said.

Broughton plays at home Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Enloe (8-5) in a Cap Eight 4A game. The big rematch with Millbrook is Friday, Jan. 25.

Raleigh High great dies: James E. “Jimmy” Lesane, a four-sport standout at Raleigh High in the 1940s, died Friday in Florida.

Lesane, 82, played football, basketball and baseball and participated in track and field at Raleigh High. He was the quarterback on Raleigh High’s 1945 N.C. High School Athletic Association state football championship team.

“He was a four-year starter at quarterback,” recalled his son Jamie Lesane. “He worked his way up from being water boy in middle school to being the starting quarterback. Dad used to say that Coach (Lee) Stone told him to throw him a football one day in practice. That was his start.”

Lesane, then 5-feet 10 inches, 176 pounds, later played football and baseball at the University of Virginia and played in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts in 1952 and 1954.

He had retired to Lake Placid, Fla.

Swimming: The Cap Eight and Tri-Nine 4A Conference swimming championships are Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. The Cap Eight swims at noon, with the Tri-Nine finals at 6 p.m.

The Greater Neuse swimming championships are Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Smithfield Aquatic Center, and the Piedmont Athletic 4A swim finals are Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the University of North Carolina.

1,000 points: Damian Tavares, a senior at Raleigh Christian Academy, scored his 1,000th career point in Friday’s 64-58 boys basketball win over Bethel Christian Academy. Tavares scored 19 points in the victory.

Bae is Player of Year: Sarah Bae of Athens Drive is the 2012 N.C. Junior Player of the Year by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association. Bae won the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship.

The only other area girl named to the first team was Gina Kim of Chapel Hill. On the second team were Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina, Jennifer Chang of Cary, Evelyn Dole of Ravenscroft and Emilia Migliaccio of Cary. Alaina Yeatts of Durham Trinity was a third-team pick.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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