Broughton and Leesville Road, which are expected to have two of the best boys high school golf teams in the state, are among the teams expected to play in the Keith Hills High School Kickoff Classic in Buies Creek on Friday. The tournament is sponsored and administered by Keith Hills Golf Club and Campbell University’s PGA Golf Management Program.
Broughton won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A title in 2012. Also in the field are 4A runner-up Southern Pines Pinecrest and 2012 1A champ Kernersville Bishop McGuinness.
Other teams are East Surry; Athens Drive; Forsyth Country Day; Green Hope; Holly Springs; Millbrook; New Bern; Ravenscroft; SouthWest Edgecombe; Erwin Triton; Wake Forest-Rolesville; Wakefield; Wilson Fike; and West Johnston.
Broughton sophomore Stephen Saleeby won the state 4A individual title last year and Leesville Road’s Carter Jenkins is ranked among the best junior players in the state.
Spring sports begin: The spring sports season officially begins on Wednesday, although the weather may keep teams off the fields for a few days.
Green Hope, one of the NCHSAA favorites in girls soccer, is expected to be tested early. The Falcons are scheduled to play Tri-Nine foe Athens Drive on Wednesday and East Forsyth on Thursday.
Middle Creek and Fuquay-Varina, pair of Tri-Nine baseball powers, are scheduled to play each other in their openers on Wednesday while the Green Hope girls lacrosse team plays at powerful Cardinal Gibbons.
ACC football: The Atlantic Coast Conference has scheduled three football games on Friday night. The game with the biggest impact on high school attendance probably is Wake Forest at Boston College on Friday, Sept. 6.
The other games involve Miami, against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 30 and at Pittsburgh on Nov. 29.
Home school baseball: The Wake County Homeschool baseball team has seven of eight position starters returning from a club that won 26 games in 2012. The Wake club generated a great deal of regional attention by winning the Bobby Murray Invitational title.
Green Hope softball: Green Hope’s Lexi Ross, a catcher and shortstop, has accepted a scholarship to Western Carolina. She is a four-year starter and a three-time all-conference pick. She hit .507 last year and stole 33 bases.
Ross is one of seven returning starters from a 12-11 team.
Wake Christian softball: Wake Christian is hosting the Bulldog 1st Pitch softball tournament on Thursday through Saturday. Cape Fear Christian, Cardinal Gibbons, Village Christian, Halifax Academy, Wilson Christian and Wake Christian are entered.
Freshman boosts Mustangs: Middle Creek could be noticeably improved in boys tennis with the arrival of freshman Nick Stachowiak, who is ranked No. 1 in the state and in the Southern Region in the boys 14 division.
Stachowiak was the junior player of the year in North Carolina in 2012 and won the boys 14 division in the Southern Junior Closed in Macon, Ga.
Junior Justin Panepinto has qualified for the regional the past two years.