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High School Notebook: Broughton boys roll in Port City tennis

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 5, 2013 

Broughton was an impressive winner last weekend in the Port City Invitational boys’ tennis tournament in Wilmington.

The Caps beat East Chapel Hill 8-1, Wilmington Hoggard 5-1 and Wilmington Laney 6-3 as Patrick Longest, Carlton Bunn, Taylor Boole, Campbell Stone and Blaise Waters, the Caps’ Nos. 2 through No. 6 singles players, were undefeated.

“It was really good for our guys to get out of town, spend some time together and play really tough competition,” said Broughton coach Bill White.

Winston-Salem Reynolds, the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A champion and No. 1 in the N.C. Tennis Coaches Association 4A rankings, lost to Wilmington Laney in the first round.

Broughton is No.2 in the state rankings and Cap Eight 4A foe Wakefield is third. The Tri-Nine 4A has two teams among the top 10 – Green Hope (sixth) and Panther Creek (eighth). East Chapel Hill is No. 9.

Jenkins starts fast: Leesville Road’s Carter Jenkins missed last year’s NCHSAA 4A golf championships with a hand injury, but he looked to be in top form Friday while winning the Keith Hills High School Kickoff in Buies Creek.

The field included many of the top teams from 2012, including 4A champion Broughton.

Jenkins shot a 2-under-par 70 on the Keith Hills Golf Club course to win the individual title by two strokes and help Leesville Road to a three-shot win against Southern Pines Pinecrest. Broughton was third (304). Ravenscroft and Forsyth County Day, a pair of N.C. Independent School Athletic Association powers, tied for fourth at 305.

Broughton’s Stephen Saleeby, the NCHSAA 4A medalist in 2012, shot a 77.

Track nationals: Bakri Abushouk of Cary will try to win the national high school 2-mile championship this weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory in New York.

Abushouk is North Carolina’s fastest 2-miler this season and is No. 4 on the all-time list, according to ncpreptrack.com. He ran 9 minutes, 5.71 seconds in Seattle this year. He probably will have to run faster to win a national title, though.

Several members of the Knightdale boys’ and the Wakefield girls’ track teams also are expected to compete in the meet.

Face-Off Classic: Some of the top boys’ high school lacrosse teams in the country are expected to play in the King of Spring Face-Off Classic this weekend. Twenty-three teams from North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas will play in a series of games beginning Friday and continuing through March 11.

East Chapel Hill, Cardinal Gibbons, Ravenscroft, Apex and Durham Academy are participating. Matches are scheduled at Durham Academy, Cardinal Gibbons High, Duke and the University of North Carolina.

The top team in the field might be Owens Mill (Md.) McDonough, which is ranked No. 8 in the country by InsideLacrosse.com. McDonough will play Boca Raton (Fla.) St. Andrews at the Duke University Turf field at 8 p.m. Saturday, will play at Durham Academy at noon Monday, and Plano (Texas) West at UNC at 12:45 Tuesday.

The event is designed to raise awareness of chordoma, a bone cancer that occurs in the head and spine. Former Durham Academy student Justin Straus died from the disease.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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