High Schools

Broughton edges Leesville Road for Cap Eight golf championship

tstevens@newsobserver.com April 17, 2013 

Broughton and Leesville Road battled to the last hole Monday in the final Cap Eight 4A golf match of the regular season with the conference championship at stake.

The two teams were tied after their previous six matches.

Broughton beat Leesville 142-144 in the nine-hole match, to secure the league title.

“It was great golf,” Broughton coach Marlowe Anderson said. “It literally came down to the last holes.”

Will Minton and Preyer Fountain led Broughton with 3-under-par 33s at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Court Settle, Harrison Rhoades and Stephen Saleeby, the 2012 individual state 4A champion, all shot 38.

Carter Jenkins shot 34 for Leesville Road and was named the league’s player of the year.

Both Leesville and Broughton advanced to the May 6 regional at the Raleigh Country Club.

“Both teams will fight it out there as well,” Anderson said. “These are two of the best teams in the state.”

Two slams: Leesville Road’s Justin Wheeler blasted his first two home runs of the season Tuesday night and both came with the bases loaded in an 18-3 victory over Enloe.

A walk, a double by Corey Brassington and another walk set the stage in the second inning for his first grand slam, which cleared the right field fence.

A walk, a single by Brassington and another walk loaded the bases in the fourth and Wheeler, who came in hitting .243, delivered with a homer to center field.

“Justin had been hitting the ball well in practice and the ball was close, but not going out,” Leesville Road coach Guy Civitello said. “He was really focused and hit the ball hard.”

The two grand slams tie Wheeler with eight other hitters for the N.C. High School Athletic Association single-game record.

The victory pushed Leesville Road to 11-4 and, coupled with Broughton’s 6-4 loss to Millbrook, left Leesville Road and Broughton tied for the Cap Eight lead. They play each other Friday at 7 p.m. at Leesville Road.

Girls basketball showcase: The Raleigh Convention Center will be the site for the Deep South Classic this weekend. The club team event will be the first time the center has hosted a basketball event.

The showcase involves 272 teams of girls ages 13- to 17 years old. The showcase will use 18 courts that were installed this week by Travel Courts, which is based in Sandy, Utah.

The tournaments will feature some of the top high school players in the country.

Make-A-Wish: Broughton will play baseball Saturday at Green Hope in the seventh annual “Bats for Matt” game. The previous six games have raised more than $165,000 for cancer research. This year’s proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Matt Cossa was a four-year player with Green Hope before graduating in 2003. He was a student at the University of North Carolina when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He died in 2006.

In addition to the 1 p.m. baseball game, there will be other games, entertainment and food. Admission is $5.

Recruiting: McKenzie Botts of Raleigh Friendship has signed with Virginia Intermont in Bristol, Va. Botts was an all-state girls soccer selection and was Friendship’s top offensive player over the last three years.

Chapel Hill junior Alexandra Kimball committed April 12 to North Carolina to play women’s soccer.

Ravenscroft senior Layla Tanik will play tennis at Wingate. She was on the Ravens’ varsity team since eighth grade and was a three-time N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association all-state selection.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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