High Schools

Leesville Road’s midnight practice rained out

tstevens@newsobserver.com August 7, 2013 

Leesville Road planned to begin its football season with a practice on Thursday at 12:01 a.m., but had to postpone until 8 a.m. because of heavy rain and lightning.

“The guys were really jacked up and excited about the midnight practice, but there was no way,” Leesville coach Chad Smothers said. “We were in a downpour and trying to go out wouldn’t have been beneficial so we bagged it.

“The kids came back at 7:30 in the morning and we had a really good practice.”

The Pride had 108 candidates at the first official workout.

Leesville is coming off back-to-back 12-1 seasons. It lost to Garner both years in the playoffs.

Caps on the rise: The Broughton boys’ cross country team is not only ranked No. 1 in the state by ncmilesplit.com, but it’s getting some serious national consideration as well.

The national milesplit website has Broughton among the top 10 teams in the country in its preseason rankings based on returning runners’ best times.

Coach Dave Christian’s club has four runners – Will Roberson, John Dalton Rohr, Jeremy Brown and Asher Smith-Rose – with career bests under 16 minutes.

Southern Pines Pinecrest (No. 4), Cardinal Gibbons (6), Apex (7), Chapel Hill (10) and Green Hope (11) also are within the North Carolina boys top dozen.

Green Hope, which has won four straight N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A titles, is the top team in the state girls’ rankings. Cardinal Gibbons is third, Millbrook is fifth, and Ravenscroft is 12th.

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