The boy's CAP-7 is one of the most competitive conferences in the area. Cardinal Gibbons has won the title the past few years, but Broughton, Leesville, and Millbrook are constantly chomping on their heels. 2019 looks to be one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory.
The Bulldogs of Southeast Raleigh are continuing to rebuild their program as they enter their third year since bringing the program back. Gone from this year's team is Kyle Muhs who spearheaded getting the program back on its feet. Tyler Toms and Andrew Jones return as the Bulldogs' top scorers from 2018. Senior Elijah McClain returns between the pipes to lead the defensive end.
Sanderson is coming off a 5-10 record that included several close-call losses. Justin Mauzy (27G, 19A) and Ty Kirchmann (35GB, 25 CT) have both graduated. Sophomore Henry Black (25G) and senior attackman Tyler Lamar (25G) will be tasked to lead the offense. It falls on senior pole Henry Lewis (25GB, 20 CT) and junior Steven Smith (153 svs) to hold the defensive end of the field down. The Spartan's are looking to improve on last year's 5th place finish, with eyes even on a potential playoff birth.
The Pride of Leesville Road captured second place in last year's Cap-7 conference. Leesville return seven key players from last year's team. Defenseman Nathan Grosshandler and goalie Kamden Williams (113 svs, 55%) will look to continue leading a stout defense. Offensively Leesville returns Tyler Gray and Carson Potts, and their entire attack line of juniors Zach Blakeman (46G, 22A), Brian (39G, 26A) Fitz and Sean O'Brien (44G, 45A). The biggest thing for Leesvillle will be to replace face-off specialist Cole Jankowski (Liberty)
The reigning conference champion Crusaders are looking poised to be another tough team in 2019. Gibbons will be looking to replace three big scorers in Zach Neimi, Adam Barry (Queens), and Jack Zarnik (Utah). Defensively the Crusaders are looking to reload with the return of keeper Riley Myer (128 svs) and some good, young talent in Daniel Enoch, Diego Roman as they step in for Chris Wozencroft (Amherst) and Logan Ristema (Salisbury). Nick Gorman and Will Stock will shoulder the load on offense.
The Wildcats are entering 2019 looking to build off of their 2018 post-season experience. They return half of their one-two punch with Griffin Jefferies (54g, 18a), but Eric Steiber (51g, 21a) did graduate. In addition to Steiber, faceoff man Drew Lange (70%) is also gone. John Pryor (128 svs, 50%) and Robbie Cicciari (20gb, 5CT) return to anchor the defense. Millbrook will look to Mark Honeycutt and Jake Burkey to help Jefferies on the offensive end of the field.
Broughton finished third in conference last year. They will look to step up in 2019, but will have to do so without lock-down defenseman Edward Huffstetler or attackman Nick Cattano. The Capitals feel good about reloading with seniors Van Parker (60g, 31a, Air Force) and Gordon Guest (Navy). Juniors Jack Hardin and Ben Haugh will also support on the offense end. Defensively Broughton has junior goalie Paxton Massarelli back in cage, and senior Austin Rohweder replaces Huffstetler as the captain on the defensive end of the field. Rohweder will look to fellow senior LSM John Liggett and junior Pascal Shook to shut down opposing offenses.
Enloe enters the 2019 season returned two of their three top scorers. Juniors Sam Culpepper (21g, 8a) and Michael Leary, Jr. (17g, 2a) will lead the Eagle's offense again. Defensively the Eagles will rely on young players after graduating six seniors including both goalies.
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