http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml en BHS takes over top spot in state 5A softball polls http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bhs-takes-over-top-spot-state-5a-softball-polls <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0054.jpg" alt="Somewhere in the middle of those players is Brighton&#039;s Melissa Rahrich, who hit a game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning against Eaglecrest Aug. 27." title="Somewhere in the middle of those players is Brighton&#039;s Melissa Rahrich, who hit a game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning against Eaglecrest Aug. 27." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>AURORA -- </strong>Brighton High School&#39;s softball team did what many thought the Bulldogs would do.</p> <p> It moved up in the ranks in the state 5A softball polls -- all the way to the top spot, according to chsaanow.com.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BHS has played just once game, but it beat fourth-rated Eaglecrest 4-2 Aug. 27 in Aurora. The Raptors were undefeated in three starts heading into the game. Through midweek, top-rated Legacy High School was 1-2, and Dakota Ridge beat second-rated Legend High School Aug. 27.&nbsp;</span></p> Football teams come up short in season openers http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/football-teams-come-short-season-openers <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ftbll_-_bhs_photo2.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Conner Pepin (11) pulls Rocky Mountain&#039;s Michael Roley off the a scrum after Rocky Mountain fumbled during the first half of Friday night&#039;s game at Brighton High School. Pepin was called for a personal foul after the Bulldogs recovered the pigskin." title="Brighton&#039;s Conner Pepin (11) pulls Rocky Mountain&#039;s Michael Roley off the a scrum after Rocky Mountain fumbled during the first half of Friday night&#039;s game at Brighton High School. Pepin was called for a personal foul after the Bulldogs recovered the pigskin." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> Neither Prairie View nor Brighton high schools could come away with wins in their season openers Aug. 29.</p> <p> Horizon stopped the ThunderHawks 32-18 at Adams 14 North Area Stadium in Westminster. The Hawks scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.</p> <p> Ayden Karraker threw a pair of touchdown passes (56 and 70 yards) to Jacob Dinkel. Tavish Whelan had a receiving touchdown, and Torin Saldivar returned an interception for a score for Prairie View.</p> Juniors dominate PVHS netter squad http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/juniors-dominate-pvhs-netter-squad <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_pvvbl4_082714.jpg" alt="Makayla Maniscalco sets to a teammate during a drill in practice Aug. 21 at Prairie View High School." title="Makayla Maniscalco sets to a teammate during a drill in practice Aug. 21 at Prairie View High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The first order of business for Prairie View volleyball coach Amy Shoemaker was to work on her team&rsquo;s mental toughness.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Shoemaker, who came to PVHS this season from Fort Lupton, welcomed 56 girls to tryouts when practice began.</span></p> BHS volleyball goals are simple: Conference title, state tourney http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bhs-volleyball-goals-are-simple-conference-title-state-tourney <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bhs_volleyball_001aa.jpg" alt="Members of the Brighton High School Varsity Volleyball team gathered for a selfie prior to their inner squad scrimmage Friday afternoon in the high school gym. " title="Members of the Brighton High School Varsity Volleyball team gathered for a selfie prior to their inner squad scrimmage Friday afternoon in the high school gym. " align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash; </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">By the end of October, second-year Brighton High School volleyball coach Megan Barkman Law wants to see a couple of things.</span></p> <p class="p3"> She&rsquo;d like to see a conference title, and she&rsquo;d like to see Brighton&rsquo;s name on the list of teams that qualified for the state volleyball tournament.</p> Welch loses in first round at Grizzly Rose http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/welch-loses-first-round-grizzly-rose <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_welch2_082714.jpg" alt="Joey Welch, Justine Welch and Joseph Welch Jr. gather for a family picture Aug. 23 at the Grizzly Rose. The elder Welch lost his first match of 2014." title="Joey Welch, Justine Welch and Joseph Welch Jr. gather for a family picture Aug. 23 at the Grizzly Rose. The elder Welch lost his first match of 2014." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Luke Henderson</span></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">Sports correspondent</span></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> <b>ADAMS COUNTY &mdash;</b> Brighton&rsquo;s Joey Welch recorded h<span class="s2">is first loss of 2014 Saturday afternoon at The Grizzly Rose in Denver to Brandon Royval.&nbsp;</span></p> Warriors have volleyball holes to fill this season http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/warriors-have-volleyball-holes-fill-season <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_eravbl4_082014.jpg" alt="Amber Cline of Eagle Ridge works on her form at the net during an Aug. 14 practice." title="Amber Cline of Eagle Ridge works on her form at the net during an Aug. 14 practice." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Five members of Eagle Ridge Academy&rsquo;s volleyball team &ndash; including three starters and the first player off the bench &ndash; graduated from the team that went 15-8 a season ago.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">On first glance, though, it would seem like the Warriors have enough depth to make those losses a moot point.</span></p> Former PV softball coach returns to the diamond http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/former-pv-softball-coach-returns-diamond <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_becher1_082014.jpg" alt="Peak to Peak softball coach Brandin Becher, who coached at Prairie View for seven seasons, demonstrates a catching technique to Megan Shattuck during an Aug. 20 practice." title="Peak to Peak softball coach Brandin Becher, who coached at Prairie View for seven seasons, demonstrates a catching technique to Megan Shattuck during an Aug. 20 practice." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>LAFAYETTE &shy;&shy;&ndash;</strong> He couldn&rsquo;t stay away from the game.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brandin Becher, who coached the Prairie View softball team for its first seven seasons, took a year off from coaching and spent part of his summer umpiring softball games.</p> PVHS returns six to soccer pitch http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pvhs-returns-six-soccer-pitch <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Prairie View&rsquo;s coaches wrapped up tryouts late last week. Now it&rsquo;s up to coach Gonzalo Godinez to see which players fit the pieces of the team he&rsquo;s trying<span class="s2"> to build for the 2014 season.</span></p> <p class="p4"> <span class="s2">The ThunderHawks won just two matches last year. But, according to Godinez, that didn&rsquo;t stop a large number of players who showed up to earn spots on the junior varsity and varsity rosters.</span></p>