http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml/sports/rss.xml en State 5A basketball: Shooting woes doom T-Hawks http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/state-5a-basketball-shooting-woes-doom-t-hawks <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_pvghups1_030117.jpg" alt="Prairie View&#039;s Victoria Cabrera and Poudre&#039;s Delaney Hunt hit the floor for the loose ball during the first round of the state 5A girls basketball tournament Feb. 21 in Fort Collins." title="Prairie View&#039;s Victoria Cabrera and Poudre&#039;s Delaney Hunt hit the floor for the loose ball during the first round of the state 5A girls basketball tournament Feb. 21 in Fort Collins." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>FORT COLLINS &ndash;</strong> It wasn&#39;t a good night of shooting for the Prairie View ThunderHawks Feb. 21.</p> <p> The result was a 35-27 loss to Poudre High School in the opening round of the state 5A girls basketball tournament.</p> <p> The T-Hawks made just three field goals in the fourth quarter. Despite the troubles on offense, PVHS managed to cut a 12-point lead to five &ndash; thanks to a 3-point basket by Ashley Cramer &ndash; with a less than a minute to play.</p> State 5A basketball: Loveland holds off Brighton http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/state-5a-basketball-loveland-holds-brighton <p> LOVELAND &ndash; Loveland turned back Brighton 56-47 in the opening round of the state 5A girls basketball playoffs on Loveland&#39;s floor Feb. 21.</p> <p> No stats were immediately available. BHS cut Loveland&#39;s lead to six points with three minutes to go, but Brighton didn&#39;t get any closer.</p> <p> BHS won 11 of its last 14 games. The Builldogs started the season 1-9.</p> <p> &quot;Great step in the right direction we want to go,&quot; BHS&#39; first-year coach, Greg Wellesley, said in a text message.</p> Veteran Eagle Ridge coach hangs up his whistle http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/veteran-eagle-ridge-coach-hangs-his-whistle <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_younger1_030117.jpog_.jpg" alt="Long-time Eagle Ridge coach Bob Younger reacts to a night in his honor Feb. 16. Younger is stepping down from coaching at the end of this season." title="Long-time Eagle Ridge coach Bob Younger reacts to a night in his honor Feb. 16. Younger is stepping down from coaching at the end of this season." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Eagle Ridge Academy&rsquo;s Bob Younger was known to walk to the opposing team&rsquo;s bench, ask for a bottle of water and ask that team&rsquo;s coach if things were as crazy in the game as they seemed for him.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He was the coach who arranged for a pair of glasses and contact lenses for one of his players who was from a single family.</p> Wrestling: BHS' Wagner takes coaching honor http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/wrestling-bhs-wagner-takes-coaching-honor <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_wagner_022217.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner takes a glance into the stands at Pepsi Center Feb. 18. Wagner is this year&rsquo;s state high-school wrestling coach of the year. He received the honor at the conclusion of the state tournament.</p> District basketball: Fort Lupton nips Eagle Ridge http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/district-basketball-fort-lupton-nips-eagle-ridge ENGLEWOOD – Fort Lupton rallied to beat Eagle Ridge 48-45 in the opening round of the class 3A Confluence League district tournament at Englewood High School Feb. 20. No stats were available. FLHS moves to the semifinals against top-seeded Venture Prep. The winner advances to the regional tournament next week. The Warriors finished their season with a record of 11-9. Eagle Ridge's boys team plays its first tournament game at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, against Weld Central. The game is at Englewood High School. 3A district basketball: Weld Central holds off Eagle Ridge http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/3a-district-basketball-weld-central-holds-eagle-ridge <p> <strong>ENGLEWOOD &ndash;</strong> Weld Central built a 10-point, first-quarter lead and held on for a 53-50 win over Eagle Ridge Academy in the quarterfinals of the class 3A Confluence League district tournament. The game was at Englewood High School.</p> <p> Trent Sparks led the Warriors with 27 points. Joel Mendoza wrapped up his high-school career by scoring 13 points. No stats were available for the Rebels.</p> <p> ERA finished the season with a record of 5-15.</p> Basketball: BHS wins boys rivalry vs. Prairie View – barely http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/basketball-bhs-wins-boys-rivalry-vs-prairie-view-%E2%80%93-barely <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brightonboys_001.jpg" alt="Brighton’s Drake Cortez pulls up for a runner during the Bulldogs’ matchup with Prairie View. Below, Brighton’s Brayden Schlitt attacks the basket during the Bulldogs’ matchup with Prairie View.  " title="Brighton’s Drake Cortez pulls up for a runner during the Bulldogs’ matchup with Prairie View. Below, Brighton’s Brayden Schlitt attacks the basket during the Bulldogs’ matchup with Prairie View.  " align="left" hspace="6" width="51" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <b style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 22.973px;">Jonathan Maness</b></p> <p class="p4"> <b><i>Sports Correspondent</i></b></p> <p class="p5"> It was a storybook ending to another stellar game in the Brighton-Prairie View boys&rsquo; basketball rivalry.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"> Brighton&rsquo;s sophomore Brayden Schlitt scored the game-winning basket in overtime to help the Bulldogs top the ThunderHawks 64-62 Feb. 16.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"> The game featured 22 lead changes and saw three players foul out.&nbsp;</p> Girls basketball: Brighton casts away, takes win against Prairie View http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/girls-basketball-brighton-casts-away-takes-win-against-prairie-view <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brightongirls_001.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Kaylah Lewis finds some congestion on her way to the basket against Prairie View Feb. 16." title="Brighton&#039;s Kaylah Lewis finds some congestion on her way to the basket against Prairie View Feb. 16." align="left" hspace="6" width="47" height="85" /><p class="p1"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> <b>Jonathan Maness</b></p> <p class="p2"> <b><i>Sports Correspondent</i></b></p> <p class="p3"> The Brighton girls basketball team found the magic again to top rival Prairie View in the regular-season finale.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> The Bulldogs hit seven from long distance to beat the ThunderHawks 50-37 Feb. 16 as both squads prepare for postseason play.&nbsp;</p>