http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml en Heinz won't let health problems slow him down just yet http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/heinz-wont-let-health-problems-slow-him-down-just-yet <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_heinz1_111814.jpg" alt="Eric Heinz, left, chats with Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner about the course of action for Brighton&#039;s youth program drills Nov. 11." title="Eric Heinz, left, chats with Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner about the course of action for Brighton&#039;s youth program drills Nov. 11." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span>T</span><span>here&rsquo;s that ever-present smile on Eric Heinz&rsquo;s face as he saunters into the cafeteria at Bromley East Charter School.</span></p> <p> <span>It&rsquo;s the smile that comes from self-knowledge that he&rsquo;s &ldquo;in his element&rdquo; as a physical education teacher and youth wrestling coach, the sorts of jobs where he can make an impact on students at the school.</span></p> <p> <span>But if you look carefully, you&rsquo;ll see there&rsquo;s something wrong.</span></p> Heinz won't let health problems slow him down just yet http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/heinz-wont-let-health-problems-slow-him-down-just-yet <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_heinz1_111814.jpg" alt="Eric Heinz, left, chats with Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner about the course of action for Brighton&#039;s youth program drills Nov. 11." title="Eric Heinz, left, chats with Brighton High School wrestling coach Tom Wagner about the course of action for Brighton&#039;s youth program drills Nov. 11." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span>T</span><span>here&rsquo;s that ever-present smile on Eric Heinz&rsquo;s face as he saunters into the cafeteria at Bromley East Charter School.</span></p> <p> <span>It&rsquo;s the smile that comes from self-knowledge that he&rsquo;s &ldquo;in his element&rdquo; as a physical education teacher and youth wrestling coach, the sorts of jobs where he can make an impact on students at the school.</span></p> <p> <span>But if you look carefully, you&rsquo;ll see there&rsquo;s something wrong.</span></p> Swackenberg joins Fort Lewis for collegiate volleyball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/swackenberg-joins-fort-lewis-collegiate-volleyball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_bhslettersigning_111914.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Kendra Swackenberg, left, signs her college volleyball letter of intent to attend Fort Lewis College. At right, Kayla Michel puts her signature on a letter of intent to play college softball at Chadron (Neb.) State. Both athletes want to major in elementary education." title="Brighton&#039;s Kendra Swackenberg, left, signs her college volleyball letter of intent to attend Fort Lewis College. At right, Kayla Michel puts her signature on a letter of intent to play college softball at Chadron (Neb.) State. Both athletes want to major in elementary education." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> For Kendra Swackenberg, it was a case of putting some icing on the cake.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">She verbally committed to Fort Lewis College in Durango seven months ago. She made it official Nov. 17 when she signed her volleyball letter of intent in the BHS library.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Aside from more volleyball in her future, Swackenberg wants to be a teacher.</span></p> Swackenberg joins Fort Lewis for collegiate volleyball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/swackenberg-joins-fort-lewis-collegiate-volleyball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_bhslettersigning_111914.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Kendra Swackenberg, left, signs her college volleyball letter of intent to attend Fort Lewis College. At right, Kayla Michel puts her signature on a letter of intent to play college softball at Chadron (Neb.) State. Both athletes want to major in elementary education." title="Brighton&#039;s Kendra Swackenberg, left, signs her college volleyball letter of intent to attend Fort Lewis College. At right, Kayla Michel puts her signature on a letter of intent to play college softball at Chadron (Neb.) State. Both athletes want to major in elementary education." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> For Kendra Swackenberg, it was a case of putting some icing on the cake.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">She verbally committed to Fort Lewis College in Durango seven months ago. She made it official Nov. 17 when she signed her volleyball letter of intent in the BHS library.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Aside from more volleyball in her future, Swackenberg wants to be a teacher.</span></p> Michel heads for college softball in the Nebraska panhandle http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/michel-heads-college-softball-nebraska-panhandle <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_lettersigning2_111914.jpg" alt="From left, Kendra Swackenberg (Fort Lewis), Kayla Michel (Chadron State) and Conner Reynolds (baseball) get ready to sign their college letters of intent Nov. 17 at Brighton High School." title="From left, Kendra Swackenberg (Fort Lewis), Kayla Michel (Chadron State) and Conner Reynolds (baseball) get ready to sign their college letters of intent Nov. 17 at Brighton High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> There&rsquo;s something about helping young children that appeals to Brighton&rsquo;s Kayla Michel.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BHS&rsquo; catcher and all-state softball selection made her choice to enroll and continue playing softball at Chadron (Neb.) State College Nov. 17. She was part of a three-way letter-signing program in the school&rsquo;s library.</span></p> Michel heads for college softball in the Nebraska panhandle http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/michel-heads-college-softball-nebraska-panhandle <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_lettersigning2_111914.jpg" alt="From left, Kendra Swackenberg (Fort Lewis), Kayla Michel (Chadron State) and Conner Reynolds (baseball) get ready to sign their college letters of intent Nov. 17 at Brighton High School." title="From left, Kendra Swackenberg (Fort Lewis), Kayla Michel (Chadron State) and Conner Reynolds (baseball) get ready to sign their college letters of intent Nov. 17 at Brighton High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> There&rsquo;s something about helping young children that appeals to Brighton&rsquo;s Kayla Michel.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BHS&rsquo; catcher and all-state softball selection made her choice to enroll and continue playing softball at Chadron (Neb.) State College Nov. 17. She was part of a three-way letter-signing program in the school&rsquo;s library.</span></p> Major school, short drive help point Reynolds to UNC baseball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/major-school-short-drive-help-point-reynolds-unc-baseball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_reynolds_111914.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Conner Reynolds finishes his letter-signing effort Nov. 17 in the school library. He signed with the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball." title="Brighton&#039;s Conner Reynolds finishes his letter-signing effort Nov. 17 in the school library. He signed with the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The chance to play for an NCAA Division I school has a certain pull to it.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">So does playing for that school if it&rsquo;s 40 minutes from home.</span></p> Major school, short drive help point Reynolds to UNC baseball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/major-school-short-drive-help-point-reynolds-unc-baseball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_reynolds_111914.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Conner Reynolds finishes his letter-signing effort Nov. 17 in the school library. He signed with the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball." title="Brighton&#039;s Conner Reynolds finishes his letter-signing effort Nov. 17 in the school library. He signed with the University of Northern Colorado to play baseball." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The chance to play for an NCAA Division I school has a certain pull to it.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">So does playing for that school if it&rsquo;s 40 minutes from home.</span></p>