http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml en 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 wins first EMAC golf major of the season http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pvhs-wins-first-emac-golf-major-season <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_emacgolf1_081914.jpg" alt="Prairie View&#039;s Taron Ford picks up his tee after starting his round in the first Eastern Metro Athletic Conference major golf tournament at Murphy Creek Golf Course Aug. 14. He shot an 88." title="Prairie View&#039;s Taron Ford picks up his tee after starting his round in the first Eastern Metro Athletic Conference major golf tournament at Murphy Creek Golf Course Aug. 14. He shot an 88." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <strong>AURORA --</strong>&nbsp;Prairie View won the first Eastern Metro Athletic Conference major golf tournament of the season Aug. 14 at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora.</p> <p> PVHS&#39; Hunter Nicholas won the event with a 78. Andy Yang, who played in the No. 2 spot, finished tied for second with a 79. Taron Ford, who took Yang&#39;s place this week in the No. 1 position, shot an 88. Justin Cutler had a 90, and Diego Nolasco carded a 93.</p> <p> The ThunderHawks shot a combined score (top three scores counted) of 245.</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> Barnes aims to rebuild BHS soccer squad http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/barnes-aims-rebuild-bhs-soccer-squad <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> When practice began last week for the Brighton High School soccer team, fourth-year coach Kevin Barnes knew he had some holes to fill.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Eight, to be precise. That&rsquo;s how many seniors left the Bulldogs&rsquo; program to graduation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s tough, but we have a solid core of sophomores and juniors coming up, as well as a couple of freshmen capable of making the varsity squad,&rdquo; Barnes said. &ldquo;There is a lot of depth.&rdquo;</span></p> Joey Welch looks to continue winning streak http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/joey-welch-looks-continue-winning-streak <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_welch1_082014.jpg" alt="Joey ‘The Brighton Badboy’ Welch joins a new promotion company as he takes on Brandon Royval Aug. 23 at the Grizzly Rose, I-25 and 58th Avenue." title="Joey ‘The Brighton Badboy’ Welch joins a new promotion company as he takes on Brandon Royval Aug. 23 at the Grizzly Rose, I-25 and 58th Avenue." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Luke Henderson</strong></p> <p class="p2"> <strong><span class="s1">Contributing writer</span></strong></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> <span class="s2">Amid a busy 2014, Joey &lsquo;The Brighton Badboy&rsquo; Welch has found time to return to the world of mixed martial arts, get married, help with his son&rsquo;s football team and fight three times. While he&rsquo;s a busy man, especially with being in fight-camp yet again as he prepares to fight Saturday, only one thing has his complete attention.&nbsp;</span></p> Practice, practice, practice http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/practice-practice-practice <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_eravbl2_082014.jpg" alt="Sidney Benson of Eagle Ridge puts one down during a practice Aug. 14. The Warriors open the season at home against Union Colony Aug. 29. First serve is at 5 p.m." title="Sidney Benson of Eagle Ridge puts one down during a practice Aug. 14. The Warriors open the season at home against Union Colony Aug. 29. First serve is at 5 p.m." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /> PVHS' Ford snatches sixth place at Cherry Creek Invitational golf meet http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/pvhs-ford-snatches-sixth-place-cherry-creek-invitational-golf-meet <p> COMMERCE CITY &ndash; Prairie View beat out Brighton by 13 strokes at the Cherry Creek Invitational Golf Tournament at Buffalo Run Golf Course Aug. 12.</p> <p> The tournament will not affect the EMAC league standings.</p> <p> The top three scores from each team counted. PVHS&#39; Taron Ford shot a 74 and finished in a tie for sixth place out of 130 golfers. Andy Yang and Hunter Nicholas carded 87s.</p> <p> Brighton&#39;s Ryan Kropp finished with an 80, tops for the Bulldogs. Brice Pawlowski had an 87, while Nolan Egan had a 94.</p>