http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml en Finding balance http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/finding-balance <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vaulting_0.jpg" alt="Hannah Beehler, one of Mile High Vaulter’s rising stars, practices atop Xena inside the Peaches Arena, in Fort Lupton. Vaulting incoporates many traditional gymastic exercises and moves, with the added challenge of performing them atop a moving horse. Mile High Vaulters has been training 4- to 18-year-olds and others since it opened in 2002." title="Hannah Beehler, one of Mile High Vaulter’s rising stars, practices atop Xena inside the Peaches Arena, in Fort Lupton. Vaulting incoporates many traditional gymastic exercises and moves, with the added challenge of performing them atop a moving horse. Mile High Vaulters has been training 4- to 18-year-olds and others since it opened in 2002." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <b>FORT LUPTON </b>&mdash; As a college student, Jodi Rinard brought her love of gymnastics and horseback riding along with her to the campus of Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, where she learned of a club that combined gymnastics and horseback riding.&nbsp;</p> Rahrich goes top-level for college softball http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/rahrich-goes-top-level-college-softball <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_rahrich_082615.jpg" alt="Brighton’s pitcher Melissa Rahrich, left explains how she hit her solo home run to Kayla Michel during a game against Wheat Ridge last season.  " title="Brighton’s pitcher Melissa Rahrich, left explains how she hit her solo home run to Kayla Michel during a game against Wheat Ridge last season.  " align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &ndash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> To paraphrase a well-known line from &ldquo;The Godfather,&rdquo; Brighton&rsquo;s Melissa Rahrich latched onto an offer for college she couldn&rsquo;t refuse.</span></p> <p class="p3"> The offer came from Stony Brook University, an NCAA Division I program in New York. She verbally committed and hasn&rsquo;t signed her letter of intent.</p> Continuing to aim high http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/continuing-aim-high <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Brighton School District 27J is hoping the athletic pastures are greener beyond the walls of the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference.</span></p> <p class="p4"> Brighton and Prairie View high schools would like to join the Front Range League for the next two-year cycle. Three of its schools are within a 30-minute drive from Brighton.</p> Playoffs to change in 2016 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/playoffs-change-2016 <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">AURORA </b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&mdash; It&rsquo;s out with seeding committees, wild-card points and coaches/administrators. It&rsquo;s in with a ratings percentage index to determine postseason qualifiers for team sports in the state of Colorado.</span></p> BHS golf/basketball golf tourney fundraiser Aug. 29 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bhs-golfbasketball-golf-tourney-fundraiser-aug-29 <p> BRIGHTON -- The golf and basketball programs at Brighton High School are sponsoring a fund-raising golf tournament at 7:30 a.m., Aug. 29, at Riverdale Golf Course.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The cost is $100 per golfer or $360 per four-person team. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and the tourney is limited to 144 golfers.</span></p> <p> Call 303-217-0541 or 303-968-9859 with questions.</p> Olympic soccer comes to Commerce City Oct. 6-7 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/olympic-soccer-comes-commerce-city-oct-6-7 <p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">COMMERCE CITY &mdash;</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City will host the finals of the group phase of the 2015 Olympic qualifying championship Oct. 6-7.</span></p> <p class="p3" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> The finals are in Sandy, Utah, Oct. 10 and 13.</p> Eagle Ridge scoreboard – Aug. 29 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/eagle-ridge-scoreboard-%E2%80%93-aug-29 <p> <b>Volleyball</b></p> <p> FORT MORGAN -- Fort Morgan stopped Eagle Ridge 25-17, 24-26, 15-11 in the first round of the season-opening Fort Morgan Invitational volleyball tournament Aug. 29.</p> Prairie View scoreboard -- Aug. 29 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/prairie-view-scoreboard-0 <p style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Golf</span><br /> </strong></p> <p style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> <strong>WESTMINSTER --</strong> Prairie View won the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference north area tournament at Huyland Hills Golf Course Aug. 27.</p> <p style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Taron Ford led the way. He fired a 68. Hunter Nicholas (74) and Jacob Jose (89) were the other point-producers for the T-Hawks. Carter Nordhus had a 91, and Justin Cutler carded a 98.</p>