http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml en Severance sails to sixth-place finish in state high jump http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/severance-sails-sixth-place-finish-state-high-jump <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_severance_052615.jpg" alt="Prairie View’s Skyler Severance arches his back to clear the high-jump bar at the state 5A track meet May 15 in Lakewood. Severance took sixth. " title="Prairie View’s Skyler Severance arches his back to clear the high-jump bar at the state 5A track meet May 15 in Lakewood. Severance took sixth. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LAKEWOOD</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; A year ago, Prairie View&rsquo;s Skyler Severance wanted to clear 6-feet-6-inches at the state 5A track-and-field meet.</span></p> <p class="p3"> He had to wait a year to cross that off his list.: Severance cleared 6-6 at this year&rsquo;s state 5A track meet and finished sixth in the field. A year ago, he wound up 10th.</p> BHS has to make early plans for 2016 girls soccer season http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bhs-has-make-early-plans-2016-girls-soccer-season <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_bhssoccer1_052715.jpg" alt="Brighton&#039;s Faviola Estrada stretches to get her foot in front of a pass by Pine Creek&#039;s Katie McGinty in the frist round of the state 5A girls soccer playoffs May 5 in Colorado Springs." title="Brighton&#039;s Faviola Estrada stretches to get her foot in front of a pass by Pine Creek&#039;s Katie McGinty in the frist round of the state 5A girls soccer playoffs May 5 in Colorado Springs." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">COLORADO SPRINGS</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; The good news for Brighton High School girls soccer coach Gonzalo Godinez Luna is he loses just one player &ndash; Anna lisa Vasquez &ndash; to graduation.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">The bad news is he and the rest of the Bulldogs have to think about the 2016 season so early.</span></p> Kriske gets one-day sample of state-level golf http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/kriske-gets-one-day-sample-state-level-golf <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_kriske_0526125.jpg" alt="Emma Kriske of Prairie View lines up her tee shot on her 18th hole of the only round of the state 5A golf tournament May 18 in Loveland." title="Emma Kriske of Prairie View lines up her tee shot on her 18th hole of the only round of the state 5A golf tournament May 18 in Loveland." align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LOVELAND</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; Prairie View freshman Emma Kriske got a chance to experience state-tournament level golf in Loveland May 18, if only for a day.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Rain and unplayable conditions washed out the second of the two-round tournament. The ThunderHawks&rsquo; freshman fired a 50-47 &ndash; 97 on a cold, windy morning at the Olde Course. She finished 75th in the field.</p> Bruce’s first time at state golf makes for an up-and-down round http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/bruce%E2%80%99s-first-time-state-golf-makes-and-down-round <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sbc_sp_bruce_052615.jpg" alt="MaClay Bruce lines up an approach shot during the state 5A golf tournament in Loveland May 18." title="MaClay Bruce lines up an approach shot during the state 5A golf tournament in Loveland May 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LOVELAND</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; Prairie View&rsquo;s MaClay Bruce offered a rather succinct summary of her only round at this year&rsquo;s state 5A golf tournament at the Olde Course in Loveland.</span></p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;The front nine that we played, I did horrible. On the back nine, I started doing better, started getting pars and birdies,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp;</p> Gomez bounces back for sixth-place effort in the state long jump http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/gomez-bounces-back-sixth-place-effort-state-long-jump <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_gomez_052715.jpg" alt="Brighton’s Kiana Gomez reacts after she false starts during the class 5A girls 100-hurdles in the second of two heats at the state track-and-field championships May 14 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. " title="Brighton’s Kiana Gomez reacts after she false starts during the class 5A girls 100-hurdles in the second of two heats at the state track-and-field championships May 14 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. " align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LAKEWOOD</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; Brighton&rsquo;s Kiana Gomez had a tough first day in the state 5A track-and-field meet</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp; </span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">May 14 at Jeffco Stadium.</span></p> <p class="p3"> Of three tries at the long jump, only one counted, and that leap of 35 feet 5 &frac14; inches put her in 10<sup>th</sup> place.</p> Herrera puts family first, steps aside from Fort Lupton football job http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/herrera-puts-family-first-steps-aside-fort-lupton-football-job <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sfl_sp_herrera_032614_gs.jpg" alt="Joseph Herrera" title="Joseph Herrera" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">FORT LUPTON</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; In the end, Joseph Herrera decided family came first and football coaching came second.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Herrera, a Brighton native who had been Fort Lupton High School&rsquo;s football coach for a season, stepped down May 6.</span></p> New schools snatch BHS’ Martinez, Smidt http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/new-schools-snatch-bhs%E2%80%99-martinez-smidt <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_bhsletter2_052715.jpg" alt="It&#039;s about time for Aby Smidt, left, and Michael Martinez to do the deed .. and sign their letters of intent during a ceremony at Brighton High School." title="It&#039;s about time for Aby Smidt, left, and Michael Martinez to do the deed .. and sign their letters of intent during a ceremony at Brighton High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">BRIGHTON</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash;Brighton High School&rsquo;s Miguel Martinez and Aby Smidt signed letters of intent April 29 to continue their respective track careers.</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Martinez is joining high school teammate Brandon Fernandez at Mesa State University in Grand Junction to run track and field, and to study athletic training.</span></p> Keefe lands two, top 18 finishes at state track meet http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/keefe-lands-two-top-18-finishes-state-track-meet <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_keefe_052715.jpeg" alt="Brighton’s Thomas Keefe takes flight on his second try during the class 5A boys long jump at the state track-and-field championships May 15 at the Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. This jump measured 18 feet 10 inches. His best effort was 19-11 ¾, which put him in 17th place. " title="Brighton’s Thomas Keefe takes flight on his second try during the class 5A boys long jump at the state track-and-field championships May 15 at the Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. This jump measured 18 feet 10 inches. His best effort was 19-11 ¾, which put him in 17th place. " align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> <b style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LAKEWOOD</b><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; Brighton&rsquo;s Thomas Keefe qualified for the state 5A track-and-field meet in the long jump and in the high jump, both of which took place May 15 at Jeffco Stadium, in Lakewood. It&rsquo;s the first and only trip to state for the BHS senior, and he was happy to be part of the experience.</span></p>