http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sports/rss.xml en UPDATE: State tennis berths go by the boards for BHS http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/update-state-tennis-berths-go-boards-bhs <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bhs_tennis_ben_randall.jpg" alt="Brighton’s No. 1 singles player, Ben Randall, warms up against Chatfield’s Brian Ross during Wednesdays Class 5A Regional tournament at Ken Caryl Ranch in Littleton. " title="Brighton’s No. 1 singles player, Ben Randall, warms up against Chatfield’s Brian Ross during Wednesdays Class 5A Regional tournament at Ken Caryl Ranch in Littleton. " align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <span><strong>LITTLETON -- </strong>&nbsp;Brighton entered its state-qualifying tennis tournament on the heels of a conference title. But it wasn&#39;t enough to send any of the Bulldogs&#39; players into the state tournament next week at the Gates Tennis Center.</span></p> <p> Brighton&#39;s Kaden Swarr came the closest. He played No. 3 singles but lost to Arapahoe&#39;s Dylan Panis 6-2, 6-4. Swarr had a first-round bye in the playbacks and plays in the third-place match Thursday, Oct. 2. The top two finishers in the singles and doubles draws advance to the state tourney.</p> Softball: Brighton-Prairie View game postponed http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/softball-brighton-prairie-view-game-postponed <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/search-1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> <strong>BRIGHTON --</strong> The Oct. 1 softball game between Brighton and Prairie View high schools was postponed because of rain.</p> <p> The game, which will decide the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference softball title and have some impact on the playoff seeding picture, has to be played by Saturday, the end of the regular season.</p> <p> Complicating a make-up date is the fact that Prairie View students are not in school the rest of the week because of a free dental clinic in the school.</p> Football: Brighton's goal is to finish drives after homecoming loss http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/football-brightons-goal-finish-drives-after-homecoming-loss <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_ftbll_bhs_photo1_100114.jpg" alt="Brighton’s Conner Pepin hauls the pigskin in for a catch against Westminster’s Sebastain Garcia during the first half of Friday night&#039;s game at Brighton High School. The Bulldogs lost their homecoming to Westminster 26-16.  " title="Brighton’s Conner Pepin hauls the pigskin in for a catch against Westminster’s Sebastain Garcia during the first half of Friday night&#039;s game at Brighton High School. The Bulldogs lost their homecoming to Westminster 26-16.  " align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> The most common postgame thought after a 26-16 homecoming loss to Westminster Sept. 26 was the need to finish drives.</p> <p> Case in point. After a Westminster touchdown halfway through the second quarter, the Bulldogs moved the ball to Westminster&rsquo;s 13-yard line. The drive stalled without any points on Brighton&rsquo;s side of the scoreboard.</p> Football: Brighton's goal is to finish drives after homecoming loss http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/football-brightons-goal-finish-drives-after-homecoming-loss <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_sp_ftbll_bhs_photo1_100114.jpg" alt="Brighton’s Conner Pepin hauls the pigskin in for a catch against Westminster’s Sebastain Garcia during the first half of Friday night&#039;s game at Brighton High School. The Bulldogs lost their homecoming to Westminster 26-16.  " title="Brighton’s Conner Pepin hauls the pigskin in for a catch against Westminster’s Sebastain Garcia during the first half of Friday night&#039;s game at Brighton High School. The Bulldogs lost their homecoming to Westminster 26-16.  " align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> The most common postgame thought after a 26-16 homecoming loss to Westminster Sept. 26 was the need to finish drives.</p> <p> Case in point. After a Westminster touchdown halfway through the second quarter, the Bulldogs moved the ball to Westminster&rsquo;s 13-yard line. The drive stalled without any points on Brighton&rsquo;s side of the scoreboard.</p> State 5A golf tournament recap http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/state-5a-golf-tournament-recap <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/andy_yang.jpg" alt="Prairie View&#039;s Andy Yang holes out on the 11th during the second round of the state 5A golf tournament in Colorado Springs Sept. 30. Yang, a senior, tied for 26th place." title="Prairie View&#039;s Andy Yang holes out on the 11th during the second round of the state 5A golf tournament in Colorado Springs Sept. 30. Yang, a senior, tied for 26th place." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> COLORADO SPRINGS -- Two Brighton area golfers wrapped up their first state tournament experiences Sept. 30 at the Colorado Springs Country Club.</p> <p> Prairie View&#39;s Andy Yang finished in a tie for 26th place. He shot a 77-78 -- 155 in his two rounds. Brighton&#39;s Ryan Kropp, who took up golf three years ago, tied for 76th place. He carded an 87-82 -- 169 in his state tournament debut.</p> <p> We&#39;ll have more on the state meet in the Oct. 8 edition of the Brighton Standard Blade.</p> Cat Zingano wins at UFC 178, earns title shot http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/cat-zingano-wins-ufc-178-earns-title-shot <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cat.jpg" alt="Cat Zingano" title="Cat Zingano" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Luke Henderson</span></strong></p> <p> <strong>Contributing writer</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> &nbsp;<!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Women&rsquo;s mixed martial arts fighter Cat Zingano of Brighton won her Ultimate Fighting Championship 178 match Saturday night against Amanda Nunes in the third round via a technical knockout.</p> Softball: Home-run fest goes to Brighton vs. Wheat Ridge http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/softball-home-run-fest-goes-brighton-vs-wheat-ridge <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bhs_sftbll_photo1.jpg" alt="Brighton’s catcher Kayla Michel gets hit by Wheat Ridge’s Analece Apodaca during the top of the seventh inning of Friday’s afternoon game at Brighton High School. The Bulldogs beat the Class 4A defending state champions 10-6. " title="Brighton’s catcher Kayla Michel gets hit by Wheat Ridge’s Analece Apodaca during the top of the seventh inning of Friday’s afternoon game at Brighton High School. The Bulldogs beat the Class 4A defending state champions 10-6. " align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> BRIGHTON -- Brighton turned back Wheat Ridge, the defending state 4A softball champions, 10-6 Sept. 26 in Brighton.</p> <p> The two teams combined for a half-dozen home runs. Brighton hit four, and two came early. Melissa Rahrich and Kayla Michel hit back-to-back homers in the first inning. Brittany Abeyta and Natalie Sanchez also hit homers for BHS.</p> Sinn signs on with Invicta Fighting Championships http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/sinn-signs-invicta-fighting-championships <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shannon_sinn_1.jpg" alt="Shannon Sinn" title="Shannon Sinn" align="left" hspace="6" width="46" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Luke Henderson</span></p> <p> Contributing writer</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brighton&rsquo;s Shannon Sinn signed a contract with Invicta FC, an all-female mixed Martial Arts promotion that found recent acclaim due to broadcast and &lsquo;feeder-league&rsquo; partnerships with the UFC.</p>