Brighton Cycling Completes Successful Season

The Brighton Cycling club finished off the season with a ride and dinner from the Green Oak Village Place. Several of the team participated in a fun ride on the ILRA Blue Trail from the JCP trail spur in exceptionally cool 34 degree weather and headed over to nearby Johnny Carino’s to warm up and refuel.
 
After the meal,  club athletes were recognized for their achievements during the season and presented with hard-earned Varsity or Participation awards. Brighton Cycling had a significant presence at each of the three MiSCA races, taking away the Team Award at two of them including the State Championship race. Most recently, athletes Kyle Bohnsack, Austin Loper, Nathan Lorence, Stuart Schmoeger, and Wade Thomas participated in the 31 mile Iceman Cometh mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City on November 8th: www.iceman.com
 
The Cycling Club’s Seniors were were presented with pictures signed by team mates and Brighton’s bike shops, D&D Bicycles, Hometown Bicycles, and Town and Country Bikes, showed their support for the MiSCA State Champion Team by donating gift certificates and bike swag that was given away at the event.
 
A video recap of the season, which chronicled each MiSCA race, was viewed and shows the team’s growth as new members joined the fun on each successive event: http://youtu.be/qbcKMIfMRvM
 
Training for next season will commence in late spring and the Cycling Club is planning to host the 3rd October 2015 race in next year’s expanded MiSCA program.
Submitted by TJ Tyrrell

Hockey Season is Here!

Hockey season is here. With tryouts behind them, the Brighton Bulldogs will settle into practice mode for the next few days before their first scrimmage vs. Trenton at Kennedy Arena on Saturday, November 15th. Then a week later, they have their home opener vs. rival Detroit Catholic Central on Saturday, November 22nd. The last time they met, the State Title was on the line at Compuware Arena with over 4,000 people in attendance.

The Bulldogs have ten returning players from last year’s successful team. The 2013-2014 team made their third straight trip to the MHSAA Division 1 finals but ended up one game short of a third straight State Title. They finished their season 23-7-1 and State Final Runner-up. Over the last three years the squad has compiled a record of 74-13-4, winning two Division 1 State Championships. One of the highlights of last year was the victory over Howell outdoors at the Winterfest Game held at Comerica Park (see photos).

Game times and locations for the upcoming season can be found at www.BrightonVarsityHockey.org. Come out to a game and support our Brighton Bulldogs.

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Submitted by Mike Milletics