Brighton Wrestling Wins First State Championship

Saturday in Battle Creek the Brighton Boys Wrestling team brought home their first state title. Brighton led by four points going into the final match. Brighton beat Hartland 31 to 25 to secure the championship. In the last match, Sophomore Lee Grabowski beat Garnett Potter in the 112-pound match to help the Bulldogs take the title.

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For more information and photos, visit the Brighton Wrestling site.

Submitted by Andrew Boskovich

Hockey Season Update

The Brighton Varsity Hockey team celebrated a fourth straight KLAA Championship on Saturday, with a tight 1 to 0 victory over Hartland. Sam Brennan, freshman defenseman, picked a good time to get his first goal of the season with the game winner scored in the middle of the second period. Then the Bulldogs had to hang on, play some tight defense and kill off a few penalties to secure the one goal victory.

Brighton completes their regular season 9-0-3 (overall 12-7-5) and ranked 7th in Division 1. Michigan High School Hockey teams begin MHSAA State Playoffs on Monday. Brighton starts with Howell (ranked 5th), 5:00 pm, at Kensington Valley Ice House in a bracket type format, with the loser ending their season and the winner advancing. The Bulldogs hope to keep their string intact and advance to the State Finals for a fourth straight year.

Please check http://www.BrightonVarsityHockey.org for game times and locations. Come out to the rink and cheer on our boys.

Submitted by Mike Milletics

Brighton Hockey Season Update

The Brighton Varsity Hockey team is on a roll. The team is undefeated in the last eleven games (8-0-3) and with a win on Wednesday versus Livonia Franklin, (at Eddie Edgar Arena, 8:00 pm) they will secure a spot in the KLAA Championship game. If the Bulldogs succeed, the Championship game will be held Saturday, February 21, at Kensington Valley Ice House – Brighton, at 5:00 pm, with the opponent already determined: Hartland.

After a rough start to the season, losing the first 5 games to highly ranked teams, the Bulldogs have brought their record up to 10-6-4. They are currently ranked 6th in the MIHS Hockey Hub Division 1 Rankings. Highlights of the season so far include two wins on their annual “U.P.” trip, over Calumet and Houghton (only their second loss all season). In what is becoming a rivalry of playoff contenders, Brighton has played Livonia Stevenson three times this season resulting in 0-2 loss, 3-2 win and 1-1 tie. Also, a recent come-from-behind victory over Northville, 5-3, kept them in the league race.

This weekend, Brighton will play against two teams from the West side of the state, Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Grand Rapids Forest Hills, in the MIHL Showcase. The boys will need to be early risers, with Friday’s game at 10:20 am, Saturday’s at 8:40 am, at Kennedy Ice Arena in Trenton. State playoffs follow soon, beginning February 24th and running through March 8th final at Compuware Arena. The Bulldogs hope to be there for the fourth year in a row.

Check www.BrightonVarsityHockey.org for schedule times and locations.

Photo: Senior Night, Jan. 24th, courtesy of Karen Kivisto

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Submitted by Michael Milletics

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

Girls Compete in Regional

The Brighton Girls competed in their Regional on Saturday and finished 2nd. 1- Milford 38, 2- Brighton 66, 3- Dexter 94.  The team was lead by freshman Lauren Parrell (4th, 18:56), junior Jenna Sica (8th, 19:27) and sophomore Sam Fusik (13th, 19:44).  This finish qualifies the team to compete in the State Finals on Saturday, November 1st at the Michigan International Speedway.  Please come out to cheer them on at 3:00 p.m.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

Girls Win Lakes Conference Championship

We did it!  Brighton Girls Cross Country are the Lakes Conference Champions.  The girls competed tonight at Island Lake. 1- Brighton 46, 2- Milford 49, 3- Walled Lake Northern 90.  The team was lead by Andrea Crowe (3rd, 19:02) and Jenna Sica (5th, 19:14).  The next meet is at St. John’s Cider Mill for Regionals on Friday, October 24th at 5:00pm.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

Brighton Girls defeat Milford

The Brighton Girls were victorious in a tight dual race against Milford tonight scoring 27-28.  This win confirms their division title for the KLAA West.  The team was lead by Kirsten McGahan, Andrea Crowe and Jenna Sica all coming in within 1 second of each other in 3rd, 4th and 5th.  The scoring runners were rounded out with 2 freshmen, Lauren Parrell and Bella VanBuren in 7th and 8th.  The JV team will be racing Saturday at Hudson Mills in Dexter at1:00pm.  The Varsity and JV will race again next Thursday, October 16th, at Island Lake for the Lakes Conference meet at 4:00pm.

Submitted by Kristi Matuszewski

BHS Freshman Orange Football wins a “Dog Fight” with Hartland

During the October 1st, away against Hartland, the BHS Freshman Orange Football Team found themselves in a “Dog Fight” with Hartland.  Determined to come back after their lost to the same team the previous week, and down by 1 point with 1.21 minutes to go, the Bulldogs run the football into the end zone.  Now, up by 5 points, the Bulldog defense has to stop Hartland with a minute to go.  Hartland gets to mid-field, 1st and 10, with 12.6 seconds to go!  Bulldog Orange D holds on and they get the win!

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Submitted by Donald Walsh