Area basketball teams prepare for venture into new conference

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/23/22

When next we see the Brighton area basketball teams, they will be the newest members of the Front Range League.   The biannual reorganization of league alignments put an end to the Eastern Metro …

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Area basketball teams prepare for venture into new conference

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When next we see the Brighton area basketball teams, they will be the newest members of the Front Range League.  

The biannual reorganization of league alignments put an end to the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference. Brighton and Prairie View were charter members.  

BHS coach Jim French said he changed the scheduling routine when he joined the Bulldogs' program five years ago.  

"We played the EMAC, and the EMAC was a wonderful league,” French said. “But at the same time, the first year didn’t give us as much competition at the end. We had Fountain-Fort Carson come up and beat us at home on a home playoff game. That allowed me to reassess how we schedule.”  

French and former BHS athletic director Ty Gordon (now holding the same job at Frederick High School) worked to schedule teams in the Front Range League, some Jeffco teams and some from the Centennial and Continental conferences.  

“That allowed us to start facing them,” French said. “We had six of the Front Range team this year. If we could have played a little smarter, a little bit harder, we could have won a couple of those. We gave them an idea that we’re coming and that we’re going to be competitive.”  

PVHS boys basketball coach Damien Romero is excited to make the switch  

“I’m going to miss the battles with (Rangeview) coach (Shawn) Palmer and coach (Keenon)

Clement at Vista Peak, the Gateway, Hinkley games,” he said. “They (FRL teams) play a little different style of basketball. We play a little different style than they are accustomed to. I’m excited for the opportunity and the challenge. We fit in well with any league.”  

French called himself “a competitor.”  

“I want to schedule competition, so we challenge ourselves,” French said. “I do think it’s going to be a challenge for every sport at Brighton. It’s one of those things where until you get up there, you never know. I’ll place bets on our kids all day long.”  

Romero said games against Broomfield and other Front Range League teams have been common since former coach Tim DeBerry was in charge of the ThunderHawks’ fortunes.   

PVHS played some of the Front Range League teams this season.  

“We handled ourselves pretty well,” Romero said. “It’s going to be a challenge. It's going to be a grind. They are a discipline-based league. But we’re up for the challenge. We liked the challenge to get us ready for league play. Now, we’re going to have to schedule Rangeview and Vista Peak.”

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