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Our physical-education and athletic programs offer 20 state-sanctioned sports for Mustangs boys and girls, and are open to all participants. The goal is to promote lifelong fitness, provide opportunities for growth and good sportsmanship, show the benefits of dedication, hard work, and continuous practice, and for students to simply have fun. We work to engender respect for adults, fellow team members and opponents. For those who aspire to be serious athletes, Mullen also offers some of the finest coaches and most competitive interscholastic teams in Colorado in its upper classifications. Our Mustangs teams have won 75 state championships in sports, placing Mullen third, in all-time Colorado history, entering the 2017-18 school year!

State Championships (Individual & Team) History

Mullen State Championships         Individual State Champions Individual Sport Alphabetically
     
Individual by Sport and Season Team Championships by Season Team Relay List
     

Data for the above data was gathered from the following sources: predominately published issues of the Rocky MountainNews and Denver Post. Several out-of-town newspapers were also used for additional or missing information from the News or Post. Website information from the Colorado High School Activities Association was used whenever available.

 


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Winter sports set to begin practice on Friday
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Season No. 2 can open practice on Friday.

Boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, boys and girls skiing, girls swimming and diving, and wrestling are set to open winter sports. Preseason practice will last for nearly three weeks.

Winter’s regular season may begin on Nov. 29 as there once again will be overlap with the end of the fall season.

As usual, the holidays will interrupt winter play from before Christmas until after New Year’s Day.

Below are key dates and sites for each sport as related to Mullen:

Boys and girls basketball – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. Playoff brackets to be released on Feb. 18. Championship March 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

Ice hockey – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. Playoff bracket to be released on Feb. 18. Championship March 5.

Boys and girls skiing – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. State championship May 22-23 hosted by Lake County.

Girls swimming and diving – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 3. State championship Feb. 9-10 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton.

Wrestling – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 3. Regionals Feb. 9-10. State championship Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center.

--- Neil H. Devlin 

 

Max Thenell, a special guy, honored with a special award
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Mullen honored senior Max Thenell, a popular football team member who has autism, with an award on Frifday night in the game against Northglenn.

He was presented with the Brandon Burlsworth Award, which goes to a senior player who demonstrates great team character and sportsmanship.

It is for an individual who is an outstanding teammate and expects very little in return.

The players gets recognition for hard work and contributions to the team, yet gives his all every single day.

It was presented to him by his uncle, head coach Tom Thenell, in a ceremony on the field before the game. It was Senior Night.

--- Neil H. Devlin

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Northglenn at Mullen will be Broncos high school game of the week
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In its final home game of the regular season, Mullen football will have an interesting partner of sorts for pregame festivities in Friday Night Lights.

The Denver Broncos.

The Mustangs’ game in Week 10 of 2017 against Northglenn in the Class 5A Mt. Cameron League will also be the Broncos high school game of the week. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., tailgating at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at de La Salle Stadium will include the Broncos Cheerleaders, Super Bowl Trophies and Children’s Hospital Colorado/Broncos giveaways. In addition, the game can be heard on iHeartRadio.

Here is a schedule:

Pictures and autographs with Broncos cheerleaders as well as Broncos alumni, 6-6:50 p.m.

Pictures with Super Bowl L Trophy, 6-7 p.m.

Children's Hospital tent giveaway before the game.

The Mustangs, 2016 league champions and state quarterfinalists, are 4-5 overall, 2-2 in league. They currently stand 13th in RPI playoff-qualifying through their considerable schedule that included games against the likes of Pomona, two-time defending 5A state champion Valor Christian, Bothell, Wash., Columbine and Fairview. Sixteen teams will be announced in the Class 5A postseason bracket on Sunday.

Northglenn is 5-4, 1-3.

 --- Neil H. Devlin

 

Parris again played on All-Academic Team in Arizona Classic in baseball
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mullen baseballer Reggie Parris recently played in the Arizona Senior Fall Classic on the All-Academic Team.

It was the second straight year Parris played in the game. He made it through his club team, Slammers Martin.

It was held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona.

In the spring, Parris helped the Mustangs to a 10-10 mark in the Class 5A Centennial League. He pitched, played 1st base and in the outfield.

In 10 pitching appearances, he was 3-2 on the mound with a 3.20 earned-run average. He also was 2-for-6 batting with 4 RBIs, according to statistics posted by the Mustangs.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Like others, Mustangs on the pitch embarrassed by U.S. Soccer failure
Thursday, October 12, 2017

I laughed as much as I was disgusted a few years ago, when U.S. Soccer suddenly decreed that promising teenagers playing the high-school game were considered as completely wasting their time and the people who ran the national pitch insisted that they switch to academy play.

It was supposed to help U.S. standing among world soccer powers.

But on Tuesday night, when the good, ol’ U.S. was unceremoniously ousted from World Cup qualifying, I had pretty much the same feelings, although laughter probably had a comfortable edge.

Not only was our country in a weak qualifying group, but the U.S. fell 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago. Not some soccer juggernaut such as Brazil or Germany or Italy, but Trinidad and Tobago.

For those of you just joining us, Trinidad and Tobago.

Mullen soccer folks can spot a joke when they see one.

“Who even knows where Trinidad and Tobago is?” Mullen senior and leading scorer Andrew Seaman wondered. “A lot of kids can’t find it on the map. I had a world report on it and had never heard of it.”

ESPN led the assault on the national program, ripping everyone from the director to the players. And why not? The sport that was supposed to sweep our country for at least the past five decades hasn’t even come close. The alleged beautiful game suddenly has an ugly following ... if anything resembling a following at all.

“I don’t think that a couple of people tweeting about it or having a theory fully covers the breadth and scope of what’s wrong,” Mullen head coach Matthew Guglielmo said.

The coach laments the lack of people of color not playing the game in this country as well as the astronomical costs of entering young players into the clubs and academies, turning it into an upper-class sport versus what is considered more of a sport for the poor across the planet.

And it’s not working.

“Something’s wrong,” Guglielmo said. “We’re trying to use a European or South American model that can’t be constructed.”

Discarding high-school soccer also is a ludicrous, he added: “It will never be the end of high-school soccer, but they haven’t done their jobs.”

Said Seaman: “I don’t get it, either. Soccer is soccer, whether you’re playing a good team or a bad team, or in club.”

And not knowing what to do with top prospects or how to develop them has been an American problem for generations. It has been underlined – the rest of the world plays real soccer; what happens in the U.S. is something else entirely.

“If my kids are studs, really good and boys, I’ll just send them to Italy or France,” Guglielmo said. “It’s not happening here. We don’t have the funding for it, it’s not on (television), people don’t care …”

Seaman termed it as “an embarrassment. We have no soccer teams and for the people who watch it’s really bad. The MLS (Major League Soccer) is, like, the laughingstock of soccer.”

And while U.S. head coach Bruce Arena was on TV attempting to deflect criticism and remain resistant to massive changeover, practically everyone else screamed for wholesale, sweeping change.

That is, if they cared., a fact U.S. Soccer officials must now consider.

“Heads have to roll everywhere,” Guglielmo said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Keep up and pay attention, or you'll fall back
Monday, October 09, 2017

The dominoes effect is under way for fall state championships.

So pay attention to the information below and try to keep up …

Beginning with Saturday’s climax of boys tennis championships, the mad dash is on for the fall postseason.

In addition to tennis, softball will have regional action on Saturday.

Keeping the train moving, on Oct. 16 the state softball pairings will be released with play from Oct. 20-21 at the Aurora Sports Park. Oct. 21 also is the day for final, regular-season play in boys soccer and volleyball, as well as 6-man football.

And on it goes … soccer pairings will be released on Sunday, Oct. 22. The field hockey title will be decided on Oct. 26. The cross country championships will be Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

More? State gymnastics from Nov. 3-4 at Thornton High. Larger-class football will end its regular season on Nov. 4. Soccer championships on Nov. 11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. And, lest we forget, winter sports will begin practice on Nov. 10. They can play for keeps on Nov. 29

The top two classes of football will decide crowns on Dec. 2 at the Broncos’ Stadium.

Busy? You bet. It’s the way of the Colorado student-athlete at this time of year.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

5 Mullen facts to know heading into state golf
Friday, September 29, 2017

Here are five facts to know about Mullen heading into Colorado’s Class 4A boys golf tournament on Monday and Tuesday:

  1. It will be contested at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton that has hosted two girls championships and one other for boys. The Mustangs got in a practice round on Friday.
  2. It will play at par-72 and about 7,000 yards. Think “Caddyshack.” “Big hitter, the Lama … l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g.”
  3. First-day Mullen tee times, all on No. 1 tee – Mario Dino, 8:30 a.m.; Thomas Hicks, 8:39; Rhett Johnson 8:48; Cole Reister, 8:57.
  4. Ground is being cleared for a new clubhouse at the course.
  5. The head professional is Pat Tait, father of Ashley Tait, a Mustang who was medalist three times in the early-to-mid-2000s. The elder Tait has been a pro for 29 years (also at The Meadows G.C.), the past 20 at Raccoon Creek.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Suddenly stating principles doesn't mask bad behavior and examples
Monday, September 25, 2017

Certainly, unless you were under a rock and missed Sunday football, you saw what happened across the NFL.

Players and others in the league refused to traditionally stand for the National Anthem. Some stayed in the locker room. Others knelt. A few displayed raised, clenched fists.

The debate rages on as to whether or not you stand with the President and his comments or if you side with the players, who also were a bit divided as to why they actually were trying to protest and if Sunday was the end of it or there would be more.

But there is zero debate about the following – even with players insisting they were concerned about making social change, they certainly did little to even hint at making a switch in their on-field antics that clearly have gotten way out of hand.

To wit (and without bothering to name names because you know who they are):

A New York Giants receiver who has been hurt and whining about his salary scored his first touchdown of the season and promptly went to all fours and pretended to defecate on the field like a K-9. Afterward, he was quoted as saying “I’m a dog.”

A Chicago defensive back had a blocked field goal fall right in between the numbers on the front of his jersey. He took off to run for what should have been an easy 71-yard touchdown, but in order to be ready to celebrate and let the crowd and world know what he did, he slowed near the 5-yard line, was caught from behind and had the ball knocked out of his hands, thereby erasing what would have been a sure score. “I thought I was in,” he said. “But, you know, obviously, I wasn’t.”

And a Denver defender, one who’s ordinarily a high-character guy, knocked down a quarterback, got up, reached out to lend a hand to help up the quarterback, then suddenly pulled back as if to say: “Psych!” He was given an unsportsmanlike penalty that helped lead to a loss.

They weren’t alone as for some reason seemingly every tackle, sack, knocked-down pass, catch, pass, rush, return, block or kick on every Sunday of every month of every season apparently needs to be “celebrated” so that players “can have fun.”

However, if the Fun Boys suddenly insist they are principled and stand together in what just recently was a more-divided NFL, and want to display a stand on something, it would be easier to take them much more seriously if their self-centered shenanigans all about I, me and mine (and their money) didn’t set such a horrid example of how to act on the field for kids, notably high-school players who frequently hang on their every action.

A bad example is a bad example and suddenly stating principles doesn't mask them.

Period.

--- Neil H. Devlin

Cherry Creek knocks off Mustangs 2-1 in Centennial softball
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mullen dropped its second consecutive Centennial League softball game on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village.

The Mustangs dipped to 7-6 overall, 0-2 in league.

“We left too many runners on base and didn’t have the timely hitting,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said.

The Mustangs stranded seven runners and didn’t back up the six-hit pitching of sophomore Marissa Sanchez, including making two throwing errors.

A very busy week awaits the Mustangs, four games in six days, three in league. On Monday, they will be at Cherokee Trail in Aurora; home against Smoky Hill on Tuesday; at Air Academy on Thursday; and home against Overland on Saturday.

“We’ve got to get some ‘W’s’, got to get it going,” Hogan said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Don't blink, the first postseason event of 2017-18 is upon us
Monday, September 18, 2017

Time flies.

Don’t argue.

Believe it or not, the postseason for 2017-18 begins Tuesday (Sept. 19). Mullen’s boys golfers will be in Colorado Springs competing in regional rounds, the step before the state tournament.

I know, I almost can’t believe it, either. But the boys golf season is short, begins in August and here we are.

It could be interesting for Mullen, perhaps right away as well as long term. The Mustangs will be sending one sophomore (Cole Reister) and three freshmen (Mario Dino, Thomas Hicks and Rhett Johnson) to the Country Club of Colorado. All have enjoyed assorted moments this season and they did well as a group by keeping within range of Centennial League powers Arapahoe and Cherry Creek.

They will be playing in Class 4A Region 2 along with members from Air Academy, Arvada, Cheyenne Mountain, D’Evelyn, Elizabeth, Green Mountain, Littleton, Mitchell, Ponderosa, Pueblo County, Standley Lake, Wheat Ridge, Valor Christian, Vista Ridge and George Washington.

And they have an opportunity to send one, two, three or all four players to the 4A championship, Oct. 2-3 at Raccoon Creek G.C. In Littleton.

So, yes, it goes by quickly.

Pay attention before you miss it.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Soccer match postponed after Silver Creek bus in an accident
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Mullen’s boys soccer home match on Friday against Longmont’s Silver Creek was postponed after an accident.

The Raptors were travelling to the match and their bus was involved in an accident, according to Mullen coach Matthew Guglielmo.

However, no injuries were reported, Guglielmo said.

A makeup date has not been announced.

The match was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.   

--- Neil H. Devlin

Mullen falls to reigning power Valor in softball
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mullen fell to three-time defending Class 4A state champion Valor Christian on Wednesday.

The Mustangs lost the road game 4-3 to fall to 1-2 on the season.

In continuing their demanding schedule – they earlier faced 4A power D’Evelyn and emerging 5A Regis Jesuit – the Mustangs also were outhit 10-7.

Jessica Haley had two of Mullen’s hits. Marissa Sanchez, a sophomore who also took the pitching loss, Cakey McKune and Tatum Maloney each drove home runs for Mullen.

Mullen next will be in action this Thursday (Aug. 31) and into the weekend in the Erie Tournament.

--- Neil H. Devlin

Boys soccer drops first match in 2017, 5-2 to JFK
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A first-half barrage was too difficult for Mullen to overcome on Monday.

The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season, 5-2 to the Denver Prep League’s John F. Kennedy.

Now 1-1-1, host Mullen was hit for five goals in the first half of the Class 4A nonleague match.

Freshman A.J. Gamueda and senior Michael Jimenez scored for the Mustangs. Junior Patrick Rooney added an assist.

Mullen will return to action on Friday, 4:30 p.m., at home against Longmont’s Silver Creek in another 4A nonleaguer.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Boys soccer ties 2-2 at Steamboat Springs
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mullen hit the road into the mountains on Saturday and earned a tie.

The Mustangs drew at host Steamboat Springs, 2-2, in their second match of the season, a Class 4A nonleaguer.

Ryan Irvine and Christian Rapp scored for Mullen, which now is 1-0-1 on the season.

The Mustangs next will see action on Monday, in their home opener, 4:30 p.m., against nearby John F. Kennedy of the Denver Prep League.

Former K/P JK Scott alive and kicking at Alabama
Friday, August 25, 2017

Remember JK Scott? The tall, lean kick/punter who starred for Mullen from 2010-13?

He has been punting since his freshman season for perennial power Alabama. In his three seasons for the Crimson Tide, the 6-foot-6, 204-pound Scott has averaged 48.0, 44.2 and 47.2 yards per punt … basically at sea level.

For his career, Scott has punted 189 times for an average of 46.3.

It may get better for the former Mustang very soon – he will remain the team’s punter, coach Nick Saban said, but it’s a possibility Scott may also combine kicking off and being the Alabama man for long field-goal attempts.

Below is a link for an interesting story – including quoting Mullen head coach Tom Thenell – on what lies ahead for Scott this season.

The story, from BAMAinsider.com, suggests Scott could save the Cromson Tide’s kicking game.

https://alabama.rivals.com/news/jk-scott-could-solve-alabama-s-kicking-problems  

 

 

Boys golfers again take 3rd in Centennial League meet
Friday, August 25, 2017

Boys golfers took third as a team and fared well individually at the second Centennial League gathering of the season.

Playing on Thursday at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course, always a tough track, the Mustangs took third in the eight-team league field. They totaled 304.

They also were third in the first match of the season, at Aurora Hills G.C.

Better yet, Mullen had two players shoot 1-over par – Mario Dino and Thomas Hicks each fired 73s. They tied for third place. Cole Reister contributed 78. Rhett Johnson shot 80 and Nic Mayhan had 88.

In junior varsity, Mullen also finished third, scoring 351. Individuals -- Sean Wallace 82, Eli Marquez 84, John Wallace 89 and Jakob Beckish 96.

Next up on the schedule – another league gathering, on Wednesday at South Suburban G.C.

 

Boys soccer wins debut, 1-0 at Vista Ridge
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mullen opened the boys soccer season on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory against Vista Ridge in Colorado Springs in nonleague.

The only score of the game came from Andrew Seaman. He was assisted by Grant Reuter.

The Mustangs next will be at Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Wednesday roundup: Boys tennis, softball earn victories
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mullen’s boys tennis opened its season on Wednesday and earned a 5-2 victory dual-match over Air Academy at the U.S. Air Force Base above Colorado Springs.

In the debut of new coach Jacob Ohrman, the Mustangs won one of three singles spots and all four doubles placings.

At No. 2 singles, Mac Caldwell won 6-0, 6-2. In doubles, J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 1; Ben Logan-Thomas Logan won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2; Charley Manta-Johnny Grow won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3; and Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart won 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1 singles, George Henry Hanzel dropped a tight one, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, and at No. 3, Dante Dino fell 6-1, 6-1.

The Mustangs will return to face the Kadets and others in the Air Academy tournament Friday-Saturday.

In softball, the Mustangs, who dropped a one-run decision to Class 4A D’Evelyn on Tuesday, came back on Wednesday and downed host Regis Jesuit 3-0. Now 1-1, Mullen plated a run in the third inning and two more in the fifth.

The Mustangs permitted only three hits. They next will be at 4A power Valor Christian on Sept. 30.

 

 

Come and support the Mustangs on Friday
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A message from the Mullen football staff:

Come out and support the Mullen Mustangs as they take on Pomona Friday, 7 p.m., at the North Area Athletic Conplex (NAAC, Hwy. 93 and 64th in Arvada).

All students who are wearing a Mullen t-shirt and have their Mullen ID get free pizza at the gate.

We will be located in the southeast corner of the stadium parking lot.  Come cheer on the 2017  MUSTANGS!!

The game will also be televised live on the NFHS network,

Boys golfers finish 11th at Cherry Creek Invitational
Monday, August 21, 2017

Mullen boys golfers finished 11th as a team in the Cherry Creek Invitational on Monday at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City.

The Mustangs totaled 236 strokes to finish 11th in a 23-team field.

There were two four-man teams for Mullen.

Mullen Blue -- Thomas Hicks 77, Eli Marquez 78, Sean Wallace 81 and Joseph Long 89.

Mullen White -- Mario Dino 78, Nic Mayhan 79, Rhett Johnson 79 and Cole Reister 82.

 

JV golfers take third place at Heather Ridge
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Competing at Heather Ridge Golf Course in the Bishop Machebeuf Invitational, Mullen players faced a par-70. It’s a tight course built in 1972 that was private, then purchased by surrounding homeowners in 2010 and turned public.

The Mustangs posted individual scores ranging from 77 to more than 110, according to head coach Jerry Koehler.

Leading the way was Eli Marquez, who also was Mullen’s top scorer earlier in the week in varsity at The Broadlands G.C. in Broomfield. He shot 9-over-par 79 and finished third. Joseph Long was fourth with 80; Blake Good 20th with 90; and Jakob Beckish 24th at 92.

The varsity will play on Thursday at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora, the first Centennial League match of the season.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Precious few days remain for summer down time, so why panic?
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

 A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N … is making them wait.

With precious few days before the widespread start of fall practice as well as the first day of school, what’s a fall student-athlete to do?

Cram for a bunch of workouts and weight-room sessions? Go for long runs or sprints? Or nab a little – and probably much-needed – down time before the beginning of a busy stretch?

These are the thoughts that must be crossing the minds of teenagers not only here, but across the country.

Call it part of the process, including growing up.

So fret not. Preseason practice (Aug. 14) soon will be here. And so will the first day of school (if they haven’t started already).

And enjoy.

 

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Each week, Mullen will feature a student-athlete of the week. Mustangs considered must carry at least a 3.3 grade-point average, have displayed strong character and performed significantly for their team. Mullen staff members may contact Neil H. Devlin with suggestions at devlin@mullenhigh.com.
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Jessica Hafey

Age: 17. Born: Aug. 20, 2000, in Arvada.

High school sports: Softball (third baseman, batted .455 with 20 RBIs as Mustangs made the Class 4A semifinals and was 13-of-22 in the postseason with seven runs scored and nine RBIs; considering tennis in the spring.

Grade-point average: 3.6.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: My sister, Alex, attended Mullen and kind of convinced me to try it out, and I’ve just really enjoyed it.

The best thing about my sport is: I really like the team aspects of being able to work for each other and not just yourself, and to have someone else to pick you up if you have a bad day.

In my future: Will play in college, committed on Sunday to CSU-Pueblo.

Pre-Game ritual: The only thing I really have if I’m hitting good is the day before I wear the same stuff, like sliders. I’m superstitious that way.

Favorite College Team: Oklahoma softball.

Why I play: I grew up playing sports. It’s just a childhood thing. It’s almost, like, mentally sometimes we just need to hit a ball and get our minds off things. When you’re playing, it’s good.
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Sebastian Campos

Age: 17. Born: Sept. 13, 2000, in Denver.

High school sports: Cross country (state qualifier); wrestling (15-10 at 152 pounds as a freshman, 21-10 at 152 as a sophomore, 33-9 at 170 as a junior, state qualifier, will wrestle again at 170); and track and field (800 and 3,200 meters); Colorado Academic All-State in all three sports.

Grade-point average: 4.1.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: I shook Mr. (Vince) Massey’s hand (athletic director and wrestling coach) and I knew he wanted me to wrestle for him, And there’s also the academics. I came from a small Catholic school (St. Francis de Sales). The atmosphere here is great. I love the people, love the teachers and love the place.

The best thing about my sport is: In wrestling, I think it just requires dedication. It’s a culmination of running, lifting, mental toughness and nutrition. It’s a man’s sport and I love it.

In my future: I’m going to try to get into the Air Force Academy or the academic ROTC at Gonzaga or Washington. I want to become a JAG, a military lawyer, and make a career out of that.

Pre-Game ritual: I have to have Tokyo Joe’s, then I do some planks, an ab workouts.

Favorite College Team: Northern Colorado wrestling.

Why I play: I grew up playing sports and I figure it would be different if I didn’t get involved and didn’t play. Steve Prefontaine said “to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Sports are in my blood.

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Will Locascio

Age: 15. Born: Feb. 8, 2002, in Denver.

High school sports: Cross country, Mustangs’ No. 2 runner, part of team that has qualified for Saturday’s state championships, best time of 16 minutes, 47 seconds over 5k (3.1 miles); also is a triathlete on a club team.

Grade-point average: 3.5  Class: Sophomore.

Why I attend Mullen: I attend Mullen because my brother (Nick) went here and my dad (Joe, an assistant principal) works here, and I really like the community and definitely the cross-country team.

The best thing about my sport is: It’s definitely the kind of bond you make with the school and the athletes you’re running with … you get to know them and it’s pretty cool.

In my future: I’m hoping to go into the military, maybe West Point or the Naval Academy. I’d like to try to get into the Army Rangers.

Pre-meet ritual: The night before a meet, it’s usually a common practice, I have a meal for runners and I pray before the race. I don’t do anything too specific, but I wear the same socks.

Favorite College Team: University of Colorado football.

Why I play: Well, I really love the rewarding part of the finish line and the adrenaline rush that comes with it. (Cross country) is just, like, a really awesome sport. I hope to continue with it for a while.

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Shannon Stone

Age: 17. Born: April 29, 2000, in Littleton.

High school sports: Volleyball (setter, leads Class 4A Mustangs in serving aces, 25; serving attempts, 198; and points, 101; as well as total assists, 393); swimming (freestyler); and tennis (No. 3 singles). 

Grade-point average: 3.3.  Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: I attend Mullen for the community and the academics, and just the people within the close-knit community. Everyone knows each other, which is nice.

The best thing about my sport is: I’d say it’s that (volleyball) is a team sport and all the friends you make throughout it … and just getting to play a competitive sport and fighting to win all the time.

In my future: Undecided what I want to major in, but I’m hoping to play volleyball collegiately. I also play beach volleyball and may play that collegiately. Considering Carson-Newman; St, Thomas in Miami; Southern Connecticut; and Alabama-Birmingham.

Pre-match ritual: We don’t necessarily have one as a team. We do stuff, but I don’t really have anything I have to do that I’m aware of … I’m more of a relaxed player. I may listen to some music. But I don’t get nervous. I just go out there and do my thing.

Favorite College Team: UCLA beach volleyball.

Why I play: I’d say mainly it’s because I love the competitive sports and wanting to win, and the push and fight to win all the time … and I love it.
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Dante Dino

Age: 14. Born: Oct. 11, 2002, in Denver.

High school sports: Tennis (No. 3 singles, brings a 12-6 record into Thursday’s opening of Colorado’s Class 4A tournament at Pueblo City Park, only 9th-grader in the bracket) and basketball (point guard). 

Grade-point average: 3.9.

Class: Freshman.

Why I attend Mullen: I got a good vibe when I shadowed (at Mullen) and then it has good academics and the athletics attracted me. A lot of the kids from my previous (grade) school, like Mario (Dante, his cousin), they were going here as well.

The best thing about my sport is: High-school tennis is an individual sport. I like that aspect, but I also like the teamwork aspect of basketball a little more. It’s just fun, hanging out with guys and it really adds a different aspect that can make or break a team.

In my future: I have no idea. Hopefully, Mullen can point me in the right direction, show me my interests and just go from there.

Pre-Game ritual: I don’t necessarily have one, but before every match I try to turn on some music in the car and tune out everything and go over my strategy on how to pull it out.

Favorite College Team: I’m a big Kentucky basketball fan.

Why I play: I just really like the challenge. It’s just always fun to see how far I can take it, who I can beat and who I can’t. I’ve always been pretty competitive and I love to play the game.
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Morgan Wills

Age: 16. Born: Feb. 26, 2001, in Lakewood.

High school sports: Volleyball outside hitter (second on team with 86 kills; also has 12 blocks and 40 digs); and golf.

Grade-point average: 3.7.

Class: Junior.

Why I attend Mullen: I attend Mullen because it’s a great school and I love how close the great community is, and that it’s a small school and you get to know everybody.

The best thing about my sport is: I think getting to meet new girls and the competition … everyone wants to play and you meet new people who you’ll know for the rest of your life.

In my future: I want to play college volleyball at a Christian school; considering becoming a lawyer.

Pre-Game ritual: I usually listen to music and we always take a minute to get together and close our eyes and visualize how we want to play, and we get hyped.

Favorite College Team: Texas Christian volleyball.

Why I play: I play because I love the sport and it’s such a fast-paced sport. You’re always involved and you’re always moving.
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Mario Dino

Age: 14. Born: Dec. 16, 2002, in Boulder.

High school sports: Golf (handicap is between a 4 and 4.5, shot 87 in regionals, helped Mustangs to Class 4A state tournament, Oct. 2-3 at Raccoon Creek G.C. in Littleton) and considering basketball.

Grade-point average: 3.4.

Class: Freshman.

Why I attend Mullen: I came to Mullen because it’s close to my house and it gives me a great education. I like the teachers, they’re nice. Some of my friends went to Mullen, including my cousin, Dante, who plays tennis. I like the whole thing, it’s great.

The best thing about my sport is: The best thing I like about golf (in high school) is how it’s a team sport, I really like the team aspect of it, the team atmosphere. I knew about it before I came to Mullen, but the team aspect is great. I just like the team thing more than the individual, but I also like that you can’t make excuses, it’s all on you.

In my future: I definitely want to go to college and play D-I golf and play for the PGA Tour. If that doesn’t work, I want to try to work for ESPN or the Golf Channel. That would be cool.

Pre-match ritual: I go to the range about an hour early and hit balls and chip and putt.

Favorite College Team: The Arkansas Razorbacks. My grandma is from there and that’s who we root for.

Why I play: I play because I love golf, it’s a really great sport. I like to compete and be competitive, and see how good I can do. I want to (supersede) my goals.
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Dominic DePizzol

Age: 16. Born: Oct. 16, 2000, in Littleton.

High school sports: Football (quarterback, has thrown for 11 touchdowns for 2-2 Mustangs) and track and field (400 meters). 

Grade-point average: 4.0.

Class: Junior.

Why I attend Mullen: Well, two of my older siblings (Vince and Lauren) went here, so I wasn’t new to Mullen, and I didn’t even shadow anywhere else. And it wasn’t because I played football, I didn’t play until I went to high school.

The best thing about my sport is: I mean, it teaches you a lot about life. You have to completely dedicate yourself to it and it just teaches you a lot.

In my future: I’d like to go to the Naval Academy and maybe have a job in an NFL front office in my future.

Pre-Game ritual: I always go to Mass on Friday morning, then not much. I try not to be superstitious because then if I can’t do something, it screws with my mind.

Favorite College Team: It used to be Baylor, but with everything going on there it’s probably the Naval Academy.

Why I play: I play because I love football and I love playing quarterback and being able to lead others, and the physicality of the game. It’s definitely a great sport.
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Andrew Seaman

Age: 17. Born: April 19, 2000, in Littleton.

High school sports: Soccer, forward, all-Centennial League second team, was seventh in the state in assists in 2016, 16; had two goals and an assist last week in a 4-1 victory over Sheridan; considering returning to wrestling; track and field, long jump and 400, has earned eight letters so far, 11 including the Torch Award. 

Grade-point average: 4.1.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: I had the option between Regis (Jesuit), Valor (Christian) and Mullen when first applying and I already was leaning toward Mullen. I had some cousins and uncles who went here and when I toured here, I knew it was the right fit right away.

The best thing about my sport is: In soccer, I really like competing. When you go out and score a goal, you get that electrifying feeling, it’s just awesome.

In my future: Looking right now into computer science and I might want to run track in college. I’m still looking around.

Pre-Game ritual: Just when we all huddle together, but not one in particular.

Favorite College Team: My parents and family have always been Notre Dame fans, I’ve kind of inherited it from them.

Why I play: I kind of love all of it, the all-around thing, I love the team and competing against friends … in the end, I just love everything about it.

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Marissa Sanchez - September 4th, 2017

Age: 15. Born: Oct. 8, 2001, in Denver.

High school sports: Softball, pitcher, second base, and basketball, guard. 

Grade-point average: 3.4.

Class: Sophomore.

Why I attend Mullen: I did go to Notre Dame (Catholic Grade School) and I wanted to keep a hold on my faith, and the real goal was helping people out and being a better person, as well. Plus, there are strong academics here. About the softball team, it was great when I came here. I think the main reason was I saw the kids and we all had the same idea, saying Hi to each other and just being kind people.

The best thing about my sport is: Mullen softball, I love the girls. I love the family effect it gives. At the end (of my first year) I was really close with my team. As a pitcher, that’s important. I’m trying to move the ball around and they’re backing me up, making plays, they back you up all of the time. And they’re amazing athletes.

In my future: I would love to play D-I softball. I have a good handful of interest, I;m lookin more toward Oregon and Washington.

Pre-Game ritual: I have a handshake with my dad, we’ve had it since rec league. And before games I always side bump with (teammate) Bella Hawkins.

Favorite College Team: Oregon Ducks

Why I play: Softball is just such a big part of my life. I have always grown up with it. It’s something I wake up with and do every day, and love to do.

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Bryce Maderis - August 28th, 2017

Age: 17. Born: June 2, 2000, in Littleton..

High school sports: Cross country (first team all-Centennial League in 2016); and track (800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters); competed in National Junior Olympics this summer in Lawrence, Kan., finished seventh in the 2k steeplechase, earned All-America status.

Grade-point average: 3.4.       

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: I knew a couple of friends going there, but actually one of my former administrators at my old middle school really talked up Mullen. I shadowed there and loved it at first sight.

The best thing about my sports are: Probably the best thing about cross country is every race I get to go against the best people in the state, many who go on to (run in) college, and you get to show 100 percent of your effort and that you can compete with these people.

In my future: I definitely want to run cross country and track in college and for academics go into business marketing.

Pre-meet ritual: Every day before a meet I always go to Noodles and Co., and get three pot stickers and a ginger ale.

Favorite College Team: I’m liking Nebraska right now, the Huskers.

Why I play: I think for me it’s about the adrenaline rush you get. It’s so crazy before a race. I love going out there to compete against other people. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I’ve done football, basketball and baseball, and it’s nothing like it is for me in cross country.

 

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