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By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist 

Colorado All State Games - Alamosa, Colorado

Mullen will have both a lighter and heavier representation at this week’s Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games at Adams State College in Alamosa.

The Games, in their 61st year, will offer football, boys and girls basketball, cross country, softball, spirit, wrestling and volleyball this week for recently graduated seniors. Over the years, officials of the gathering have offered a sort-of last hurrah for graduates that now mostly is dominated by smaller schools and have been working to re-establish a steadier flow of the high-end athletes frpm the metropolitan area. Competing with summer play, the unavailability of student-athletes and hesitance from high-end competitors and their college staffs have relegated most of the rosters to mid-range and lower participants, and the site has switched multiple times including from in and around the Denver area.

Concerning the Mustangs, they will have only two players in the week-long activity and a coach, but they are significant. Footballers Isiahia Banks and Marcus McElory, and coach Tom Thenell will be on the North Team. Banks, a safety, is headed to Montana, and McElroy, a running back and one of the most-productive contributors in Class 5A, has signed with Colorado State. Thenell is enjoying his second stint as a coach in the games.

The football game will be Friday7:30 p.m. Softball was Wednesday, and the rest of the games will be contested Friday-Saturday.
"Our kids are representing the school and community extremely well," Thenell said. "And our (North team) seems to be a high-character group."

 


Articles By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mr. Devlin covers and promotes our 20 varsity sports programs. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Neil is in his 38th year of covering high-school sports in Colorado through newspapers, television, radio, the Internet and magazines. He has won various writing awards and is in multiple halls of fame. His passion for writing about the people, athletes and events of the Rocky Mountain prep sports world will now primarily focus on Mullen. If you have a news or story idea, please contact Ami Zach at zach@mullenhigh.com.
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Mr. Vince Massey
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Vince Massey joined the Mullen Community in the Fall of 1995. He has served as a classroom teacher, dean of students, and currently serves as Athletic Director and Director of Safety and Security. When not at Mullen, Vince enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and his three kids, Danielle, Jacob and Joey.

 

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Mr. Hank Hooper
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Hank is in his 18th year at Mullen High School. Prior to arriving at Mullen, Hank taught and coached at Little Rock Catholic High School in Arkansas for 6 years and then Dallas Jesuit in Texas for 71/2 years. At Mullen Hank taught English and coached football for 14 years before transitioning into an administrative role. Hank has worked in the Athletic Department as Dean of Athletic Renewal, Assitant Athletic Director, Interim Athletic Director, and currently as Associate Athletic Director. Hank and his wife Pam have two children both of whom are Mullen grads, Lindsay ('07) and Patrick ('04). Lindsay is the Registrar at Mullen High School and is also the Mullen POMs dance team's head coach. Patrick and his wife Heather both work for the NHL's San Jose Sharks where Patrick is the Digital Media Manager and Heather is the Shark's Foundation Director. They, also, became proud parents in March of this year to Graysen Rhea Hooper.


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Mr. Duan Ruff
ruff@mullenhigh.com
303.761.1764 Ext. 3318

Duan is a Husband, Father, Brother, Son, Teacher, Associate Athletic Director and Certified Yoga Instructor. He has a spouse and four children, and loves to spend time outdoors, engage in community service and believes in living a complete healthy lifestyle. The Ruff parents are vegan, while his kids are vegetarian.  Duan earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Economics from Colorado State University. He also has earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He has more than 10 years of teaching and administrative experience as well as 4 years teaching and working in diversity, social justice and retention at CSU as the Assistant Director of the Black African-American Cultural Center. In addition, the former Mustangs star player can create and implement mentoring programs, leadership programs and large-scale conferences, retreats and symposiums. Most of all, Duan enjoys being a support system and consults with others about the appropriate lifestyle.

 

Karen Lane

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Director of Sports Medicine
Mr. Joey Mahmood
303.761.1764 Ext. 3343

Joey Mahmood joined the Mullen community as a teacher and the head athletic trainer in the fall of 2011. Joey currently is the Director of Sports Medicine, the Department Chair of Physical Education and teaches physical education and science classes. Joey considers himself lucky to be able to help student athletes stay healthy during competition and then teach students in the classroom how to take care of themselfs and others. When Joey isn't at Mullen he is spending time with his wife Michele, two sons Dino and Enzo and his two dogs, Duke and Trigger.

 

 

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Mr. Neil Devlin
devlin@mullenhigh.com

 

 

 

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