Student Athlete of the Week

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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Anna Brehm

Age: 17. Born: July 27, 2000, in Littleton.

High school sports: Soccer, center-back. 

Grade-point average: 4.2.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: My two older siblings (Brady and Breanne) both went here and I really like the feel of the smaller community and being able to interact from there.

The best thing about my sport is: I guess I just like the flexibility of the game. You can’t predict what will happen; you have to be able to read the game and anything can happen.

In my future: I’ll be attending the University of Colorado and will major in business; also will play club soccer.

Pre-Game ritual: I kind of just go play … I get a lot of anxiety. I just want to not overthink it and just go for it.

Favorite College Team: I love to watch college football. I don’t have a favorite team, but my family likes USC, where my mom (Valarie) went.

Why I play: I just love the game. I like the adrenaline it brings you. Soccer is a really exciting sport to play.

Reggie Parris

Age: 18. Born: Sept 16, 1999, in Wheat Ridge.

High school sports: Basketball, two-year starter; and baseball (pitcher-outfielder signed to play at San Diego). 

Grade-point average: 4.3.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: There are plenty of reasons, the list goes on and on … I like that it’s a smaller school with competitive athletes and it sets you up academically. I think it’s a challenge, but I respect the coaches and both the athletics and academics. It has helped shape me into the person I wanted to be.

The best thing about my sport is: In baseball, I would say you have to give the other team an even chance. In basketball, you can stall, but in baseball you have to get three outs no matter what.

In my future: This summer I’m going to North Dakota to play in a summer league, then to San Diego. I’m undecided on a major, but just want to earn a spot in that tough program.

Pre-Game ritual: Funny thing, when I pitch I wear the same compression shorts.

Favorite College Team: The USD team now, but I’ve always liked watching Arizona State and Duke in college basketball teams.

Why I play: I get to be with my friends, it’s really competitive and a game where I challenge myself, and bounce back from failure. It’s game of failure and I think everyone knows that. You have to prove yourself and overcome setbacks and failure, and use that as motivation.

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Blayze Jessen

Age: 18. Born: Dec. 30, 1999, in Denver..

High school sports: Swimming, qualifier in multiple individual and relay events; has finished second and third in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke at the Class 4A state meet; USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.

Grade-point average: 3.5.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: Well, the big reason I ended up choosing Mullen is my home school is John F. Kennedy and I wanted to do something in a private school. I saw it and loved it.

The best thing about my sport is: It builds a lot of relationships with different people, different teams and different states, and you can swim when you’re young and old. The sport is great for younger and older athletes and keeps you in shape.

In my future: Hopefully, in my immediate future I can get my qualifying times to get to the Olympic Trials and see where that takes me. (Has signed to swim at the University of Denver).

Pre-Game ritual: I do a lot of the same stretching just among the little things I do.

Favorite College Team: DU lacrosse is up there with the national championships and stuff … it’s beyond exciting.

Why I swim: It’s a funny story … I got into sports after I was born in Denver and moved to California. I was about a year old and we had a pool. My parents were a little skeptical having me around it and I was riding my bike and fell in. They had to save me and right there my mom said I had to learn how to swim. Ever since them I couldn’t get away from the water.
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Jessica Bryan

Age: 17. Born: Oct. 15, 2000, in Bristol, England.

High school sports: Golf.  

Grade-point average: 3.9.

Class: Junior.

Why I attend Mullen: Really I just love the community. I think it’s really cool. Mullen just has that feel about it. The core principles of the school really spoke to me.

The best thing about my sport is: Meeting new people and getting out there to have fun. And, of course, my team -- I really like them.

In my future: Going to college and, hopefully, keep playing golf.

Pre-Match ritual: Sometimes I will just listen to music, which calms my nerves and gets me ready.

Favorite College Team: University of Denver ice hockey.

Why I play: I golf, really, to meet new people and my family likes to golf. When I can, I like to play with my family and have fun, and it’s a sport you can play throughout your whole life.
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Jaydon Vigil

Age: 18. Born: Dec. 23, 1999, in Denver.

Sport: USA Boxing 152-pounder).

Grade-point average: 3.43.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: Because my brother (Julian) went there and it was a great experience. It prepared him for college. He went to an Ivy league school (Columbia). Another reason, honestly, I just wanted to prepare myself for college, get ready for that level and be a student-athlete.

The best thing about my sport is: Being able to go the Olympics. I think that would be a great thing and just to be able to represent my country … that’s a great thing.

In my future: I’m looking forward to the 2020 Olympics. As of right now, that’s my first goal and wherever that takes me … then I’m going to be, hopefully, a world champion some day.

Pre-Match ritual: I don’t listen to music before fights, but the one thing I always do is I pray before I go into the ring. My coach prays and my dad prays, too.

Favorite College Team: Duke men’s basketball.

Why I box: I box because I just love the sport. I love to see kids fight and men fight … it’s a great sport and I love it. It’s always what I’ve wanted to do. And I love the competitiveness everyone has against each other. And it’s not a team sport. I’m by myself and don’t have to rely on anybody. We have a team coach and my dad (Julian Sr.), but it always comes down to me. I accept full responsibility.

Melicia Robles

Age: 17. Born: Sept. 2, 2000, in Denver.

High school sports: Basketball, post player, averaging 4.8 points, 3.7 rebounds; golf, regional qualifier and state alternate.  

Grade-point average: 3.77. Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: Truthfully, I went to a public middle school and did not want to follow through the feeder school. I had heard lots of good stuff about Mullen. So I shadowed and just really liked it.

The best thing about my sport is: For basketball, I really like the team part and when the team executes a play that creates excitement and energy.

For golf, I really enjoy something new to learn and can do throughout my life.

In my future: I’m going to Nebraska in Lincoln right now to become a chemical engineer, but I hope to further my dream to work for NASA.

Pre-Game and Pre-Meet ritual: I kind of get myself into a mindset ready to work hard.

Favorite College Team: I’m not big on watching sports.

Why I play: Ever since I was little, I’ve played basketball since I was 4 or 5 and just found a passion to play as a team and be a team leader, and play for people around me. It’s something I enjoy. In golf, it’s just something I can play all of my life, so I should be learning to play it now.

 

Claire Chahbandour

Age: 14. Born: July 10, 2003, in Denver.

High school sports: Swimming, has qualified for the state meet in all strokes she has entered.

Grade-point average: 4.0.  Class: Freshman.

Why I attend Mullen: Because when I was in eighth grade, I heard so many good things about it. A few of my neighbors go there and said so many good things, so I decided, why not?

The best thing about my sport is: I guess l like how independent you can be, but it’s a team sport in high school and really forces you to be confident in other aspects of your life. It’s super-mental and helps all around. It makes you fit in the real world, too.

In my future: The goal to qualify for junior nationals this summer, I’m close in the 100 breaststroke. Then after that I’ll see where the travelling team (DU Hilltoppers) takes me. I would like to go to a (Division I) school, but have no idea if that will happen.

Pre-race ritual: I always make sure I’m not alone, I always like to talk to friends before a race and always put on Taylor Swift and J.Cole.

Favorite College Team: Alabama football.

Why I swim: I swim because I love it. I have so many friends on both of my teams and am super-uncoordinated out of the water, But I enjoy it. I don’t know what I would do without it.
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Zach Banko

Age: 16. Born: Aug 2, 2001, in Raleigh, N.C.

High school sports: Ice hockey, defenseman, has two goals and four assists.  

Grade-point average: 3.32.

Class: Sophomore.

Why I attend Mullen: The inclusive community and it’s just an all-around great school with great teachers. It’s more than a teacher-student relationship. It’s more personal.

The best thing about my sport is: Probably the physicality.

In my future: I am planning but I still haven’t made a decision, but have received offers from junior teams to leave high school. I might not leave; it’s still up for debate. But I’ll probably be playing DIII or DI hockey somewhere.

Pre-Game ritual: I always tape my stick and always tie my right skate first.

Favorite College Team: Notre Dame ice hockey

Why I play: Well, when I first started I watched a hockey game when we were living in Corpus Christi, Texas, and I don’t know, I fell in love with it. I can’t imagine my life without it. I can release all my emotions through skating and ice hockey.
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Nick Cito

Age: 18. Born: Oct. 3, 1999, in Denver.

High school sports: Basketball, guard, averaging 10.5 points, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game for Mustangs, 8-6 overall, 3-3 in the Centennial League. 

Grade-point average: 3.3.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: I attend Mullen because my brother went here. My parents never forced me; I just loved the school and how close it brings me to my faith and who I am. I thought it was the best choice. I just think it’s the best high school there is. I love it.  

The best thing about my sport is: I just think with it being a team game, it’s not about one person. You can affect the game in so many ways; it doesn’t matter about scoring or whatever … I’m just there with my friends, like it’s one big family.

In my future: I’ll be playing basketball, but I want to go into pre-law. (Signed with Concordia, Neb.)

Pre-Game ritual: I eat Skittles before the game and then I try to get as hyped as possible in warmups. Then when the National Anthem comes, I speak to myself and just think about family members and who I’m playing for, our Savior and my teammates.

Favorite College Team: Oklahoma men’s basketball.

Why I play: I play because (basketball) has been a part of me since I was real young. Just from there I just picked up on it and then throughout life played it. I was cut from a club team and it gave me more motivation to keep going. It’s how I ended up here. I just love the sport so much.

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Lindsey Sowitch

Age: 14. Born: Sept. 3, 2003, in Littleton.

High school sports: Swimming, has qualified for the Class 4A state meet in all events – 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles; 100 butterfly; 200 individual medley; 100 backstroke; 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay; and 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Grade-point average: 4.1.

Class: Freshman.

Why I attend Mullen: I really like the community, my sister (Paige) is a sophomore here and the teachers are really helpful and help you succeed. And the people are welcoming and supportive.

The best thing about my sport is: The best thing would probably be how it’s an individual and a team sport, so you get the feeling of both aspects of competing on a team, but also for you.

In my future: I definitely want to swim in college, but don’t know where I want to go.

Pre-meet ritual: I usually try to stay calm and stay warmed up, and stay hydrated and keep calm. I try not to think about it too much.

Favorite College Team: Arizona State women’s swimming and diving, also Penn State football.

Why I swim: I swim because I like being a part of a team and I like the competitiveness of the sport, and being able to meet new people and grow as a student and swimmer.

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Matt Byerly

Age: 17. Born: April 29, 2000, in Wheat Ridge.

High school sports: Ice hockey, center, entered the week with two goals and two assists for the 1-2 Mustangs.

Grade-point average: 3.6.

Class: Senior.

Why I attend Mullen: I honestly attend Mullen because I just love the community and private-school, rah-rah vibe we get here.

The best thing about my sport is: I think it’s just the culture, the locker room and the teammates. My teammates are everything, they all are amazing people. It’s always fun to go into the locker room and hang out with them.

In my future: I’m not sure which college, but I’ll major in business at Tennessee or Arizona.

Pre-Game ritual: Listening to music, definitely, and I start getting ready on my right side, then move to my left, like I always start with my right skate, then go to my left.

Favorite College Team: University of Denver Pioneers ice hockey.

Why I play: I play because it’s fun. Simply, it’s fun. Everything about it.

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Sofia Zinis

Age: 16. Born: June 26, 2001, in Denver.

High school sports: Swimming (50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 100 backstroke; has qualified for the state meet in all three; was eighth as a freshman in 50 free and fifth a year ago; 13th in 100 back the past season).

Grade-point average: 4.4.  Class: Junior.

Why I attend Mullen: I like a lot about it. My older cousin, Christos Zinis, and dad, Yani Zinis, went here, so it’s a part of the family. And I really like the community and academics.

The best thing about my sport is: Definitely the friendships you make on the team and you spend a bunch of time in practice and meets, so you get super close.

In my future: I’m not really sure what I want to do or where to go, but I want to swim in college.

Pre-meet ritual: Usually, I try to stay pretty relaxed before meets because if I psych myself out it will affect me. I just jump around and stretch, and try to stay warmed up.

Favorite College Team: I really like the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team; my mom, Kristin, went there.

Why I swim: Since I was little, I’ve really liked the competitiveness of racing and the friends you make on the team, and growing up with them. They make every race and practice fun.

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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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Poms activity under new head coach Carrol Christmann D'Elia
Thursday, May 03, 2018

 

New information for poms:


CLINICS
:

 

Wednesday May 16, 4-6 p.m.,  Hutchison Gym

Thursday May 17, 4-6, Hutchison Gym

 

MANDITORY PARENT MEETING:

 

Wednesday May 16, immediately following the clinic.

 

TRYOUTS:

 

Saturday, May 19, 9-11, Hutchison Gym

 

Spring has sprung: Mullen set for Season No. 3
Monday, February 26, 2018

There’s still snow on the ground throughout much of Colorado, so it can only mean one thing concerning high schools – the spring sports season is here.

Mullen will join hundreds of in-state schools in opening preseason practice on Monday, Feb. 26.

The third of three sports seasons in the school year includes seven sports and the Mustangs will field entries in all of them – baseball, girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming and diving, girls tennis, and boys and girls track and field.

There will be three new head coaches for the Mustangs – Jim Alexander in baseball, Melynda Brown in girls lacrosse and Ashley Tait in girls golf.

Weather permitting, girls golf and girls tennis may open competition on Thursday, March 1. All others are slated to open on Thursday, March 8.

Below is a spring schedule outline for Mustangs by sport:

Baseball: Regular season runs through May 8; 5A districts to be completed, May 12; 5A Championship Series, May 18-19 and May 25-26, All-City Field.

Girls golf: Regular season runs through May 4; regionals to be completed by May 11; 3A state championship, Elmwood Golf Course, Pueblo, May 21-22.

Boys lacrosse: Regular season runs through May 5; 5A boys lacrosse playoffs, May 10-May 18, final at Mile High Stadium.

Girls lacrosse: Regular season runs through May 5; playoffs May 9-23, final at University of Denver.

Girls soccer: Regular season runs through May 5; 4A playoffs May 8-23, final at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Boys swimming and diving: Regular season runs through May 12; 4A championships, May 18-19, U.S. Air Force Academy.

Girls tennis: Regular season runs through April 27; regionals to be completed by May 5; 4A state championships, May 10-12, Pueblo City Park.

Boys and girls track and field: Regular season runs through May 12; 4A state championship May, 17-19, Jefferson County Stadium.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Maddi Lane to receive rugby award from Sportswomen of Colorado
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It’s a busy time for Maddi Lane.

The senior at Mullen is on the mend from suffering three concussions. She’s training to keep up her rugby skills. She’s dealing with keeping her grade-point average above a 4.0. She’s headed out of state to visit some college campuses.

And she won an award from Sportswomen of Colorado.

Lane will receive the rugby award from the organization that annually highlights female athletics. She will join other winners in the 44th annual awards program on Sunday, March 11.

“I’m nervous and I didn’t know what to expect,” Lane said in commenting on her application being sent in, then recognized. “I didn’t think I would win it.”

Lane, whose mother, Karen, is an administrative assistant in Mustangs athletics, played for the West Side Swarm Club team the past fall that finished second in Colorado. She said she’s “not sure if I’ll play this spring. The plan right now is to lay low. I’ve gotten the three concussions within the past year and I really want to play in college. I’m just trying to take a recovery break.”

Her spring team is the Rocky Mountain Rebels and her primary positon is scrum-half.

As for colleges, Lane said, “I’m kind of all over.” Academic-wise, she said, her applications to Montana State and St. Mary’s, Calif., have been submitted. She’s also accepted at Long Island University-Post and Kutztown, Pa., and both have offered. She’ll also be checking out Queens in Charlotte, N.C.

“I’m looking east for rugby,” Lane said. “It’s more dominant on the East Coast … I just don’t know if I want to be that far away.”

If not, she also has applied to Regis Jesuit. Her GPA is 4.1 and remains undecided on a major, although international studies is an option “to help people.”

The banquet will take place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Susie Wargin and Marcia Neville will handle the microphones. Sportswomen received a record number of nominations and will present 57 awards, plus the Sportswoman of the Year. More information at www.sportswomenofcolorado.org/banquet.

 

WINNERS

Michaela Onyenwere - Basketball - High School (Grandview High School) 

Kennedy Leonard - Basketball - College (University of Colorado) 

Elizabeth Constien - Cross Country - High School (Battle Mountain High School) 

Dani Jones - Cross Country - College (University of Colorado) 

Julie Lyons - Cycling (Greenwood Village, CO) 

Jennifer Valente - Cycling - Track (Colorado Springs, CO)

Sally Ann Foscha - Barrel Racing (Calhan, CO)

Kristina Matthews - Equestrian - Hunter/Jumper - (Denver, CO)

Emma Domich - Field Hockey - High School (Kent Denver School) 

Hailey Schalk - Golf - High School (Holy Family High School)

Mary Weinstein - Golf - College (Regis Jesuit High School) 

Kaylie Berens - Gymnastics - High School (Pomona High School) 

Meilan Haberi - Ice Hockey (Air Academy High School) 

Beth Goralski - Ice Climbing (Gypsum, CO)

Liz Anderson and Hailey Roberts - Competitive Jump Roping (Denver, CO)

Bridget Sutter - Lacrosse - High School (Colorado Academy) 

Sarah Brown - Lacrosse - College (University of Colorado)

Becky Wade - Marathon (Louisville, CO) 

Madison Lane - Rugby (Mullen High School)

Libby James - Running - Masters (Fort Collins, CO)

Carson Saabye - Shooting Sports - Air Pistol (USA Shooting/Palmer Ridge High School) 

Petra Hynčicová - Skiing - Nordic - College (University of Colorado) 

Stacy Gaskill - Snowboard - Freeride (Golden, CO)  

Lindsay Horan - Soccer - Professional (Portland Thorns (NWSL), USWNT) 

Haley Schueppert- Soccer - High School (Mountain Vista High School) 

Jalen Tompkins - Soccer - College - DI (University of Colorado)

Emily Garnier - Soccer - College - DII (Colorado School of Mines) 

Kaley Wilson - Softball - High School (Eaglecrest High School) 

Haley Hutton - Softball - College (Colorado State University)

Zoe Bartel - Swimming - High School (Fossil Ridge High School) 

Bailey Andison - Swimming - College (University of Denver) 

Kathy Garnier - Swimming - Masters (Littleton, CO)

Sarah Thomas - Swimming - Open Water - Marathon (Conifer, Colorado)

Ky Ecton - Tennis - High School (Poudre High School) 

Samantha Martinelli - Tennis (Denver, Colorado) 

Maya Evans - Track & Field (Field - Jumps) - High School (Lutheran High School) 

Arria Minor - Track & Field (Track - Sprints) - High School (Denver East High School) 

Brie Oakley - Track & Field (Track - Distance) - High School (Grandview High School)  

Mel Heri - Track and Field - Field (Chadron State College)

Alija Konieczek - Track and Field - Track (Western State University)

Joanne Marriott - Track and Field - Field - Masters (Arvada, CO)

Rose Namajunas - UFC - Professional (Denver, CO) 

Courtney Dauwalter - Ultra Distance Running (Golden, Colorado) 

Keely Davis - Volleyball - High School (Rock Canyon High School) 

Alexa Smith - Volleyball - College (University of Colorado)

Soliel Gaylord - All-Around - Telluride High School/USA Mountain Running (Telluride, Colorado)

Jim Turgeon - Coach of the Year - College (Colorado State University - Pueblo - Basketball) 

Mary Mosher-Stathes - Empowerment (Rosie's Ranch - Englewood, CO) 

Joy Rondeau- Inspiration (Grand County, CO) 

Caryn Jarocki - Milestone (Highlands Ranch High School)

Abby Farrell- Para-Olympic Athlete of the Year (University of Illinois/Colorado Springs, CO)

Jennifer Jansonius - Perseverance (Broomfield, CO)

Jessie Banks - Dorothy Mauk Pioneer Award (Pueblo, Colorado) 

Geneva Gray - Trailblazer  (Bacone College - Oklahoma)

Six honorees will become members of the hall of fame for receiving three awards in the same sport over the years. They join an impressive list, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Ellen Hart, Emma Coburn, Jenny Simpson and Missy Franklin.

Hall members are not eligible to receive awards in their sport in future years, but will remain eligible for Special Awards and Sportswoman of the Year.

Maya Evans - Basketball

Lindsay Horan - Soccer 

Samantha Martinelli - Tennis

Michaela Onyenwere - Basketball 

Carson Saaybe - Shooting 

Bridget Sutter - Lacrosse

--- Compiled by Neil H. Devlin

Busy sports weekend to include ice hockey gathering and tribute to Sawyer Dow
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Despite no classes because of parent-teacher conferences at the end of the week, Mullen winter sports will have a busy couple of days, notably on Saturday, when the Mustangs will host a tribute to Sawyer Dow.

Before the Mustangs’ ice hockey game at the Edge Ice Arena against Pueblo County, there will be a moment of silence for Dow, a senior who was killed recently in Clear Creek Canyon. The community is invited to come out and celebrate his life with Mullen students, share some pizza and swap memories while enjoying the Highlands Conference game.

The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m. Mullen is 3-8 overall, 2-6 in conference. Most recently, it blitzed Woodland Park 9-0. The Hornets are 9-1, 8-0, and right behind conference-leading Valor Christian (10-0 in the Highlands). The two teams will have the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena.

The Mustangs boys and girls basketball teams also held moments of silence for Dow earlier this week in addition to players either wearing T-shirts in his honor or marking themselves as a show of support for him.

On Friday, basketballers will take on Overland in the Centennial League. In boys, where the Trailblazers have rallied after a 1-7 start to even their overall mark and race to a 5-0 league start, are currently in command of the Centennial. They beat Grandview by a point on a 3-point buzzer-beater on Wednesday. Mullen, now 8-5, 3-2, is coming off a 66-40 home victory against Cherokee Trail and matched its most league victories since the 2009-10 season.

And in girls, the Mustangs are 6-8, 3-2, and fresh from a 62-51 victory at Cherokee Trail. The Trailblazers are 4-7, 2-2.  

As for wrestling, the Mustangs will be in the dual meets at Jefferson on Friday, then head to Kersey on Saturday for a series of duals at Platte Valley.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Mullen sports action to resume on Jan. 2 and include grade-school play
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome back.

The second half of the 2017-18 sports year for Mullen will begin on Jan. 2 despite classes not resuming until Jan. 8.

On Tuesday, boys basketball will host Aurora’s Grandview, tip-off at 6 p.m. It will be the first of three meetings for Mullen with the Wolves – the two will meet twice later in the Centennial League, but this one will fill a previously open spot for both programs and be nonleague.

Ice hockey will have two demanding games in the week. First, the Mustangs will host regular-challenger Valor Christian on Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., at the Edge Ice Arena, then travel to Family Sports Center Hamilton on Friday to meet always powerful and longtime-rival Regis Jesuit.

On Thursday, boys and girls basketballers on all levels will open league play against Arapahoe, with the boys being on the road and girls at home at Hutchison Fieldhouse. Varsity games will start at 7 p.m.

Girls swimmers will compete in the GrandVista Invitational at Littleton from Friday-Saturday that also will include Lotus School for Excellence, Northridge, Platte Canyon, Ralston Valley, Rampart, Evergreen and Grandview.

Saturday competition also will involve boys and girls basketball at Eaglecrest – boys varsity at 4:30 p.m. and girls at 6 p.m. – as well as the Mustangs Invitational for wrestling, an all-day gathering that will feature finals matches at approximately 4 p.m.

In addition, on Jan. 2 Mullen will have Celebrate the New Year Basketball Games prior to its matchup against Grandview. Several top club teams on the grade-school level as well as feeder teams for Mullen will be in action and coached by familiar names.

Below is a schedule:

2 p.m., Hutchison, girls, The Edge Sixth Grade, coached by Mike O’Connell, vs. Colorado Skills Sixth Grade, headed by Gabe Trujillo.

3 p.m., Old Gym, boys, Legend Third Grade (Dan Simington) vs. Mustangs Third Grade (Vince Valdez).

3 p.m., Hutchison, boys, D’Evelyn Eighth Grade (Enrique Aguilar) vs. Mustangs Eighth Grade (Brian Davis).

4 p.m., Old Gym, boys, Pro Skills Fifth Grade (Ross Schraeder) vs. Mustangs Fifth Grade (Dom Martinez).

4 p.m., Hutchison, boys, ThunderRidge Eighth Grade (R. Ray) vs. Mustangs Eight Grade (Brian Davis).

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Mustangs' Caton, Schenbeck to join CHSCA hall of fame in March
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bob Caton and Tony Schenbeck, each with Mullen ties, have been named to the latest hall of fame class of the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

Caton is in his first season of heading Mustangs boys basketball and Schenbeck had two long stints in Mullen coaching and administration.

A Denver West graduate and familiar figure on city-area basketball sidelines for decades, Caton uniquely played in the CHSCA all-state game – in 1967 in Pueblo – as well as coached in it, in 1985 and 2011. A man who has more than 500 victories with other stops at Manual, Denver West, George Washington, Aurora Central and Highlands Ranch, Caton’s teams own two state runner-up finishes, six trips to the final four and 14 times to the quarterfinals. He’s also a former team captain and MVP at Colorado State.

When he took over the Mustangs program to start the 2017-18 season, athletic director Vince Massey referred to Caton “a legend.”

As for Schenbeck, the Nebraskan and Northern Colorado graduate started his career at Mead Junior High before landing at Mullen, where his 10-year stint included leading the baseball program to a state title (1978) and a runner-up finish (1972). A 20-year run as baseball coach and athletic director followed at the new Overland in Aurora and included the 1990 championship and 1989 semifinals appearance. Then it was back to Mullen for another nine years (with a semifinals showing in 2002). All told, his teams were 398-269, he had 40 years on the jobs and he coached in the all-state game six times, three at Mile High Stadium, where the Denver Bears played.

Caton and Schenbeck are joined in the class with Swink’s Al Blanc, who coached boys basketball for nearly 50 years; Prairie’s Maggie Kilmer, a stalwart in volleyball who was there at the outset of female sanctioning; and Simla’s Al Snyder, well-known in small-school girls basketball and who will join his wife, Sue, in the hall.

Induction ceremony will be March 24 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora, 5:30 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.colochsa.org.

--- Neil H. Devlin

  

Boys hoops tourney set for Thursday-Saturday
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Mullen Holiday Classic Tournament for boys basketball has been set.

It will be played Thursday through Saturday at the Hutchison Fieldhouse.

Host Mullen will play on Friday, 7 p.m., against Pomona, then on Saturday, 2 p.m., against Thompson Valley.

Below is the complete schedule:

Thursday

Thompson Valley vs. Pomona, 7 p.m.

Friday

 Pomona vs. Mullen, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Thompson Valley vs. Mullen, 2 p.m.

Pomona vs. Denver West, 3:30 p.m.

 

Several Mustangs honored as all-league in fall
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Several Mustangs have been honored as all-league in fall competition.

Below is a sport-by-sport list:

 

Boys cross country

First team all-Centennial – Bryce Maderis.

Second team – Will Locasio.

 

Football

First team all-Mt. Cameron – Damien Cearns, Wind Henderson, Adrian Jackson, Aiden Keenaaina, Broc Langren, Florian McCann III, Taye Mitchell, A’Jon Vivens.

Second team – Damien Quiroz, Ivan Rodriguez, Vincenco Saurini, Vaughnn Stitt.

Honorable mention – Silas Daffin, henry Haen, Cooper Johnson, Zach Krause, Dante Silva.

 

Boys golf

First team all-Centennial – Mario Dino.

 

Boys soccer

First team all-Centennial – Andrew Zeaman.

Honorable mention – Grant Reuter.

 

Softball

First team all-Centennial – Tatum Maloney, Marissa Sanchez.

Second team – Elena Garcia, Caley McKune.

Honorable mention all-state – Tatum Maloney, Marissa Sanchez.

Senior all-state game – Tatum Maloney.

 

Volleyball

First team all-Centennial – Kendall Malone.

Second team -- Shannon Stone.

Honorable mention – Morgan Wills.

All-State Game by Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports – Kendall Malone.

 --- Neil H. Devlin

 

 

 

Ready, set, begin … Winter sports set to rock on Wednesday
Monday, November 27, 2017

Sports season No. 2 on the annual docket, winter, will begin competition on Wednesday (Nov. 29).

Mullen will field teams in boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, girls swimming and diving, and wrestling.

There are two new head coaches this season – longtime Colorado figure Bob Caton now is in command of boys basketball and John Howes, a former assistant to Vince Massey and longtime figure in Jefferson County, has taken over wrestling. Frank Cawley remains as head girls basketball coach, Susan Stone continues to lead Mustangs in the pool and Devon Brady heads ice hockey.

As usual, winter sports will overlap with the final three football titles of the fall season, which will be played on Saturday (Dec. 2), and shut down over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. First state titles will be contested in February, then wrap up in mid-March.

Mullen competitors will have a busy first week.

Boys basketballers will have two home games, opening on Wednesday against Abraham Lincoln, then hosting longtime parochial-rival Regis Jesuit on Saturday. Tip-offs will be 7 p.m.

In girls basketball, opening night will be Thursday. The Mustangs will meet Broomfield at 5:30 p.m. at the ThunderRidge-Castle View Tournament to be held in Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock. They’ll also play in the Douglas County District-sponsored gathering on Friday and Saturday, times and foes TBD.

Concerning wrestling, Mullen starts with a dual meet on Thursday, 7 p.m., at Grandview in Aurora. The Mustangs also will be in the Golden Tournament on Saturday, an all-day affair.

In the pool, Mullen will begin with a meet at Arapahoe on Thursday, 5 p.m., then travel to ever-present Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village on Saturday.

And on the ice, Mullen will host Denver East on Saturday, 8:30 p.m., at the Edge Ice Arena.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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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