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10.14.17

 

Big season ends for Mullen tennis; 12th at 4A state

With four of seven entries qualifying, a younger Mullen group finished in 12th place at the Class 4A boys tennis state tournament held Thursday-Saturday at Pueblo City Park.

The Mustangs managed only 3 points as a top-heavy team chase ultimately had Kent Denver outlasting Colorado Academy 89-81.

Mustangs No. 3 singles player Dante Dino, a freshman, and the No. 1 doubles team of J.P. Starkey and Tanner Amman – both sophomores who qualified at No. 2 doubles a year ago -- each won first-round matches before falling in the quarterfinals.

Dino won a playbacks match before getting knocked off and missing a chance to play for third place after going 2-2 in the tournament. Starkey-Amman didn’t advance to playbacks, but lost to the eventual third-place winners, from Valor Christian.

At No. 3 doubles, Charley Manta and Johnny Grow lost in the preliminaries and had no playbacks, the same for Dominic Jablonsky and Ethan Hart at No. 4 doubles, who went out against the Cheyenne Mountain group that eventually finished third.

In all, the Mustangs, under first-year coach Jacob Ohrman, reloaded nicely and laid some ground work for the program. They also were 6-3 in dual meets and won an invitational tournament.

--- Neil H. Devlin

10.12.17

Former Mustangs tennis coach Vicky Matarazzo honored

It’s an award associated with class and now it is also carries an appropriate name.

On Thursday on the first day of the Class 4A boys tennis state tournament held in Pueblo, it was announced that the sportsmanship award for teams would be presented in the name of Vicky Matarazzo, former longtime Mullen tennis coach.

The annual award couldn’t be in line with a better person, Mustangs athletic director Vince Massey said.

“She always did a great job coaching and hosting regionals and it doesn’t surprise me that they named that award after her,” Massey said. “It’s a very appropriate thing to do.”

The fist Vicky Matarazzo Sportsmanship Award will be presented on Saturday, the day of the individual and team championships.

--- Neil H. Devlin

10.12.17

Mustangs young netters show some mettle at state

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

After Day 1 of Class 4A state boys tennis at Pueblo City Park, Mullen went 2-2 in the first round and has three-of-four possibilities for playbacks.

On Thursday in the preliminaries, Mustangs freshman and No. 3 singles Dante Dino as well as No. 1 singles J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman, both sophomores, advanced. Dino was spanked in the first set 1-6 by Valor Christian’s Nick Solimene, a sophomore, but rallied to take the next two games 6-3, 6-4. And Starkey-Amman, who qualified for the tournament at No. 2 doubles a year ago, were able to outlast Lewis-Palmer’s Isaiah Dawid-Garrett Rademacher 7-5, 6-4.

But the Mustangs went out in both spots in the quarterfinals. Dino lost 5-7, 2-6 to Colorado Academy senior Jordan Wagner and Starkey-Amman were knocked off 1-6, 4-6 by Valor Christian’s Xavier Pacheco-David Bomgaars.

Also in preliminaries, Mullen No. 3 doubles Charley Manta-Johnny Grow were handled 1-6, 2-6 by Lewis-Palmer’s  Zach Lundgren-Reece Colson and No. 4 singles Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart lost 2-6, 3-6 to Cheyenne Mountain’s Bennett Ziegler-Carver Ward.

 Jablonsky-Hart are out, but Dino, Starkey-Amman and Jablonsky-Hart are awaiting Friday morning’s semifinals results to see if they are eligible to enter playbacks and compete for third place.

Teamwise, Colorado Academy and Kent Denver, always annual challengers, were tied with 21 points. Mullen had two and was tied with George Washington at 11th.

10.5.17

Boys tennis wins regional chase, 4 of 7 spots advance to state

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

“If you told me on the first day of practice that I would make it to state at any position, I would have told you (that) you were crazy.”

Dante Dino is being honest. The Mullen freshman genuinely thought he had zero chance of advancing to the Class 4A boys tennis state tournament, to be held Oct. 12-14 at Pueblo City Park. And he probably had the same thought process about regionals. After all, the Mustangs also compete in the Centennial League, which has been dominant for decades, and as a group they reloaded this season with inexperienced schoolboy players.

But there Dino was on Wednesday at Pinehurst Country Club as the Mustangs hosted 4A Region 3, And he was seeded second at No. 3 singles.

After a bye, Dino basically dominated. He won a second-round match 6-3, 6-1, then just about owned the court in the final, winning by 6-1, 6-0.

“I think by far Dante played the best tennis (on Wednesday), maybe of his life,” Mustangs coach Jacob Ohrman said.

And the first-year coach had plenty of success stories to choose from – Mullen also advanced its Nos. 1, 3 and 4 doubles teams; had two other freshmen finish third at Nos. 1 and 2 singles; and placed third at No. 2 singles. Plus, Mullen won regional team honors.

Dino was just trying to take it all in, but make no mistake. He’s enjoying it.

“It has been pretty interesting, a new experience, the whole high-school tennis aspect of it,” Dino said. “As a freshman I’ve got nothing to lose.”

So why not take advantage of it? Mullen got a taste of it with its boys golf team that placed at state with three freshman and a sophomore. However, tennis is more of a one-on-one sport, including doubles, and Dino is running into 17- and 18-year-olds as seniors, young men who are more mature, drive automobiles and have girlfriends. Plus, Dino recently took on an opponent who had a full beard.

“That part of it is pretty funny,” Ohrman said of his young troops.

Again, Dino embraces the team aspect, and that goes for all of it. He said his amateur tennis outside school usually was just him and his father, but with the Mustangs “taking my first bus ride with my team … that’s a memory I’ll never forget.”

And, sure, he added, “I got a little crap because I’m a freshman, but today is just a testament to all I’ve worked for and I’m really excited to see where I can go with it. Like I said, I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Also in singles, freshmen No. 1 George Henry Hansel and No. 2 Mac Caldwell placed third in the six-team chase.

In doubles, which included a couple of two-and-a-half-hour matches, sophomores J.P. Starkey and Tanner Amman, two of the three Mustangs who competed at state a year ago, provided a highlight with a rally, wining 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) over Evergreen’s Carter Morrill and Konrad Ladow, both seniors.

“It was a tough first set,’ Starkey admitted. “But the second set we kind of came out and just really kind of destroyed them.”

The Mustangs as a whole, he added, “are really close and I think everybody is in the right spot.”

Plus, he said heading back to state “is really exciting.”

The Logan twins, Ben and Thomas, took third at No. 2 doubles, and Dino, Starkey and Amman will be joined in Pueblo by the No. 3 team of Charley Manta and Johnny Grow, who won their championship by 6-3, 6-2, and the No. 4 group of Dominic Jablonsky and Ethan Hart, who won their playback on Thursday.

A year ago, Manta was part of a No. 4 doubles winning team at regionals as were Starkey-Amman at No. 2 doubles.

“We’ve just pulled it together,” Amman said. “But we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”

In the team chase it was Mullen winning it all with 59 points, followed by George Washington (36), Discovery Canyon and Littleton (32), Evergreen (23), and Conifer (1).

 

10.3.17

Mustangs set to host Class 4A Region 3 boys tennis

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

They’ve had a surprisingly strong season to date. They’ve been doing it under a new coach. And the roster is lined with freshman.

So Mullen’s Mustangs are ready for their outstanding fall to continue on Wednesday, when they will host Class 4A Region 3 boys tennis competition at school and the nearby Pinehurst Country Cub.

“I think I’m lucky to have an entire team that has been committed,” first-year head coach Jacob Ohrman said earlier this week. “It has been fun.”

For it to continue, Mullen will be going against Conifer, Discovery Canyon, Evergreen, Littleton and George Washington. Two entrants from each of the three singles and four doubles spots will advance to Colorado Class 4A tournament (Oct.12-14) to be held in Pueblo at its City Park.

As he was entering his first season the past August, Ohrman admitted that he didn’t know much about the level and it’s the same case when his team meets the five schools on Wednesday.

“They all play in different leagues,” Ohrman said.

The coach added that “Wednesday is the real test ... if we do well Wednesday, I will be very happy.”

Matches on Wednesday will be 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the three rounds. There are draws of six and the 1 and 2 seeds will have first matches in the semifinals.

Mullen No. 1 singles player George Henry Hanzel is seeded fifth as is Mac Caldwell at No. 2. No. 3 singles Dante Dino is seeded No. 2.

In doubles, which has accounted for a lot of the strength and production this season, the seeding reflects it – No. 1 J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman are top-seeded; No. 2 Ben and Thomas Logan, twins, are seeded second; No. 3 Charley Manta-Johnny Grow is another group seeded second; and No. 4 Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart is seeded No. 1.

Overall, Ohrman said, the production has been uplifting. The Mustangs were 5-2 in dual matches, won the Greeley Invitational and placed fourth at the Air Academy tournament. One of the losses in duals was to perennial power and national record-holder Cherry Creek, a 7-0 sweep; the other by 4-3 to Arapahoe. Both compete in 5A.

Ohrman said he hopes to get as many matches completed by Wednesday as possible to perhaps have only playbacks the next day and avoid any weather-related problems.

He added that he has grown from a coaching standpoint while his competitors grow as players.

“I’ve really enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “I didn’t expect quite as much off-court work, but think some of it was learning about it. But the on-court stuff is awesome.”

 

9.18.17

Now 5-2 in duals, boys tennis remains quite a racquet

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

They may be getting a little green around the gills, but they keep earning valuable experience and continue to learn.

And they keep winning.

Mullen’s boys tennis team earned another sweep on Monday, handling host Overland 7-0 at Utah Park in a dual match. It followed two interesting matches the past week, when the Mustangs won 6-1 over Cherokee Trail before getting outclassed 7-0 against Cherry Creek, which has set state and national marks for team prowess.

“Sometimes Cherry Creek doesn’t always send its Varsity I,” Mustangs head coach Jacob Ohrman said. “We definitely got (its) Varsity I.”

In improving to 5-2 in head-to-head team gatherings, Mullen may have arrived at the proverbial wall, but it hasn’t hit it. Yet.

“A lot of our guys were dragging,” Ohrman said of his team’s play on Monday against Overland. “I think this season is starting to take its toll, it was hot and they were tired, but it’s encouraging that they weren’t playing their best and still got the win.”

All three singles players are freshman – in order, George Henry Hazel, Mac Caldwell and Dante Dino and Nos. 1-3 have done more for the team than occupying spots.

“Getting those three freshmen also has helped the depth of our team,” Ohrman said.

A big boost has been relevant to doubles teams, where J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman, Ben and Thomas Logan, Charley Manta-Johnny Grow and Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart have evolved and carried a lot of the play while the ninth-graders been given time to emerge.

“We feel confident about our (doubles),” Ohrman said.

Truth is, Ohrman added, his ninth-graders continually tell him that they’re facing men, 18-year-olds, and he’s not sure his younger set has to shave.

One thing the coach said his group needs to work on is keeping the pressure up against teams that haven’t had a lot of success.

“Sometimes we struggle when we’re playing a lesser opponent,” he said. “We need to work on playing our game when you’re expected to win.”

The Mustangs will be at home on Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., against an always solid Arapahoe, then finish its regular season on Sept. 26 at Smoky Hill. Class 4A tennis regionals are to be completed by Oct. 7.

Said Ohrman: “We need to keep going.”

9.11.17

Young Mustangs keep winning by taking first at Greeley West Invitational

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The substantial season that began with lots of inexperience and another new coach for Mullen boys tennis continues.

The Mustangs won the past weekend’s Greeley West Invitational behind another strong doubles showing.

Mullen totaled 68 points to edge runner-up Grandview (65) and third place Monarch (64) in a 12-team field.

The Mustangs’ No. 1 doubles team of J.P. Starkey and Tanner Amman and the No. 4 doubles team of Ethan Hart and Dominic Jablonsky each finished first.

Dante Dino finished second at No. 3 singles and Ben and Tom Logan at No. 2 doubles and Charlie Manta, Johnny Grow and Coleman Guthrie at No. 3 doubles did likewise.

Mac Caldwell took seventh at No. 2 singles and George Henry Hanzel was eight at No. 1 singles.

To date under new coach Jeff Ohrman, Mullen also is 3-1 in dual matchs and took fourth in the Kadet Kickoff at Air Academy.

Next up for the Mustangs: A Centennial league match at Cherokee trail in Aurora on Tuesday (Sept. 12) at 4 p.m.

9.7.17

Mustangs sweep Eaglecrest; Greeley West tourney next

By Eli Hernandez

For mullenhigh.com

In its first Centennial League dual match of 2017, Mullen cruised against visiting Eaglecrest, earning a 7-0 sweep at Pinehurst Country Club on Thursday.

It was particularly pleasing for the Mustangs to sweep all three singles matches as each spot is manned by a freshman. Each match and tournament showing is only adding to their experience and they advanced to 2-1 in duals.

“We are jumping right into our tournament (Friday) morning at Greeley (the Greeley West Invitational),” Mustangs head coach Jacob Ohrman said. “This really is our preparation right here; this match, hopefully, it gets us ready to go play a couple matches (Friday).

“Ideally, we would be able to practice in between, but it is what it is. We have to go play another match … I think my guys learned a little bit from today and they’ll be ready to go.”

Mullen No. 1 singles player George Henry Hanzel was tested by Eaglecrest’s Brandon Russell before winning 6-4, 6-4.

“It was not the best match, but I still won … that’s all that matters,” Hanzel said.

Mac Caldwell and Dante Dino also backed up Hanzel, both winning handily, by 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively.

The Mustangs’ double groups also had their way with the still-building Raptors, all four winning in straight sets. J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman (No. 1) and the Logan twins, Ben and Thomas (No. 2) combined to lose only four games.

Both Charles Manta-Johnny Grow (No. 3) and Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart (No. 4) had to go to 7-5 in their first sets before running away in their second rounds.

MULLEN 7, EAGLECREST 0

No. 1 singles --- George Henry Hanzel def. Brandon Russell 6-4,6-4

No. 2 singles --- Mac Caldwell def. Josef Dankenbring 6-1,6-3

No. 3 singles --- Dante Dino def. Jacobie Dankenbring 6-1,6-0

No. 1 doubles --- J.P Starkey-Tanner Amman  def. Brian Shim-Jacob Tibbitts 6-1,6-0

No. 2 doubles --- Ben Logan-Thomas Logan def. Alex Davis-Logan Ming 6-1,6-2

No. 3 doubles --- Charles Manta-Johnny Grow def. Anthony Davis-Jared Oates 7-5,6-2

No. 4 doubles --- Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart def. Schuyler Wilcox-Jack O'Donnell 7-5,6-3

 

9.5.17

 

Home opener a smash, Mustangs handle Grandview

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

They doubled their fun.

Mullen’s Mustangs opened the Centennial League season at home on Tuesday and took a 4-3 decision of Grandview. Better yet after getting handled in all three singles positions, the Mustangs rallied to win all four doubles matches.

And they did it in convincing fashion – they swept all matches in two sets.

At No. 1 doubles, J.P. Starkey and Tanner Amman won 6-4, 6-3 in the closest of the four doubles matches. At No. 2, Mullen’s Ben Logan and Thomas Logan won 6-2, 6-0; at No. 3, Charlie Manta and Johnny Grow won 6-1, 6-1; and at No. 4 Dominic Jablonsky and Ethan Hart won 6-3, 6-1.

Earlier last month, the Mustangs finished fourth of 12 teams in the Kadet Kickoff Classic hosted by Air Academy.

Pine Creek won all three singles titles and one in doubles to finish first and Rock Canyon won the other three doubles crowns to take second.

However, Mullen did advance freshmen singles George Henry Hanzel (No. 1), Mac Caldwell (No. 2) and Dante Dino (No. 3) to the third round. The same was for Starkey-Amman at No. 1 doubles, the Logans at No. 2 doubles, Manta and Coleman Guthrie at No. 3 doubles and Jablonsky and Hart at No. 4 doubles.

Also, the Mustangs were shut out in a dual match against Colorado Academy, losing 7-0. No Mullen singles or doubles entries were able to win a set against a CA program that historically challenges among smaller schools.

On Thursday, the Mustangs will host Eaglecrest, 3:30 p.m., in another Centennial match.

8.14.17
New coach, new look for Mustangs boys tennis

 By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

(Second in a series of fall previews for the Mustangs.)

Quiet on the court … Mullen is serving a new wave of boys tennis.

From a new head coach to a fresh batch of freshman hopefuls, the Mustangs have opened 2017 with a new look.

It began in the off-season and head coach Jacob Ohrman has liked what he has seen.

“We had been doing camp three days per week,” Ohrman said. “The summer with these kids has been great. We were having a ton of fun and I couldn’t be happier with how it went, it was better than expected.”

He expects 50-60 players to be active in the program. Ultimately, the top 11 (three singles players and four sets of doubles) will stay at varsity, then others will comprise the varsity II and junior-varsity units.

“Depending on the school we play, they may all get to play or some will get to play,” Ohrman said. “Obviously, if possible, it would be great to get everyone to play.”

This year’s Mustangs will be freshman and sophomore heavy, perhaps exclusively – Ohrman said he has no returning seniors and two juniors were “on the fence” about playing when preseason camp practice opened on Monday.

As it is, the coach said he has about five players on the same level. Sophomore Tanner Amman and No. 2 doubles partner from a year ago J.T. Starkey are returning. They will be pushed by three freshmen, Mac Caldwell, Dante Dino and George Henry Hansel.

Ohrman, who was a top singles player as a high-schooler and participated in the John Necombe Academy in Texas, said he enters his first prep coaching job “definitely a little bit blind, and I was warned that Mullen may be in a bit of a rebuilding year. But these freshman kids are good. Tennis is their sport. It’s what they play.”

As usual, the Mustangs will be facing the high end of Class 5A competition in the vaunted Centennial League, including the likes of annual big-school state champion Cherry Creek, before heading into the 4A postseason. Top regular-season competition, including against 4A’s Air Academy, can only prepare the Mustangs for a playoff run.

“I think we can be good,” Ohrman said. “Our depth will help. We might struggle a bit at the top, but we’ve got some really good depth. This is me saying it without seeing any other teams, but I think we can be competitive.”

Mullen will open the regular season with a dual match against Air Academy on Aug. 23, then will play in the Kadets’ tournament a couple of days later.

Regionals, which will be hosted by Mullen, are to be completed by Oct. 7. The 4A state tournament will be Oct. 12-14 at City Park in Pueblo.

 
 

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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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