Articles By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mr. Devlin covers and promotes our 20 varsity sports programs. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Neil is in his 39th year of covering high-school sports in Colorado through newspapers, television, radio, the Internet and magazines. He has won various writing awards and is in multiple halls of fame. His passion for writing about the people, athletes and events of the Rocky Mountain prep sports world will now primarily focus on Mullen. If you have a news or story idea, please contact Ami Zach at zach@mullenhigh.com or Devlin at devlin@mullenhigh.com.
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Half-dozen Mustangs highlighted on 1st signing day

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

All signs on Wednesday pointed to significant opportunity for a half-dozen Mustangs.

Mullen had six student-athletes sign national letters-of-intent at Hutchison Fieldhouse, officially setting into motion assorted financial compensation to further education and play a little ball while doing it.

And a common denominator is being involved, as in heavily.

For the record, Cameron Brickley (Denison) and Brennen Nolte (Garden City Community College) signed for baseball; Emerson Johnson (Fresno State) inked for lacrosse; and Macy Clem (Alabama), Jamie DeBerardinis (St. Louis) and Kaylah Wanna (Cal State-San Bernardino) each put their names on documents for soccer.

Brickley has familiarity with the Big Red of Granville Ohio, who compete in NCAA Division III and are in the North Coast Athletic Conference. He will be the eighth Brickley to attend Dennison.

“So we have a lot of alumni,” Brickley said. “But it was just the academics and the campus … I’m looking forward to it.”

In limited action the past season Brickley batted .125 and had a 4.20 earned-run average in two appearances, but is expected to see more innings on the mound and play right field when he’s not pitching.

Brickley, who also played basketball as a freshman and is a member of thr Latin and Young Republican clubs, has a 3.3 grade-point average and will major in business. He also was named to the all-state academic team.

Nolte, who was helping the football team this fall before an injury cut his playing time, is a catcher who clearly was Mullen’s best hitter the past spring.  

“I’m ready to move on to the next chapter,” he said, although he hasn’t forgotten about looking forward to his senior season. His final go-round, he said, “will be fun.”

As a junior, Nolte led the team in batting average (.477), hits (31), runs batted in (19) and doubles (seven).

In carrying a 3.0 grade-point average, Nolte, who will log three years each for varsity baseball and football, plans to center on criminal justice.

Mullen (8-12) was eliminated in the first round of the Class 5A postseason. The Mustangs fell to Mountain Vista, the eventual state champion.

Johnson, who had her season shortened the past spring because of a knee injury, chose Fresno, she said, because “of the lacrosse program and the business things I want to do.”

Last season, she scored 24 goals in just eight games to lead the team at the time and added six assists. The total by the midfielder still tied for second-best on the team at season’s end, when the Mustangs finished 8-7 and missed the playoffs. She also has made various levels of all-league and all-state.

Johnson said she hopes to change that end and can play freely as “I wanted to sign before going into the season. It’s nice to do it.”

As for the pitch, one of the three Mustangs signees actually still plays for the school team, although the other two said Wednesday they are entertaining ideas of returning.

Wanna, who helped the Mustangs to the 4A playoffs the past spring in which they knocked off the defending state champion in the first round, was blunt.

“A big factor in my decision,” she said, “was location. I wanted to go somewhere warm because I hate the snow. California was a big part of it.”

The forward-midfielder had a couple of goals and an assist as Mullen was 6-7-4 in the 2018 season.

Wanna also offered an interesting perspective on the day.

“I’m actually really relieved,” she said. “I see everybody planning for college and it’s a relief knowing where I’m going.”

Clem, who said she committed to the Crimson Tide as a sophomore, said she visited the campus as a freshman “and I played for that coaching staff when I was a little younger.”

In truth, she added, “I’ve been waiting for this day forever.”

Clem won a subject award (Anatomy), has a 3.4 GPA and plans on studying kinesiology, and said “I’m hoping to play (for Mullen) this year.”

DeBerardinis, a club teammate of Clem, said her decision to attend St. Louis “was a mix of academics and the athletics, but I was looking for a really strong Catholic school and good science school.”

She will center on biology with a 4.3 GPA with additional academic credentials: – a three-time Torch recipient; subject awards in Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry and Human Geography; National Honor Society; National Social Studies Honor Society; Outstanding Achievement on the National Latin Exam; a student ambassador; and Pro-Life Club.

The aspiring dentist said she’s also considering returning to the Mustangs team.

Witnessing his first signing day as principal and acting CEO, Jeff Howard left the gymnasium quite impressed.

“It’s exciting to watch them do it, going to great schools, obviously, and great kids moving on to the next step of their lives,” Howard said.

“When we talk about well-rounded kids, we want them on the playing fields, the stages … we want them in numerous things, we want it to happen for them, to keep it on our kids to stay heavily involved.”

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Vince Massey joined the Mullen Community in the Fall of 1995. He has served as a classroom teacher, dean of students, and currently serves as Athletic Director and Director of Safety and Security. When not at Mullen, Vince enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and his three kids, Danielle, Jacob and Joey.

 

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

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

Sports Information Specialist
Mr. Neil H. Devlin
devlin@mullenhigh.com

A native of Phoenixville, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, Devlin has covered high-school sports in Colorado for 39 years through newspapers, television, magazines and the Internet. A former participant in four prep sports at St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, Pa., began his role as Sports Information Specialist at Mullen in 2017 and has been inducted into various scholastic halls of fame and won numerous writing awards. Devlin occupies the only full-time sports-information position at a high school in the state. Also a contributor to other media outlets in the Denver area as well as other spots in Colorado that helps promote Mullen athletics, his goal is to turn the Mullen Broadcasting Network (MBN) into a class within the curriculum, to expand the network and website, and ensure it’s a student-run operation.

 

 

 

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