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Dino, Mustangs finish well, but want more

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

All things considered, the complaints and disappointments were superseded by the accomplishments.

And never mind the aspirations were quite high. They will be relevant for at least a couple of years.

Mullen finished the second round of the Colorado Class 4A boys golf tournament on Tuesday with an individual placer in the top 10 and grabbing fifth place among teams. Competing at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, sophomore Mario Dino fired a 1-over-par 73 to finish seventh and the Mustangs finished at plus-47 as a team.

“Oh, yeah,” Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler said. “Expectation-wise, they were looking much higher and there’s definitely some disappointment there.  But it was a tough course and they still played pretty well in taking fifth place. We’ haven’t been in fifth place in quite a while, probably since (last decade).”

Dino, who shot 79 on Monday, didn’t begin Round 2 well, but adjusted, kept it together and distinguished himself. He finished 37-36 and had four birdies.

“It was a good day,” Dino said. After he double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 1, “I thought to myself, ‘What would happen if I shoot bad?’ I thought about it and it wouldn’t really be that bad if I didn’t shoot well. I thought to myself, ‘Why shoot bad? Let’s shoot good.’ I didn’t get mad.”

No, he got even with the course. He had birdies on Nos. 3, 6, 16 and 18. And his score was the third-best of the day.

A year ago, Dino led the Mustangs, who ended seventh as a team at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton, finishing tied for 20th.

Sophomore Rhett Johnson, who topped the Mustangs after the first round with 76, ballooned a bit to 82 to finish at 158, which tied him for 27th place. Thomas Hicks, another sophomore, ended 84-85—169 for a tie for 42nd and Cole Reister, a junior, turned in 85-85—170 for 45th.

“Geez,” Hicks said, “I think the course was definitely brutal and a lot different than (Monday). Mario definitely played good; Rhett also played well. Cole and I really struggled and didn’t respect the course enough and didn’t shoot as well.

“I’m disappointed and frustrated, but happy to have made it out there as a team, which is good about high-school golf.”

Said Dino: “I’m disappointed, but I honestly needed to play better and as a team we could have grabbed first place this year, but, obviously, it didn’t happen. We were fifth. But, yeah, definitely, we’ll be back next year.”

Junior Micah Strangebye shot a brilliant 4-under, going 69-71, and binged on 10 birdies, six on the first day, to finish as medalist and lead Montrose to a second-consecutive team title. The Indians were 19-over as a team.

They are the two places Mullen hopes to secure next year with a young team maturing.

“Hopefully, next year, I can grab the top spot,” Dino said.

Koehler called it another strong season with the promise of better one in 2019 … just like from 2017 to 2018.

“The guys played well and never gave up,” he said. “Mario played really well, finishing seventh. That was awesome. We haven’t had a guy in top 10 for a long time.

“We won’t be graduating any seniors, so we should have a strong cast of returning players next year, so the future looks pretty bright and you neve know what’s going to be coming down the pike.”

 

CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP

At The Club at Flying Horse, Colorado Springs

Par 72-72--144

Teams – Montrose plus-19, Steamboat Springs plus-25, Palmer Ridge plus-36, Ponderosa plus-45, Mullen plus-47, Northridge plus-49, Evergreen plus-56, Durango plus-58, Discovery Canyon plus-82, Coronado plus-95, Pueblo Centennial and Woodland Park plus-100, Lewis-Palmer plus-106.

Top 10 Individuals – 1. Micah Strangebye, Montrose, minus-4, 2. Mac Konrad, plus-1; 3. T.J. Shehee, Mead, plus-3; 5. Traejan Andrews, Northridge, and Zack Rotermund, Steamboat Springs, plus-5; 7. Hunter Swanson Northfield, plus-6; 7. Mario Dino, Mullen (79-73—152), Jake Chester, Frederick, and Kellen Kudma, Mead, plus-7.

Additional Mustangs – Rhett Johnson, 76-82—158, plus-14, tied for 27th; Thomas Hicks, 84-85—169, plus-25, tied for 42nd; Cole Reister, 85-85—170, plus 26, 45th.

 

Mustangs unhappy at 4th, but still in it

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It didn’t go the way they had envisioned, at least not the type of rounds of which they are capable.

However, the good news is there are additional rounds on Tuesday, they didn’t play themselves out of the team chase and they still have a chance to contend.

In a nutshell, the above describes Mullen’s first day in the Class 4A Championship held at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs.

The Mustangs combined to shoot 23-over par on Monday at the par-72, 6.981-yard layout. It put them 18 shots behind class-leading Montrose in fourth place.

Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler watched and listened as his guys struggled and worried about their performances, but planned to set them straight at the team dinner later Monday evening.

“Yeah, they sure were,” he said of Mustangs lamenting their performances. “It was such a tough day out there, but we’re not in as bad of shape as what they think. I mean, we’re playing four guys and scoring three. As a team, we’re 18 behind (221-239). It can happen.”

Tops for Mullen was sophomore Rhett Johnson, who shot 4-over 76. Next were: Mario Dino, 79; Thomas Hicks, 84; and Cole Reister, 85.

Again, not their best, but certainly enough to keep them in contention.

Johnson opened in 3-over 39, mostly due to a double bogey-6 on the 408-yard No. 9, but shot a level 36 coming home thanks to two birdies.

And he was the only Mustang who actually felt good about how he played.

“I played the best I could today,” Johnson said. “That’s all I could do. I missed a few shots and lost my focus, but recovered for most of it. I had the one bad hole.”

Dino, another sophomore, had three birdies on the front to make the turn at 1-under, but had his wheels come off unannounced down the stretch with a double bogey and six bogeys in stumbling to a back-nine 44.

“It was great until (No.) 10, then it went down the drain,” Dino said. “I don’t know … my shots weren’t working on the back side. I played angry and I shouldn’t have.”

First-day individual leader Micah Strangebye of  Montrose was thorough and has a four-stroke lead..

“(The Indians’) No. 1 guy played lights out,” Koehler said. “But even he came back to the field. At one point, he was at 4-under, I believe.”

One of the invaluable things about protecting leads in golf or trying to catch someone is that it doesn’t necessarily matter only what you do; the other players can either catch you or come back to you.

“Absolutely,” Koehler said. “It’s not as big of a doomsday as they think. I have confidence in the guys (Tuesday) will be much-different day.”

Said Johnson: “I came out and did better than last year and that’s all I can wish for, to keep getting better. I think we struggled a little bit. We’ll come back (Tuesday) and shoot well. It is still possible if we all go shoot low numbers that we have a chance at taking it.”

 

Mustangs set to chase golf titles

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The anticipation is high and so are the expectations.

Excitement is up there, too, and the meters that measure nervousness and eagerness are getting higher.

Throw in some quiet confidence and you have this year’s version of Mullen boys golf, which is about to enter the Class 4A championship and is a legitimate threat in terms of medalist and team honors.

None of the above appears to be hype.

“Absolutely,” Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler said this week. “We can contend.”

With a junior and three sophomores, the Mustangs are sending an interesting fab four of sorts, each as capable as the next. So don’t be surprised if Mario Dino leads the pack. Or Thomas Hicks. Or Rhett Johnson. Or Cole Reister, the junior. It has been that type of season for the Mustangs, who have watched various members take the lead throughout their tournament schedule.

“Based on what we’ve done this season,” Koehler said, “we are pretty confident going in and should be well-prepared.”

For example, Reister binged early, tearing up a tough Buffalo Run Golf Course. Hicks and Reister headed an historical Centennial League sweep of medalist and team at Fox Hollow G.C. At Aurora Hills G.C., Johnson was among three Mustangs who fired 1-under-par 71 to spearhead a second consecutive league victory that propelled them to second behind 5A Arapahoe for the season. And Dino cruised to a 1-under 71 at Saddle Rock G.C. to earn medalist in the final league gathering.

As for regionals, held at Indian Peaks G.C. in Lafayette, three of the four combined to shoot 1-over for a runner-up showing and qualification as a team.

“They’ve all done very well,” Koehler said.

The 4A tournament, two days, 36 holes and containing medalist and team honors, will be held Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2, at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs. And it is familiar prepositional golf, as Koehler pointed out, what with his players earning practice on a course more familiar to Mullen than one would think. Koehler recalled it hosting the 2010 championship and the Mustangs would compete in the Discovery Canyon Invitational that was contested there.

“It’s a fantastic course,” the coach said. “It will be about 6,800 yards, a bit of a rolling-prairie-style course designed by Tom Weiskopf. Scrub oak-forced carries, complex greens, there will be a lot of challenges.”

The Mustangs were seventh as a team a year ago at Raccoon Creek G.C. in Littleton. Montrose finished first and contained three sophomores and a freshman. The medalist was Darren Edwards of Thompson Valley, who’s now at Fort Lewis.

For Mullen, Dino was tied for 20th, Johnson tied for 34th and Reister finished 40th. Hicks signed an incorrect scorecard after the first day, although he shot 85 on Day 2 to be eligible for the team count.

Teamwise, Montrose, which edged Mullen in regionals; Steamboat Springs, just behind Mullen in regionals; Evergreen; and Silver Creek should be among those in the chase.

Johnson, Hole 1, 8:57 a.m.; and Hicks, Hole 1, 9:06 a.m., are paired with Montrose and Evergreen players on Day 1. Reister will be at Hole 10, 9:06 a.m., and Dino at Hole 10, 9:16 a.m.

On to State!

Mullen golfers advance with stellar, 1-over-par showing

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LAFAYETTE – “You don’t have to win. You have to get in.”

And Jerry Koehler was correct. His Mullen Mustangs didn’t win on a brilliant, sun-splashed, late-summer Tuesday at Indian Peaks Golf Course in Class 4A’s Region 4, but the head coach’s group finished in second place, good enough to qualify for the Colorado tournament from Oct. 1-2.

“Very pleased, very pleased,” Koehler said.

And why not? With three sophomores and a junior, Mullen totaled a 1-over-par team score of 217 over the 6,680-yard, par-72 layout. Tenth-graders Mario Dino and Rhett Johnson each shot even-par 72. Junior Cole Reister came in at 1-over 73 and sophomore T.J. Hicks turned in 7-over 79.

In a season in which the Mustangs virtually took turns heading the team, Koehler has been particularly pleased.

“All around, everything was working,” the coach said. “Everybody has contributed, everybody has pulled their weight. It has been awesome.”

Truth is, the Mustangs thought they could have done better. In finishing three strokes behind regional champion Montrose, each player felt they left more than a few strokes out on the suburban track, mostly on the greens.

Dino, for example, went 37-35 after bogeying the first two holes. However, the rest of his round was mostly clean and included consecutive birdies on the 559-yard par-5 No. 11 and the par-14 12th.

“It was good,” he said. “After I bogeyed the first two holes, that got me kind of panicked a bit, but I evened it out and shot well.

“I was pleased with my game. I just wanted to make a few more putts.”

Johnson called his 36-36 “up and down, but I had no major errors. I just missed some shots, but I recovered.”

He also came home in birdie-birdie, making a 4 on the 527-yatrd No. 17 and a 3 on the 412-yard 18th. Johnson said he had a big day driving “and I just missed a few shots right.”

Reister made the turn at 1-under 35 with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, and came in at 3-over 38 despite racking up all 4s and 5s.

“I should have had a lot more birdies,” he said. “I had so many putts not drop, not as many as I would have liked. I should have had at least five-to-six birdies, honestly. I hit the ball really well, just couldn’t get the putts to drop.”

Hicks had it the toughest, but his play was still strong – he went 40-39, stung mostly by double bogeys on Nos. 9 and 17.

“I didn’t play very well, but the team had my back,” he said. “I couldn’t make any puts. I would play a hole great and not make a putt, but that’s all right.”

Plus, he said, it was about the team advancing and what happened on Tuesday “is the best part of team golf.”

Overall, Mountain-area players were as significant as they were dominant in the regional. Montrose, which won with a 2-under 214, had two players tie for medalist at 3-under 69, sophomore Jordan Jennings and junior Micah Stangebye. Plus, Steamboat Springs, which ended at 219, had senior Jack Rotermund and junior Tommy Henninger tie for third with Dino and Johnson at even par.

Reister finished seventh and Hicks tied for 14th.

There will be plenty of time and opportunity to prepare for the final tournament, which will be held at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs.

Everything that has had to happen for the Mustangs actually has occurred, in addition to other aspects that fell into place. They were young. They improved. They won a few medalist and team honors during the regular season of the Centennial League. They had assorted players perform well as others struggled and vice-versa. They prepared for the postseason and turned in multiple, solid rounds. And they qualified.

Now, Dino said, “it’s on to state.”

 

Dino earns medalist in Centennial match

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA -- The only bad thing, Mario Dino said on Wednesday, happened late.

Competing at Saddle Rick Golf Course in the fifth and final Centennial League match of 2018, the Mullen sophomore bogeyed No. 18. He said he hates to do that.

“That was annoying,” he said. “Usually, I base my round off my last hole. If I birdie the last hole and shoot 80, I’m happy. If I bogey the last hole and shoot 71, I’m not as happy.”

He turned significantly happier later in the afternoon as his 1-under-par 71 won medalist in the match and solidified the Mustangs’ second-place showing for the day as well as the season. Mullen was runner-up to Arapahoe on Wednesday in ending at plus-16 to the Warriors’ plus-13 and ended in second place through five matches.

“It’s awesome,” Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler said. “And it was a great job by Mario out there. It’s tough.”

Dino had four birdies and three bogeys to end 36-35.

“I was please doing it in the last match of the season,” he said.

The Mustangs and Warriors accounted for six of the top eight finishers. For Mullen, sophomore Thomas Hicks was 36-39—75 with three birdies. He started birdie-par-par-birdie and said he “was dialed in with clubs from 100 yards in … I was struggling the past two weeks with my irons, everything going right, but I got it fixed.”

Junior Eli Marquez (77), sophomore Rhett Johnson 81 and junior Cole Reister (82) completed the scoring.

“It’s nice,” Hicks said. “We wanted to go after Arapahoe, but second is good for us and I’m excited.”

And calling his team’s regular season “excellent,” Koehler said “we’re on a good roll.”

The Mustangs will have a few days to prepare for the first postseason of the 2018-19 sports year. For the Summit Invitational at Keystone Ranch G.C. on Thursday, Mullen will send four upperclassmen – Blake Good, Marquez, Reister and Sean Wallace. Top players for the Mustangs will have a practice round on Saturday at Indian Peaks G.C. in Lafayette, site of their Class 4A Region 4. A short practice will occur on Monday and playoff golf will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Mullen will be paired with Arvada, Battle Mountain, Centaurus, Central (G.J.), Conifer, Eagle Valley, Denver North, Thomas Jefferson, Montrose, Palisade, Steamboat Springs, Summit and George Washington. Two full teams (four players each) will advance to the state tournament in addition to 13 individuals not on those teams.

The 4A state tournament will be Oct. 1-2 at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, two days and 36 holes of stroke play.

Now, Koehler said, “we get after it.”

 

Mustangs moving up in league standings

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Another week, another move up the Centennial League boys golf standings …

With Mullen scoring a team record of 290 earlier this week at Aurora Hills Golf Course, it rode the three-way performance of Rhett Johnson, Eli Marquez and Cole Reister, who each shot 1-under-par 71 to tie for third place individually, to a second consecutive first-place team finish.

All five varsity players, comprised of a junior and four sophomores, are in the top 12 of the league. Reister is fourth, Mario Dino sixth, Johnson seventh, Thomas Hicks 10th and Marquez 12th. As a team, Mullen also is second, just 25 strokes behind leading Arapahoe.

Mullen will be in the fifth league meet, on Wednesday at Saddle Rock G.C. in Aurora.

 

Golfers continue prime play

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The long stride that Mullen boys golf has taken continued on Tuesday.

The Mustangs had three players tie for third place that led to a second consecutive Centennial League team victory.

Competing at Aurora Hills Golf Course, they totaled a 2-over-par 290.

And they continue to take turns at the front – sophomores Rhett Johnson and Eli Marquez, and junior Cole Reister each shot 1-under 71. Sophomore Thomas Hicks finished with a 5-over 77 and fifth on the day was sophomore Mario Dino, who wasn’t far behind at 8-over 80.

Johnson went 37-34 with two of his four birdies on the back nine as well as an eagle-2 on the 354-yard No. 16. Marquez turned in 36-35 with four birdies, three coming home. Reister delivered 36-35 with three birdies. Hicks had four birdies and Dino one.

The overall winner was Cherokee Trail’s Beam Boonstra, who finished at 68 (33-35) with a half-dozen birdies.

Mullen ended three strokes ahead of Arapahoe (plus-5) and Cherry Creek (plus-20).

Next up will be a league match at Saddle Rock G.C. in Aurora on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

 

Mustangs earn historical league sweep

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In sweeping the third match of the Centennial League boys golf season, Mullen’s emergence continued.

At Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood, two Mustangs tied for medalist and they won the team chase.

Behind sophomore Thomas Hicks and junior Cole Reister, who each shot 3-over-par 74, the Mustangs also combined for a 302 total to head all teams.

Hicks and Reister got past Arapahoe’s Jack Tickle, who had been leading the league, by a shot. Those two winning in addition to the team performance was the first time since 2009 that Mullen had swept a league meet. The Mustangs did it nine years ago behind Chris Dillon. Also in 2009, they had won a league meet teamwise and had a medalist in another. It was Jeff Koehler, son of coach Jerry Koehler, who was ecstatic about Tuesday’s performance.

“It was a long day,” the coach said as he made his way to the course parking lot in darkness. “But I’m not surprised. This has been coming. These guys played really, really well.”

Hicks went 39-35 and birdied Nos. 4, 6, 8, 11 and 18. Reister finished 36-38 and had birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 9 and 13, and ended the back nine in style with an eagle on the par-4 18th.

There was more. Rhett Johnson, another sophomore, tied for fourth at plus-5 with 36-40 and his five birdies were on Nos. 3, 4, 6, 10 and 12. And Mario Dino, still another sophomore, tied for 10th at 7-over. He birdied 4 and 13, and overcame a triple-bogey 6 on the 236-yard par-3 17th.

“Conditions were tough,” Koehler said. “It was hot, it got windy, the course played tough and they had some hail damage on the greens from a hail storm. They were still in the healing process.

“Each one of them ran into difficulties and each came back with birdies to pull out good scores.”

In addition, sophomore Eli Marquez ended at plus-11.

“All five on the varsity are in the top 12 in league play and probably will rise up after today,” Koehler said.

The Mustangs' team total was 18-over.Arapahoe was second at 20-over 304.

Mullen will resume play on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when it competes in the fourth league meet, at Aurora Hills G.C.

 

Emerging 'Stangs 2nd again in Centennial

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Further good news for Mullen boys golf – the Mustangs finished second in the No. 2 Centennial League match of the season, held Wednesday at South Suburban Golf Couse in Littleton.

Last week, they opened league play with a second-place showing at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora.

Once again, the Mustangs finished runner-up to Arapahoe. The Warriors had a big day, finishing a combined 1-under-par 215. The Mustangs were plus-13, which also was good enough to hold off Cherry Creek (plus-19), Cherokee Trail (plus-34) and Grandview (plus-48). Next were Overland (plus-75), Smoky Hill (plus-98) and Eaglecrest (plus-117).

Individually, there wasn’t a whole bunch of difference between the Mustangs. Mario Dino, Thomas Hicks and Cole Reister each shot 3-over 75 and tied for seventh place. Rhett Johnson was a stroke back and tied for 11th at 76.

Reister had five birdies on the way to a 1-under 35 on the front; Hicks had four birdies; Johnson sandwiched eagles around two birdies over the final four holes of the back side for a 2-under 34; and Dino had two birdies.

The medalist was Arapahoe junior Jack Tickle, who bagged two eagles on the front for a scorching, 4-under 32 and added five birdies for a 6-under 66.

Mullen, with its one junior and three sophomores, will be idle until Tuesday, Aug. 29, when it competes in Centennial League Match No. 3 at Fox Hollow G.C. in Lakewood.

 

Mustangs grab 2nd in Centennial match

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA -- Mullen boys golf took another step forward on Wednesday.

On the day after finishing in a tie for third place in an Invitational to open the season, the Mustangs combined to take second in the first Centennial League match in 2018, held at tree-lined Meadow Hills Golf Course. They combined for 306 to finish second behind Arapahoe (290).

“Encouraged? Absolutely,” coach Jerry Koehler said. “It’s not unexpected just coming off last season.”

With two juniors and three sophomores emerging, Mullen’s high hopes continue and the Mustangs may take turns being at the front.  

On Wednesday, sophomore Mario Dino turned in a 2-over-par 72, topped by a 1-under 34 on the front.

“This place is tight, but it rewards good drives,” he said. “We’ve had some good tournaments so far.”

Junior Eli Marquez followed with 37-38—75.

“We have a pretty young team, but I think we’ll be pretty good by the end of the year,” he said.

Cole Reister shot 78 – his 2-under 70 on Tuesday, Koehler said, “was our best ever out there” – and Thomas Hicks (81) and Rhett Johnson (82) were next.

“It’s tough,” Koehler said of Meadow Hills and added that a combined team score of 300 was the goal. “There are a lot of leaves out there and it can be tough to find the ball … it can be frustrating. But they’re staying positive.”

Dino’s 72 put him third. Arapahoe grabbed the top two spots with Caleb Busta shooting the only under-par score, 1-under 69, and Matt Wilkinson at 1-over 71.

The rest of the team standings: Cherry Creek 313; Cherokee Trail 321; Grandview 343; Smoky Hill 372; Overland 395; and Eaglecrest 420.

The Mustangs will compete in the second league match on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at South Suburban G.C., tee off at 11 a.m.

 

Reister, Mustangs binge at Buffalo Run

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

COMMERCE CITY – For openers, there were few jitters, lots of good shots and a very real promise of good things to come.

In getting Mullen’s 2018-19 sports season off with a bang, Mustangs boys enjoyed a terrific Tuesday on the links, combining to shoot 8-over-par and tie for third place in the Cherry Creek Invitational at a challenging Buffalo Run Golf Course.

They ended in a deadlock with Arapahoe. Fossil Ridge (plus-4) and Fairview (plus-6) grabbed the first two team spots.

Individually, Cole Reister had a day for Mullen. The junior went off for five birdies on the way to a 2-under 70. For what it’s worth, his three bogeys came on par 3s. He finished 35-35.

And he had help from three sophomores -- Mario Dino shot 37-39—76 with three birdies; Thomas Hicks went 38-40---78 with another three birdies; and Rhett Johnson was a stroke back at 38-41—79 along with four birdies.

Reister was just a shot from earning medalist honors. Fossil Ridge junior Dillon Stewart put up a 3-under 69 with six birdies, four on the back side.

There were 19 teams and 104 individuals.

The Mustangs will be back at it on Wednesday, August 15, in the season’s first Centennial League match. It will be at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora, a par-70.

 

FALL ’18 PREVIEW

Mullen boys golfers now on the tee

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

(First in a senries of fall previews for the 2018 season)

It’s a theme that will be relevant throughout most every offering for the 2018-19 sports year – Mullen has a lot of returning talent and experience.

And it may be no more relevant than in boys golf, which again will be first to open the season.

“Absolutely,” Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler said. “The expectations are pretty high that we’ll be even better than last year.”

In 2017, Mullen finished third in the Centennial League, second in regionals and seventh at the Class 4A tournament at Raccoon Creek Golf Course … and the Mustangs did it primarily with a sophomore and three freshmen.

Hence, the feeling that Mullen can be stronger.

A year later, Cole Reister is the junior. The sophomores are Mario Dino, Thomas Hicks and Rhett Johnson. They head a 14-player returning group, Koehler said, after graduating one senior and accounting for the junior-varsity and development teams. Sean Wallace and Eli Marquez are bidding for varsity spots after playing on the JV team the past season and Jakob Dammen and Jakob Beckish, both seniors, are doing the same.

Reister tied for 20th at the 2017 state meet. Johnson tied for 34th and Reister ended 40th. Hicks, disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after Round 1, was still permitted to play in Round 2 and turned in an 85.

The coach said he liked the play of Mustangs over the summer and the team went through 36 holes of tryouts the past Monday and Tuesday at The Meadows G.C. to set the rosters.

This season, Koehler said, there’s a statewide commitment to getting in as much play as possible before classes start as golfers can miss as much school time as any in-state competitors -- the game requires the light of the continually shortening days of the current time of year and limited course availability, which mostly occurs early in the week. Both can be problems.

As such, Mullen will open the season with a scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a Catholic School match-play event at CommonGround G.C. against Bishop Machebeuf. The first tee time is at noon. The first match will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Buffalo Run G.C. in the Cherry Creek Invitational.

Golf’s regular season will run through Sept. 15, with regionals to be completed by Sept. 21. Mullen, the lone 4A team from the Centennial, will be in Region 4 along with Central G.J.), Durango and Montrose from the Southwestern; Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Palisade, Rifle, Steamboat Springs and Summit from the Western Slope; Denver North and George Washington from the Denver Prep; Conifer from the Colorado; and Centaurus from the Northern. The regional site will be Indian Peaks G.C. in Lafayette.

The 4A state tournament will require a road trip for the Mustangs. It will be at The Club at Flying Horse in Colorado Springs, founded in 2005.

10.3.17

Dino heads strong Mullen showing at Class 4A golf tournament

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LITTLETON – In a boys golf season of new faces, new places and having found more than a few aces, Mullen’s young contingent capped its season on Tuesday at Raccoon Creek Golf Course.

And it was a fitting Class 4A tournament and climax from a Mustangs’ point of view – the ups and downs of three freshmen and a sophomore, and all that came with them, were relevant over the two days as were considerable ceilings and Colorado’s fickle weather in early October.

Individually, there were assorted moments, but the bigger news was the Mustangs finishing in a respectable seventh place behind defending state champion Discovery Canyon and Thompson Valley, which produced the medalist. The team champion was Montrose (a combined 34-over par over the par-72 layout) and medalist was Thompson Valley’s Darren Edwards, who finished at 2-over, a three-shot victory.

“Everything considered, yes,” Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler said when asked if he was pleased.

Individually, Mario Dino finished 82-79 for a tie for 20th; Rhett Johnson was 81-86 for a tie for 34th; and sophomore Cole Reister was 84-86 for 40th. In addition, the third freshman, Thomas Hicks, was disqualified after the first day for signing an incorrect scorecard, although his second-day total of 13-over 85 was permitted to count in the team chase per state rules.

All appreciated the opportunity to experience a state tournament, what it takes and what they need to work on for future rounds.

Dino, taking advantage of a much-better weather day on Tuesday, said he got going and rode it out. He said he chatted with Koehler while playing and didn’t necessarily think about golf. It worked. His 79 came with a back-nine 1-under 35, as in eight consecutive pars, then making birdie on the 397-yard par-4 18th.

He hit greens like a vegetarian, including nearly earning a pitch-in during his run.

“Next year, I’ll know what to do,” he said. “And it was fun.”

Johnson said “two doubles and a triple upset me,” although he knew what to blame – his putting. He said he probably didn’t spend enough time before the round to prepare and “the putting wasn’t there today, I don’t know what happened.”

However, he, too, appreciated the chance to play with the state’s best and termed it “amazing.”

Reister was disappointed he couldn’t go under his first-round 84 and had three doubles, including back-to-back on Nos. 8-9.

“Just (some) bad hits,” he said. “I hit a bad drive, couple bad putts and stubbed a couple of chips.”

But he did learn, he said, “that every shot really does count when it comes down to it … and I need to work harder.”

As for Hicks, after scores were posted Monday, he and Koehler determined he signed for a 79 when it was an 80 and he was removed from first-round scoring. And after some back and forth, he was permitted to play Tuesday and count toward the team chase.

“He’s the last guy on the team that you would think that would happen to,” Koehler said.

Hicks said it was all on him, it was his mistake and for some reason he thought they posted his score incorrectly, but accepted the penalty and was just glad that he was allowed to play on Tuesday.

“Tell everybody I shot 79,” he joked.

Ironically, he was one of the players who eventually found what appeared to be a full set of clubs spread out over a few holes on the back nine snapped in half.

All that’s left for this year’s team is to play the Mullen Cup on Saturday, an intra-squad round involving coaches and players at Pinehurst C.C. before the season-ending banquet.

And there’s a lot to celebrate.

10.2.17

Mustangs 5th among teams after opening round of 4A golf

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LITTLETON – It proved as cold as it was tight.

And when Mullen’s Mustangs left Raccoon Creek Golf Course after Monday’s first round of the Class 4A championship, they were chilled instead of thrilled as well as lumped together in a competitive field rather than being pumped about what is developing into an interesting race.

Consider the Mustangs’ initial reactions of disappointment a result of their youth and inexperience as their four-player contingent consists of three freshmen and a sophomore.

But as it was, their combined effort in the opening round of the 7,000-yard, par-72 layout produced a fifth-place team standing, 14 shots behind leader Montrose. And individually, they flirted with having all entrants break 80, an initial goal.

The cold, wet and at times windy conditions made it challenging, coach Jerry Koehler said, and the couple of back-ups created waiting time, which only added to a long, trying round.

Still, Koehler said, “the scores were good considering … it was just a tough day out there.”

It proved particularly tough for freshman Thomas Hicks, who originally led Mullen with 79, but got together with Koehler after the round to inform Tom Robinson of the Colorado High School Activities Association that he had signed an incorrect scorecard. As a result, he was disqualified. However, state officials indicated Hicks' score can;t be counted among individuals, although it still counts in the team standings.

Hicks had been one of four competitors tied for 15th.

Another freshman, Rhett Johnson shot 81, also tied with four others, at 21st. He went 42-39, lipped out two birdie putts and termed it “a tough day, cold and I couldn’t hit every shot the way I wanted to … I expected more of myself. I thought I played all right, but I could have played better. Breaking 80 in my first state tournament would have been nice.”

Double bogeys on Nos. 7 and 14, both par 4s, cost him.

Mario Dino‘s 82, which tied him with four others for 25th, included seven consecutive pars on the front nine, but also a triple-bogey 7 on No. 16 in between four pars on a back nine of 44.

“I had to wait (on a backup of players that led to a couple of delays) and I kind of lost my mojo,” Dino , another freshman, said. “Hopefully, it will be better (Tuesday).”

Sophomore Cole Reister made 84, going 42-42, which layed among seven players at 34th. He had a triple bogey and three doubles, but also recorded the Mustangs’ lone birdie, on the 446-yard No. 16.

“Not good,” was how he described his round. “I missed a lot of greens, but my putting was actually pretty good.”

Teamwise, Montrose came in at 233. Valor Christian (234), Evergreen (238) and Palmer Ridge (240) were next. Mullen’s total was 242.

In the medalist chase, Tyler Severin, Roosevelt; Darren Edwards, Thompson Valley; and Jake Welch, Valor Christian, were tied at 1-over 73. Four others were tied at 75.

Johnson said he “definitely will be smarter about some of my shots.”

Tuesday tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m.

9.29.17

Young fab four ready to roll at state golf

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It looks like three of them still wear some sort of braces on their teeth.

Their coach said none of the four drive automobiles.

Members of their school’s football team would have no trouble bench-pressing any two of them.

And as far as needing razors to drag over their baby faces with any regularity, let’s just state that they won’t look anything like today’s major-league baseball bearded crew any time soon.

So say hello to members of Mullen’s boys golf team who qualified for the Class 4A portion of the Colorado golf tournament that will be played on Monday and Tuesday at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton. The Mustangs’ fab four may not be physically mature just yet, but they have handled a dazzling year with class, power and finesse, a group that is playing well beyond its combined years.

“Absolutely,” Mustangs head coach Jerry Koehler said when asked if he has been surprised by Thomas Hicks, Mario Dino, Rhett Johnson and Cole Reister. At least, Koehler added, he was at first.

“It was pretty much after the second (Centennial) League meet that we knew which direction this was going,” he said.

The direction has been up. Once Koehler saw how hungry, savvy and coachable the four are, he started to get excited.

“Just as far as seeing the guys and how they could play and score,” he said, “I knew they were on a good pace and they could score.”

That’s scoring, as in low. In early September at Saddle Rock G.C. in Aurora, three of the four broke 80 -- Hicks shot 3-over-par 75, Reister had 76 and Dino 78. And Johnson was right at 80.

Even in their first league match, at par-70 Meadow Hills, three shot in the 70s. Later, they finished league matches for the season in third place behind Arapahoe and Cherry Creek, won a regional tune-up at Keystone Ranch G.C., then took second at regionals under tough conditions that included high winds and dry greens on a Colorado Springs course that was attempting to harden its rating.

And recently there was a third-place finish in the Valor Christian Invitational at Lone Tree G.C.

“They’re all ball-strikers without a doubt,” Koehler said. “They all get off the tee just fine, but in the ball-striking side of things and hitting greens, they’re really top-notch.”

Hicks, who plays at Cherry Hills C.C., said he credits his father and coach for sorting out a few aspects of his game, but perhaps none larger than the one he worked out with his mother.

“I was kind of negative,” Hicks said. “If I hit a bad shot, it was, like, ‘Oh, great, here we go again …’ But we worked it out.”

Dino, who operates mostly out of Willis Case G.C., said his “summer golf has prepared me for this.”

Johnson, a player out of Pinehurst C.C., called his team’s performance to date “amazing” and remains convinced “we can be good the next couple of years.”

Reister, the Mustang from the Lakewood C.C. and with the most prep experience (he’s a sophomore), almost failed to make varsity a year ago by shooting 102 on the first day of tryouts. But he came back with a 74 and missed out on regionals when a teammate drilled a 40-footer.

He also nearly passed on coming out for this year’s team, but said “my parents convinced me to play.”

Yes, the four are a mix, an interesting group.

“We push each other around and all mess with each other,” Hicks said.

In terms of character, Koehler said. “they’re wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Each has his own unique personality … they don’t get too high and they don’t get too low, but they’re all really competitive.”

Plus, the coach said, “they don’t try any hero shots. If they have to take their medicine, they pitch out (of trouble) or do what they have to do.”

All four players said they are hoping to shoot in the 70s both days. If they do, color the Mustangs as contenders.

“We’ve been doing pretty good this year,” Dino said, “but we just have to cap it off at state.”

9.19.17

Mustangs second at Region 2 golf; qualify for state as a team

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It was like jarring one from the fairway with a 4-iron.

Despite sporting a roster that is about as young and inexperienced as it gets, Mullen qualified as a team for next month’s Class 4A golf tournament with a dazzling finish on Tuesday.

Competing at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs, the Mustangs managed to place second in the Region 2 team race by a stroke, thereby sending Mario Dino, Thomas Hicks, Rhett Johnson and Cole Reister to play in the finale, Oct. 2-3 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton.

The first three Mustangs are freshman; the other is a sophomore.

Hence, the prideful reaction of head coach Jerry Koehler was predictable.

“Ecstatic, just ecstatic,” Koehler said. “I mean, we came here to qualify for state as a team and that’s what we accomplished.”

The Mustangs combined for a score of 260, 10 behind first-place Valor Christian. Mullen was able to edge Green Mountain by a stroke for the automatic qualification.

Individually, Hicks shot a 13-over-par 84, Dino came in at 87, Johnson at 89 and Reister at 91. Don’t dismiss the higher scores. The greens were dry and rolled twice, the pin placements were challenging and a late-summer Colorado wind kept balls in the air very interesting.

“Today, this was brutal,” Koehler said, adding that there “probably were 30 mph winds.”

But Mullen’s youth hasn’t been a detriment. Rather, it has been a find and Koehler insists it’s real with the possibility of the Mustangs settiling in and contending.  

“This was not unexpected,” Koehler said. “These guys played their butts off and they do it every week. They got progressively better.”

Reister turned out to be a bonus as Kohler said “he quailed because he was within 10 strokes of our other guys.”

The medalist was Keaton Hulen, a junior from nearby Cheyenne Mountain. He shot 5-over 76, three better than runner-up Gabe Goodman, a senior at Green Mountain in Lakewood.

Koehler said his guys next will embark on last rounds of practice and play in the Valor Christian Invitational at Lone Tree G.C. on Monday.

“After that,” he added, “we’ll start preparing for Raccoon Creek.”

The Mustangs can’t wait.

 

 

9.14.17

Reister, boys golfers take firsts at Keystone Ranch G.C.

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In warming up for next week’s regional rounds, Mullen finished first in the Keystone Invitational hosted by Summit on Thursday.

In addition, the Mustangs’ Cole Reister finished in first place with a 5-over-par 77.

Competing at Keystone Ranch Golf Course, the Mustangs totaled 242. Reister, a sophomore; Nic Mayhan, a senior who took third with 81; and Sean Wallace, who was fifth with 84, accounted for the scoring.

There were 72 players in the field.

The Mustangs will head into regionals on Tuesday, Class 4A Region 2,  on Tuesday at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Mullen will be contending with 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. 

 

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'Stangs garner winter awards
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Winter-sports awards have rolled in for Mullen and there are several.

In girls basketball, where the Mustangs (20-8) won their first Class 4A Colorado championship since 2006, four players were recognized for outstanding play.

In the 5A-based Centennial League, sophomore point guard Megan Pohs was named to the first team for the second consecutive season. She was the team’s leading scorer at 11.6 points per game, shot 50 percent from the field, made a team-high 52 3-pointers and was tops in free-throwing shooting (85 percent).

Freshman Imani Perez was named to the second team and was right behind Pohs in scoring (10.6 points), and first in rebounding 5.7) and blocked shots (1.6).

Freshman Gracie Gallegos, a starter, and Alexa Dominguez, a sophomore reserve, were listed as honorable mention.

In addition, sophomore guard Elaina Martinez has been named to The Show Top 40 games to be played March 23 at Metropolitan State.

Concerning boys basketball, junior Isaac Ondekane was first team all-Centennial. The 6-foot-8 center was second on the team in scoring (13.2 points) and led the Mustangs in rebounds (12.2) and blocked shots (1.7). He also was named to The Show games.

Guards Christian Davis and Isaac White were named to the second team. Davis, a senior, averaged a team-leading 13.4 points and made 69 3-pointers on 3-point shooting. He also had a 55-ppint game in December against Chatfield and was named to the team for the second time. White, a transfer from Malvern Prep in Pennsylvania, started slowly after football season and was injured, but eventually grabbed control down the stretch, averaging 19 points over the final 10 games of the season.

The Mustangs were 16-10.

And in ice hockey, the Mustangs were named winner of the Les Schwab Tire Centers Academic Team award, surpassing a 3.5 grade-point average. The Mustangs also qualified for the state playoffs. Senior defenseman John Witwer made the Senior All-Star Game. And forwards Utah Bryant, Robby Witwer and Nick Gilbert, and goalie Connor Mahon were named honorable mention all-state by Colorado Hockey.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Pool play: Mustangs girls swim into multiple all-state selections in Class 4A
Thursday, March 07, 2019

Mullen girls swimmers and dive were pool sharks in the winter season.

They finished fourth in the Class 4A state meet – up from sixth a year ago and 20th the year before – and had Sofia Zinis win the 50-yard freestyle, the program’s first swimming title since 2008.

As well, Zinis, Gabrielle Zinis, Claire Chahbandour and Lindsey Sowitch teamed to win the 200 free relay, the program’s first relay win since 2007.

Interest also is up -- just a few years ago, only 13 girls were in the program. Some 65 showed up for tryouts the past season.

And for a (swim) cap, Chahbandour, Sowitch and Gabrielle and Sofia Zinis have bene named first team all-state; Micaela Clode and Julianna Zinis were second team.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Mustangs girls hoopers tied for lowest seed of any class still alive in playoffs
Monday, March 04, 2019

Excitement about Mullen girls basketball making the Class 4A final four permeated through the campus as quickly and effectively as the recent frigid cold.

The Mustangs also are the 14th seed. No other girls team alive in this week’s rounds is relatively close in terms of lower seeding and of the top three classifications in boys, only the No. 14 Pueblo East Eagles can match Mullen’s designation.

For Mullen, is it a case of poor seeding, the Mustangs playing over their heads, just dumb luck or all of the above? The Mustangs are 18-8 on a six-game winning streak and won eight of their past nine games. Their only in-state losses are to Cherry Creek and Grandview (twice) and Regis Jesuit. All three are in the 5A final four. And they beat two-time defending 4A state champion Evergreen. And in the bracket, they won at No. 3 Pueblo West and No. 6 Montrose.

The Mustangs will face No. 2 Holy Family in their half of the final four on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Denver Coliseum. The other half is No. 4 Pueblo South vs. No. 1 Air Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Below are the final fours and quarterfinals with seeds for the top three classes that will crown titles this week:

5A boys: 1. Chaparral; 2. Mountain Vista; 3. Rangeview; 5. ThunderRidge.

4A boys: 1. Lewis-Palmer; 2. Longmont; 4. Holy Family; 14. Pueblo East.

3A boys: 1. Lutheran; 2. Sterling; 3. Manual; 4. Vanguard; 5. Delta; 7. Montezuma-Cortez; 8. Denver SS&T-Stapleton; 11. Resurrection Christian.

5A girls: 1. Highlands Ranch; 2. Regis Jesuit; 4. Cherry Creek; 6. Grandview.

4A girls: 1. Air Academy; 2. Holy Family; 4. Pueblo South; 14. Mullen.

3A girls: 1. St. Mary’s; 2. C.S. Christian; 3. Pagosa Springs; 4. Delta; 5. Eaton; 6. Lutheran; 9. Alamosa; 10. Centauri.

Here is a link to the 4A girls bracket: http://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/6Vry2uOcEeiAxKkkK9HIDg/71MqJ-OcEeiAxKkkK9HIDg/girls-basketball-winter-18-19/2019-chsaa-girls-basketball-state-tournaments----class-4a.htm

 

Mustangs boys headed to No.1 Chaparral for a Sweet 16 matchup
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mullen’s best playoff run in years is still going. And to keep it going, Mustangs boys basketball will have to take down the top seed.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. the Mustangs will roll into Parker to meet No. 1 seed Chaparral, which also has been atop assorted Class 5A polls for much of 2018-19. The Class 5A Sweet 16 matchup should prove to be interesting.

For Mullen, which is 16-9 and a game from matching its best mark in 12 seasons, the 17th seed battled throughout the Centennial League, which was considered to have the best big-school group and verified it with a Colorado-leading six of the round’s teams(to the Continental’s five).

A mix of seniors and juniors has been doing it for the Mustangs. Senior shooting guard Christian Davis (14.0 points) is about as smooth as they come from the perimeter. Point guard Brady Parris, off guard Vaughnn Stitt and forward Matt Veen have been making assorted contributions. Of note, Veen has been rising of late, including blocking a 3-point attempt in the final couple of seconds the past round at Castle View. Parris has been running the offense and Stitt has been effective from the perimeter as well as going to the basket.

Juniors Isaac Ondekane and Isaac White have proved vital. The 6-foot-8 Ondekane, limited the first two rounds because of illness, is expected to be back at full strength. He averages 13.3 points and 11.4 rebounds. And don’t be fooled by White’s 11.5 scoring average. He started the season slowly, was injured and went out of state to visit his family in Pennsylvania, but has scored 31, 20, 18, 9, 17, 17 and 19 points in his past seven outings.

In addition, 6-6 senior Connor Riepma has contributed inside play and scoring.

Overall, Mullen’s defense has picked up and coach Bob Caton also has preached ball movement.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Caton said of the matchup.

For Chaparral, 20-4, the Wolverines were second to Regis Jesuit in the Continental. And the rest of big schools spent a lot of time looking up at them.

Junior Kobe Sanders (16.7 points) and seniors Bryce Matthews (12.4 points, 6.5 rebounds) and Tanner Giles (10.7 points) head Chaparral.

The winner will play the (24) Cherry Creek-(8) Fairview survivor in the Great 8.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

 
 
 
Tough matchup awaits Mustangs, but they pronounce themselves ready for the Class 4A Sweet 16
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

It is a tough matchup, easily the most-enticing of the round, and more than a few observers are wondering why it is occurring this early in the bracket.

But Mullen understands it and realizes what’s awaiting its Mustangs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Class 4A Sweet 16 -- the Pueblo West Cyclones, the No. 3 seed, a program that has had a winning record for 12 consecutive seasons and a contender over two classifications.

“We’re aware,” Mustangs head coach Frank Cawley said. “And we know we have to play.”

Disappointed with their designation as the No. 14 seed, the Mustangs’ only in-state losses were to two-time defending state champion Grandview and Cherry Creek (twice each), and Regis Jesuit. All are Class 5A powers. Plus, the Mustangs are 16-8 and were 10-4 in the 5A Centennial League, in addition to showing very well in a January scrimmage against Holy Family, which is seeded second, in a salute to the old Parochial League.

Sophomore point guard Megan Pohs, an all-league performer a year ago, heads Mullen. Bigger – and taller – news has been the additions of freshmen Imani Perez, a 6-foot-2 center who has played well on both ends, and Gracie Gallegos, a versatile, emerging forward who has regularly guarded the opponents’ top player. Another dynamic has been the overall play off the bench by senior Iliana Perez.

Cawley said his group “remains a defensive team first,” and will need it against the Cyclones, who also draw well and are 21-3, including 9-1 in the South Central League, the same marks held by rival Pueblo South, the No. 4 seed. The two programs split their two matchups this season.

The Cyclones, who have won at least 21 games in six of eight seasons, are led by 5-8 junior Hannah Simental, who averages 22.2 points.

Tuesday’s winner will meet the winner of the (11) Ponderosa-(6) Montrose matchup on Friday.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Spring sports are open as preseason practice is under way
Monday, February 25, 2019

Spring will be sprung on Monday  … at least, it will be for in-staters set to compete in the third of three seasons offered during the school year.

Participants in spring sports have the go-ahead to begin preseason practice.

As usual and with snow on the ground virtually across the state, baseball, girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming and diving, girls tennis, and boys and girls track and field can open drills.

Thursday will have opening scrimmages for girls golf and girls tennis, and others may follow on Friday.

Here are dates to keep in mind:

--- Baseball: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through May 14, state championships May 31-June 1.

--- Girls golf: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through May 4, regionals May 10, state championships May 20-21.

--- Boys and girls lacrosse: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through May 4, state championships (boys, May 17, and girls, May 22).

--- Girls soccer: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through May 4, state championships May 21-22.

--- Boys swimming and diving: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through May 11, state championships May 16-18.

--- Girls tennis: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through April 25, state championship May 9-11.

--- Boys and girls track and field: Regular season begins March 7 and runs through May 11, state championships May 16-18.

---  Neil H. Devlin

 

No individual placers for Mustangs at state wrestling tournament
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mullen was shut out form individual placers in last week’s Colorado wrestling tournament held at the Pepsi Center.

The Mustangs qualified two competitors in Class 3A, John Sumner, a 145-pounder, and Angelo Damian a heavyweight.

Both went out in consolations and were 2-2 in the classification.

Sumner, a junior who finished 43-9 and was the team’s top producer all season, was 2-2 against the field, first losing in Friday’s quarterfinals. His two losses were by one and two points, respectively, in his first state appearance.

Damian, a senior who ended 38-13, dropped his opening match by pin before getting into three consolations, two of which he won by pin. It was his second state showing.

As a team, Mullen was 33rd of 50 with 11 points. Alamosa was tops with 141.5.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Mustangs Icemen headed to hills for playoff meeting against Battle Mountain, a first-rounder
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

With its first winning record since going 10-9-1 in the 2012-13 season, Mullen will participate in Colorado’s ice hockey playoffs beginning on Wednesday.

The Mustangs are 10-7-2, seeded No. 21 and will meet host and No. 12 Battle Mountain at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Ice Rink.

After an 8-3 start, Mullen was 2-4-2 in its past eight games and will be taking on a Huskies team that finished second to Crested Butte in the Peak Conference. However, the Titans are No. 13. Top scorers for the Huskies are Parker Nash (17 goals, 13 assists), Harry Green (16 goals, 13 assists) and Joey Beveridge (12 goals, 13 assists).

For Mullen, which only has two seniors on the roster and mainly consists of sophomores, Robby Witwer, Utah Bryant and Nick Gilbert have combined for 34 of the team’s 67 goals.

And in goal, junior Connor Mahon has been standing on his head for two seasons and registered a sparkling 2.61 goals-against average as his team often was outshot.

Denver East (14-4-1), the No. 5 seed and which downed the Mustangs twice during the regular season in the Highlands Conference, awaits the winner.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Wrestlers headed to Jefferson in Edgewater for state qualification
Friday, February 15, 2019

Mullen wrestlers will be on the postseason mats Friday and Saturday.

The Mustangs will be at Jefferson in Edgewater for Class 3A Region 3.

Along with Arvada, Alameda, Conifer, Eale Valley, Eaton, Elizabeth, Englewood, the host Saints, Middle Park, Sheridan, Skyview, Strasburg and Weld Central, the Mustangs will be attempting to place within the top four spots of each class for qualification for next week’s state tournament at the Pepsi Center.

The wrestling pairings will be released Sunday.

Mullen's top wrestlers are John Sumner, Noah Linares and Angelo Damian.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Grandview sweeps Mustangs in girl-boy doubleheader
Saturday, February 09, 2019

Mullen dropped a basketball doubleheader to Grandview in the Centennial League on Saturday at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

Mustangs girls fell to the Wolves 72-59 and the boys dropped a 52-42 decision.

Grandview is two-time defending Class 5A champion in girls and won last season’s boys crown.

In girls, Mullen led 21-14 after a quarter only to have the Wolves go on a 23-2 run to take a commanding 27-23 halftime lead.

Mullen girls, who are nearing an official spot in the 4A playoff bracket, are 12-8 overall, 7-4 in league. Grandview is 17-3, in command of the league at 11-0 with a one-game lead and has won 11 consecutive games.

In boys, the Mustangs defense was relevant and they held an early lead. However, the Wolves took scoring edges in each of the final three quarters.

Mullen is 13-7, 6-5. Grandview is 14-6, 9-2, and has a one-game league lead.

Entering the final week of the regular season, the Mustangs will have three games before the brackets are released on Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning with a girl-boy doubleheader against Eaglecrest at home on Monday (girls at 5:30 p.m., boys at 7).

Smoky Hill will be at Mullen on Wednesday for another doubleheader and the Mustangs will complete their 23-game slates with a doubleheader at Overland in Aurora on Friday.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Wrestlers drop 37-35 home dual meet to Chatfield; Overland next
Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Wrestling dropped a 37-35 dual meet to visiting Chatfield on Tuesday in nonleague.

The Mustangs won six of the matches.

Winning by fall were: Noah Linaries, 113 pounds; Aaron Gonzales, 126; Nick Machock, 132; and Cole Nading, 152.

Junior John Sumner won a technical fall in the first period at 145 and senior Angelo Damian won by forfeit at heavyweight.

The Mustangs will complete their regular season schedule on Thursday, 7 p.m., when they will host Overland in a Centennial League dual.

Class 3A regionals will have Mullen at Jefferson Feb. 15-16 and the state championships will be Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Wrestlers drop 1-point dual to Smoky Hill; 3 still ranked in 3A
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Mullen wrestling dropped a 37-36 dual meet to Smoky Hill on Thursday, a tight Centennial League setback held at the Old Gym.

The Mustangs also suffered another loss – heavyweight Angelo Damian sustained a knee-ligament injury in his bout and may be sidelined for a couple of weeks.

As it was, several Mustangs earned victories, five by pin.

Max Gonzales (106 pounds), Aaron Gonzales (126), Blake Elms (138), John Sumner (145) and Cole Nading (160) won by fall. Noah Linares (113) won via forfeit.

The Mustangs next will host Chatfield in a nonleague dual match on Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Old Gym.

In addition, Linares (fourth), Sumner (fifth) and Damian (eighth) are ranked in their respective weights in the latest offerings by On The Mat.

---  Neil H. Devlin

 

Mullen Softball Alumni to host Jan. 26 gathering
Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Mullen Softball Alumni will host a gathering on Jan. 26 from 3-5 p.m. at Old Chicago in Lakewood.

The still new coaching staff and alumni will meet for appetizers and drinks at 3550 S. Wadsworth.

There also will be free Mullen Softball Alumni T-shirts for attendees and families.

 

Sumner's 8th place tops Mustangs at Jimmy John's NCCT in Loveland
Sunday, December 16, 2018

John Sumner finished eighth at 145 pounds on Saturday, the only Mustang to place at the always strong Jimmy John’s Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament contested in Loveland.

Now 17-4, the junior topped Mullen, which scored 44 points to tie for 46th with Castle View and Overland in the 72-team field that included out-of-state teams.

Mullen will be idle through the holiday break and resume competition in a home tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12, with Alameda, Bear Creek, Evergreen, Grandview, Lotus School for Excellence, Mesa Ridge, Plate Canyon and University.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Mat matters: Mustangs grab 2nd dual win, beat Bear Creek 50-18
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In earning its second dual-meet victory, Mullen beat Bear Creek 50-18 on Tuesday night in the Old Gym.

Five Mustangs were the better wresters head-to-head in the 14-weight meeting that also was laced with forfeits.

Taking quick pins against the Jefferson County Bears to top the local list were freshman Mark Troni (120 pounds) in 27 seconds and Aaron Gonzales (126) in a second fall in less than a minute, 56 seconds. Cullen Martinez (220) earned a third mat slap for Mullen late in the second period, winning in 3:57.

At 113, Noah Linares won by technical fall and Nick Machock may have turned in the match of the night, winning 7-6 in the final seconds on a reverse.

Four other weights resulted in forfeit victories for the Mustangs and there was a double no-entry at 106.

Another dual will precede the final tournament before the holiday break – the Mustangs will be in Aurora on Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., to meet Cherokee Trail in the Centennial League. Saturday, Dec. 15, will be the always interesting and loaded Old Chicago Northern Colorado in Loveland.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Early winter efforts bring back a buzz around campus
Monday, December 03, 2018

It was only the first week and there’s certainly no need to begin entertaining state-championship ideas.

Then again, early promise, a wave of returnees and increased interest has Mullen winter-sporters and their followers rather excited.

To wit:

--- Boys basketball is off to a 2-0 start. The Mustangs waxed two Jefferson County teams through a combination of improved and tight seniors, plus a dab of newbies. At first glance, they seem to be able to regularly offer the full gamut of an inside-outside game, easily getting into transition, defending and containing a rotation without losing much whoever is on the floor.

--- Girls basketball won a season-opening tournament, is dominated by underclassmen with a sprinkling of talented freshmen, and looks as if it’s playing without fear. Even better, the Mustangs also offer height, a glaring void in 2017-18. It’s no small point – they can now play man-to-man defense instead of sitting in a zone. Height matters.

--- Hutchison Fieldhouse was fairly crowded for the first two boys hoops games and it appears attendance will remain on the upswing, including for girls. Coaches and athletes are sincerely following – and rooting for – peers in other games and events.

--- Girls swimmers and divers have gotten a bunch of state-qualifying out of the way and showed well in an eight-team meet in which the other seven school entrants were Class 5A (the Mustangs are 4A). They were sixth at the state meet in 2018 and are staring at getting higher,

--- Wrestlers have more than two dozen Mustangs on the roster and they contain some experienced and newer talent. There are still some holes in assorted weight classes, but there’s quality to offset the lack of quantity.

--- On the ice, Mustangs hockey players now number enough to field something of a junior-varsity team and all of the underclassmen from a season ago are back to seriously challenge for a playoff spot. You should have seen their opener, in which they fell late to Columbine – the stands were packed and students lined one side of the boards.

--- And as for the winter coaches? If there is a more-excited group around Hampden Avenue and Lowell Boulevard, show us. From the head folks to the assistants, there’s bounce in their steps, purpose in their direction, and life in their statements.

Of course, it was only the first week, there are many more to handle, there’s a holiday break to deal with and nothing’s promised.

But for openers, it was the kind Mustangs winter-sporters and their followers needed.

The buzz around school is real.

---- Neil H. Devlin

 

Holy Family-Mullen, Regis Jesuit-Arapahoe highlight highlight extra hoops
Monday, November 26, 2018

It basically amounts to an extra game, although it won’t count in the standings and the statistics will be meaningless. However, opportunity to play for a cause and purpose as well as participating in extra basketball couldn’t be ignored.

Mullen will have its chances, on Jan. 19 at Hutchison Fieldhouse against Holy Family, and rival Regis Jesuit and its girls will have theirs, Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Arapahoe to provide an ealry peek at the event.

Mustangs head coach Bob Caton will be watching.

Opportunity for a 24th game, Caton said, “was brought up in the coaches clinic and you can do whatever you want with it.”

While the Regis Jesuit-Arapahoe boys won’t play, the girls will at 7 p.m. and have opted to focus on mental-health issues and proceeds from the game will go toward the cause in the wake of multiple teen suicides this school year for the Warriors in Centennial. In Mullen’s case, there will be both boys and girls games, lower-level games, feeder-school games as well as a unified game. Its focus will be on a salute to the old Parochial League.

“It doesn’t count on your record or in the RPI (qualifying) and you can’t list it (in the team schedule), and you still only get 23 legitimate (regular-season) games, but this gives you the 24th and everyone is doing it differently,” Caton said. “We’re making it (a real game), so kids get to play another game.

“While we’re honoring the old Parochial League, others are trying to make it a fundraiser … and that’s great what Arapahoe and Regis are doing for suicide prevention.”

A fee to the state organization was required for the chance to host the events and the amount depended on how many games were to be played, but Caton added that there will be regular referees and most everything that is necessary to host games, as well as bringing back a number of coaches and players from the old Catholic-school group. It’s a salute to Mullen’s beginnings in athletics against a lot of schools that no longer exist.

“Not a lot of other people are doing it,” Caton said, “but I would do 25 if they let us. Kids love to play games. I think it’s a good idea.”

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Games on! Winter competitors begin practice as it’s open season
Monday, November 12, 2018

Today, Monday, Nov. 12, is the day for winter-sporters across Colorado.

Season No. 2 on the annual high-school sports docket, winter, may officially begin practice today. Mustangs competitors in boys basketball, girls basketball, ice hockey, girls swimming and diving, and wrestling will begin preseason drills after today’s classes, and boys and girls skiing will begin soon.

Practice will run into the final week of the month before contests may begin on Nov. 26.

The Mustangs will field teams and individuals in all sports, save for skiing competitors, who may co-op with other schools.

Opening day for winter competition will be in two weeks, Nov. 26. 

The first portion of winter play will run into the third week of December. As usual, it will be interrupted by the holiday break, from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, which will contain only limited practice.

Play will resume in the first week of 2019.

Below are general winter outlines with Mustangs class designations:

Boys basketball – Class 5A regular season runs through Feb. 16; playoffs Feb. 18 through March 9, final rounds at the Denver Coliseum.

Girls basketball – 4A regular season runs through Feb. 16, playoffs Feb. 18 through March 9, final rounds at the Denver Coliseum.

Ice hockey – One class, regular season runs through Feb. 16, playoffs Feb. 19 through March 5, championship game at the Pepsi Center.

Boys and girls skiing – One class, regular season runs through Feb. 16, state championship Feb. 21-22 at Purgatory.

Girls swimming and diving – 4A regular season runs through Feb. 2, state championship Feb. 7-8 at VMAC in Thornton.

Wrestling – 3A regular season runs through Feb. 9, regionals Feb. 15-16, state championship Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center.

 

Locascio, McIntire strong at Englewood's Windjammer
Saturday, October 06, 2018

Mullen junior Will Locascio took advantage of cooler temperatures for a hotter time.

In finishing in 16 minutes, 16 seconds, Locascio took third place on Saturday at the annual Windjammer Invitational at Englewood.

He led the Mustangs to 10th place in the 25-team field. Nick Espinola (54th, 17:55); Owen McCarter (79th, 18:33); Jack Tolbert (87th, 18:43); and Aidan Schwarz (99th, 18:43) also accounted for the scoring.

In girls, Hallie McIntire turned in another strong race, ending in 20:31 and taking 15th place. She led the Mustangs to ninth place (of 17 teams) and was backed by Madison Wainscoat (41st, 21:09); Alicia Muller (56th, 21:43); Anika Rosengarten (65th, 22:00); and Morgan Atwell (75th, 22:15).

---  Neil H. Devlin

 

J.P Starkey's mini odyssey: From Harvard to Pueblo
Thursday, October 04, 2018

It nearly cost him a chance at making the state tournament for tennis, but J.P. Starkey visited the hallowed ground of Harvard the past Sunday.

The Mullen junior was part of perhaps 100 lacrosse hopefuls who flocked to Cambridge, Mass., that were getting a look-see by the Crimson staff.

It was just about a slice of Heaven for Starkey, who plays attack for the Mustangs.

“We stayed in Harvard Square across from the sports complex,” Starkey said. “It was a cool place and we got to walk on campus a bit. The sports complex is off the charts. The facilities they have there are impressive. We didn’t get to play in the stadium. We played on the rugby field. But it’s really cool.”

A member of the Colorado Fire lacrosse team, Starkey said he received an e-mail to set up his tryout that included drills and competition, but it also came with an injury. He fell and injured his left wrist at the beginning of the day.

A trip to the doctor diagnosed it as a sprain or broken growth plate and it made it interesting heading into Wednesday’s Class 4A regional play. Starkey plays No. 1 doubles with Dante Dino and the pain followed him into the opening round.

How did he handle it?

“With a brace and a bunch of tape and Advil,” Starkey said.

He said he was able to get through the first set of play and “I had to figure out how to hit with it. But Dante played extremely well and we got through it.”

Starkey and Dino wound up winning the No. 1 doubles spot to qualify for next week’s 4A tournament, including 6-1, 6-1 in the final.

Ultimately, Starkey-Dino helped Mullen to account for six of the seven berths by the Mustangs for the 4A tournament that will run from Oct. 11-13.

“Glad I’ll be there,” he said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Tuesday wrapup: Softball goes 2-0; boys soccer and volleyball continue skids
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Mullen won recent, back-to-back, one-run decisions in softball; boys soccer dropped a third consecutive Centennial League game; and volleyball lost another league sweep in recent Mustangs sports news.

The softball team, which had lost nine games in succession, snapped the long drought with a 5-4 victory at home against Grandview on Saturday before getting past host Smoky Hill 7-6 on Thursday. Both were in the Centennial.

Junior Marissa Sanchez earned the weekend pitching victory and was 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored, but had lots of help and it went beyond the Mustangs being guilty of only one error. Tiffanie Brieno had a double, RBI and run scored. Avery Panozzo singled and scored as did Bella Hawkins. Margaret Bertsch tripled, scored a run, sacrificed and drove home two. And Bella Sevier singled and had two RBIs.

Sanchez went the distance and was touched for eight hits, but struck out 10 and walked only one.

At Smoky Hill, Hawkins had two doubles among three safeties to pace a 12-hit attack. Hawkins also scored a run. Brieno scored twice, had two hits and walked two times. Emma DiGiacomo doubled, singled and scored two runs. Sanchez doubled, singled and drove home two runs. Bertsch had a single and RBI. Sevier contributed two singles, a run scored and RBI.

Sanchez was touched for nine hits, three home runs among them, and the six runs, but battled through and struck out four.

The Mustangs improved to 6-14 and next will host Overland on Thursday, first pitch at 4 p.m., to wrap up league play, where they are 2-4.  They will travel to Fairview in Boulder on Saturday, 4 p.m.

In boys soccer, coach Matthew Guglielmo’s Mustangs fell 4-1 at home to Cherokee Trail to remain winless in league play.

Sophomore Patrick Keeley had the only goal for Mullen, now 6-4 overall, 0-3 league.

The Mustangs will resume play on the pitch on Thursday against powerful Arapahoe (9-0-2, 3-0) at Littleton Public Schools Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

As for volleyball, the Mustangs lost 19-25, 16-25, 10-25 at home to Grandview. It was their fifth consecutive loss and kept them winless in league at 7-7 overall, 0-5 in league.

Mullen, which also has lost its past three matches by sweeps, will be at Smoky Hill on Thursday, 6:45 p.m.

 

Volleyball drops a close one, 3-1 at Eaglecrest in Centennial League play
Friday, September 21, 2018

Mullen volleyball dropped a close on the road on Thursday night, 3-1 to host Eaglecrest in Centennial.

The Mustangs fell 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25 in Centennial League play.

In falling to 7-4 overall, 0-2 in league, Mullen stayed within range, but was unable to finish.

The Raptors climbed to 9-2, 2-0.

Next up for Mullen will be another league match, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at home against Cherokee Trail, 6:45 p.m.

 

'Stangs dip to 4-11, fall to Creek in league opener
Thursday, September 20, 2018

The learning experience for a younger Mullen softball team continued on Thursday in a 9-1 home setback against Cherry Creek.

In their Centennial League opener, the Mustangs fell to 4-11 overall. They have dropped nine of their past 11 games and been outscored by a combined 117-60 on the season.

Cherry Creek (11-7, 2-0) banged out 10 hits against two Mullen pitchers.

Mullen’s lone run came in the third inning on a triple by Emma DiGiacomo and a ground out.

First-year Mustangs head coach Alan Colglazier said reloading the program continues to be a process and insists his group is improving.

Mullen will resume play on Saturday at Eaglecrest, which is 13-3. First pitch will be at 11 a.m.

 

 

Mullen boys tennis enjoying its emergence
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Indeed, Mullen boys tennis was spanked recently by Colorado Academy. CA won 6-1.

However, it was a gradual improvement from a year ago and Mullen appreciates the climb.

No. 1 singles player George Henry Hanzel, a sophomore on the underclassmen-dominated team, is enjoying the ride and is realistic about it. He fell 6-1, 6-2 to a very good Richter Jordaan and felt much better about his play. Jordaan was the runner-up at Class 4A No. 1 singles as a freshman and last year was third at No. 1 singles.

Jordaan also is considered a top player in the five state region, Hanzel said, “and you have to know he’s better than you, but you still give 100 percent. It’s the very point. Otherwise, there’s no point in playing the match if you don’t even try.”

The growth evident in the early part of the season that is emerging despite being in the heavy part of its schedule has been there for Mullen.

“I think last year we were just getting the hang of it, but now this year we’re bigger and stronger and everything, and we have a better of chance of being competitive with (the likes of) Kent Denver, Arapahoe an CA,” Hanzel said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

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, 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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