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Cross Country News

Cross country shut out of state meet

But Mustangs already thinking next season, as most everyone will return

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It happens.

Mullen boys and girls cross country combined to have one of those days on Thursday. Neither team was able to qualify for the state meet in Colorado Springs on Oct. 27. And the Mustangs had no individual come close to earning a spot.

Indeed, it came from nowhere, everyone on the team and coaching staff is shocked and there’s nothing they can do about it.

It happens.

As teams, both Mullen’s boys and girls finished 10th of 12 groups in the Class 4A Region 1 held at a new course in Eagle Vail.

“What happened (on Thursday) for some of our kids who usually have very good races was some had off days,” Mustangs head coach Joe Welling said. “Unfortunately, we don’t get to choose those. We were training for the race when we started in the beginning of June. (Thursday) we had some off days.”

Multiple areas seemed to give Mullen trouble. It was a new course. It was at higher altitude. And the field was dominated by runners who regularly train and perform at higher altitude and if there’s a sport in which it’s relevant, it’s cross country.

“The course was challenging at altitude,” Welling said. “Plus, it was a hilly course and grassy course that was eating kids’ legs up … we knew the course would be challenging and knew it would be tough. It’s never fun as a coach to go into the only results race having not having seen it, but that’s OK. A lot of our training was focusing on strength and to tackle those hills.”

In boys, Mullen had 249 points. The winner was Central (G.J.), which had 72 to the 84 by runner-up Battle Mountain. The Warriors won behind individual winner David Cardenas, who ran 16 minutes, 54.00 seconds. They also had a third and 11th.

Individually for the Mustangs, junior Will Locascio, so strong all season, came in 29th (18:37.40), far from his best effort.

“It’s unfortunate that happened, but we’re so proud for what he has done,” Welling said, “because we have not had an athlete accomplish what he did in a long time. I think Will was consistently in the top 5 of nearly every race he ran. He was 4th in the Centennial (League) and I don’t think (Thursday’s showing) represents all of the good he has done this season and being our front-runner.”

Sophomore Nick Espinola (35th, 18:48.30), freshman Owen McCarter (58th, 19:54.10), sophomore Aidan Schwarz (63rd, 20:02.80) and freshman Jack Tolbert (64th, 20:03.00) completed the Mullen scoring.

For girls, Mullen scored 280, far behind the top performance of Battle Mountain, which had 30 – and it placed a very decisive 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th and 11th.

“(The Huskies) did a great job,” Welling said.

The winner was Eagle Valley’s Joslin Blair, a junior, who was clocked in 19:30.90.  

For the Mustangs, junior Hallie McIntire against was tops, finishing in 22:45.70. Freshman Alicia Muller (51st, 23:16.20), junior Madison Wainscoat (57th, 23:30.50), junior Anika Rosengarten (63rd, 23:54.40) and junior Emily DeLine (68th, 24:43.10) had their usual pack.

With Michael Dudzic due back next season after injury, the Mustangs will return virtually intact, which excites Welling.

“It will probably be the most-experienced girls team we’ve had in years,” Welling said. The Mustangs will lose only one senior between the two teams, a senior girl. “And they’re already talking about next season and they should. Hallie has been No. 1 all season and for her to come in and lead our team without any experience bodes well for next season.”

Both groups, Welling said, figure to be stronger and better equipped to deal with postseason racing.

“Next year,” the coach said, “we’ll have depth and speed and the competitive ability to do really, really well in this region. It’s hard not to allow them to be excited about how they can improve.

“Tenth place is disappointing and they think that, too. We have to have a fire to reestablish as a force in our region.”

Here's a link to full results:


XC set for regionals with an altitude

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It is cross country’s turn to run into the 2018 postseason.

Mullen will join the fray on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Homestake Peak School in Avon. The Mustangs will compete in Class 4A Region 1.

The top four teams and 15 individuals will advance to the state meet on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Without a lot of depth, the Mustangs realize they will need their best efforts to qualify. Individually, their best bets are juniors Will Locascio and Hallie McIntire.

“We’re looking to place Will in the top four,” Mustangs head coach Joe Welling said. “IT’s going to be a very deep and fast field at this race and we will have to have a few big races from other kids in our top five on both the boys; and girls’ sides to have a shot at qualifying an entire team.”

However, with the time of the race in relation to the Mustangs’ recent schedule, “our kids well-rested and excited to see what they can do on a new course,” Welling said.

The top five boys for the Mustangs at the Centennial League Championships were: Locascio, also an accomplished triathlete whose goal this season is to break 16 minutes; Nick Espinola; Owen McCarter; Jack Tolbert; and Aidan Schwarz.

For Mustangs girls, it was McIntire, who has been working to go sub-20:00; Madison Wainscoat; Alicia Muller; Morgan Atwell; and Anika Rosengarten.

The boys will race first, at 2 p.m. The girls will go off at 2:45 p.m., with awards at 3:45 p.m.

Results can be found at:


Locascio grabs 4th in Centennial finale

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

As usual, junior Will Locascio highlighted Mullen’s cross-country efforts, the latest coming Thursday in the Centennial League Championships.

Competing on a weather-filled afternoon that ranged from gloomy to the first glimpse of sun in a while, plus the early season wet and cold, Locascio came in fourth place at the Aurora Sports Park. He finished in 16 minutes, 46 seconds.

The winner was Cherry Creek’s Parker Wolfe, who won in 16:14. Arapahoe’s Cole Trautman was runner-up in 16:37. Grandview’s Jake Sheykhet actually ended in the same time as Locascio, but was given third.

For teams, Mullen was seventh of eight teams and just edged Eaglecrest by three points. Nick Espinola (41st, 18:28); Owen McCarter 47th, 18:54); Jack Tolbert (50th), 19:15); and Aidan Schwarz (51st, 19:18) were among Mullen’s 193 team points.

For girls, Hallie McIntire again headed the Mustangs, turning in a 19th-place run, recording 20:39. Mullen finished sixth as its usual pack delivered: Madison Wainscoat was 33rd (22:09); Alicia Muller 34th (22:10); Morgan Atwell 41st (22:49); and Anika Rosengarten 42nd (22:55).

Cherokee Trail’s Cameron McConnell was the overall winner in 18:08 as she led three other Cougars in the top 10 to edge Cherry Creek – it five runners in the top 10 -- by three points for the team title.

Next up for the Mustangs – Class 4A Region 1 on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Homestake Peak School in Avon. Other participating teams are Battle Mountain, Central (G.J.), Conifer, Eagle Valley, Evergreen, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Green Mountain, Palisade, Steamboat Springs and Summit.

Here is a link with full results:


Centennial, Regional information

Mullen boys and girls cross country will be in the Centennial League Championships at Aurora Sports Park on Thursday.

The top nine boys and girls, by time, will represent Mullen at the Class 4A Region 1 meet on Thursday Oct. 18th. 


Practice on Wednesday will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a team meal in the Student Life Center. For Thursday's race, all varsity and junior-varsity runners will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. Any open runners needing a ride also will be dismissed at that timel. Bus will depart at 1 p.m. 

All runners must report to the fountain on Saturday no later than noon to assist with the CSAL middle-school races. This obligation will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Reminder: Team Banquet and celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Rilko.


League Championship Lineups (subject to change)

3 P.M. Varsity Boys

Will Locascio

Nick Espinola

Owen McCarter

Jack Tolbert

Aidan Schwarz

Calvin Farrell

Edward Konizeski


3:30 P.M. Varsity Girls

Hallie McIntire

Madison Wainscoat

Alicia Muller

Anika Rosengarten

Morgan Atwell

Emily DeLine

Kaitlin Stanford

4:00 PM JV Boys

Diego Taboada-Cross

Mason Atwell

Wilson Hyatt

John Kearney

Quy Le

Helmuth  Grohmann

Jon Egan

Blake Machock*



4:30 P.M. Junior-Varsity Girls

Mia Mowers

Natasha Marcoux

Megan Sandy

Anna Seaman

Ava Baker

Marin Smith

Claire Sherwood


5 P.M. Open Boys

All Remaining Male Runners


5:30 P.M. Open Girls

All Remaining  Female Runners


Regional Championship Information

Top nine boys and girls will compete at Regionals on Oct. 18. They will be dismissed at 9:10 a.m. and the bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. The race will be held at Homestake Peak School in Vail. Boys race at 2 pm., girls at 2:45 p.m.


Englewood Windjammer information

Mullen boys and girls cross country will compete in Englewood’s Windjammer meet on Saturday.

Coach Joe Welling said runners should arrive by 9 a.m. or an hour before their races.

Here are lineups and times:

Varsity boys, 9 a.m.

Will Locascio

Nick Espinola

Owen McCarter

Jon Egan

Jack Tolbert

Aidan Schwarz

Calvin Farrell

Varsity girls, 8:40 a.m.

Hallie McIntire

Madison Wainscoat

Anika Rosengarten

Alicia Muller

Emily DeLine

Morgan Atwell

Megan Atwell

Junior-Varsity Boys, 10:20 a.m.

Junior-Varsity Girls, 11 a.m.

Being is link for information as well as results:

Littleton Invitational information

Mullen will compete in the Littleton Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at deKoevend Park.

Here is the race schedule:

3 p.m. – Varsity Boys

3:30 – Varsity Girls

4 p.m. – Open Boys

4:30 p.m. – Open Girls

Varsity lineups will be determined by the top seven finishers by time in the Dave Sanders race, TBA. All runners will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. for the races. Results can be found here.


Mustangs in middle at Sanders meet

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Once again, Will Locascio was at the front of a Mullen cross-country effort.

The junior finished in fifth place of Division 2 of Friday’s Dave Sanders Invitational at a very hot Clement Park in Littleton. Locascio ran 16 minutes, 55 seconds. The winner was senior Christian Montoya of Holy Family, who was clocked in 16:23, winning by 12 seconds over Evergreen sophomore Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos.

The Mustangs finished 10th of 22 teams. Sophomore Nick Espinola was 38th at 18:34. Next were: Jonathan Egan (77th, 18:20); freshman Jack Tolbert (82nd, 19:24); and freshman Owen McCarter (88th, 19:34.).

Holy Family also finished first as a team.

In girls, the Mustangs were ninth of 22 teams and headed by Hallie McIntyre. The junior was 28th, 21:32. She was followed by junior Madison Wainscoat (46th, 22:19); freshman Alicia Miller (65th, 23:04); junior Anika Rosengarten (74th, 23:19); and Natasha Marcoux (75th, 23:26).

Evergreen freshman Lanie Szuch (18:47) finished first and D’Evelyn earned team honors.

Dave Sanders Invitational information

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Next up for Mullen boys and girls cross will be the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park in Littleton on Friday, Sept. 21.

The meet is named in honor of Sanders, the teacher-coach who was a hero during the Massacre in 1999, according to eyewitnesses. Sanders gave his life getting Rebels students to safety.

A new course is being offered this year and the race schedule is as follows: Varsity girls, 3:10 p.m.; Open girls, 3;50 p.m.; Varsity boys, 4:20 p.m.; and Open boys, 5 p.m.

Mustangs lineups are below:

Varsity girls, warm-up at 2:25 p.m. – Hallie McIntire, Madison Wainscoat, Anika Rosengarten, Laney Dugan, Alicia Muller, Emily DeLine, Natasha Marcoux, Elise Bialecki, Megan Sandy and Anna Seaman.

Varsity boys, warm-up at 3:30 p.m. – Will Locascio, Nick Espinola, Jon Egan, Jack Tolbert, Aidan Schwarz, Owen McCarter, Edward Konizeski, Cole Merchant, Calvin Farrell and Guy Le.

In addition, Meet results can be found here. 

Also, the Mustangs will compete in the Littleton Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 25th. Lineups will be determined by the top seven finishers in the Dave Sanders race.  The course map can found here. 


Locascio, McIntire setting distance marks

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LITTLETON -- At a Liberty Bell Invitational loaded with history, Mullen made a little more of its own Saturday at Heritage High School.

The popular meet began in 1978 as a 3-mile run, moved to a 5k two years later and has been a regular stopping point for most everyone associated with in-state cross country. The Mustangs have won three times as a team in boys and an impressive 13 in girls. Individually, Bryce Maderis was a division champion a year ago and there have been five Mustangs girls winners – Carrie Messner from 1993-94, Molly Austin in 1995 and Colleen Blair from 1998-99. In addition, Messner’s time of 17 minutes, 56.9 seconds in ’94 remains a Division 3 record.

As for Saturday, personal records were the things for Mustangs juniors Will Locascio and Hallie McIntire. Locascio cruised to a 16:15.70 and McIntire turned in 20:38.70.

To them, they are just as significant marks as any of the above.

“It’s pretty good,” said Locascio, who took third place in Division 2. “I was trying to catch the top two guys at the end. I caught the guy who was in third at about the 2-mile mark, but, yeah, it was a pretty good race.”

Fourth for much of the race, Locascio made his move, but couldn’t clear the 1-2 Glenwood Springs combination of Henry Barth (first., 15:39.50) and Gavin Harden (15:41), both seniors.

“I had my sights on them, but just didn’t have enough in the tank,” Locascio said. “It would have been a hard kick to catch up to those guys.”

Said Mullen head coach Joe Welling: “His 16:15 is great. He had to do all that work by himself because the two front-runners went out really fast. They’re also in our (Class 4A) region (in the postseason), so Will will see those guys again up in the Vail area. He’ll have another shot at those guys.”

Locascio, also an accomplished triathlete, has an immediate goal of sub-16:00.

“It’s hard to do that when you’re running by yourself,” Welling said. “But he made a great move to solidify third.”

In truth, Locascio said, “I really do want to try and crack 16. I have a couple more chances to do it.”

In teams, Mullen was 12th in an 18-team field. Nick Espinola (63rd, 18:47.20), Jonathan Egan (67th, 18:51.50), Jack Tolbert (73rd, 19:00.80) and Aidan Schwarz (88th, 19:30.90) accounted for the scoring.

Frontier Academy finished first.

Concerning McIntire, early speculation was that she cracked the 20-minute mark for the first time, possibly knocking off “about 100 seconds,” Welling said, but she came in at 20:38.70, good for 19th.

“This is my first year of cross country,” she said. “I was a sprinter in track and this is a lot different. I went out way too fast, so the second mile was hard, but it was good. I was just hoping to be in in about (20:40).”

Said Welling: “Hallie really did a nice job.”

It was good enough to lead Mullen to seventh in a 17-team field.

Madison Wainscoat (35th, 21:39.20), Lauren Sciullo (49th, 21:59.10), Laney Dugan (54th, 22:14,00) and Alicia Miller (57TH. 22:17.50) completed the team scoring.

Silver Creek finished first in teams and Wheat Ridge’s Tiya Chamberlin won in 18:13.50.

“In the next race, I’m just trying to cut off time,” McIntire said.

The Mustangs will be in the Arvada West Invitational on Friday, 3 p.m.

Below is a link for full rrsults:


Liberty Bell Invitational information

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Give Mullen cross-country runners the Liberty Bell Invitational this week, the annual, popular gathering hosted by Heritage in Littleton to be held on Saturday.

Information from head coach Joe Welling -- The Mustangs will race in Division Two. The team tent will be located to the west of Heritage near the track and soccer fields. There will be a team meal for runners on Friday, 4 p.m., in the Rilko Lobby. Runners are responsible for transportation to Saturday's meet. Varsity runners should report at 7:45 a.m., all others at 8:30 a.m.


Schedule and lineups -- 8:45 a.m.: Varsity Boys (W. Locascio, N. Espinola, J. Tolbert, O. McCarter, J. Egan, A. Schwarz, C. Merchant).

8:48 a.m.: Varsity Girls (H. McIntire, M. Wainscoat, E. Deline, A. Muller, K. Denezza, A. Rosengarten, L. Dugan).

10:05 a.m.: Open Boys (all non-Varsity boys).

10:08 a.m: Open Girls (all non-Varsity girls).


Also, Mullen cross country will be idle the week of September 10. The Mustangs will be back in action at the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park on Sept. 21.

Below is a link with information:

Meet info can be found here.



Arapahoe Invitational results

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In a weather-plagued Arapahoe Invitational on Friday, junior Will Locascio once again led Mullen’s efforts.

The junior finished 10th of 174 runners, finishing in 16 minutes, 46 seconds. The winning time was 16:13.

The Mustangs also were 20th of 24 teams. After Locascio were: Nick Espinola, 19:07, 110th; Jack Tolbert, 19:31, 122nd; Owen McCarter, 19:58, 134th; and Jonathan Egan, 20:11, 138th.

In girls, the Mustangs were 16th of 24 teams. Hallie McIntire was 64th in 21:59, followed by Lauren Sciullo, 22:53, 89th; Madison Wainscoat, 23:15, 97th; Emily Deline, 23:18, 98th; and Katy DeNezza, 23:36, 108th.

According to Colorado Milesplit’s site that posted the results, “because of the lightning delay, the schedule was compressed. We did not have a definitive end of the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior races. We scored them based on the grade that was reported for each runner. Performances that were too fast or too slow were not included.”

Next up for Mullen is a Saturday date at Heritage’s Liberty Bell meet.



Arapahoe Invitational information

Mullen’s next cross country meet will be Friday, Aug. 31, in the Arapahoe Invitational at deKoevend Park in Littleton.

The Mustangs will be in six races.

Runners needing a ride will have a 1:45 p.m. dismissal and bus transportation to the meet.

Below are Mustangs lineups:

4 p.m. freshman/sophomore boys: Mason Atwell, Adam Domenico, Edward Konizeski, Josh Marsh, Diego Taboada-Cross, Helmuth Grohmann, Wilson Hyatt, Ben Jackson, Blake Machock, Chris Moser, Dimink Sceiza, Ian Zhang.

4:20 p.m. freshman/sophomore girls: Sara Victoria Alvarez, Lucy Kohara, Meredith Konkel, Mia Mowers, Anika Obrecht, Lita Rael, Kaitlyn Rapp, Brooklynn Rich, Marin Smith, Megan Sullivan, Anya Valladares, Katrina Zhang, Ava Baker, Amelia Carrillo, Claudia Farnell, Sofia Flores, Brooklyn Hanley, Amanda Muhr, Alyssa Radlauer, Anna Seaman, Kaitlin Stanford.

4:50 p.m. varsity boys: Will Locascio, Nick Espinola, Jack Tolbert, Aidan Schwarz, Owen McCarter, Jon Egan, Cole Merchant.

5:10 p.m. varsity girls: Katy DeNezza, Alicia Muller, Elise Bialecki, Emily DeLine, Hallie McIntire, Lauren Sciullo, Madison Wainscoat.

5:40 p.m. junior-senior boys: Scott Jensen, John Kearney, Calvin Farrell, Quy Le, Joseph Noone, Joshua Obrecht.

6 p.m. junior-senior girls: Lizzie Blaschke, Abby DeNezza, Laney Dugan, Raquel Flores, Katie Liedtke, Natasha Marcoux, Mia Martinez, Anika Rosengarten, Sophia Rotello, Rachel Rowland, Megan Sandy, Alex Seward, Claire Sherwood, Jade Swickard, Viena Valladares, Morgan Atwell, Hannah Baltzan, Jessica Bryan, Chloe Callanan, Adele Cardenas, Maddie DeNezza, Abby Gilbert, Emma Hahn, Gabrielle Hyatt, Adelaide Kennedy, Kendall Nusbaum, Briana Rodriguez-Castillo.  

Here is a link with information about the meet:

Locascio heads Mullen distance efforts

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen boys and girls cross country got off and running Saturday at the nearby D’Evelyn Dash and were paced by what it hopes will be a series of high-end finishes by Will Locascio.

The junior, coming off a big triathlon season, finished second in Division I boys, going 16 minutes, 53.60 seconds over the 5k (3.1-mile) course. He came in behind winner Cole Nash of Chatfield (16:30.40) and well ahead of third-placed Sean Sands of Conifer (17:20.80).

Coach Joe Welling said he was pleased with Locascio’s first effort that led Mullen to a fifth-place finish among 11 teams. Arvada West (34) was tops, followed by Longmont (79), Conifer (103) and Chatfield (107). Behind Locascio were Mustangs at 11th (sophomore Nick Espinola, 18:38.20), 23rd (freshman Jack Tolbert, 19:20.40), 37th (freshman James Ulrich, 20:05.40) and 40th (sophomore Aidan Schwarz, 20:07.40).

In girls, junior Hallie McIntire led a seventh-place showing. The Mustangs ended at 173. First among teams was D’Evelyn (29). Next were: Arvada West (72), Elizabeth (93), Chatfield (114), Columbine (133) Conifer (149).

McIntire finished in 21:38.50. She was backed  by the Mustangs doing their expected pack thing as junior Lauren Sciullo, 22:46.10, 34th; sophomore Elise Bialecki, 23:05.90, 38th; junior Madison Wainscoat, 23:18.20, 42nd; and freshman Katy DeNezza, 23:26.90, 43rd.

The Mustangs will participate in the Arapahoe Invitational at DeKoevend Park in Littleton.


D’Evelyn Dash information

Mullen will compete in the D’Evelyn Dash on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Mustangs boys will run at 8 a.m. and girls at 8:30 a.m.

Team camp will be southeast of the main school entrance. Runners should report one hour before the race.

It will be the 18th running of the race and will open Mullen’s season.

Below is a link with all information, including where to go for results.



Boys and girls offer contrasting outputs

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

(Fourth in a series of fall previews for the 2018 season)

Opposites attract. At least, they can be on the same team. Mullen boys and girls cross country proves it.

In his eighth season, head coach Joe Welling will experience considerable contrast with his teams.

In boys, five of the top seven runners from 2017 graduated and a sixth suffered a torn muscle that will sideline him the whole season.

The lone returnee will be Will Locascio, a junior who’s significantly accomplished at triathlon.

“The focus on the guys’ side will be to see how fast we can get Will running,” Welling said. “He came into the season in great shape off his triathlon stuff. He’ll be a front-runner not only on our team, but in all of the races this year.”

What Welling wants to do “is try to get (Locascio) under 16 minutes (for the 5k, 3.1 miles). He was a (second team all-Centennial League selection) last year and we’re going to try to get him on first team.”

Ideally, the coach added, “we want to get him in there against good (Class) 5A competition.”

As for the rest of the team, Welling said, “the guys will be developing runners and we want to teach them what varsity running feels like, what it looks like and coach them up to take the reins. I’ve seen a lot of development. I don’t know what’s going to happen outside of Will, but it’s an exciting opportunity for young runners with no guarantees and six spots open.”

Concerning Mustangs girls, “it’s the complete opposite,” Welling said. Only one from a year ago was lost to graduation, so the returnees are there.

“The real strength,” the coach said, “is pack-running. One of the measurables is looking at the 1-to-5 split. Ours was the best in our region, an outstanding 19 seconds.”

However, the question is, who are the girls who will comprise the upper tier of the team? Multiple sophomores and juniors are candidates.

The focus is pushing the upper end of the team, Welling said, “to really break out and have a breakout season. Knowing how competitive our girls are, they put the work in. We’re guessing 14-to-16 girls will be competing to take our varsity spots.”

Cross country’s regular season will run through Oct. 13. The Mustangs will begin on Saturday, Aug. 25, with a meet at nearby D’Evelyn in Jefferson County, 8 a.m. Regionals will be completed by Oct. 20. Mullen will be in the mountain-based 4A Region 1 along with Battle Mountain, Central (G.J.), Conifer, Eagle Valley, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Green Mountain, Palisade, Steamboat Springs and Summit.

 Once again, the Colorado meet will be Oct. 27 at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs.


Cardenas and Hahn are rated as IBM Heroes

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Adele Cardenas and Emma Hahn have been named as IBM High School Heroes.

Both Mustangs juniors, the two are being honored for their participation in high-school athletics and their outstanding leadership contributions to their school and community. In this case, Cardenas and Hahn went out of their way – twice – to purposely forget about competing for places in cross country races and instead hung back to run with a challenged competitor and encourage her to finish.

Cardenas and Hahn ran with Alameda International’s Destiny Case and finished with her in two junior-varsity races, both times well behind the previous finisher. Case, a freshman and new to prep sports the past fall, suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as well as Asperger’s Disorder, a severe form of autism.

The two Mustangs helped Case in the Arvada West Invitational, then did so again when they encountered her at Englewood’s Windjammer Invitational. The three were last in both races.

And both Mustangs said they would do it every time.

“We just decided that if that was us, we would want someone to cheer us on and run with us,” Cardenas said after the Englewood meet. Added Hahn: “Yeah, Adele and I just joined cross country not in it to win it, but to just do it for fun and we thought this was what cross country was all about, meeting new people and making friends … and we definitely were not going to win that race.”

Their story was strong enough to be reprinted in the Denver Catholic Register.

The IBM High School Hero of the Week, involved with 850 KOA Radio, the Denver Broncos, Colorado High School Activities Association and IBM of Colorado, is designed to recognize those who excel in both the activities areas – athletics, music, speech and leadership – and academics. Additional criteria includes other school and community participation and citizenship.

Cardenas and Hahn will be part of a tour and reception on Feb. 26 at the Broncos Stadium that will include celebrity speakers and sports memorabilia giveaways.


Mustangs boys wrap up XC season at state meet

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

COLORADO SPRINGS – “I think what we learned today was that there was way more competition. The (Class) 4A competition was totally on a different level than last year.”

So said Mullen cross country coach Joe Welling on a very fall-ish Saturday for the Colorado cross country championships at the Norris Penrose Event Center.

In fact, the Mustangs’ group was totally different than any of the four classes – the Class 4A individual girls champion had the best time of any other winner and the 4A boys champion was second of the four. Plus, runners who live at higher altitudes, particularly in the Colorado Springs area as well as those in the mountains, fared well.

As for Mullen, which qualified its boys team, it took 20th among 20 teams in 4A, but sent out five seniors while competing against the best in the state, a fact not lost on Welling.

“The thing that was great today,” the coach said, “was the seniors got to go out after the four years they put together. It was great.”

An exhausted Bryce Medaris, who led Mullen all season, finished 57th in the 156-runner field in 17 minutes, 11.3 seconds on a slower course. Sophomore Will Locascio was 63rd in 17:16.9 and Sebastian Campos 119th in 18.22.7. Next were: Ryan Carrigan, 131st, 18:52.3; Matt Vermeyen, 135th, 19:13.0; and Cole Merchant, 140th, 20:29.1.

“I think Bryce is a little disappointed with his place but his time was good,” Welling said. “Will ran a fantastic race and Sebastian had his best time.”

Sad Medaris, who ended his prep career: “Yeah, it was a lot of fun … and these kids are coming out of nowhere and dropping fast times.”

Locascio, a solid second on the team since August, said “I’m hoping to really try and do some damage the next couple years at state.”

And Campos, who gave up football after his freshman year, said “I loved it, it was just a great experience. These boys are amazing and are my best friends. It’s just a good thing for a healthy lifestyle and it helps me with wrestling.”

Mullen loses five of its seven qualifiers (Merchant is a freshman), but there are several others on the roster who are eager to take their turns next season.

“It was a fun day and good to be here to represent the school,” Welling said.

Below are individual and team champions for all classes:

Class 5A boys champion Charlie Perry, Monarch, 15:36.8, team champion Mountain Vista.

Class 5A girls champion Jenna Fitzsimmons, Mountain Vista, 18:10.3, team champion Mountain Vista.

Class 4A boys champion, Cole Sprout, Valor Christian, 15:42.1. team champion Palmer Ridge.

Class 4A girls champion Elizabeth Constien, Battle Mountain, 18:03.9, team champion Battle Mountain.

Class 3A boys champion Mason Norman, The Classical Academy, 15:56.8, team champion TCA.

Class 3A girls champion Quinn McConnell, Peak to Peak, 18:31.6, team champion Peak to Peak.

Class 2A boys champion Isaac Roberts, Lyons 16:14.6, team champion Lyons.

Class 2A girls cross country champion Helen Cross, Nederland, 18:52.0, team champion Nederland.


State Cross Country Information

When: Saturday, Oct. 28

Where: Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road No.3 Colorado Springs CO 80905

Who: Mullen boys team, Bruce Medaris, Will Locascio, Robbie Manta, Michael Dudzic, Matt Vermeyen, Sebastian Campos, Ryan Carrigan

Field: Mustangs will be in Class 4A boys, seven will enter: five will score

Race Schedule

Class 5A Boys – 9:20 a.m.

Class 2A Girls – 10 a.m.

Class 5A Girls – 10:40 a.m.

Class 2A Boys – 11:20 p.m.

Class 4A Girls – Noon

Class 3A Boys – 12:40 p.m.

Class 4A Boys – 1:20 p.m.

Class 3A Girls – 2 p.m


Mullen boys headed to XC state; Maderis takes 2nd

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The air was rare, the elevation was high, the competition stiff and the finish order surprising.

But mission accomplished for Mullen boys cross country. Headed again by senior Bryce Maderis, the Mustangs placed fourth on Thursday in Class 4A Region 1 cross-country qualifying in Frisco and arose as the final qualifier of four (of 11 in the field) for next week’s state championships.  

Evergreen (72), Eagle Valley (77) and Glenwood Springs (105) took the top three team spots and the Mustangs (131) edged Battle Mountain (136), considered by some as a pre-race favorite.

No matter which teams the Mustangs trailed – they qualified.

“Oh, it was great,” Mustangs head coach Joe Welling said. “That was our goal. We did not think that Evergreen would have as good of a day as (the Cougars) did and we had to pull off the win against another team … we’re just so happy to have those points. Just (five) points, that’s all it was.”

At 9,000 feet and on a layout that was hard and slow, Welling said, “it was a course that suited (the Cougars) really well and they took full advantage. (Battle Mountain) had an off day and we had just enough of a good day.”

Maderis, a senior who has been the Mullen leader all season, ran 18 minutes, 6.75 seconds to come in winner Drew Seidel of Wheat Ridges, who was tops in 17:50.18. Sophomore Will Locascio was 14th in 18:42.51. And, as Welling said, every place counted significantly. Robbie Manta was 25th (19:19.78), Michael Dudzic 43rd (20:20.68) and Matthew Vermeyen 47th (20:05.12) to account for Mullen’s scoring.

For girls, the Mustangs completed their season in their usual pack fashion. They were 48th, 49th, 50th, 54th, 55th, 59th and 60th, headed by Lizzie Blaschke’s 24:40.81. Mullen was 10th (256) in teams. First was Battle Mountain (38), which was headed by overall winner Naomi Harding’s 19:56.76. She was the only runner to break 20 minutes.

Welling said Maderis, Locascio, Manta, Dudzic, Vermeyen, Sebastian Campos and Ryan Carrigan will be on the state team in Colorado Springs at the Norris Penrose Event Center on Saturday, Oct. 28. All are seniors, save for Locascio and Dudzic (freshman).

It’s the sweetest part, Welling said, “for guys who have been there since freshman year. It’s very appropriate for them to represent the school at state.”

Below is a link with full results:


Class 4A Region 1 Championships information

When: Thursday, Oct. 19

Course​ ​Opens​: Noon

Check​-in: 1 p.m. at the Team Camp area

Coaches’​ ​Meeting​: 2 p.m. at the Check-in area

Boys​ ​Race​: 3 p.m.

Girls​ ​Race​: 3:45 p.m.

Boys lineup: Medaris, Locascio, Dudzic, Manta, Carrigan, Campos, Vermeyen, Merchant and Farrell.
Girls lineup: Banko, Blaschke, Bialecki, Seaman, Rosengarten, Dugan, Sandy, E. Deline and Super-Hill.

Awards Ceremony to follow completion of scoring.

Teams​: Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, Evergreen, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Green Mountain, Littleton, Mullen, Palisade, Summit, and Wheat Ridge.

T-Shirts/Concessions​: Meet T-shirts will be available to purchase at the race. We will have a limited number of short sleeve, long sleeve and hoodies available for cash only. Concessions will also be available for purchase cash only.

Parking​: Buses may drop off at the bus stop adjacent to the team camp area. Buses will then proceed to the bus parking circle located next to the skate and bike park. Spectator parking will be in surrounding lots. Once lots are full, spectators may park along the roadside but must be fully off the pavement so as not to block traffic from either direction. Overflow parking will be across Highway 9 in the first Summit Medical Center lot. It is about 10 minutes of walk time to the race start from the overflow lot.

Team​ ​Camp​ ​Area​: The team camp area will be located on the grass multi-purpose field adjacent to the Nordic Lodge. Please note that you may not stake your tent due to high lying irrigation lines. You must use 40 pounds of weight per corner to secure your tent.

Qualification​ ​for​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Championships​: Four teams and the top fifteen individuals in each race will qualify for the State Championships. Nine athletes from each team may race. Five score, runners six and seven act as potential tie-breakers and may displace opposing runners. Runners eight and nine will receive an official place and time, but will not displace opposing runners. Coaches are responsible for entering their State qualifying teams and individuals. Timing​: Professional chip-timing and results will be done by Summit County based Maverick Sports. Results:​ Results will be posted on the scoreboard near the finish area as soon as they are final. Results will also be posted to

Course​ ​Info​: The course starts and finishes next to the softball field and is one loop that will be run three times. The third loop has a short offshoot that rejoins the main loop. It is very spectator/coach friendly. It will be possible to see your athletes up to six times during the race. The surface is a mixture of dirt and woodchips. The loop has a flat start, then a gradual climb, gradual descent and becomes flat again. The course will be well flagged and will be marshalled at all intersections.



Mullen’s boys 7th, girls 6th at Centennial XC Championships

Bryce Maderis grabbed sixth place individually in Thursday’s Centennial League Championships for cross country, but Mullen’s boys were seventh of eight teams.

Competing at Cherry Creek State Park, Maderis finished in 16 minutes, 49 seconds, 33 seconds off the pace. He was followed by sophomore Will Locascio (13th, 17:23); freshman Michael Dudzic (24th, 17:58); Matthew Vermeyen (53rd, 20:24); and Cole Merchant (54th, 20:52).

Mullen totaled 150 in placings. Grandview (46) ran past Overland (82) for team honors and Eaglecrest’s Mason Brown won in 16:16.

The Mustangs’ girls managed sixth place in their usual group-finish order with 175, just one worse than Eaglecrest. Lauren Banko (26th, 21:45); Lizzie Blacschke (31st, 22:15); Anna Seaman (36th, 22:54); Elise Bialecki (40th, 23:34); and Laney Dugan (42nd, 23:47) led the team.

Among teams, Cherokee Trail got past Grandview 38-43 for first. The individual winner was Kaitlyn Mercer of Grandview in 19:04.

Mullen next will be in the Class 4A Region 1 Championships to be held at the Frisco Marino on Oct. 19.

Below is a link to the Centennial League Championships results:

--- Neil H. Devlin



On the Case: Mullen runners exemplify Lasallian spirit

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

They could have run away, but Adele Cardenas and Emma Hahn chose to literally run into the situation.

The Mullen juniors were participating in the Arvada West Invitational, a regular stop on the cross-country circuit that was contested at the Lutz Complex on Sept. 15, when they spotted a runner from Alameda International who obviously was having extreme difficulty about a half-mile into the junior-varsity race.

Fittingly, her name was Destiny Case.

“We were running and we saw that she was behind and she seemed upset and was struggling,” Cardenas said. “We just decided that if that was us, we would want someone to cheer us on and run with us.”

Said Hahn: “Yeah, Adele and I just joined cross country not in it to win it, but to just do it for fun and we thought this is what cross country is all about, meeting new people and making friends … and we definitely were not going to win that race.”

So they stayed with Case, encouraged her, wouldn’t let her slow down to a walk, which she was prone to do, and finished the 3.1-mile (5k) together in very high 35 minutes, 5 seconds – more than 14 minutes behind the winner – for places 236th-238th. But this had nothing to do with numbers.

“Those girls have been so spectacular with my daughter,” said Heidi Case, Destiny’s mother, who admitted to tears when she saw the three of them together.

Destiny Case, a freshman, is new to high-school sports and suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as well as Asperger’s Disorder, a severe form of autism. But since the special-needs student with the genuine smile met Cardenas and Hahn, they are just three high-school girls who are becoming fast friends.

“After the race, we finished and she was exhausted, and we were pushing her again to go to the tent,” Cardenas said of Case. “We hugged, talked with her and met her mom … it was fun.”

Hahn admitted “that while we were running, she probably hated us for pushing her, but at the end she started to cry and gave us a hug, and thanked us.”

Destiny has to be reminded about the first names of Cardenas and Hahn “because I sometimes forget them, but they didn’t let me walk at all and encouraged me to keep running, stuff like that. And they gave me compliments.”

Having finished last and seriously considering quitting the team, Destiny has since changed her mind thanks to Cardenas and Hahn, and Heidi Case is beside herself with glee.

Speaking about her daughter and of others like her, “emotionally, they hate themselves and think they can’t do anything right ... a lot of it is mental,” she said.

But what really gets to her, she said, is that Cardenas and Hahn “went beyond sportsmanship. They could have (beaten) her down and had a really good time. But they chose to help somebody else.”

The kind act probably would have been enough to stand alone as well as be retold for years to come; however, the opportunity arose again the past weekend at Englewood’s Windjammer Invitational. Yes, Cardenas and Hahn were there as was Case. Only this time the three met up before the race and decided to do it again.

Cardenas said “we saw her walking and when she saw us she started laughing.”

Hanh said “(Case) was surprised. She saw us and we came up to say ‘Hi’ and we just ran with her again.”

For the record, they finished in 35:25, taking places 255-257 (of 262).

But in terms of companionship, compassion and understanding, Cardenas and Hahn – as well as Case -- probably won by light years.

Alameda International coach Jon Turner said what Cardenas and Hahn “did was special … they sacrificed for another.”

Mustangs cross country head coach Joe Welling said “well, I told this to the team after the first time that, to me, this is more important than a state championship. What that is is a Lasallian core principal of inclusive community in action. That’s what we want our kids to take away from cross country and that’s what they demonstrated in real life.”

Janell Kloosterman, Mullen Principal and Chief Academic Officer, concurred: "For Emma and Adele, providing support for Destiny transcended winning. At that moment, the race became about running in solidarity with another human being who was in need and just simply needed their support.  Emma and Adele exemplify what it means to be a Mullen High School student-athlete -- treating others with respect and dignity. They make us proud to be Mullen Mustangs."

Mullen has received numerous positive e-mails, mostly sparked by Turner, and one of the best things about all of it, he said, is Destiny has vowed to continue with cross country. She also hungers to try basketball and soccer with the Pirates, but for someone who felt inadequate with her peers she is brimming with confidence.

“I think she’ll stick with it,” Turner said.

Heidi Case says her daughter “is taking it day-by-day and she keeps telling me the Mullen girls inspired her. And she said to me, ‘You know, Mom, I didn’t give up.’”

Plus, Turner said, “you can see the social change in her.”

For their part, Cardenas and Hahn wave off any praise, although Heidi Case says she just about melts when they refer to Destiny as their hero. “But I think they’re all heroes,” she said.

Hahn insists “we just wanted to help her run. We didn’t do it to get recognized for it.”

And Cardenas didn’t hesitate on her response.

“Yeah, I mean, we didn’t think much of it,” she said. “We just saw someone struggling and wanted to help her out … after the race she was hugging us. It shows how grateful you can be for the ability you have when you see someone like her, super-inspiring and she was so overjoyed. And, yeah, I’d definitely do it again.”

Destiny Case said she’ll be thinking of Cardenas and Hahn.

“I have one of their phone numbers and I want to get the other one,” she said.


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Centennial League Championships Information

Thursday, Oct. 12,
at Cherry Creek State Park.

The races start and finish near the Hobie Hill area and parking is available at Cherry Creek High School. This is the final meet for non-varsity runners. Runners will be dismissed at 1 p.m. and buses will be available for 28 athletes needing a ride.



3 p.m.: Boys Varsity Race  (Medaris, W. Locascio, Vermeyen, Ohlson, Merchant, Paul)

3:10 p.m.: Girls Varsity Race (Banko, Seaman, Blaschke, Bialecki, Baker, Rosengarten, Dugan)

3:45 p.m.: Boys Junior Varsity Race  (Espinola, Young, Egan, Kearney, Moser, Jensen, Farrell)

3:55 p.m.: Girls Junior Varsity Race (Sandy, Wainscoat, E. Deline, Super-Hill, Denezza, Stanford, Seward)

4:30 p.m.: Boys Open (All others)

4:40 p.m.: Girls Open (All others)



Results can be found here upon race completion.



Cross country breezes into Englewood’s Windjammer

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Returning from the Nike Portland XC Meet, Mullen cross country got back to the local circuit and its boys team took fifth place on Saturday at the Windjammer Invitational at Englewood.

Once again, Bryce Maderis and Will Locascio led the Mustangs, this time finishing in virtually identical times of 17 minutes, 4 seconds, which placed them sixth and seventh, respectively. Next were: Michael Dudzic, 23rd, 17:40; Robbie Manta, 32nd, 17:53; and Sebastian Campos, 60th, 18:40.

Mullen pleaded the fifth – of 24 teams -- with 125 points. The winner was Overland (72), seven better than Highlands Ranch. And the individual winner was Eaglecrest’s Mason Brown, who about lapped the field in a blistering 15:34.

The Mustangs’ girls (296) were 11th of 22 teams. Laura Banko was 43rd in 21:55 to top the team: She was followed by: Anna Seaman, 53rd, 22:16; Lizzie Blaschke, 59th; 22:25; Elise Bialecki, 63rd, 22:32; and Ava Baker, 78th, 22:50.

Individually, Addi Iken of Littleton won by 31 seconds in 18:26. Golden, which had finishers at second, third and sixth, won handily with 34 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Green Mountain (106).

Below is a link to fill results:

The Mustangs will run into the Centennial League championships on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Cherry Creek State Park.


Windjammer Invitational meet information

The Windjammer Invite hosted by Englewood High School takes place Sat., Oct. 7. Athletes should arrive 1 hour before scheduled race time and are responsible for transport. Results will be available after races conclude.

Race Schedule

9 a.m.: JV Girls (all non-varsity girls)

9:45 a.m.: JV Boys (all non-varsity boys)

10:30 a.m.: Varsity Girls (Wainscoat, Banko, Blaschke, Seaman, Bialecki, Sandy, Dugan, Rosengarten, Deline, Baker)

11:15 a.m.: Varsity Boys (Medaris, Dudzic, Locascio, Manta, Carrigan, Campos, Vermeyen, Paul, Merchant, Ohlson)


Mustangs travel well at Nike Portland XC Meet

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Call it a successful road trip for Mullen cross country

Last week, the Mustangs headed to Oregon for the Nike Portland XC Meet that drew nearly 7,000 racers from the U.S., including some from Canada.

Mullen’s boys team finished seventh of 38 teams in Division 2 and the girls were 11th of 26 schools in Division 3.

Individually, senior Bryce Maderis once again turned in a strong performance, finishing 10th overall in 16 minutes, 19 seconds. In addition, freshman Michael Dudzic was clocked in 16:54, much to the delight of coach Joe Welling, who pointed to the significance of a freshman breaking the 17-minute mark

In girls, Madison Wainscoat topped the Mustangs in 20:52.

All told, 12 of the 21 Mullen runners who made the trip turned in season-best times.

Next up for the Mustangs is the Windjammer Invitational at Englewood on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Below is a link for full results:


Mustangs runners on their way to an Oregon trail

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Taking their talents to the Northwest, Mullen’s Mustangs will have a 21-strong contingent for the Nike Portland XC, the popular meet formerly known as the Nike Pre-National.

“It’s exciting,” head coach Joe Welling said this week.

The Mustangs were to leave on Thursday (Sept. 28) and return on Sunday. Races will be on Saturday at the former national course (the new course is in Arizona).

There will be four divisions – Mustangs boys will be in Division 2 and girls in Division 3.

“We’re hoping to get top-five finishes (as teams),” Welling said.

Mullen will have 10 boys entrants and 11 for girls. In all, the Nike XC meet will have nearly 6,000 runners from dozens of states as well as a few from Canada. Already, a few boys competitors have gone below 15 minutes for the 5k (3.1 miles), so Welling expects high-end competition for his group that is nearing postseason time.

And don’t forget the altitude factor.

“It’s two-fold,” Welling said. “No. 1, it’s motivation for our team in the middle of the season. It’s a great break, but also gives an opportunity for the most-competitive runners on our team to really test themselves against some (different) schools and high-level competition they’re not used to … plus, they can feel the benefit of a sea-level race at 200 feet or whatever it is.”

It’s also one of two fast courses remaining for the Mustangs, who also will enter the Windjammer Invitational on Oct. 7 at Englewood. The training will be vital as regionals will be Oct. 18 in Frisco, hosted by Summit, which is about 9,100 feet.

“We’re really training for PRs (personal records) these next two weeks,” Welling said.

It cost about $800 per person for the trip – a total of 24, including coaches, were set to go – and the finances were handled through fund-raising.

Below is a list of Mustangs participants:

Morgan Atwell, Ava Baker, Lauren Banko, Elise Bialecki, Lizzie Blaschke, Sebastian Campos, Ryan Carrigan, Emily DeLine, Michael Dudzic, Laney Dugan, Nick Espinola, Will Locascio, Robert Manta, Bryce Maderis, Cole Merchant, Jack Paul, Anika Rosengarten, Megan Sandy, Anna Seaman, Matt Vermeyen and Madison Wainscoat.


Nike Portland XC Meet information

The top 10 boys and girls will be traveling to Portland, Ore., to compete at the Nike Portland XC Meet on Saturday, Sept. 30. Qualifying runners will receive a confirmation e-mail containing trip logistics. This meet features more than 155 teams from several states and Canada. Results will be available here upon race completion. For all runners not competing at NIke Portland XC, Thursday-Saturday workouts are on your own distance runs.
The entire Mustangs cross-country team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 7, at thEnglewood High School Windjammer Invitational. Girls Open runs at 9 a.m, Boys Open at 9:30 a.m., Girls Varsity (top 7) at 10 a.m., and Boys Varsity (top 7) at 10:30 a.m. Athletes are responsible for their own transportation.


Mustangs boys 5th at Dave Sanders, girls take 8th

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Behind Bryce Maderis, Mullen boys cross country finished fifth on Friday at the Columbine Dave Sanders Memorial meet in Littleton.

Maderis was seventh in 16 minutes, 36 seconds. He was followed by Will Locascio (17:09, 13th), Michael Dudzic (17:58, 32nd), Robbie Manta (18:06, 35th) and Sebastian Campos (18:36, 57th).

Mullen finished with a total of 144, behind Eagle Valley, 85; D’DEvelyn, 96; Holy Family 121; and Skyview Academy, 124.

The individual winner was Elizabeth’s David Fine, 16:06.

In girls, Mullen was eighth among teams, headed by Madison Wainscoat (21:22, 40th). Lauren Banko (21:46, 49th), Lizzie Blaschke (21:58, 52nd), Emily Deline (22:20, 66th) and Elise Bialecki (22:21, 68th).

Golden outlasted D’Evelyn (61-79) to finish first in teams and Wheat Ridge’s Tiya Chamberlin was tops among individuals in 18:40.

Below is a link for full individual and team results:  


Dave Sanders Invitational cross country information

Location: Clement Park

Race Schedule
Varsity Girls, 3:10 p.m. (Wainscoat, Banko, Blaschke, Seaman, E. Deline, Atwell, Bialecki, Baker, Sandy, Reuter)
Open Girls,3:50 p.m. (all non-Varsity girls)
Varsity Boys, 4:20 p.m. (Medaris, W. Locascio, Manta, Dudzic, Carrigan, Campos, Vermeyen, Merchant, Paul, Farrell)
Open Boys, 5 p.m. (all non-Varsity boys)
All varsity runners, open girls, and any open boy runner needing a bus ride will have a 1:30 p.m. dismissal. All open boys not needing a ride will have a regular dismissal. Buses will depart from Mullen at 1:45 p.m.
The Dave Sanders Invitational will serve as the team qualifying race to compete in the Nike XC Portland meet on Sept. 30 in Portland, Ore. Top 10 runners by time will qualify for the traveling team for this meet. Specific details will be disseminated Friday evening to qualifying runners and parents.


Mullen’s boys fifth at Arvada West Invitational cross country

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

ARVADA – Behind Bryce Maderis, Mullen’s boys finished fifth on Friday at the Arvada West Invitational cross country meet.

Maderis came in 11th at 17 minutes, 7 seconds. Sophomore Will Locascio was 22nd in 17:45 and Robbie Manta 33rd in 18:07. Michael Dudzic, 35th, 18:12, and Ryan Carrigan, 77th, 19:14, completed the Mustangs scoring.

Eaglecrest’s Mason Brown was the individual winner in 16:20. He was first by 7 seconds. Teamwise, Arvada West outdistanced Overland (87-109).

For girls, Mullen’s usual finish-in-a-pack performance was again relevant. Madison Wainscoat was 30th in 21:24. Then it was Lauren Banko, 59th, 22:19; Lizzie Blaschke, 60th, 22:44; Morgan Atwell, 77th, 23:29; and Elise Bialecki, 78th, 23:30 (Ava Baker was 79th and Megan Sandy (81st).

Legacy’s Brynn Siles was the overall winner in 18:09, 48 seconds better than the runner-up. In teams, Arvada West girls made it a sweep, notably with second-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.

Below is a link with full results:



Arvada West Wildcat Invitational
Friday Sept. 15
Mustangs will run at the Arvada West Wildcat Invitational held at Stenger Soccer Complex.
Race Schedule: Varsity Boys (B. Medaris, W. Locascio, M. Dudzic, R. Manta, S. Campos, R. Carrigan, M. Vermeyen) at 3:15, Varsity Girls (M. Wainscoat, M. Atwell, L. Blaschke, M. Sandy, L. Banko, L. Dugan, E. Bialecki) at 3:45, Open Boys (4:15), Open Girls (4:45).
Varsity Lineups: Top seven runners by time from Liberty Bell.
Transportation/Early Dismissals: All runners will be released from classes at 1:15 p.m. Round trip busing will be provided to runners in need of transport and will depart at 1:30 p.m.
Course map is attached for runners and parents.


Medaris, Mullen boys ring loud at Liberty Bell

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LITTLETON – Senior Bryce Medaris finished first and Mullen’s boys took third as a team on Friday in the well-recognized Liberty Bell Invitational in cross country.

Medaris was timed in 16 minutes, 5 seconds, 2 better than Frontier Academy’s Levi Chambers.

The Mustangs’ Will Locascio was seventh (16:48). Next were: Michael Dudzic (22nd, 17:33); Robbie Manta (48th, 18:22) and Sebastian Campos (50th, 18:24).

Frontier Academy was first (84) and Eagle Valley (107) second.

In girls, Mullen was eighth. Madison Wainscoat was 22nd (21:00). She was followed by Morgan Atwell (32, 21:58); Megan Sandy (44th, 22:10); Lizzie Blaschke (45th, 22:10); and Laney Dugan (57th, 22:33).

Littleton’s Addi Iken was the overall winner in 18:21. Teamwise, Steamboat Springs edged D’Evelyn 60-70.

Mustangs head coach Joe Welling was pleased with all finishes, particularly with Medaris’ effort.

“It was a really great day for our boys,” Welling said. “Bryce ran a really strong race, sitting in a pack of three until about the two-and-a-half-mile mark, then taking the lead … he came in for the individual championship, which was awesome.”

Next up for Mullen is the Arvada West Wildcat Invitational at Stenger Soccer Complex on Sept. 15.

Below is a link for full results from the Liberty Bell:



Liberty Bell Invitational information

Friday, Sept. 8: Liberty Bell Invite at Heritage High School.
Race Schedule: Varsity Boys (4:05 p.m.), Varsity Girls (4:08 p.m.), Open Boys (5:45 p.m.), Open Girls (5:48 p.m.)
Varsity Boys Lineup: Bryce Medaris, Will Locascio, Michael Dudzic, Robbie Manta, Ryan Carrigan, Sebastian Campos, and Matt Vermeyen.
Varsity Girls Lineup: Madison Wainscoat, Megan Sandy, Morgan Atwell, Lizzie Blaschke, Laney Dugan, Ava Baker, and Elise Bialecki.
Early Dismissals/Transport: All varsity runners will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. and a one-way bus will depart at 2 p.m. All other runners have a regular 3 p.m. dismissal and are responsible for transport.



Mustangs in middle of Arapahoe Warrior Invitational

 By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen’s boys finished in the middle of the pack as a team in the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational on Saturday.

Competing in Centennial, the Mustangs finished 14th of 31 teams.

Tops again for the Mustangs was senior Bryce Maderis, who finished in 17 minutes, 5 seconds. He was 10th. Next were: Will Locascio, 17:35, 21st; Michael Dudzic, 18:22, 64th; Robbie Manta, 19:01, 96th; and Ryan Carrigan, 19:42, 126th.

Rock Canyon swept the individual and team chases. Chris Theodore won in 16:04 and the Jaguars were 59 points better than second-place Poudre.

Mullen’s girls were 17th among 26 teams. Mustangs’ top finishers: Madison Wainscoat, 22:10, 76th; Megan Sandy, 94th, 23:02; Morgan Atwell, 23:10, 96th;  Lizzie Blaschke, 97th, 23:10; and Laney Dugan, 24:11, 122nd.

The overall individual winner was ThunderRidge’s Shae Henley, who was clocked in 19:08, and tops among teams was Rock Canyon, which completed the gender sweep and outdistanced runner-up Fairview by 27 points.

Below is a link with complete results of all races:



Arapahoe Warrior Invitational information


Information for the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational (Sept.1), including race schedule, parking details and course map can be accessed here:
Mullen's Varsity lineups:
Boys (4:50 p.m.): Bryce Medaris, Will Locascio, Robbie Manta, Michael Dudzic, Ryan Carrigan, Sebastian Campos and Matt Vermeyen.
Girls (5:10 p.m.): Madison Wainscoat, Megan Sandy, Morgan Atwell, Anna Seaman, Lizzie Blaschke, Laney Dugan and Emily Deline.
Transportation information: Non-varsity freshmen and sophomores, or varsity runners needing a ride will be dismissed from classes at 1:45 p.m.. Runners needing bus transport will depart Mullen at 2 p.m.


Cross country runners mash in the D’Evelyn Dash

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s early, so cross-country runners are getting their legs under them, pun intended as well as fun intended.

On a brilliant, sunny morning for running, Mullen was among nearly three dozen schools that made a beeline for the D’Evelyn Dash on Saturday and it was rousing. The Mustangs boys walked away particularly pleased. They took fifth as a team in Division I and placed four individuals in the top 32 in a group laced with high-end Class 4A entrants.

Leading the way was senior Bryce Medaris, who was seventh in 17 minutes, 11 seconds. Sophomore Will Locascio came in 15th at 17:49, senior Robbie Manta 30th at 18:26 and Michael Dudzic 32nd at 18:27.

“It was an OK course, pretty sandy, and it definitely slowed me down, but there are always areas to improve,” Medaris said

Said Mustangs coach Joe Welling: “I think Bryce realized today that the top end of 4A is pretty strong.”

Medaris didn’t argue: “It was a good field today, very good athleticism, some really good ones.”

Locascio called it “a good first meet of the season. It was a tough course. I didn’t get the time I was looking for, but I think everyone was kind of running slow today.”

The thing he said he needs to address is “my finishing kick.”

Getting an early peek at the class competition was good, Welling added, saying “oh, yeah, we’re pleased and we had (our guys) in good position. We had a couple of seniors come out today like Robbie, who worked his tail off all summer. It was a great way to start the season.”

Plus, Welling liked the fact that Manta and Dudzic, a freshman, picked off a couple of Eagle Valley runners late. The Devils gave the Mustangs trouble in the postseason a year ago.

Senior Ryan Carrigan was 50th to complete the Mullen scoring. The top team was Arvada West with 52 points and the Wildcats’ Colin Berndt finished first in 16:32, a 6-second victory.

In Division I girls, Welling said in preseason that prowess probably would be measured as a team and he proved prophetic at the outset – the Mustangs finished 11th in a 16-team field and as a tight group. Madison Wainscoat was 51st in scoring (23:12); Megan Sandy 53rd (23:26); Morgan Atwell 54th (23:28); Anna Seaman 58th (23:38); and Lizzie Blaschke 62nd (23:50).

The overall winner was Littleton’s Addi Iken, who won by 10 seconds in 19:07, an Arvada West completed its team sweep with 51 points, 36 better than host D’Evelyn.

Below is a link to full results:



Run it! Cross country set for Saturday starting line

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

Run MXC.

Mullen’s cross country group, some 75 strong in both genders, will get under way in an opening meet on Saturday and the possibilities remain considerable.

Head coach Joe Welling is intrigued about each side and appreciates the contrast.

“We have a really strong front for the guys and a solid 4-through-8 runners,” Welling said.

And in girls, he said, “we’ve been building this team.”

Bryce Medaris, a senior, is the Mustangs’ lone returning all-Centennial League runner as well as a state-wde threat. Throw in sophomore Will Locascio, freshman Michael Dudzic and senior Robbie Manta, and “all are much faster than this point last season,” Welling said.

Medaris’ time trial, Welling added, “put him 30 seconds ahead of his pace at this point last season.”

Plus, he’s convinced Medaris can go sub-16 minutes early in the season, Locascio and Dudzic “around 16:30” and Manta “around “17:15.”

And Locascio had a sixth-place finish in the triathlon nationals, Welling said.

As for the girls, Welling said, “we don’t necessarily have any front runners, so the success on the girls’ side will be a team effort. (To this point) we don’t have any individuals just slamming down (top) times.

“Our core of inner girls worked in the summer.”

With mostly seniors and sophomores, Mullen is returning its varsity squad in its entirety and five of its top seven runners are underclassmen.

Senior Lauren Banko, junior Morgan Atwell, sophomores Madison Wainscoat, Megan Sandy, Lizzie Blaschke and Laney Dugan, and freshman Anna Seaman should be at the front of most of what the Mustangs will accomplish.

The first meet will be Saturday (Aug. 26), the D’Evelyn Dash, first race at 8 a.m. Others of note include the always largely participated Liberty Bell Invitational, hosted by Heritage (Sept. 8), then Welling will take a group to the Northwest for the Nike Portland Cross Country gathering on  Sept. 30.

As for the postseason, Mullen will be in the Class 4A Region 1 meet on Oct. 19 (four teams will advance) and hosted by Summit in Frisco, where the elevation will be a demanding 9,100 feet, Welling said.

And, as usual in recent times, all classes will congregate in Colorado Springs’ Norris Penrose Event Center to decide state matters on Oct. 28.

2017 Mullen Cross Country Welcome Letter

Mullen Cross Country Family,

Welcome to the 2017 Mullen Cross Country season! We are excited to begin another chapter with this year’s student-athletes. Please refer to this packet for all the information you need to begin our season.

Participation Fee: In order to fund team meals, team shirts, meet fees, transportation, and banquet expenses, we will be requiring each athlete to contribute $100. Please submit this non-refundable fee to Coach Welling no later than Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017. Checks can be made payable to Mullen High. Upon turning in the fee, athletes will receive their team shirt, uniform, and clearance to compete.

Practices: Students may not practice until physical and PRIVIT clearance has been completed. Practices begin at 3:30pm on Monday, August 14th, and are held daily after school, on non-race days. Practices meet at the fountain south of Spirit Center. Practices will begin no later than 3:30pm and finish between 5-6pm. Most of the practices in the first two weeks will end before 5:30pm for all, and lengthen as the season continues. Athletes should be prepared (running shoes, water, appropriate clothing) and on time. Saturday morning practices are mandatory for the current varsity runners of that week, and optional for all others. Saturday morning practice locations will vary.

Attendance/Absences: Being a CHSAA sanctioned athletic team, daily practices and all competitions are mandatory for runners of all levels and are beneficial for the team community. Advanced notice of excused absences, from parents, must be cleared and approved by head coach on a case-by-case basis. Email to notify of absences. Repeated unexcused absences will be grounds for dismissal from the team.

Meets: All runners, of all levels and abilities will compete in every official race competition during the season. Three exceptions apply: Portland XC Festival (top 10), the Regional Championships (top 9), and State Championships (qualifiers only).

Transportation:  Our meets occur across the metro area, so getting our athletes to/from is a logistical challenge.  Runners with a valid driver's license and signed travel waiver (in this packet) may transport themselves or their siblings that are team members to the race site. Runners may not drive any other runners in their personal vehicles, unless express parental consent is presented to Coach Welling. The same applies to parents transporting other students. For all weekday races when school is in session, Mullen will provide a minimum one-way transportation option for 24 athletes, depending on needs. It's encouraged to pick up your athlete after the races at the venue, though buses may return to campus. Bus lists will be determined on the Tuesday prior to that week's race, and necessary information distributed.

Uniforms and Team Shirt: All athletes will receive a team t-shirt that should be worn to all meets and is theirs to keep. Official racing jerseys and shorts are property of Mullen High School and must be returned upon completion of the season. Uniforms not returned will result in a grade hold being placed on the student's record. The 2017 Mullen Cross Country team will continue to sport the navy Under Armour racing kits in non-varsity competition, while the varsity runners will don white front, gold-backed Under Armour racing kits.

Team Photo: This year’s team photo will be announced shortly. Team shirts must be worn this day.

Team Banquet: Tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 30th at 5:00pm in the Rilko.

Communication: Check XC website for weekly posts with upcoming information, race results, and varsity line ups.Please email Coach Welling with any specific questions.

Because of the differing meet venues, timing, weather, etc- checking the website is essential to keeping updated. 


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Additional highlights from a busy weekend --girls soccer, track & field, boys swim & dive and boys lacrosse
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Girls soccer blew up for double-figure goals in a Saturday match and moved to 5-1-1 on the season on a busy Saturday for Mullen sports after the mid-week snowstorm.

The Mustangs rolled St. Mary’s Academy 10-0 at home in nonleague.

Senior Kaylah Wanna led the way with three goals. Lauren Creighton and Anna Riddle each had two. Makana Guthrie, Leah Nuanes and Anna Seaman also scored.

Jill Kubacki and Riddle each contributed two assists, and Jaime DeBerardinis, Brooke Ellis, Seaman and Julianna Zinis all had one.

Next up for the Mustangs is a road match against Grandview at Legacy Stadium in Aurora, 6 p.m.

At the track and field meet at Mountain Range in Westminster on Saturday, Mullen’s boys were 16th (21 points) and girls fourth (58).

Top boys finishers included junior Aiden Keanaaina winning the shot put in 48 feet, 1 inch; freshman Rocco DePizzol taking third in the long jump (19-7.75) and fourth in the high jump (5-10); and Michael Dudzic finishing 12th in the 3,200 (10 minutes,41.44 seconds).

For girls, freshman Kilah Freelon won the 300 hurdles (45.42); sophomore Kaleah Mitchell-Ruff was second in the 200 (26.46) and fourth in the 100 (12.86); freshman Agur Dwol was second in the triple jump (34-8) and third in long jump (15-1.75); senior Morgan Wills was eighth in the discus (101-5); senior Cassandra Pine was 5th in the shot put (34-4) and 11th in the discus (90-4); and the 800 relay team was third in 1:50.39.

On Saturday in Aurora, boys swimming and diving finished eighth in the Smoky Hill Invitational.

The Mustangs totaled 207 points. The host Buffaloes won with 458 points. Heritage was second with 416. There were 14 teams in the field.

William Chavez had a big day for Mullen as he won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.33 seconds and qualified for the state meet, and was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (21.60) with an SQT; Noah Maestas was third in the 200 individual medley (2:02.49 and SQT) and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.43 and SQT); and Charlie Baker was fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:51.20) and 100 back (56.27).

Plus, the Mustangs’ 200 free relay team was first in 1:28.82 with an SQT, and third in the 400 free relay (3:15.47 and SQT).

And in Friday night action involving boys lacrosse, the Mustangs got past host Cherokee Trail 5-4 in the Centennial League at Legacy Stadium during late-night snow.

Mullen halted a three-match slide and is 2-4, 1-1.

The Mustangs will host Arapahoe on Tuesday, 6 p.m., in league. The Warriors were 5A semifinaists a year ago.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Girls tennis handles Cherokee Trail 6-1; girls soccer goes down against Cougars 3-2
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Girls tennis evened its dual-match record to 2-2 Tuesday with a 6-1 defeat of visiting Cherokee Trail in the Centennial League.

Sophomore Lauren Manwiller led the way, winning a hard-fought match at No. 1 singles 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

Junior Megan Sandy won her No 3 singles match 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles, the Mustangs swept – Jordan Cleary-Bella Wallrath won in two sets at No. 1, as did Rebecca Watts-Abby Gilbert at No. 2; Chloe Golenzer-Tierney Scanlan won in three sets at No. 3; and Parker Durand-Brooklyn Hanley won in two sets.

The Mustangs are scheduled to play at Cheyenne Mountain on Wednesday and Arapahoe on Thursday, but another snowstorm is expected.

Elsewhere, Kaylah Wanna scored two goals, but the Mustangs came up short in a 3-2 league loss to host Cherokee Trail at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.

It was Mullen’s first loss – it is 4-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 in league.

Macy Clem added an assist for the Mustangs.

Junior keeper Emma Ryan faced 11 shots on goal.

The Mustangs are scheduled to host Arapahoe on Thursday, 4:30 p.m., and St, Mary’s Academy on Saturday, 4 p.m.

--- Neil H. Devlin



Choi paces girls golf; Nolte helps baseball win a roadie; boys and girls lacrosse suffer defeats on a busy Monday in spring sports
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

It was a very active Monday for Mullen spring sports.

Behind emerging freshman Sofia Choi, Mustangs golfers competed in the Willie DiLoreto Memorial Invitational at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster.

In a field hosted by Northglenn, Choi shot 4-over-par 75 that included a birdie on the par-5 No. 16 to finish runner-up. She now has finished first, first and second in her three prep tournaments.

Choi’s round featured even-par 36 on the back side. And her score was four shots off the pace set by Loveland senior Lauren Lehigh.

Teamwise, the Mustangs were 14th (plus-69) in the layout that had representation from 28 schools. Fairview, Boulder and Legacy each shot even par.

According to Mullen head coach Ashley Tait, “it was a tough course. Course management and club selection were very important and the greens were fast and undulating.”

The Mustangs are scheduled for their second Centennial League match on Wednesday at Aurora Hills G.C. They won the first one, last week at Meadow Hills G.C.

In baseball, Mullen earned a late 5-4 Class 5A nonleague decision of Fossil Ridge in Fort Collins.

Senior Brennen Nolte had a home run and Alek Elges, Evan Malloy, Trevor Moore and Jack Vitry contributed doubles. Nolte had two runs batted in, and Malloy (who had two hits) and Moore each had one. Nolte also scored twice.

On the mound, Wyatt Reynolds earned the victory in relief. Senior Will Miller started and Michael Stanford also had an inning in relief.

Mullen is 5-4 with a ruling to be announced on a possible pitch-count violation from Saturday’s Centennial League loss on Saturday to Eaglecrest.

The Mustangs will host the Raptors on Tuesday, 4 p.m.

In boys lacrosse, the Mustangs dropped a 20-10 match to host ThunderRidge in Highlands Ranch.

Mullen fell to 1-4 on the season.

The Grizzlies led 10-9 at halftime and held the Mustangs scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Eaglecrest is scheduled to visit the Mustangs on Wednesday, 6 p.m., in league play.

As for girls lacrosse, the Mustangs dropped a tight 13-12 nonleague decision at Denver East.

Emerson Johnson led Mullen (3-5) with four goals. Grace Archibald had three, Molly Gilbert and Haley Vanek had two, and Elise Bialecki had one. Archibald, Gilbert and Vanek had assists.

The Mustangs will be at Eaglecrest on Wednesday, 4:20 p.m., in league play.

--- Neil H. Devlin



Girls lacrosse slips below .500
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Mullen’s losing streak in girls lacrosse reached four games on Thursday with a 13-3 loss to Cherry Creek at home to open the Centennial League.

The Mustangs are 3-4 overall, 0-1 in league.

Charlie Beck, Molly Gilbert and Emerson Johnson scored for Mullen.

Cherry Creek (5-1, 1-0) owned a 25-13 edge in shots on goal, led 4-1 after halftime and went for nine goals in the second half.

The Mustangs will resume play on Monday at Denver East, 5:30 p.m., in nonleague.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Girls soccer ties Creek 1-1 in OT
Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Girls soccer remained unbeaten on Tuesday after a 1-1 tie in overtime at Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village.

Mullen is 3-0-1 overall, 0-0-1 in the Centennial League. Cherry Creek is 4-0-1, 0-0-1.

Both teams scored in the first half.

Macy Clem had the goal for the Mustangs, assisted by Anna Riddle.

The Mustangs’ overall scoring advantage is 18-3 on the season.

Mullen will host Eaglecrest in league on Friday, 4:30 p.m.

--- Neil H. Devlin


'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:


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



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

--- 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:


Thompson Valley vs. Pomona, 7 p.m.


 Pomona vs. Mullen, 7 p.m.


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.



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.



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.



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


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.


--- 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, suggests Scott could save the Cromson Tide’s kicking game.  



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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