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Welcome to the Mullen wrestling page. While the Mustangs are in search of their first team Colorado title, the all-time leaders are Alamosa and Rocky Ford with 12, followed closely by Montrose and Wray with 11, Holly and Ponderosa with 10, and Denver North and Grand Junction with nine. Mullen, which will begin the season with 28 hopefuls, will compete in the Centennial League, comprised of Class 5A teams, then shift to 3A in the postseason. The Mustangs will be in the 3A Central Region with Alameda, Arvada, Eagle Valley, Eaton, Elizabeth, Englewood, Jefferson, Middle Park, Sheridan, Skyview, Strasburg and Weld Central.


Prep rally salutes winter champions!

Mullen's Alina Antillon became the school's first female wrestling champion and was part of the school's prep rally on Friday to salute its winter champions. Here are some shots of the event ...



Sumner wins, Damian in consos

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

John Sumner was stirred as opposed to shaken.

Of course, he was motivated in his first trip to the Pepsi Center for the Colorado wrestling championships, but he also had his emotions under control.

So his pin of Isaiah Tigert of Grand Valley in 1 minute, 11 seconds at Class 3A’s 145 pounds in preliminaries on Thursday was methodical, purposeful and not unexpected.

“Yeah, I was a little bit nervous,” the Mustangs junior said, “and I had to get out there and get it done before anything bad could happen.

“And I was the favorite to win that one, so I thought I may as well do it quick.”

Now 42-7, Sumner worked a two-point takedown in the opening seconds, gave up an escape, then rolled with Tigert to put him on his back for the fall.

“He started off the way we asked him,” Mustangs head coach John Howes said. “We asked him to set the pace right away and take care of business. It was a good first match and we need him to just slow down a little bit.”

Sumner said winning on Thursday “made me feel comfortable and I can wrestle like I can.”

Having missed regional rounds a year ago because of a heart problem, Sumner sent Tigert to the consolations. He will take on Jake Hamilton (34-8) of Colorado Springs Christian, another junior, in Friday morning’s quarterfinals.

“I’m excited to go out there and do my best,” Sumner said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Elsewhere, Mullen senior Angelo Damian was pinned in 5:03 at 285. He fell to top-seeded Logan Thompson of Alamosa. Damian is 36-12 and will meet Holy Family’s Jacob Barry (5-13), a freshman, in the consolations.

Friday’s quarterfinals will begin at 9 a.m., followed by first-round consolations. Second-round consolations will begin at 5 p.m. and semifinals, usually the top rounds of the event, will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by another round of consolations.


State tickets for Sumner, Damian


Photos by John Leya, Mullen Sports Photographer

John Sumner, top, and Angelo Damian, below, will be in the Colorado wrestling meet that begins on Thursday.


Mustangs held to 2 qualifiers for Colorado Meet Thursday-Saturday

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

EDGEWATER – Do not try to tell John Sumner about the adage: What a difference a year makes.

He’ll tell you.

In 2018 and almost to the day, Sumner had a hole in his heart and had to be hospitalized for a procedure.

On Saturday, the Mullen junior capped a clean run through his bracket with a bye and three first-period pins as he impressively won the 145-pound weight class of the Northwestern Mutual Class 3A Region 3 held at Jefferson High School.

Now 41-7, Sumner advances to Thursday’s beginning of the Colorado tournament to be held at the Pepsi Center.

And he’s confident.

“Yeah, I came here to do a good job and get a good seed at state,” Sumner said. “I wasn’t worried about just qualifying anymore, I was just focused on earning the No. 1 seed, winning my bracket and doing as much as I could as fast as possible.”

No problem here – Sumner’s three matches combined didn’t last as long as a regulation match. After his bye, he ripped off pins in 1 minute, 47 seconds, 0:55 and 1:14.

If it appears that Sumner is peaking, it’s not an illusion.

“I am,” he said. “I’m wrestling really well lately. I’ve been strong on my feet and doing well.”

Said Mullen head coach John Howes: “I was nice. When he’s on, he’s on. When he’s confident, he can win. He doesn’t question things.”

In the final, Howes said, “he got the takedown, then worked for the pin. He had been leaving a lot of points on the mat. But he’s really confident right now, as he should be.”

The Mustangs had hoped to send multiple teammates with Sumner to state, but a rough few rounds arose and it took the last match of the day to add one. The Mustangs’ Angelo Damian won a wrestleback at 285 to qualify.

Damian, a senior and now 36-11, began his road to the Pepsi Center with a 6-0 decision. He was dispatched to the consolations after a 2-1 defeat, but responded with a pin in 2:29 and won his wrestleback in 2:33.

Howes had hoped for a couple of more qualifiers, but the younger part of his team, mostly freshmen in the lower weights, ran into some problems and learning experiences. Plus, Noah Linares (113), perhaps the most promising of the group, was ill for most of the week.

However, Howes said freshmen Max Gonzales (106) and Mark Troni (120) were among those who performed well and junior Nick Machock (132) made it to wrestlebacks.

“Worst-case scenario would be one (qualifying for state),:” Howes said. “We figured Johnny would be in … but some of them did well. And it’s always fun.”

Teamwise in the 14-team group, the Mustangs were seventh with 89 points. Eaton won with 212.5 to Eagle Valley’s 203.5. Next were: Elizabeth (180); Jefferson (169.5); Weld Central (147); and Skyview (138).

The brackets are to be released on Sunday.


Mat matters for girls, too

Photo by John Leyba, Mullen Sports Photographer

Alina Antillon won the 136-pound title bout on Saturday to beocme Mullen;s first female champion.r


Antillon is first Mustangs female to win a wrestling title

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

THORNTON – She was a young lady with few words afterward, not the boisterous female wrestler of the staged variety.

“It feels amazing,” Mullen freshman Alina Antillon said on Saturday, after winning a girls wrestling championship at Thornton.

The 136-pounder earned a 7-2 decision in the final against Peyton’s Samantha Krause-Mahan to cap a 20-1 historic season in which the sport for females is gaining ground and working toward sanctioning.

For the record, yes, there have been a couple of previous gatherings, but Saturday’s was being termed as the first year of a two-year pilot program to be recognized statewide and join the prep ranks in 2020-21.

Feeling like something of a pioneer, Antillon, who has been wrestling since her youth days with Pomona Elite, certainly enjoyed her run.

“This feels so good and the work I put into it was all worth it,” she said.

With the popularity of women’s boxing, participation in UFC events and women’s wrestling hitting the Olympics as contributing factors, schoolgirl grappling is on the doorstep of being a legitimate and accepted thing. Two years ago, there was a girls state field held at Frederick that had 80-plus entrants from 42 schools over seven weight classes, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. About 200 gathered a year ago as the weight classes grew to 10 and this year, officials said, there were an estimated 325 competitors from 114 schools.

While those aren’t drop-dead figures, the rate of growth is more important and being watched carefully. Plus, the winter season would be the ideal one of three during the school year to add another female sport.

As it was on Saturday, Thornton’s gymnasium and surrounding parking lots were crowded and virtually everything else was either matched or simulated from the boys tournament – including a parade of champions prior to the title bouts -- that has been going on since 1936 and will offer its latest version in a couple of weeks at the Pepsi Center.

Concerning Antillon, there also were the usual occurrences, such as her pacing before her bouts, concerned about meeting a competitor she defeated earlier, a long line of family and well-wishers that included Mustangs boys wrestlers, battling in a featured bout and proudly standing atop the podium.

She first pinned Marianna Estrada of Thomas Jefferson in 1 minute, 21 seconds, and followed with a rousing 13-12 decision of Nanen Aguilar of Burlington.

“That was the one,” Mullen wrestling coach John Howes said. “Coming back after getting pinned last week was something.”

In the final, Antillon never trailed, got the first takedown, earned some back points and only surrendered a couple of stalling points over the final minute.

Included among her following was Mustangs junior John Sumner (145), who wrestled with Antillon back in their youth days.

“She wrestled well and did a great job,” Sumner said.

Mullen athletic director Vince Massey, the team’s previous head coach, said he was as nervous as he ever was for one of the school’s wrestlers before a bout, but also knew Antillon would make program history as the first female to win a state crown, non-sanctioned or otherwise.

“I called it,” he said.

Antillon has stated she wants to be a four-time winner. Now, she has one and can look to the future.

“Definitely,” she said. “More girls will be joining, especially in Colorado.”



Team scores — Chatfield 54.5, Loveland 47, Mountain Vista 33, Skyview 32, Arapahoe 31, Douglas County 27, Doherty 25, Delta 24, Vista Ridge 22, Las Animas 21, Mullen 20, Prairie View 20, Peyton 18, ThunderRidge 18, Denver South 16, Fort Lupton 16, Lewis-Palmer 16, Ponderosa 16, Pueblo Central 16, Burlington 15.5, Chaparral 14, Denver North 14, Montrose 11, Holyoke 9, Northridge 9, Olathe 9, Mead 8, Eaglecrest 7, Thomas Jefferson 6, Fruita Monument 4, Mountain Range 4, Sierra Grande-Centennial 4, Air Academy 3, Calhan 3, Grand Valley 3, John F. Kennedy 3, Overland 3, Vista Peak 3, Heritage 2, Poudre 2, Yuma 1.

Championship Matches

100 — Alvarado, Prairie View, dec. Perez, Ponderosa, 4-0.

105 — Johnson, Mtn. Vista, maj. dec. Steele, L-P, 8-0.

111 — Felan, Las Animas, dec. Herrera, Skyview, 3-2.

118 — Koch, Delta, pin Bankes, Loveland, 2:52.

127 — Terpestra, Loveland, pin Savidge, Doherty, 4:44.

136 — Antillon, Mullen, dec. Krause-Mahan, Peyton, 7-2.

147 — Garcia, Chatfield, pin Aguiree, Skyview, 3:51.

161 — Mitchell, Vista Ridge, pin Harter, ThunderRidge, 1:54.

185 — Sams, Douglas Cty, pin Tanko, Denver South, 3:22.

215 — Dasialyn Barron, Fort Lupton, declared champion.

Third-place matches

100 — Ramos Cruz, Arapahoe, dec. Mosqueda, Holyoke, 5-3.

105 — McDonald, P. Central, pin Cummings, Northridge, :42.

111 — DeGraff, Denver North, pin Reyes, Mead, 3:52.

118 — Cosme, Chatfield, pin Huner, Doherty, 2:19.

127 — Fiordalis, Chap, maj. dec. Laskoski, Ft. Lupton, 10-1.

136 — Aguilar, Burlington, tech fall Myers, Montrose, 16-0.

147 — Sandoval, Mtn. Vista, dec. Gilliland, Arapahoe, 2-0.

161 — Mueller, Chatfield, pin Carlin, Loveland, 2:44.

185 — Plummer, Arapahoe, pin Alejandro, Olathe, 4:22.


Alina Antillon set to make history

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

What makes a girl wrestle?

In Alina Antillon’s case, she “constantly” was attending younger brother Gilbert’s practices, she said, and “I would be sitting there and had always talked about wanting to try it.”

So she did, here she is and the Mullen freshman will be there Saturday at Thornton High for what is being termed as a pilot program for girls wrestling to be sanctioned. At 136 pounds, Antillon is the lone Mustang female competitor and loving it.

“I guess I just love the challenge behind it and how it forces you to push yourself, just being able to push myself to my own limits and reaching beyond limits,” she said. “And do great things.”

The 14-year-old Colorado native, certainly a Double-A, has been moved like other girls of the sport’s sudden surge in popularity that’s arguably gaining its most attention.

“I think the fact that there have been girls pioneers encouraging girls to do it, especially with the first girl taking gold in the Olympics in 2016, and just bringing awareness makes girls do it and it’s not just a guys’ sport,” she said. “It helps encourage their friends to join.”

Friends with John Sumner, Mullen’s junior 145-pounder, since wrestling as youths for Pomona Elite, Antillon said “we talk about different techniques and moves.” She seems to understand tactics. “Definitely,” she replied when asked if there’s a big difference in female and male wrestling. “Boys and girls in general have different wrestling styles, probably things a girl would do the right way that a boy wouldn’t. There’s also a physical difference where the strength is … usually, girls are stronger with their hips and lower body, and boys are stronger with their upper body.”

Antillon has practice with the Mustangs boys in addition to her own workouts. She certainly understands what it’s like to feel alone in the sport, but it’s changing.

“I’m actually used to being the only girl because that’s how it was when I started with Pomona Elite,” she said. “It’s not anything new to me. It doesn’t bother me; I like it. And I do think it’s cool, but I would love to grow it at Mullen.”

So would a lot of others, including Mustangs athletic director Vince Massey, the former head coach.

“Alina is an incredibly competitive, driven wrestler,” he said. “She is as intense as any wrestler I’ve coached. She has fit in well with our team and is getting more coachable and more mat savvy with every match.

“With girls wrestling rising in our state, Alina is a rising star in this sport … she is gonna make a lot of noise in this sport before she is through.”

Just as interesting as a student, Antillon has a 4.0 grade-point average, and had a 4.2 GPA in the most recent marking period. She had attended the Academy of Charter schools as well as the Universal Learning Center online. A fan of “working ahead,” she said, she enjoys the Mullen atmosphere and its people.

With a 15-0 record during the regular season, she was 2-1 in regionals and will be in the opening round on Saturday at Thornton beginning at 10:30 a.m. Antillon will need three victories to become champion. The day will run into 4 p.m., when finals will begin and she wants to be there, wants to bring a title to Mullen, a unique one.

“It would be amazing to me,” she said, “because my ultimate goal is to win a state championship and be a four-time state champion.”

Massey wouldn’t be surprised.

“I believe she will be the first female state wrestling champion for Mullen,” he said. “She is gonna take the female division by storm.”

However, even if she does, don’t count on her continuing on the mat. No, Antillon has higher aspirations – she wants to become a brain surgeon and her education will always come first, unless the female wresting landscape changes.

“I’m striving to get into an Ivy League college and they don’t have wrestling teams,” she said. “They do have wrestling, such as Brown and Cornell, they have notable teams; they just don’t have girls wrestling teams yet, so I’m really more interested in the academic aspects of colleges. I’m not going to settle for a mediocre school that’s not as good.”

No one who knows her would think otherwise.


Mustangs finish 5th at Platte Valley

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen placed fifth at the Platte Valley Duals in Kersey on Saturday.

Highlands won the 16-team gathering. The host Broncos were followed by Evergreen and Chaparral.

The matches included a mix of classifications as well as some split squads and junior-varsity teams.

Mullen won four duals against one loss. The Mustangs opened with a 45-18 victory over Holyoke; lost to 39-30 to the Broncos; handled Wiggins 54-30; beat Strasburg 57-24; and finished by taking out a team from Arvada West 52-30.

For the Mustangs, Noah Linares (113), Aaron Gonzales (126), Nick Machock (132), John Sumner (145) and Angelo Damian (Hwt.) swept through their five matches.

Below are Mullen results provided by


Mullen 45, Holyoke 18

  • 106 - Maximus Gonzales (Mullen) over Jessica Mosqueda (Holyoke) Maj 14-2
  • 113 - Noah Linares (Mullen) over Jaqudine Mosqueda (Holyoke) Fall 0:31
  • 120 - Mark Troni (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 126 - Aaron Gonzales (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 132 - Nick Machock (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 145 - John Sumner (Mullen) over Jesus Trejo (Holyoke) TF 16-0
  • 152 - Cole Nading (Mullen) over Deacon Dittmer (Holyoke) Fall 1:04
  • 160 - Luis Chafino (Holyoke) over Patrick Grahm (Mullen) Fall 1:05
  • 170 - Michael Ramos (Holyoke) over Joseph Meade (Mullen) Fall 1:20
  • 182 - Andy Lopez (Holyoke) over Joseph Trujillo (Mullen) Fall 1:17
  • 195 - Double Forfeit
  • 220 - Double Forfeit
  • 285 - Angelo Damian (Mullen) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf


Platte Valley 39, Mullen 30

  • 106 - Maximus Gonzales (Mullen) over Nicholas Dill (Platte Valley ) Dec 14-8
  • 113 - Noah Linares (Mullen) over Cass Cure (Platte Valley ) Fall 1:02
  • 120 - Orrin Jackson (Platte Valley ) over Mark Troni (Mullen) Dec 4-3
  • 126 - Aaron Gonzales (Mullen) over Logan Curtis (Platte Valley ) Maj 11-2
  • 132 - Nick Machock (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 138 - Dillion Riesener (Platte Valley) won forfeit
  • 145 - John Sumner (Mullen) over William Cockroft (Platte Valley ) TF 19-3
  • 152 - Jed Sidwell (Platte Valley) over Cole Nading (Mullen) Fall 4:41
  • 160 - Josh Yancey (Platte Valley) over Patrick Grahm (Mullen) Fall 0:47
  • 170 - Ethan Malovich (Platte Valley) over Joseph Meade (Mullen) Fall 0:21
  • 182 - Colton Moore (Platte Valley) over Joseph Trujillo (Mullen) Fall 0:18
  • 195 - Jeremiah Garcia (Platte Valley) won by forfeit
  • 220 - Double Forfeit
  • 285 - Angelo Damian (Mullen) won by forfeit


Mullen 54, Wiggins 30

  • 106 - Marc Barkdoll (Wiggins) over Maximus Gonzales (Mullen) Fall 0:24
  • 113 - Noah Linares (Mullen) over Shaelon Barnum (Wiggins) Fall 1:30
  • 120 - Mark Troni (Mullen) over Destiny Marquez (Wiggins) Fall 0:18
  • 126 - Aaron Gonzales (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 132 - Nick Machock (Mullen) over Alex Hishinuma (Wiggins) Fall 3:01
  • 138 - Brynden Wilson (Wiggins) won by forfeit
  • 145 - John Sumner (Mullen) over Ryder Baessler (Wiggins) Fall 1:02
  • 152 - Cole Nading (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 160 - Patrick Grahm (Mullen) over Caiden Lee (Wiggins) Fall 3:29
  • 170 - Joseph Meade (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 182 - Lukas Carpentar (Wiggins) over Joseph Trujillo (Mullen) Fall 0:28
  • 195 - Dillon Harshman (Wiggins) won by forfeit
  • 220 - Devon Harshman (Wiggins) won by forfeit
  • 285 - Angelo Damian (Mullen) over Bano Villareal (Wiggins) Fall 1:19


Mullen 57, Strasburg 24

  • 126 - Aaron Gonzales (Mullen) over Gabriel Erdahl (Strasburg) TF 15-0
  • 132 - Nick Machock (Mullen) over Sean Nelson (Strasburg) Fall 1:15
  • 138 - Jakob Pachl (Strasburg) won by forfeit
  • 145 - John Sumner (Mullen) over Logan Holdredge (Strasburg) Fall 2:30
  • 152 - Cole Nading (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 160 - Patrick Grahm (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 170 - Blake Coombs (Strasburg) over Joseph Meade (Mullen) Fall 2:35
  • 182 - Joseph Trujillo (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 195 - Trevor Smith (Strasburg) won by forfeit
  • 220 - Chad Sutherland (Strasburg) won by forfeit
  • 285 - Angelo Damian (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 106 - Maximus Gonzales (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 113 - Noah Linares (Mullen) over Spencer Nuttall (Strasburg) TF 20-2
  • 120 - Mark Troni (Mullen) over Riley Thwaits (Strasburg) Fall 1:42


Mullen 52, Arvada West 30

  • 132 - Nick Machock (Mullen) over Wyatt Blomquist (Arvada West) Fall 4:45
  • 138 – Kyler Tate (Arvada West) won by forfeit
  • 145 - John Sumner (Mullen) over Dallas Porter (Arvada West) Fall 5:20
  • 152 - Cole Nading (Mullen) over Braden Ward (Arvada West) Fall 0:55
  • 160 - Patrick Grahm (Mullen) over Grant Cuneo (Arvada West) Fall 1:39
  • 170 - Joseph Meade (Mullen) won by forfeit
  • 182 – Wolloughby Rothrock (Arvada West) over Joseph Trujillo (Mullen) Fall 1:46
  • 195 – Elijah Olson (Arvada West) won by forfeit
  • 220 - Brian Mack (Arvada West) won by forfeit
  • 285 - Angelo Damian (Mullen) over Justin Lepke (Arvada West) Fall 2:36
  • 106 – Mitchell Romero (Arvada West) over Maximus Gonzales (Mullen) Fall 0:17
  • 113 - Noah Linares (Mullen) over NICK KOBS (Arvada West) Fall 0:25
  • 120 - Mark Troni (Mullen) over Rndy Marroquin (Arvada West) TF 16-1
  • 126 - Aaron Gonzales (Mullen) over Colton Brooks (Arvada West) Fall 0:51


Dual loss, but three solid victories

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – While the quantity of Mullen wrestling is growing and gaining experience as it reloads, the quality seems to be excelling at a more rapid rate.

Indeed, the Mustangs were rolled in a dual meet 66-17 by Class 5A Grandview on Thursday, but remember that the Wolves are ranked No. 2 as a team in the big-school group by On The Mat and eight team members are also rated in weight classes.

But while Grandview won 11 of the 14 matches, the Mustangs’ Noah Linares, John Sumner and Angelo Damian earned impressive victories and admittedly are peeking toward the postseason.

Linares won by technical fall at 113 pounds, and Sumner (145) and Damian (Hwt.) each earned second-period pins. Plus, Mustangs head coach John Howes cited the work of others who are learning on the job, notably that making a mistake on this level usually spells defeat.

“Yeah, they did well,” Howes said. “And Mark (Troni, 113) is getting there and Max (Gonzales, 106) is getting there … we’re getting there and they’re slowly trusting what we’re telling them. The improvement with them all year, week-to-week, has been fun to watch.’’

The bouts began at 132, so Sumner, a junior, was up first and pinned the Wolves’ Matt Frye in 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

There’s history between the two – Sumner said he had wrestled Frye three times in middle school and lost every time. By pin.

“It felt good,” said Sumner, now 30-6. “I’m just going to keep working hard.”

Sumner also mentioned “chasing a state title,” as did Damian, who also won by pin in 2:51 on a power move against Grandview’s Joaquin Barron.

Ever tactical in his approach as a 270-pounder, Damian said Barron “went to toss me. I dropped my hips and fell right into him. It was nice, a good position.”

At 25-8, Damian added that he’s “chasing the podium (placing at state). I missed last year (with a shoulder injury in football), had to miss the whole season. But I went to camps and did a lot of strength training and am just trying to get back.”

Linares (21-3) won by technical fall, 17-0, at the buzzer as he was as thorough as he was methodical. He has moved up to fourth in his weight class, according to On The Mat, and had been looking forward to this level in grade school. And he was prepared.

“I knew it was going to be this way,” he said. “I put in the time and work, and it’s paying off.”

Sumner is rated sixth at 145 and Damian is No. 8 among 3A’s big boys.

Even with the state tournament drawing near, the Mustangs will have plenty of competition to improve and stay sharp. They will host Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. A day later, they will participate in the Platte Valley Duals in Kersey, first bouts at 8 a.m.


Linares leads Mustangs in Florence

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Behind three placers, Mullen finished 17th in the 31-team Mel Smith Husky Invitational at Florence on Saturday.

The two-day event was won by Eagle Valley, which piled up 168 points. Eaton was second with 159.5.

Mustangs freshman Noah Linares grabbed a runner-up finish at 113 pounds. Now 20-5 on the season, Linares was the only Mullen competitor to make a championship bout. He dropped a two-point decision.

Junior John Sumner, 29-6, finished fifth at 145 with a major decision in the consolations.

And heavyweight Angelo Damian moved to 24-8 in 2018-19, losing a 1-0 decision to take fourth.

Mullen will resume action on Thursday, Jan 24, with a dual match at Grandview in Aurora, 7 p.m.



Mustangs take 3rd in own invitational

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sport Information Specialist

In their first action since before the holiday break, Mullen’s Mustangs showed well at their home tournament.

On Saturday, the Mustangs placed third in their Mullen Invitational. They totaled 133 points to the 171.5 compiled by a split squad from Grandview tat won the gathering and the 167 by Columbine that wewre good for runner-up.

Individually, Max Gonzales (106 pounds) and John Sumner (145) won their weight classes.

In addition, the Mustangs’ depth was relevant – grabbing third places were Blake Machock (113); Mark Troni (120), Aaron Gonzales (126) and Cole Nading (152); and placing fourth were Nick Machock (132), Joseph Trujillo (182), Cullen Martinez (195), Dion Fuentes (220) and Angelo Damian (Hwt.).

As for the rest of the team chase, Jefferson was fourth at 113, followed by Alameda International at 112.5; University 100; Pomona 81; Bear Creek 34; Mullen JV 21.5; and Lotus School 7.5.

The Mustangs will resume action on Wednesday, Jan.16, 7 p.m., against Arapahoe in the Centennial League.


Poor dual before heading to Loveland

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It was a rough night and wasn’t close to what they wanted, but Mullen is set to head into the biggest tournament of wrestling’s regular season.

The Mustangs dropped a dual match on the road on Thursday at Class 5A Cherokee Trail in Aurora, losing 48-18 in the team chase. They won only two matches, gained another victory through forfeit and had to forfeit seven others.

After wrestling well in earlier bouts, Mullen stumbled as a group heading into this weekend’s Old Chicago Northern Colorado Tournament in Loveland.

“We’ve got to pick up the intensity,” Mustangs head coach John Howes said. “We didn’t match up very well tonight. We did in a couple of them and that’s something we’ve been working on.”

Mullen 145-pouder John Sumner, a junior, earned a fall in 1 minute, 18 seconds and looked particularly motivated after he said he got kicked in the face early in the bout.

“Looking forward to going up to this tournament,” said Sumner, who has only lost once this season. “I sprained a knee a bit, but I’m doing well and just working hard to do my best and try to win some matches.”

And at heavyweight, senior Angelo Damian, ranked No. 5 in 3A, won by fall in 2:25 and it went in the usual fashion, he said, as “my matches go like that – feeling out (his opponent) in the first period, seeing how strong he is, what he’s trying to do … in the second period, I’ve got it figured out and just want to push the pace.”

Howes also said promising freshman Mark Troni “wrestled well, but he made one mistake and it cost him five points.” Troni, who already has won a couple of bouts after trailing by as many as seven points, fell 9-3 at 120.

The tourney in Loveland will be Friday and Saturday and include many of the state’s top wrestlers in each class.


Lineras, Sumner lift ‘Stangs to 4th at North

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Behind Noah Linares and John Sumner, Mullen finished in fourth place on Saturday at the seventh annual Viking Invitational at Denver North.

The Mustangs missed third by a half-point. First was Elizabeth (202), followed by Skyview (176). Third-place Frederick had 160 to the Mustangs’ 155.5

Linares, a freshman, moved to 12-0 on the season and swept through 113 pounds. Sumner, a junior, did likewise at 145 and improved to 11-1.

Cole Nading grabbed second at 160 to lead other placings that provided depth for Mullen. He was third at 120.  Max Gonzales (106), Aaron Gonzales (126), Nick Machock (132) and Angelo Damian (285) each finished fourth.

Max Gonzalez upped his record to 10-1 and Damian is 12-1.

The Mustangs will have a busy week before the holiday break. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, there’s a home dual meet against Bear Creek, 7 p.m.; another dual on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Cherokee Trail, 7 p.m.; then the Friday-Saturday, Dec. 14-15, Old Chicago Northern Colorado Tournament in Loveland.


Freshmen helping to boost Mustangs

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen went down against Eaglecrest 45-30 in a dual meet on Thursday night at the Old Gym, but the Mustangs continued to move forward.

They won six matches, three by freshmen to open the competition, and continued to gain the necessary experience they’ll need in February.

“It’s nice to have some freshmen who can wrestle,” head coach John Howes said.

It certainly is. Max Gonzales (106 pounds), Noah Linares (113) and Mark Troni (120) rolled through the first three matches.

Gonzales muscled his way to a pin in 3 minutes, 24 seconds; Linares earned a 5-0 decision; and Troni earned a comeback victory by pinning with 1 second left in his match.

Linares, now 5-0, said he was pleased and “got my takedowns and got my legs and kept good control.” A former Pomona Elite competitor as a youth, Linares added that he’s thrilled being a Mustang and wrestling as “it’s not like other sports. You have to have discipline and keep your body in shape.”

Troni, who trailed in his Tuesday match 10-3 against Fort Lupton before rallying for a pin, did it again on Thursday. He was behind twice early, responded with a five-point move, overcome a later tie, then earned a fall at 5:59.

“I guess,” he said when asked if rallying is getting to be a trait of his early schoolboy career. “I just try to make something happen.”

The Mustangs’ Aaron Gonzales won a decision at 126 and the very skilled John Sumner, a junior, pinned in 1:53 at 145. Heavyweight Angelo Damian capped the evening with a fall in 1:34.

Mullen defeated Fort Lupton 60-22 on Tuesday with Troni, Nick Machock (132) and Deion Fuentes (220) winning falls. And on Saturday in a series of duals at Golden, the Mustangs earned team victories over the host Demons, Summit and Mountain Vista.

The one rough spot over the weekend in Golden, Howes said, “was we ran into Berthoud and we took some lumps. We wrestled much better (Thursday) and they came through.”

Next up is a tournament on Saturday at Denver North as the Vikings also will host Adams City, Arvada, Chaparral, Denver West, Elizabeth, Englewood, Estes Park, Frederick, Ponderosa, Skyline, Skyview, University and Woodland Park.


Troni, Sumner bright spots in opening loss

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – It’s difficult to forget your first time.

Mullen’s Mark Troni won’t forget his.

The Mullen freshman, in his first varsity wrestling match, grabbed control early and rolled to a superior decision as the Mustangs fell 52-35 in a season-opening dual meet at Cherry Creek.

At 120 pounds, Troni threatened to pin the Bruins’ Pierce Reisinger early in the first period, but settled for back points. He turned in a couple of other near-falls in winning 17-3.

“Yeah, it was fun. It was cool,” Troni said. “I was a little nervous coming in, but when I warmed up I knew I was ready.”

Mullen 145-pounder John Sumner, who figures to be at the front of all Mustangs’ efforts this season, was impressed.

“The kid works hard,” Sumner said.

He does, too, and it showed. Sumner, who experienced a heart problem the day of the past season’s regionals, won his match over Austin Luhring in a snappy 55 seconds and he wanted to make a splash in his first match.

“The biggest is always the first night of the year and it’s always good to get it it over with and get a win in front of the opposing crowd and make them gasp a bit,” Sumner said. “It’s just a lot of fun to go out there and get some competing in. It was huge.”

Mullen head coach John Howes agreed.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” he said of opening night.

As for Troni, he said, “I knew he had some skills,” and of Sumner, he said, “he’s tough.”

In addition, Howes said, “if I can get the rest of them to go out there the same way …”

It was actually a quick first night. Completion took less than a half-hour as there were eight forfeits as well as a bunch of quick pins.

Noah Linares (112), Cole Nading (160) and Angelo Damian (hwit.) didn’t get to compete and won by forfeits.

However, there will be plenty of matches this weekend, when the Mustangs head for five duals at Jefferson County’s Golden against a field comprised of Alameda International, Berthoud, Denver North, the host Demons, Eaglecrest, Elizabeth, Jefferson, Platte Canyon, Rangeview, Standley Lake, Summit and Thomas Jefferson.



Mustangs reloading on the mat with 28 hopefuls

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

(Note: Fifth in a series of previews for the 2018-19 winter season.)

It’s simple, yet complicated, and there’s really nothing easy about it.

So when Mullen wrestling opens its dual meet schedule on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village, the arduous task of chasing all that the sport has to offer begins for 28 Mustangs competitors.

“All of the kids have different goals, where they want to end up,” Mustangs head coach John Howes said. “Our biggest thing is to help them reach them, whether it’s to win matches, make all-conference stuff, make it to regionals, just win a varsity match … whatever it is.

“Then we have those kids who want to be on podium at (the state meet by placing in the top six). As long as we’re establishing and reaching those goals …”

Howes, in his second season in command since assisting Vince Massey, has Johnny Sumner, who will start at 145 pounds; Aaron Gonzales (126); and Angelo Damian (hwt.) as the team’s top returnees. In addition, of the freshman, Howes said, “there are some good kids in that group who are tough. It will be interesting. They are athletes and that should transfer just fine.”

Another possibility is senior Dante Silva, a state qualifier a year ago at heavyweiht who is battling shoulder issues. Howes said he will be evaluated after the holiday break.

The two biggest meets of the regular season for the Mustangs, Howes said, will be the Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament, in its 20th year, that will be held in Loveland from Dec. 13-15, and the Florence Invitational after the holiday break.

“We just want to prepare for the two most-important weekends, regionals and state,” Howes said, pointing to Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 21-23, the finale at the Pepsi Center.

While Mullen again will have its dual-meet schedule against 5A league teams, its shift to 3A won’t seem any easier.

“With the new numbers, they have definitely made 3A tough as heck,” Howes said.

The Mustangs will be in the Central Region with Alameda, Arvada, Eagle Valley, Elizabeth, Englewood, Jefferson, Middle Park, Sheridan, Skyview, Strasburg and Weld Central.



Chase Sieradski wins 1st

Wrestling Service Award

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Chase Sieradski was surprised.

“I don’t know why they would give it to me,” the recent graduate of Mullen said.

It is the first annual Mullen Wrestling Service Award from the program and athletic director and former head coach Vince Massey can clarify the selection. Justify it, too.

“It’s because of the type of young man he is,” Massey said. “The services that he provided (to the wrestling program) were done in the most-unselfish way.”

Massey specifically pointed to one of the Lasallian main principles, to serve others, “and Chase embodies the process to serve as well as anybody I’ve seen here.”

Sieradski termed it as “pretty cool.” He had dreamed of being a varsity wrestler, a regular contributor to the Mustangs program and perhaps a state qualifier. However, younger brother Trey, also a Mullen student-athlete, developed a very aggressive form of cancer and he decided to pass on his senior season as a competitor.

Being on the wrestling team certainly has its benefits, but his family took precedence. It was never an issue. Trey’s well-being took precedent as did helping their parents.

“Obviously, it’s hard to leave a team I had been working with for three years,” he said. “You become a family. But at the same time I feel I did what was right for my (own) family. Ultimately, it’s not the easiest choice to make, but definitely the right choice.”

Massey wasn’t surprised. He called Sieradski a hard worker, one who had difficulties in wrestle-offs in order to earn a spot, but insisted that they remain in place. They were there for a reason, Sieradski said, and offered no excuses. Though not on the team, he showed up at practices when he could in order to help others. He also performed a variety of little tasks, such as helping Massey keep his eyes on a match instead of regularly having to turn around and look for the clock. Just his presence was a bonus for the team.

“An unselfish young man,” Massey said. “He will always be remembered for the service he provided.”

Having recently left to join Alabama’s Crimson Tide, Sieradski will be working in computer science and business administration. Plus, his brother’s cancer is considered in remission and he has been working out regularly, so he won’t fret nearly as much about being away from him.

“It’s pretty cool down there and they have a lot to offer,” he said.

He said receiving the inaugural wrestling award was a fitting cap to his Mullen career.

“It feels really cool,” he said. “It’s cool to get something, but at the same time it’s not about me. I’m mostly thankful to prove my worth to my coaches and work with those kids.

“It’s icing on the cake for me. The whole experience, the whole deal, (accounts for) some of the best memories I ever had.”


Jaydon Vigil is a state Golden Gloves Champion

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Jaydon Vigil is a very bad young man … bad as in he can handle himself with his fists and he just added another title to further prove it.

On Sunday, the Mullen senior became a Colorado Golden Gloves champion. He capped the week-long USA Boxing event at the Imperium Event Center in Northglenn by capturing the 152-pound title.

“Oh, I’m super-excited,” Vigil said. “The hard work is starting to pay off.”

Vigil won two bouts, on Friday and Sunday, and got a further taste of what can happen when judges get involved.

“Both were split decisions,” Vigil said. “In the first fight, I thought I blew him out, but one of the judges had my opponent winning … the same thing happened the next night. (My opponent) was just gassed in the third round and I pounded the body and got on top of him and hit him with some power shots. I slowly brought him down.”

Realistically, Vigil added, “I was just glad I could win.”

His education in the sweet science continues in more ways than one as he says he frequently faces foes in their mid-to-late 20s

“The thing is, these guys are older … I’m 18 and they’re like, 26, 27 … they’ve got their power; I’m still developing,” he said.

And advancing – Vigil’s status as state champion pushes him to regional rounds to be held in Albuquerque on April 28.

He wishes they were today.

“I worked out this morning and I just got back from another workout,” he said early Monday evening. “Everybody says hard work pays off and you never know until you witness it and get to live it. It feels like everything is coming together.

“And I think I have a very good chance of winning.”


Wrestlers knocked out of state tournament

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

After a hint of promise on Thursday, Mullen wrestling was quickly removed from the Colorado tournament on Friday.

The Mustangs were 0-5 on Friday, including two losses in the quarterfinals. As a group, their three entrants were 2-6 in the Class 3A portion of competition at the Pepsi Center.

On Thursday, both Dimitris Flores, 152 pounds, and Sebastian Campos, 170, advanced through the preliminaries in earning their first tournament victories. However, both suffered two defeats.

Flores, in his third trip to state, was pinned in 3 minutes, 57 seconds by Alamosa’s Reis Martinez, who had entered the field just 3-1 because of injuries throughout the regular season. Martinez went on to advance to Saturday’s championship round. Flores entered consolation rounds and lost by major decision (13-2) to Brian De La Rosa of Rifle. Flores ended his senior year with 33 victories.

As for Campos, he couldn’t back his first round – he dropped an 11-4 decision to Wyatt Larson of Berthoud. Into the consolations, he was on the shrot end of a tight 8-6 decision to Keaton Green of Florence. Campos, another 12th-grader, had 34 victories in 2017-18, more than 100 in his career.

And Mustangs junior Dante Silva, in his first season of wrestling that also contained multiple injuries, he also ended in consolations. A heavyweight, Silva lost in overtime in the preliminaries on Thursday and was pinned in the first round of consolations in 1:17 by Holyoke’s Andrew Edwards.


Flores, Campos advance at state wrestling

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen was able to push two of its three wrestlers into Friday morning’s quarterfinals.

Seniors Dimitris Flores and Sebastian Campos each advanced and junior Dante Silva was a victim late in overtime on Thursday in the Class 3A preliminaries of the Colorado tournament at the Pepsi Center.

A 152-pounder, Flores, here for the third time in four years (he missed last year’s tournament with a concussion), had been 0-4 at state, 0-2 in consecutive seasons. However, he handled Fort Lupton’s Koby Galicia by 11-3, earning a major decision and boosting his season record to 33-7.

“I was in control … just sometimes I was out of position in taking some shots,” Flores said. “This is my first win at state and it’s nice to get the first match out of the way. (On Friday) I just have to push the pace.”

Flores admitted to “being nervous. But it was fun. I didn’t show that much emotion. It’s just the first match and I want to make the finals.”

Galicia, a junior, is 18-22 and headed to the consolations.

In the quarters, Flores will meet Reis Martinez of Alamosa, who's here despite the fact that he entered with a 3-1 record.

“I know he has been hurt all year,” Flores said.

Martinez knocked off Zach Waite of Platte Valley, a senior who entered 22-6.

As for Campos, who improved to 35-12, he had been 0-2 at state, qualifying as a junior. But he earned a hard-fought victory over Delta’s Aiden Barrios (24-14), a junior. Campos grabbed a 2-0 first-period lead and held it. Familiarity also was key.

“I wrestled him a couple of times previously, at the Florence Tournament,” Campos said. “I kind of wrestled into his strengths and it was a tough match. I was just able to move on.”

Campos earned this third victory against Barrios. His quarterfinal foe will be Berthoud senior Wyatt Larson (33-10), who won his prelims match by decision.

Silva, a junior and three-sporter (he plays football and throws the discus) who has had his own injury problems, dipped to 11-7 after dropping a 3-1 decision in overtime to senior Oswaldo Morales of Basalt. Both competitors earned escapes during regulation. Morales won it in the final seconds with a reversal after being in the bottom position.

Lighter for a heavyweight – he’s about 228 pounds – Silva said of his first-ever state match: “Yeah, I was into it, I was focused and my warmup felt really good.”

It can be an issue, he said, going up against wider, stronger and rounder foes at the heaviest weight, “as it’s a little different. They’re not as fast and agile, and I feel like I have an advantage in the standing game, but when I'm on the bottom it’s a little different. I’m just trying to compete, you know?”

Today’s 3A schedule: Weigh-in, 7 a.m.; quarterfinals, 9:30 a.m.; first-round consolation immediately following; second-round consolation, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; semifinals, all classes, 7 p.m.


Mullen’s Big 3 ready to rumble at state

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

They are down to just three wrestlers, but Mullen’s Mustangs hope to make some points at the Colorado tournament.

Beginning Thursday with the Class 3A preliminaries, Dimitris Flores, Sebastian Campos and Dante Silva hope to extend their stay at the Pepsi Center, where there will be three days of action over four classifications.

“If we just stay focused, I think they’ll be all right,” Mullen head coach John Howes said. ”Just score your points. Don’t go for the kill shot. Just score your points.”

At the climax of the season, it’s a mix of new and old for Mullen. Howe was a longtime figure at Arvada, assisted the past two seasons and took over in 2017-18 for Vince Massey.

“Vince had it set pretty good,” Howes said.

Flores is in his third state tournament, Campos his second and it’s the first for Silva.

At 152 pounds, Flores brings a 32-7 record. He was a regional champion and is eager to begin.

“Yeah, it’s going to be fun,” he said. “I think I’m pretty confident with the bracket. I just want to go out there and wrestle match-by-match and see where it goes. You can’t look too far ahead. When you look past any matches, that’s when you screw up.”

Flores will open against Fort Lupton’s Koby Galicia, a junior who’s 18-20.

Campos, now 34-12 after finishing fourth in regionals, wants to improve on his two-loss-and-out effort a year ago.

“I’m excited,” he said. “Last year, I was a little nervous. It was just inexperience. It wasn’t necessarily bad. I was just learning.”

Aiden Barrios of Delta, a junior who’s 24-12, will meet Campos in the first round.

As for Silva, a rash of injuries has limited the three-sporter (he’s a defensive end in football and throws the discus in track and field) to a heavyweight record of 11-6. He finished second at regionals when he was unable to compete in the final.

Now, though, he said, “I’m feeling pretty good, pretty confident. I’m facing some tough opponents this weekend. But I’m feeling good about this. I like it. It’s a good sport.”

Silva will begin against Oswaldo Morales of Basalt, a senior who’s 26-4.

Said Howes: “There are opportunities for them if they just take them, stay focused, and listen. They were great (the past) weekend.”

3A Schedule -- Thiursday, preliminaries, 3 p.m.; Friday, quarterfinals, 9:30 a.m.; first-round consolation, immediately following; second-round consolation, 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Saturday, fifth place, 1:30 p.m.; third place, immediately following; parade of champions, 6:30 p.m., followed by title bouts.


Mustangs sending 3 to the Pepsi Center

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

ENGLEWOOD – With a champion, a runner-up and a fourth-place winner, Mullen qualified three wrestlers on Saturday for this weekend’s Colorado wrestling tournament and had eight competitors place in regionals in the beginning of the 2017-18 postseason.

Competing in the Class 3A Region 3 tournament at Englewood, Mustangs head coach John Howes said he was pleased with his team’s effort that included finishing eighth among teams.

Mullen was topped by Dimitris Flores, who won the 152-pound class. It will be his third trip to the Pepsi Center in four years (he missed last year with a concussion). Now 34-6, Flores won three consecutive decisions, the last one by 5-4, to advance.

At heavyweight, Dante Silva (13-7) earned two decisions to make it to the final, but had to forfeit the title bout because of a shoulder injury. Howes said Silva should be ready to go by Thursday’s preliminary rounds.

At 170, Sebastian Campos (34-12) fought his way to fourth and will be making his second straight state trip.

An injury probably kept another Mullen competitor from qualifying. Senior Max Thenell lost his bout to take third at 182, but had another chance in a wrestleback. However, he dislocated an elbow during competition, Howes said. Thenell finished fifth.

At 220, Mullen’s Isaiah Rios also lost a wrestleback and took fifth.

Junior Aaron Gonzales (120) and sophomores NIck Machock (126) and Cole Nading (145) also finished sixth for the Mustangs.

Final team scores: Lamar 255; Moffat County 236; Eagle Valey 210.5; Steamboat Springs 127; Elizabeth 122; Skyview 118; Conifer 101.5; Mullen 97; Middle Park 66; Alameda 49.5; Faith Christian 27; Platte Canyon 7; Denver West 6; Englewood 0.

The three Mustangs qualifiers will have practice this week in preparation for Thursday’s 11:30 a.m. weigh-in, then the start of bouts at 3 p.m. Quarterfinals will be the first session on Friday and the semifinals will be in the evening. The parade of champions and championship matches will be Saturday night.

Mustangs set for regionals at Englewood

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The much-anticipated postseason for wrestling is here.

And Mullen is eager.

The Mustangs will compete in the Class 3A Central Region this weekend, beginning Friday at 4 p.m. at Englewood. Championship rounds should roil into late afternoon on Saturday.

The top four in each weight class will advance to next week’s state championships at the Pepsi Center.

“It’s the best time of the year, when I get the most excited,” Mustangs head coach John Howes said. “It’s what we work for.”

Howes, in his first year heading the Mustangs after serving as an assistant, said he would be thrilled if his guys can qualify five for state. They also have two best bets – seniors Dimitris Flores (152 pounds) and Sebastian Campos (170) -- who can’t wait to get to the center of a mat.

And the word fun remains prominent in their vernacular, as it does for most wrestlers at this time of year.

“It’s going to be pretty fun, all of the work we’ve done, and what we’ve been training for as a team,” Flores said. “Basically, all of the records go away and you just go out and scrap. It doesn’t matter about any rankings.”

Flores has qualified for the third time in his career. He missed qualifying as a junior because of a concussion, but has been strong throughout 2017-18, compiling a 31-6 record.

Campos (170), seeking his second trip to the Pepsi Center, recently took his 100th career victory.

“I’m feeling loose and I’m about to have some fun,” Campos said. “I’m very excited and looking to capitalize on last year, when I qualified for state for the first time. I’m hoping to do some damage.”

Mullen will contend with Alameda, Conifer, Denver West, Eagle Valley, Elizabeth, Englewood, Faith Christian, Lamar, Middle Park, Moffat County, Platte Canyon, Skyview and Steamboat Springs.

“Some of the weights are tougher than heck; others not as bad, just like usual,” Howes said.

Said Flores: “It’s going to be a fun weekend.”


Grappling with improvement & eye on postseason

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The ups. The downs. The punishment. The preparation. The rewards.

Mullen’s Mustangs are experiencing all of them and more on the mats.

Wrestlers have gotten back in full swing after the holiday break. They finished in fifth place of their own invitational the past weekend and on Thursday night dropped a dual meet to rival Cherry Creek 48-27 in Greenwood Village.

First-year coach John Howes, a former Mullen assistant, said “we’re young. Holy smokes, we’re young! But we’re coming along.”

Perhaps the top two Mullen competitors, Dimitris Flores and Sebastian Campos, headed the showing in the 10-team tournament. Campos finished first at 170 pounds and Flores took second at 152. Plus, Dante Silva (Hwt.) managed third.

As for the dual meet against the Bruins, which began with the rotation of weights at heavyweight, it was tied at 27-all through 160s. However, Cherry Creek won the final four matches, two by fall.

“It was fun,” said Flores, who earned a 20-8 major decision at 152. “I wish the final score held up better, but it’s all right. This doesn’t matter; it’s all about regionals and state.”

Both teams forfeited at multiple weights and Blake Machock earned a pin at 113.

“Blake took his opportunity,” said Howes, adding that “some of them have to trust us (as coaches) when they go out there.”

Mullen, which will compete in the Class 3A postseason, will get a taste of it over the next two weekends. From Friday-Saturday, the Mustangs will be in Florence for the Mel Smith Husky Invitational that will have more than two dozen mid-range schools, many of the top programs.

“It’s going to be like the state tournament,” Howes said. “It will be a gauge of what we have to work on.”

A week later, Mullen will have dual meets with Smoky Hill and Jefferson before heading to Kersey for more top 3A competition, a series of dual meets held at Platte Valley.

“I’m pleased with the progress,” Howes said. “It’s a tough sport. We just need to keep going.”Said Flores: “We need to keep working hard and getting ready for regionals and state.”


Mustangs compete at always tough NCCT

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In the always demanding Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament that annually draws gobs of elite wrestlers, Mullen had two competitors advance to the second day through consolations.

Held Friday-Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, the Mustangs’ Dimitris Flores and Sebastian Campos experienced some success through wrestlebacks.

Flores, a senior and two-time state qualifier who missed the postseason as a junior with a concussion, dropped his opening match at 152 pounds to Miles Beam of Roosevelt by fall in 3 minutes, 45 seconds. Beam went on to finish seventh. Flores responded by winning four consecutive matches, including one by pin and another by major decision, before losing 7-0 to Canon City’s Zach Hanenberg, who finished sixth.

Campos, at 170 and also a senior, opened the tournament with three consecutive quick pins in 1:16, 27 seconds and 1:36. He was then pinned by Brighton’s Tarron Adams in 3:13. Into the consolations, Campos was pinned in 1:58 by Mason Repshire, also of Canon City.

Each weight class had brackets of 64 wrestlers. Mullen was 51st in the field of 65 teams. Windsor was first with 230.5 points. Next were Pueblo East (214) and Poudre (207.5). Mullen had 31.

The Mustangs will be idle until after the holiday break. They will host a multi-team tournament on Jan. 6.


Mustangs place at Denver North, drop two duals

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Below are summaries of Mullen’s past three wrestling matches:

The Mustangs were dominated in a home dual meet on Wednesday night, falling to Centennial’s Eaglecrest 57-12.

They were able to take three bouts.

At 126 pounds, Aaron Gonzales earned an 8-4 decision.

Dimitris Flores (152) took a hard-fought 5-4 decision capped by a last-second takedown.

And Sebastian Campos won by quick pin at 170 – a fall in only 24 seconds.

In the Denver North Invitational the past weekend, several Mustangs placed.

Flores (152), Cole Nading (160) and Max Thenell (195) each earned runner-up showings. And Campos (170) was third.

In the past week’s dual against Centennial’s Arapahoe, Mullen was able to win four bouts, all by fall, in a 57-24 defeat.

 At 126, Nick Machock won in the second period, at 2:56.

Flores (152) and Campos (170) had quick pins – Flores won in 23 seconds and Campos in 42.

And Thenell won his 195 bout in 2:35.

Next for the Mustangs is the annual holiday gathering up north, hosted by University at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland. Held from Friday-to-Saturday, the field will be full of high-end competitors.


Wrestlers handle Fort Lupton 44-21 in a dual

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

“I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

But it did and John Howes earned his first dual-meet victory as Mullen’s new wrestling head coach and it was accomplished thoroughly. The Mustangs handled visiting Fort Lupton 44-21. Not that Howes, a former assistant for the Mustangs for a couple of years as well as longtime figure in Arvada, was pumping up himself or taking note of the situation… no, he was most excited about further evolvement of his wrestlers.

“They did well, listened and went out there with intensity,” Howes said of winning in the school’s historic gymnasium. It was good to sit back and watch them.”

Senior Dimitris Flores, a 152-pounder and two-time state qualifier – he suffered a concussion and missed regionals the past season – was impressive with a major decision at 152 pounds.

“It was good and our intensity was up,” he said. “We just need to keep this flow.”

Sebastian Campos (182) also earned a major decision and said “I listened to the coaches and they helped me through it, as usual.”

Campos is working to down to 170 “and you can definitely feel how much bigger they are (at 182) … I just need to keep working and break their souls.”

Senior Max Thenell (195) and heavyweight Dante Silva both were impressive with first-period pins, Thenell winning in 1 minute, 7 seconds, and Silva in 1:30.

Mullen also benefitted from multiple forfeits by the Blue Devils,

“It will fill in, guys will get down to weight,” Howes said of completing his 14-weight lineup. “And some guys will have enough practices in … tonight it worked out well where I could fill the holes and put kids in situations.”

Mullen had started the season against Class 5A power Grandview, which flexed its muscles in a 67-9 pounding on opening-night. The Mustangs had seven forfeits, but managed victories by Flores at 152 with a 4-3 decision and 195, where Thenell trailed 5-4 before winning by fall in 4:31.

The Mustangs then had a series of tournament duals in a weekend gathering at Golden. They went 2-3, beating Platte Canyon and Strasburg, and losing to Golden, Mountain Vista and Thomas Jefferson.

 At Golden, Howes said, “we did well match-wise; team-wise, it was horrible and we forfeited a lot of matches.”

But they seem to be finding their way and are looking forward to significant competition before the holiday break. On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Mustangs will host Arapahoe at 7 p.m., then be at the Denver North Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 9. Howes said the junior-varsity tournament that was supposed to take place at the same time (at Smoky Hill) was cancelled, so there should be varsity opportunities available.

And next week will involve a dual meet against Eaglecrest as well as one of the biggies of the season, the University-run invitational at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

Excitement abounds, notably for Flores, who’s 7-0 and knows where he wants to head.

“There’s stuff I can work on to get better as the season goes on,” he said, “but all that matters (are) regionals and state.”

And Howes seems to be pleased with his competitors.

“You know, I am,” he said. “They’re in shape, there’s no doubt. We’re still working on the intensity, but it’s good.”


Mullen grapplers have new look, new coach

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The new look for Mullen wrestling is right in front.

Former assistant coach John Howes, who also headed Arvada in Jefferson County for 16 years, has taken over the Mustangs after serving as an assistant with Mullen for two seasons.

Howes, who has 28 years on the job, including at Green Mountain in Lakewood, won numerous coaching awards and tutored multiple champions, said he foresees little change in terms of leadership in taking over for Vince Massey.

“After assisting with Vince the past two years, we were on the same page to begin with,” Howes said.

The Mustangs opened practice with 31 hopefuls and Howes said he expects the roster to be carried by 25-to-26 wrestlers.

A handful of Mustangs made the trip to the Pepsi Center a year ago for the Colorado tournament. Dimitris Flores, Mullen’s lone two-time state qualifier, will wrestle at either 145 or 152 pounds. Senior Sebastian Campos, another qualifier, will handle 170. Aaron Gonzales (126) and Cole Nading (152 or 160) also are in search of another state trip.

After the holidays, Howes said, John Sumner, a transfer from Faith Christian (he was at 126 a year ago), will be eligible after being forced to sit out the first half of the season.

Mullen lost other qualifiers and challengers through injury or health problems, but Howes remains optimistic.

“If they stay focused all year, we can definitely get four or five into the state tournament and I think three or four can place,” he said.

However, he added, “the difficult thing is this is the first time I’ve coached outside the building in 19 years, and being an assistant didn’t bother me as much, but being the head coach and not being in the building could be a little bit difficult.”

Difficult? Mullen’s schedule will be difficult. “Tough as hell,” is how Howes put it. The Mustangs will open the season with a Centennial League foe, Grandview, on Nov. 30. Next will be the Golden tournament, a couple of duals, then the Northern Colorado Tournament in Loveland from Dec. 15-16.

In addition to matches against the likes of Arapahoe, Cherry Creek, Overland, Cherokee Trail, etc., in 5A league, also look for a trip to the Mel Smith Husky Invitational in Florence Tournament Jan. 12-13, when the Mustangs will go against most of the top 3A and 2A schools, then a trip to the 3A regionals, the Central group, Feb. 9-10 at Englewood.

The state tournament will be Feb. 15-17.


John Howes promoted to head coach

By Mullen Staff

Mullen is pleased to announce John Howes as its new head wrestling coach.

Athletic director Vince Massey stated: “We are thrilled to welcome Coach Howes to the Mullen community.  Coach Howes’ résumé speaks for itself, and he has been a major contributor to Mullen’s wrestling success these past two years (as an assistant).  We believe Coach Howes is the perfect coach to lead Mullen wrestling into the future.”

Howes, in his 28-year coaching career, has placed 32 wrestlers in the state tournament, coached nine state champions, had three wrestlers selected to All-Colorado teamz, two wrestlers named as wrestler of the year, and had two wrestlers receive the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award.  Other additional accomplishments in his many years of service on the mat include an NFSHCA National Championship with two runner-up finishes and nine total placers.  Five of those wrestlers finished in the top 20 of the NFSHCA.

Mr. Howes has spent the last two seasons working as a Mullen assistant coach, and brings to his new position a wealth of coaching experience.  He was an assistant wrestling coach at Green Mountain for eight years and at Arvada for two years.  He was Arvada’s head coach for 16 years and was a two-time all-state coach, a Jeffco 4A coach of the year, and a three-time Jeffco coach of the year.

An in-state teacher for the past 27 years, John loves to travel the world and has been on 20 building-service projects throughout Mexico, Eleuthria, and Central America.  Lisa, his wife of 29 years, and John have two sons, Brock and Bolton.  Brock is currently a student at North Park University in Chicago, and Bolton is working on a PHD Fellowship at Princeton University.

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Boys swim and dive headed to the VMAC in Thornton for the 4A state meet
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mullen boys swimming and diving heads to the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center Friday and Saturday for the Colorado Class 4A meet and is ecstatic about its chances.

“They are excited,” Mustangs had coach Susan Stone said. “We had a team dinner Tuesday and the two freshmen got their heads shaved as a rite of passage going to the state swim meet. They’re very excited, they’re loose, feeling good and ready to swim.”

The two ninth-graders minus the hair would be Jonathon Krza and Austin Linn.

The Mustangs’ eight state qualifiers are Charlie Baker, Will Chavez, Ben Freeman, Krza, Linn, Noah Maestas, Will Olivieri and Cameron Smooke  

And their sights are set on a high finish. Third a year ago, Mullen is rated fourth heading into the meet.

“Of the 12 races,” Stone said, “we’re seeded in the top 20 in 10 of them.”

All but Lynn and Krza will swim beyond the relays, so it’s a tight, versatile group.

To date, the Mustangs are seeded second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and third in the 400 free relay. Freeman is second in the 200 free, and Chavez third in the 50 and 400 frees.

Friday’s preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. and Saturday’s finals will begin at 3:30 p.m.

“We’re optimistic,” Stone said.

--- Neil H. Devlin



Sports wrapup: Regular-season and playoffs for girls tennis, girls lacrosse, baseball, boys swim and dive, and girls soccer
Thursday, May 09, 2019

The stretch of inclement weather has shortened Colorado’s Class 4A girls tennis tournament from Thursday-to-Saturday to Friday-to-Saturday.

But the goal remains the same for Mullen as it left for Pueblo’s City Park Courts.

“I’m hopeful we’ll come in at least similar to last year,” Mustangs head coach Jera Sturgell said.

A year ago, the Mustangs rose to third place (tied with Kent Denver) and despite having to replace six of the 11 spots (there are three singles players and four sets of doubles teams) have an opportunity to challenge the likes of defending state champion Niwot, runner-up Cheyenne Mountain and the Sun Devils.

Here’s the lineup for Mullen, which advanced all 11 players: Singles – (1) Lauren Manwiller; (2) Mikayla Phelps; (3) Megan Sandy; Doubles – (1) Jordan Cleary-Bella Wallrath; (2) Abby Gilbert-Rebecca Watts; (3) Chloe Golenzer-Tierney Scanlan; (4) Brooklyn Hanley-Parker Durand.

Manwiller and Hanley-Durand were regional champions.

In 2018, Manwiller made the quarterfinals as a freshman and seems poised to be able to place.

“Pretty good,” was how she described her regionals showing. “State is going to be tougher. Usually, the first round is pretty OK, then you get to the really good girls … our team is so different from last year, but everyone is playing so well. The doubles partners are playing together.

”I think I have a better chance this year, but we’ll see.”

Cleary played in the No. 3 doubles final a year, and Sandy and Watts teamed at No. 4 doubles to take third.

Said Sturgell: “I’m proud of all of the girls and I think they’re capable of big things.”

The adjusted schedule in Pueblo calls for the first and second rounds to be completed on Friday after a 9 a.m. start and semifinals, championships and playbacks to be completed on Saturday, which will begin at 8 a.m.

Mustangs girls lacrosse also will resume postseason play on Friday with a second-round match against Cherry Creek. Originally scheduled for Friday, 5:45 p.m., at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village, it has been switched to Legacy Stadium in Aurora with a 3:30 p.m. start time after a track postponed from Thursday had to be moved.

Mullen, seeded No. 15, is coming off a 15-7 decision of No 18 Steamboat Springs. In advancing to 11-5 on the season, the Mustangs have won eight consecutive matches.

No. 2 Cherry Creek is 14-1, has lost only to Denver East – 13-12 in overtime – and won 13 consecutive matches. The Bruins beat the Mustangs 13-3 on April 4 to open the Centennial League. They won the regular-season championship and the Mustangs were second.

Emerson Johnson (59 goals), Molly Gilbert (41) and Elise Bialecki (31) lead Mullen in scoring and Izzy Cisneros is an all-league goalie.

The winner advances to the quarterfinals on May 15.

As for boys swimming and diving, the Mustangs will participate in the Centennial League ‘A’ Championships Friday-Saturday at Arapahoe in Centennial.

Preliminaries will be at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and finals at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Will Chavez and Ben Freeman will lead Mullen’s charge.

In another scheduling change because of the weather, Mullen baseball will play two games on Saturday against Overland at Utah Park in Overland. The games at Tony Schenbeck Field will be at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Mustangs, 11-8 overall, 5-6 in league, also are scheduled to host Highlands Ranch in nonleague on Monday, 4:15 p.m., and be at Cherokee Trail in Aurora on Tuesday, 4:15 p.m., to complete league and regular-season play.

Regional pairings are to be released on Wednesday.

And girls soccer, fresh from a 9-0 spanking of Montrose in the first round of the 4A playoffs, will host Jefferson County’s Green Mountain on Saturday, 1 p.m.

Mullen is the No. 6 seed and 13-2-1. No. 22 Green Mountain is 11-5 and was fourth in the seven-team Jeffco League.  

--- Neil H. Devlin


Girls lacrosse puts 9 on all-Centennial, will host Steamboat Springs in 1st round; girls soccer will welcome Montrose on the pitch
Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Postseason seeds were released for girls lacrosse and girls soccer on Monday and Mullen grabbed one in each sport.

The Mustangs are seeded No. 15 in girls lacrosse and No. 6 in girls soccer.

Girls lacrosse, which is 10-5 and has won seven matches in succession, will open in the first round on Tuesday at home, 6 p.m., at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De LaSalle Stadium against No. 18 Steamboat Springs. The Sailors are 9-4 overall and were 7-1 in the Mountain League for second place behind Aspen.

Mullen is headed by senior Emerson Johnson, who has 53 goals and 10 assists. A couple of sophomores, Molly Gilbert and Elise Bialecki, have combined for 67 goals and 19 assists, and senior Grace Archibald has put up 16 goals and 13 assists. Freshman Haley Vanek has made an immediate impact with 15 goals and 16 assists.

Senior Izzy Cisneros has played nearly every minute in goal, permitting only 7.7 scores per outing.

Second-year coach Melynda Brown’s program was 8-7 a year ago and missed the playoffs.

The Sailors’ clearly have a one-two punch in aptly named Riley Schott, a junior who has 55 goals, and Lucy Shimek, a senior who has scored 47 times. Only one other Sailor has as many as 11 goals.

Tuesday’s winner will advance to the second round of the 20-team bracket on Friday in Greenwood Village at Cherry Creek, the number 2 seed and Centennial League winner. The Bruins are 14-1 and were 7-0 in league, one game better than the Mustangs. Cherry Creek beat the host Mustangs 13-3 on April 4.

In addition, rain is expected Tuesday evening.

The Mustangs also did extremely well in all-Centennial League honors: Johnson, Gilbert, Cisneros and Gabby Rueth, a defender, were named to the first team; Bialecki was chosen for the second team; and Vanek, Charlie Beck, Megan Fenwick and Sydney Bullen earned honorable-mention citings.

As for girls soccer, the 4A Mustangs are 12-2-1, their best mark since going 12-6 two years ago, and will host No. 27 Montrose on Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Senior Kaylah Wanna is the top Mullen producer at 20 goals and 10 assists, although Mullen also has offered depth. Senior Macy Clem has 11 goals and four assists; sophomore Anna Seaman nine goals and seven assists; and senior Jaime DeBerardinis seven and 12.

Overall, Mullen owns a 67-16 season scoring advantage.

The Mustangs’ defense, passing and receiving has been good, and keeper Emma Ryan has permitted an average of only one goal per match.

Montrose (9-6) is coming off a 4-1 setback to Durango and has dropped four of its past five matches.

The winner will take on the Green Mountain vs. Lewis-Palmer winner in the second round on Saturday.

And just like girls lacrosse on Tuesday, inclement weather is expected on Wednesday.

--- Neil H. Devlin



Wanna scores twice, Seaman adds another as girls soccer beats Northridge 3-2, awaits 4A playoff seeding on Monday
Saturday, May 04, 2019

Kaylah Wanna scored twice and Anna Seaman added a goal as Mullen beat host Northridge in Greeley 3-2 on Saturday in nonleague girls soccer.

The Mustangs completed their regular season at 12-2-1 and will head into the Class 4A Colorado playoffs next week. The 32-team playoff bracket is scheduled to be released on Monday.

Wanna, a senior, upped her team-leading total to 20 goals. Senior Macy Clem has 11 and Seaman improved her total to nine.

On the season, Mullen has outscored its opposition by an aggregate 67-16.

A year ago, the Mustangs entered the 4A postseason 5-6-4 and knocked off the defending champion, D’Evelyn, before falling in the second round to Littleton.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Gilbert-Watts win in playbacks to assure a full team at girl tennis state meet; baseball outslugged 13-11 by Grandview
Friday, May 03, 2019

Mullen’s No. 2 doubles team of Abby Gilbert-Rebecca Watts won a playback match on Friday to advance to Colorado’s Class 4A girls tennis tournament.

Gilbert-Watts downed a team from Denver North to qualify and join the rest of the Mustangs team in full force that will be in Pueblo on Thursday for the beginning of the three-day season finale.

The lineup for the Mustangs at singles is Lauren Manwiller (No. 1), Mikayla Phelps (No. 2) and Megan Sandy (No. 3); and at doubles, Jordan Cleary-Bella Wallrath (No. 1), Gilbert-Watts (No. 2), Chloe Golenzer-Tierney Scanlan (No. 3) and Brooklyn Hanley-Parker Durand (No. 4).

Also on Friday, Mustangs baseball dropped a 13-11 decision in the Centennial League on the road in Aurora.

Mullen will be back at it on Saturday, 11 a.m., at home at Bill Swift Field to host Smoky Hill in league.

And in girls soccer, the Mustangs won 3-0 at Brighton in nonleague. Jaime DeBerardinis, Jade Garcia and Kaylah Wanna had the goals.

DeBerardinis, Anna Seaman and Julianna Zinis had the assists.

Mullen improved to 11-2-1 and will wrap up its regular season on Saturday at Northridge in Greeley, 11 a.m.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Girls golf: Choi finishes runner-up at Saddle Rock, grabs 3rd in Centennial standings
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sofia Choi shot a 2-over-par 38 at Saddle Rock Golf Course in Aurora on Monday in the final Centennial League meet of the season to finish runner-up.

The freshman’s round in the nine-hole event included a birdie 3 on the par-4, 332-yard No. 3.

She helped Mullen to fifth place among six teams at plus-47. Cherry Creek won at plus-18.

Grandview’s Amy Chitkoksoong, the 2017 Class 5A champion, won the event at 1-over.

Choi, who has won three events this season, including two in league, finished third in the final league standings behind Eaglecrest’s Emma Bryant, the 2018 5A champion, and Chitkoksoong.

According to head coach Ashley Tait, the Mustangs will compete in a small tournament on Friday before heading to Grand Junction for Monday’s 4A Region 4 at Adobe Creek G.C. in Fruita.

The 4A state championship will be May 20-21 at Pelican Lakes G.C. in Windsor.

---  Neil H. Devlin


Track & Field: Veen grabs first place in high jump at Holy War, clears 6-2.5
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Track and field usually suffers from inclement weather as much as any spring sport and this year has been no exception.

Add in the injury and precaution factors as well as new coaches for both Mullen boys and girls teams, and conflicts with events such as prom, and it has been an interesting season with about three weeks to go.

Last weekend, Mullen had light representation at the Liberty Bell Invitational, one of the top stops on the circuit.  

On Saturday, the one highlight was freshman Agur Dwol going 36 feet, three-quarter-inch in the triple jump to take second place.

As for Friday, the Mustangs competed in the Holy War that also included Denver Christian, Holy Family, Lutheran, Regis Jesuit, Resurrection Christian and Valor Christian.

The Mustangs boys were fifth with 80.50 points – Lutheran won with 212 – and the girls seventh – Valor won with 296.50.

The boys were topped by a couple of firsts. Senior Matt Veen won the high jump in 6-2.50 and Michael Dudzic grabbed first in the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 48.57 seconds.

Also, junior Aidan Keanaaina was second in shot put, 46-10.5; Cooper Williamson was second in pole vault, 9-3; and freshman Rocco DePIzzol was fifth in the long jump, 20-4.75.

In relays, Mullen’s 400 team was second in 44.87; and the 800 (1:37.90) and 3,200 (9:11.48) groups were third.

For girls, senior Cassandra Pine was third in shot put, 35-5, and fifth in discus, 97-2.

Rebecca Brazelton was fifth in the triple jump, 32-3.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Friday Roundup: Clem scores 3 times in girls soccer; girls tennis takes 6-of-7 matches vs. Columbine; Gilbert and Johnson lift girls lax
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Behind a hat trick by senior Macy Clem, girls soccer handled Dakota Ridge 3-1 at Lakewood Memorial Field on Friday in nonleague play.

The visiting Mustangs won their sixth match in a row and are 10-1-1.

Clem, who has signed with Alabama, handled all of the scores, each assisted by a different teammate – Sophie Axley, Anna Seaman and Kaylah Wanna provided the helpers.

With four of the Mustangs’ 10 shots on goal, Clem upped her season goal total to 11. Wanna is tops at 17.

Keeper Emma Ryan again stood tall, recording six saves.

Class 4A Mullen heads into the final week of the regular season facing three road matches, two nonleague (at Northridge on Tuesday, 6 p.m.,  and Friday at Brighton, 7:30 p.m.) wrapped around the biggie, vs. defending 5A state and Centennial champion Grandview on Wednesday, 8 p.m., at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village.

Grandview is 10-2-1 overall, 5-0-1 in league, so a Mullen (4-1-1) victory would clinch at least a tie with the Wolves and possibly include Cherry Creek, which is 3-1-1 into the weekend.

Girls tennis completed its regular-season schedule with a 6-1 victory at Columbine in nonleague.

Lauren Manwiller (No. 1), Mikayla Phelps (No. 2) and Megan Sandy (No. 3) swept in singles; Jordan Cleary-Bella Wallrath (No. 1), Chloe Golenzer-Tierney Scanlan (No. 3) and Brooklyn Hanley-Parker Durand (No. 4) won in doubles.

The Mustangs were 8-3 in dual meets, 5-2 in the Centennial.

Next is hosting a 4A regional on Wednesday, although there are weather concerns (aren’t there always?).

And in girls lacrosse, the Mustangs, like their boy counterparts, blanked Overland, this one by 21-0 at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium.

Mullen won its fifth match in a row and is 8-5 overall, 5-1 in the Centennial.

The Mustangs ran to an 11-2 halftime lead and had five players score, topped once again by Molly Gilbert and Emerson Johnson, who each scored four goals. Elise Bialecki scored three times and Olivia Moreno and Haley Vanek each had two.

Goalie Izzy Cisneros turned in seven saves and benefitted as Mullen came up with 23 shots on goal.

With a mathematical chance at the league title, Mullen also is in the running for second or third. The Mustangs enter the regular season’s final week with back-to-back matches, Tuesday at Eaglecrest, 4:30 p.m., in league and Wednesday at home vs. Cheyenne Mountain, 6 p.m.

---  Neil H. Devlin


Thursday roundup: Baseball wins by walk-off; girls lax wins 4th in a row; singles carry girls tennis; Choi again paces golf
Friday, April 26, 2019

A.J. Naha’s walk-off single capped a two-run rally on Thursday as the Mustangs downed visiting Mountain Range 4-3 in Class 5A nonleague play at Bill Swift Field.

Mullen moved to 9-6 overall and snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Mustangs trailed 2-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 3-2 before getting two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Nick Perri had a key double in the Mustangs’ last at-bat. Michael Brady had a triple and scored twice. Michael Stanford had two hits. Jack Vitry had a single and a run batted in, and Brennen Nolte added a single.

On the mound, senior Jayden Mayoral went the distance, allowing eight hits and three runs. He struck out five and walked one.

The Mustangs will resume Centennial League play on Saturday, when they will host Grandview at 11 a.m. They are halfway through the home-and-away league slate at 3-4.

In girls lacrosse, the Mustangs put up 11 goals in the first half and cruised to a 15-6 home victory over Arapahoe in the Centennial league.

Mullen moved to 7-5 overall, 4-1 in league. They have won four matches in succession.

Molly Gilbert and Emerson Johnson each scored four goals for the Mustangs. Elise Bialecki had three, and Olivia Moreno and Haley Vanek each had two. Grace Archibald and Gilbert added two assists apiece, Johnson and Vanek each had one.

The Mustangs’ third match in three days will be Friday, when they will host Overland in league, 6 p.m.

In girls tennis, Mullen grabbed a 4-3 decision of visiting Palmer Ridge.

The Mustangs were able to sweep at singles. At No. 1, sophomore Lauren Manwiller won in straight sets, but both were by tiebreaker, 7-4 and 11-9. Mikayla Phelps won at No. 2 and Megan Sandy won at No. 3.

The Mustangs’ No. 4 doubles team of Brooklyn Hanley-Parker Durand won by 7-5, 6-1 to secure the team match victory.

Mullen will wrap up its regular season on Friday, traveling to Columbine, 3:30 p.m., at Marker Park. It will host a 4A regional next week.

In girls golf, Sofia Choi shot 4-over-par 76 to finish fourth in the Centennial League Match No. 4 held at Broken Tee G.C.

Here round included four birdies, two on each side.

As a team, Mullen was fifth of six teams, finishing at plus-100.

Cherry Creek won the team title at plus-21 and the match’s top finisher was Emma Bryant of Eaglecrest, the 2018 5A medalist, at minus-2

--- Neil H. Devlin


Boys lacrosse beats Smoky Hill 5-0 in league, snaps 2-match losing streak
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Boys lacrosse snapped a two-match losing streak with a 5-0 decision of visiting Smoky Hill on Wednesday in the Centennial League.

The Mustangs improved to 4-7 overall, 2-3 in league.

Hunter Amen scored two goals for the Mustangs. Gage Fisher, Brandon Hane and Keegan Quinn also scored. Jackson Tate had two assists, and Tanner Beck and Quinn added one.

Goalie Dunham Tate added 12 saves.

The Mustangs next will be at Overland in league on Saturday, 4 p.m.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Bialecki scores four goals at Mullen handles Smoky Hill 18-5 in league
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Elise Bialecki scored four goals to lead nine Mustangs who found the back of the net as Mullen beat visiting Smoky Hill 18-5 on Wednesday in a Centennial League girls lacrosse match.

The Mustangs moved to 6-5 overall, 3-1 in league.

Mullen led 7-4 at halftime, but ran away in the second half, outscoring the Buffaloes 11-1.

Molly Gilbert scored three times and Grace Archibald, Charlie Beck, Emerson Johnson, Claire Mochan each scored twice. Emma Oliver, Sierra Thomas and Haley Vanek added goals. Archibald and Gilbert each had two of Mullen’s eight assists.

Next up for Mullen is a league match at home against Arapahoe on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Tuesday Roundup: Girls tennis wins by shutout; baseball drops 3rd in a row; boys lacrosse falls to 3-7
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Girls tennis swept visiting Overland 7-0 on Tuesday in a Centennial League match.

The Mustangs were impressive and won by an aggregate 84-11 in games.

Sophomore and No. 1 singles Lauren Manwiller won 6-1, 6-2; senior and No. 2 singles Mikayla Phelps won 6-1, 6-0; and junior and No. 3 singles Megan Sandy won 6-0, 6-2.

At doubles, No. 1 Jordan Cleary-Bella Walrath, both juniors, won 6-3, 6-0; No. 2 Rebecca Watts, a junior, and Abby Gilbert,  senior, won 6-1, 6-1; and the Nos. 3 (Chloe Golenzer, a senior, and Tierney Scanlan, a sophomore) and 4 (Brooklyn Hanley-Parker Durand, both sophomores) each breezed 6-0, 6-0.

The Mustangs, now 6-3 in dual meets and having completed their league slate at 5-2, will wrap up their dual schedule on Thursday at home against Palmer Ridge, 3:45 p.m.

They also will host a Class 4A regional before next month’s state meet in Pueblo.

In baseball, the Mustangs lost a home game 5-3 to Arapahoe in league at Bill Swift Field.

Mullen, which gave up single runs in each of the final five innings and was touched for 10 hits, is 8-5 overall, 3-4 in league. It has dropped three games in succession.

Alek Elges, Stephan Loya and Michael Stanford, who also doubled, each had two of Mullen’s nine hits. Michael Brady had a triple and an RBI. Jack Vitry also knocked home a run. Cameron Brickley and Jack Golenzer added singles. Loya also scored twice.

On the mound, freshman Trevor Moore started, went 2 innings and gave way to Sanford and Wyatt Reynolds, a junior who took the loss by being touched for three runs, two earned, over 2.1 innings.

Mullen will have a make-up game on Thursday in nonleague against the Front Range League’s Mountain Range, first pitch at 4 p.m.

In boys lacrosse, Mullen fell 17-8 to always good Arapahoe in league at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium.

The Mustangs are 3-7, 1-3 in league.

The Warriors led 7-2 after the first quarter and 12-5 at halftime.

Mullen will have its third home game in three days on Wednesday, when it will host Smoky Hill in league at 7 p.m.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Girls soccer rolls in 8-0 road win; frosh Choi again paces Mustangs girls golf
Monday, April 22, 2019

Girls soccer hit the road on Monday and came away with an 8-0 defeat of host Manitou Springs in a nonleague match.

The Class 4A Mustangs won their fourth consecutive match and improved to 7-1-1. They led 5-0 at halftime and cruised.

Manitou Springs, now 5-5-1 in 3A, came up with 18 shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

It’s a four-match week for Mullen – it also will take on Overland on Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village in the Centennial League; will host always good Arapahoe on Thursday, 4;30 p.m., also in league; and will have a Friday meeting in nonleague against Jefferson County’s Dakota Ridge, 7 p.m., at Lakewood Memorial Field.

In girls golf, freshman Sofia Choi shot a 5-over-par 76 to tie for eighth place in Cherry Creek’s Bruin Invitational at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora.

Choi went 38-38 and had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 to tie with Colorado Academy’s Eva Pett.

Regis Jesuit’s Kate Berrian finished first with a 1-over 72.

Teamwise, Mullen was 10th of the dozen schools in the field. The Mustangs ended plus-71. Junior Paige Sowitch (plus-29), senior Jessica Bryan (plus-37) and sophomore Elle Deorio (plus-41) also were in the scoring mix.

Colorado Academy won the team chase at plus-11.

Next up: Centennial League Match No. 3 on Wednesday at Murphy Creek G.C. in Aurora

--- Neil H. Devlin


Another week of spring interruptions for Mustangs, including a lockdown and day off
Sunday, April 21, 2019

The 2019 spring season has been full of delays, mostly weather, but last week included a couple of different entries.

There were no Mullen athletics on Good Friday of Holy Week, but there also were two days of no play – with a day of lockdown and a day of no school -- due to the threat posed by the Florida teenager who was pursued by the FBI and allegedly was infatuated with Columbine (the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Massacre was on Saturday) and had travelled to Colorado.

Thankfully, everyone was safe.

Below is a Mustangs sports wrap-up from late in the week:

On Saturday in Centennial, Mullen’s attempt at a seventh-inning rally fell short in a 6-4 loss in baseball at Arapahoe.

The Mustangs are 8-5 overall, 3-3 in the Centennial League.

Alek Elges, Trevor Moore and Michael Stanford each had two hits. Stanford also scored twice. Elges, Evan Malloy and Andrew Naha had runs batted in. Of Mullen’s eight hits, Stanford had a double.

Will Miller pitched four innings and gave up only one hit. He allowed two runs and walked five. In taking the loss, Michael Tafoya was touched for four runs in 1.1 innings, gave up two hits and walked two.

By building a five-goal lead in the first quarter on Saturday, Mullen downed Battle Mountain 11-5 at Douglas County in nonleague boys lacrosse to up its record to 3-5.

The Mustangs led 5-0 after a quarter and stopped a skid in which they had lost four of their previous five matches.

In girls soccer, Jaime DeBerardinis, Anna Seaman and Kaylah Wanna had the goals as the Mustangs downed visiting Smoky Hill 3-1 on Thursday in the Centennial League.

Wanna and Julianna Zinis added assists as Mullen improved to 6-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 in the Centennial League.

The Mustangs squeezed off 13 shots, six on goal. Junior Emma Ryan made four saves as keeper.

Mullen girls lacrosse leveled its overall record at 5-5 and improved to 2-1 in the Centennial League on Thursday with a 15-5 home decision of Grandview.

Emma Johnson once again led the way with five goals. Elise Bialecki had four, Molly Gilbert added three, and Charlie Beck, Megan Fenwick and Haley Vanek each had one.

Vanek had two assists and Bialecki, Gilbert and Johnson contributed one.

After a 5-2 setback to Grandview in the Centennial League earlier in the week, Mullen whipped Smoky Hill 6-1 in girls tennis on Thursday.

In straight sets, the Mustangs won at two singles spots, Mikayla Phelps (No. 2) and Megan Sandy (No. 3), as well as at all four doubles – Jordan Cleary-Bella Wallrath (No. 1); Abby Gilbert-Rebecca Watts (No. 2); Chloe Golenzer-Tierney Scanlan (No. 3); and Brooklyn Hanley-Parker Duran (No. 4).

In girls golf on Thursday, the Mustangs were fourth of six teams in the team chase in the second Centennial League match. Playing at Aurora Hills Golf Course, Mullen totaled plus-71. Grandview won at plus-6.

Individually, Hannah Giacomin, a freshman, finished at plus-16 and junior Paige Sowitch ended at plus-17 for the Mustangs. Freshman Sofia Choi, the Mustangs’ top player, did not compete.

Grandview’s Amy Chitkoksoong, also the Class 5A champion two seasons ago, grabbed first at plus-2 along with Eaglecrest junior Emma Bryant, the 2018 5A winner.

--- Neil H. Devlin


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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