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Boys basketballers to host Chipotle fundraiser

Mullen’s boys basketball will be having a fundraiser on Tuesday.

The Mustangs are inviting you to make a dinner a selfless act by frequenting the Chipotle at 3170 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Lakewood between 4-8 p.m.

Show the Chipotle flyer – “School Spirit Tastes Great” – or display it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the boys basketball team to ensure that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Mullen boys basketball team.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Information for opening day of boys hoops

Calling all basketballers …

All interested players are invited to come to the first practice on Friday, Nov. 10.

Below are sites and times:

Seniors, juniors and sophomores from 10 a.m.-noon in the Hutchison Fieldhouse and freshman from 2-4 p.m. in the Old Gym; selected upperclassmen will practice again from 2-4 p.m.

On Saturday, freshman will be in the Old Gym from 9-11 a.m. and all upperclassmen will be in  Hutchison from 9 a.m.-noon.

Any questions, please contact head freshman coach Mike Augustine or head varsity coach Bob Caton.
--- Neil H. Devlin


Basketballers run to help Kaiser Elementary’s fundraising 5k

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s no secret Bob Caton, a familiar Denver schoolboy figure for decades, is excited about taking over Mullen boys basketball.

And it includes all that comes with it, notably serving the community through the team. The commitment was noted recently when the Mustangs took part in a fundraiser at nearby Kaiser Elementary.

Caton credited Holly Riepma, mother of Connor Riepma, a 6-foot-6 junior, for her connection to the school and not only helping to implement the idea, but enhancing it.

Kaiser personnel hosted a 5k (3.1-mile) run and Mustangs basketballers embraced it.

“At first, we were just going to come over and volunteer, maybe pass out a few things,” Caton said, “but we decided to run with the elementary-school kids and we got to know some of them. Connor’s mom brought it up to us and she had a connection with the school.”

Said Holly Riepma: “My cousin is a parent there and we were trying to get the boys in some community service. We talked about it and centered around maybe something with a homeless shelter … but my cousin was looking for volunteers to help with the 5k. Our coach heard about it and wanted them to participate in the fun run.”

Riepma, who starred in basketball at Green Mountain in Lakewood before a hall-of-fame career at Metro State – as Holly Roberts she’s the only Roadrunner to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds as well as to have her jersey (No. 50) retired -- said several parents volunteered, the booster club paid the fees and another connection to the community was secured.

“They were trying to help their technology program and reading program, and have some parents come in and read,” Riepma said. “The (Kaiser school administration) and students were very appreciative. It was fun. The coach was very supportive, the kids participated and it was great.”

Caton said ”these are the types of things we do at Mullen, go out to serve the community.”

And it won’t be the last time Kaiser sees Mustangs helping its school and student body.

“The coach wants to do it every year,” Riepma said.

Long Time Coach Bob Caton 
Named Mullen Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Bob Caton admitted it. Like so many others before him, he had the itch to return to coaching boys basketball.  He’ll scratch it with Mullen, as the longtime Denver-metropolitan figure has been named head coach of the Mustangs.

“The position opened up and, you know, I wanted to get back into coaching, and this worked out great,” Canton said. He has been on the city-area sidelines for 43 years, 37 as a head coach, and earned 505 victories in a career that dates back to the 1970s.

Athletic director Vince Massey called it an important move for the Mustangs.  “Oh, man, Bob’s a legend and his reputation speaks for itself,” Massey said. “He has over 500 wins and he’s a relationship builder. What I’m really excited about is he has worked with a lot of different athletes on a lot of different levels. And I’m excited to see how he works in our community and brings exposure and wins to us.”

The Mustangs sought help after the 2009-10 season, and since then has gone through three other coaches, including three over three seasons. And Caton is well aware of the recent history. The program hasn’t had a winning overall record since the 2007-08 season and is 10-88 in the always demanding Centennial League since 2010-11, with just five league victories over the past five seasons.

“I think there will always be a certain degree of talent here,” Caton said, “and you try to get the best out of them. I try to put players into position to be successful. What they do well, I will put them into that position. And it has always been a good league.”

Caton’s teams have finished state runners-up twice, made six final fours, 14 Great 8s and won seven league titles. He has coached at Manual, Denver West, George Washington, Aurora Central and Highlands Ranch. He also has been active in basketball on other levels, served as a scout for the Indiana Pacers and was a star player at Denver West and Colorado State.

“The most-important thing to me,” Massey added, “is how he builds those relationships with kids ... I’ve seen him interact with a couple of kids already and the way he approaches them and the looks on their faces and the way he talks to them just tickles me pink.”

Caton said he’s looking forward to building his staff and setting up summer camps. He said he resides close enough to ride his bicycle to the Mullen campus and is eager to begin.

“It’s a special school,” he said. “You get kids that are self-motivated, it has always been that type of school. The kids are going to work hard and that’s just the way the school and community feels around there, a Lasallian-based school.

“It’s a good place to be.”

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