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Dino heads strong Mullen showing at Class 4A golf tournament

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Tell everybody I shot 79,” he joked.

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

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

And there’s a lot to celebrate.


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

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LITTLETON – It proved as cold as it was tight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Young fab four ready to roll at state golf

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

Their coach said none of the four drive automobiles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mustangs can’t wait.




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

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

There were 72 players in the field.

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

Mullen will be contending with Air Academy, Arvada, Cheyenne Mountain, D’Evelyn, Elizabeth, Green Mountain, Littleton, Mitchell, Ponderosa, Pueblo County, Standley Lake, Wheat Ridge, Valor Christian, Vista Ridge and George Washington. 


‘Stangs show well, take 3rd in Centennial League golf standings

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA -- In wrapping up their Centennial League regular season, Mullen’s boys golfers should consider special packaging and a bow.

With three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior, the Mustangs managed to present coach Jerry Koehler with a third-place finish overall in the eight-team group and threatened for runners-up before stumbling a bit during Tuesday’s final match, held at CommonGround Golf Course.

Mullen finished fourth in the final league gathering, the first real signs of any leaks in team strength a week before postseason holes will be played.

No real matter, Koehler said, as “well, we didn’t do as well as we had hoped, but we had some good scores. We got a fourth-place finish, which isn’t what we wanted because we were trying to catch up and catch Cherry Creek, but what we did was really good.”

On Tuesday, Arapahoe edged Cherry Creek by a stroke, 293-294 on Tuesday, and Grandview managed third with 308. Mullen came in at 313. In the league standings, it was again Arapahoe-Cherry Creek, but Mullen took third.

Individually, freshman Mario Dino fired a 2-over-par 73 to pace Mullen.

“It turned out to be good even though I missed a lot of birdie putts,” he said.

Another freshman, Rhett Johnson, came in at 76. Thomas Hicks, the third freshman, shot 80 and sophomore Cole Reister made 84. Senior Nic Mayhan came in at 90.

In the league chase, Dino also earned Mullen’s top showing, finishing eighth. (In the junior-varsity match, Mullen, which also finished third, was led by John Wallace, 78; Jakob Beckish 83, Jakeb Dammen 84 and Blake Good 89.

Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant, who has dominated all season, shot 67 on Tuesday for top honors on the day and season.  

Next on the agenda for Mullen is Class 4A Region 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Its top four players will advance “and they are to be determined,” Koehler said of setting his team. “We’ll go down and have a practice round on Monday, which should help considerably because no one has played that course.”

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 complete the new regional field involving after reshuffling.

Said Dino: “I’m really happy and really excited for regionals. We’ve had fun this season.”

With perhaps more to come.


Hicks-led Mustangs second in latest Centennial gathering

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – Mullen had four of its five players shoot in the 70s and the Mustangs finished second in the latest Centennial League golf match.

Competing at Saddle Rock Golf Course on Thursday, Mullen shot 308 as a team, one shot better than third-place Cherry Creek and within range of Arapahoe, which won the match at 295.

Individually, Mullen’s Thomas Hicks shot a 3-over-par 75. He was backed by Cole Reister (76), Mari Dino (78), Nic Mayhan (79) and Rhett Johnson (80). 

The medalist once again was Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant, who shot 2-under 70.

Next week’s final league match before regionals will be at Common Ground G.C.

For junior varsity, the Mustangs were third as a team and headed by Eli Marquez (79), Sean Wallace (83), Joseph Long (86), Jakob Dammen (93) and Jakob Beckish (96).


Mustangs 3rd in weather-shortened  Centennial golf gathering

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen tied for second place as a team in the third Centennial League match of the season on Wednesday, a rain-and-lighting-shortened gathering at South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial.

In addition, the Mustangs placed three in the top seven individuals.

The match was held to nine holes because of the weather problems and the Mustangs tied with Arapahoe at 151, four strokes behind winner Cherry Creek.

Individually, Nic Mayhan, Cole Reister and Mario Dino enjoyed strong finishes in a stair-step series of sorts. Mayhan, a senior who has been waiting to break out, shot even-par 36. Reister, a sophomore, shot 1-over-par 37 and Dino, a freshman, finished at 2-over 38.

Dino said his “could have been even better,” but made a mistake on No. 9, shot it past the hole and had to settle for bogey.

The individual leader once again was Eaglecrest’s Davis Bryant, who came in at 4-under 32. Bryant also won the first two league meetings, shooting in the 60s both times.

Mullen’s Thomas Hicks finished with 40 and Rhett Johnson 43.   

In overall varsity team standings, Mullen is at 765 behind Cherry Creek (749) and Arapahoe (752). Bryant is way ahead in individuals points at 43.1; Dino and Reister each are at 27.7.

In junior-varsity action, Mullen (169) finished third behind Arapahoe (147) and Cherry Creek (162). Jakob Beckish (37), Eli Marquez (38), Sean Wallace (46) and Joseph Long (48) carried the Mustangs.

Concerning the developmental team tournament, Jack Wallace (36), Andrew Garcia (38) and Gryphon Gwathmey (41Z) tok the top three spots. Wes Rogers (44) was fifth.



Younger Mustangs provide quality in first Centennial golf match

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA – It was the first league match of the season. It was in the Centennial League, which has maintained sports quality across the board for decades. It was at an in-shape Meadow Hills Golf Course, a tight par-70 that can sneak up on most players. And it was a real Colorado day, complete with a cycle of gorgeous sunshine and warmth to bits and pieces of gloom, wind and rain.

What wasn’t to like?

As a bonus, Mullen is experiencing something else – the Mustangs are young and talented, and the future appears as bright as a local August day.

With a senior, a sophomore and three freshmen, the Mustangs took third as a team on Thursday and all five individuals finished within the top 19.

Teamwise, Mullen combined for 310. Cherry Creek was first at 301, edging runner-up Arapahoe (302). Individually, sophomore Cole Reister shot a 3-over-par 73. Senior Nic Mayhan came in at 81. And freshmen Mario Dino (77), Matt Johnson (79) and Thomas Hicks (84) provided plenty of depth.

“Absolutely,” coach Jerry Koehler responded when asked if he was pleased about his players’ performance and potential.

Mayhan may have been erratic, including starting poorly, but he birdied Nos. 16 and 17, and said he’s intent “on becoming Mullen’s No. 1 player ... I just had a rough day today.”

A year ago, Mayhan competed in regionals and advanced to state with the Mustangs, who qualified as a team.
The three freshmen, who didn’t play in the opening tournament at The Broadlands in Broomfield, earned their first taste of varsity golf and each craves more, and Reister, who shot even par on the back nine, said he “made a lot of putts” and converted a couple of “miracle” shots to post his third-lowest score this year.

“We’re younger, which is nice,” he said. “So we’ll have a better chance as time goes on.”

The wide-eyed ninth-graders agreed.

“It was my first high-school tournament, it was good and fun, and a new kind of thing,” Dino said after going birdie-less, but racking up 12 pars, 5 bogeys and a double bogey.

It was even more dramatic in terms of status, history and novelty for Johnson, who shot 2-over on the back side, and said “really, on that first tee, I loved that nervous action I got. It felt good to be nervous and play varsity as a freshman.”

Hicks also shot 2-over coming home and said he “loved it and I love the team mentality instead of it being (only) individual … I’m definitely excited to go and play again.”

It won’t be long. The Mustangs will be part of a 27-team Cherry Creek Invitational at Buffalo Run G.C. in Commerce City, a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, when Mullen will not have school in order for an “Eclipse Day,” according to Principal Janell Kloosterman.

Said Koehler: “They did well here today on a course that they hadn’t played much.”



At Meadow Hills G.C., Aurora

Par 70

Team scores

  1. Cherry Creek 301
  2. Arapahoe 302
  3. Mullen 310
  4. Cherokee Trail 323
  5. Grandview 350
  6. Smoky Hill 356
  7. Eaglecrest 390
  8. Overland 411


Medalist – Davis Bryant, Eaglecrest, 67


Mullen finishers

Cole Reister, 73, tied for 3rd

Mario Dino, 77, 10th

Rhett Johnson, 79, 13th

Nic Mayhan, 81, tied for 16th

Thomas Hicks, 84, 19th


Experience, talent heighten softball expectations

By Neil H. Devlin

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

Upbeat? It describes Mullen coming into the 2017 softball season.

The Mustangs were 16-4-1 a year ago, won the Centennial League with a 7-0 record, outscored their opposition by an aggregate 160-83, made the Class 4A state playoffs, lost only three seniors from the 2016 team, have six front-liners returning and are welcoming an interesting group of younger players, notably freshman.

Head coach Greg Hogan, who’s in his fourth year of heading the program after a long stint as an assistant, didn’t mince words when considering his group’s chances.

“Our team should do very well with our returning and upcoming players, and our incoming freshman,” he said.

Seniors Jessica Hafey (third base), Natalie Archuleta (outfield), Caley McKune (catcher) and Tatum Maloney (outfield), should make for some of the solid core. Sophomore Marissa Sanchez will take over as the Mustangs’ main pitcher. Other seniors Kari Donovan (outfielder-infield) and Elana Torrocones-Garcia (infield), and sophomore Emma DiGiacomo complete the returning starters.

“We’re excited,” Hogan said.

A year ago, Archuleta led Mullen with a .447 batting average. Giacomo batted .419 and Maloney .400. Hafey tied for the team lead with 22 runs batted in, Maloney contributed 19, DiGiacomo 16 and McKune 14.

The offensive firepower will be needed again as the Mustangs have another ambitious schedule. In nonleague, D’Evelyn, 5A Regis Jesuit and Valor Christian (the three-time defending 4A champion) account for their first three opponents. Then there’s the always demanding Erie Tournament that will include games against the likes of Pomona, Dakota Ridge, Pueblo West, Chatfield and probably an Oklahoma team; a run against a group of Jefferson County foes; and followed by the vaunted – and 5A -- Centennial League schedule.

“It’s tough,” Hogan said. “And our league is one of the top leagues. Cherokee Trail won (5A) last year and Grandview won the year before.”

Mullen will open the regular season on Aug. 22, 4 p.m., at D’Evelyn. The Erie tournament will be over the Labor Day weekend at the end of August and start if September, and the Mustangs’ first league game will be Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m., against Eaglecrest at home .

Regionals are to be completed by Oct. 14. The state tournament will be Oct. 20-21 at the Aurora Sports Park.

Boys golfers to begin Centennial League play in Aurora 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen’s second athletic event of the new school sports year also will involve its boys golfers – the first Centennial League match of the season.

The Mustangs will be at Meadow Hills Golf Course in Aurora on Thursday. Opening tee times for the eight-team outlay will begin at 11 a.m. Mullen players will go off after 11:30 a.m.

After beginning the season Tuesday at the Holy Family Stableford Invitational at The Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield – the Mustangs finished 11th as a team – the Mustangs will get into the league rotation that will be contested mostly at Aurora courses.

“Absolutely, we’re looking forward to it,” head coach Jerry Koehler said. “We played practice rounds out there (Monday) and they got a good introduction to Meadow Hills.”

The outlay is a tight, par 70, with tree-lined fairways and smaller greens.

The Mustangs will compete with league members Arapahoe, Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill.

Players will follow a team and medalist format using stroke play.


Mullen opens 2017-18 with golfers at Holy Family Stableford Invitational

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

For starters, Mullen began the 2017-18 school sports year on Tuesday a little differently.

Mustangs boys golfers competed in the Holy Family Stableford Invitational at The Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield. The Stableford scoring system was popularized in Colorado and across the PGA Tour for 21 years, from 1986-2006, when Castle Pines hosted professionals posting scores for points or losing points, as in 2 points for a birdie, 5 for an eagle, minus-1 for a bogey, etc.

Mullen players, despite a few having to miss the field because of prior commitments getting set up for the school year, seemed to enjoy the variation.

“It was good,” Mustangs coach Jerry Koehler said. “It’s kind of a unique format, because it’s Stableford versus stroke play, which we normally play. And it was a lot of the guys playing in a (prep) tournament for the first time.”

Teamwise, Mullen finished in 11th place with 73 points. Tops was Kent Denver (108), followed by Peak to Peak (102), Aspen (96), Evergreen (85) and Grandview (83).

Individually, the Mustangs’ Eli Marquez finished 24th with 27 points. Next were: Cole Resister, 46th, 24 points; Joseph Long, 46th, 23 points; Nic Mayhan and Jakob Dammen, tied for 53rd, 22 points; Blake Good, 70th, 16 points; and Jakob Beckish, 77th, 14 points.

The overall winner was Billy Howenstein, Dawson School, with 39 points. He shot 69 in stroke play. Howenstein edged Jackson Klutznick, Dawson School, and Oliver Jack, Kent Denver (the defending Class 3A state champion), who each totaled 38 points.

There were 107 players in the field.

Koehler said he was particularly pleased with Marquez, a sophomore who’s normally a junior-varsity player “who played well … but overall we were not bad, not bad at all. We had some decent scores. And the course was fantastic. We just had some wind later in the day. ”


Holy Family Stableford Invitational

At The Broadlands G.C., Broomfield


1. Kent Denver 108

2. Peak to Peak 102

3. Aspen  96

4. Evergreen 85

5. Grandview 83 F

6. Dawson School, Regis Jesuit 80 and Valor Christian 80

9. Holy Family 79

10. Colorado Academy 78

11. Mullen 73

12. Boulder 67

13. Monarch and Wheat Ridge 55

15. Eaton 44

16. Broomfield 34

17. Mountain Range 12



1. Billy Howenstein, Dawson School, 39

2. Jackson Klutznick, Peak to Peak, and Oliver Jack, Kent Denver, 38

4. Ian Thorpe, Peak to Peak, and Mateo Manzanares 36

6. Dominic Lanese IV 35

7. Ethan Tartaglia, Peak to Peak, and Nishant Datta, Dawson School, 33

9. Colter Zwieg and Jeffrey Zhou 32



24. Eli Marquez 27

42. Cole Resister 24

46. Joseph Long 23

53. Nic Mayhan and Jakob Dammen 22

70. Blake Good 16

77. Jakob Beckish 14


Fore, please! Mullen and in-state boys golfers now driving 

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Ready … set … go …

Mullen will join other boys golfers around the state today (Aug. 7) to officially open practice for the fall season as well as the 2017-18 school sports year.

The Mustangs, who will compete in Class 4A, will probably be anywhere from 10-12 players strong, according to coach Jerry Koehler, and are eager to begin.

“We’re excited,” Koehler said.

Any why not? The Mustangs prospects are promising. Tops is senior captain Nic Mayhan along with three interesting sophomores in Eli Marquez, Cole Reister and Sean Wallace. A year ago, Mullen finished 11th as a team behind champion Discovery Canyon, which shot a blistering 6-over-par for the tournament, held at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Aspen. Individually, Mayhan finished tied for 50th (24 over) and Wallace ended 84th (and last), although Koehler said the freshman has opportunity to grow from the experience. 

Reloading will be key.

“We lost four seniors, which is a lot for us,” the coach said.

Mullen also had a developmental team a year ago, which was comprised of players a notch below varsity and junior varsity, although they displayed enough promise to keep them within the program.

As usual, the competition in the always demanding and 5A-dominated Centennial League should be exceptional. As Koehler pointed out, seven of the league’s eight members qualified as teams for the state field.

“It’s not easy to get there (to state),” he said. “In golf, it’s a very limited field that goes … and in league, there’s not a whole lot that separates us.”

The 4A regions, Koehler added, were reshuffled from a year ago “and we’re excited. All of the teams that qualified in 4A were realigned based on geography.”

Still, the Mustangs have switched from Region 4 to Region 2 and will compete at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs in the third week of September. They expect to take on the likes of regular 4A powers such as Evergreen and Valor Christian.

The 4A state tournament will be held Oct. 2-3 at Raccoon Creek G.C. in Littleton. In fact, all three classes will be contested in the metropolitan area -- 5A will be at Common Ground G.C. in Aurora and 3A at Indian Peaks G.C. in Lafayette.

The Mustangs will have their first preseason practice in the morning (Aug. 7) at The Meadows G.C. in Littleton. First day of competition is Thursday, Aug. 10. The Mustangs will get going on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at The Broadlands G.C. in Broomfield while playing under the Stableford format.

As usual, the season will go by in a flash and aided by a cramped schedule. For example, Mullen also will be in the Bishop Machebeuf Invitational at Heather Ridge G.C. in Aurora on Aug. 16, then the first of multiple Centennial League meets on Aug. 17, this one at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora.



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Poms activity under new head coach Carrol Christmann D'Elia
Thursday, May 03, 2018


New information for poms:



Wednesday May 16, 4-6 p.m.,  Hutchison Gym

Thursday May 17, 4-6, Hutchison Gym




Wednesday May 16, immediately following the clinic.




Saturday, May 19, 9-11, Hutchison Gym


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 who has autism, 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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