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10.28.17

 

Mustangs boys wrap up XC season at state meet

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below are individual and team champions for all classes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.22.17

State Cross Country Information

When: Saturday, Oct. 28

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

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

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

Race Schedule

Class 5A Boys – 9:20 a.m.

Class 2A Girls – 10 a.m.

Class 5A Girls – 10:40 a.m.

Class 2A Boys – 11:20 p.m.

Class 4A Girls – Noon

Class 3A Boys – 12:40 p.m.

Class 4A Boys – 1:20 p.m.

Class 3A Girls – 2 p.m

10.19.17

Mullen boys headed to XC state; Maderis takes 2nd

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

No matter which teams the Mustangs trailed – they qualified.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link with full results:

http://co.milesplit.com/meets/286539/results#.WemG8VtSypr

10.14.17

Class 4A Region 1 Championships information

When: Thursday, Oct. 19

Course​ ​Opens​: Noon

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

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

Boys​ ​Race​: 3 p.m.

Girls​ ​Race​: 3:45 p.m.

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

Awards Ceremony to follow completion of scoring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10.14.17 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link to the Centennial League Championships results:

http://co.milesplit.com/meets/286997/results#.WeJYpltSypr

--- Neil H. Devlin

  

10.10.17

On the Case: Mullen runners exemplify Lasallian spirit

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

Fittingly, her name was Destiny Case.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Cardenas didn’t hesitate on her response.

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

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

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

    

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10.9.17

Centennial League Championships Information


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

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

 

Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

Results can be found here upon race completion.

 

10.7.17

Cross country breezes into Englewood’s Windjammer

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link to fill results:

http://co.milesplit.com/meets/279362/results#.Wdm2XFtSypr

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

10.3.17

Windjammer Invitational meet information

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

Race Schedule

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

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

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

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

10.3.17

Mustangs travel well at Nike Portland XC Meet

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Call it a successful road trip for Mullen cross country

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link for full results:

http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=126335#/14506

9.27.17

Mustangs runners on their way to an Oregon trail

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

And don’t forget the altitude factor.

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

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

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

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

Below is a list of Mustangs participants:

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

9.23.17

Nike Portland XC Meet information

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

9.23.17

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

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link for full individual and team results:

http://runningbears.com/2017XC/dave_sanders/index.html  

9.17.17

Dave Sanders Invitational cross country information

Location: Clement Park

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

9.15.17

Mullen’s boys fifth at Arvada West Invitational cross country

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link with full results:

http://co.milesplit.com/meets/274850/results#.WbzVi7KGOpo


9.8.17

 

Arvada West Wildcat Invitational

Friday Sept. 15

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


9.8.17

Medaris, Mullen boys ring loud at Liberty Bell

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://runningbears.com/2017XC/liberty_bell/index.html

 

9.2.17

Liberty Bell Invitational information

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

 

9.1.17

Mustangs in middle of Arapahoe Warrior Invitational

 By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link with complete results of all races:

http://runningbears.com/2017XC/arapahoe/index.html

 

8.28.17

Arapahoe Warrior Invitational information

 

Information for the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational (Sept.1), including race schedule, parking details and course map can be accessed here: http://co.milesplit.com/meets/286996/info#.WaLWY9MrJo5
 
Mullen's Varsity lineups:
Boys (4:50 p.m.): Bryce Medaris, Will Locascio, Robbie Manta, Michael Dudzic, Ryan Carrigan, Sebastian Campos and Matt Vermeyen.
 
Girls (5:10 p.m.): Madison Wainscoat, Megan Sandy, Morgan Atwell, Anna Seaman, Lizzie Blaschke, Laney Dugan and Emily Deline.
 
Transportation information: Non-varsity freshmen and sophomores, or varsity runners needing a ride will be dismissed from classes at 1:45 p.m.. Runners needing bus transport will depart Mullen at 2 p.m.


8.26.17

Cross country runners mash in the D’Evelyn Dash

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link to full results:

 
 

8.24.17

Run it! Cross country set for Saturday starting line

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

Run MXC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Mullen Cross Country Welcome Letter

Mullen Cross Country Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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

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Northglenn at Mullen will be Broncos high school game of the week
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In its final home game of the regular season, Mullen football will have an interesting partner of sorts for pregame festivities in Friday Night Lights.

The Denver Broncos.

The Mustangs’ game in Week 10 of 2017 against Northglenn in the Class 5A Mt. Cameron League will also be the Broncos high school game of the week. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., tailgating at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at de La Salle Stadium will include the Broncos Cheerleaders, Super Bowl Trophies and Children’s Hospital Colorado/Broncos giveaways. In addition, the game can be heard on iHeartRadio.

Here is a schedule:

Pictures and autographs with Broncos cheerleaders as well as Broncos alumni, 6-6:50 p.m.

Pictures with Super Bowl L Trophy, 6-7 p.m.

Children's Hospital tent giveaway before the game.

The Mustangs, 2016 league champions and state quarterfinalists, are 4-5 overall, 2-2 in league. They currently stand 13th in RPI playoff-qualifying through their considerable schedule that included games against the likes of Pomona, two-time defending 5A state champion Valor Christian, Bothell, Wash., Columbine and Fairview. Sixteen teams will be announced in the Class 5A postseason bracket on Sunday.

Northglenn is 5-4, 1-3.

 --- Neil H. Devlin

 

Parris again played on All-Academic Team in Arizona Classic in baseball
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mullen baseballer Reggie Parris recently played in the Arizona Senior Fall Classic on the All-Academic Team.

It was the second straight year Parris played in the game. He made it through his club team, Slammers Martin.

It was held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona.

In the spring, Parris helped the Mustangs to a 10-10 mark in the Class 5A Centennial League. He pitched, played 1st base and in the outfield.

In 10 pitching appearances, he was 3-2 on the mound with a 3.20 earned-run average. He also was 2-for-6 batting with 4 RBIs, according to statistics posted by the Mustangs.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Like others, Mustangs on the pitch embarrassed by U.S. Soccer failure
Thursday, October 12, 2017

I laughed as much as I was disgusted a few years ago, when U.S. Soccer suddenly decreed that promising teenagers playing the high-school game were considered as completely wasting their time and the people who ran the national pitch insisted that they switch to academy play.

It was supposed to help U.S. standing among world soccer powers.

But on Tuesday night, when the good, ol’ U.S. was unceremoniously ousted from World Cup qualifying, I had pretty much the same feelings, although laughter probably had a comfortable edge.

Not only was our country in a weak qualifying group, but the U.S. fell 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago. Not some soccer juggernaut such as Brazil or Germany or Italy, but Trinidad and Tobago.

For those of you just joining us, Trinidad and Tobago.

Mullen soccer folks can spot a joke when they see one.

“Who even knows where Trinidad and Tobago is?” Mullen senior and leading scorer Andrew Seaman wondered. “A lot of kids can’t find it on the map. I had a world report on it and had never heard of it.”

ESPN led the assault on the national program, ripping everyone from the director to the players. And why not? The sport that was supposed to sweep our country for at least the past five decades hasn’t even come close. The alleged beautiful game suddenly has an ugly following ... if anything resembling a following at all.

“I don’t think that a couple of people tweeting about it or having a theory fully covers the breadth and scope of what’s wrong,” Mullen head coach Matthew Guglielmo said.

The coach laments the lack of people of color not playing the game in this country as well as the astronomical costs of entering young players into the clubs and academies, turning it into an upper-class sport versus what is considered more of a sport for the poor across the planet.

And it’s not working.

“Something’s wrong,” Guglielmo said. “We’re trying to use a European or South American model that can’t be constructed.”

Discarding high-school soccer also is a ludicrous, he added: “It will never be the end of high-school soccer, but they haven’t done their jobs.”

Said Seaman: “I don’t get it, either. Soccer is soccer, whether you’re playing a good team or a bad team, or in club.”

And not knowing what to do with top prospects or how to develop them has been an American problem for generations. It has been underlined – the rest of the world plays real soccer; what happens in the U.S. is something else entirely.

“If my kids are studs, really good and boys, I’ll just send them to Italy or France,” Guglielmo said. “It’s not happening here. We don’t have the funding for it, it’s not on (television), people don’t care …”

Seaman termed it as “an embarrassment. We have no soccer teams and for the people who watch it’s really bad. The MLS (Major League Soccer) is, like, the laughingstock of soccer.”

And while U.S. head coach Bruce Arena was on TV attempting to deflect criticism and remain resistant to massive changeover, practically everyone else screamed for wholesale, sweeping change.

That is, if they cared., a fact U.S. Soccer officials must now consider.

“Heads have to roll everywhere,” Guglielmo said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Keep up and pay attention, or you'll fall back
Monday, October 09, 2017

The dominoes effect is under way for fall state championships.

So pay attention to the information below and try to keep up …

Beginning with Saturday’s climax of boys tennis championships, the mad dash is on for the fall postseason.

In addition to tennis, softball will have regional action on Saturday.

Keeping the train moving, on Oct. 16 the state softball pairings will be released with play from Oct. 20-21 at the Aurora Sports Park. Oct. 21 also is the day for final, regular-season play in boys soccer and volleyball, as well as 6-man football.

And on it goes … soccer pairings will be released on Sunday, Oct. 22. The field hockey title will be decided on Oct. 26. The cross country championships will be Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

More? State gymnastics from Nov. 3-4 at Thornton High. Larger-class football will end its regular season on Nov. 4. Soccer championships on Nov. 11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. And, lest we forget, winter sports will begin practice on Nov. 10. They can play for keeps on Nov. 29

The top two classes of football will decide crowns on Dec. 2 at the Broncos’ Stadium.

Busy? You bet. It’s the way of the Colorado student-athlete at this time of year.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

5 Mullen facts to know heading into state golf
Friday, September 29, 2017

Here are five facts to know about Mullen heading into Colorado’s Class 4A boys golf tournament on Monday and Tuesday:

  1. It will be contested at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton that has hosted two girls championships and one other for boys. The Mustangs got in a practice round on Friday.
  2. It will play at par-72 and about 7,000 yards. Think “Caddyshack.” “Big hitter, the Lama … l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g.”
  3. First-day Mullen tee times, all on No. 1 tee – Mario Dino, 8:30 a.m.; Thomas Hicks, 8:39; Rhett Johnson 8:48; Cole Reister, 8:57.
  4. Ground is being cleared for a new clubhouse at the course.
  5. The head professional is Pat Tait, father of Ashley Tait, a Mustang who was medalist three times in the early-to-mid-2000s. The elder Tait has been a pro for 29 years (also at The Meadows G.C.), the past 20 at Raccoon Creek.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Suddenly stating principles doesn't mask bad behavior and examples
Monday, September 25, 2017

Certainly, unless you were under a rock and missed Sunday football, you saw what happened across the NFL.

Players and others in the league refused to traditionally stand for the National Anthem. Some stayed in the locker room. Others knelt. A few displayed raised, clenched fists.

The debate rages on as to whether or not you stand with the President and his comments or if you side with the players, who also were a bit divided as to why they actually were trying to protest and if Sunday was the end of it or there would be more.

But there is zero debate about the following – even with players insisting they were concerned about making social change, they certainly did little to even hint at making a switch in their on-field antics that clearly have gotten way out of hand.

To wit (and without bothering to name names because you know who they are):

A New York Giants receiver who has been hurt and whining about his salary scored his first touchdown of the season and promptly went to all fours and pretended to defecate on the field like a K-9. Afterward, he was quoted as saying “I’m a dog.”

A Chicago defensive back had a blocked field goal fall right in between the numbers on the front of his jersey. He took off to run for what should have been an easy 71-yard touchdown, but in order to be ready to celebrate and let the crowd and world know what he did, he slowed near the 5-yard line, was caught from behind and had the ball knocked out of his hands, thereby erasing what would have been a sure score. “I thought I was in,” he said. “But, you know, obviously, I wasn’t.”

And a Denver defender, one who’s ordinarily a high-character guy, knocked down a quarterback, got up, reached out to lend a hand to help up the quarterback, then suddenly pulled back as if to say: “Psych!” He was given an unsportsmanlike penalty that helped lead to a loss.

They weren’t alone as for some reason seemingly every tackle, sack, knocked-down pass, catch, pass, rush, return, block or kick on every Sunday of every month of every season apparently needs to be “celebrated” so that players “can have fun.”

However, if the Fun Boys suddenly insist they are principled and stand together in what just recently was a more-divided NFL, and want to display a stand on something, it would be easier to take them much more seriously if their self-centered shenanigans all about I, me and mine (and their money) didn’t set such a horrid example of how to act on the field for kids, notably high-school players who frequently hang on their every action.

A bad example is a bad example and suddenly stating principles doesn't mask them.

Period.

--- Neil H. Devlin

Cherry Creek knocks off Mustangs 2-1 in Centennial softball
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mullen dropped its second consecutive Centennial League softball game on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village.

The Mustangs dipped to 7-6 overall, 0-2 in league.

“We left too many runners on base and didn’t have the timely hitting,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said.

The Mustangs stranded seven runners and didn’t back up the six-hit pitching of sophomore Marissa Sanchez, including making two throwing errors.

A very busy week awaits the Mustangs, four games in six days, three in league. On Monday, they will be at Cherokee Trail in Aurora; home against Smoky Hill on Tuesday; at Air Academy on Thursday; and home against Overland on Saturday.

“We’ve got to get some ‘W’s’, got to get it going,” Hogan said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Don't blink, the first postseason event of 2017-18 is upon us
Monday, September 18, 2017

Time flies.

Don’t argue.

Believe it or not, the postseason for 2017-18 begins Tuesday (Sept. 19). Mullen’s boys golfers will be in Colorado Springs competing in regional rounds, the step before the state tournament.

I know, I almost can’t believe it, either. But the boys golf season is short, begins in August and here we are.

It could be interesting for Mullen, perhaps right away as well as long term. The Mustangs will be sending one sophomore (Cole Reister) and three freshmen (Mario Dino, Thomas Hicks and Rhett Johnson) to the Country Club of Colorado. All have enjoyed assorted moments this season and they did well as a group by keeping within range of Centennial League powers Arapahoe and Cherry Creek.

They will be playing in Class 4A Region 2 along with members from Air Academy, Arvada, Cheyenne Mountain, D’Evelyn, Elizabeth, Green Mountain, Littleton, Mitchell, Ponderosa, Pueblo County, Standley Lake, Wheat Ridge, Valor Christian, Vista Ridge and George Washington.

And they have an opportunity to send one, two, three or all four players to the 4A championship, Oct. 2-3 at Raccoon Creek G.C. In Littleton.

So, yes, it goes by quickly.

Pay attention before you miss it.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Soccer match postponed after Silver Creek bus in an accident
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Mullen’s boys soccer home match on Friday against Longmont’s Silver Creek was postponed after an accident.

The Raptors were travelling to the match and their bus was involved in an accident, according to Mullen coach Matthew Guglielmo.

However, no injuries were reported, Guglielmo said.

A makeup date has not been announced.

The match was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.   

--- Neil H. Devlin

Mullen falls to reigning power Valor in softball
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mullen fell to three-time defending Class 4A state champion Valor Christian on Wednesday.

The Mustangs lost the road game 4-3 to fall to 1-2 on the season.

In continuing their demanding schedule – they earlier faced 4A power D’Evelyn and emerging 5A Regis Jesuit – the Mustangs also were outhit 10-7.

Jessica Haley had two of Mullen’s hits. Marissa Sanchez, a sophomore who also took the pitching loss, Cakey McKune and Tatum Maloney each drove home runs for Mullen.

Mullen next will be in action this Thursday (Aug. 31) and into the weekend in the Erie Tournament.

--- Neil H. Devlin

Boys soccer drops first match in 2017, 5-2 to JFK
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A first-half barrage was too difficult for Mullen to overcome on Monday.

The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season, 5-2 to the Denver Prep League’s John F. Kennedy.

Now 1-1-1, host Mullen was hit for five goals in the first half of the Class 4A nonleague match.

Freshman A.J. Gamueda and senior Michael Jimenez scored for the Mustangs. Junior Patrick Rooney added an assist.

Mullen will return to action on Friday, 4:30 p.m., at home against Longmont’s Silver Creek in another 4A nonleaguer.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Boys soccer ties 2-2 at Steamboat Springs
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mullen hit the road into the mountains on Saturday and earned a tie.

The Mustangs drew at host Steamboat Springs, 2-2, in their second match of the season, a Class 4A nonleaguer.

Ryan Irvine and Christian Rapp scored for Mullen, which now is 1-0-1 on the season.

The Mustangs next will see action on Monday, in their home opener, 4:30 p.m., against nearby John F. Kennedy of the Denver Prep League.

Former K/P JK Scott alive and kicking at Alabama
Friday, August 25, 2017

Remember JK Scott? The tall, lean kick/punter who starred for Mullen from 2010-13?

He has been punting since his freshman season for perennial power Alabama. In his three seasons for the Crimson Tide, the 6-foot-6, 204-pound Scott has averaged 48.0, 44.2 and 47.2 yards per punt … basically at sea level.

For his career, Scott has punted 189 times for an average of 46.3.

It may get better for the former Mustang very soon – he will remain the team’s punter, coach Nick Saban said, but it’s a possibility Scott may also combine kicking off and being the Alabama man for long field-goal attempts.

Below is a link for an interesting story – including quoting Mullen head coach Tom Thenell – on what lies ahead for Scott this season.

The story, from BAMAinsider.com, suggests Scott could save the Cromson Tide’s kicking game.

https://alabama.rivals.com/news/jk-scott-could-solve-alabama-s-kicking-problems  

 

 

Boys golfers again take 3rd in Centennial League meet
Friday, August 25, 2017

Boys golfers took third as a team and fared well individually at the second Centennial League gathering of the season.

Playing on Thursday at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course, always a tough track, the Mustangs took third in the eight-team league field. They totaled 304.

They also were third in the first match of the season, at Aurora Hills G.C.

Better yet, Mullen had two players shoot 1-over par – Mario Dino and Thomas Hicks each fired 73s. They tied for third place. Cole Reister contributed 78. Rhett Johnson shot 80 and Nic Mayhan had 88.

In junior varsity, Mullen also finished third, scoring 351. Individuals -- Sean Wallace 82, Eli Marquez 84, John Wallace 89 and Jakob Beckish 96.

Next up on the schedule – another league gathering, on Wednesday at South Suburban G.C.

 

Boys soccer wins debut, 1-0 at Vista Ridge
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mullen opened the boys soccer season on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory against Vista Ridge in Colorado Springs in nonleague.

The only score of the game came from Andrew Seaman. He was assisted by Grant Reuter.

The Mustangs next will be at Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Wednesday roundup: Boys tennis, softball earn victories
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mullen’s boys tennis opened its season on Wednesday and earned a 5-2 victory dual-match over Air Academy at the U.S. Air Force Base above Colorado Springs.

In the debut of new coach Jacob Ohrman, the Mustangs won one of three singles spots and all four doubles placings.

At No. 2 singles, Mac Caldwell won 6-0, 6-2. In doubles, J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 1; Ben Logan-Thomas Logan won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2; Charley Manta-Johnny Grow won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3; and Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart won 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1 singles, George Henry Hanzel dropped a tight one, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, and at No. 3, Dante Dino fell 6-1, 6-1.

The Mustangs will return to face the Kadets and others in the Air Academy tournament Friday-Saturday.

In softball, the Mustangs, who dropped a one-run decision to Class 4A D’Evelyn on Tuesday, came back on Wednesday and downed host Regis Jesuit 3-0. Now 1-1, Mullen plated a run in the third inning and two more in the fifth.

The Mustangs permitted only three hits. They next will be at 4A power Valor Christian on Sept. 30.

 

 

Come and support the Mustangs on Friday
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A message from the Mullen football staff:

Come out and support the Mullen Mustangs as they take on Pomona Friday, 7 p.m., at the North Area Athletic Conplex (NAAC, Hwy. 93 and 64th in Arvada).

All students who are wearing a Mullen t-shirt and have their Mullen ID get free pizza at the gate.

We will be located in the southeast corner of the stadium parking lot.  Come cheer on the 2017  MUSTANGS!!

The game will also be televised live on the NFHS network,

Boys golfers finish 11th at Cherry Creek Invitational
Monday, August 21, 2017

Mullen boys golfers finished 11th as a team in the Cherry Creek Invitational on Monday at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City.

The Mustangs totaled 236 strokes to finish 11th in a 23-team field.

There were two four-man teams for Mullen.

Mullen Blue -- Thomas Hicks 77, Eli Marquez 78, Sean Wallace 81 and Joseph Long 89.

Mullen White -- Mario Dino 78, Nic Mayhan 79, Rhett Johnson 79 and Cole Reister 82.

 

JV golfers take third place at Heather Ridge
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Competing at Heather Ridge Golf Course in the Bishop Machebeuf Invitational, Mullen players faced a par-70. It’s a tight course built in 1972 that was private, then purchased by surrounding homeowners in 2010 and turned public.

The Mustangs posted individual scores ranging from 77 to more than 110, according to head coach Jerry Koehler.

Leading the way was Eli Marquez, who also was Mullen’s top scorer earlier in the week in varsity at The Broadlands G.C. in Broomfield. He shot 9-over-par 79 and finished third. Joseph Long was fourth with 80; Blake Good 20th with 90; and Jakob Beckish 24th at 92.

The varsity will play on Thursday at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora, the first Centennial League match of the season.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Precious few days remain for summer down time, so why panic?
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

 A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N … is making them wait.

With precious few days before the widespread start of fall practice as well as the first day of school, what’s a fall student-athlete to do?

Cram for a bunch of workouts and weight-room sessions? Go for long runs or sprints? Or nab a little – and probably much-needed – down time before the beginning of a busy stretch?

These are the thoughts that must be crossing the minds of teenagers not only here, but across the country.

Call it part of the process, including growing up.

So fret not. Preseason practice (Aug. 14) soon will be here. And so will the first day of school (if they haven’t started already).

And enjoy.

 

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