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Mustangs hang on to get past Smoky Hill girls

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It had its ugly moments. They had large leads cut down twice, a lot of it by their own doing. They were playing a one-win team that was hungry and was probably overlooked.

No matter.

Mullen’s Mustangs will gladly take their 64-53 victory over Smoky Hill on Friday night at a crowded Hutchison Fieldhouse. It improved the Mustangs’ record to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the Centennial League. In fact, they’re quite happy to have it.

“We’ll take it,” Mustangs head coach Frank Cawley said.

So will freshman guard Megan Pohs: “It’s another win in this league for us.”

Twice, Mullen, which was coming off a 77-46 pasting at home by Cherry Creek, had early leads, only to have the no-quit and scrappy (Buffaloes 1-12, 0-4) rally back. Mullen led 10-2 early and enjoyed a 15-4 run in the second quarter for separation before the Buffaloes kept clawing back.

Ultimately, Pohs was 6-of-6 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and Alexa Dominguez scored 10 of her 14 points after halftime to help seal it.

Cawley said senior Melicia Robles, a key leader with actual experience and a stabilizing presence, didn’t play after suffering a recent injury and he frequently had five freshmen on the floor. However, he said his team can’t afford to take anyone lightly, although the way it hung in there against a very hungry foe was uplifting.

“We’re getting better, we keep getting better and I think we entered this game a little bit over-confident,” he said. “It’s a good lesson learned that we have to play every night in this league.”

As for something that he said “has bugged me” all season, the Mustangs once again hit shots early, then went kind of cold.

“We’re creating them,” he said, “and we’re getting good looks … we just have to win enough games to get into the (Class 4A) playoffs.”

Pohs said “we kind of ran out of gas. I don’t think we expected (the Buffs) to come out as hard as they did. But we made enough plays to win.”

The scoring was somewhat spread for Mullen. Pohs had a game-high 24 points. In addition to Dominguez, Elaina Martinez added 13 and Illiana Perez added seven.

The Mustangs will be idle until Wednesday, when they will be on the road at Cherokee Trail (3-8, 1-2) in Aurora for another Centennial matchup.

 

MULLEN 64, SMOKY HILL 53

Smoky Hill 10 15 16 12 – 53

Mullen 17 1716 14 — 64

Smoky Hill – Givens 8 1-4 20, Gibson 1 4-6 6, Ekiko 4 4-4 12, Lindsey 4 1-3 9, Houcks 0 0-0 0, Grambusch 1 0-0 3, Hernandez 1 1-3 3, Schlagel 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 11-20 53.

Mullen – Pohs 7 6-6 24, Martinez 5 1-4 13, Dominguez 7 0-0 14, Robles 3 1-3 9, Elges 1 0-0 2, Medina 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0 1-2 1, Oswald 0 0-0 0, Eidenmueller 0 0-0 0, Loukopolous 0 0-0 0, Webster 0 3-4 3. Totals 23 12-19 64.

3-pt. goals – Givens 3, Grambusch; Pohs 4, Martinez 2. Fouled out – Elges.

 

Mustangs girls look sharp, romp over Eaglecrest

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

CENTENNIAL -- Don’t look now, but Mullen’s girls basketball is growing up like head coach Frank Cawley promised it would.

On Saturday evening, the Mustangs ran to a 53-30 victory over host Eaglecrest in the Centennial League. They won their fourth game in six outings after an 0-5 start. Now 1-1 in league, they appear to be different players in terms of experience, handing pressure, defending and creating offense, most of it fueld by confidence.

“At the beginning,” freshman guard Megan Pohs said, “we were really inexperienced. But our freshman and seniors are coming together, they’re helping us and we’re just playing together.”

With three ninth-grade starters and only two seniors who are on the roster, Mullen is evolving like Cawley hoped it would.

“We’re getting better,” he said. “They have started to figure out their roles and it has been fun. And there’s going to be more fun.”

The Mustangs, who opened league play on Thursday with a 66-58 setback at Arapahoe in which Cawley said “we kind of ran out of gas,” trailed Eaglecrest 2-0, then simply took over play at both ends.

Pohs, who tied with junior Iliana Perez for team-high scoring honors with 15 points, scored eight in the first quarter as the Mustangs ran to an 18-9 lead over the Raptors, now also 4-7, but 0-2 in league. A 19-4 run in the third quarter sealed victory and contributions seemed to come from all who took the floor, including Alexa Dominguez (10 points), Elaina Martinez, Melicia Robles, Jordyn Medina, Lauren Eidenmueller.

The Mustangs also had success defending and rebounding, and, as Pohs added, “we’re doing it with transition. We’re getting better at it.”

Next for Mullen is a home game on Wednesday against Cherry Creek, which is 6-3 overall, including two blowout league victories, most recently 70-34 over Overland.

There is a lot of basketball in front of the Mustangs and Cawley said he’s confident that they are digesting it, learning it and asking for more.

“We’re getting better and there’s so much more for us to get better,” he said. “I like our ability to be resilient and improve.”

 

MULLEN 53, EAGLECREST 30

Mullen 18 9 19 7 -- 53  

Eaglecrest 9 9 4 8 – 30

Mullen – Pohs 6 0-0 15, Martinez 1 0-1 3, Dominguez 5 0-0 10, Perez 6 3-6 15, Robles 2 0-0 4, Elges 0 0-0 0, Medina 1 0-0 2, Oswald 0 0-2 0, Eidenmueller 2 0-0 4, Oates-Stamm 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 3-9 53.

Eaglecrest – Turner 0 0-0 0, Stoner 3 0-3 7, Unrein 2 0-0 4, Blethen 2 0-6 4, Dixon 1 1-7 3, Thornton 2 0-0 4, Myles 2 0-0 5, Sandoval-Jimenez 1 1-1 3, Malsom 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 2-17 30.

3-pt. goals – Pohs 3, Martinez; Myles, Stoner.

Mustangs halt Heritage, head into league at 3-6

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It has been less than a month, but younger, inexperienced Mullen girls basketballers have grown up, matured and attained an understanding of Class 5A play.

Case in point: The Mustangs faced a hungry and winless Heritage on Thursday night, withstood a variety of moves and came out with a hard-earned 57-43 nonleague victory at Hutchison Fieldhouse. And it was complete with protecting the lead, handling Eagles runs, making big free throws and finding a way to win.

Mullen won its third game over the past four after beginning the season 0-5. Heritage, from the high-end Continental League, is an unusual 0-9.  

“Yes, we have,” Mustangs freshman guard Megan Pohs said when asked if she thought her team has come a long way since a disappointing start to 2017-18.

And after Heritage cut the Mullen lead that reached 12 points and was whittled to two three times, Pohs said “we decided to slow down the pace because we were really rushing it. We slowed it down and looked at our options.”

They included going 8-for-8 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, when she scored 10 of her 14 points. Elaina Martinez, another freshman, also scored 14 points, notably a big 3-pointer down the stretch. And junior Illiana Perez led all scorers with 18 points, nine in the second quarter as Mullen built a 26-14 lead.

“Illiana played very well and got us a lot of offense,” head coach Frank Cawley said.

It was needed – the Mustangs made only 2-of-10 free throws in the first half.

“We got to the line,” Cawley said. “We played Palmer (on Tuesday) and (the Terrors) shot 24 free throws and we shot seven. And the assumption I had that we were going to make them (Thursday).”

Overall, Cawley said, “we struggle and it’s just a sign of our maturity. But we’re getting better. We struggled against (the Heritage) zone a bit, but figured it out.”  

Cawley, too, refused to panic when Heritage got close, passing on calling timeout and instead allowing the Mustangs opportunity to find a way to win – "and they did,” he said.

“Yeah,” Pohs said, “we definitely have our confidence. We have confidence that we can and have ever since our first win.”

Mullen enters the holiday break having completed its nonleague schedule. Next up: 14 games in the Centennial League, home-and-away against Arapahoe, Cherry Creek, Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill. First, and after three allowed practices next week, is a 7 p.m. tip-off in Centennial at Arapahoe on Jan. 4.

Cawley simply hopes what his team accomplished in December can carry over for the rest of the season. And it has to come from several players.

“It’s going to be a cast of all us,” the coach said. “Everyone’s got to get going, to step up at a different time, there’s no question.”

 

MULLEN 57, HERITAGE 43

Heritage 8 6 20 9 – 43

Mullen 10 16 10 21 – 57

Heritage – Burke 2 1-2 6, Schmuhl 4 2-3 10, Sears 2 3-6 7, Burrow 2 3-4 7, Coyne 1 1-2 3, Wekesser 0 0-0 0, Jost 3 0-0 8, Watkins 0 0-0 0, Stephens 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 10-17 43.

Mullen – Pohs 3 8-10 14, Martinez 4 3-6 14, A. Dominguez 1 0-3 2, Perez 7 2-6 18, Elges 0 0-0 0, Robles 2 0-0 4, Medina 0 0-0 0, Loukopoulos 0 0-0 0, Oswald 0 0-0 0, Eidenmueller 2 1-2 5, Hawkins 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 14-29 57 .

3-pt.goals – Jost 2, Burke; Martinez 3, Perez 2.

 

Mustangs girls nab 2nd victory, crush Terrors

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It finally happened. Mullen girls hit a bunch of shots from the perimeter and enjoyed a run-away victory.

The Mustangs blew out host Palmer 73-48 in downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday night, upping their mark in Class 5A nonleague play to 2-6. The Terrors, under longtime coach Dave Shackelford, are 3-7.

Freshman Elaina Martinez had a breakout game. She led all scorers with a season-high 23 points and made five of Mullen’s seven 3-pointers. Fellow freshman Megan Pohs, who also was due, made the team’s other two 3-pointers and had 14 points.

This one was never in doubt. The Mustangs led 19-8 after a quarter and 42-20 at halftime.

Eleven Mustangs scored and it didn’t matter that they attempted only seven free throws – compared to 24 for the Terrors – and made four.

Mullen will have one more outing before the holiday break, on Thursday at home at Hutchison Fieldhouse, 7 p.m., against Littleton’s Heritage.

The Mustangs will open Centennial League play next month, on Jan. 4 at home against Arapahoe.

Defending 4A champ easily handles Mustangs

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Running into the defending state champion usually isn’t easy.

And it certainly wasn’t for Mullen the past Friday night.

The Mustangs travelled to Evergreen, the 2017 Class 4A girls basketball winner, and were routed. The Cougars rolled to a 67-34 no-doubter in nonleague.

Mullen, coming off its first victory, dipped to 1-6. Evergreen is 6-1.

Evergreen took command early and often, and held it. The Cougars led 20-6 at halftime, 30-20 at halftime. A 21-4 start to the second half sealed it.

The Cougars’ Claudia Dillon was simply too much. She’s listed at 6-foot-2, but plays like she’s much taller and longer. The Mustangs had success against the junior in volleyball the past month – she’s committed to Missouri – when they downed Evergreen in regionals while advancing to state, but she rolled to 32 points on 15-of-22 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots.

No Mustang was able to attain double-figure scoring. Senior Lauren Eidenmueller was tops with nine points.

In addition, Mullen didn’t get to the free-throw line much, shooting just 1-of-3.

The Mustangs will have two games this week before the holiday break. On Tuesday, they will be in Colorado Springs to take on Palmer, 5:30 p.m., then will be at Hutchison Fieldhouse on Thursday, 5:30 p.m., to host Littleton’s Heritage. Both are in nonleague.

Mustangs girls on the board, down Green Mountain

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

LAKEWOOD – Whew!

Call it relief. As if a giant weight has been lifted off their narrow shoulders. And no need to dial an analyst or psychiatrist.

They knew they could do it all along … it’s just that they had to get that first one.

And they did on Wednesday night as Mullen’s Mustangs won their first girls basketball game of the season, 48-33 on the road at Green Mountain in Class 4A nonleague. They had dropped their first five games and Green Mountain now is 1-6, but victory is an individual taste, a delicacy savored, notably by those who crave it.

And believe it, the Mustangs craved it.

“It’s a great relief, it’s a great relief,” Mullen head coach Frank Cawley said. “They’ve earned it, worked hard and to finally get a win is huge. They’ve come a long way.”

Said freshman Elaina Martinez, who topped the team with 12 points: “Yeah, for sure, it’s honestly one of the best feelings ever after coming off five losses. It was perfect.”

Maybe not perfect, but certainly gratifying – the Mustangs scored the game’s first basket, quickly fell behind 6-2, then reeled off 17 consecutive points to take command.

Indeed, the Rams made a couple of runs. particularly in the second quarter, but Mullen weathered any Rams moves to cut into the deficit and came up with a series of answers. The first came after halftime as Jefferson County’s Green Mountain climbed within 25-19.

“We let them back in it in the second quarter, but we gave (our team) a pretty good tongue-lashing at halftime and we came out with a little bit more intensity, which I was impressed with,” Cawley said.

Illiana Perez came off the bench and made two 3-pointers, Martinez had two baskets and Melicia Robles added another as Mullen retook command. It led 39-25 entering the fourth quarter, implemented a `delay game and kept the Rams chasing.

“We were sick of losing and started working as a team as five and not one anymore,” Martinez said. “There definitely wasn’t any doubt. We all knew we could win hopefully, we can get on with it.”

In addition to Martinez, Perez and Robles, Lauren Eidenmueller, Makenna Elges and Alexa Dominguez helped keep the Mustangs rolling.

“Now,” Cawley said, “they know they can get one.”

Mullen resumes action on Friday night and it will be challenging – the Mustangs will be at defending 4A state champion Evergreen, tip-off at 7 p.m.

 

MULLEN 48, GREEN MOUNTAIN 33

Mullen 19 6 14 9 – 48

Green Mountain 6 13 6 8 – 33

Mullen – Pohs 1 1-2 3, Martinez 3 5-6 12, A. Dominguez 1 2-4 4, Robles 3 0-0 7, Eidenmueller 3 0-0 6, Elges 2 0-0 4, Perez 4 0-1 10, Loukopoulus 0 0-0 0, Medina 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 1 0-0 2, Oates-Stamm 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8-13 48.

Green Mountain – Hapke 3 0-0 9, Ransom 0 0-0 0, Antrillo 3 0-0 9, Schell 0 1-2 1, Hank 2 5-8 9, Shoemaker 0 0-0 0, Klocek 0 0-2 0, Phillips 0 0-0 0, West 0 0-0 0, Pietro 2 1-3 5. Totals 10 7-15 33.

3-pt. goals – Martinez, Perez, Robles; Antrillo 3, Hapke 3.  

Mustangs drop 5th straight, fall to Holy Family

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

BROOMFIELD – For a half it looked good. Very good. Mullen was playing its best basketball of the early season on the road against an always good Holy Family.

Was the Mustangs’ first victory within reach?

Ultimately, no.

The Tigers took immediate control in the third quarter and rolled to a 59-42 Class 4A nonleague victory, sending Mullen to its fifth consecutive loss. The Mustangs had a new look in starting four freshmen, but were handled late.

Holy Family, which beat defending 4A state champion Evergreen 58-54 on Thursday, overcame its early woes of turnover trouble and missed shots, and rode a 29-point performance by senior Izzy Hren.

“The whole first half, I was impressed,” Mullen head coach Frank Cawley said.

And, sure, he added, he expected a second-half move by the Tigers, but perhaps not as quickly or as thorough. “We talked about a run at halftime and No. 20 (Hren) was amazing,” he said.

As for changing his starting lineup, Cawley said, a change was in order “and we started four freshmen. We’re trying to get quicker. We need to get faster. We can’t play a slow-down-type of game. We can’t do it.”

As it was, both teams experienced early trouble handling the ball and Holy Family, now 3-1 and the program that knocked the Mustangs out of the past season’s playoffs, earned a four-point lead.

However, the Mustangs, suddenly offered their best play of the season over the next 8 minutes. They shot it well (7-of-10), defended and rebounded against taller opponents. At half, they led 27-21 off an 18-8 binge and appeared in control. Megan Pohs, Elaina Martinez, Melicia Robles and Makenna Elges, one of the two other freshmen promoted to starter, sparked the offense.  

And then the bottom fell out of the Mustangs.

“We were told they would go on a run, but we didn’t know it would be that big of a run, I guess,” Pohs said. “It was like we got punched in the face. I thought we got a little over-happy and kind of lost it from there.”

Mullen made only three of its next 16 shots in the second half in hitting the wall – Holy Family outscored the Mustangs 38-15 after half.

Holy Family coach Ron Rossi said he wasn’t pleased with his team’s first-half effort and felt it necessary to make that clear. He sensed the Mustangs were hungry and decided to grab his players’ attention.

“It was dull and embarrassing, just because we did not play to our level; we played to our opponents’ level,” he said. “Mullen came out and played really well, shot the ball well and found holes in our zone. When you play someone like Evergreen and beat the No. 1 team, I think we did not respect Mullen well enough.”

Pohs said she and her teammates “just brought the intensity. We had a feeling we could win.”

Cawley remains unfazed. “We’ll get there,” he said.

Elges, who was joined in the new starting lineup by Alexa Dominguez, led Mullen with 11 points, all in the first half. It was indicative. The Mustangs managed a series of good looks, but shot 6-of-26 over the final two quarters.

Next up: At Green Mountain, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

HOLY FAMILY 59, MULLEN 42

Mullen 9 18 5 10 -- 42

Holy Family 13 8 14 24 – 59

Mullen – Pohs 2 0-0 5, Martinez 3 0-0 8, A. Dominguez 2 0-0 4, Robles 3 0-0 6, Elges 5 0-0 11, Eidenmueller 0 0-0 0, Perez 0 2-2 2, Loukopoulos 1 2-2 4, Oswald 0 0-0 0, B. Dominguez 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 4-4 42.

Holy Family – McKenzie 4 0-0 9, Hren 12 1-1 29, Giltner 0 0-0 0, Am. Ward 0 0-0 0, Pittenger 2 0-0 4, Gudino 1 0-0 2, Thomas 3 2-2 10, Aanerud 2 1-1 5, Gardon 0 0-0 0, As. Ward 0 0-0 0, Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 4-4 59.

3-pt. goals – Martinez 2, Elges, Pohs; Hren 4, Thomas 2, McKenzie.

 

Young Mustangs rolled by Regis Jesuit 75-31

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The learning experience continues for Mullen.

As for Tuesday night’s latest lesson? Parochial-rival Regis Jesuit is very good, very experienced, very tall  and not unlike most of the Mustangs’ competition to date.

And they knew it.

The Class 5A-contending Raiders ran over, around and through Mullen 75-31 in nonleague at Hutchison Fieldhouse for a fourth consecutive loss to open the season. The Mustangs also came under the new mercy rule – once a lead in the fourth quarter reaches 35 points, it’s a running clock.

However, the Mustangs, who dropped three games in the Castle View-ThunderRidge Tip-Off Tournament last week, didn’t run away. No, head coach Frank Cawley said, his girls hung in there and dealt with it.

“Absolutely,” he said. “(The Raiders) are very good and bigger and more physical than we are. But I was impressed with how we played in the first quarter and into the second quarter. We played tough and we couldn’t get a foul inside.”

Conversely, Regis Jesuit, now 3-2 after a 2-2 road trip in San Diego, basically did whatever it wanted, notably inside, enjoying a definitive height advantage headed by touted junior Francesca Belibi. While she was fairly quiet, her team-high 15 points led the Raiders, who also clamped down on the Mustangs with a full-court press, assorted traps and pressure out front.

Elaina Martinez, one of four freshmen on the Mullen roster and one of 10 underclassmen, knew what was going on and said she tried to make the best of it.

“It was tough,” she said, “but at least we had some positive energy throughout the game. And I think that really helped us.”

Martinez made four 3-pointers for 12 points, or nearly half of her team’s total, to top the Mustangs, who were instructed by Cawley to fire away from the perimeter. It seemed to be the practical approach.

“The game plan was to get shots up,” he said. “We don’t have the post presence to take it inside against a team like that. (The Raiders) just keep running in another big, another big … we don’t have that.”

But what they do have are wide-eyed players willing to learn and ravenously hungry for a victory. Martinez said she and her teammates, who had a surge early in the second quarter to get back within 10 points before the Raiders retook control, ”are learning and I think it will be good for our junior and senior years, for sure. I think it will be good. We understand how it is.”

The Mustangs will go again on Saturday, a meeting with regular 4A power Holy Family in Broomfield. It was originally scheduled for noon, then switched to 1 p.m., then moved again to 4 p.m. because of SAT testing.

“The energy was good and the intensity was good, even when we had the running clock,” Cawley said. “We kept playing and they’re getting better. I told them just now, ‘We are better than our first game.’”

 

REGIS JESUIT 75, MULLEN 31

Regis Jesuit 18 25 16 16 – 75

Mullen 3 9 7 12 – 31

Regis Jesuit – Belibi 7 1-3 15, Vansickle 3 2-2 9, S. Weigand 3 1-1 7, Moore 5 2-3 13, Cahill 1 1-2 3, Gaines 3 2-2 9, Ayers 2 2-2 6, Jones 6 0-1 13, G. Weigand 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 10-15 75.

Mullen – Pohs 1 1-2 4, Martinez 4 0-0 12, Perez 1 0-0 3, Robles 1 1-2 3, Eidenmueller 2 0-0 6, Oswald 0 1-2 1, Elges 1 0-0 2, Loukopoulos 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0 0-2 0, B. Dominguez 0 0-0 0, A. Dominguez 0 0-0 0, Medina 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 3-8 31.

3-pt. goals – Gaines, Jones, Moore, S. Weigand, Vansickle; Martinez 4, Eidenmueller 2, Perez, Pohs.

 

Grand Junction drops Mustangs girls to 0-2

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

CASTLE ROCK – That’s two games and two losses.

But Mullen refuses to get down. A 41-30 setback on Friday night to Grand Junction in the second round of the Castle View-ThunderRidge Tip-Off Tournament obviously tempted the Mustangs’ feelings, although they won’t take the bait.

“We’re learning, we just need to make sure we don’t get depressed,” Mustangs head coach Frank Cawley said. “These are brand-new kids together.”

The Mustangs’ inexperience is showing and they expected it to – Grand Junction (1-1) took advantage, grabbed control in the second half and outlasted them.

The Tigers cruised to a 9-0 lead, weathered a Mullen move and used their height and experience to limit the Mustangs to single-digit scoring in each of the game’s final three corners. Mackenzie Younker and Faith Buckley, a couple of 6-footers, not coincidently led the Tigers in scoring with 11 points each.

“They were big and extremely well-coached,” Cawley said of the Tigers. “They knew where our weaknesses were and took advantage of them.”

Said Mustangs junior Illiana Perez: “I think it was just us being pretty young. That team has played a lot together and us being pretty young it was very difficult for us. And our big person (senior Noelle Van Horn) is out with a back injury.”

The shorter Mustangs also struggled under the boards. In addition, other than junior Demitra Loukopoulos’ team-high 12 points, no one else reached double figures and shooting was an issue. Mullen finished 11-of-52 from the floor.

And they couldn’t answer when Grand Junction regained the lead and build on it.

“We missed our first couple of shots and the jitters started,” Cawley said. “Teams are going to make runs and we made one, then they made one … and we won’t be 0-2 down the road. We’ll get there. I’m confident about it.”

Perez agreed.

“We take a lot of time (shooting) in practice, but you have those days where you’re on or off,” she said. “We’re not at all discouraged. We just move on to the next game head first.”

The Mustangs will complete the tournament on Saturday morning against ThunderRidge.

 

GRAND JUNCTION 41, MULLEN 30

Mullen 10 5 6 9 – 30

Grand Junction 10 7 11 13 – 41

Mullen – Martinez 1 0-0 3, Perez 0 1-2 1, Pohs 2 0-0 5, Eidenmueller 3 0-0 7, Robles 0 0-0 0, Loukopoulus 4 0-0 12, Oswald 1 1-2 3, B. Dominguez 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Elges 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-4 30.

Grand Junction – Younker 4 3-4 11, Olkowski 2 0-0 5, Deters 0 2-4 2, Paradiso 2 0-0 5, Rubalcaba 2 3-4 7, Laffler 0 0-0 0, Buckley 2 7-9 11, Hutto 0 0-0 0, Leatherman 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 15-21 41.

3-pt. goals – Loukopoulus 3, Eidenmueller, Martinez, Perez; Olkowski, Paradiso.

 

 

Mullen girls drop opener 55-47 to Broomfield

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

CASTLE ROCK – It was a loss, but it told a story. And not a bad one.

“The little kids just got a little scared and they have to grow up,” Mullen head girls basketball coach Frank Cawley said.

On Thursday night, the Mustangs’ season debut resulted in a 55-47 setback to Broomfield in the opening round of the Castle View-ThunderRidge Tip-Off Tournament. But Cawley liked a lot of what he saw from a lot of inexperinced players.

“They played hard, really hard, and I’m really proud of them,” he said.

And for a team that lacks height, Cawley said, “we held our own on the boards.”

Broomfield, a longtime state power and again expected to challenge in Class 5A, gradually took control in the third quarter with a 15-4 scoring advantage. Behind Steph Peterson, a very game junior and a guard Cawley termed “a very good player,” the Eagles’ binge was added by the Mustangs’ sudden inability to connect from the perimeter. They went cold.

After hitting their first two shots and 6-of-9 in the first quarter, 4A Mullen bolted to a 14-7 lead. It also owned a 29-26 lead at half in finishing 12-of-24 through 16 minutes.

However, Mullen made only 6-of-29 field-goal attempts down the stretch and even a 14-14 scoring draw over the final 8 minutes wasn’t enough, although it made for some tense Eagles’ moments.

Nine Mustangs scored, headed by Lauren Eidenmueller’s 10 points. Demitra Loukopoulus came off the bench for nine points, and Elaina Martinez and Illiana Perez each contributed six.

Some lapses when guarding on the perimeter and down low in addition to being beaten down the floor a few times also hurt the Mustangs and Cawley said “we were trying to change some defenses and all it takes is one person to not get the call … but we got a lot of good likes, got a lot of good shots and they just didn’t go in. We’ll be OK.”

The Mustangs next will play on Friday, 5:30 p.m., at Castle View against Grand Junction. The host SaberCats beat the Western Slope Tigers 53-29.

 

BROOMFIELD 55, MULLEN 47

Mullen 14 15 4 14 – 47

Broomfield 7 19 15 14 – 55

Mullen – Eidenmueller 5 0-0 10, Martinez 3 0-0 6, Perez 2 1-2 6, Pohs 2 0-0 5, Robles 1 0-0 2, Oswald 2 1-2 5, Elges 1 0-0 2, Loukopoulos 3 2-2 9, Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Medina 0 0-0 0, A. Dominguez 0 2-2 2, B. Dominguez 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-8 47.

Broomfield – Peterson 9 8-11 28, Keeler 3 0-0 6, Wristen 0 1-2 1, Hoffman 4 1-1 9, Pennington 3 0-2 7, Young 0 0-0 0, Belton 0 0-0 0, Putsch 1 0-0 2, Felknor 0 0-0 0, Antonopolous 0 0-0 0, Burgesser 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 10-16 55.

3-pt. goals – Martinez 2, Loukopoulus, Perez, Pohs; Keeler 2, Pennington.

Girls basketballers young, inexperienced … and interesting

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Girls basketball at Mullen in 2017-18 promises to be fresh, as in freshman.

Ninth-graders will dominate this season’s roster.

For sure, head coach Frank Cawley has some interesting upperclassmen, “but then we get into a boatload of freshman. We’ll have 10 freshmen playing up in junior varsity and varsity. It’s a very talented freshman class, but they’re freshmen.”

The Mustangs, 12-13 overall a year ago and 7-7 in the Centennial League, began and ended their season with Broomfield’s Holy Family. They opened with a home victory and finished with a road loss in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Returning are Noelle Van Horn, a talented 6-foot senior battling a serious back problem; senior Lauren Eidenmueller (5-9), who missed most of the past season with a knee injury; and junior Iliana Perez (5-7).

And after that, Cawley said, “then we get into a boatload of freshman.”

It will be challenging, he said. “and I like how talented we are. I really like our talent base. It’s probably the most-talented freshmen and sophomore group we’ve had in a long time. I‘m concerned about our experience and concerned about our rebounding. We’re not very big. And we’re really young. We will take our lumps, but our kids are mentally tough, and we could be OK. We could start anywhere from two-to-three freshmen.”

Plus, increased program numbers bod well – Cawley said he has 52 players, good enough for four teams, a situation not many other schools can realize.

The Mustangs, who also will face a considerable schedule, will open on the road on Nov. 30, in the ThunderRidge Tournament in Highlands Ranch.  Their first home game will Dec. 5 against parochial-rival Regis Jesuit on Dec. 5. And there will be a matchup against defending Class 4A state champion Evergreen, away on Dec. 15.

Mullen will open Centennial League play at home on Jan. 4 against Arapahoe.

The regular season will end on Feb. 17. The 4A state-playoff bracket will be relased on Feb. 18.

In addition to Evergreen, Valor Christian and assorted Pueblo schools. Cawley said, should be in the top of the 4A mix.

“And I like where we are,” he said.

 

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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 www.colochsa.org.

--- 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:

Thursday

Thompson Valley vs. Pomona, 7 p.m.

Friday

 Pomona vs. Mullen, 7 p.m.

Saturday

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.

 

Football

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.

 

Softball

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.

 

Volleyball

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

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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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Head Coach 
Frank Cawley

Varsity Assistants
Bob O'Hare
Kirsten Hess

Junior Varsity Coach
Abby Neff

Sophomore Head Coach
Julie Metcalf

Freshman Head Coach 
Matt Degitis

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