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6 ‘Stangs named to girls lacrosse postseason team

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Six Mullen Mustangs were named to the all-state team by the Colorado Girls Lacrosse Association.

The Mustangs, who finished 8-7 overall in the first year under new coach Melynda Brown, and 4-3 in the Centennial League, had junior Emma Johnson named to the first team. She scored 24 goals and added six assists before suffering an injury late in the season.

The second team had freshmen Elise Bialecki and Molly Gilbert. Bialecki had 23 goals and 11 assists, and Gilbert a team-leading 35 goals and 12 helpers. Both players surged late in the season to pick up the scoring after Johnson was sidelined.

Captain and defender Mary Oancia, a senior; Gabby Rueth, a junior defender; and goalie Izzy Cisneros, another junior, were named honorable mention.

Johnson, Bialecki and Gilbert also recently played in the all-league game.


Girls lacrosse ends season with 10-4 loss at Kent

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In wrapping up its girls lacrosse season, Mullen fell 10-4 to host Kent Denver in Cherry Hills Village on Monday.

The nonleague loss dropped the Mustangs to 8-7. They also finished 4-3 in the Centennial League under first-year coach Melynda Brown. In ending 20th in RPI qualifying, Mullen also finished out of the playoff race.

Freshmen Molly Gilbert and Elise Bialecki handled the goal-scoring for Mullen. Gilbert had three and Bialecki one. Junior goalie Izzy Cisneros faced 22 shots on goal.

Mullen had 11 shots on goal.

The high point of the season for the Mustangs, who battled a lot of injuries, was their stretch from mid-to-late April, when they went 5-0, 3-0 in league.

Gilbert was the team’s leading scorer with 35 goals. Kelsey Weber and junior Emerson Johnson, who went down with a knee injury, each ended with 24. Bialecki had 23.

The Mustangs lose only three seniors for next season.

Effort, execution lack in 14-7 home loss to Grandview

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Ultimately, it turned a bit ugly, lacked effort and they probably squandered what hope they had to make the postseason bracket.

No, it didn’t happen.

“We were flat,” Mullen freshman Molly Gilbert said as the Mustangs were handled 14-7 by Grandview at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium. And she was being polite.

Head coach Melynda Brown wasn’t.

“No, no,” she said. “Not this kind of effort. We could have won this. We played flat and at the end of the day that’s all that matters. We played flat.”

The Mustangs, in falling to 8-6 overall and having completed their league schedule at 4-3, had issues, Brown said.

“Draw controls were a huge issue, not having any leadership on attack was a huge issue … problems,” Brown said. “We were all playing really individually.”

Said Gilbert: “I think we were all off our game a little bit. I don’t know what happened ... I feel like our heart wasn’t into it.”

Particularly late – the two teams (Grandview is 10-3, 4-2) began by trading goals before the Wolves grabbed a 6-4 halftime. But then it happened. Grandview ran away as Mullen, which also had problems on ground balls, faded.

Gilbert scored four times and Elise Bialecki added three, but that was it. Grandview entered the game No. 9 in RPI qualifying and Mullen 20th. The Mustangs may climb a hair, but the loss hurt. And the season finale will be Monday, April 30, at Kent Denver.

“At the end of the day, we had four freshmen playing their butts off,” Brown said. “We can’t have this kind of effort.”



Grandview  6  8  --  14

Mullen   4   3  --  7

Goals – Mullen, Molly Gilbert 4, Elise Bialecki 3; Grandview, Dani Armitage 4, Mandy Brockamp 3, Megan Matthews 3, Holly Crawford 2, Sydney Pfefer, Kylie Thompson.

‘Stangs win big, move to 7-5 on season

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s termed in sports parlance as a laugher, a one-sided affair that happens in every sport in every season.

Still, Mullen girls lacrosse coach Melynda Brown said, “we used it to get better.”

And they did – the Mustangs were dominant, worked on a few things on Monday night and got contributions from multiple players in an 18-3 whipping of visiting Thompson Valley in nonleague at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium.

There were season-highs for Mullen, now 7-5 overall – it was its fourth consecutive victory, is two games above .500 and generated some 30 shots, large for a team that has had bouts of being offensively challenged. They also had the Loveland-based Eagles under the 10-goal mercy rule before halftime.

Plus, the banged-up Mustangs, who still have several players sidelined with injuries, welcomed back freshman Elise Bialecki.

“Coming back from a concussion and playing for the first time in a week, it was kind of scary to go back out there,” she said.

A midfielder, Bialecki said she got checked in the head against Grand Junction, but showed her gratitude upon returning against the Eagles (1-10) with a team-high five goals. Molly Gilbert and Kate Kilroy each added three goals.

Megan Fenwick, Mary Oancia and Kelsey Weber scored two goals apiece, and Olivia Moreno had one. Izzy Cisneros handled the bulk of the time in goal before being relieved by Cierra Jeffries.

It wasn’t all domination, Brown said, as “yes, (the Eagles) had spurts we weren’t ready for, so we took a timeout and we changed it. They came out harder in the second half and we weren’t prepared for it, so we adjusted our game and it was better.

“We put in a new offense today and it was a great opportunity for us to get better as a whole, and I think we did. We worked on something new.”

The Mustangs will be at Overland in league play on Wednesday, 4 p.m., then have a Friday date for another league game at home against Grandview, 6 p.m., one that Brown termed as “going to be kind of our make-or-break for the season.”



Thompson Valley 1  2 – 3

Mullen           11   7  --  18

Mullen Goals – Elise Bialecki 5, Molly Gilbert and Kate Kilroy 3, Megan Fenwick, Mary Oancia and Kelsey Weber 2, Olivia Moreno.

Mullen Assists – Kelsey Weber 2, Grace Archibald, Molly Gilbert.

Mullen Goalies -- Izzy Cisneros, Cierra Jeffries.

Victory over Cherokee Trail boosts winning record

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It was a tale of two halves … and Mullen certainly enjoyed the second much better.

Almost like a switch that was flipped to the on position, the Mustangs rallied down the stretch to handle visiting Cherokee Trail 9-3 on a wet, cold and cloudy Friday night in Centennial League play at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Feld at De La Salle Stadium.

The Mustangs moved to 6-5 overall, the first time this season over .500 for the first-year, Melynda Brown-coached team. And likewise for Mullen in league at 3-2.

Trailing 3-2 at halftime after scoring the game’s first two goals, the Mustangs went on a 7-0 tear, led by freshman Molly Gilbert, who scored three of her four goals in the second half.

“After halftime, we were really mad that (the Cougars, now 4-5, 2-2) were up by one,” Gilbert said. “But we just came out, like, blazing and did a really good job.”

Cherokee Trail could not answer as Mullen picked it up, even without leading scorer Emerson Johnson, who missed her third consecutive game with a knee injury, a bone bruise that has produced swelling and will take time to heal.

“We need a new leader on the attack side, so I just tried to get in there and pick it up,” Gilbert said.

Color Brown as pleased: “It was awesome and it was our first game that we fought from behind and won. It shows something about our girls’ performances after all of our injuries.”

Some seven Mustangs remain sidelined with assorted injuries.

However, Grace Archibald, Kate Kilroy and Kelsey Weber also found the back of the net and Gilbert, Weber and Sydney Bullen led the charge with assists. Izzy Cisneros enjoyed good defense in front of her while in goal and made seven saves.

“It was a good team win and we needed it,” Brown said. “I’m pleased and we’re working on getting better every day.”

Four matches remain in the regular season for the Mustangs, the first on Tuesday at home, 6 p.m., vs. Thompson Valley in nonleague.

‘Stangs win twice, level girls lacrosse mark at 5-5

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In levelling their season record, Mullen girls lacrosse won its two most-recent matches, notably 11-0 on the road at Smoky Hill on Wednesday.

The Mustangs, including Saturday’s trip to the Western Slope for an 8-5 victory at Fruita Monument in nonleague, are 5-5 overall. The victory at Smoky Hill also pushed their Centennial League mark to 2-2.

At Smoky Hill, Mullen built a 4-0 halftime lead, then won going away with a seven in the second half.

Molly Gilbert scored four goals to pace Mullen. Kelsey Weber added three. Freshman Kate Kilroy, junior Gabby Rueth and sophomore Sierra Thomas also scored the goals reported. Maddy Aquino and Molly Gilbert contributed assists.

Izzy Cisneros benefitted from smothering Mustangs defense as she only had to deal with two shots on goals.

In the nonleaguer against the Wildcats, Elise Bialecki led Mullen with three goals. Gilbert had two. Kilroy, Thomas and Weber also scored. Grace Archibald, Bialecki, Gilbert and Genessa Ziegler recorded the assists.

Mullen, which scored four times in each half, had Cisneros stop 10 shots. The Mustangs were able to generate 14.

The Mustangs will resume play, weather permitting, on Friday at home against Cherokee Trail in league action, 6 p.m.


Cherry Creek stays unbeaten, whips Mustangs 20-3

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It was over quickly, but not quick enough. The recent storm that arrived with wind and cold wasn’t as cold as the opponent that took charge early and often.

Cherry Creek grabbed immediate control, held it and blew away Mullen 20-3 on Friday night at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium, a Centennial League victory for the Bruins that was never in doubt and as thorough as the frigid temperatures that made it practically unreasonable for those in a sparse crowd.

The Mustangs fell to 3-5 overall, 1-2 in league. The Bruins continue at the top of the sport, now 10-0, 3-0.

If it was another taste of the state’s best for the Mustangs, it’s one they won’t soon forget. Cherry Creek led 5-0 just 5 minutes, 15 seconds into it, and didn’t let up during a first half in which it built a 15-3 lead, had Mullen under the 10-goal mercy rule and pretty much did whatever it wanted.

“I mean, the thing that sets them apart from any other team we’ve seen is their shooting ability,” Mustangs coach Melynda Brown said of the Bruins. “They shoot corners, they shoot pipe and it’s just accurate and it’s fast. We haven’t really seen that and it was kind of a surprise, but we did what we could.”

Six different Bruins scored, topped by Amelia McCarthy’s five goals, and they peppered the Mullen goal with some 31 shots on goal. Emerson Johnson, Elise Bialecki and Kelsey Weber scored for the Mustangs, all in the first half.

Brown added that the Chery Creek speed was considerable. The Mustangs were without five regulars – two out with injury, another two sidelined by concussions and another on a mission – that also didn’t help.

“We’re working through some things,” Brown said. “If we can leave knowing that this team prepared us for the rest of the season, then that’s all I want and that’s exactly what happened.”

The Mustangs were scheduled for a quick turn-around – they were to play at Fruita Monument on the Western Slope on Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m.

Early barrage carries Mustangs past host Eaglecrest

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It continues to be a fair amount of feast and famine for Mullen girls lacrosse.

The Mustangs rocked Eaglecrest on the road on Wednesday, winning 15-1 in the Centennial League and ending a skid of three losses in four games. It upped their season overall record to 3-4, 1-1 in league.

And check out their results to date – other than 10-8 and 8-7 (in overtime) setbacks, their scores have been 18-5, 13-3, 19-3 and 17-2. There’s also a sense of symmetry as their aggregate scoring 66-62 in their favor.

However, Mullen will take any victory it can get and it led the Raptors, now 4-4, 0-1, by 11-1 at halftime.

Once again, Mullen leading scorer Emerson Johnson was at the front, scoring four goals. Kelsey Weber added three. Elise Bialecki and Molly Gilbert each scored twice and Maddy Aquino added one. The Mustangs were in a particularly giving mood as they added 11 assists, topped by Grace Archibald and Gilbert, who had three apiece.

Izzy Cisneros played 45 of the game’s 50 minutes in goal for the Mustangs and recorded seven saves.

Mullen will be back at it soon, hosting Cherry Creek on Friday, April 13, 6 p.m., in continuing with league play.


Arapahoe rolls Mustangs in Centennial girls lacrosse 17-2

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The opening match of Centennial League play was not good to Mullen girls lacrosse.

The Mustangs were blasted 17-2 by Arapahoe on Saturday night at Littleton Public Schools Stadium, their third loss in four outings. Including their setbacks to Palmer Ridge, three-time defending state champion Colorado Academy and the Warriors, the Mustangs have been outscored 44-12 in the three losses, 47-25 over the span.

Mullen dropped to 2-4 overall. Arapahoe is 3-2, 1-0.

Emerson Johnson and Kelsey Weber got the goals for Mullen, both in the second half. Weber also had an assist. Johnson upped her team-leading total in goals to 19.

However, Arapahoe had its way. It led 12-0 at halftime and cruised. Six players scored for the Warriors, headed by Meg Hanson’s five goals.

And Arapahoe was efficient – it scored 12 times on 17 shots on goal against Mustangs goalie Izzy Cisneros.

Mullen will resume league play on Wednesday, April 11, at Eaglecrest in Centennial, 4 p.m.

CA rolls Mustangs in nonleague, wins 19-3

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The resident truth in Colorado girls lacrosse visited Mullen’s Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium on Wednesday night.

And the predictable outcome transpired.

Colorado Academy dominated Mullen early and often, handing the Mustangs a 19-3 whipping in nonleague. CA scored 10 seconds into the game, needed just 1 minute, 58 seconds to take a 3-0 lead and dominated in every facet.

This is a program that has won three consecutive state titles, had a 30-game winning streak over three seasons, is currently on a 15-game roll and hasn’t lost to a Colorado opponent since April 2, 2015, when – you guessed it -- Mullen downed CA 9-8.  

First-year Mullen head coach Melynda Brown, whose team dropped to 2-3, got her first up-close-and-personal look at nearby CA, which also had nine freshmen on its roster, and was impressed.

“Well, their speed is definitely something we were not prepared for,” she said. “(The CA Mustangs’) draw control was so dominant and with the ability they had to place the ball wherever they wanted … they picked it up and took it down our throats. And when we had the ball, we did what we could, but …”

It was 12-2 at halftime and CA enjoyed the mercy rule – a 10-goal lead in the second half sparks a running clock – after halftime.

Junior Emerson Johnson scored Mullen’s first two goals and senior Kelsey Weber added a score in the second half.

Yes, it was the first game after spring break, Brown said, but, no, it’s not acceptable.

“With nine days off, it was not conducive to our team, but we’re moving on,” Brown said.

Mullen will visit Littleton Public Schools Stadium on Saturday, 7 p.m., to meet Arapahoe and open Centennial League play.


Improving Mullen easily handles Ralston Valley

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The password is improvement. It’s what Mullen is seeking in the early portion of the girls lacrosse season.

Heading into spring break, Mullen seem to be getting at least some of it. Its 13-3 nonleague decision of Arvada’s Ralston Valley on Thursday night at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium was ripe with two-way play, goaltending and meshing between players hungry to grow together.

“It was definitely needed,” junior midfielder Emerson Johnson said after Mullen evened its mark at 2-2. “We had a little bit of a tough start, but we’re definitely building and getting better each game.”

Noting it was her team’s first home victory of 2018, first-year head coach Melynda Brown also liked how her group responded to Ralston Valley (2-3) coming out strong in the second half with consecutive goals, only to have Mullen re-take control.

“We didn’t have to take a timeout,” Brown said. “They girls just figured it out themselves.”

Behind Johnson’s four goals, Mullen rolled to an 8-1 first-half lead. Ralston Valley quickly cut it to 8-3, but Mullen never blinked.

Johnson, who finished with six goals, and goalie Izzy Cisneros, who turned in 11 saves, “both had great performances,” Brown said, adding that senior Mary Oancia “was amazing. She had great defense, stopping (Ralsotn Valley’s) top girl (senior Jordan Winchester) and had a bunch of knockdowns and caused turnovers, which we need.”

Winchester was held to a couple of assists.

All told, Mullen also compiled 18 shots on goal. Johnson finished with six goals and Molly Gilbert had three. Elise Bialecki added two as did Kelsey Weber.

“I saw improvement from the first whistle to the second whistle,: Brown said. “I think it’s all about how we’re coming along as a team and improving as a whole, as opposed to individuals.”

Mullen will be idle until after next week’s spring break. Next up: on the road at nearby Colorado Academy, the defending state champion, on April 4.

“We’ll just prepare and move on,” Brown said.



Ralston Valley  1  2  --  3

Mullen   8  5  --  13

Mullen goals – Emme Johnson 6, Molly Gilbert 3, Elise  Bialecki 2, Kelsey Weber 2.

Mullen assists – Johnson 2, Weber 2, Bialecki

Mullen saves – Izzy Cisneros 11.

Mustangs fall in OT at Palmer Ridge 8-7

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen was able to overcome a first-half deficit before falling 8-7 in overtime to host Palmer Ridge on Tuesday in nonleague girls lacrosse.

The Mustangs, in dropping to 1-2 on the season, trailed the Bears of Monument 5-2 at half. However, they rallied to tie it at 7 to force the extra session.

The Bears scored at 1:43 in overtime.

Emme Johnson scored five goals for the Mustangs. Molly Gilbert and Olivia Moreno added scores. Elise Bialecki had the only assist for Mullen.

It was Palmer Ridge’s first victory in five outings.

Mullen next will be in action on Thursday, home at Brother Bernard Kinneavy De La Salle Stadium, on Thursday, 6 p.m., against Jefferson County’s Ralston Valley in nonleague.



Mullen   2  5  0 -- 7

Palmer Ridge 5  2  1 -- 8

Mullen goals -- Emme Johnson 5, Molly Gilbert, Olivia Moreno.

Mullen assist -- Elise Bialecki.

Mullen saves -- Izzy Cisneros, 10.


Girls lacrosse gives coach Melynda Brown her first victory

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

After putting up a dozen goals in the first half, Mullen rolled host Durango 18-5 in nonleague girls lacrosse on Saturday.

The Mustangs improved to 1-1 and handed new head coach Melynda Brown her first victory.

Mullen grabbed the lead and scored early and often in building a 12-3 halftime edge.

In all, nine Mustangs registered points and eight scored goals.

Junior Emme Johnson led the way with four goals and two assists. Micaela Clode, Molly Gilbert and Kelsey Weber each scored three times. Weber added two assists and Clode had one. Grace Archibald managed two goals and an assist. Megan Fenwick, Kate Kilroy and Olivia Moreno added goals. Freshman Genessa Ziegler contributed an assist.

The Mustangs had a 20-11 advantage in shots on goal. Mullen goalie and starter Izzy Cisneros made six saves and sophomore Cierra Jeffries added two.

Durango is 0-5 and has been outscored by a combined 68-26.

Mullen’s game on Monday, March 19, at Palmer Ridge in Monument was postponed by Sunday’s snowstorm to Tuesday, March 20, 4 p.m.



Mullen  12   6  -- 18

Durango  3   2  -- 5

Mullen goals – Emme Johnson 4, Micaela Kelsey, Molly Gilbert and Kelsey Weber 3, Grace Archibald 2, Megan Fenwick, Kate Kilroy and Olivia Moreno.

Mullen assists – Emme Johnson and Kelsey Weber 2, Grace Archibald, Micaela Clode, Genessa Ziegler.

Mullen saves – Izzy Cisneros 6, Cierra Jeffries.

Kadets spoil Brown’s coaching debut, win 10-8

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

For starters, the end result wasn’t exactly what new Mullen girls lacrosse coach Melynda Brown wanted or hoped for, but it certainly wasn’t a bust.


The Mustangs shown well in a 10-8 setback in nonleague at home to Air Academy on Tuesday night at Brother Bernard Kinneavy De La Salle Stadium. New to the state, Brown had practically no idea about the Kadets, who have had winning records in nine of their past 10 seasons, including 20-0 in 2009 as well as winning the 2014 state title among its three banners. They also made last season’s semifinals, but she liked the effort.

“Better than I expected,” Brown said afterward. “We just had a little bit of nerves going on in the first half that really took a toll. If we didn’t come out with those nerves …”

The Kadets grabbed a 2-0 lead, Mullen responded to tie it and the game’s pattern was set. Air Academy never gave up the lead, the Mustangs never quite caught the Kadets despite numerous attempts and it was back-and-forth to the end.

“It’s our first game,” Brown said of the Mustangs, who were 9-6 a year ago, the first time in seven seasons that they didn’t have double-figure victories. We fought and fought hard, which is good to see for the resiliency of our ladies. We just need to work on a few things.”

Face-offs and loose balls will top the list. It seemed as if every time Mullen answered with goals, the Kadets grabbed the ball from the face-off and motored close – and a few times not really challenged -- to Mustangs goalie Izzy Cisneros for scores.

Brown termed the Air Academy midfield as “powerful” and its regular ability to round up the 50-50 balls was a big factor, “but overall we played really good defense and we played good team attack,” she said.

Micaela Clode scored twice and Grace Archibald, Elise Bialecki, Molly Gilbert, Emme Johnson, Kate Kilroy and Kelsey Weber added goals. Weber’s came with 1:20 to play to cut the Kadets lead to 9-8, but Air Academy again answered.

Cisneros was peppered in regular stretches and turned in three big saves in a row early in the second half, when Air Academy had increased its lead to 7-4 and threatened to run away and hide.

Mullen’s next game will be Saturday, when it makes the long trek to take on Durango, 2 p.m., the first of five consecutive road games. The Mustangs’ next home game won’t be until April 13, against rival Cherry Creek.



Air Academy 5   5  --  10

Mullen           4   4  --   8

Mullen goals -- Micaela Clode 2, Grace Archibald, Elise Bialecki, Molly Gilbert, Emme Johnson, Kate Kilroy and Kelsey Weber.

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Spring has sprung: Mullen set for Season No. 3
Monday, February 26, 2018

There’s still snow on the ground throughout much of Colorado, so it can only mean one thing concerning high schools – the spring sports season is here.

Mullen will join hundreds of in-state schools in opening preseason practice on Monday, Feb. 26.

The third of three sports seasons in the school year includes seven sports and the Mustangs will field entries in all of them – baseball, girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, girls soccer, boys swimming and diving, girls tennis, and boys and girls track and field.

There will be three new head coaches for the Mustangs – Jim Alexander in baseball, Melynda Brown in girls lacrosse and Ashley Tait in girls golf.

Weather permitting, girls golf and girls tennis may open competition on Thursday, March 1. All others are slated to open on Thursday, March 8.

Below is a spring schedule outline for Mustangs by sport:

Baseball: Regular season runs through May 8; 5A districts to be completed, May 12; 5A Championship Series, May 18-19 and May 25-26, All-City Field.

Girls golf: Regular season runs through May 4; regionals to be completed by May 11; 3A state championship, Elmwood Golf Course, Pueblo, May 21-22.

Boys lacrosse: Regular season runs through May 5; 5A boys lacrosse playoffs, May 10-May 18, final at Mile High Stadium.

Girls lacrosse: Regular season runs through May 5; playoffs May 9-23, final at University of Denver.

Girls soccer: Regular season runs through May 5; 4A playoffs May 8-23, final at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Boys swimming and diving: Regular season runs through May 12; 4A championships, May 18-19, U.S. Air Force Academy.

Girls tennis: Regular season runs through April 27; regionals to be completed by May 5; 4A state championships, May 10-12, Pueblo City Park.

Boys and girls track and field: Regular season runs through May 12; 4A state championship May, 17-19, Jefferson County Stadium.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Maddi Lane to receive rugby award from Sportswomen of Colorado
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It’s a busy time for Maddi Lane.

The senior at Mullen is on the mend from suffering three concussions. She’s training to keep up her rugby skills. She’s dealing with keeping her grade-point average above a 4.0. She’s headed out of state to visit some college campuses.

And she won an award from Sportswomen of Colorado.

Lane will receive the rugby award from the organization that annually highlights female athletics. She will join other winners in the 44th annual awards program on Sunday, March 11.

“I’m nervous and I didn’t know what to expect,” Lane said in commenting on her application being sent in, then recognized. “I didn’t think I would win it.”

Lane, whose mother, Karen, is an administrative assistant in Mustangs athletics, played for the West Side Swarm Club team the past fall that finished second in Colorado. She said she’s “not sure if I’ll play this spring. The plan right now is to lay low. I’ve gotten the three concussions within the past year and I really want to play in college. I’m just trying to take a recovery break.”

Her spring team is the Rocky Mountain Rebels and her primary positon is scrum-half.

As for colleges, Lane said, “I’m kind of all over.” Academic-wise, she said, her applications to Montana State and St. Mary’s, Calif., have been submitted. She’s also accepted at Long Island University-Post and Kutztown, Pa., and both have offered. She’ll also be checking out Queens in Charlotte, N.C.

“I’m looking east for rugby,” Lane said. “It’s more dominant on the East Coast … I just don’t know if I want to be that far away.”

If not, she also has applied to Regis Jesuit. Her GPA is 4.1 and remains undecided on a major, although international studies is an option “to help people.”

The banquet will take place at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Susie Wargin and Marcia Neville will handle the microphones. Sportswomen received a record number of nominations and will present 57 awards, plus the Sportswoman of the Year. More information at



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Kennedy Leonard - Basketball - College (University of Colorado) 

Elizabeth Constien - Cross Country - High School (Battle Mountain High School) 

Dani Jones - Cross Country - College (University of Colorado) 

Julie Lyons - Cycling (Greenwood Village, CO) 

Jennifer Valente - Cycling - Track (Colorado Springs, CO)

Sally Ann Foscha - Barrel Racing (Calhan, CO)

Kristina Matthews - Equestrian - Hunter/Jumper - (Denver, CO)

Emma Domich - Field Hockey - High School (Kent Denver School) 

Hailey Schalk - Golf - High School (Holy Family High School)

Mary Weinstein - Golf - College (Regis Jesuit High School) 

Kaylie Berens - Gymnastics - High School (Pomona High School) 

Meilan Haberi - Ice Hockey (Air Academy High School) 

Beth Goralski - Ice Climbing (Gypsum, CO)

Liz Anderson and Hailey Roberts - Competitive Jump Roping (Denver, CO)

Bridget Sutter - Lacrosse - High School (Colorado Academy) 

Sarah Brown - Lacrosse - College (University of Colorado)

Becky Wade - Marathon (Louisville, CO) 

Madison Lane - Rugby (Mullen High School)

Libby James - Running - Masters (Fort Collins, CO)

Carson Saabye - Shooting Sports - Air Pistol (USA Shooting/Palmer Ridge High School) 

Petra Hynčicová - Skiing - Nordic - College (University of Colorado) 

Stacy Gaskill - Snowboard - Freeride (Golden, CO)  

Lindsay Horan - Soccer - Professional (Portland Thorns (NWSL), USWNT) 

Haley Schueppert- Soccer - High School (Mountain Vista High School) 

Jalen Tompkins - Soccer - College - DI (University of Colorado)

Emily Garnier - Soccer - College - DII (Colorado School of Mines) 

Kaley Wilson - Softball - High School (Eaglecrest High School) 

Haley Hutton - Softball - College (Colorado State University)

Zoe Bartel - Swimming - High School (Fossil Ridge High School) 

Bailey Andison - Swimming - College (University of Denver) 

Kathy Garnier - Swimming - Masters (Littleton, CO)

Sarah Thomas - Swimming - Open Water - Marathon (Conifer, Colorado)

Ky Ecton - Tennis - High School (Poudre High School) 

Samantha Martinelli - Tennis (Denver, Colorado) 

Maya Evans - Track & Field (Field - Jumps) - High School (Lutheran High School) 

Arria Minor - Track & Field (Track - Sprints) - High School (Denver East High School) 

Brie Oakley - Track & Field (Track - Distance) - High School (Grandview High School)  

Mel Heri - Track and Field - Field (Chadron State College)

Alija Konieczek - Track and Field - Track (Western State University)

Joanne Marriott - Track and Field - Field - Masters (Arvada, CO)

Rose Namajunas - UFC - Professional (Denver, CO) 

Courtney Dauwalter - Ultra Distance Running (Golden, Colorado) 

Keely Davis - Volleyball - High School (Rock Canyon High School) 

Alexa Smith - Volleyball - College (University of Colorado)

Soliel Gaylord - All-Around - Telluride High School/USA Mountain Running (Telluride, Colorado)

Jim Turgeon - Coach of the Year - College (Colorado State University - Pueblo - Basketball) 

Mary Mosher-Stathes - Empowerment (Rosie's Ranch - Englewood, CO) 

Joy Rondeau- Inspiration (Grand County, CO) 

Caryn Jarocki - Milestone (Highlands Ranch High School)

Abby Farrell- Para-Olympic Athlete of the Year (University of Illinois/Colorado Springs, CO)

Jennifer Jansonius - Perseverance (Broomfield, CO)

Jessie Banks - Dorothy Mauk Pioneer Award (Pueblo, Colorado) 

Geneva Gray - Trailblazer  (Bacone College - Oklahoma)

Six honorees will become members of the hall of fame for receiving three awards in the same sport over the years. They join an impressive list, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Ellen Hart, Emma Coburn, Jenny Simpson and Missy Franklin.

Hall members are not eligible to receive awards in their sport in future years, but will remain eligible for Special Awards and Sportswoman of the Year.

Maya Evans - Basketball

Lindsay Horan - Soccer 

Samantha Martinelli - Tennis

Michaela Onyenwere - Basketball 

Carson Saaybe - Shooting 

Bridget Sutter - Lacrosse

--- Compiled by Neil H. Devlin

Busy sports weekend to include ice hockey gathering and tribute to Sawyer Dow
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Despite no classes because of parent-teacher conferences at the end of the week, Mullen winter sports will have a busy couple of days, notably on Saturday, when the Mustangs will host a tribute to Sawyer Dow.

Before the Mustangs’ ice hockey game at the Edge Ice Arena against Pueblo County, there will be a moment of silence for Dow, a senior who was killed recently in Clear Creek Canyon. The community is invited to come out and celebrate his life with Mullen students, share some pizza and swap memories while enjoying the Highlands Conference game.

The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m. Mullen is 3-8 overall, 2-6 in conference. Most recently, it blitzed Woodland Park 9-0. The Hornets are 9-1, 8-0, and right behind conference-leading Valor Christian (10-0 in the Highlands). The two teams will have the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena.

The Mustangs boys and girls basketball teams also held moments of silence for Dow earlier this week in addition to players either wearing T-shirts in his honor or marking themselves as a show of support for him.

On Friday, basketballers will take on Overland in the Centennial League. In boys, where the Trailblazers have rallied after a 1-7 start to even their overall mark and race to a 5-0 league start, are currently in command of the Centennial. They beat Grandview by a point on a 3-point buzzer-beater on Wednesday. Mullen, now 8-5, 3-2, is coming off a 66-40 home victory against Cherokee Trail and matched its most league victories since the 2009-10 season.

And in girls, the Mustangs are 6-8, 3-2, and fresh from a 62-51 victory at Cherokee Trail. The Trailblazers are 4-7, 2-2.  

As for wrestling, the Mustangs will be in the dual meets at Jefferson on Friday, then head to Kersey on Saturday for a series of duals at Platte Valley.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Mullen sports action to resume on Jan. 2 and include grade-school play
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome back.

The second half of the 2017-18 sports year for Mullen will begin on Jan. 2 despite classes not resuming until Jan. 8.

On Tuesday, boys basketball will host Aurora’s Grandview, tip-off at 6 p.m. It will be the first of three meetings for Mullen with the Wolves – the two will meet twice later in the Centennial League, but this one will fill a previously open spot for both programs and be nonleague.

Ice hockey will have two demanding games in the week. First, the Mustangs will host regular-challenger Valor Christian on Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., at the Edge Ice Arena, then travel to Family Sports Center Hamilton on Friday to meet always powerful and longtime-rival Regis Jesuit.

On Thursday, boys and girls basketballers on all levels will open league play against Arapahoe, with the boys being on the road and girls at home at Hutchison Fieldhouse. Varsity games will start at 7 p.m.

Girls swimmers will compete in the GrandVista Invitational at Littleton from Friday-Saturday that also will include Lotus School for Excellence, Northridge, Platte Canyon, Ralston Valley, Rampart, Evergreen and Grandview.

Saturday competition also will involve boys and girls basketball at Eaglecrest – boys varsity at 4:30 p.m. and girls at 6 p.m. – as well as the Mustangs Invitational for wrestling, an all-day gathering that will feature finals matches at approximately 4 p.m.

In addition, on Jan. 2 Mullen will have Celebrate the New Year Basketball Games prior to its matchup against Grandview. Several top club teams on the grade-school level as well as feeder teams for Mullen will be in action and coached by familiar names.

Below is a schedule:

2 p.m., Hutchison, girls, The Edge Sixth Grade, coached by Mike O’Connell, vs. Colorado Skills Sixth Grade, headed by Gabe Trujillo.

3 p.m., Old Gym, boys, Legend Third Grade (Dan Simington) vs. Mustangs Third Grade (Vince Valdez).

3 p.m., Hutchison, boys, D’Evelyn Eighth Grade (Enrique Aguilar) vs. Mustangs Eighth Grade (Brian Davis).

4 p.m., Old Gym, boys, Pro Skills Fifth Grade (Ross Schraeder) vs. Mustangs Fifth Grade (Dom Martinez).

4 p.m., Hutchison, boys, ThunderRidge Eighth Grade (R. Ray) vs. Mustangs Eight Grade (Brian Davis).

--- Neil H. Devlin


Mustangs' Caton, Schenbeck to join CHSCA hall of fame in March
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bob Caton and Tony Schenbeck, each with Mullen ties, have been named to the latest hall of fame class of the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

Caton is in his first season of heading Mustangs boys basketball and Schenbeck had two long stints in Mullen coaching and administration.

A Denver West graduate and familiar figure on city-area basketball sidelines for decades, Caton uniquely played in the CHSCA all-state game – in 1967 in Pueblo – as well as coached in it, in 1985 and 2011. A man who has more than 500 victories with other stops at Manual, Denver West, George Washington, Aurora Central and Highlands Ranch, Caton’s teams own two state runner-up finishes, six trips to the final four and 14 times to the quarterfinals. He’s also a former team captain and MVP at Colorado State.

When he took over the Mustangs program to start the 2017-18 season, athletic director Vince Massey referred to Caton “a legend.”

As for Schenbeck, the Nebraskan and Northern Colorado graduate started his career at Mead Junior High before landing at Mullen, where his 10-year stint included leading the baseball program to a state title (1978) and a runner-up finish (1972). A 20-year run as baseball coach and athletic director followed at the new Overland in Aurora and included the 1990 championship and 1989 semifinals appearance. Then it was back to Mullen for another nine years (with a semifinals showing in 2002). All told, his teams were 398-269, he had 40 years on the jobs and he coached in the all-state game six times, three at Mile High Stadium, where the Denver Bears played.

Caton and Schenbeck are joined in the class with Swink’s Al Blanc, who coached boys basketball for nearly 50 years; Prairie’s Maggie Kilmer, a stalwart in volleyball who was there at the outset of female sanctioning; and Simla’s Al Snyder, well-known in small-school girls basketball and who will join his wife, Sue, in the hall.

Induction ceremony will be March 24 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora, 5:30 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found at

--- Neil H. Devlin


Boys hoops tourney set for Thursday-Saturday
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Mullen Holiday Classic Tournament for boys basketball has been set.

It will be played Thursday through Saturday at the Hutchison Fieldhouse.

Host Mullen will play on Friday, 7 p.m., against Pomona, then on Saturday, 2 p.m., against Thompson Valley.

Below is the complete schedule:


Thompson Valley vs. Pomona, 7 p.m.


 Pomona vs. Mullen, 7 p.m.


Thompson Valley vs. Mullen, 2 p.m.

Pomona vs. Denver West, 3:30 p.m.


Several Mustangs honored as all-league in fall
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Several Mustangs have been honored as all-league in fall competition.

Below is a sport-by-sport list:


Boys cross country

First team all-Centennial – Bryce Maderis.

Second team – Will Locasio.



First team all-Mt. Cameron – Damien Cearns, Wind Henderson, Adrian Jackson, Aiden Keenaaina, Broc Langren, Florian McCann III, Taye Mitchell, A’Jon Vivens.

Second team – Damien Quiroz, Ivan Rodriguez, Vincenco Saurini, Vaughnn Stitt.

Honorable mention – Silas Daffin, henry Haen, Cooper Johnson, Zach Krause, Dante Silva.


Boys golf

First team all-Centennial – Mario Dino.


Boys soccer

First team all-Centennial – Andrew Zeaman.

Honorable mention – Grant Reuter.



First team all-Centennial – Tatum Maloney, Marissa Sanchez.

Second team – Elena Garcia, Caley McKune.

Honorable mention all-state – Tatum Maloney, Marissa Sanchez.

Senior all-state game – Tatum Maloney.



First team all-Centennial – Kendall Malone.

Second team -- Shannon Stone.

Honorable mention – Morgan Wills.

All-State Game by Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports – Kendall Malone.

 --- Neil H. Devlin




Ready, set, begin … Winter sports set to rock on Wednesday
Monday, November 27, 2017

Sports season No. 2 on the annual docket, winter, will begin competition on Wednesday (Nov. 29).

Mullen will field teams in boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, girls swimming and diving, and wrestling.

There are two new head coaches this season – longtime Colorado figure Bob Caton now is in command of boys basketball and John Howes, a former assistant to Vince Massey and longtime figure in Jefferson County, has taken over wrestling. Frank Cawley remains as head girls basketball coach, Susan Stone continues to lead Mustangs in the pool and Devon Brady heads ice hockey.

As usual, winter sports will overlap with the final three football titles of the fall season, which will be played on Saturday (Dec. 2), and shut down over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. First state titles will be contested in February, then wrap up in mid-March.

Mullen competitors will have a busy first week.

Boys basketballers will have two home games, opening on Wednesday against Abraham Lincoln, then hosting longtime parochial-rival Regis Jesuit on Saturday. Tip-offs will be 7 p.m.

In girls basketball, opening night will be Thursday. The Mustangs will meet Broomfield at 5:30 p.m. at the ThunderRidge-Castle View Tournament to be held in Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock. They’ll also play in the Douglas County District-sponsored gathering on Friday and Saturday, times and foes TBD.

Concerning wrestling, Mullen starts with a dual meet on Thursday, 7 p.m., at Grandview in Aurora. The Mustangs also will be in the Golden Tournament on Saturday, an all-day affair.

In the pool, Mullen will begin with a meet at Arapahoe on Thursday, 5 p.m., then travel to ever-present Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village on Saturday.

And on the ice, Mullen will host Denver East on Saturday, 8:30 p.m., at the Edge Ice Arena.

--- Neil H. Devlin


Winter sports set to begin practice on Friday
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Season No. 2 can open practice on Friday.

Boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, boys and girls skiing, girls swimming and diving, and wrestling are set to open winter sports. Preseason practice will last for nearly three weeks.

Winter’s regular season may begin on Nov. 29 as there once again will be overlap with the end of the fall season.

As usual, the holidays will interrupt winter play from before Christmas until after New Year’s Day.

Below are key dates and sites for each sport as related to Mullen:

Boys and girls basketball – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. Playoff brackets to be released on Feb. 18. Championship March 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

Ice hockey – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. Playoff bracket to be released on Feb. 18. Championship March 5.

Boys and girls skiing – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. State championship May 22-23 hosted by Lake County.

Girls swimming and diving – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 3. State championship Feb. 9-10 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton.

Wrestling – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 3. Regionals Feb. 9-10. State championship Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center.

--- Neil H. Devlin 


Max Thenell, a special guy, honored with a special award
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Mullen honored senior Max Thenell, a popular football team member who has autism, with an award on Frifday night in the game against Northglenn.

He was presented with the Brandon Burlsworth Award, which goes to a senior player who demonstrates great team character and sportsmanship.

It is for an individual who is an outstanding teammate and expects very little in return.

The players gets recognition for hard work and contributions to the team, yet gives his all every single day.

It was presented to him by his uncle, head coach Tom Thenell, in a ceremony on the field before the game. It was Senior Night.

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

The Denver Broncos.

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

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

Here is a schedule:

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

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

Children's Hospital tent giveaway before the game.

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

Northglenn is 5-4, 1-3.

 --- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

It was held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona.

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And it’s not working.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Heads have to roll everywhere,” Guglielmo said.

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

The dominoes effect is under way for fall state championships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

Time flies.

Don’t argue.

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

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

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

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

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

So, yes, it goes by quickly.

Pay attention before you miss it.

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

However, no injuries were reported, Guglielmo said.

A makeup date has not been announced.

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Mustangs next will be at Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

A message from the Mullen football staff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were two four-man teams for Mullen.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin


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

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

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

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

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

Call it part of the process, including growing up.

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

And enjoy.


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Head Coach 
Melynda Brown


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