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11.8.17

 

Latest signees comprise small, but versatile group

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

On one of the now numerous signing days and periods, Mullen’s latest contribution to the next level was a three-spot of student-athletes from each of the fall, winter and spring seasons in a ceremony at Hutchison Fieldhouse.

Nick Cito (basketball), Jessica Hafey (softball) and Reggie Parris (baseball) took pen and paper in hand, had others take their photographs and enjoyed the opportunity to consume sheet cake and water with family, friends and school folks.

Call it a well-rounded day.

From the fall, which will run into the football championships in early December, Hafey recently declared to CSU-Pueblo. Strong at third base, her season produced a .455 batting average with 20 runs batted in, notably a 13-for-22 postseason with seven runs scored and nine RBIs as the Mustangs made the Class 4A semifinals.

“it just felt right,” Hafey said. “ I enjoyed the coach and liked the campus so much.”

Anesthesiology or dermatology will be her academic targets.
For Cito, who will have his season begin practice on Friday, it’s Concordia, Neb. Actually securing his spot, he said, “was amazing and I’ve been working for it for a long time.”

He said his next campus, Seward, Neb., “is kind of like Mullen, but a little bigger and open, with nice facilities.”

The 5-foot-9, 140-pound guard averaged 4.5 points in the 2016-17 season and is interested in business/marketing.

For Parris, a self-described “late bloomer, ” the left-handed pitcher said he had to ask himself a question.

“If baseball doesn’t work out, where do I want to be?”

The answer was San Diego. At 6-3,180 and determined to be heavier by the beginning of the spring season in March, Parris said he has been working “on little things that would build to big things,” such as hip drive. The Mustangs were 10-10 last spring with Parris 3-2 in a team-leading 10 appearances and a 3.20 earned-run average.

He added science or mathematics probably will be in his studies on the next level and will wait to choose a field.

10.21.17

Mullen falls in 4A state semifinals, finishes season at 16-9

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It started as a slugfest and finished as a pitcher’s duel.

And it wasn’t the ending Mullen wanted.

The Mustangs capped a productive season on Saturday at the Aurora Sports Park in the Class 4A semifinals, losing to eventual champion Mountain View of Loveland 7-4.

Mullen ended 16-9 on a cold, windy day that was the opposite of Friday’s hot and sunny conditions. Fittingly, it was just like the contrary beginning and ending of the game – all 11 runs were all scored over the first inning and a half.

“Nothing after the second inning,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said afterward. “It was like the fireworks went out.”

A Mustangs lineup that had produced 48 runs in five previous postseason games was stymied after plating four in the first inning on Saturday. In fact, Mullen had only four hits over the final six innings, two in the seventh when it brought the tying run to the plate with two outs.

But Mountain View (22-3-1) got Mustangs scorching cleanup hitter Jessica Hafey on an infield popup to end it before going on to take out Pueblo Central 7-3 for its first title.

“We couldn’t get back-to-back hits (after the first inning) and we just needed a bleeder or something,” Hogan said.

The pace was brisk at the outset like the cold wind that lasted throughout the round. The Mountain Lions opened by sending eight batters to the plate and scored three runs with two outs on four singles and an error.

Not to be outdone, Mullen immediately retaliated with four of its own. A one-out walk to Caley McKune, a grounder by Marissa Sanchez that the Mountain Lions couldn’t handle and turned into a fielder’s choice, run-scoring singles by Hafey and Emma DiGiacomo, an RBI double by Tiffanie Brieno and arror off the bat of Elena Garcia gave Mullen a 4-3 lead.

However, Sanchez, a sophomore, was touched for four hits in the second and another Mullen error gave Mountain View a 7-4 lead.

And that was it. Sanchez, a sophomore, and the Mountain Lions’ Bailey Carlson, a freshman, closed the doors.

Mullen’s s considerable nonleague schedule was taxing and while it may not have bene able to repeat as Centennial League champion, a 5A league schedule provided benefits.

“Our schedule is amazing,” Hogan said. “I told our girls that every year they’ve been here that they’ve played a top-notch schedule. I’m just very pleased with the girls. They provided good senior eladership and fought through some tough games.”

Hafey, a senior who failed to get a hit only twice in three regional games and was 7-for-7 in her first two state games before going 1-for-4 in the semifinals, had no regrets.

“It was a tough loss, but it was a good way to end the season, I guess,” she said.

10.20.17

Mustangs advance to 4A’s final four, Mountain View next

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

So much for the expected …

What an eye-opening first day of Class 4A state softball it was on Friday, as the sounds at the Aurora Sports Park were decidedly louder and underdog-fueled.

In fact, seven of the top 10 seeds were knocked off, but one wasn’t Mullen. In fact, the Mustangs had a hand in knocking off one of them -- No. 7 Frederick in a back-and-forth, 8-6 decision in the preliminaries. The Mustangs followed with an 11-1 whipping of No. 15 Elizabeth that earlier dropped second-seeded Golden.

Pardon Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan for being excited.

“We just put it together,” Hogan said. “We hit the ball hard, had a lot of base hits. We would get singles, then knock them in.” 

In particular, Hogan said, senior Jessica Hafey carried a lot of the load. In the first game, in which Mullen built a 5-0 lead, had Frederick tie it at 5 and take a 6-5 lead, she was 4-for-4 with a first-inning home run. Plus, Mustangs No. 9 hitter Bella Hawkins smacked a two-out, two-run triple in the top of the sixth inning for the winning hit.

Plus, Natalie Archuleta added an RBI single as part of a 13-hit attack.

Sophomore pitcher Marissa Sanchez settled down and retired six of the final eight Warriors she faced to seal it.

In the second game, Hafey added two more doubles as Mullen’s onslaught continued.

“We just put it together,” Hogan said. “We just had a good day hitting the ball.”

In addition to Hafey and Hawkins, Archuleta, Caley McKune, Emma DiGiacomo, Tatum Maloney, Tiffanie Brieno and Elena Garcia each contributed.

The Mustangs, now 16-8, will take on Mountain View (20-3-1) in one semifinal and it will be Silver Creek (18-4-1), which also downed three-time defending state champion Valor Christian, vs. Pueblo Central (19-4) in the other. First pitches will be at 10 a.m. The title game will be at 1:30 p.m.

Here’s where playing in the demanding Centennial League has its competitive advantages, Hogan said.

“Mountain View’s good, Silver Creek is on a hot streak and Pueblo Central is doing very well,” Hogan said. “This really is up in the air.”

CLASS 4A RESULTS

Preliminaries

Valor Christian 7, Ponderosa 0

Silver Creek 16, Conifer 6

Erie 17, Pueblo County 14

Pueblo Central 7, Air Academy 3

Discovery Canyon 11, Wheat Ridge 0

Mountain View 5, Thomas Jefferson 0

Elizabeth 13, Golden 6

MULLEN 8, Frederick 6

QUARTERFINALS

Silver Creek 5, Valor Christian 1

Pueblo Central 9, Erie 5

Mountain View 4, Discovery Canyon 3

MULLEN 11, Elizabeth 1

10.16.17

Mustangs seeded No. 10 in 4A softball tourney

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen was seeded No. 10 on Monday when the Class 4A softball bracket was released.

The Mustangs, 14-8, will meet No. 7 Frederick on Friday, 12:15 p.m., at the Aurora Sports Park in the preliminary round of the 16-team field. The Warriors are 15-6, won a regional and finished third in the very-competitive Tri-Valley League. Mullen played in the otherwise 5A Centennial League, finishing 3-4 behind champion and 5A top-seed Eaglecrest and Grandview.

A first-round victory leads to a quarterfinal game at 2:30 p.m. The semifinals will be Saturday at 10 a.m., and the final will be at 1:30 p.m.

A year ago, Valor Christian made it three 4A titles in succession. The Eagles are again tops-seeded.

Below is a complete schedule:

All games at the Aurora Sports Park

COMPLEX B

FRIDAY

PRELIMINARIES

(16) Ponderosa vs. (1) Valor Christian, 10 a.m.

(9) Conifer vs. (8) Silver Creek, 10 a.m.

(13) Pueblo County vs. (4) Erie, 10 a.m.

(12) Air Academy vs. (5) Pueblo Central, 10 a.m.

(14) Wheat Ridge vs. (3) Discovery Canyon, 12:30 p.m.

(11) Mountain View vs. (6) Thomas Jefferson, 12:30 p.m.

(15) Elizabeth vs. (2) Golden, 12:30 p.m.

(10) Mullen vs. (7) Frederick, 12:30 p.m.

Winners: 2:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Semifinals: 10 a.m.

Championship: 1:30 p.m.

10.14.17

Wild day propels Mullen to 4A softball tourney

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Talk about extremes …

Mullen got blown out in its first game, then returned the favor. Twice.

The Mustangs had quite the Saturday in the Class 4A Region 8 softball group. They opened by getting 10-run-ruled by 18th-seeded Silver Creek 11-1. No matter. They turned around and blitzed No. 31 Palmer Ridge 16-0, then dominated host and No. 2 seed Pueblo West 12-1.

Tit-for-tat, exchanging blows on a windy day, strange seeding, depth within the classification … refer to it as you wish. When it was done, Mullen stood 14-8 and is the second seed and qualifier out of the region. Silver Creek is No. 1.

“It was everything but a close game, which we normally have,” Mullen head coach Greg Logan said.

In the opener, Hogan said his team just didn’t have anything together and got blitzed. He even lifted sophomore pitcher Marissa Sanchez late in the game.

However, the Mustangs, who entered the 32-team field seeded No. 15, came alive in their second and third games.

“Timely hitting,” Hogan said. “We got the timely hitting like we usually do. They were big-time hits. We were hitting the cover off the ball.”

Sanchez contributed a home run. Tatum Maloney, Jessica Hafey, Caley McKune and Natalie Archuleta were among those at the top of the hitting parade, Hogan said. Mullen, which has won seven of its past nine games, also benefitted from a few errors, including against Pueblo West. In the final against the Cyclones, Mullen grabbed a 5-0 lead after two innings.

It also was Mullen's second victory of the season over Pueblo West -- the Mustangs downed the Cyclones 4-3 in the Erie Tournament.

Hogan pointed to the difficulty of his team’s schedule that he knew would be beneficial at this point in the season.

“It’s just the competition that we play,” he said. “We really have to play our game to be able to do anything. You know they are out there to put a whupping on us.”

Another oddity -- with Silver Creek, seeded 18th, winning the regional championship, the Raptors were the only team not serving as host to advance to state.

The seedings and pairings for the 4A portion of the Colorado tournament to be held Friday and Saturday at the Aurora Sports Park will be released on Monday. Below are qualifiers with district seeds in parenthesis:

CLASS 4A

REGION 1

1: (1) Valor Christian; 2. (16) Mountain View

REGION 2

1: (8) Frederick; 2: (24) Ponderosa

REGION 3

1: (5) Erie; 2: (21) Wheat Ridge

REGION 4

1: (4) Discovery Canyon; 2: (20) Pueblo County

REGION 5

1: (3) Golden; 2: (19) Air Academy

REGION 6

1: (6) Pueblo Central; 2: (22) Elizabeth

REGION 7

1: (7) Thomas Jefferson; 2: (10) Conifer

REGION 8

1: (18) Silver Creek; 2: (15) MULLEN

REGION 8 RESULTS

Pueblo West 17, Palmer Ridge 7

Silver Creek 11, MULLEN 1

MULLEN 16, Palmer Ridge 0

Silver Creek 13, Pueblo West 4

MULLEN 12, Pueblo West 1

10.9.17

Softball seeded 15th for Saturday’s regional rounds

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Director

Mullen softball will be heading south on Saturday and not just because of the probability of warmer weather.

The Mustangs will be one of four teams in the Class 4A Region 8 field, a double-elimination outlay in which two qualifiers will advance to the state tournament. Thirty-teams are in regionals and 16 will advance.

Host Pueblo West, seeded second in the field, Silver Creek (18) and Palmer Ridge (31) join the Mustangs (15) in the four-team bracket.

“That’s a good group, good pairings and good teams,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said.

Hogan knows a bit about Pueblo West, which Mullen downed 4-3 in the Erie Tournament on Sept. 1, and said Silver Creek plays in a very demanding Northern League.

And the postseason is where the Mustangs feel they own an advantage, potentially a large one – they are the only 4A team in the 5A-dominated Centennial League, so facing strong competition serves as much-needed preparation not available to every team.

“Our schedule and our league give us an advantage, so here’s where our character shows up,” Hogan said.

The Mustangs ended the regular season by winning five of their past six games and were 4-3 min the Centennial after going undefated as league champion a year ago.

They were to have a regular day of weightlifting on Monday, slated to practice in the school’s indoor facility on Tuesday, then hoped to be outside for practice on Wednesday.

Below is the complete 4A schedule, seeds and records in parenthesis, best seed in groups to serve as host; top two teams advance to state; all First-Round games at 10 a.m., all Game 3s and 4s at 12:15 p.m.; Game 5s, Championship Games, at 2:30 p.m.

 

Region 1

(32) Mesa Ridge (13-6) vs. (1) Valor Christian (19-0)

(17) Cheyenne Mountain (16-3) vs. 16) Mountain View (16-2-1)

 

Region 2

(25) Pueblo East (9-10) vs. (8) Frederick (13-6)

(24) Ponderosa (8-10-1) vs. (9) Rifle (15-4)

 

Region 3

(28) George Washington (13-5) vs. (5) Erie (14-5)

(21) Wheat Ridge (9-10) vs. (12) Holy Family (14-4)

 

Region 4

(29) Montrose (9-10) vs. (4) Discovery Canyon (14-4-1)

(20) Pueblo County (13-6) vs. (13) Berthoud (12-7)

 

Region 5

(30) Roosevelt (7-12) vs. (3) Golden (16-3)

(19) Air Academy (12-7) vs. (14) D’Evelyn (13-6)

 

Region 6

(27) Mead (10-9) vs. (6) Pueblo Central (15-4)

22) Elizabeth (15-4) vs. (11) Pueblo South (14-5)

 

Region 7

(26) Longmont (11-8) vs. (7) Thomas Jefferson (17-2)

(23) Windsor (10-9) vs. (10) Conifer (16-3)

 

Region 8

(31) Palmer Ridge (12-6) vs. (2) Pueblo West (14-2)

(18) Silver Creek (14-4-1) vs. (15) MULLEN (12-7)

 

 

10.7.17

Softball wraps up regular season, awaits regional pairings

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

After spotting Air Academy an early lead, visiting Mullen rallied in a big way and beat the Kedets in Class 4A nonleague softball on Friday.

The Mustangs trailed 2-0 before two three-spots, in the sixth and seventh innings, broke a 2-all tie.

It pushed Mullen to a 12-7 overall mark in closing its regular season (it was 4-3 in the Centennial League). The 4A regional pairings will be announced on Monday and play will be on Saturday, Oct. 14.

In all, the Mustangs banged out 10 hits, three by Emma DiGiacomo. The sophomore had a double, two runs batted in and a run scored. Senior Jessica Hafey had two hits and two runs scored, and Tatum Maloney, another senior, also was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Sophomore Marissa Sanchez went the distance again, permitting five hits and striking out three.

Earlier in the week, Mullen split two league games – winning 4-0 over Arapahoe and losing 2-1 at Grandview in Aurora in eight innings.

Sanchez tossed a three-hit shutout and knocked in three runs with two hits against Arapahoe, and DiGiacomo had two hits and Hafey knocked in a run in the setback to the Wolves.

The regular season was to end for all three classifications on Saturday.

10.1.17

3-0 week lifts softball; Mullen headed into final rounds of regular season

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen rallied with a 3-0 week and got back on track in Centennial League softball.

All victories were against teams in Aurora. The Mustangs beat Smoky Hill 7-3 on Tuesday; earned an 8-3 road victory at Cherokee Trail on Friday; and spanked Overland 10-0 on Saturday.

The Mustangs improved to 10-6 overall, 3-2 in league, and have won 10 of their past 12 Centennial games. A year ago, they were league champions.

Against Smoky Hill, Jessica Hafey had a triple, a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs.

In the Cherokee Trail victory, the Mustangs built an 8-1 lead to take command and Saturday’s triumph against the Trailblazers took only five innings after the Mustangs built a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

Mullen is in the final week of the regular season. Next up: home versus Centennial’s Arapahoe on Tuesday, first pitch at 4:15 p.m. The Mustangs will wrap up the league season on Wednesday in Aurora at Grandview, 4 p.m., then complete its 19-game schedule on Friday, 4 p.m., at Air Academy, a nonleaguer.

Class 4A regional pairings will be determined on Oct. 9.

9.28.17

Hafey, Sanchez lift Mustangs past Smoky Hill 7-3

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Marissa Sanchez pitched a complete game and led Mullen with two hits as the Mustangs handled Smoky Hill 7-3 on Tuesday.

The Centennial League victory lifted Mullen to an 8-6 overall mark, 2-2 in league. The visiting Buffaloes of Aurora dipped to 9-6, 2-2.

The Mustangs used a four-run fourth inning to take command. Overall, they were outhit 8-7 by the Buffaloes, but Jessica Hafey’s 3-RBI triple was big as well as decisive.

Hafey also scored twice and Sanchez added two singles. Bella Hawkins contributed a double. Hawkins, Emma DiGiacomo and Sanchez had RBIs. Mullen also took advantage of seven walks.

Sanchez was touched for a couple of runs late, but she struck out two and survived walking four.

 

9.19.17

Eaglecrest erupts to give Mustangs first league loss since 2015

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Riding a four-game winning streak and having taken five of their past six games, Mullen found itself on Tuesday heading Eaglecrest, pretty much everyone’s favorite to win the Class 5A state championship next month.

The 4A Mustangs were doing it, scratching out some runs and riding the always competitive pitching of sophomore Marissa Sanchez.

However, the Raptors did what big-time teams do – they erupted for a big inning, tacked on a few extra scores and withstood a late attempt at a rally when protecting their lead. All told, Eaglecrest knocked off host Mullen 9-6 at Doc Scuazzo Field in an opening-round Centennial League matchup.

Mullen, the defending league champion, is 7-5 overall. Eaglecrest is 12-1, 2-0 in league, has won nine games in a row and has yet to lose to an in-state team, as it looked every bit the part of the team everyone else seems to be chasing.

“Just a couple of pitches got away from us a little bit,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said. “(Marissa Sanchez) threw a good game and that’s a good-hitting team. It was just that one inning …”

That one inning came in the fifth, when the Raptors, trailing 3-0, plated six on four hits and a key Mustangs error. They batted around and added a walk and a sacrifice. Eaglecrest made it 9-3 an inning later on two hits, a sacrifice, a stolen base, an error in center field near the warning track and a fielder’s choice.

“They’re really a good team,” Hogan said of the Raptors. “We jumped out early, but they know how to score.”

Sanchez, a sophomore who has been effective all season, said “they’re a good-hitting team and I can’t say I did my best … this was a tough one for us early in the (league) season.”

Mullen didn’t go down quietly. In the seventh, the Mustangs scored three times on just one hit. They used an RBI single by Tatum Maloney and bases-loaded walks by Caley McKune and Tiffanie Brieno as well as a double error by the Raptors to bat around and bring the winning run to the plate before taking their first league loss since 2015.

Earlier, Alexis Duran’s triple and a sacrifice fly by McKune gave Mullen a 1-0 lead in the second and Sanchez’s two-run double an inning later made it 3-0.

The Mustangs were outhit nine to six. Maloney had two of them.

“This makes us better,” Hogan said. “It’s great, it’s good for our girls. This is one of our stepping stones, the kind of game we need to play.”

Next up for Mullen – at Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village, Saturday, first pitch at 11 a.m.

 

EAGLECREST 9, MULLEN 6

Eaglecrest 000 063 0 – 9  9  4

Mullen 001 200 0 – 6  6  2

Eaglecrest – Morris c 4-1-0-1, Crenshaw p 2-0-0-0, Kaufman cr 0-1-0-0, Sabourin ss 3-1-2-0, Wilson 1b 2-1-1-1, Jensen 3b 4-1-1-3, Allen 2b 4-0-0-1, Re. Waggoner 4-0-1-0, Ry. Waggoner cf 4-2-2-0, Fraire lf 4-2-2-0. Totals 31-9-9-6.

Mullen – Archuleta rf 3-1-0-0, McKune c 2-0-0-2, Maloney lf 4-0-2-1, Brieno ss 3-1-1-1, Sevier cr 0-0-0-0, DiGiacomo cf 4-1-1-0, Sanchez p 4-0-1-2, Donovan cr 0-0-0-0, Hawkins 2b 0-1-0-0, Garcia 1b 3-1-0-0, Duran 3b 3-1-1-0. Totals 26-6-6-6.

E – Allen 2, Hawkins, DiGiacomo, Jensen 2. LOB – Eaglecrest 7, Mullen 7. SB – Hawkins, Ry. Waggoner.  Caught stealing – Donovan. SAC – Hawkins, Crenshaw 2.

2B – Sabourin, Wilson, Sanchez. 3B – Duran, Jensen.

Batteries – Crenshaw and Morris; Sanchez and McKune. W – Crenshaw. L – Sanchez. HBP – Archuleta (by Crenshaw). SF – McKune. T – 2:51.  

9.14.17

Mustangs hit their way past Columbine 6-2

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The hits by Mullen keep coming.

The Mustangs banged out 10 of them on Thursday to take a 6-2 home decision of Class SA Columbine.

In improving to 6-4, Mullen won consecutive softball games for the first time in 2017 and displayed further traits of turning into more of an offensive threat. It had scored at least nine runs in its previous three outings and had one safety or more in every inning on Thursday.

“We hit the ball real well,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said. “And that’s a good win against a good team. Columbine has beaten some good teams.”

The Rebels, who have downed the likes of Pine Creek, Douglas County, Brighton and Cherokee Trail, are 8-4.

Most productive was Mustangs No. 9 hitter Bella Hawkins. The sophomore knocked in what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out triple, then sealed it with a two-run single in the sixth to cap the scoring.

“Oh, just working hard on the field in practice and it pays off in the game,” is how the second baseman described it. “I had been working on the outside pitch and that’s what I got all day today. I’m normally an inside-pitch hitter, but they were all outside today.”

And as for producing from the last spot in the lineup, Hawkins simply stated: “It just shows that all through our lineup we can hit.”

Said Hogan: “She got the game ball today and did a great job.”

Senior Caley McKune added three hits and an RBI, Tatum Maloney added a run-scoring single in the first inning, Natalie Archuleta began the game with a triple, Elena Garcia was 2-for-2 with a run scored and a sacrifice, and Kari Donovan scored twice as a courtesy runner for pitcher Marissa Sanchez, who enjoyed another complete game and pitched out of trouble with regularity.

Defensively is where Mullen made also made a mark. Shortstop Tiffany Brieno made a diving stop on a  hot grounder that she turned into a forceout and ruined the third for the Rebels, and center fielder Emma DiGiacomo took away extra bases to end the sixth on a big drive that she ran down and managed to keep it under control despite the snow-cone effect of it sitting on the tip of her glove as she neared the fence.

“It was so far behind me and I wasn’t sure I was going to grab it,” DiGiacomo said. “But I just reached my arm all the way out and caught it.”

Mullen will have a rematch with another Jefferson County team, Dakota Ridge, on Saturday to complete a four-game home stand. The Mustangs fell 7-3 to the Eagles in the Erie Festival on the first day of the month.

Then it will be on to the Centennial League, at home against Eaglecrest on Sept. 19.

MULLEN 6, COLUMBINE 2

Columbine 000 200 0 – 2  8  1

Mullen 200 103 x – 6  10  1

Columbine – Mendez cf 4-0-1-0, Lopez 2b 4-0-1-0, Otis p 4-0-2-0, Schooler cr 0-0-0-0, Villano lf 3-1-0-0, Distler c 2-0-1-0, Stern 3b 3-1-1-0, Smith 1b 2-0-0-1, Tabor rf 3-0-1-1, Boehme 3-0-1-0. Totals 28-2-8-2.

 Mullen – Archuleta rf 4-1-1-0, McKune c 4-1-3-1, Hafey 3b 3-0-0-0, Maloney lf 3-0-1-1, DiGiacomo cf 2-0-0-0, Sanchez p 1-0-0-0, Donovan cr 0-0-0-0, Brieno ss 3-1-1-0, Garcia 1b 2-1-2-0, Hawkins 2b 3-0-2-3. Totals 25-6-10-5.

E – Distler, SB – McKune, Garcia. Caught stealing – Mendez. SAC – DiGiacomo, Distler, Garcia. DP – Columbine.

2B – Distler, Otis. 3B – Archuleta, Hawkins.

Batteries – Otis and Distler; Sanchez and McKune. W – Sanchez. L – Otis.   WP – Otis. SF – Smith. T – 1:42.

9.7.17

Sanchez tosses no-hitter, Mullen levels Green Mountain

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Marissa Sanchez twirled a no-hitter on Wednesday as Mullen also moved on attaining two other firsts.

The Mustangs climbed above .500 for the first time this season as well as won back-to-back games after following a pattern of losing one, winning one, etc.

With a 10-0 decision of Lakewood’s Green Mountain in nonleague at home, Mullen jumped to 5-4 and Sanchez, a right-hander, was sharp – she walked three Rams and struck out six of them. Sanchez only faced 18 batters.

Green Mountain is 1-5, committed two errors and permitted five unearned runs.

Offensively, senior Elena Garcia was 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Both safeties were doubles. Tatum Maloney was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. And Sanchez, a sophomore, and Emma DiGiacomo each were 2-for-3 with two runs scored. DiGiacomo added a run batted in.

The Mustangs enjoyed a stair-step series of sorts for run production. They plated one in the first, two in the second, three in third and four in the fourth.

Beginning a stretch in which it won’t play for eight days, Mullen next will get 5A Columbine at home on Sept. 14.

 

Mustangs go 3-2 in top-flight Erie Festival

By Neil H. Devlin

Sports Information Specialist

Mullen called it a successful venture after going 3-2 the past weekend in the Erie Festival, always a top stop on the softball circuit.

“We probably should have been 4-1, but we were pleased,” coach Greg Hogan said.

The Mustangs, now 4-4, opened with a 5-4 decision of regular Class 5A power Pomona. Next was a loss to another Jefferson County team, Dakota Ridge, by 7-3; a 4-3 victory over Pueblo West, a regular 4A challenger; a 10-9 setback to Sequoyah of Claremore, Okla., a recognized out-of-state power; and an 11-4 victory over 5A Chatfield, also in Jeffco.

Of the 4A Mustangs’ four setbacks, three have been one-run games.

“The power rankings we had out of there were great for our girls,” Hogan said. “This will make us better and playing consecutive games was great for us, too.”

Against Pomona, Caley McKune contributed two hits and two RBIs, and Keri Donovan and Tatum Maloney each added two safeties.

In the Dakota Ridge loss, Bella Hawkins had two hits including a triple, and drove home a run. Tiffanie Brieno and Alexis Duran also plated runs.

Mullen scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off Pueblo West. Sophomore Marissa Sanchez went the distance pitching and added a two-run double.

In a matchup against the very talented Sequoyah Eagles, Mullen scored in every inning but the fifth and managed 12 hits, but was hurt by three errors. Maloney, Emma DiGiacomo and Elena Garcia each drove home two runs. Garcia also tripled.

As for the seven-run victory over Chatfield, Mullen scored a season-high in runs and hits (19), headed by Brieno, who was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs. She also homered and doubled twice. Every Mustangs regular either hit safely or scored.

Plus, Hogan cited the pitching of Sanchez, a sophomore, throughout the tournament.

The Mustangs will next see action on Wednesday (Sept. 6), against visiting Columbine before an eight-day break.

Mustangs drop opener to D’Evelyn in extra innings

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

For openers, it was an eventful and rough debut for Mullen.

There was confusion about the time of the first pitch, another delay because umpires had problems with the batting helmets, the Mustangs committed five errors, gave up the lead twice and the game went into extra innings.

As it was, Mullen fell 7-6 in eight innings to host D’Evelyn in Class 4A nonleague play on Tuesday and left the field wanting more.

“We let it get away,” Mustangs coach Greg Hogan said. “(The Jaguars) hit the ball well and put the ball in play with runners on base. We had to make the plays when we needed to and we had a couple of plays when we didn’t.”

In the bottom of the eighth, the Mustangs’ Marissa Sanchez, a sophomore, was touched for a one-out triple to right field by freshman Kylee Ornstein, who nearly was tagged out at third base after an indecisive move near second. Sanchez then fielded a grounder by Jags’ No. 8 hitter Savannah Robberson, another freshman, and got Ornstein into a run down, but a relay throw home in the dirt from third base got past catcher Caley McKune.

Mullen had its opportunities, Hogan said, “and (the Jags) are pretty good, and Dan (Porreco, the head coach) does a good job.”

In grabbing the lead twice, the Mustangs plated three runs in the first, scratching them out on one hit, two walks, a botched popup on an infield-fly rule, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly. After D’Evelyn tied it at 4 after three, Mullen again took the lead in the fifth on a two-run double by Jessica Hafey.

However, after Sanchez had gotten hit around a bit in the third – she gave up five safeties – the Jags responded again two innings later by scoring twice to make it 6-6. Mullen nearly got out of it, but an infield grounder with two outs and the bases loaded wasn’t handled and turned into a two-run error.

The Mustangs also had their leadoff hitter, who was hit by a pitch in the seventh, thrown out while attempting to steal second. McKune followed with a stand-up triple only to be stranded after consecutive fly balls to center field.

Sanchez, who threw 123 pitches, said “I moved the ball around and (the Jags) put it into play … there’s lots of season left, we’ll improve as a team and I think we’ll go far again.”

 Natalie Archuleta, McKune, who also doubled, and Hafey each had two of the Mustangs’ nine hits.

“We’ve got to turn it around quick,” Hogan said, as the Mustangs have a Wednesday game at 5A and rival Regis Jesuit in Aurora.

  

D’EVELYN 7, MULLEN 6, 8 inn.

Mullen    210 020 00 – 7 9 5

D’Evelyn 103 020 01 – 6 9 1

Mullen – Archuleta rf 2-2-2-0, McKune c 3-0-2-0, Donovan cr-ph 1-2-0-0, Hafey 3b 4-1-2-2, Maloney lf 4-0-0-1, DiaGiacomo cf 4-0-0-1, Sanchez p 2-0-0-1, Brieno ss 4-0-1-0, Hawkins 2b 3-0-1-0, Garcia 1b 1-1-1-0, Duran 1b 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-6-9-4.

D’Evelyn – Marvel ss 4-2-2-0, Reed lf 4-1-1-0, Balbin c 4-1-1-2, Oligney 1b 4-1-1-0, Porreco cf 4-0-1-0, Fuhr 3b 4-0-1-1, Ornstein rf 4-1-1-0, Robberson dp 4-0-0-0, Dalla 2b 3-1-1-0, Lefevre p 0-0-0-0. Totals 35-7-9-3.

E – Garcia 2, Fuhr, Brieno, Duran, Hafey. LOB – Mullen 5, D’Evelyn 6. Caught stealing – Hawkins, Archuleta. 2B – McKune, Hafey. 3B – McKune, Ornstein.

Batteries – Sanchez and McKune; Lefevre and Balbin. W – Lefevre. L – Sanchez. SF – Sanchez. HBP – Archuleta (by Lefevre).


 

Experience, talent heighten Mullen's softball outlook

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We’re excited,” Hogan said.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Practice Begins – Aug. 14

First Contest – Aug. 18

Regionals – Oct. 14

State Finals – October 20-21, Aurora Sports Complex

 

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Mustangs drop opener to D'Evelyn in extra innings

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

For openers, it was an eventful and rough debut for Mullen.

There was confusion about the time of the first pitch, another delay because umpires had problems with the batting helmets, the Mustangs committed five errors, gave up the lead twice and the game went into extra innings.

As it was, Mullen fell 7-6 in eight innings to host D’Evelyn in Class 4A nonleague play on Tuesday and left the field wanting more.

“We let it get away,” Mustangs coach Greg Hogan said. “(The Jaguars) hit the ball well and put the ball in play with runners on base. We had to make the plays when we needed to and we had a couple of plays when we didn’t.”

In the bottom of the eighth, the Mustangs’ Marissa Sanchez, a sophomore, was touched for a one-out triple to right field by freshman Kylee Ornstein, who nearly was tagged out at third base after an indecisive move near second. Sanchez then fielded a grounder by Jags’ No. 8 hitter Savannah Robberson, another freshman, and got Ornstein into a run down, but a relay throw home in the dirt from third base got past catcher Caley McKune.

Mullen had its opportunities, Hogan said, “and (the Jags) are pretty good, and Dan (Porreco, the head coach) does a good job.”

In grabbing the lead twice, the Mustangs plated three runs in the first, scratching them out on one hit, two walks, a botched popup on an infield-fly rule, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly. After D’Evelyn tied it at 4 after three, Mullen again took the lead in the fifth on a two-run double by Jessica Hafey.

However, after Sanchez had gotten hit around a bit in the third – she gave up five safeties – the Jags responded again two innings later by scoring twice to make it 6-6. Mullen nearly got out of it, but an infield grounder with two outs and the bases loaded wasn’t handled and turned into a two-run error.

The Mustangs also had their leadoff hitter, who was hit by a pitch in the seventh, thrown out while attempting to steal second. McKune followed with a stand-up triple only to be stranded after consecutive fly balls to center field.

Sanchez, who threw 123 pitches, said “I moved the ball around and (the Jags) put it into play … there’s lots of season left, we’ll improve as a team and I think we’ll go far again.”

 Natalie Archuleta, McKune, who also doubled, and Hafey each had two of the Mustangs’ nine hits.

“We’ve got to turn it around quick,” Hogan said, as the Mustangs have a Wednesday game at 5A and rival Regis Jesuit in Aurora.

  

D’EVELYN 7, MULLEN 6, 8 inn.

Mullen    210 020 00 – 7 9 5

D’Evelyn 103 020 01 – 6 9 1

Mullen – Archuleta rf 2-2-2-0, McKune c 3-0-2-0, Donovan cr-ph 1-2-0-0, Hafey 3b 4-1-2-2, Maloney lf 4-0-0-1, DiaGiacomo cf 4-0-0-1, Sanchez p 2-0-0-1, Brieno ss 4-0-1-0, Hawkins 2b 3-0-1-0, Garcia 1b 1-1-1-0, Duran 1b 1-0-0-0. Totals 29-6-9-4.

D’Evelyn – Marvel ss 4-2-2-0, Reed lf 4-1-1-0, Balbin c 4-1-1-2, Oligney 1b 4-1-1-0, Porreco cf 4-0-1-0, Fuhr 3b 4-0-1-1, Ornstein rf 4-1-1-0, Robberson dp 4-0-0-0, Dalla 2b 3-1-1-0, Lefevre p 0-0-0-0. Totals 35-7-9-3.

E – Garcia 2, Fuhr, Brieno, Duran, Hafey. LOB – Mullen 5, D’Evelyn 6. Caught stealing – Hawkins, Archuleta. 2B – McKune, Hafey. 3B – McKune, Ornstein.

Batteries – Sanchez and McKune; Lefevre and Balbin. W – Lefevre. L – Sanchez. SF – Sanchez. HBP – Archuleta (by Lefevre).

 

 

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

Season No. 2 can open practice on Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

The Denver Broncos.

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

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

Here is a schedule:

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

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

Children's Hospital tent giveaway before the game.

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

Northglenn is 5-4, 1-3.

 --- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

It was held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona.

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And it’s not working.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Heads have to roll everywhere,” Guglielmo said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

The dominoes effect is under way for fall state championships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Period.

--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

Time flies.

Don’t argue.

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

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

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

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

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

So, yes, it goes by quickly.

Pay attention before you miss it.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

However, no injuries were reported, Guglielmo said.

A makeup date has not been announced.

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The Mustangs next will be at Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

A message from the Mullen football staff:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were two four-man teams for Mullen.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

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

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

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

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

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

Call it part of the process, including growing up.

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

And enjoy.

 

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Greg Hogan

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Bob O'Hare

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