Sprinter Kaleah Mitchell-Ruff, like so many others, has been slowed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). In writing for Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times, the junior shares her shock at how quickly everything was shut down, the adjustment of being home and realizing an opportunity when she sees one.
Mullen Sports Performance is conducting live, Zoom workouts for all Mullen students starting Tuesday June 2nd. No exercise equipment or weights are required, but can be used. Email Coach Stewart, email@example.com and join the Google Classroom to register for dates and times. The Google Classroom code is: uhh2n6i. Updates will also be on Twitter @mullen_strength and Instagram @mullensportsperformance
As a catcher in softball, Avery Panozzo knows how to take charge, serve as a kind of quarterback and maintain her composure. It’s how she’s handling herself during the coronavirus (COVID-19). Centering on the memories she has from the school year, the junior also writes for Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times about seniors who were robbed of finales, staying in shape the best she can, staying optimistic about the future, missing her classmates and teachers, and remaining determined.
For Joe Welling, assistant principal and multi-sport running coach, he writes for Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times from the heart. With years of experience as a Lasallian Educator, he has broken down this difficult stretch of the coronavirus (COVID-19) into running on faith, love and hope. He also cites the resilience of the Mustangs community, its ability to continue to produce outstanding young people in the midst of joy at Mullen and operating under the Grace of God.
Sports Information Director Neil H. Devlin, in the latest Mullen Today Unordinary Times, writes about the unmatched speed and devastation of the coronavirus (COVID-19); the relentless boredom of staying home; missing the Mullen community and all that comes with it; and the void of working at a high school that was suddenly taken away. However, there’s hope, we need to follow it and we’ll keep putting up a fight. It’s one we can win if we’re smart.
Antonio Corral has dabbled in many classes, sports and programs while at Mullen. So when the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit and wiped out what his final months with the school, he decided to use the resilience he developed as a Mustang. Indeed, he misses what could have been, but he’ll always be with Mullen, always be counted among the Mustangs.
If Trey Sieradski can remain positive about what’s currently going on in the world with the pandemic, then virtually every Mullen Mustang is more than willing to take his word for it. The interesting, resilient senior and baseball player writes for Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times about the uncertainty that came out of left field, dealing with a second personal quarantine, putting aside pettiness, getting back what everyone has missed and truly appreciating life that really is a gift.
Like most ice hockey players, Aidan Cashman works at humility and implements it. The junior, in his turn contributing to Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times, understandably feels the pain and disappointment of schoolboys and schoolgirls in this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19); is doing his best to pass the time intelligently; knows he’s fortunate to have finished his sports season; and issues a heartfelt thank you to Mustangs seniors.
Molly Gilbert plays attack in lacrosse, so she’s doing the same thing during this difficult and unprecedented time. Her spring season lasted not much more than a week, but as the Mustangs junior outlines in her Mullen Today Unordinary Times offering, she’s feeling for those who lost their seasons, turning season-enders into positives and relying on her Mustangs lacrosse team to help get stronger for the future in the face of the pandemic.
Hector Rodriguez, impressive in speech and debate, wonders how he’ll speak and debate during what has turned into distance everything. Having qualified for the national tournament that will be contested online for the first time, Rodriguez’s offering for Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times covers his apprehension as well as pushing through this tough time, staying motivated and centering on the positive in what he terms as ”coronacation.”
Alek Elges had no idea that Mullen’s first baseball game, played on opening day of spring last month, would be the program’s only one of the season. The 12th-grader, one of many Mustangs excited about their chances in 2020, instead had to settle for one of life’s lessons. In writing for Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times, Elges, who is part of a large family contingent to go through Mullen’s doors, also notes about impulsive moves while staying at home as well as moving on to college and hoping to get back to normal.
J.P. Starkey, a multi-sporter and champion for the Mustangs, writes about lost opportunities, including back-to-back seasons in lacrosse and his turn as a mentor. But in the latest edition of Mullen Today’s UnOrdinary Times, the senior instead chooses to center on his entire four-year experience, including his first day at Mullen, schoolmate and teammate bonds, winning in doubles tennis and looking forward in 2020 with 20/20 vision.
I have been a part of Mullen ever since I can remember. As a kid, I remember playing on the cement “M” during football games. I didn't have any other school in mind when I looked at high schools. My family was literally there with me. Growing up at Mullen was the best thing that could have happened to me. Mullen is my home and will forever be.
Wake up; go to school; go to practice; do homework; grab something to eat; lift; try to squeeze a few minutes in with the family; sleep; repeat. Athletes’ lives revolve around routine, so when the threat and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) caused a screeching halt to life as we knew it, athletes were left with whiplash and uncertainty. At first, a little alleviation from the grind seemed a tolerable slow down, but when it became apparent that sports weren’t coming back any time soon, hiccups turned into a complete halt. As championships were canceled and entire seasons were left in the dust, anger, sadness and uncertainty set in … in essence, student-athletes were grieving.
Ellie Bixenman writes about discovering track a couple of years ago in Mullen Today’s Unordinary Times. It seemed insignificant at the time, but, boy, was she wrong. Over the past years, she has learned to compete, she has learned how to peak as a runner and she had all of it taken away for her senior season … and yet she refuses to complain. She yearns to be with her Mullen classmates and teammates, but understands what’s going on during this difficult time. And she won’t be intimidated by fear.
Wilson Yee, a pilot and soon-to-be Air Force Academy Cadet, is attempting to fly through the time of coronavirus (COVID-19) while missing the end of his Mullen career. A place-kicker, Yee writes about the American people, their country and making everything better.
Ben Martinez, a sophomore, writes about tough times and ways to deal with them. The footballer and baseballer discovered he doesn’t have to wait for weights, neighbors rule and more time at home than usual shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Training for Will Chavez has turned from surf to turf. In the time of coronavirus (COVID-19), the swimmer writes about being unassuming, surprised and staring at reality. His end-of-high-school road has gone from highway to alley, a before-and-after shot still very much in the works for him and every other senior.
For Mullen teacher-coach Matthew Guglielmo, dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is proving challenging on all levels. Below, he has shared the aspects of a routine vs. no routine. Days with the same tasks; and days with different tasks. Unusual teaching and no coaching, but more family interaction and time at home. Learning something new, yet doing many of the same things. Like everyone else, he realizes’s in the same boat …
Megan Pohs, a junior, is arguably the best point guard as well as player in Class 4A girls basketball. A three-year starter, she has been all-Centennial League three times, twice named to the first team. The recognized Mustangs leader who has led them to 40 victories the past two seasons writes about her strong relationships with teammates, working their way to another title shot, dealing with unannounced disappointment and trying to come through the pandemic as a better, stronger person.
Agur Dwol, a sophomore, is the defending Class 4A Colorado champion in triple jump. She also was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country this year and was recently named All-America indoors for schoolgirls by National Scholastic Athletics Foundation-New Balance. She writes about conflicting feelings of anger and relief, getting some down time, a shrinking season, prep goals and how the sport provides her a much-needed outlet:
Due to the high alert around the world concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mullen High School has prepared a plan of response. We are monitoring statements and advice from the Center for Disease Control and the Colorado State Department of Health. As of now, even with the lower risk here in Colorado and the United States, steps will be made at the school to prepare students and staff in the currently very low chance that a breakout occurs in our buildings. These best practice procedures are designed to protect the safety of all parties involved and to prevent any further infections from occurring.
What I’ve done lately: At the Colorado Class 4A meet earlier this week, set Mullen program marks in preliminaries in the 200-yard medley relay, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle relay. In the finals, helped the 200 medley relay finish second; was fifth in the 200 IM; sixth in 100 butterfly; and was part of the 200 free relay that was first.
High school sport: Swimming (50- and 100-yard freestyles, and 200 medley and 200 free relays) and lacrosse (attack).
What I’ve done lately: Qualified for the Class 4A state meet in the 50 free, her first time, and will attempt to qualify in the 100 free this weekend at the Centennial League meet at Arapahoe on Saturday.
Mr. Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director, covers and promotes our 20 varsity sports programs. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Neil is in his 40th year of covering high-school sports in Colorado through newspapers, television, radio, the Internet and magazines. He has won various writing awards and is in multiple halls of fame. His passion for writing about the people, athletes and events of the Rocky Mountain prep sports world will now primarily focus on Mullen.