(First in a series of previews for the new Season D.)
The new Season D, the cap to the 2020-21 school year during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will have one of its sports opening Monday (April 19).
As usual, girls golfers are first on the tee.
Like every other spring sport in 2020, which either competed in one event or never got out of preseason, girls golfers were basically – and abruptly -- idle. In Mullen’s case, sophomore Sofia Choi, runner-up as a freshman, shot a 1-under-par 64 for second place in the opening Centennial League match, held at Springhill Golf Course in Aurora. Freshman Kaitlin Zingler was 11th with 76. And the Mustangs were fourth as a team.
However, that was it – the next day Colorado spring sports joined virtually the rest of the planet in shutting down.
In 2021, Choi, now a junior, returns. As a ninth-grader, she was only five back after the first round of the Colorado tournament (the second round was cancelled because of inclement weather) and could be the season’s top player.
Zingler, a sophomore, is consistently breaking 80, according to the Mustangs coaching staff, and Elle Deorio and Hannah Giacomin should battle to account for a productive third, increasing Mullen’s opportunities in team chases.
First match will be Thursday, April 22, Centennial League No. 1, 10 a.m., at Aurora Hills G.C.
There will be a maximum of 198 holes for 2021, with regionals June 7-11 and the state tournament June 21-22.
Below are relevant dates for the rest of the Season D layout that will unusually run into late June:
Baseball: Preseason practice – April 26; regular-season – 16 games, May 3-June 12; postseason June 14-26.
Boys lacrosse: Preseason practice – April 26; regular season – 10 matches, May 3-June 12; postseason June 17-22.
Girls lacrosse: Preseason practice – April 26; regular season – 10 matches, May 3-June 15; postseason June 19-22.
Girls soccer: Preseason practice – April 26; regular season – 10 matches, May 3-June 12; postseason June 15-26.
Boys swimming and diving: Preseason practice – April 26; regular season – seven duals and a league meet, May 3-June 19; postseason June 25.
Girls tennis: Preseason practice – April 26; regular season – nine dual and tournament matches, must be at least six duals, April 29-June 12; postseason June 5; June 11-12.
Track and field: Preseason practice – April 26; regular season – eight individual and a league; 10 matches, May 3-June 19; postseason June 24-26.