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'Stangs to open '21-22 as normal

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
In the year after the pandemic, Mullen begins fall sports drills in earnest; Mustangs are eager to get back to a regular sports season.
 
Mullen’s 2021-22 sports year begins in earnest today (Aug. 9), the 101st on state record that is coming off a pandemic and yearning for a return to normalcy.

After the coronavirus (COVID-19) both shortened (fewer rounds of competition) and extended (four seasons instead of the traditional three and play lasted into late June) 2020-21, Colorado has opted to begin the next go-round as usual to the delight of athletics, coaches and fans.

Boys golf opened fall preseason practice the past week and the other fall sports start drills today (Aug. 9).

Below is a sport-by-sport breakdown as Mullen, which first offered its prep sports in 1936, is ready to begin its 86th year of competition:
 
Boys Golf: First practice – Aug. 2; Regular season – Runs thought Sept. 21; Regionals – To be completed by Sept. 25; State Championship – Oct. 4-5.

Cross country: First practice – Aug. 9; Regular Season – Runs through Oct. 16; Regionals – To be completed by Oct. 23; State Championships -- Oct. 30.

Football: First practice – Aug. 9; Regular Season – Runs through Oct. 30; Playoffs: Preliminaries are Oct. 30; State Championship -- Dec. 4.

Boys soccer: First practice – Aug. 9; Regular Season – Runs through Oct. 23; Playoffs – Preliminaries are Oct. 26; State Championship -- Nov. 4-5.

Softball: First practice – Aug. 9; Regular Season – Runs through Oct. 9; Regionals – To be completed by Oct. 16; State Championships -- Oct. 22-23.

Boys tennis: First practice – Aug. 9; Regular Season – Runs through Oct. 2; Regionals – To be completed by Oct. 9; State Championships -- Oct. 14-16.

Girls volleyball: First practice – Aug. 9; Regular Season – Runs through Oct. 30; Regionals – To be completed by Nov. 6; State Championships -- Nov. 11-13.
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