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4-20 Spring Roundup

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Choi, Zingler lead girls golf in league match; boys lacrosse, karr earn 3rd straight victory; girls tennis swept in 5A nnleague.
Behind Sofia Choi and Kaitlin Zingler, Mullen dominated the latest Centennial League girls golf match, No. 3 on the season, at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora on Wednesday.

Choi, a senior, finished first with a 2-under-par 70 and Zingler shot 2-over 74.

Mullen also won the team chase, compiling 331 strokes to win by 14 over runner-up Cherokee Trail.

Mustangs head coach Kate Walker was pleased with the performance as well as the growing depth.

“The course was playing very tough,” Walker said. “The winds have been strong all spring, but the girls are becoming more tolerant of the windy conditions. It wasn’t the windiest we’ve seen all spring, but it’s relative. The girls, for the most part, are unfazed by the wind. It tired them a bit, but they didn’t let the conditions bother them. I think a lot of the other girls (on other teams) were affected by the conditions. We only had three scores in the 70s.”

Choi, a senior, went 35-35 over the 5,335-yard layout with two birdies on each side. The highest score on her card was a 5 and there were just two of them, both on the back nine.

Runner-up in Class 4A as a freshman and junior – there was season when she was a sophomore because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic – it was Choi’s best outing this spring.

“Sofia has had a slow start, so it’s great to see her return to her typical form,” Walker said.

Choi recently signed to play at Washington University in St. Louis.

Zingler, a junior, had been leading Mullen efforts to date. Two birdies gave her an even-par 36 on the front. She came home in 38.

Freshmen Sammy Yates (92) and Riley Sullivan (95) accounted for Mullen scoring.

Next is the Bruin Invitational on Monday, April 25, 1 p.m., at CommonGround G.C. in Aurora.

At Murphy Creek G.C., Aurora

Par 36-36—72

Team scores – Mullen 331, Cherokee Trail 345, Cherry Creek 348, Arapahoe 359, Grandview 396, Eaglecrest 433.

Mullen scores – 1. Sofia Choi, 70; 2. Kaitlin Zingler 74, 12. (tie) Sammy Yates 92; 16. (tie) Riley Sullivan 95; 25. (tie) Jane Gray 106.
Boys Lacrosse

In Henderson, the Mustangs won their third consecutive match with a 17-3 whipping of host Prairie View.

Mullen moved to 4-6 overall and 3-0 in Class 5A League No. 1, a half-game behind Lewis-Palmer.

Junior attack Ethan Karr cruised to six goals and two assists. Connor Warren had four goals and Luke Dempsey three.

Nicky Bond had four assists and a goal, and Dempsey added two assists.

Noah Wanja enjoyed two scoreless quarters in goal and faceoff man Jaxon Heil lost only 2-of-20 chances.

Mullen will host 5A No. 6 Arapahoe at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium in nonleague, 11 a.m.

Mullen  5  5  5  2  --  17

Prairie View  0  2  1  0  --  3  

Mullen goals – Ethan Karr 6, Connor Warren 4, Luke Dempsey 3, Toby Grosso, Connor Quinn, Chris Bougie, Nicky Bond.

Mullen assists – Nicky Bond 4, Ethan Karr 2, Luke Dempsey 2, Chris Bougie, Jeff Witwer.

Mullen saves – Noah Wanja 3

Mullen faceoffs – Jaxon Heil 20 wins, 2 losses.
Girls Tennis

The Mustangs, defending 4A Colorado champions, were swept at home in nonleague by Ralston Valley 7-0.

Mullen head coach Jera Sturgell termed Ralston valley as “a tough team” and rated the challenging opponent as a good experience provider for her team.

The Mustangs will return to Centennial League play on Thursday, April 21, at Grandview in Aurora, 3:45 p.m.


No. 1 singles – Ally Lowe def. Lexi Yost 6-3, 6-1.

No. s singles – Samantha Sedillo def. Marin Smith 6-0, 6-2.

No. 1 singles – Kylie Englesman def. Savanna Hanley 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.

No. 1 doubles --  Sara Scherff-Adia Farling def. Paige Nielsen-Madeline Crites 6-2, 7-6 (2).

No. 2 doubles --  Lindsey Muilenburg-Cassidy Gordon def. Aubryanne Leugers-Renee Hoyt 6-3, 4-6, 6--4.

No. 3 doubles --  Zoey Prokopyschyn-Parker Lucas def. Clara Dailey-Claire Lenich 6-0, 7-6 (1).

No. 4 doubles --  Alex Mabie-Drew Felderman def. Grace Brouillette-Avery Walters 6-1, 6-2.