<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:04:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Falcons iced out of first Frozen Four berth as Harvard hangs on for 3-2 victory in regional final]]> http://gazette.com/falcons-iced-out-of-first-frozen-four-berth-as-harvard-hangs-on-for-3-2-victory-in-regional-final/article/1599718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcons-iced-out-of-first-frozen-four-berth-as-harvard-hangs-on-for-3-2-victory-in-regional-final/article/1599718?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Air Force hockey's season may be over, but it left the NCAA Tournament feeling defiantly proud after pushing another of the nation's best to their limit.

The Falcons' comeback attempt fell short, which left them one win shy of the program's first Frozen Four appearance following a 3-2 loss to Harvard on Saturday night.

"No one left early, huh?" Air Force coach Frank Serratore said.

"I don't know how many times we have to prove we aren't an easy out," he added. "We lost to (No. 1) Denver in overtime and lost by one to a team like (No. 2) Harvard. We weren't just thrilled to be here. We came to win and you saw that in our comeback.



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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:53:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Jalen Robinette improves marks on Pro Day as another Air Force player emerges as NFL prospect]]> http://gazette.com/jalen-robinette-improves-marks-on-pro-day-as-another-air-force-player-emerges-as-nfl-prospect/article/1599430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-robinette-improves-marks-on-pro-day-as-another-air-force-player-emerges-as-nfl-prospect/article/1599430?custom_click=rss

Jalen Robinette improved his numbers from the NFL Combine and Weston Steelhammer had a chance to provide the measurables to go with what scouts have already seen of him.

These two players most commonly mentioned as having NFL potential felt they improved their prospects as Air Force hosted Pro Day on Tuesday. But another name - Jacob Onyechi - jumped in with them.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior outside linebacker leapt 40 inches in the vertical, ran an unofficial 4.41-second 40-meter dash and became the name scouts asked the other players about in hushed tones in a setting where information was kept tightly to the vest.

"It's really all speculation. For me, I really don't know how all of this works," said Onyechi, who



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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:49:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Thanks to Jalen Robinette and pro policy, spotlight will shine on Air Force football at Pro Day]]> http://gazette.com/thanks-to-jalen-robinette-and-pro-policy-spotlight-will-shine-on-air-force-football-at-pro-day/article/1599356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thanks-to-jalen-robinette-and-pro-policy-spotlight-will-shine-on-air-force-football-at-pro-day/article/1599356?custom_click=rss

Air Force hosts a Pro Day every year, giving its senior football players a chance as their last act as academy athletes to make a first impression with NFL scouts.

But this year's Pro Day figures to be different, and not just because it has a headliner in Jalen Robinette.

Academy graduates have a new option of playing sports professionally immediately instead of first serving at least 24 months on active duty. This, combined with a deep senior class that includes Robinette has added weight to the event. More than a dozen NFL scouts figure to be on hand, whereas previous years saw maybe three or four. There has been no media coverage of the event over the past four years, but this year more than 10 media outlets reached out to



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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:54:48 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Yes, Air Force once ruled Mountain West basketball and rode to NCAA Tournament]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-yes-air-force-once-ruled-mountain-west-basketball-and-rode-to-ncaa-tournament/article/1599346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-yes-air-force-once-ruled-mountain-west-basketball-and-rode-to-ncaa-tournament/article/1599346?custom_click=rss

A.J. Kuhle served as a vital piece on Colorado's most surprising and overachieving college sports team of the 21st century.

The 2003-04 Air Force basketball team won the Mountain West regular-season title, conquering teams that boasted future NBA lottery picks.

The Falcons placed a severe scare into North Carolina in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, leading deep into the second half. The Tar Heels, with essentially the same roster, won the national title a year later.

Air Force finished 12-2 in the Mountain West, impressive from any angle. But get this: In the 10 seasons before the title, the Falcons lost 144 of 174 conference games.

How did this seemingly miraculous season happen?

Recruiting.



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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:26:49 -0600
<![CDATA[College hockey notes: Air Force climbs rankings, Serratore savoring championship]]> http://gazette.com/college-hockey-notes-air-force-climbs-rankings-serratore-savoring-championship/article/1599339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/college-hockey-notes-air-force-climbs-rankings-serratore-savoring-championship/article/1599339?custom_click=rss

Falcons ranked 15th in national poll

Air Force climbed up to No. 15 in Monday's national poll for its highest rating since reaching No. 11 during the 2008-09 season. It is the seventh-straight week in the poll and eighth this season for the Falcons (26-9-5).

More importantly, the Falcons are the 12th overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and a third seed in the East Regional in Providence, R.I. where they face eighth-ranked Western Michigan at 5:30 p.m. Mountain Friday.

Denver repeated as No. 1 in the poll used by The Associated Press and The Gazette. East regional top seed Harvard is ranked second while its opponent, Providence, is 13th.



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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:54:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Back at his favorite spot, Air Force offensive line coach Steed Lobotzke 'can't wipe the smile off my face']]> http://gazette.com/back-at-his-favorite-spot-air-force-offensive-line-coach-steed-lobotzke-cant-wipe-the-smile-off-my-face/article/1599170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/back-at-his-favorite-spot-air-force-offensive-line-coach-steed-lobotzke-cant-wipe-the-smile-off-my-face/article/1599170?custom_click=rss

The differences in coaching on Air Force's offensive line will be subtle in moving from Clay Hendrix to Steed Lobotzke.

That in itself ought to be seen as good news for Falcons fans.

Hendrix spent a decade running a line that consistently churned out a top-five rushing attack. He left this offseason to become the head coach at Furman -- his alma mater (and that of his wife) and the program where he spent more than two decades as an assistant.

But waiting in the wings was Lobotzke, a former Air Force offensive linemen whose credentials are equally impressive after running lines at Ohio and Wake Forest for nearly 20 years.

"We are so, so fortunate in that regard," said coach Troy Calhoun, who brought Lobotzke onto

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]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force's Jordan Himley a jokester everywhere but on the ice]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-jordan-himley-a-jokester-everywhere-but-on-the-ice/article/1599086?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-jordan-himley-a-jokester-everywhere-but-on-the-ice/article/1599086?custom_click=rss

On the ice, Air Force junior Jordan Himley is a hard-nosed competitor who leads the Falcons in scoring.

But on the bench or in the locker room, he is often smiling or joking to relax his teammates.

That combination has made him an invaluable part of the Falcons' run to the Atlantic Hockey Conference semifinals this weekend.

"Himmer is a pretty loose cat," coach Frank Serratore said. "Hockey is his happy place. Even during tense times, I'll look (down the bench) and he will be smiling."

And while the coach can be annoyed by that, Himley's humor helps his teammates stay loose during normally trying moments.

"Himley is kind of a goofy guy and he embraces that," junior Dylan Abood said. "He says things that may



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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:23:57 -0600
<![CDATA[With players like Dailen Sutton, Air Force grows taller at cornerback]]> http://gazette.com/with-players-like-dailen-sutton-air-force-grows-taller-at-cornerback/article/1599036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-players-like-dailen-sutton-air-force-grows-taller-at-cornerback/article/1599036?custom_click=rss

Air Force's football recruits are growing noticeably larger, with some recent commits tipping the scales at or around 300.

While those weights on the hulking linemen stand out the most, another size transformation is creeping its way onto the depth chart right now.

Junior-to-be Dailen Sutton - who stands 6-foot-1 - has ascended to the first team at cornerback. Zane Lewis, a 6-foot-2 freshman, is taking second-team reps.

The added height is a departure for a program that by and large has featured corners standing well under 6 feet. That could come in handy at a spot where corners are often left on their own without safety help and combating receivers who generally carry a distinct height advantage - the Mountain West's



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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:31:39 -0600
<![CDATA[No Air Force tailbacks practicing this spring have logged carries in a game]]> http://gazette.com/no-air-force-tailbacks-practicing-this-spring-have-logged-carries-in-a-game/article/1598916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-air-force-tailbacks-practicing-this-spring-have-logged-carries-in-a-game/article/1598916?custom_click=rss

Lopsided games have served as an in-game tryout for Air Force players in the past.

Jalen Robinette's first catch - a touchdown grab - came with the Falcons trailing by 39 points in the fourth quarter.

Tim McVey carried 10 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the second half of 56- and 61-point victories, using that as a springboard to more playing time.

Last year, however, those opportunities didn't occur. Air Force beat FCS opponent Abilene Christian by just 16 points and didn't go to the bench in a 48-14 victory over Georgia State.

After that, every game was close.

The impact was felt perhaps the most at the tailback spot. Most years five or six tailbacks log carries for the team, but last year only



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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:07:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Running back Malik Miller lured to Air Force not by running game, but by engineering program]]> http://gazette.com/running-back-malik-miller-lured-to-air-force-not-by-running-game-but-by-engineering-program/article/1598912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/running-back-malik-miller-lured-to-air-force-not-by-running-game-but-by-engineering-program/article/1598912?custom_click=rss

Since childhood, Malik Miller envisioned himself at this point.

Not necessarily as a running back battling for playing time at a Division I program, but as an aeronautical engineer major working toward his degree.

"To be a developmental engineer, that's the dream," said Miller, an Air Force sophomore who grew up in Griffin, Ga., near a Lockheed Martin plant and always envisioned himself working there. "I've known I wanted to go into aeronautical engineering since seventh grade. When Air Force came in, I was like, 'That fits perfectly.' It was the main thing that drew me here."

Miller isn't sure if he'll go into jet engine propulsion or aircraft design - where he'd like to "design less skin friction, drag and stuff like



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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:59:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Saturday's prep roundup: CSCS boys' basketball takes 3rd at state; Air Academy girls win soccer tournament; Coronado, Widefield claim track wins]]> http://gazette.com/saturdays-prep-roundup-cscs-boys-basketball-takes-3rd-at-state-air-academy-girls-win-soccer-tournament-coronado-widefield-claim-track-wins/article/1598724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saturdays-prep-roundup-cscs-boys-basketball-takes-3rd-at-state-air-academy-girls-win-soccer-tournament-coronado-widefield-claim-track-wins/article/1598724?custom_click=rss

Boys' Basketball

No. 3 CSCS 63, No. 1 Kent Denver 55, OT

At DU: Colorado Springs Christian School rallied from a six-point fourth quarter deficit before going on to win in overtime for 3A third place.

Lookens Smith hit a 3-pointer from the corner early in the extra period, then hit two free throws down the stretch to help put the game out of reach.

Justin Engesser hit an off-balance shot while being fouled with 1:20 to play in regulation. He hit the free throw to give the Lions the lead for good 58-55. Engesser led all scorers with 28 points.

The Lions entered the 3A tournament as the two-time defending state champs but were knocked off in the semifinals by No. 10 Sterling on Friday.



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Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:41:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force shakes off rust, blanks Bentley in postseason opener]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-shakes-off-rust-blanks-bentley-in-postseason-opener/article/1598669?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-shakes-off-rust-blanks-bentley-in-postseason-opener/article/1598669?custom_click=rss

Air Force goaltender Shane Starrett led the charge out of the tunnel for the first warm-ups of the postseason, tripped and hit the ice hard as his teammates cackled behind him. He rolled over, shook it off and headed for the crease.

It was the biggest defensive gaffe of the night.

Starrett made 18 saves and Phil Boje had three points (one goal, two assists) as Air Force won the opener of its Atlantic Hockey Conference tournament quarterfinal series 4-0.

Air Force was coming off its 10th first-round bye in 11 years, and Bentley needed double overtime in its tiebreaking third game to finish off Sacred Heart last weekend. A good penalty kill midway through the first period helped the host Falcons (23-9-5, 20-6-3 AHC) shake



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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:25:39 -0700