<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:45:23 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Airport experience provides Air Force basketball coach with positive moment in down season]]> http://gazette.com/airport-experience-provides-air-force-basketball-coach-with-positive-moment-in-down-season/article/1597376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airport-experience-provides-air-force-basketball-coach-with-positive-moment-in-down-season/article/1597376?custom_click=rss

When Air Force returned to Denver International Airport from its 20th consecutive road loss, coach Dave Pilipovich said it arrived at the same time as "another team in our league."

Pilipovich didn't specify which team it was, but Colorado State didn't travel this past week. Wyoming did.

The coach watched as the teams walked through the concourse together, boarded the trains and waited for bags, and he couldn't escape one thought.

"As I took a step back and I watched both teams, I was happy I was with the team I was with," Pilipovich said. "Just the way we were dressed, the way we conducted ourselves, just the way they presented themselves.

"That makes you feel good.

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:57:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Conference road losing streak hits 20 as Air Force can't hold lead at San Jose State]]> http://gazette.com/conference-road-losing-streak-hits-20-as-air-force-cant-hold-lead-at-san-jose-state/article/1597175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/conference-road-losing-streak-hits-20-as-air-force-cant-hold-lead-at-san-jose-state/article/1597175?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Coach Dave Pilipovich lamented, repeatedly, an inability to make a "winning play."

Junior Jacob Van described the "sting." Sophomore Ryan Manning summed it up as "frustrating."

But maybe nobody captured the mood of Air Force basketball as succinctly as senior Hayden Graham, who tweeted, "I hate being in this dark place."

The Falcons were so close Saturday to finally basking in the light. They led San Jose State by 13 at halftime, 10 inside the final 8 minutes and by four with the ball midway through overtime.

But in the end, they lost 83-78 for their sixth straight loss and 20th consecutive setback on the road in the Mountain West.

"They were able to make the winning plays at the end. We

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:25:44 -0700
<![CDATA[San Jose State basketball has moved around Air Force with a roster built the 'old-school' way]]> http://gazette.com/san-jose-state-basketball-has-moved-around-air-force-with-a-roster-built-the-old-school-way/article/1597106?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/san-jose-state-basketball-has-moved-around-air-force-with-a-roster-built-the-old-school-way/article/1597106?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The days of Air Force and everyone else in the Mountain West assuming victory against San Jose State have passed.

But the odd - perhaps refreshing - thing about the Spartans quick turnaround under coach Dave Wojcik is that it wasn't done with typical quick-fix strategies.

In a league where many teams build with transfers, San Jose State doesn't have a player on the roster who has logged time at another four-year school. Brandon Clarke, the leading scorer who torched Air Force for 36 points on Jan. 14, is a sophomore and part of a starting five that each came to the Spartans out of high school.

"It's kind of the old-fashioned way," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich said. "The old-school way. It's kind of

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:54:31 -0700
<![CDATA[My busy valentine: Air Force couple shares difficulties of building relationship through academy, athletic demands]]> http://gazette.com/my-busy-valentine-air-force-couple-shares-difficulties-of-building-relationship-through-academy-athletic-demands/article/1596742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/my-busy-valentine-air-force-couple-shares-difficulties-of-building-relationship-through-academy-athletic-demands/article/1596742?custom_click=rss

A go-to date for Hayden Graham and Paige Saxton-Getty often involves squeezing in a quick meal at Mitch's, the dining hall at the Air Force Academy.

Problem is, the tables seat 10 people. Many times the couple has fallen into a deep one-on-one conversation only to have someone chime in to the discussion.

"It's pretty awkward," Saxton-Getty said. "Definitely not like a date scene at all."

Complications meet couples at every step of the way as cadets. First there's the widely disparate breakdown of genders that prevent most from finding love at the academy in the first place. For those that do, policies include no dating of upperclassmen for freshmen, no closed doors for couples in the dorms or academic buildings and no

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:26:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force basketball falls again on road, but this time with altered lineup]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-basketball-falls-again-on-road-but-this-time-with-altered-lineup/article/1596607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-basketball-falls-again-on-road-but-this-time-with-altered-lineup/article/1596607?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho - The result was the same, but the vibe was not.

Air Force followed a frustratingly familiar script on Saturday against Mountain West-leading Boise State. It fell behind by 14 in the first half and battled back to take a lead in the second half before the Broncos accelerated to a 76-66 victory.

But this wasn't same old, same old as the program skidded to its 19th consecutive conference road loss, because this time the cast was different.

The Falcons placed sophomore Pervis Louder and Sid Tomes in the starting lineup (in place of Trevor Lyons and Jacob Van), gave freshman Ryan Swan the first action of his career and kept freshman center Lavelle Scottie on the floor for a career-high 23 minutes.

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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:49:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Mountain West official blows big call in Air Force's loss to New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-mountain-west-official-blows-big-call-in-air-forces-loss-to-new-mexico/article/1596398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-mountain-west-official-blows-big-call-in-air-forces-loss-to-new-mexico/article/1596398?custom_click=rss

New Mexico guard Elijah Brown was begging for a technical foul, and game official David Hall gave him one.
Then, in one of the strangest sequences in the history of Air Force’s Clune Arena, Hall waved off the technical.
Let’s be clear: Hall made the right call, and then made the wrong call by vacating his right call.
It was comical, and it was costly to Air Force.
In the final seconds of New Mexico’s win over Air Force, Brown was fouled in the backcourt. He could have calmly walked to the free-throw line.

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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:51:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Controversial finish closes out yet another tight Air Force basketball loss]]> http://gazette.com/controversial-finish-closes-out-yet-another-tight-air-force-basketball-loss/article/1596383?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/controversial-finish-closes-out-yet-another-tight-air-force-basketball-loss/article/1596383?custom_click=rss

In all likelihood, the controversial final moments of Air Force's loss to New Mexico did not affect the outcome.

But piled onto the mounting frustrations of the season, it was clearly a hypothetical the Falcons didn't want as this 74-67 defeat set in for the dejected squad.

Air Force trailed New Mexico by five when it missed a shot and fouled Lobos guard Elijah Brown with 4.1 seconds left. Brown, already whistled for one technical foul earlier in the game, dribbled down the court after play stopped and attempted a dunk, missing it.

He was called for a second technical, which would have meant he was ejected and Air Force would have selected the Lobos player to shoot two free throws. The Falcons then would have had

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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:24:29 -0700
<![CDATA[This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings: Doherty boys, girls No. 1 in basketball]]> http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings-doherty-boys-girls-no.-1-in-basketball/article/1596157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/this-weeks-gazette-preps-high-school-sports-rankings-doherty-boys-girls-no.-1-in-basketball/article/1596157?custom_click=rss


Team (RPI) *Record Last week


1. Doherty (7) 15-3 1

2. Rampart (10) 14-5 3

3. Vista Ridge (16) 13-4 2


1. Sierra (12) 16-3 1

2. Lewis-Palmer (4) (4) 15-4 3

3. Sand Creek (16) 14-5 2

3A and below

1. CSCS (2) 15-2 1

2. Manitou Springs (1) 14-1 2


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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:29:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force hockey wraps up road sweep]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-wraps-up-road-sweep/article/1596163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockey-wraps-up-road-sweep/article/1596163?custom_click=rss

WATERTOWN, Mass. - Air Force scored three goals in the final 3:06 of the game as the Falcons defeated Bentley, 5-1, on Saturday. The Falcons are in second place in the league, one point behind Canisius.

"We are in a good place right now," coach Frank Serratore said. "We are playing a steady, even-keel game and competing very well. ... It's Super Bowl weekend and it will be a super Sunday for Coach Serratore."

Air Force (18-8-4, 15-5-2 league) drew first blood midway through the opening period. On the rush, Erich Jaeger tipped in a pass from Evan Giesler for the first goal of Jaeger's career. Kyle Haak scored in the second period.

Tyler Ledford scored with 3:06 remaining to put the Falcons up 3-1. With 1:58 left in the

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:05:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Home floor has provided huge lift for Air Force despite low attendance]]> http://gazette.com/home-floor-has-provided-huge-lift-for-air-force-despite-low-attendance/article/1595974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/home-floor-has-provided-huge-lift-for-air-force-despite-low-attendance/article/1595974?custom_click=rss

The home version of Air Force basketball takes the floor again on Saturday.

This version has been pretty good.

At Clune Arena, the Falcons are 10-3 with wins over Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State in Mountain West play and Missouri State (14-9) in non-conference action.

The road has been an entirely different story, as Air Force is 0-9 away from home and has dropped 18 straight conference road games.

What's more remarkable about this discrepancy is the lack of support the Falcons have found in Clune Arena. Air Force's average home attendance through four conference games is 1,624, which is not only last in the Mountain West but is less than one-fifth of Nevada's average home attendance. And Nevada ranks

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Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:26:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Four goals in five minutes boost Air Force hockey team]]> http://gazette.com/four-goals-in-five-minutes-boost-air-force-hockey-team/article/1595985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/four-goals-in-five-minutes-boost-air-force-hockey-team/article/1595985?custom_click=rss

WATERTOWN, Mass. - Air Force scored four goals in the second period as the Falcons defeated Bentley, 6-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday night.

Kyle Haak and A.J. Reid each scored two goals for the Falcons. Air Force remained in second place in the league, improving to 17-8-4 overall and 14-5-2 in the conference.

"This was a huge win," head coach Frank Serratore said. "It was a really good, consistent game for us. Despite the score, this was a sneaky, scary game. We had to overcome some of our own adversity. You never want to start a game giving up a short-handed goal. But we answered by scoring the next two."

Midway through the first period, Air Force's Trevor Stone drew a penalty and the Falcons went on

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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:31:51 -0700