<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Thu, 05 May 2016 02:40:43 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Air Force's Troy Calhoun will speak at annual Coaches for Charity dinner]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-troy-calhoun-will-speak-at-annual-coaches-for-charity-dinner/article/1575419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-troy-calhoun-will-speak-at-annual-coaches-for-charity-dinner/article/1575419?custom_click=rss

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun will raise funds for Home Front Cares at the ninth annual Colorado Coaches for Charity event May 11 at Sports Authority Field. Home Front Cares provides support for Colorado service members, veterans and family members who have been impacted by deployment.

The Colorado Coaches for Charity event is hosted by The Fisher DeBerry Foundation. DeBerry, the former Air Force football coach, created the foundation to honor his mother, Mildred.

"It's a night of fun, but it's a very meaningful," DeBerry said. The event has raised more than $200,000 for charity, DeBerry said.



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Wed, 04 May 2016 17:30:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force pair earn invitations to NFL rookie minicamps]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-pair-earn-invitations-to-nfl-rookie-minicamps/article/1575197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-pair-earn-invitations-to-nfl-rookie-minicamps/article/1575197?custom_click=rss

A pair of Air Force seniors will get the chance to attend NFL minicamps this spring.

Defensive end Alex Hansen was invited to Bears rookie minicamp, according to Chicago Sports News, and tight end Garrett Griffin will choose between invitations to Chiefs and Saints minicamps, according to the National Football Post.

The pair went undrafted this past weekend, as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (Ravens, sixth round) was the only service academy player selected. Reynolds, the quarterback who set the NCAA record with 88 rushing touchdowns, was picked as a receiver.

Nine players from the Mountain West had their names called in the draft, led by Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa, who went to Baltimore with the 11th pick



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Mon, 02 May 2016 07:16:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Jared Goff conquered Air Force, but Falcons found success against other NFL 1st-round QBs]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-jared-goff-conquered-air-force-but-falcons-found-success-against-other-nfl-1st-round-qbs/article/1575008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-jared-goff-conquered-air-force-but-falcons-found-success-against-other-nfl-1st-round-qbs/article/1575008?custom_click=rss

For Air Force football fans, images of Jared Goff's Dec. 29 shredding of the Falcons' defense will not fade.

Goff showed off his arm strength, touch and nerve while leading Cal to a 55-36 victory over the Falcons. His dominating performance helped propel him into the first round, and likely first pick, of Thursday's NFL draft.

In this century, the Falcons have faced five future first-round QB selections in the NFL draft. The results have been mixed and at times surprising.

2015: Jared Goff, Cal

Air Force coaches and players cannot be accused of underplaying the extreme threat of Goff.

"He's everything you'd want in an NFL quarterback," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said before the game.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:17:29 -0600
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Marty Louthan's impact on Colorado Springs sports continues 30 years after his Air Force playing days]]> http://gazette.com/video-marty-louthans-impact-on-colorado-springs-sports-continues-30-years-after-his-air-force-playing-days/article/1574713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-marty-louthans-impact-on-colorado-springs-sports-continues-30-years-after-his-air-force-playing-days/article/1574713?custom_click=rss

Marty Louthan rode the bench in high school football, arrived at Air Force's prep school as a baseball player and spent much of his early career with the Falcons as a receiver.

Yet despite those beginnings, Louthan launched a groundbreaking career as Air Force's quarterback that helped set the stage for decades of success and has now earned him a spot in the class of 2016 for the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted on Oct. 25.

"I didn't always believe," said Louthan, who in two years as the starting quarterback helped Air Force improve from 6-16-1 in in his first two years early in coach Ken Hatfield's tenure to 18-6 in 1982-83. "But I saw some things happen that were just incredible."

Louthan was



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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:11:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force pitcher among 60 named to Golden Spikes Award watch list]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-pitcher-among-60-named-to-golden-spikes-award-watch-list/article/1574523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-pitcher-among-60-named-to-golden-spikes-award-watch-list/article/1574523?custom_click=rss

Air Force pitcher Griffin Jax was one of 60 players named Wednesday to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list.

The Golden Spikes Award is essentially the Heisman Trophy of baseball, except that it stretches beyond just Division I and is given to the top amateur player in the country.

Jax, a junior right-handed pitcher, leads the Mountain West with a 1.59 ERA, is second in the league with six wins and his 60 strikeouts are also second best. He has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his nine starts and earlier this year posted 241/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

A Cherry Creek High School grad from Greenwood Village, Jax was a 12-round draft pick out of high school in 2013 and



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:13:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force's Frank Serratore explains cutting two hockey games against Colorado College to one]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-explains-cutting-two-hockey-games-against-colorado-college-to-one/article/1574400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-explains-cutting-two-hockey-games-against-colorado-college-to-one/article/1574400?custom_click=rss

Air Force hockey coach Frank Serratore hated to end the one-season home-and-home experiment with Colorado College.

He ended the experiment anyway.

The Falcons play 28 games against Atlantic Hockey conference opponents, and Serratore decided he needed more flexibility in his schedule. This meant he had to cut two games against crosstown opponent Colorado College to one game in the 2016-2017 season.

"We're not running from anything," Serratore said. "It's not like we don't like playing those guys. It's David vs. Goliath. We love those games."

Recently, David has been winning, which meant Serratore had good reason to love those games. He's defeated the Tigers in three of the past four meetings. Last season, the teams



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:24:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Streak moves Air Force men's lacrosse into nation's top 10]]> http://gazette.com/streak-moves-air-force-mens-lacrosse-into-nations-top-10/article/1574389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/streak-moves-air-force-mens-lacrosse-into-nations-top-10/article/1574389?custom_click=rss

An 11-game winning streak has landed the Air Force men's lacrosse team in elite company.

The Falcons jumped to No.‚ÄČ9 in the Inside Lacrosse national rankings released Monday, the highest in program history and placing the team among just a handful of Air Force squads to climb into the top 10 in their sport.

The rifle team finished fourth in the nation this season and the men's gymnastics team was ranked as high as 10th. The difference is that there are only 23 NCAA Division I rifle teams and 16 men's gymnastics teams, while 80 teams play D1 men's lacrosse.

The 2012 men's water polo team finished fourth in 2012, but there are just 24 water polo teams around the nation.



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:21:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force linebackers brace for position battle in the fall]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-linebackers-brace-for-position-battle-in-the-fall/article/1574327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-linebackers-brace-for-position-battle-in-the-fall/article/1574327?custom_click=rss

Before Jack Flor knew anything else about the Air Force Academy, he knew it wouldn't be easy.

"When they first came to school they gave me a business card and I was like, there's no way I'm going there," Flor recalled of his junior year at O'Dea High School in Bothell, Wash. "I didn't know anything about it, but I knew the Air Force Academy sounded awful."

An official visit the next year changed his mind and Flor eventually chose the Falcons over Wyoming. But what hasn't changed is that nothing at the academy has come easy, and Flor knows that will be true when it comes to his fight for playing time at inside linebacker in the 2016 season.



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:35:16 -0600