<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:10:31 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Jump! Air Force skydivers a gold standard]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-jump-air-force-skydivers-a-gold-standard/article/1594875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-jump-air-force-skydivers-a-gold-standard/article/1594875?custom_click=rss

DENVER - It was Parents Weekend at the Air Force Academy when Adam Fly jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and his parachute malfunctioned.

A senior at Air Force, Fly had been free-falling to Earth at the speed of a Jon Gray fastball - plus 20 mph - and one of his brake toggles crapped out. Don't worry. He didn't.

"I waited on it until 1,700 feet," Fly says. "Then I thought I better do something."

Introducing the gold medalists of Colorado's skies: the Wings of Blue. They play "Twister" while zipping up to 200 mph through the air. They lose the brakes on their parachutes, and instead of flipping their lids, they do something. They are the national champions of the Air Force skydiving team. I think they are out of



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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:46:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Jalen Robinette's family, racial background set him on track for success at Air Force and whatever comes next]]> http://gazette.com/jalen-robinettes-family-racial-background-set-him-on-track-for-success-at-air-force-and-whatever-comes-next/article/1594810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-robinettes-family-racial-background-set-him-on-track-for-success-at-air-force-and-whatever-comes-next/article/1594810?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jalen Robinette began turning backflips off the couch at age 3, so his mother quickly enrolled him in gymnastics class.

If Trine Rowell couldn't keep her son's energy contained, she could at least help him learn the skills that would keep him safe.

Rowell applied the same logic later on when she would sense he was falling off the correct path. She didn't shield him from anything, but made sure he was equipped with the knowledge to fully grasp his situation.

Robinette, the wide receiver who will represent Air Force for the final time on Saturday at the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, was born to a teenage mother. His half-brother was born three weeks later.



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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:07:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Limiting turnovers likely key to Air Force basketball turning around its season]]> http://gazette.com/limiting-turnovers-likely-key-to-air-force-basketball-turning-around-its-season/article/1594822?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/limiting-turnovers-likely-key-to-air-force-basketball-turning-around-its-season/article/1594822?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In a dejected locker room sick of moral victories, Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich asked his Air Force basketball team what they would have changed on Wednesday night.

"To a man, they all said they wished they could take a turnover away," Pilipovich said after a game in which the Falcons battled even after trailing by 17, only to lose.

A lot of factors tilted the scales in that game and several close Mountain West contests before it for the Falcons, but here's a glaring stat: In two wins it has averaged 11 turnovers. In its past three losses it has averaged 16 turnovers.

On Wednesday, the Falcons (9-10, 2-4 Mountain West) were whistled for several traveling violations, threw away a handful of passes



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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:54:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force's Jalen Robinette hasn't been approached about moving to tight end in NFL]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-jalen-robinette-hasnt-been-approached-about-moving-to-tight-end-in-nfl/article/1594761?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-jalen-robinette-hasnt-been-approached-about-moving-to-tight-end-in-nfl/article/1594761?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A blogger covering the Philadelphia Eagles snuck in a few extra characters after Jalen Robinette's name in his East-West Shrine Bowl coverage, listing him not just as a wide receiver but as WR/TE.

Now, this could simply be a mistake from someone who doesn't cover the record-setting Falcons receiver, who has emerged as a top performer this week in practices for Saturday's all-star showcase.

Or it could be a signal that Robinette - who measured officially at the game at 6-foot-2.7, 215 pounds with 10 6/8-inch hands and a 79 1/8-inch wing span - might be used on the next level as something of a tight end-wide receiver hybrid.



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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:33:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Intangibles helps Air Force players stand out to teammates at East-West Shrine Game practice]]> http://gazette.com/intangibles-helps-air-force-players-stand-out-to-teammates-at-east-west-shrine-game-practice/article/1594758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/intangibles-helps-air-force-players-stand-out-to-teammates-at-east-west-shrine-game-practice/article/1594758?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Weston Steelhammer nudged his way toward the front of the huddle after practice Thursday when a young girl stepped forward to share her story with the Shriners Hospitals.

The hospital is the primary charity of the East-West Shrine Game, in which Steelhammer and Air Force teammate Jalen Robinette will play Saturday. And as Karolina Nogues spoke of her experiences, Steelhammer positioned himself to ensure he could hear every detail.

The safety has brought the same seriousness to film study, even putting in extra time with USC defensive back Leon McQuay III.

"Everybody else just does it when the coaches do it the next day, but me and him do it after practice," McQuay said.



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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:54:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force's Robinette, Steelhammer drawing attention of NFL scouts at Shrine Game practices]]> http://gazette.com/air-forces-robinette-steelhammer-drawing-attention-of-nfl-scouts-at-shrine-game-practices/article/1594672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-forces-robinette-steelhammer-drawing-attention-of-nfl-scouts-at-shrine-game-practices/article/1594672?custom_click=rss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A security guard jokingly berated Jalen Robinette as the Air Force receiver finally made his way to a team bus that was waiting on him on Wednesday.

"You're the last one," the guard shouted. "Second day in a row."

To be the last one off the field after a practice for a college all-star game like the East-West Shrine Game is telling, because it means NFL scouts kept approaching to make your acquaintance.

"I think he'll be on people's (NFL Draft) board," a scout from an NFC South team said of Robinette. "He's a good player. He's got a chance to play in the league for a while."

Robinette said he has received only hints about how NFL teams view his stock, but nothing to indicate if he might be



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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:29:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force cadet Kyle Haak's brains help him lead Falcons hockey, sophomore class at academy]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-cadet-kyle-haaks-brains-help-him-lead-falcons-hockey-sophomore-class-at-academy/article/1594665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-cadet-kyle-haaks-brains-help-him-lead-falcons-hockey-sophomore-class-at-academy/article/1594665?custom_click=rss

The sharp mind that has Air Force's Kyle Haak leading the academy's sophomore class academically also helps him pace the hockey team in points.

"He's brilliant in the classroom," coach Frank Serratore said. "I have been doing this for a long time and I can tell you there is zero correlation between being excellent in the classroom and having good hockey sense.

"But with Kyle, he has (both). He's a thinker on the ice. (Before a game) some guys never ask questions. Some guys are afraid to ask questions. He asks really good questions. He is dialed in."

Those questions before and during games and practices are how the Michigan native (21 points, team-high 14 assists) leads the second-place Falcons (13-7-4, 10-4-2).



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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:37:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force hockey's six-game winning streak snapped]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-hockeys-six-game-winning-streak-snapped/article/1594335?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-hockeys-six-game-winning-streak-snapped/article/1594335?custom_click=rss Canisius scored four goals in the first period and held off Air Force for a 4-1 win in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday at Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force's six-game winning streak, tied for the longest in the nation, ended as the Falcons fell to 13-7-3 overall and 10-4-1 in the league.

Despite the loss, the Falcons remain in first place in Atlantic Hockey.

Canisius (8-10-4, 7-4-3 AHC) opened the scoring just 3:11 into the game when Jeff Murray took a shot from a sharp angle on the right side, but the puck squirted under the arm of goalie Shane Starrett and Jesse Pereira tapped it in for a 1-0 lead.

"They were opportunistic tonight," Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. "We didn't give them many chances, but we



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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:41:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force looking to end 10-game skid to Colorado State]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-looking-to-end-10-game-skid-to-colorado-state/article/1593835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-looking-to-end-10-game-skid-to-colorado-state/article/1593835?custom_click=rss

Zach Kocur has seen a bit of everything against Colorado State.

The Air Force senior personally enjoyed hot shooting against the Rams (7 of 11 from 3-point range over two games) and cold spells (2 of 10 in two others) and even once found himself stuck in a headlock from hulking Rams forward J.J. Avila that resulted in a brief fight and multiple suspensions.

What Kocur or anyone else wearing an Air Force uniform since 2011 hasn't seen is a Falcons victory in this series.

Colorado State has won 10 in a row over Air Force and Saturday's noon game will mark the only opportunity for the streak to end this season.



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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:19:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Senior standout Hayden Graham questionable as Air Force basketball heads to Colorado State]]> http://gazette.com/senior-standout-hayden-graham-questionable-as-air-force-basketball-heads-to-colorado-state/article/1593827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senior-standout-hayden-graham-questionable-as-air-force-basketball-heads-to-colorado-state/article/1593827?custom_click=rss

Air Force will likely wait until game time before deciding if standout forward Hayden Graham can play on Saturday at Colorado State.

Graham broke out in hives from the neck down early this week and the itchy condition grew worse through the week. Coach Dave Pilipovich said Graham was in and out of the hospital and medicine hadn't cleared the condition.

"He is still at the doctor," Pilipovich said as Air Force wrapped practice early on Friday afternoon and prepped to leave for Fort Collins. "He'll be a game-time decision. If I were a betting man I'd vote against it."

Graham, a senior captain, is Air Force's second-leading scorer at 11.5 points per game and leads the team in rebounds and blocked shots.



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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:03:22 -0700