<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Tue, 26 May 2015 07:54:34 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs man, Air Force pilot wins 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens race]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-air-force-pilot-wins-2015-bolder-boulder-citizens-race/article/1552498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-air-force-pilot-wins-2015-bolder-boulder-citizens-race/article/1552498?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — U.S. Air Force pilot Ben Payne of Colorado Springs and Boulder Running Company's Brittni Hutton of Alamosa won the 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens races on a cool, sunny morning as tens of thousands gathered to run the annual 10,000-meter race.

Payne, 33, an Arvada native and a major in the Air Force, beat a talented field that included former Boulder resident and professional runner Fernando Cabada. Payne called it the biggest win of his career.

"You never know who's going to show up here," said Payne, who was returning for his first race since January after fighting tendonitis in his hip. "It's a really good fitness test for what's coming this summer and hopefully the Olympic Trials next February."



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BOULDER — U.S. Air Force pilot Ben Payne of Colorado Springs and Boulder Running Company's Brittni Hutton of Alamosa won the 2015 Bolder Boulder citizens races on a cool, sunny morning as tens of thousands gathered to run the annual 10,000-meter race.

Payne, 33, an Arvada native and a major in the Air Force, beat a talented field that included former Boulder resident and professional runner Fernando Cabada. Payne called it the biggest win of his career.

"You never know who's going to show up here," said Payne, who was returning for his first race since January after fighting tendonitis in his hip. "It's a really good fitness test for what's coming this summer and hopefully the Olympic Trials next February."

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Mon, 25 May 2015 09:37:32 -0600
<![CDATA[New Air Force women's basketball coach fills out her staff]]> http://gazette.com/new-air-force-womens-basketball-coach-fills-out-her-staff/article/1552406?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-air-force-womens-basketball-coach-fills-out-her-staff/article/1552406?custom_click=rss

New Air Force women’s coach Chris Gobrecht announced her team of assistants for the upcoming season, a group she says is “as talented a staff as any in the country.”

The lone holdover from Andrea Williams’ staff is 1st Lt. Derek Brook, who will return for his second season as the military assistant.

The staff includes one with experience at the top level nationally in Stacy McIntyre, one with service academy experience in Erin Mills, a young up-and-comer who has spent several years with Gobrecht in Clare Fitzpatrick and one with regional ties in Janean Jubic.



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New Air Force women’s coach Chris Gobrecht announced her team of assistants for the upcoming season, a group she says is “as talented a staff as any in the country.”

The lone holdover from Andrea Williams’ staff is 1st Lt. Derek Brook, who will return for his second season as the military assistant.

The staff includes one with experience at the top level nationally in Stacy McIntyre, one with service academy experience in Erin Mills, a young up-and-comer who has spent several years with Gobrecht in Clare Fitzpatrick and one with regional ties in Janean Jubic.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 17:03:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota]]> http://gazette.com/transferring-air-force-freshman-mooney-lands-at-south-dakota/article/1552256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/transferring-air-force-freshman-mooney-lands-at-south-dakota/article/1552256?custom_click=rss

Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday.

Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy.

"We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig Smith said in a press release Wednesday. "He is a great young man who understands what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level. Matt's versatility and playmaking ability on the perimeter, along with being a highly competitive player, make him a great fit for our program."

Mooney averaged 6.9 points this past season as Air Force went 14-17.



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Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday.

Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy.

"We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig Smith said in a press release Wednesday. "He is a great young man who understands what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level. Matt's versatility and playmaking ability on the perimeter, along with being a highly competitive player, make him a great fit for our program."

Mooney averaged 6.9 points this past season as Air Force went 14-17.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:11:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Stroke strikes yet another young Air Force tennis coach]]> http://gazette.com/stroke-strikes-yet-another-young-air-force-tennis-coach/article/1552223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stroke-strikes-yet-another-young-air-force-tennis-coach/article/1552223?custom_click=rss

This is just bizarre, and very bad, luck.

Air Force assistant men’s tennis coach Evan Urbina tweeted Tuesday evening that he had suffered a stroke.

“Had a stroke,” Urbina, in his late 20s, posted on social media. “Thankful for all your support. Should be out after a quick procedure tomorrow!”

The post was accompanied by a smiling Urbina sitting up in a hospital gown.

Urbina assists head coach Dan Oosterhous, who himself has spent the past two years recovering from a pair of strokes that struck him at 42. Oosterhous’ first stroke left no permanent damage, but another one three weeks later cost him the use of much of the left side of his body. His recovery, as chronicled here



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This is just bizarre, and very bad, luck.

Air Force assistant men’s tennis coach Evan Urbina tweeted Tuesday evening that he had suffered a stroke.

“Had a stroke,” Urbina, in his late 20s, posted on social media. “Thankful for all your support. Should be out after a quick procedure tomorrow!”

The post was accompanied by a smiling Urbina sitting up in a hospital gown.

Urbina assists head coach Dan Oosterhous, who himself has spent the past two years recovering from a pair of strokes that struck him at 42. Oosterhous’ first stroke left no permanent damage, but another one three weeks later cost him the use of much of the left side of his body. His recovery, as chronicled here

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Wed, 20 May 2015 10:00:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force coach spends emotional time with family of cancer victim Lauren Hill]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-coach-spends-emotional-time-with-family-of-cancer-victim-lauren-hill/article/1552176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-coach-spends-emotional-time-with-family-of-cancer-victim-lauren-hill/article/1552176?custom_click=rss

Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, spent the weekend at Dick Vitale’s gala in Sarasota, Fla., that raised more than $2 million for cancer research.

The couple also traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a fundraiser put on by coach Lon Kruger.

The part of the weekend that had the most impact on Pilipovich was sharing a table at Vitale’s event with the parents of Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph's women's basketball player who saw action this past season as she battled an inoperable brain tumor.

Hill, 19, died in April.

“It was pretty emotional, being with her parents when they showed a tribute video,” said Pilipovich, a father of two. “They were such



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Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, spent the weekend at Dick Vitale’s gala in Sarasota, Fla., that raised more than $2 million for cancer research.

The couple also traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a fundraiser put on by coach Lon Kruger.

The part of the weekend that had the most impact on Pilipovich was sharing a table at Vitale’s event with the parents of Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph's women's basketball player who saw action this past season as she battled an inoperable brain tumor.

Hill, 19, died in April.

“It was pretty emotional, being with her parents when they showed a tribute video,” said Pilipovich, a father of two. “They were such

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Wed, 20 May 2015 09:29:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Shortening college basketball's shot clock could have big impact on Air Force]]> http://gazette.com/shortening-college-basketballs-shot-clock-could-have-big-impact-on-air-force/article/1552199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shortening-college-basketballs-shot-clock-could-have-big-impact-on-air-force/article/1552199?custom_click=rss

It's only five seconds, but it could set Air Force basketball back years.

Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich is understandably opposed to a proposed rules change in college basketball to take the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. Air Force runs a variety of the Princeton offense that relies on time to run complicated motion until the defense loses track of someone. It needs every second it can get. To lose five, which Pilipovich believes is a mere formality after the proposal cleared the rules committee, is a big deal.

"Was I in favor of it? No. I'm always one that if it's not broke, let's don't fix it," Pilipovich said. "And I didn't think it was broke."

"I think people are saying that it's a slower game and it's not as

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Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich is understandably opposed to a proposed rules change in college basketball to take the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. Air Force runs a variety of the Princeton offense that relies on time to run complicated motion until the defense loses track of someone. It needs every second it can get. To lose five, which Pilipovich believes is a mere formality after the proposal cleared the rules committee, is a big deal.

"Was I in favor of it? No. I'm always one that if it's not broke, let's don't fix it," Pilipovich said. "And I didn't think it was broke."

"I think people are saying that it's a slower game and it's not as]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 04:15:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Colorado College Tigers' most important hockey games will be against Air Force]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-college-tigers-most-important-hockey-games-will-be-against-air-force/article/1551579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-college-tigers-most-important-hockey-games-will-be-against-air-force/article/1551579?custom_click=rss

Colorado College just announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season. The Tigers, fresh off 26 losses, will battle hockey powers from across our great nation.

You could call this brutal schedule courageous. Or you could call it reckless. Either way, you would be correct.

Let's make this clear:

The most important games of the Tigers season are not against Boston College or North Dakota or other glam opponents. The most important games are against Air Force's Falcons, who have seized control of an underappreciated backyard rivalry.

The Tigers and the Falcons will play twice over Thanksgiving Weekend. Not long ago, these meetings carried national weight. In 2007-2008, both teams traveled to the NCAA Tournament while



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Colorado College just announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season. The Tigers, fresh off 26 losses, will battle hockey powers from across our great nation.

You could call this brutal schedule courageous. Or you could call it reckless. Either way, you would be correct.

Let's make this clear:

The most important games of the Tigers season are not against Boston College or North Dakota or other glam opponents. The most important games are against Air Force's Falcons, who have seized control of an underappreciated backyard rivalry.

The Tigers and the Falcons will play twice over Thanksgiving Weekend. Not long ago, these meetings carried national weight. In 2007-2008, both teams traveled to the NCAA Tournament while

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Thu, 14 May 2015 04:11:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama presents Air Force Academy football team with trophy]]> http://gazette.com/obama-presents-air-force-academy-football-team-with-trophy/article/1551170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-presents-air-force-academy-football-team-with-trophy/article/1551170?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. Air Force Academy football team on winning the Commander-in-Chief trophy.

Obama says the team has now won the "unreasonably large trophy" a record 19 times.

But he says if anyone can figure out where the trophy goes, it's the Air Force. Obama presented the trophy at a White House ceremony on Thursday.

Obama also applauded the Falcons for having the highest graduation rate in the conference and for logging more than 500 hours of community service.

Air Force defeated Army 23-6 in November to win the trophy.

The president presents the trophy annually to the military service academy with the best record in a round-robin competition.



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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. Air Force Academy football team on winning the Commander-in-Chief trophy.

Obama says the team has now won the "unreasonably large trophy" a record 19 times.

But he says if anyone can figure out where the trophy goes, it's the Air Force. Obama presented the trophy at a White House ceremony on Thursday.

Obama also applauded the Falcons for having the highest graduation rate in the conference and for logging more than 500 hours of community service.

Air Force defeated Army 23-6 in November to win the trophy.

The president presents the trophy annually to the military service academy with the best record in a round-robin competition.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 13:26:19 -0600