<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> air-force-academy]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/air-force-academy Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:59:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Jalen Robinette's No. 2 choice has him on the verge of being Air Force's No. 1 all-time receiver]]> http://gazette.com/jalen-robinettes-no.-2-choice-has-him-on-the-verge-of-being-air-forces-no.-1-all-time-receiver/article/1588659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-robinettes-no.-2-choice-has-him-on-the-verge-of-being-air-forces-no.-1-all-time-receiver/article/1588659?custom_click=rss

The player on the verge of shattering Air Force's all-time receiving record had a dream to play in college. Only, Jalen Robinette was participating in a different sport in those dreams.

"My freshman year I came into practice and talked to my coach and said, 'I want to play college basketball,'" Robinette said. "'I want to put myself at that level.'"

Of course, that's not how things turned out. A three-year starter in basketball and football in Bexley, Ohio, near Columbus, Robinette found himself giving up large chunks of prime AAU showcase opportunities over the summer once football practice began.

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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:10:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force noted academics, athletics and stressed its broad reach in pitch to Big 12]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-noted-academics-athletics-and-stressed-its-broad-reach-in-pitch-to-big-12/article/1588522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-noted-academics-athletics-and-stressed-its-broad-reach-in-pitch-to-big-12/article/1588522?custom_click=rss

As early as Aug. 9, athletic director Jim Knowlton warned Air Force leadership it would have to "put the pedal to the metal" to make a competitive case for Big 12 membership.

When the academy presented a five-page informational flier to the conference it highlighted academics, leadership and integrity before entering into its athletic qualifications. The academy also boasted of the largest fan base among expansion candidates.

And though no other service academies were among those expressing interest in joining the Power Five conference, an effort was made to distance Air Force from the other two.

"Of the military academies, AFA is the winningest football team in history," Knowlton is quoted as saying in the flier.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:45:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Bentley outplays Air Force throughout for hockey romp]]> http://gazette.com/bentley-outplays-air-force-throughout-for-hockey-romp/article/1588433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bentley-outplays-air-force-throughout-for-hockey-romp/article/1588433?custom_click=rss

A gritty effort on both ends of the ice by Bentley overwhelmed Air Force in a 6-1 home loss Saturday night.

"For most of the night it was men against boys," Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. "Welcome to Atlantic Hockey. I don't care what some people say about this league. This is a men's league."

Bentley put forward a strong defensive effort in front of junior goalie Jayson Argue. Bentley also hit the ice for 23 blocked shots. Those blocks and a better job pushing Air Force players out of the crease kept the hosts from sustaining offense from short range.

When Air Force did get some scoring opportunities, Argue was there for one of his 27 saves to garner the Atlantic Hockey Conference series split.

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:06:49 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force retains its faith in slumping QB Nate Romine]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-retains-its-faith-in-slumping-qb-nate-romine/article/1588425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-retains-its-faith-in-slumping-qb-nate-romine/article/1588425?custom_click=rss

Nate Romine remains the quarterback to direct Air Force's football revival.

He's down right now, the lead villain in the Falcons' three-week ride from strutting and unbeaten team to confused and confusing. He was mostly hideous in Saturday's baffling 34-27 overtime loss to Hawaii.

But Romine will rise again. He has the required arm strength and accuracy and experience and toughness and wisdom to overcome a serious slump. He has not lost faith in his team, or himself.

"Shoot," said a somber Romine a few minutes after the loss. "This isn't my first rodeo, and this isn't the first time I've lost. I know I've got a team behind me, and we can move mountains together."

Let's get this straight: Romine started this

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:56:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force expecting a greater challenge from Hawaii this time around]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-expecting-a-greater-challenge-from-hawaii-this-time-around/article/1588359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-expecting-a-greater-challenge-from-hawaii-this-time-around/article/1588359?custom_click=rss

Air Force's 58-7 smackdown of Hawaii last year was a lot of things, but a competitive football game it was not.

The loss was the last straw for former Rainbow Warriors coach Norm Chow, who was fired two days later.

For Air Force it was a chance to empty the bench and display the talents of reserve tailback Tim McVey, who ran for 113 second-half yards and two touchdowns and has barely broken from that pace.

This game also came in the middle of a stretch in which Air Force outscored opponents 127-10 and set a course that took it to within four points of a Mountain West championship.

The Falcons, fresh off two frustrating losses, may seem like a team in need of a go-through-the-motions week.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:57:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force concerned with productivity, not carries]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-concerned-with-productivity-not-carries/article/1588284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-concerned-with-productivity-not-carries/article/1588284?custom_click=rss

Air Force has an unusually large number of accomplished ball carriers at its disposal this year.

This presents the unusually challenging issue of getting the ball in everyone's hands.

"That's the major drawback is you never get a really good feel for the game," said tailback Jacobi Owens, who has 14 career games with at least 16 carries but none this year.

Owens is averaging fewer than 10 carries per game this year, but it would be tough to justify many more despite a prolific career that will see him move into the program's top five in all-time rushing with 71 more yards. The problem is his backup, Tim McVey, is the program's all-time per-attempt leader in rushing (8.3), receiving (31.5) and kickoff returns

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:39:17 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Doctors give Air Force great Carson Bird 'a couple months' to live]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-doctors-give-air-force-great-carson-bird-a-couple-months-to-live/article/1588129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-doctors-give-air-force-great-carson-bird-a-couple-months-to-live/article/1588129?custom_click=rss

Doctors have given former  Air Force star Carson Bird “a couple months” to live.

Bird, a 2007 all-Mountain West football cornerback, revealed on his personal blog Wednesday that he is in the final weeks of his battle with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

He will spend his last days in Michigan with family, he said on the blog.

“Please don’t feel sorry for me, please think of me and smile, knowing I am surrounded by loved ones, and I am happy,” Bird wrote.

Bird exchanged wedding vows in August with the former Brittany Jean Pittman.

Here is Bird’s blog post from Wednesday:


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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:22:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force, everyone else left out as Big 12 shelves expansion talk]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-everyone-else-left-out-as-big-12-shelves-expansion-talk/article/1588026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-everyone-else-left-out-as-big-12-shelves-expansion-talk/article/1588026?custom_click=rss

Air Force is not headed to the Big 12, at least not now.

Conference alignment has exhibited all the permanence of a technology trend or Hollywood marriage, but for now the conference has removed expansion from its agenda in a unanimous decision without even discussing specific schools or voting on the issue.

"This was not a decision to not expand," commissioner Bob Bowlsby said following meetings in Dallas. "This was an endorsement and reinvestment in the 10 that we had.

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]]> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Nimble Tyler Ledford's playmaking ability keeps Air Force Falcon hockey fans eyes on the ice]]> http://gazette.com/nimble-tyler-ledfords-playmaking-ability-keeps-air-force-falcon-hockey-fans-eyes-on-the-ice/article/1587967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nimble-tyler-ledfords-playmaking-ability-keeps-air-force-falcon-hockey-fans-eyes-on-the-ice/article/1587967?custom_click=rss

The smallest guy on the ice is the big-time Air Force forward fans should never take their eyes away from.

Colorado Springs native and Falcons junior Tyler Ledford is off to a strong start this season after recording the winning shootout score in the Ice Breaker tournament championship last weekend and a goal and two assists in a nonconference series split this weekend at Arizona State. He scored the final Falcons goal in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

While slight in build compared to most players, the former academy youth standout - he learned the game on the same Cadet Ice Arena surface he now plays on - has superior vision, agility and side-to-side speed that helps him avoid getting blown up by larger players.

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Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:22:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Arizona State knocks off sloppy Air Force in hockey]]> http://gazette.com/arizona-state-knocks-off-sloppy-air-force-in-hockey/article/1587966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arizona-state-knocks-off-sloppy-air-force-in-hockey/article/1587966?custom_click=rss

No. 18 Air Force's Tyler Ledford scored with 12:10 remaining, but the lackluster Falcons would get no closer in a 5-2 loss at Arizona State on Sunday.

"It was disappointing because the effort just wasn't quite there," Falcons assistant Joey Doyle said in a radio interview at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., the home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. "Hopefully getting hit between the eyes tonight will be a bit of a wake-up call."

Freshman Pierce Pluemer flipped the puck over ASU goalie Joey Daccord's right shoulder only 3:37 into the second period to make it 2-1. But Arizona State answered with power-play goals by Tyler Busch and Robbie Baillargeon for a 4-1 lead that clinched the independent's first win over a ranked

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Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:55:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Disappointment in Dallas: Air Force fails to keep pace with New Mexico in offensive slugfest]]> http://gazette.com/disappointment-in-dallas-air-force-fails-to-keep-pace-with-new-mexico-in-offensive-slugfest/article/1587889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/disappointment-in-dallas-air-force-fails-to-keep-pace-with-new-mexico-in-offensive-slugfest/article/1587889?custom_click=rss

Teriyon Gipson rushed for 140 yards with a touchdown and caught a pass for another score, leading New Mexico to a 45-40 victory over Air Force on Saturday.

Playing at the historic Cotton Bowl not far from his Dallas high school, Gipson ran 60 yards down the sideline on an option pitch to give the Lobos (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. New Mexico never trailed.

Nate Romine threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons (4-2, 1-2), who lost their second straight since a victory over service academy rival Navy.

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Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:31:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force ventures into the unknown for key 'home' game at the Cotton Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-ventures-into-the-unknown-for-key-home-game-at-the-cotton-bowl/article/1587861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-ventures-into-the-unknown-for-key-home-game-at-the-cotton-bowl/article/1587861?custom_click=rss

DALLAS - Air Force is going home to a place it's never been before.

Yes, the Falcons are technically hosting New Mexico on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in the Air Force Classic. But this is foreign - and exciting - territory to the Air Force players.

"It's pretty awesome," said Air Force center Dylan Vail, a Friendswood, Texas, native. "I've watched games played at the Cotton Bowl all my life."

When Vail says, "watch," he means on television. Vail is one of the many Air Force players interviewed by The Gazette this week who had ever stepped foot in the stadium that will host the Falcons' home game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:14:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Cool demeanor has AFA kicker Strebel on record streak]]> http://gazette.com/cool-demeanor-has-afa-kicker-strebel-on-record-streak/article/1587788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cool-demeanor-has-afa-kicker-strebel-on-record-streak/article/1587788?custom_click=rss

It's tough to ice a player as cool as Luke Strebel.

Asked for his opinion on the strategy employed by many coaches of taking a last-second timeout before key field goal attempts, the Air Force kicker not only said he doesn't mind it but actually prefers it.

"You might not be ready for a kick, then they give you a timeout and you get to work through your process," said Strebel, who has connected on 19-of-20 attempts since taking over full-time kicking duties for the Falcons almost exactly a year ago.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:16:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Physical game takes toll as Air Force turns focus to New Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/physical-game-takes-toll-as-air-force-turns-focus-to-new-mexico/article/1587517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/physical-game-takes-toll-as-air-force-turns-focus-to-new-mexico/article/1587517?custom_click=rss

Practice at Air Force on Monday began less than 48 hours after a grueling, physical loss at Wyoming. To analyze every player missing from the practice field in that environment would lead to some incorrect conclusions as to what it means going forward.

Even with that in mind, the number of key parts unavailable Monday was a bit staggering.

The defense was without outside linebackers Haji Dunn and Jacob Onyechi and safety Brodie Hicks because of injuries. Cornerback Roland Ladipo was limited with his lingering leg ailment. Defensive tackle Sam Byers was gone with an illness.

On offense, tailback Jacobi Owens wasn't present and tackle Allen Caunitz was limited.

That's seven of 22 starters who weren't available for

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:17:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force can’t quite climb out of huge hole in loss at Wyoming]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-cant-quite-climb-out-of-huge-hole-in-loss-at-wyoming/article/1587371?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-cant-quite-climb-out-of-huge-hole-in-loss-at-wyoming/article/1587371?custom_click=rss

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Another chapter was added to the prolonged horror story that has been Air Force’s history at Wyoming.

The Falcons were all-but lifeless for 44 minutes, then launched an out-of-nowhere comeback from 26 points down. An attempt to tie on a 2-point conversion fell short before Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen helped tack on another score as Air Force fell 35-26 on Saturday.

Some of the best teams in Falcons history lost in War Memorial Stadium, and each time it came in achingly close fashion. Now, this one has experienced that same agony.

Related:History of hostility: How Air Force and Wyoming became heated rivals

“We just can’t wait until the fourth quarter to play, that’s it,” fullback D.J. Johnson

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Sat, 08 Oct 2016 21:45:01 -0600