<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:27:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force's Frank Serratore plots return to college hockey mountaintop]]> By DAVID RAMSEY david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-plots-return-to-college-hockey-mountaintop/article/1548810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-plots-return-to-college-hockey-mountaintop/article/1548810?custom_click=rss

When Frank Serratore awakens each morning, he thinks about the clear goal for his hockey future. His program is struggling, and this truth crashes into his thoughts the instant he opens his eyes.

Don't worry. He's not depressed.

He's determined.

He's struggled with doubts for two weeks since his Air Force Falcons tumbled to their first losing season since 2006, but questions only serve as fuel for his volcanic ambition.

"I can't handle the Golden Years being in my rearview mirror," Serratore says during a two-hour conversation at his office.

The Golden Years? He's talking about the good times from 2007-12 when the Falcons traveled to five NCAA Tournaments in six seasons.

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]]> When Frank Serratore awakens each morning, he thinks about the clear goal for his hockey future. His program is struggling, and this truth crashes into his thoughts the instant he opens his eyes.

Don't worry. He's not depressed.

He's determined.

He's struggled with doubts for two weeks since his Air Force Falcons tumbled to their first losing season since 2006, but questions only serve as fuel for his volcanic ambition.

"I can't handle the Golden Years being in my rearview mirror," Serratore says during a two-hour conversation at his office.

The Golden Years? He's talking about the good times from 2007-12 when the Falcons traveled to five NCAA Tournaments in six seasons.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:09:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Nuggets should hire John Calipari, basketball's ultimate desperado]]> By David ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-nuggets-should-hire-john-calipari-basketballs-ultimate-desperado/article/1548611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-nuggets-should-hire-john-calipari-basketballs-ultimate-desperado/article/1548611?custom_click=rss

The Nuggets should hire John Calipari. The franchise must, finally, dream big and pursue basketball's ultimate desperado.

A Calipari move from Kentucky to The Front Range is the fastest way to catapult the Nuggets from boring to thrilling.

I realize you're reading along and asking an obvious question:

How could Calipari, the emperor of college basketball, possibly be persuaded to direct a franchise that never has competed in the NBA Finals?

Answer:

With a mountain of cash that would rival Mount Elbert along with an appeal to Cal's ego, which is approximately the size of Jupiter.

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]]> The Nuggets should hire John Calipari. The franchise must, finally, dream big and pursue basketball's ultimate desperado.

A Calipari move from Kentucky to The Front Range is the fastest way to catapult the Nuggets from boring to thrilling.

I realize you're reading along and asking an obvious question:

How could Calipari, the emperor of college basketball, possibly be persuaded to direct a franchise that never has competed in the NBA Finals?

Answer:

With a mountain of cash that would rival Mount Elbert along with an appeal to Cal's ego, which is approximately the size of Jupiter.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:10:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force can return to NCAA Tournament, just look at recent history]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-can-return-to-ncaa-tournament-just-look-at-recent-history/article/1548357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-can-return-to-ncaa-tournament-just-look-at-recent-history/article/1548357?custom_click=rss

Air Force basketball can return to the NCAA Tournament. This is not probable. I know that. It is possible. You should know that.

Remember, Air Force traveled to the NCAA Tournament twice and earned National Invitation Tournament invitations twice during an era (2003-07) when defiant players brought sunlight to the decadeslong darkness of one of the nation's worst college programs. Those Falcons weren't burdened by history. They were too busy altering it.

No superstars dribbled and dunked at Clune during the run. Devoted fans still argue about who ranked as the finest player of the era. Jacob Burtschi. Nick Welch. Antoine Hood. A.J. Kuhle. Dan Nwaelele. Tim Anderson. Take your pick. This was a true team, strong because of

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]]> Air Force basketball can return to the NCAA Tournament. This is not probable. I know that. It is possible. You should know that.

Remember, Air Force traveled to the NCAA Tournament twice and earned National Invitation Tournament invitations twice during an era (2003-07) when defiant players brought sunlight to the decadeslong darkness of one of the nation's worst college programs. Those Falcons weren't burdened by history. They were too busy altering it.

No superstars dribbled and dunked at Clune during the run. Devoted fans still argue about who ranked as the finest player of the era. Jacob Burtschi. Nick Welch. Antoine Hood. A.J. Kuhle. Dan Nwaelele. Tim Anderson. Take your pick. This was a true team, strong because of]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:20:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force Academy has its man in QB Nate Romine]]> By DAVID RAMSEY, The Gazette http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-academy-has-its-man-in-qb-nate-romine/article/1548126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-academy-has-its-man-in-qb-nate-romine/article/1548126?custom_click=rss

For the first time since 2012, there's virtually no battle for the starting quarterback job at Air Force.

Nate Romine won the role when he led the Falcons to a 27-24 win over Colorado State in the 2014 regular-season finale.

Romine's job security is not as certain as the sun rising in the east or a mother's love. It's only close.

Connor Dietz was a lock to start in 2012, and Romine is a lock to replace the departed Kale Pearson in 2015.

"I want to be my own player," Romine said as he prepared for Wednesday's final spring practice session. "I don't want to compare myself to Kale in any way."

Coach Troy Calhoun usually talks in riddles when he discusses his football team, saving his enthusiasm and clarity for



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For the first time since 2012, there's virtually no battle for the starting quarterback job at Air Force.

Nate Romine won the role when he led the Falcons to a 27-24 win over Colorado State in the 2014 regular-season finale.

Romine's job security is not as certain as the sun rising in the east or a mother's love. It's only close.

Connor Dietz was a lock to start in 2012, and Romine is a lock to replace the departed Kale Pearson in 2015.

"I want to be my own player," Romine said as he prepared for Wednesday's final spring practice session. "I don't want to compare myself to Kale in any way."

Coach Troy Calhoun usually talks in riddles when he discusses his football team, saving his enthusiasm and clarity for

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:27:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: UCCS basketball team should be mighty in 2015-2016]]> By David Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-uccs-basketball-team-should-be-mighty-in-2015-2016/article/1548058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-uccs-basketball-team-should-be-mighty-in-2015-2016/article/1548058?custom_click=rss

STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Derrick White spoke with hope as he looked forward to the 2015-16 season.

"We have all the pieces," he said of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs vision of winning an NCAA Division II national title.

He's not completely correct, but he's close.

His Mountain Lions have most of the pieces. The Mountain Lions boast a high-flying, versatile star named Derrick who can torch any defense in America. They have a determined power forward in Alex Welsh who can score inside and outside, and he will team with White to give the team a devastating one-two offensive punch. UCCS boasts a generous team spirit that is both intense and relaxed.

But they lack a snarling, consistent defensive

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]]> STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Derrick White spoke with hope as he looked forward to the 2015-16 season.

"We have all the pieces," he said of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs vision of winning an NCAA Division II national title.

He's not completely correct, but he's close.

His Mountain Lions have most of the pieces. The Mountain Lions boast a high-flying, versatile star named Derrick who can torch any defense in America. They have a determined power forward in Alex Welsh who can score inside and outside, and he will team with White to give the team a devastating one-two offensive punch. UCCS boasts a generous team spirit that is both intense and relaxed.

But they lack a snarling, consistent defensive]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:15:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Rout fails to dampen UCCS dreams for next season]]> By DAVID RAMSEY The Gazette - http://gazette.com/ramsey-rout-fails-to-dampen-uccs-dreams-for-next-season/article/1547991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rout-fails-to-dampen-uccs-dreams-for-next-season/article/1547991?custom_click=rss

STEPHENVILLE, Texas - The road ended here, in this remote town in the middle of The Lone Star State's vast flatlands.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs boasts an elite offensive attack, but nothing else about the team is yet elite. This lack of versatility doomed the Mountain Lions to an 84-62 defeat to Tarleton State in the NCAA Division II South Regional.

UCCS struggled from first to last against a disciplined, gifted horde of Texans, and playing in Tarleton's cozy, rowdy gym only added fuel to the rout. A dozen cowboys, decked out in chaps and boots and bandanas, swaggered a few feet from the court, and hundreds of purple-clad fans shouted mean words to UCCS players in twisted twangs.

For the Mountain



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STEPHENVILLE, Texas - The road ended here, in this remote town in the middle of The Lone Star State's vast flatlands.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs boasts an elite offensive attack, but nothing else about the team is yet elite. This lack of versatility doomed the Mountain Lions to an 84-62 defeat to Tarleton State in the NCAA Division II South Regional.

UCCS struggled from first to last against a disciplined, gifted horde of Texans, and playing in Tarleton's cozy, rowdy gym only added fuel to the rout. A dozen cowboys, decked out in chaps and boots and bandanas, swaggered a few feet from the court, and hundreds of purple-clad fans shouted mean words to UCCS players in twisted twangs.

For the Mountain

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:41:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: There is a chip on UCCS' Derrick White's shoulder]]> By DAVID RAMSEY THE GAZETTE http://gazette.com/ramsey-there-is-a-chip-on-uccs-derrick-whites-shoulder/article/1548009?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-there-is-a-chip-on-uccs-derrick-whites-shoulder/article/1548009?custom_click=rss

Chip on White's shoulder

Derrick White is among dozens of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs supporters who were baffled when Metro State guard Mitch McCarron was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year.

White doesn't come right out and say it, but it's obvious he believes a guy named Derrick White should have received the award. White collected more points, rebounds and assists than McCarron.

"It's a chip on my shoulder," White said.

And it's just one of many chips. White, the Mountain Lions junior star, remains inspired by the lack of recruiting interest he received during his high school career at Parker's Legend High School. A Wyoming junior college and UCCS were the only



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Chip on White's shoulder

Derrick White is among dozens of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs supporters who were baffled when Metro State guard Mitch McCarron was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year.

White doesn't come right out and say it, but it's obvious he believes a guy named Derrick White should have received the award. White collected more points, rebounds and assists than McCarron.

"It's a chip on my shoulder," White said.

And it's just one of many chips. White, the Mountain Lions junior star, remains inspired by the lack of recruiting interest he received during his high school career at Parker's Legend High School. A Wyoming junior college and UCCS were the only

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:31:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Derrick White scores 50, leads UCCS to first NCAA Tournament win]]> by DAVID RAMSEY The Gazette - http://gazette.com/ramsey-derrick-white-scores-50-leads-uccs-to-first-ncaa-tournament-win/article/1547963?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-derrick-white-scores-50-leads-uccs-to-first-ncaa-tournament-win/article/1547963?custom_click=rss

STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Tim Billingsley had waited for this moment for a little more than a year, ever since the night he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

His miss, which ended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' 2013-2014 season, has served as fuel ever since.

On Saturday in a remote destination in the heart of Texas, Billingsley's second chance 3-pointer propelled UCCS to a 90-87 win over Colorado School of Mines in the NCAA Division II South Central Sub-Regional.

UCCS will play Tarleton State Sunday night in the second round. The Mountain Lions played in front of 200 fans in the win over Mines. They will face a vastly different scene on Sunday on Tarleton's home



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STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Tim Billingsley had waited for this moment for a little more than a year, ever since the night he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

His miss, which ended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' 2013-2014 season, has served as fuel ever since.

On Saturday in a remote destination in the heart of Texas, Billingsley's second chance 3-pointer propelled UCCS to a 90-87 win over Colorado School of Mines in the NCAA Division II South Central Sub-Regional.

UCCS will play Tarleton State Sunday night in the second round. The Mountain Lions played in front of 200 fans in the win over Mines. They will face a vastly different scene on Sunday on Tarleton's home

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:21:19 -0600
<![CDATA[UCCS destination a long way from anywhere]]> By DAVID RAMSEY The Gazette - http://gazette.com/uccs-destination-a-long-way-from-anywhere/article/1547960?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-destination-a-long-way-from-anywhere/article/1547960?custom_click=rss UCCS destination a long way from anywhere

Question: Where is Stephenville, Texas?

Answer: In the middle of nowhere.

UCCS players flew to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, but traveling to the NCAA Tournament in Stephenville required a drive on two-lane roads through the flatlands of west-central Texas. Stephenville is 95 miles from D-FW.

White talks about Culver

UCCS star Derrick White and coach Jeff Culver have a special relationship. Culver seldom questions White's on-court choices, choosing to let him play with a remarkable amount of freedom.

"He's was always there for me," White said. "He tells me, 'I don't really care if you make a shot. I care about how act after you miss a shot.' He tells me to stay



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UCCS destination a long way from anywhere

Question: Where is Stephenville, Texas?

Answer: In the middle of nowhere.

UCCS players flew to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, but traveling to the NCAA Tournament in Stephenville required a drive on two-lane roads through the flatlands of west-central Texas. Stephenville is 95 miles from D-FW.

White talks about Culver

UCCS star Derrick White and coach Jeff Culver have a special relationship. Culver seldom questions White's on-court choices, choosing to let him play with a remarkable amount of freedom.

"He's was always there for me," White said. "He tells me, 'I don't really care if you make a shot. I care about how act after you miss a shot.' He tells me to stay

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 04:31:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Academy's Ambuul soars, thanks to his big collection of siblings]]> By David Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-academys-ambuul-soars-thanks-to-his-big-collection-of-siblings/article/1547907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-academys-ambuul-soars-thanks-to-his-big-collection-of-siblings/article/1547907?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - Paul Ambuul is the baby of his rather massive family, and for most of life he's gone to basketball battle against his brothers Matthew, Mark, Nicholas, Andrew and his sister Michelle.

This horde of siblings taught him a vital life lesson.

"I have to work for what I want," Ambuul said.

The Ambuuls never went easy on little brother. They blocked his shots, pushed him around. Little brothers everywhere understand this initiation to reality.

"They won't ever give me a win," Ambuul said with a thin smile. "They make me work, and that's always helped."

On Friday night, Ambuul revealed the fruits of all those rugged lessons.

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]]> BOULDER - Paul Ambuul is the baby of his rather massive family, and for most of life he's gone to basketball battle against his brothers Matthew, Mark, Nicholas, Andrew and his sister Michelle.

This horde of siblings taught him a vital life lesson.

"I have to work for what I want," Ambuul said.

The Ambuuls never went easy on little brother. They blocked his shots, pushed him around. Little brothers everywhere understand this initiation to reality.

"They won't ever give me a win," Ambuul said with a thin smile. "They make me work, and that's always helped."

On Friday night, Ambuul revealed the fruits of all those rugged lessons.]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 04:20:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Jeff Culver rebuilds UCCS basketball program with all-Colorado work crew]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-jeff-culver-rebuilds-uccs-basketball-program-with-all-colorado-work-crew/article/1547824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-jeff-culver-rebuilds-uccs-basketball-program-with-all-colorado-work-crew/article/1547824?custom_click=rss

As Jeff Culver walked the UCCS campus three years ago, he wasn't thinking about a basketball team that had dropped 101 of its previous 165 games. He wasn't thinking about the coaching careers that had crashed on the edge of Austin Bluffs Parkway.

When he looked at Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, Culver realized this campus could become a magnet for Colorado high school basketball players who wanted to remain surrounded by the state's beauty.

"I'm sitting on a gold mine," Culver told himself.

He took the vacant job and embarked on a transformation process with a simple formula. Culver pursued Colorado players and virtually no one else.

On Saturday night in downtown Denver, Culver stood atop a ladder under the



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As Jeff Culver walked the UCCS campus three years ago, he wasn't thinking about a basketball team that had dropped 101 of its previous 165 games. He wasn't thinking about the coaching careers that had crashed on the edge of Austin Bluffs Parkway.

When he looked at Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, Culver realized this campus could become a magnet for Colorado high school basketball players who wanted to remain surrounded by the state's beauty.

"I'm sitting on a gold mine," Culver told himself.

He took the vacant job and embarked on a transformation process with a simple formula. Culver pursued Colorado players and virtually no one else.

On Saturday night in downtown Denver, Culver stood atop a ladder under the

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:16:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: CSCS big man Nic Doherty earns spot back on team, state quarterfinals after quick regret]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-cscs-big-man-nic-doherty-earns-spot-back-on-team-state-quarterfinals-after-quick-regret/article/1547682?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-cscs-big-man-nic-doherty-earns-spot-back-on-team-state-quarterfinals-after-quick-regret/article/1547682?custom_click=rss

Nic Doherty told Colorado Springs Christian coach Mark Engesser prior to the season he no longer wanted to play basketball for the Lions.

Engesser responded with a simple message.

"You'll regret this in 20 years," Engesser said.

It didn't take nearly that long.

Doherty watched games from the bleachers in street clothes. He watched as the Lions mauled opponents. He missed the fun. He missed being part of the rampaging.

It didn't take 20 years for regret to arrive. It took a few months.

In January, Doherty called Engesser and asked for another chance. Engesser told Doherty he would have to ask permission from each member of the team.

Doherty asked all of the Lions if they would support his



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Nic Doherty told Colorado Springs Christian coach Mark Engesser prior to the season he no longer wanted to play basketball for the Lions.

Engesser responded with a simple message.

"You'll regret this in 20 years," Engesser said.

It didn't take nearly that long.

Doherty watched games from the bleachers in street clothes. He watched as the Lions mauled opponents. He missed the fun. He missed being part of the rampaging.

It didn't take 20 years for regret to arrive. It took a few months.

In January, Doherty called Engesser and asked for another chance. Engesser told Doherty he would have to ask permission from each member of the team.

Doherty asked all of the Lions if they would support his

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:58:24 -0600