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Air Force coaches, athletes find perspective, positives as they move on from events canceled by government shutdown
Air Force coaches, athletes find perspective, positives as they move on from events canceled by government shutdown

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 1 hr ago

Keaton Van Soelen’s parents made the 10 ½-hour drive from the Des Moines suburbs to Colorado Springs, only to turn right around. The couple had...

Air Force notebook: Two Falcons football assistant coaches leave program
Air Force notebook: Two Falcons football assistant coaches leave program

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 2 hr ago

Air Force tight ends coach Bart Miller and outside linebackers coach Nick Toth have left the program, both indicated on social media. Miller, whose...

Academy says interpretation, not funding, wiped out events during shutdown while Army and Navy played on
Academy says interpretation, not funding, wiped out events during shutdown while Army and Navy played on

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 3 hr ago

Air Force Academy officials say funding was in place through the Air Force Athletic Corp. to go ahead with competitions Saturday, but the decision to...

Air Force basketball resumes season with another streak there for the taking
Air Force basketball resumes season with another streak there for the taking

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 3 hr ago

We now rejoin a basketball season already in progress – with progress being the operative word. Air Force boarded a plane Tuesday bound for Utah...

Order restored: Air Force sports will resume immediately; practices have already been held
Order restored: Air Force sports will resume immediately; practices have already been held

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 13 hr ago

Let the games continue. The Air Force Academy announced late Monday night that all athletic events will resume immediately, and in the hours before...

Air Force cancels all athletic events, practices during government shutdown
Air Force cancels all athletic events, practices during government shutdown

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Game off. Air Force has cancelled all athletic events as a result of the government shutdown. This includes today’s home basketball game against...

Air Force making contingencies, but ability to hold sporting events is in doubt during potential government shutdown
Air Force making contingencies, but ability to hold sporting events is in doubt during potential government shutdown

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Air Force won’t know “until the 11th hour” how a potential government shutdown will impact its ability to hold athletic events. “We will make every...

Air Force has 36 shots in loss to Sacred Heart
Air Force has 36 shots in loss to Sacred Heart

By: - 0 Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Sacred Heart goalie Brett Magnus made 35 saves to lead the Pioneers to a 2-1 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday at the...

David Ramsey: Case Keenum, the NFL's current big thing, struggled against Air Force
David Ramsey: Case Keenum, the NFL's current big thing, struggled against Air Force

By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Jon Davis, Air Force football star, once watched Case Keenum from several feet away. On Sunday evening, Davis watched Keenum, Minnesota Vikings...

Air Force football notes: 24-year-old offensive coordinator will oppose Falcons in 2018
Air Force football notes: 24-year-old offensive coordinator will oppose Falcons in 2018

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Air Force will match wits with the youngest offensive coordinator in college football next season. Florida Atlantic, which hosts the Falcons on Sept...

Revamped Air Force basketball gets a second crack at Fresno State
Revamped Air Force basketball gets a second crack at Fresno State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Anyone watching Air Force’s basketball team this season can attest to the transformation that has occurred over the past month. On Saturday there...

Air Force hockey looks to build as Colorado College regroups on road
Air Force hockey looks to build as Colorado College regroups on road

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Second-half snap-back underway? Falcons hope so The Air Force Falcons 11-10-3 (6-8-2 Atlantic Hockey Conference) put quite a bit of faith in recent...

Air Force dominates down the stretch to end seven-year skid against Colorado State
Air Force dominates down the stretch to end seven-year skid against Colorado State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Jan 18, 2018

FORT COLLINS - Long before coach Dave Pilipovich was soaked by a barrage of water cups in a long-time-coming locker room celebration, he addressed his...

Road no longer daunting for Air Force men's basketball after second straight win
Road no longer daunting for Air Force men's basketball after second straight win

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Road no longer daunting for Air Force basketball after second straight win After a second-straight road victory, Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich...

Former Air Force coach gives Falcons another connection on College Football Playoff committee
Former Air Force coach gives Falcons another connection on College Football Playoff committee

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Air Force will have another connection on the College Football Playoff committee, its third such tie in the brief history of the setup that determines...

Streak-busting Air Force basketball team takes aim at long skid against Colorado State
Streak-busting Air Force basketball team takes aim at long skid against Colorado State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 16, 2018

FORT COLLINS – Air Force’s two-year road losing streak ended at Denver in December. Its three-year Mountain West road skid was snapped at San Jose...

Chronicling Air Force's basketball season through 'Star Wars' quotes
Chronicling Air Force's basketball season through 'Star Wars' quotes

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 16, 2018

As product of the late 1970s and child of the '80s, I grew up with the Star Wars franchise. Some people quote Shakespeare, I quote Lucas. Here are some...

Air Force notes: Lineup change coming for men's basketball team at Colorado State
Air Force notes: Lineup change coming for men's basketball team at Colorado State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Jan 15, 2018

To combat a trio of quick guards, Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich said he will likely change his lineup on Wednesday at Colorado State....

Air Force basketball tandem of Lavelle Scottie and Ryan Swan could lead program's revival, assuming they stay
Air Force basketball tandem of Lavelle Scottie and Ryan Swan could lead program's revival, assuming they stay

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Lavelle Scottie showed the raised hair on his arms as he talked about the future of the Air Force basketball team. “I’m getting goosebumps just...

24-game streak ends: Air Force basketball shoots past San Jose State for rare road victory
24-game streak ends: Air Force basketball shoots past San Jose State for rare road victory

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 13, 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. – In the final seconds, Dave Pilipovich brought fist pumps down the line of the Air Force bench. He then took some to the scorer’s...

Pervis Louder serves again as second-half spark plug for Air Force basketball
Pervis Louder serves again as second-half spark plug for Air Force basketball

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Pervis Louder is carving out a unique niche for Air Force as the second-half road spark plug. Providing what coach Dave Pilipovich called “great and...

'We’re going to break this streak at San Jose': Air Force basketball eyes to end road futility in Mountain West
'We’re going to break this streak at San Jose': Air Force basketball eyes to end road futility in Mountain West

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Lavelle Scottie was a high school senior in Texas in Jan. 2015, two months removed from his commitment to Air Force. Speaking on Thursday, Scottie...

NBA prospect neutralized, but UNLV makes late plays to slide by Air Force basketball
NBA prospect neutralized, but UNLV makes late plays to slide by Air Force basketball

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The only things left for Air Force to do is win. Of course, in a building project, that’s always the hardest step. “That’s the only thing left to...

Potential one-and-done first-rounder Brandon McCoy of UNLV to visit Air Force on Wednesday
Potential one-and-done first-rounder Brandon McCoy of UNLV to visit Air Force on Wednesday

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Brandon McCoy’s only trip to Air Force with UNLV is likely to come on Wednesday. By next year, the 6-foot-10 freshman figures to be playing as a...

Air Force notebook: Home court advantage for Falcons basketball among nation's best
Air Force notebook: Home court advantage for Falcons basketball among nation's best

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Jan 8, 2018

Air Force’s home field advantage ranks third in college basketball, according to numbers from stat guru Ken Pomeroy. Yes, third. Nationally. Behind...

This weekend's area college hockey three stars - Jan. 5-6
This weekend's area college hockey three stars - Jan. 5-6

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Sun, Jan 7, 2018

A look at this week's area college hockey top performers: Billy Christopoulos, G, Air Force The Air Force goaltender allowed two goals in the...

Longtime supporting player Ryan Swan now starring for Air Force basketball
Longtime supporting player Ryan Swan now starring for Air Force basketball

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 7, 2018

Ryan Swan days of playing a supporting character may be drawing to a close. For much of his life growing up in Marana, Ariz., the Air Force sophomore...

David Ramsey: Quiet crowd at Clune Arena declines to lift Air Force's struggling basketball team
David Ramsey: Quiet crowd at Clune Arena declines to lift Air Force's struggling basketball team

By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, Jan 7, 2018

Clune Arena can be a destination that threatens your hearing. Fans, when they’re in the right mood, can place a scare into the hearts of visiting...

Air Force basketball finally finds encouraging signs in loss to Nevada
Air Force basketball finally finds encouraging signs in loss to Nevada

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 7, 2018

Result aside, if Air Force can cut and paste this effort over the coming months it will be competitive in the Mountain West. That says a lot about...

Air Force hockey gets freshmen points to split home series vs. Mercyhurst
Air Force hockey gets freshmen points to split home series vs. Mercyhurst

By: - 0 Sat, Jan 6, 2018

Freshmen defensemen combined for two goals and two assists as Air Force defeated Mercyhurst 5-1 in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Saturday at the...

Former Air Force goaltender Starrett finds early success in ECHL
Former Air Force goaltender Starrett finds early success in ECHL

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Sat, Jan 6, 2018

Thursday was a pretty good day for aspiring NHL goaltender Shane Starrett. The Witchita Thunder rookie was selected for the East Coast Hockey League...

Air Force connections in the upcoming NFL playoffs
Air Force connections in the upcoming NFL playoffs

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 6, 2018

The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday, and several with Air Force connections will be involved. Here’s the list of graduates hoping to join Chad...

Blog: Air Force hockey coach Serratore hopes popular press conference rant sparks change
Blog: Air Force hockey coach Serratore hopes popular press conference rant sparks change

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Thu, Jan 4, 2018

If you haven’t seen Air Force hockey coach Frank Serratore’s impassioned take on college hockey officiating, with a shout out to Santa himself - either...

This weekend's college hockey three stars - Dec. 29-30
This weekend's college hockey three stars - Dec. 29-30

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Mon, Jan 1, 2018

A look at this week's area college hockey top performers: Erik Baskin, F, Air Force The Falcons’ seniors came to play Friday night against Colorado...

Air Force lets hockey game slip away in second period at Denver
Air Force lets hockey game slip away in second period at Denver

By: - 0 Sat, Dec 30, 2017

DENVER - No. 2 Denver scored four goals in the second period en route to a 6-0 win over Air Force in a nonconference college hockey game Saturday at...

Air Force adds sophomore, freshman to the lineup and falls at Fresno State
Air Force adds sophomore, freshman to the lineup and falls at Fresno State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Dec 30, 2017

This was anything but same-ol’, same-ol’. Well, expect for the result. Air Force changed up its lineup and approach but fell 71-59 at Fresno State...

David Ramsey: After stomping CC's Tigers, Air Force hockey again has reason to dream big
David Ramsey: After stomping CC's Tigers, Air Force hockey again has reason to dream big

By: David Ramsey - 0 Sat, Dec 30, 2017

For Air Force, it’s again time to be ambitious. The Falcons reclaimed the city championship again Friday night with a 6-3 victory over Colorado...

Air Force hockey scores on 1st three shots, downs Colorado College to retain Pikes Peak Trophy
Air Force hockey scores on 1st three shots, downs Colorado College to retain Pikes Peak Trophy

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Despite several disadvantages, Air Force wasn’t ready to give up the Pikes Peak Trophy just yet. The Falcons scored on their first three shots of the...

Alex Leclerc leads Colorado College hockey into long-awaited rematch with Air Force
Alex Leclerc leads Colorado College hockey into long-awaited rematch with Air Force

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Thu, Dec 28, 2017

After backstopping Colorado College to two ties with top-ranked Denver, the comments grew louder - where did this Alex Leclerc guy come from? The...

Air Force, CC hockey swap positions as they meet with Pikes Peak Trophy on the line
Air Force, CC hockey swap positions as they meet with Pikes Peak Trophy on the line

By: Kate Shefte - 0 Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Last season, the Air Force Falcons - on their way to an NCAA Tournament regionals appearance - beat slumping Colorado College soundly, 6-3, for their...

David Ramsey: Colorado College hockey requires victory over Air Force, the city champs
David Ramsey: Colorado College hockey requires victory over Air Force, the city champs

By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Mike Haviland grasps what it’s taken Colorado College hockey fans so long to understand. Friday’s game with Air Force is a big deal. For decades,...

Air Force basketball buried by New Mexico in The Pit
Air Force basketball buried by New Mexico in The Pit

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Air Force’s woes followed it into Mountain West play. In a conference opener that wasn’t close after the opening minutes, New Mexico blew by the...

Notes and observations as Air Force basketball opens Mountain West play at New Mexico
Notes and observations as Air Force basketball opens Mountain West play at New Mexico

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Air Force opens Mountain West play at New Mexico at 7 p.m. Wednesday, closing a rough run through the season’s first two months. Playing a schedule...

David Ramsey: As the year ends, let's applaud UCCS' Taylor Proctor, who revived soccer program
David Ramsey: As the year ends, let's applaud UCCS' Taylor Proctor, who revived soccer program

By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Dec 26, 2017

Athlete of the year – Taylor Proctor, UCCS soccer goalkeeper Taylor Proctor had not touched a soccer ball in seven years, but still decided to test...

The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday
The top 10 things to look for in sports from Colorado Springs next week, starting Monday

By: Jim O - 0 Sun, Dec 24, 2017

No. 10 The U.S. plays Canada in the world junior hockey tourney outdoors at Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday, among other first-round games of a great...

AFA notes: First baseman is lone preseason All-American from Mountain West; basketball standout to miss season
AFA notes: First baseman is lone preseason All-American from Mountain West; basketball standout to miss season

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Air Force first baseman Nic Ready was the lone representative of the Mountain West on the Collegiate Baseball News Preseason All-American Team. Ready...

Air Force basketball hits high-point mark this century in final tuneup vs. Johnson & Wales
Air Force basketball hits high-point mark this century in final tuneup vs. Johnson & Wales

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Clune Arena transformed into a fun-house mirror for Air Force during a Friday matinee. With winless NAIA foe Johnson & Wales on hand to provide...

Air Force football recruiting commits from the Class of 2018
Air Force football recruiting commits from the Class of 2018

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Air Force commits from the Class of 2018 (* means the player has sent in a nonbinding Certificate of Intent as the service academies do not participate...

Air Force will look for rebound from Lavelle Scottie and Pervis Louder as nonconference slate closes
Air Force will look for rebound from Lavelle Scottie and Pervis Louder as nonconference slate closes

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Air Force’s bumpy ride through the nonconference season has shown the importance of the duo of Lavelle Scottie and Pervis Louder. When this combo has...

David Ramsey: Mesa Ridge's Kylee Shook still chasing her potential as mighty Louisville defeats Air Force
David Ramsey: Mesa Ridge's Kylee Shook still chasing her potential as mighty Louisville defeats Air Force

By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Kylee Shook wants to grow into greatness, and her coach Jeff Walz expects her to become, using his favored word, “special.” All the pieces are there...