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  • Claude Alexander, soon-to-be junior class have been a big hit for Air Force this spring

    It was the hit heard 'round Air Force spring practice. On Saturday morning in a full-tackle situational scrimmage, linebacker Claude Alexander III met tailback Benton Washington in the hole on a third-and-2 play with a collision that left Washington on his back with a split lip and noise from the impact bouncing off the ceiling at the Holaday...

  • Air Force readies for first-round home playoff hockey series

    Air Force readies for first-round home playoff series No. 7 playoffs seed Air Force will need to bounce back quickly as it prepares to host No. 10 American International College for a best-of-three Atlantic Hockey Conference first-round home series Friday through Sunday (if necessary). All games starts at 7:05 p.m. The injury-depleted...

  • New hearing set for Air Force Academy cadet in sexual assault case

    A new hearing will air evidence against an Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual assault on a classmate. The case against junior cadet Brock Mangum stalled last fall after the woman told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want to see him face courts-martial. Now the academy has a hearing set for...

  • Air Force Academy rocket club members learn from failures

    In the space business, even the best plans have the potential to become spectacular failures. Air Force Academy cadets learned that lesson last week as they fired off handmade rockets at Fort Carson. An 8-foot-tall machine named Colossus was supposed to fly as high as 15,000 feet before floating to the ground with a parachute. Colossus,...

  • Discomfort comes with leadership, VA undersecretary tells Air Force Academy cadets

    Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable. And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became. Hickey was the recipient of the academy's 2015 Character and Leadership Award and the final speaker of...

  • Fate has often been unkind to this group of Air Force seniors

    eLovell Earls looked back on his playing career at Air Force and knew it was best summed up with one word. Disappointing. "I just feel like I have a lot more to give and my leg isn't letting me give it," said the senior forward who will play at home for the final time Saturday. "From that viewpoint it's disappointing." Earls might as well...

  • Canisius too much for Air Force on Friday night

    Air Force will begin the Atlantic Hockey Conference playoffs a week earlier than it would prefer. Cody Freeman scored twice, and Tyler Wiseman had a goal and an assist to lead Canisius to a 4-1 win over the Falcons at Cadet Ice Arena on Friday night. The loss stamped out any hopes Air Force had of earning a week off and a bye into the...

  • Air Force seniors can make another mark on program history with strong finish

    The Air Force seniors have a chance to add to their legacy during what (they hope) will be their final home hockey games this weekend. The injury-depleted Falcons, led by a strong senior class, must elevate their game. They may need to sweep second-place Canisius to move up from a tie for sixth place to fifth place. Such a move up the...

  • Air Force capitalizes on Nevada's horrific night at the free-throw line

    Dave Pilipovich emerged from the Air Force locker room confident of at least one thing on Wednesday night - this game wasn't bound for ESPN Classic. Nevada missed 18 of its 32 free throws. The teams combined for 30 turnovers. Air Force gave up 17 offensive rebounds, tried and missed an alley-oop dunk in transition and two of its biggest...

  • Air Force notes: Yon looks like the player of old

    In five games since returning from an extended absence, Max Yon had become a secondary figure in Air Force's offense. The senior is still the team's leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, but he hadn't reached double figures since his return. He got there on Wednesday with 13 points, including 11 in the second half. "Being back, I didn't...

  • Five questions for the state's college hockey fans to consider this weekend

    Here are questions for the state's college hockey fans to consider this weekend: Can the CC power play take advantage of its opportunities? 1 Western Michigan comes into this weekend's National Collegiate Hockey Conference series leading the nation in penalty minutes (16.6) so host Colorado College should have some power plays. That is good...

  • Klee: Football divorce between Air Force, Jaleel Awini has happy ending

    BOULDER — The conversation opened with a "Yes, sir," and it closed with a "yes, sir." There were enough "yes, sirs" in between that I felt quite a bit older after talking to Jaleel Awini. It appears you can take the former cadet out of the Air Force, but you can't take all of the Air Force out of the former cadet. "Yes, sir. I feel like...

  • Air Force has a chance to avenge season's 'worst game' as Nevada visits

    Air Force hit rock bottom in Reno. It was on Nevada's floor that the Falcons first played without injured senior Kamryn Williams, who was lost three days earlier to a torn Achilles tendon, and watched a struggling Wolf Pack squad dominate. Air Force shot 27 percent in the first half, was outrebounded 38-25 and Nevada's 18-point victory was...

  • Air Force still in hunt for men's basketball bye as season winds down

    Air Force still in hunt for bye as season winds down With three games to play - including two at home this week - Air Force still has multiple scenarios in which it could earn the No. 6 seed and a bye in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament. Each plausible scenario begins with the Falcons (12-14, 5-10) going 3-0 over this final...

  • Colorado State shrugs off comeback attempts to maintain domination in rivalry against Air Force

    FORT COLLINS - It has become evident that breaks are going to have to fall Air Force's way for it to escape this rut against Colorado State. And it was evident from early Saturday that this was not going to be that day. The Rams hit six of their first eight 3-pointers to jump to an early double-digit lead, then made runs to answer every time...

  • Falcons lose three-goal lead late in tie at Niagara

    NIAGARA, N.Y. - Air Force's third-period struggles proved costly again. The Falcons were unable to hold onto a two-goal lead in an eventual 4-4 overtime tie at last-place Niagara. On the season, the Falcons have been outscored 42-25 in the third period and allowed two goals or more in the third 13 times. Niagara's Brock Edwards scored only 51...

  • Mooney, Air Force ready for rematch with Colorado State

    Matt Mooney says he "just acted" when he saw the situation unfold in front of him against Colorado State on Jan. 10. The Air Force freshman point guard saw teammate Zach Kocur and the Rams' J.J. Avila tumble to the ground and Avila put Kocur in a headlock. Standing several feet away, Mooney stepped up and hit Avila in the back. That...

  • Hand injury forces Air Force center to snap with other hand

    Dylan Vail feels like he's competing for a starting position with one hand tied behind his back. Vail's right - and dominant - hand is hidden beneath a cast as damaged thumb ligaments heal after offseason surgery. As a result, the Air Force center will be forced to snap the ball with his left hand throughout spring practice as he is trying to...

  • Niagara hockey team ends winless streak against Air Force

    NIAGARA, N.Y. - Niagara scored two goals in each period for a 6-1 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game on Friday, Feb. 20 at Dwyer Arena. Air Force's two-game winning streak ended as the Falcons fell to 13-18- and 12-11-2 in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Niagara ended an 18-game winless skid, picking up its first win...

  • Friday Faceoff: Will Tigers or Falcons hockey thrive in 2015-16?

    Wave of talent is headed CC’s way By Joe Paisley Colorado College is better prepared than Air Force for a strong 2015-16 season thanks to a large, college-ready freshman class and the likely return of most of its scoring from this season. At this point, 10 freshmen and a transfer are scheduled to arrive this fall with the possibility of...

  • Women make boxing debut at Air Force's Wing Open

    It wasn't her first-ever boxing match that caused Kassie Prusko the most misery Thursday, it was waiting through the four hours after class for the bout to begin. "I was not able to concentrate in class, I was just hyped up all day," said Prusko, an Air Force junior from Chicago. "And then to wait that long was just agonizing." It proved...

  • Energetic receivers coach brings "tough love" to Air Force

    Duplicate jersey numbers are common at Air Force during spring football, as players from the junior varsity and varsity merge into one team. Derek Lewis hasn't had a chance to learn the names yet, and when he yelled out "No. 27" after a play in practice Wednesday two heads turned his direction. In an instant, both Nos. 27 and everyone else...

  • Air Force hockey team focuses on Niagara

    An injury-depleted Air Force team can ill afford any distractions when it travels to last-place Niagara this weekend. "We really can't because of all the injuries we have," coach Frank Serratore said. "As a coach, there are enough distractions out there without you creating or manufacturing some yourself." That includes watching other...

  • Defense attorney: 'No such evidence' to convict Air Force Academy cadet in Boulder sexual assault case

    BOULDER - The attorney for an Air Force Academy cadet accused of sexually assaulting and kidnapping a female classmates told reporters outside a courtroom here that there's not enough evidence to convict his client. Inside the courtroom, Boulder County prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against junior cadet Daniel Ryerson alleging he...

  • Air Force Academy general takes to Twitter in hopes of joining Ellen DeGeneres show

    The Air Force Academy's top general took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask television host Ellen DeGeneres to bring her show to the 4,000-cadet campus north of Colorado Springs and offered to arrange for DeGeneres a flight with the Air Force Thunderbirds. In Tweets sent to producers of The Ellen Show from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson's account, the...

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