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Paul Klee: Jump! Air Force skydivers a gold standard

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DENVER - It was Parents Weekend at the Air Force Academy when Adam Fly jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and his parachute malfunctioned. A senior at...

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Only in Vegas: Air Force basketball falls in double-overtime thriller extended by two buzzer beaters
Only in Vegas: Air Force basketball falls in double-overtime thriller extended by two buzzer beaters

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 8 hr ago

LAS VEGAS - How many stories set in this city have followed this arc? Slow start. Building excitement. And then . Full-on crazy. Air Force's 87-85...

Air Force loses physical game at Robert Morris, stays in first
Air Force loses physical game at Robert Morris, stays in first

By: - 0 Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Pittsburgh - Robert Morris forward Alex Tonge scored two goals and Francis Marotte made 23 saves as the Colonials defeated Air Force 2-1 in an Atlantic...

Rapid Reaction: Air Force falls in double OT in crazy game featuring two buzzer-beaters
Rapid Reaction: Air Force falls in double OT in crazy game featuring two buzzer-beaters

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 9 hr ago

LAS VEGAS – Confidence seems high on Air Force’s side as a 4 p.m. game at UNLV is set to start. Even when UNLV has been its normal self in recent years,...

Air Force's Weston Steelhammer wins Shrine Game's Pat Tillman Award
Air Force's Weston Steelhammer wins Shrine Game's Pat Tillman Award

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 18 hr ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer took the Pat Tillman Award on Friday night at the East-West Shrine Game banquet. The award...

Jalen Robinette's family, racial background set him on track for success at Air Force and whatever comes next
Jalen Robinette's family, racial background set him on track for success at Air Force and whatever comes next

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 21 hr ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jalen Robinette began turning backflips off the couch at age 3, so his mother quickly enrolled him in gymnastics class. If...

Strong third period helps Air Force hockey reclaim first place
Strong third period helps Air Force hockey reclaim first place

By: - 0 Fri, Jan 20, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Air Force scored two in the first and three in the third for a 6-2 win over Robert Morris in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game...

Limiting turnovers likely key to Air Force basketball turning around its season
Limiting turnovers likely key to Air Force basketball turning around its season

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Jan 20, 2017

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In a dejected locker room sick of moral victories, Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich asked his Air Force basketball team what they...

Air Force's Jalen Robinette hasn't been approached about moving to tight end in NFL
Air Force's Jalen Robinette hasn't been approached about moving to tight end in NFL

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Jan 19, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A blogger covering the Philadelphia Eagles snuck in a few extra characters after Jalen Robinette's name in his East-West Shrine...

Intangibles helps Air Force players stand out to teammates at East-West Shrine Game practice
Intangibles helps Air Force players stand out to teammates at East-West Shrine Game practice

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Jan 19, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Weston Steelhammer nudged his way toward the front of the huddle after practice Thursday when a young girl stepped forward to...

Current football assistant among those named to Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame
Current football assistant among those named to Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The Air Force Academy will open its Hall of Fame doors for two former coaches, five athletes and a women’s swimming and diving team that captured...

Air Force hoops briefly erases 17-point lead but falls to Mountain West-leader Nevada
Air Force hoops briefly erases 17-point lead but falls to Mountain West-leader Nevada

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Air Force erased an 17-point second-half deficit but couldn't take the lead as host Nevada eventually put the Falcons away 83-76 Wednesday. "We got...

Air Force's Robinette, Steelhammer drawing attention of NFL scouts at Shrine Game practices
Air Force's Robinette, Steelhammer drawing attention of NFL scouts at Shrine Game practices

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 18, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A security guard jokingly berated Jalen Robinette as the Air Force receiver finally made his way to a team bus that was waiting...

Air Force cadet Kyle Haak's brains help him lead Falcons hockey, sophomore class at academy
Air Force cadet Kyle Haak's brains help him lead Falcons hockey, sophomore class at academy

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Wed, Jan 18, 2017

The sharp mind that has Air Force's Kyle Haak leading the academy's sophomore class academically also helps him pace the hockey team in points. "He's...

Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace
Air Force men's basketball setting a historic offensive pace

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Air Force basketball setting a historic offensive pace Like a game of whack-a-mole, Air Force basketball seems to have fixed its longtime struggles...

Basketball player Matt Mooney regrets 'bullying' comments but not decision to leave Air Force
Basketball player Matt Mooney regrets 'bullying' comments but not decision to leave Air Force

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

VERMILLION, S.D. - Posted speed limits on South Dakota interstates invite motorists to zoom by at 80 mph. On the southeastern edge of the state there...

Basketball player Matt Mooney regrets comments he made as he left Air Force Academy
Basketball player Matt Mooney regrets comments he made as he left Air Force Academy

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Matt Mooney regrets his word choice when he levied bullying accusations at the Air Force Academy after announcing his intention to transfer two years...

Jordan Himley, Luc Gerdes are Air Force, Colorado College hockey players of week
Jordan Himley, Luc Gerdes are Air Force, Colorado College hockey players of week

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Air Force player of the week Junior Jordan Himley scored two of the Falcons' three goals last weekend to garner The Gazette's Air Force player of the...

Air Force transfer Matt Mooney steps into starring role for South Dakota basketball team
Air Force transfer Matt Mooney steps into starring role for South Dakota basketball team

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Trey Burch-Manning arrived at South Dakota this past summer as a junior college transfer who carried a lot of confidence in his defense. Then he...

Air Force star Michael Lyons pursuing hoop dream through NBA D-League
Air Force star Michael Lyons pursuing hoop dream through NBA D-League

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 15, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Though he tried, Michael Lyons couldn't convince his wife to name their son Simba. Simba Lyons would be the perfect name, the new...

NBA D-League teammates embrace Air Force graduate Michael Lyons
NBA D-League teammates embrace Air Force graduate Michael Lyons

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 15, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - It was only during the national anthem Friday that Michael Lyons stood out from his NBA D-League teammates. It wasn't during the...

Air Force ties visiting Canisius after losing two-goal lead
Air Force ties visiting Canisius after losing two-goal lead

By: - 0 Sat, Jan 14, 2017

Canisius goalie Charles Williams made 46 saves as the Griffs came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a 2-2 tie with Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey...

David Ramsey: Air Force, doomed by lousy defending, loses to San Jose
David Ramsey: Air Force, doomed by lousy defending, loses to San Jose

By: David Ramsey - 0 Sat, Jan 14, 2017

Brandon Clarke ended his magnificent, efficient night with a dunk at the buzzer. He had no reason to dunk. His San Jose State Spartans had already...

Clarke's 35 points help San Jose St get past Air Force
Clarke's 35 points help San Jose St get past Air Force

By: - 0 Sat, Jan 14, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS — Brandon Clarke scored a career-high 36 points on 16-of-22 shooting, adding five rebounds, assists and blocks, and San Jose State...

Air Force hockey's six-game winning streak snapped

By: - 0 Sat, Jan 14, 2017

Canisius scored four goals in the first period and held off Air Force for a 4-1 win in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday at Cadet Ice Arena....

Near-discarded player Tyler Rostenkowski finds place as Air Force battles to stay atop Atlantic Hockey Conference
Near-discarded player Tyler Rostenkowski finds place as Air Force battles to stay atop Atlantic Hockey Conference

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Thu, Jan 12, 2017

The player Air Force coaches weren't sure would fit in only two years ago could be the insurance policy the team needs. Forward Tyler Rostenkowski,...

Air Force puts it all together in victory over defending Mountain West champs
Air Force puts it all together in victory over defending Mountain West champs

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

As a movie buff, Dave Pilipovich was reminded of a scene from "For Love of the Game" as he watched Air Force take out defending Mountain West champion...

Air Force basketball notes: Lyons returns to starting five
Air Force basketball notes: Lyons returns to starting five

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Lyons roars back into starting lineup Trevor Lyons accepted the move when Air Force removed him from the starting lineup in early December. But it...

RAPID REACTION: Air Force notches needed victory over Fresno State
RAPID REACTION: Air Force notches needed victory over Fresno State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Air Force desperately needed this win. They had come within two points in four straight losses to Fresno State. But more than that, this is a team that...

'Turning the Titanic' continues to be enormous undertaking for Air Force women's basketball program
'Turning the Titanic' continues to be enormous undertaking for Air Force women's basketball program

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Changing the momentum of a program that has long been among the worst in Division I sports has been every bit as challenging as it sounds for Air Force...

Air Force football team outside Top 25 in final AP rankings
Air Force football team outside Top 25 in final AP rankings

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Wed, Jan 11, 2017

The final Associated Press poll – released hours after Clemson’s thrilling final-second victory over Alabama in the national championship game – had...

Air Force hoop notes: Graham uncertain for Fresno as hives clear
Air Force hoop notes: Graham uncertain for Fresno as hives clear

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Air Force uncertain if Graham will return for Fresno State as hives clear Air Force may again wait until shortly before game time to decide if...

Notebook: Colorado College Tigers hope road surge will lead to first home hockey win
Notebook: Colorado College Tigers hope road surge will lead to first home hockey win

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Tigers hope road surge will lead to first home win After Saturday's 2-1 upset win at top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado College paused to savor...

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun signs contract extension
Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun signs contract extension

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Troy Calhoun signed a 1-year contract extension Monday in a move that is becoming as routine as the Air Force coach taking his squad to a bowl game....

Air Force hockey director Steve Miller remains excited about winning gold medal with Team USA juniors
Air Force hockey director Steve Miller remains excited about winning gold medal with Team USA juniors

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Mon, Jan 9, 2017

Air Force director of hockey Steve Miller is still coming down from the emotional high of helping lead Team USA to its fourth world junior...

Mountain West men's basketball appears down, wide open
Mountain West men's basketball appears down, wide open

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sun, Jan 8, 2017

Colorado State walloped Air Force on Saturday and then danced on the floor in celebration of its coach's milestone victory. As the calendar switched...

Air Force rallies at Mercyhurst, takes over first in Atlantic Hockey
Air Force rallies at Mercyhurst, takes over first in Atlantic Hockey

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Despite competing with an injury-depleted lineup, Air Force rallied late and recorded its sixth-straight Atlantic Hockey Conference victory Saturday...

Air Force women's basketball player switches numbers to honor cadet killed in crash
Air Force women's basketball player switches numbers to honor cadet killed in crash

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Air Force women’s basketball player Erika Chapman switched jersey numbers on Saturday to honor a freshman cadet killed in a New Year’s Eve plane crash...

Air Force hoop notes: Dane Norman finds late rhythm in first start
Air Force hoop notes: Dane Norman finds late rhythm in first start

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

Norman finds late rhythm in first start Dane Norman looked very much like a player making his first career start in the first half for Air Force on...

Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy reflects with humor, self-deprecation after win No. 500
Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy reflects with humor, self-deprecation after win No. 500

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

FORT COLLINS - Larry Eustachy did a bit of reflecting in his own humorous, self-deprecating manner after notching career victory No. 500 on Saturday as...

Colorado State suffocates Air Force basketball with dominant second half
Colorado State suffocates Air Force basketball with dominant second half

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

FORT COLLINS - Air Force has endured its struggles this year, to be sure, but it was always competitive. Colorado State changed that with 22...

Goalie Starrett buys Air Force hockey time to get moving in road victory
Goalie Starrett buys Air Force hockey time to get moving in road victory

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Mercyhurst could not take advantage of Air Force hockey's slow start thanks to another standout performance by goalie Shane Starrett. The visiting...

Air Force looking to end 10-game skid to Colorado State
Air Force looking to end 10-game skid to Colorado State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Zach Kocur has seen a bit of everything against Colorado State. The Air Force senior personally enjoyed hot shooting against the Rams (7 of 11 from...

Senior standout Hayden Graham questionable as Air Force basketball heads to Colorado State
Senior standout Hayden Graham questionable as Air Force basketball heads to Colorado State

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Jan 6, 2017

Air Force will likely wait until game time before deciding if standout forward Hayden Graham can play on Saturday at Colorado State. Graham broke out...

Notebook: Holiday hockey tourney title has Colorado College confident entering road trip
Notebook: Holiday hockey tourney title has Colorado College confident entering road trip

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Mon, Jan 2, 2017

Colorado College confidence surging entering second half Hoisting a regular-season tournament trophy has Colorado College far more confident heading...

Air Force men's basketball holds off Utah State for league home-opener victory
Air Force men's basketball holds off Utah State for league home-opener victory

By: Joe Paisley - 0 Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Air Force wasn't about to head into 2017 with another disappointing basketball loss. The Falcons made enough clutch plays and staved off a...

Matt Wiley: Saying goodbye in 2016 was easy in sports
Matt Wiley: Saying goodbye in 2016 was easy in sports

By: Matt Wiley - 0 Sat, Dec 31, 2016

If you're not good with goodbyes, 2016 wasn't for you. The year started with the Broncos making a run to a Super Bowl title and it became obvious...

Air Force hockey rallies for road sweep at Sacred Heart

By: - 0 Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Air Force dominated the third period to score twice and upend host Sacred Heart for the Atlantic Hockey Conference road series sweep in Bridgeport,...

Air Force enters offseason with plenty of momentum after strong finish to season, bowl
Air Force enters offseason with plenty of momentum after strong finish to season, bowl

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Sat, Dec 31, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. - Troy Calhoun typically chooses not to acknowledge the existence of momentum in a game, let alone a season. Yet even the Air Force...

David Ramsey: Arion Worthman rescues Air Force's season with clutch Arizona Bowl performance
David Ramsey: Arion Worthman rescues Air Force's season with clutch Arizona Bowl performance

By: David Ramsey - 0 Sat, Dec 31, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. - Air Force was getting pulverized, but Arion Worthman's faith, mostly in himself, remained stubbornly untouched. The Falcons trailed...

South Alabama vs. Air Force: By  the numbers
South Alabama vs. Air Force: By the numbers

By: Brent Briggeman - 0 Fri, Dec 30, 2016

1 Luke Strebel’s spot on Air Force’s all-time field goal percentage list at .889 (32 of 36). The junior, for now, passes Will Conant .882 (30 of 34)....