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  • New Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton starts on Monday

    New Air Force athletic Jim Knowlton reports for work on Monday, but his first week is expected to be a quiet one. Cadets are on spring break and Knowlton is expected to spend much of the week handling in-processing procedures and paperwork. He is also expected to make a speaking engagement in Colorado Springs. The first major task awaiting...

  • Versatile Santo Coppola ready to help Air Force's defense from multiple spots

    Given the versatility Santo Coppola showed in high school, his adventures for Air Force in spring football don't seem all that extreme. "I played tight end, linebacker, then I'd drop to the nose," the 6-foot-4 sophomore-to-be said. "I was even the kicker." Of course, all that moving around was done at St. Michael's in Santa Fe, N.M., which...

  • Air Force Academy chief aims to strengthen ties between school, community

    The Air Force Academy's top general told a crowd of community leaders last week that she wants to strengthen ties between the school and the Pikes Peak region. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson gathered local leaders of a two-hour session on the state of the Air Force Academy and used the time to describe programs to combat sexual assault, boost...

  • Klee: Can Air Force reach the NCAA Tournament again? Probably not

    DENVER — It's a cute, noble idea, the notion that college athletics are conducted on an even playing field. So is the theory "Yes, we can" bridge the aisle in Washington. So is two months paid vacation, or fresh powder every day. So is the Easter bunny. My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ramsey, believes Air Force will return to the NCAA Tournament...

  • Ramsey: Air Force can return to NCAA Tournament, just look at recent history

    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...

  • Air Force men's gymnasts hope to build on program success

    Air Force starts its march into the men's gymnastics postseason with high hopes and expectations. The team, ranked 10th out of 21 NCAA Division I programs, is going for its sixth team title in a row at this weekend's USA Gymnastics national championships, which will be held on the academy campus. Three members of the squad - Denis Aurelius...

  • Inconsistent Air Force hockey unable to reach league semifinals despite late surge

    Air Force played its best hockey at the best time, but still fell in the Atlantic Hockey Conference quarterfinals for the third year in a row. The team was inconsistent through much of the season. But there was enough talent in its senior class and increasing contributions from freshmen, especially in the second half, helped push the Falcons...

  • Air Force cornerback Gavin McHenry loses good standing as a cadet

    Cornerback loses good standing as a cadet Gavin McHenry is no longer a cadet in good standing, the Air Force Academy confirmed Wednesday. McHenry, a speedy cornerback, started all 12 games as a sophomore in 2013 and was part of the regular rotation this past season. The academy would not release details of events that led to McHenry's loss...

  • 5 emerging players to watch at Air Force football's 'spring game'

    Five emerging players to watch at AFA spring game Spring practice concludes Wednesday at Falcon Stadium with a 45-minute scrimmage that will begin at around 4 p.m. (drills will begin at 3 p.m.). If last year's practice was any indication, this will be a semi-live situation where quarterbacks cannot be hit. This is an Air Force team chock...

  • Ramsey: Air Force Academy has its man in QB Nate Romine

    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...

  • Air Force Falcons' hockey year comes swiftly to conclusion

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. - RIT winger Brad McGowan scored four goals as RIT defeated Air Force, 7-3, in game two of a best-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series Saturday. RIT, the No. 3 seed, swept the two-game series and advances to the AHC Final Four next weekend. Air Force's season ends at 16-21-14. With Air Force having a goal disallowed...

  • Air Force Academy freshmen face test of brawn and brains to enter cadet wing

    Air Force Academy freshmen sweated and screamed through the school's biggest rite of passage Friday as upperclassmen pushed, cajoled and barked them through "Recognition." Freshmen who don't quit during the three-day trial earn their "prop and wings" pins signifying admittance into the school's cadet wing. They also get more privileges and...

  • Air Force underclassmen figure to benefit from larger-than-expected roles this season on men's basketball team

    Hayden Graham has always been a 3-point shooter. That was the shot that accounted for more than 25 percent of his points as a high school senior and more than half of his attempts as a freshman at Air Force. But Graham attempted just one 3-pointer in two games at the Mountain West Tournament this week. He hasn't made one since Feb. 4. "This...

  • Falcons must win next game to continue season

    Matt Garbowsky and Josh Mitchell scored power play goals to lead RIT to a 2-1 win over Air Force in Game 1 of a best-of-three Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series Friday in Rochester, N.Y. RIT, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, improved to 16-14-5 this season. Air Force, the No. 7 seed, fell to 16-20-4 overall. "This was a great hockey game,"...

  • Hearing testimony reveals subterfuge of Air Force Academy informant program

    Testimony at a hearing at the Air Force Academy on Friday gave credibility to a former cadet's contention of long-term work as a spy for the Office of Special Investigations and showed that his allegations of cadet wrongdoing were backed up by a polygraph test. Testimony revealed that former cadet Eric Thomas may have signed initial paperwork...

  • Finale for six Air Force men's basketball seniors

    Finale for Air Force seniors Six seniors for Air Force saw their careers end Thursday. Kamryn Williams watched from the bench and Ethan Michael from the stands, as both were out with injuries. DeLovell Earls, Justin Hammonds, Marek Olesinski and Max Yon played and, for the most part, played well. Olesinski scored a team-high 14 points and...

  • Surging Air Force hooks up with former playoff rival, host RIT

    It promises to be an exciting Atlantic Hockey Conference quarterfinal series when surging Air Force renews its playoff rivalry with red-hot Rochester Institute of Technology this weekend. The Tigers are 6-3-1 in their final 10 games to garner third place and a bye week. Now, RIT is looking to eliminate Air Force in a best-of-three playoff...

  • Former cadet's appeal claims knowledge of academy informant would have changed conviction

    An Air Force Academy confidential informant could have spun tales to save his own skin during a classmate's court-martial, defense attorneys said during an appeal hearing Thursday for former cadet Stephan Claxton. Claxton was convicted in 2012 on charges including unlawful sexual conduct and assault over a 2011 incident in an academy dorm. He...

  • Scrappy Air Force can't overcome No. 25 Boise State

    LAS VEGAS - Nick Duncan hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points as No. 25 Boise State pulled away for an 80-68 quarterfinal victory over Air Force in the Mountain West Conference tournament. The top-seeded Broncos (24-7) used a 13-6 run over the final five minutes to seal the win, They will next play the winner of the Wyoming-Utah...

  • Air Force freshman Trevor Lyons excels on stage that saw his brother's career end

    LAS VEGAS - Trevor Lyons may have been a newcomer to the Mountain West Tournament on Wednesday, but he was already haunted by memories of the event. Air Force's freshman point guard was a high school senior when he sat in the Thomas & Mack Center and watched his brother, Michael, go down with a knee injury in a loss against UNLV in 2013....

  • Air Force basketball notes: Lobos settle for outside shots

    Lobos settle for outside shots New Mexico attempted 25 3-pointers Wednesday, and Air Force was happy about most of them. Knowing it would have its hands full with 7-foot center Obij Aget, the Falcons compacted their zone and dared every Lobos shooter except Hugh Greenwood to beat them from deep. And other than Greenwood, New Mexico couldn't...

  • Air Force beats New Mexico, advances in MWC tournament

    LAS VEGAS – It was only a matter of time before the percentages corrected themselves. Air Force was eventually going to improve on its 2-15 mark in the Mountain West Tournament, sharpshooter Zach Kocur was going to break out of his slump and Hugh Greenwood – as accomplished as he is – had to eventually cool off from long range. No current...

  • Air Force judge to review academy sex assault case involving informant

    An Air Force judge on Thursday will weigh testimony on whether prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence that could have aided the defense of an Air Force Academy cadet convicted of sexual assault. Lawyers for former cadet Stephan H. Claxton argue that his 2012 conviction is void because prosecutors failed to disclose that the government's star...

  • Air Force not renewing women's basketball coach Andrea Williams

    Air Force women's basketball coach Andrea Williams will not have her contract renewed, according to an announcement Tuesday from Air Force athletics. Williams' contract expires June 30, 2015. "We feel it is necessary to find new leadership for our women's basketball program to move forward," said Col. Tony McKenzie, interim director of...

  • MW Tourney foes Air Force, New Mexico experienced similar circumstances this season

    Scrape away the history, program expectations, resources and all other peripherals, and Air Force and New Mexico are experiencing similar seasons. The teams that will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the Mountain West Tournament have both been thrust into rebuilding mode by circumstances outside of their control. New Mexico...

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