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  • Basic training a learning experience for new Air Force assistant

    The start of basic training wasn’t an eye-opening experience simply for the future Air Force officers beginning their journey as cadets, it was also new for a Falcons football assistant who had never experienced it. New wide receivers coach Derek Lewis, a Texas graduate and most recently the tight ends coach at Florida, understood what to...

  • Air Force possibly catches break as Mountain West releases men's basketball schedule

    Air Force learned it will partially dodge both defending co-champions in the Mountain West as the 2015-16 men's basketball schedule was released Wednesday.   Air Force will not go to Boise State or host San Diego State this season.   The Falcons will host the Broncos and will travel to face the Aztecs.   They will face every other...

  • Ramsey: Air Force's Troy Calhoun gripes a lot and wins a lot, too

    Troy Calhoun listened as Colorado State coach Mike Bobo talked with excitement about an upcoming $220 million on-campus football stadium. He listened as Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre bragged about a freshly-constructed $156 million football facility that includes a luxurious locker room and players' lounge. He listened. And he was...

  • New CSU football coach researching Air Force's offense

    Mike Bobo is still several months from his first matchup with Air Force, but the new Colorado State football coach is already doing his homework. Bobo, who replaces new Florida coach Jim McElwain in Fort Collins, said he has dispatched defensive coordinator Tyson Summers to talk with other coaches about keys to defending the Falcons' unique...

  • Klee: Air Force's Ben Garland changing the storyline with Broncos

    DENVER - This is mission impossible, trying to get Ben Garland to talk about himself. That time the Denver Broncos held a benefit for victims of the Aurora theater shootings and Garland showed up unannounced? "Service before self," he says. Hosting a Make-A-Wish visit at Dove Valley, decorating cookies at Denver Rescue Mission, hugging his...

  • Air Force-Michigan State football game picked up by ESPN Networks

    Air Force’s football game at Michigan State on Sept. 19, has been picked up by the ESPN Networks, the academy announed Friday. The Saturday game in East Lansing, Mich., will begin at noon MDT. The game will be aired on ESPN or ESPN 2, but the designation will not be made until after the games the previous week, according to the news...

  • Inside the mind of a 10,000-meter champion, Hannah Everson of Air Force

    Covering 10,000 meters requires a runner to be alone with their thoughts for a long time - in the case of Hannah Everson, 34 minutes, 23.52 seconds. The Air Force record-holder in the event described her mental process at the regional May 28 in Austin, Texas, that she won despite entering with the 37th-best time in the West region. "You try...

  • Patience led Air Force's Hannah Everson to bigger things like a regional title

    Hannah Everson's guilty pleasure is a nightly reading of her online horoscope. The Air Force runner doesn't check for the fortune-telling aspect of it, but more to fact-check the completed day for accuracy. There was one from earlier this year that she thought nailed her situation. "It said something like, 'Be patient, bigger things are...

  • Bell carries Air Force pole vault tradition back to national meet

    At the rate Air Force produces national-level pole vaulters, it would be easy to assume that program runs on auto pilot and spots at the NCAA championship meet are a given. The results at regionals proved that wasn't the case, and in doing so underscored the impressive nature of the 10-year run the Falcons have put together. Dylan Bell needed...

  • Well-rested Perkins ready to recapture performance from two years ago

    In Zach Perkins' sport, the key isn't strength and size. The key is rest, and that's the one thing he's always lacked. Not anymore. Now that he's graduated and been commissioned as a second lieutenant, the Air Force runner is approaching his final race for the Falcons with full rest as he has prepared for nationals while on his...

  • Klee: Air Force, CU, CSU football catch fire with wide receivers

    DENVER - Does the best wide receiver in college football play for Colorado State? "Ohhh, you're going there!" CSU assistant Alvis Whitted says with a booming laugh. Go big or go home, coach. I'm going there. "The best wide receiver in the country? I can't say that." But then he does. "Me being biased? Yes. Rashard Higgins is the best...

  • Air Force point guard in a cast after boxing class injury

    An injury suffered in boxing class has Trevor Lyons in a cast for the summer. The Air Force point guard threw a punch in class that separated his thumb from his hand. Coach Dave Pilipovich said an MRI determined it was serious enough for surgery, so Lyons will not have use of his right hand for the summer. The good news is that Lyons is a...

  • Ramsey: Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and making 'the uncomfortable the norm'

    Bruce Jenner stood before a packed crowd at CSU-Pueblo's convocation in 2011. "Being in this arena, the arena of life, is about raising the bar, making the uncomfortable the norm," Jenner said. On Monday, Jenner announced he wants to be known as Caitlyn. And I'll honor the request. For the rest of the column, I'll refer to Jenner as "she."...

  • Evaluation period: Air Force men's basketball coach Dave Pilopovich keeps eye out for future cadets

    LAS VEGAS - If this display of basketball had been shown in a movie, all credibility would have been lost. Real teenagers just don't play the game this way. Players with unreal vertical leaps were throwing down dunks, lobbing alley-oops to each other off the backboard and generally treating an AAU tournament like it was a Harlem Globetrotters...

  • Dave Pilipovich remembers the first time he saw future Air Force players on the court

    This is coach Dave Pilipovich remembering the first time he saw these players who would go on to complete four-year careers with the Air Force basketball team. DeLOVELL EARLS What stood out was that he had long hair and it was braided. I thought there was no way, no way he was going to cut his hair. And that was a thing with him. He was...

  • Coaches at AAU basketball tournaments stick out via their shirts

    They are all easily identifiable by their shirts, giving the AAU tournament, the Pangos Sports Spectacular, a feel of a sporting goods store with constantly rotating merchandise. Coaches from the Ivy League, many from the Mountain West and some from the West Coast Conference were at the event. Colorado and Oregon State were there, too. The...

  • Observing tournaments takes large cut of Air Force basketball recruiting budget

    Even without the ability to contact recruits, the value of basketball observation periods remains strong for programs like Air Force. Coach Dave Pilipovich said most of the Air Force's $160,626 basketball recruiting budget is spent visiting events like the Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas. While Pilipovich was there, assistant Andy Moore...

  • Pair of Air Force track and field athletes will graduate a day late in Texas

    The first person Zach Perkins met at the Air Force Academy was Blue Kearney. Both West Coast natives, they arrived at the prep school together via a flight out of Oakland, Calif. On Friday night, they will be the final members of their class to be commissioned when they graduate a day later than their classmates in a private room at...

  • Running back Jon Lee regains status and will graduate from Air Force

    Falcon Stadium will open its doors to Jon Lee one final time. After fighting issues with academics, fumbles, playing time and eventually losing his cadet in good standing status as a senior, the Air Force running back will be among 840 to graduate from the academy Thursday and earn a commission as an officer. The academy confirmed to The...

  • New Air Force women's basketball coach fills out her staff

    New Air Force women’s coach Chris Gobrecht announced her team of assistants for the upcoming season, a group she says is “as talented a staff as any in the country.” The lone holdover from Andrea Williams’ staff is 1st Lt. Derek Brook, who will return for his second season as the military assistant. The staff includes one with experience at...

  • Transferring Air Force freshman Mooney lands at South Dakota

    Matt Mooney is transferring to South Dakota, the school announced Wednesday. Mooney played in 29 games, making eight starts, for Air Force as a freshman this past season. He informed coach Dave Pilipovich in early April that he did not intend to remain at the academy. "We are excited to add Matt to our program," South Dakota coach Craig...

  • Stroke strikes yet another young Air Force tennis coach

    This is just bizarre, and very bad, luck. Air Force assistant men’s tennis coach Evan Urbina tweeted Tuesday evening that he had suffered a stroke. “Had a stroke,” Urbina, in his late 20s, posted on social media. “Thankful for all your support. Should be out after a quick procedure tomorrow!” The post was accompanied by a smiling Urbina...

  • Air Force coach spends emotional time with family of cancer victim Lauren Hill

    Air Force basketball coach Dave Pilipovich and his wife, Kelly, spent the weekend at Dick Vitale’s gala in Sarasota, Fla., that raised more than $2 million for cancer research. The couple also traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a fundraiser put on by coach Lon Kruger. The part of the weekend that had the most impact on Pilipovich was...

  • Shortening college basketball's shot clock could have big impact on Air Force

    It's only five seconds, but it could set Air Force basketball back years. Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich is understandably opposed to a proposed rules change in college basketball to take the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds. Air Force runs a variety of the Princeton offense that relies on time to run complicated motion until the defense loses...

  • Ramsey: Colorado College Tigers' most important hockey games will be against Air Force

    Colorado College just announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season. The Tigers, fresh off 26 losses, will battle hockey powers from across our great nation. You could call this brutal schedule courageous. Or you could call it reckless. Either way, you would be correct. Let's make this clear: The most important games of the Tigers...

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