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  • Taking on league-leading Colonials may answer questions about Air Force hockey

    This weekend's home series against No. 20 Robert Morris will give Air Force a better idea of what to make of its six-game winning streak. "We have to prove we belong in the top four," coach Frank Serratore said of his fourth-place Falcons (11-13-3, 10-6-2 league). "Before we had our six-game win streak we were a bottom-feeder. We don't believe...

  • Sophomore Hayden Graham still trying to string solid performances together for Air Force

    Hayden Graham keeps putting his puzzle pieces on the table for Air Force. The sophomore has scored at least 14 points three times this year, he's grabbed as many as seven rebounds and he's had complete efforts like the one he had Saturday against Boise State with 50 percent shooting, 3 of 3 free throws, 14 points, five rebounds, three assists...

  • Air Force notebook: Tight ends coach Jake Moreland leaves for Syracuse

    Tight ends coach leaves for Syracuse Air Force tight ends coach Jake Moreland has left the program after three years to accept the same position at Syracuse. Moreland will also work with offensive tackles under Syracuse coach Scott Shafer. Shafer and Moreland worked together at Western Michigan from 2005-06. "It is a unique opportunity to...

  • Air Force Academy glider squad keeps its place as national champs

    While the Air Force Academy needs a new trophy case to accommodate the team's accomplishments, the coach says the cadets involved are nothing special. "No, sir," Lt. Col. John Neptune said when asked if anything about his national championship glider squad stood out. "It's pretty standard. They are motivated, and they are inspired to fly."...

  • Air Force hockey team extends streak with dramatic win

    With 57 seconds left in overtime, Cole Gunner scored to lift Air Force to a 2-1 overtime win over American International Conference in an Atlantic Hockey Conference game Friday at the Olympia Ice Center in Springfield, Mass. Air Force extended its winning streak to five as the Falcons improved to 10-13-3 and 9-6-2 in the league. "This was a...

  • Air Force Academy will take to the skies Saturday, but don't expect much noise

    Cadet pilots will work overtime this Saturday - and possibly others - to make up for flying time lost to bad weather. A snowstorm that rolled in Wednesday grounded the Air Force Academy's fleet of gliders and single-engine trainers, delaying training that must be completed before the school year wraps up in May. "Additional make-up days may...

  • Transfers, injuries have led Air Force basketball to struggles it didn't foresee

    Coaches are trained to live in the present, but Dave Pilipovich admitted to taking a moment recently to look back. He reflected on the lineup he expected his Air Force basketball team would be putting on the floor - and it looked nothing like the one he has. The starters likely would have been guards Tre' Coggins and Max Yon, forwards Kamryn...

  • Air Force freshmen hockey players contributing in a big way

    Some of Air Force's freshmen are stepping up and seizing their opportunities. None more than goalie Connor Girard, who picked up a home win over Army on Saturday, and wing Dylan Abood, who has an assist in all three of his games. The Centennial native was injured during basic training and made his college debut two Saturdays ago against...

  • 'Deflategate?' Air Force Academy had its own version

    Long before the New England Patriots thrust football inflation levels into the national conversation, Scott Richardson spent lots of time thinking about the issue. The Air Force equipment manager has kept a close eye on balls presented for game use since the Falcons, like the Patriots, were accused of altering game balls to their advantage....

  • Ramsey: New Air Force Academy athletic director Jim Knowlton will find winning a challenge

    Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson sat at a podium and talked confidently about "winning the right way." This was a jarring statement. Johnson, the 19th superintendent of the Air Force Academy, was sitting at center court of the basketball arena where the Falcons have been losing. Losing the right way, for sure, but still losing. Introductory...

  • Boulder arrest affidavit details alleged sex assault by Air Force Academy cadet

    Boulder police claim DNA tests link Air Force Academy cadet Daniel Ryerson to the Nov. 1 rape of an academy classmate, court papers say. Ryerson, a 21-year-old junior, was arrested by Boulder authorities Friday in the alleged attack, which police say took place after a night of party "crashing" in downtown Boulder. Court papers describe...

  • First power struggle between new Air Force A.D., superintendent goes to the boss

    The first power struggle between Air Force's new athletic director and his boss was decided in favor of the superintendent. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson introduced Jim Knowlton on Wednesday in a press conference in Clune Arena. She joked that Knowlton, a standout hockey player, had wanted to hold the ceremony in the adjacent Cadet Ice Arena, but...

  • New Air Force Academy AD introduced Wednesday

    Earlier this month, the Air Force Academy announced Jim Knowlton as its selection as the academy's new athletic director. Knowlton, a West Point grad, spent seven years as AD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He replaces Hans Mueh. Knowlton will be introduced Wednesday with a planned news conference at 1 p.m.

  • San Diego State shoots Air Force out of its own gym

    San Diego State reserve Dakarai Allen flicked the ball underhand toward the basket just after the buzzer on Tuesday night. Even that one went in. A San Diego State team built behind a suffocating defense that makes up for shaky shooting stunned Air Force by making 13 3-pointers in a 77-45 victory at Clune Arena. It was the largest margin...

  • Retiring Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh recognized during final game

    Mueh recognized during final game Air Force recognized retiring athletic director Hans Mueh during a stoppage of play in the first half, reviewing his accomplishments in an 11-year tenure that will end later this week. Mueh said he didn't know about the announcement in advance. "It's embarrassing," he said. Mueh said he and wife, Sally,...

  • Air Force takes on San Diego State 20 days later but with a vastly different team

    Dave Pilipovich's game notes from the last meeting with San Diego State are just 20 days old. In fact, most of us probably have Christmas leftovers that are older. But not even three weeks later, those notes are about as useful as some moldy mashed potatoes. Air Force entered that Dec. 31 matchup with four seniors in the starting lineup, a...

  • Max Yon takes leave of absence from Air Force basketball team

    Yon takes leave of absence from men's basketball team Leading scorer Max Yon, who has already missed two games with a deep thigh bruise, will continue to be away from the team for an undetermined amount of time while he deals with a personal situation. Coach Dave Pilipovich announced Yon's leave of absence on Monday, stressing that this is...

  • Photos: Freshman goaltender Girard has stellar first start in Falcons win

    Maybe the magnitude of what Connor Girard accomplished on Saturday night will have sunk in by the time he wakes up on Sunday. The freshman goaltender - pressed into his first career start after sophomore Chris Truehl was ruled out with a high ankle sprain - made 25 saves in Air Force's 3-1 win over Army at Cadet Ice Arena on Saturday night....

  • Another Air Force comeback attempt thwarted as skid continues at Utah State

    LOGAN, Utah - This was the basketball equivalent of climbing a cliff so far that you could peek over the top, only to lose footing on the last step and plunge backward into the abyss. Air Force trailed by 10 at halftime but had scraped back to the point where it had a free-throw attempt that could have forced a tie with 8:25 remaining. The...

  • Utah State basketball venue leaves an impression

    Utah State venue leaves an impression Air Force walked away impressed by the atmosphere at Utah State's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. An announced crowd of 9,885 - a large of percentage of which was an organized, rowdy student section - rode Falcons players after any miscue and offered plenty of humorous commentary in a fun-spirited fashion...

  • Demers helps fetch win for Air Force with hat trick

    Chad Demers and Cole Gunner locked eyes across the ice and knew what was about to happen. Gunner made a diagonal pass from the right boards to the left pipe, and Demers popped the puck into the net to give the Air Force a 4-3 win over Army on Friday night. The power-play goal, which came with 6:42 remaining, not only gave Demers his first...

  • AFA's Yon still sidelined with thigh bruise

    Max Yon did not travel with Air Force to Utah State on Friday as a deep thigh bruise will keep the Falcons' leading scorer out for a second game. Yon, who suffered the injury Monday in practice, also did not travel to New Mexico on Wednesday, leaving a scoring void for the team in a 60-48 road loss. Coach Dave Pilipovich confirmed Friday...

  • Tyler Ledford has emerged for Air Force hockey team

    The potential of Tyler Ledford is apparent to coach Frank Serratore, even if it wasn't when the Air Force freshman was a small child in the academy youth association. Serratore knew Ledford as the younger brother of Zach Ledford, a former defenseman at Bentley, who played with Serratore's sons, Tim and Tom. "(Tyler Ledford) was one of the...

  • Air Force Academy outlines steps to hire new athletic director

    The Air Force Academy spent a year on the process that resulted in the hiring of its new athletic director. That process was outlined in a news conference Thursday where top academy officials outlined the steps that led to last week's announcement that James Knowlton would replace retiring athletics boss Hans Mueh. "This has been a methodical...

  • Falcons still seem to be rising despite multiple setbacks

    Under normal circumstances, this season would have reached a tipping point for Air Force - or any team. The Falcons have dropped five games by single digits, another two after nearly overcoming second-half deficits and have lost 72 man-games to injuries. Senior captain Kamryn Williams is finished with an Achilles tendon injury, leading scorer...

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