Air Force Lacrosse to Compete at Play for Parkinson's Tournament

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    The Air Force lacrosse team is scheduled to compete in the third-annual Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event, which is sponsored by the ProjectSpark Foundation, will be held at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. The men's tournament will feature five teams, including Air Force, Georgetown, Princeton, Towson and Virginia.

    All proceeds from the Play for Parkinson's Lacrosse Series will benefit the ProjectSpark Foundation, an organization established by former Princeton lacrosse player Christian Cook and his sister, Lauren Cook, as a means to fight Parkinson's disease.

    More information on ticket prices, location, and volunteer opportunities may be found at

    Calhoun to be interview during Rockies game Wednesday night

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    Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun will be an interview guest on Root Sports during the third inning of the Rockies game Wednesday night. He will join the broadcasters in the booth during the inning to talk Air Force football.

    Gets up for another weekly honor -- fans can vote

    Air Force running back Cody Getz is up for the:MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week Award. To vote, go to the link below.

    This week's Nominees:
    Cody Getz, Air Force RB
    Nat Berhe, SDSU DB
    Cody Fajardo, Nevada, QB
    Brett Smith, WYO QB

    Getz, Baska honored for efforts at Michigan

    Senior running back Cody Getz and junior punter David Baska have been honored for their performances at Michigan last Saturday. Getz and Baska each earned honors as running back and punter of the week, respectively. Getz also picked up Mountain West Conference player of the week honors.


    Getz rushed for 130 yards and matched his career high with three touchdowns to lead the Falcons offense that gained 417 total yards. Getz leads the conference and ranks third nationally in rushing with a 174.0 per-game average through two weeks. He is also tied for the national lead in scoring with six touchdowns and an 18.0 per-game scoring average.


    Baska punted twice at Michigan for a 53.5-yard average and nailed a career-long 71 yard punt while deep in his own territory. Baska leads the MW in punting with a 48.0 average, but lacks enough attempts to qualify for the national statistics.  

    AFA Fencers win NTO titles on final day

    In the Nick Toth Open, AFA freshmen Madeleine Girardot and Mary McElwee advanced to the the senior women's foil finals. Girardot won the title, 15-11, against her opponent.

    Throughout the entire nine minutes of the three-period bout, the two freshmen kept the round very close. As soon as one scored, the other would answer with a touch. For most of the bout, the two opponents kept the scores tied until the third period when Girardot outscored McElwee by four touches.

    Earlier in the day, sophomore Alex Chiang won the senior men's foil gold medal round 15-2.


    U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Sept. 8, 2012 - The Air Force Academy fencing team completed the first day of the Nick Toth Open at the Academy's Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  In the final round of the open senior men's saber championships, Air Force fencer Emerson Woerner won the title bout 15-9.  As the No. 5 seed, Woerner advanced through the rounds 15-7, 15-10, 15-8 and 15-11. Finishing in second place, teammate Scott Pippin, the No. 3 seed, finished 15-4, 15-10, 15-13, losing 15-9 to Woerner in the gold medal round.  Desirae Ionata tied for third place in the open senior women's saber event. 

    AFA Athletics - Nick Toth Open


    The Air Force Academy fencing team opens the season by hosting the Nick Toth Open on Sept. 8-9, 2012. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym).  The open was named in honor of head coach Nick Toth (1960-1981). Toth was the winningest fencing coach at the Air Force Academy with a 200-35 record (.851). This event is free and open to the public. The Nick Toth Open will be broadcast on live video stream both days (see links). For additional information go to



    Registration Times for Events:

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Epee

    8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Women's Saber

    11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Men's Saber

    11:30-12:30 PM: Senior Women's Epee

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    8:30-9:30 AM: Senior Men's Foil

    11:00-12:00 PM: Senior Women's Foil


    Links for Video Stream:

    Sept. 8th:

    Sept. 9th:


    For additional information about the event go to


    A salute to Air Force from Michigan


    A GBMWolverine Salute to the Military Academies- A Preview of the Air Force Michigan Game


    The author has had the good fortune to advise and teach students who later went to West Point, Annapolis, or Colorado Springs.  Two have achieved Top Gun status and one is a Top Gun instructor.  Many were females who made it through the grinder of academy preparation.  They were bright, maybe not as inherently bright as the students who attended Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA, Duke, or Georgetown.  But these were the kids that scored a few points less on the infamous standardized tests than Ivy League types.  But these kids had a clear vision of what they wanted out of life, loved the challenge that was accepted, were not afraid of any work level, and would not give an inch.  They had winner written all over them.


    Most were quiet but came back as leaders, dressed in uniform and intensely and passionately talking to younger students at their alma mater.  There was no arrogance but an extreme pride about what had been accomplished and a stubborn determination about the future.


    The athletes at the service academies are not five-star in athletic rank; their rank will be used to defend the country.  In academy life, challenges are taken in all areas, including sports.  The academies play major competition and in the early decades of the 20th Century West Point ruled, let alone competed.  Then college athletics changed for good and became NFL farm teams.


    Dwight Eisenhower made a famous tackle of Jim Thorpe saving Army's bacon.  Army remained strong until the 1960's and slid downhill with the retirement of famed coach Red Blaik.  Navy came on strong with famed quarterback Roger Staubach.  And then came the Air Force.


    The Air Force Academy did not come into existence until 1954.  Many in the young category of society do not realize that there was no Air Force until 1947.  In World War II what is now the Air Force was the Army Air Corps.  Football started in 1955 and by 1958 the Falcons played in the Cotton Bowl, which then was a major bowl venue.  The Air Force Academy has played in 22 bowl games, with a 10-11-1 record.  Frankly this is a remarkable accomplishment.


    The Academy has enjoyed victories against major competition and has been a member of the football rich MWC for years.  Perhaps the most visible and satisfying victory was against Ohio State in 1990, when Ohio State with a 50-60 pound advantage chose to use wide splits and let the smaller, but fast and determined, Falcon linemen shoot right through the gaps.


    Like the other service academies, the Air Force has used ingenuity, determination, preparation, and discipline to compete against bigger, more talented teams.  Versions of the triple option have come and gone for all the academies, but the basic idea remains: control the clock and move the ball with intelligent option football that has become a great equalizer.


    Fisher DeBerry, the winningest coach in military academy history, is linked to the vintage flexbone offense that was actually designed by one of the greatest offensive masterminds in football history, Tiger Ellison.  DeBerry, it was said wanted a more flexible offense.  And so two slotbacks between the wideouts and tackle, and a fullback behind the quarterback came into vogue and was termed flexbone.


    By 2007 the flexbone went out of vogue, and offensive options meant to combat the growing number of superior defensive athletes came into being.  Fisher DeBerry retired and in 2007 Troy Calhoun, an Academy graduate, took over the reins as Head Coach.  As much as DeBerry experienced success, Calhoun's accomplishments have been sterling. Coach Calhoun's first team improved five games over the 2006 record and the Falcons have since set a school record with five straight bowl games.  Coach Calhoun has coached on both sides of the ball in the NFL and served as a very successful offensive coordinator of the NFL's Houston Texans before taking the job at the Academy.


    Beyond football, the Air Force Academy represents the best of college athletics and for that matter university preparation.  The APR of the academy is consistently at the top of the NCAA Division One ranking.  The academics are rigorous (not a big secret here), including high-level math, physics, and engineering.  Essentially, when one graduates from a service academy the educational rank is really equal to a Master's level education.


    It is refreshing in this day of meat market athletics to see an institution upholding the very best qualities of college and the American way of life competing successfully against high-level competition.


    Make no mistake, when the Air Force Academy takes the field Saturday at the big House, the team has already won, and that includes every other field taken to as well.



    GBMWolverine Staff



    Air Force at Michigan to be carried by American Forces Network

    This week's Air Force at Michigan game will be carried by the American Forces Network and will be available world-wide on its body of networks.

    Air Force - Michigan game to replay on ESPN3

    The Air Force at Michigan game will be rebroadcast on ESPN3. The first airing will be at 9 p.m. MT time on Saturday. The link to watch is: