October 2010 Archives

A message from women's basketball coach Andrea Williams

Dear Falcon Fans,


Basketball season is just around the corner and our team has been preparing with great energy and anticipation to take the court on November 5th for an exhibition game with Metro State. We have been officially practicing for nearly a month, working hard to incorporate all of our players' talents and abilities into a system that will allow us to compete at a higher level in the Mountain West Conference. We are extremely proud of how much our athletes have been training and are impressed with the progress we continue to make from week to week. Our team may be hard to recognize this season as we have gone to a much more up-tempo style of play. The players have responded well to the change and seem to be having fun flying up and down the court within the construct of our scheme.


If anything, here are three things to expect from Air Force Women's Basketball this season:

1.) High scoring games. We will fast break every chance we get, and focus on scoring early in the shot clock through sets that exploit defensive weaknesses at the point of attack. 

2.) Forced chaos on defense from end line to end line. We will full court press, trap, and confuse our opponents on defense. It is important that our defense not only to hold in half court situations but also generate easy baskets for our team in transition. 

3.) Fun and affordable entertainment for sports fans of all ages. It is our hope to create one of the best environments in the Mountain West Conference for watching women's basketball at unmatched value. We will work hard to make sure that your experience inside Clune Arena is well worth the price of admission. Our coaching staff and players are always accessible and genuinely enjoy developing relationships with our fans. We want you to be a part of our family as we continue to build in the right direction. Please be sure to say hello anytime you are around, stop by practice, or stick around following games to speak with us. 


Your support is instrumental to the success of our team and means more to our players  then you could imagine. We look forward to getting started this season and for you to watch our team compete. You will enjoy the product we put out on the court and will be proud of your cadet athletes.


Go Falcons!


Andrea Williams

Head Coach

Air Force Women's Basketball

Football Friday


Air Force vs. #8/7 Utah

Saturday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. MT, Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAFA, CO


• Air Force is playing its fourth ranked team of the season, the second straight season to do so.

• Air Force is playing a ranked team for the second consecutive week for the second time this season.

• This year is the first since 1973 that Air Force has played two teams in the top 10 in the same season.

• Air Force is playing its lone home game during a span of playing three of four games on the road.



CBS College Sports Network (CBSC)

Jason Knapp (play-by-play); Aaron Taylor (analyst); Brooke Bolzendam (sidelines).



KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado


Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)



Record: Air Force (5-3, 3-2 MWC), Utah (7-0, 4-0 MWC)

Streaks: Air Force (L 2), Utah (W 8)

Next week: Air Force (at Army, 11/6), Utah (vs. TCU, 11/6)

Last week: Air Force (L 7-38 at #4/4 TCU), Utah (W 59-6 vs. Colorado State)

Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Utah (utahutes.com)



Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 30-17 career record. Calhoun is 19-10 in MWC games, 11-7 in non-conference games, 18-4 in Falcon Stadium, 9-10 in road games (8-6 in MWC road game) and 1-2 vs. Utah.

Utah: Kyle Whittingham (BYU, 1984) is in sixth season. He has led the Utes to a 55-17 career record. Whittingham has a 32-12 record in MWC games and is 4-1 against Air Force.



• Air Force and Utah are meeting for the 27th time.

• The Falcons hold a 14-12 overall lead and a 13-11 advantage in conference games.

• The teams first played Nov. 16, 1957, in Utah. The Utes won the game, 34-0.

• Utah has won two straight and six of the last seven games.

• 12 of the last 13 games have been decided by 10 points or less.

Weekend preview

Coach Calhoun Show - October 28th Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery to hear thoughts from last week's game and preview the Utah matchup this weekend.  The show will begin at 6:30 pm and run until 7:30.  Click here to check out the Colorado Mountain Brewery website.


Friday Football Luncheon - October 29th Stop by the Falcon Stadium Press Box this Friday for some great food and a chance to hear from Coach Calhoun prior to this weekend's showdown with Utah.  Golden Corral will provide this week's meal of bourbon street chicken, pot roast with veggies, rice, green beans, salad, rolls and cookies all for only $7 a plate.  Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at noon.


Volleyball vs. TCU - October 29th The Falcons will kick off a two game home stand with a matchup against MWC power TCU on Friday at 7 pm.  The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free Air Force stocking cap at the gate.  Admission is only $2 for youth and $5 for adults. 


Scout Day at Falcon Stadium - October 30th #8 Utah rolls into Falcon Stadium looking to stay undefeated this Saturday at 5:30 pm.  Family Four Packs are available for only $79 which includes four tickets to the game and $20 in food vouchers to redeem at the concession stand.  It is also Scout Day at Falcon Stadium which mean's $10 Scout tickets with $5 in concession vouchers.  Camping outside Falcon Stadium is also available.  To reserve your camping area contact Alex Yack at alexander.yack.ctr@usafa.edu.  To purchase your tickets for the game please click here. 


Celebrate Halloween with AFA Volleyball - October 31st The Falcons will host New Mexico this Sunday for a special Halloween match in the East Gym.  All fans wearing costumes to the match will receive free admission.  Cadets will be passing out candy to all kids in costume and we'll be giving out prizes for the best costumes.  Kids will receive an Air Force Halloween bag to use that night and the first 200 will receive a free Air Force tote bag at the gate.  Game time is set for 4 pm.


Kid's Day With Women's Hoops - November 5th The Falcon women's basketball team would like to invite all kids and their families out to Clune Arena on Friday, November 5th for a special event to meet the team, get autographs and photos with players, shoot baskets down on the court and hear from first year head coach Andrea Williams.  Fans can come out early to preview the Falcons new up tempo style of play when they host Metro State at 5 pm for an exhibition game.  Kid's Night events will be held directly following the game.  Admission is free to the general public and all fans that arrive prior to halftime will be eligible to redeem their tickets for free admission to the Air Force vs. Mercyhurst hockey game later that night!   

"Inside Academy Football" airing on CBS College

Air Force Football To Be Featured In CBS College Sports "Inside Academy Football" Documentaries 


USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force football program will be featured in CBS College Sports "Inside Academy Football" documentaries as part of the network's Armed Forces Salute Week programming. The initial airing for Inside Academy Football: Air Force, debuts Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. MT.

CBS College Sports Network's Armed Forces Salute week, Monday, Oct. 25 - Sunday, Oct. 31, includes the debut of three, 30-minute documentaries, Inside Academy Football, which chronicle the daily routines of football players from the service academies. The shows feature two athletes from each academy and explore how their sport intersects, enriches and informs their lives as officers-in-training for the United States military, while delving into the tradition and meaning of football at Army, Navy and Air Force.

Inside Academy Football: Air Force flies along with senior running back Jared Tew, as he takes the flight controls for the first time, and junior defensive back Jon Davis for his first ride in an F-15 fighter jet. The show provides a look at the cadets' summer classes, jobs and lives at the academy. To watch a clip of the Air Force documentary, click here.

CBS College Sports Network's Armed Forces Salute culminates with a tripleheader of games on Saturday, Oct. 30, with VMI at Army (NOON, PM, ET), Duke at Navy (3:30 PM, ET) followed by Utah at Air Force (7:30 PM, ET), plus in-depth studio coverage throughout the day.

Inside Academy Football: Air Force will also be re-broadcast during the following dates and times - All times listed as Mountain Standard.

10/26/2010 - 6:30 PM
10/27/2010 - 7:30 PM
10/27/2010 - 9:00 PM
10/28/2010 - 4:00 AM
10/28/2010 - 5:30 AM
10/28/2010 - 7:30 PM
10/28/2010 - 12:00 AM
10/29/2010 - 4:30 AM
10/29/201 - 5:30 PM
10/30/2010 - 8:00 AM
10/31/2010 - 6:00 PM

Co-Athletes of the Week

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Senior Tom Chandler (Oak Harbor, Wash.) was the Air Force Academy's highest marksman in both air rifle (590/600) and smallbore (589/600) versus the University of Nebraska rifle team, Oct. 23, in Lincoln.  In the smallbore match, Chandler was the overall high scorer with 589 points, setting a personal and team record. Chandler and Nebraska's Janine Dutton went head-to-head in the air rifle match as both scored 590 points.  Chandler's aggregate score was a career high (1,179). 


Backed by an outstanding overall performance in a 3-1 win over San Diego State on Thursday, Oct. 21, senior Caroline Kurtz guided the Air Force volleyball team to its first Mountain West Conference victory since 2005. Backed by Kurtz's career-high 24 kills, the Falcons snapped a 74-match losing streak to their conference opponents, while defeating the Aztecs for the first time since 1999. The 24 kills broke her previous best tally of 20, which she accumulated twice this season during first. Kurtz also added 13 digs for her 20th career double-double, while hitting a team-high .286 (24k-8e-56a) and adding two assists. In addition to personal marks, the 24-kill output is the best by a MWC player in league matches this season.

Weekly recap

Football - TCU defeats Air Force.



Men's Swimming - Falcons win at SMU.



Men's Tennis - Falcons at Regional tournament.



Men's Swimming - Falcons fall at TCU.



Hockey - Air Force falls to AIC.



Men's Soccer - Air Force defeats San Jose State.



Women's Tennis - Air Force falls to nationally-ranked New Mexico.



Volleyball - Falcons snap losing streak to SDSU.



Hockey - Falcons handle AIC, 12-0.



Men's Soccer - Falcons beat Sacramento State.



Women's Soccer - Air Force beats TCU.



Water Polo - Falcons down two ranked teams.



Water Polo - Air Force completes competition at The Rodeo.




Football Friday


Air Force at #4/4 TCU

Saturday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. MT, Amon G. Carter Stadium (44,358), Fort Worth, TX

• Air Force is playing its third ranked team of the season this week.

• TCU is the highest ranked team Air Force has played since playing No. 3 Oklahoma in 2001.

• Air Force is playing its second straight road game and plays two of the next three games on the road.

• Air Force is 8-6 in MWC road games under head coach Troy Calhoun.



CBS College Sports Network (CBSC)

Dave Ryan (play-by-play); Aaron Taylor (analyst)



KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado

SIRIUS, channel 127


Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)



Record: Air Force (5-2, 3-1 MWC), TCU (7-0, 3-0 MWC)

Streaks: Air Force (L 1), TCU (W 7)

Next week: Air Force (vs. Utah, 10/30), TCU (at UNLV, 10/30)

Last week: Air Force (L 25-27 at San Diego State), TCU (W 31-3 vs. BYU)

Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), TCU (gofrogs.com)



Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 30-16 career record. Calhoun is 19-9 in MWC games, 11-7 in non-conference games, 18-4 in Falcon Stadium, 9-10 in road games (8-6 in MWC road game) and 1-2 vs. TCU.

TCU: Gary Patterson (Kansas State, 1983) is in his 10th season at TCU. He has led the Horned Frogs to a 92-28 career record. Patterson has a 4-1 record against Air Force.



• Air Force and TCU are meeting for the 10th time overall and seventh time as conference foes.

• TCU leads the series 7-2-1 overall, including a 5-1 mark in conference games.

• The team's first played in the 1959 Cotton Bowl which ended in a 0-0 tie.

• TCU has won two straight and six of the last seven overall.

• Air Force is 0-4 vs. TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium, including an 0-2 mark in conference games.

• Air Force is 1-6 all-time at Amon G. Carter Stadium, including three Armed Forces Bowl games.

• The Falcons snapped a six-game losing streak at the stadium in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl.



Athlete of the Week Interview

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Bobby Geiger, Senior, Water Polo

Senior captain Bobby Geiger helped lead the Air Force water polo team to a perfect record at the Concordia Invitational over the weekend, scoring 10 goals in two games. Geiger registered five scores in the Falcons' 10-8 victory over conference foe Redlands on Saturday, while adding five goals in Air Force's 10-5 win over Fresno Pacific.

Geiger, who also scored one of Air Force's three goals against 10th-ranked Loyola Marymount this weekend, now ranks seventh on the Falcons' all-time scoring list with 253 career points.

To see a video interview with Bobby, please log on to http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/index.html?media=202449

Weekend preview

Volley for the Cure - October 21st
Air Force volleyball will face off against San Diego State in front of a national television audience this Thursday at 7:30 pm.  The Falcons would like to invite fans out to pack the East Gym in Pink for a special "Volley for the Cure" event to honor breast cancer awareness month.  All fans wearing pink will receive free admission to the match and the first 200 fans will receive a free commemorative pink Air Force t-shirt at the gate!


Coach Calhoun Show - October 21st
Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery to hear thoughts from last week's heartbreaker and preview Saturday's showdown with #4 TCU in Ft. Worth.  The show will begin at 6:30 pm and run until 7:30.  Click here to check out the Colorado Mountain Brewery website.


Men's Soccer vs. San Jose St. and Sacramento St. - October 22nd and 24th
The Falcon Men's Soccer team will be at home this weekend for their final home stand of the season.  San Jose St. visits the Academy on Friday, October 22nd @ 7pm, and Senior Day will be held on Sunday, October 24th vs. Sacramento St. @ 1 pm.  Admission is free.


Women's Soccer vs. New Mexico and TCU - October 22nd and 24th
The Falcons conclude the home portion of the schedule with the first part of Air Force soccer doubleheaders at the Cadet Soccer Stadium on both Friday and Saturday.  Air Force will host New Mexico on Friday @ 4:30 pm and TCU on Sunday @ 11 am.  The first 100 fans to arrive at Cadet Soccer Stadium on Sunday will receive a free Air Force Soccer t-shirt at the gate. Admission is free.


Hockey Opening Weekend - October 23rd
Hockey season is finally here!  The Falcons will host conference foe AIC to open up their season at Cadet Ice Arena this weekend.  It's youth weekend at the Academy, which means $2 tickets for youth both nights.  On Saturday all early arriving fans will receive an Air Force mini-hockey stick at the gate.  Game time is set for 7:05 both nights.  Click here to purchase your tickets.


Winter Sports Season Tickets Now Available!

Reserve your seats today for Falcon men's basketball and women's basketball.  Men's basketball tickets start at a low price of $100, with a variety of seating options available.  Air Force women's basketball prices are extremely affordable for fans of all ages.  Season tickets for youth are $20, adults $40 and Family Four Packs $60.  To get up close and personal to all of the action inside Clune Arena this year, reserve courtide VIP seats down on the floor for a low price of $50 for youth and $100 for adults.  Air Force Hockey season ticket packages have sold out for 2010-11 but there are great single game ticket promotions available this year starting with "Youth Weekend" on Friday and Saturday.  Fans can catch the Falcons home opening series vs. AIC for only $2 for youth both nights!  Click here to be re-directed to the AFA ticket webpage or call 472-1895 to speak with a ticket office representative.

Weekly results

Weekly recap


Football - Falcons fall at San Diego State.



Men's Golf - Falcons wrap up action in Purple and Red Invitational.



Cross Country - Falcons conclude action at Tiger Invitational



Men's Soccer -- Falcons blank UNLV.



Women's Tennis - Air Force completes first day of FIU tournament.



Women's Tennis - Day two results from FIU tournament.



Hockey - Falcons fall at Robert Morris.



Water Polo - Falcons defeat Fresno Pacific.



Men's Soccer - Air Force drops heartbreaker at New Mexico.



Cross Country - Results from Pre-Nationals meet.



Water Polo - Falcons split pair of conference contests.



Volleyball - Falcons fall to Utah.



Swimming - Results from Denver Invitational.



Women's Soccer - Falcons fall to UNLV.



Football Friday


#23/23 Air Force at San Diego State Saturday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. MT, Qualcomm Stadium (54,000), San Diego, CA

• Air Force's 5-1 start is its best since 2003 and the team is 3-0 in the MWC for the first time since 2006.

• Air Force is ranked for consecutive weeks and in both polls for the first time since 2002.  

• Air Force plays three of its next four games on the road. The team is 1-1 in road games this season.   

• Air Force has split its last two road games at San Diego State.



CBS College Sports Network (CBSC)

Dave Ryan (play-by-play); Aaron Taylor (analyst)



KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado


Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)



Record: Air Force (5-1, 3-0 MWC), San Diego State (3-2, 0-1 MWC)

Streaks: Air Force (W 3), San Diego State (L 1)

Next week: Air Force (at TCU, 10/23), San Diego State (at New Mexico, 10/23)

Last week: Air Force (W 49-27 vs. Colorado State), San Diego State (L 21-24 at BYU)

Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), San Diego State (goaztecs.com)



Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 30-15 career record. Calhoun is 19-8 in MWC games, 11-7 in non-conference games, 18-4 in Falcon Stadium, 9-9 in road games (8-5 in MWC road game) and 3-0 vs. San Diego State.

San Diego State: Brady Hoke (Ball State, 1982) is in his second season. He has led the Aztecs to a 7-10 and has a 41-48 career record in his seventh season.



• Air Force has a 19-9 overall series lead and all games have been as conference foes.

• The Falcons are 7-5 in San Diego, 11-4 at home and 1-0 in neutral site games.

• Air Force has won three straight and four of the last five games in the series.

• Prior to Air Force's recent streak, the Aztecs had won three straight from 2002-04.

• The Falcons defeated San Diego State, 35-10, in the last meeting at Qualcomm Stadium in 2008.

• The teams first played in 1980 in Falcon Stadium, resulting in a 13-10 Aztec win.

• The following year the teams played in Tokyo, Japan, in the Mirage Bowl.

• Air Force won the Mirage Bowl, 21-16, in front of 80,000 fans.


Weekend preview

Coach Calhoun Show - October 14th
Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery as they recap last week's win over CSU and preview Saturday's matchup with San Diego State.  The show will begin at 6:30 and run until 7:30 pm.  Click here to check out the Colorado Mountain Brewery website.


Men's Soccer vs. UNLV - October 15th
This Friday the Falcons will host UNLV for a conference showdown at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.  The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free Air Force Soccer t-shirt at the gate.  Admission is free, doors open at 6 pm, game time is set for 7.


Men's Soccer vs. New Mexico - October 17th
The men's soccer team will wrap up a two game home stand on Sunday afternoon vs. New Mexico at  1 pm.  All fans in attendance will receive a free Air Force flag while supplies last.  Admission is free.


Volley for the Cure - October 21st
The Falcon volleyball team returns home on Thursday, October 21st to host San Diego State at 7:30 pm for a nationally televised match. To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Air Force Academy would like to invite all fans out for a special "Volley for the Cure" celebration at Falcon Court. All fans wearing pink to the match will receive free admission and the first 200 fans will receive a free Air Force Volleyball t-shirt at the gate. Join us for "Volley for the Cure," on Thursday, October 21st @ 7:30 pm.


Basketball Midday Madness - October 23rd
Join the Air Force men's and women's basketball teams for a special event on Saturday, October 23rd at Clune Arena.  Both teams would like to invite fans out to the Academy for an open practice, a chance to meet the players and coaches, and autographs down on the court.  Midday Madness will kick off at 12:30 and will run until 2 pm.

Athlete of the Week Interview

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Zane Dydasco, Sophomore, Men's Soccer

Zane Dydasco scored a goal and added an assist as Air Force defeated New Mexico, 3-2, Sunday for the Falcons first win over the Lobos in Albuquerque since 2001. With UNM leading 1-0, Dydasco tied the game at 1-all with an unassisted goal, his second goal of the season, in the 72nd minute. Just 1:38 later, Air Force took the lead on a goal by freshman Caleb Downey, then got an insurance goal when Dydasco found Kevin Durr, who rocketed home a shot in the 77th minute and in a span of 5:32, Air Force had scored three times to take an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

Dydasco has two goals and two assists this season, tying him for the team lead with six points.

The Falcons return home this weekend to host UNLV on Friday and New Mexico on Sunday.

To see a video interview with Zane, please log on to http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/index.html?media=200587

Weekly sports recap

Football - Falcons beat in-state rival Colorado State.



Newspaper links on Air Force's win over Colorado State.




Golf - Falcons capture 14th straight SAGC title.



Volleyball - Falcons fall to No. 17 Colorado State



Hockey - Falcons win exhibition in overtime.



Tennis - Air Force completes first day in two different tournaments.



Hockey - Falcons drop season opener at Alaska-Anchorage tournament.



Men's Soccer - Falcons fall 1-0 to UNLV.



Water Polo - Air Force splits two games at tournament in California.



Boxing - Friday Night Fights results.



Hockey - Falcons fall to Alaska-Anchorage.



Men's Tennis - Falcons wrap up day two at two tournaments.



Volleyball - Schmitt has career night in Air Force loss to Wyoming.



Women's Soccer - Falcons fall to No. 11 BYU.


Men's Swimming - Falcons sweep intermountain shootout.



Men's Soccer - Falcons rally to defeat New Mexico.



Men's Tennis - Pair captures double flight at Boise State tournament.



Water Polo - Falcons fall to UC Irvine.



Football Friday


#25 Air Force vs. Colorado State

Saturday, Oct. 9, 12 p.m. MT, Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAFAcademy, CO

• Air Force is ranked (#25 AP) this week for the first time since 2003.

• Air Force's 4-1 start is the best under head coach Troy Calhoun and best since opening 5-0 in 2003.  

• Air Force is 3-0 in Falcon Stadium this season and 17-4 under head coach Troy Calhoun since 2007.   

• Air Force plays three of the its next four games on the road following this week's game.



The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn)

James Bates (play-by-play); Todd Christensen (analyst); Natalie Vickers  (sidelines)



KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado


Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)



Record: Air Force (4-1, 2-0 MWC), Colorado State (1-4, 0-1 MWC)

Streaks: Air Force (W 2), Colorado State (L 1)

Next week: Air Force (at San Diego State, 10/16), Colorado State (vs. UNLV, 10/16)

Last week: Air Force (W 14-6 vs. Navy), Colorado State (L 0-27 vs. #5/5 TCU)

Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Colorado State (csurams.com)



Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 29-15 career record. Calhoun is 18-8 in MWC games, 11-7 in non-conference games, 17-4 in Falcon Stadium and 3-0 vs. Colorado State.

Colorado State: Steve Fairchild (Colorado State, 1981) is in his third season. He has led the Rams to a 11-19 overall record. Fairchild is 4-13 in MWC games and 0-2 vs. Air Force.



Air Force and Colorado State compete each year for the Ram-Falcon Trophy. This season marks the 31st year of the competition for the trophy. Air Force has won the trophy 17 times, while Colorado State has won it 13 times. The trophy's origin is traced back to Shelly Godkin, a former ROTC commander at Colorado State. He watched the teams play in 1978 and sought to translate his impressions into a trophy symbolic of an annual game. The first Ram-Falcon Trophy battle was in 1980.



• Air Force leads the overall series, 28-19-1, including a 17-13 mark in conference games.

• The Falcons are 16-11-1 at home and 12-8 at Colorado State.

• Air Force has won four straight and five of the last six games in the series.

• Prior to Air Force's streak, Colorado State had won three straight and four of five.

• The teams first played in 1957 in Colorado Springs. Colorado State won the game, 20-7.


Air Force Hockey Media Guide On-Line

The 2010-11 Air Force hockey media guide is online only this season. The Air Force Academy is not printing media guides for any sport. By being online, the media guide is in full color and can be found at the below link:

Weekend preview

Coach Calhoun Show - October 7th
Join host Jim Arthur and Coach Troy Calhoun live from the Colorado Mountain Brewery as they recap last week's win over Navy and preview Saturday's matchup with CSU.  The show will begin at 6:30 and run until 7:30 pm.  Click here to check out the Colorado Mountain Brewery website.


Volleyball vs. #17 Colorado State - October 7th
Jam the East Gym this Thursday for a conference showdown with national power Colorado State.  Help welcome the Falcons home with a packed house after spending the last month playing on the road.  Tickets for the match are available at the gate for only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.  Game time is set for 7pm.


Friday Football Luncheon - October 8th
Stop by the Falcon Stadium Press Box this Friday for great food, door prizes and a preview of this weekend's game from Coach Calhoun.  This week's lunch will be provided by Wahoo's Fish Taco.  Here is what the menu looks like: Blackened Fish Tacos, Chicken Tacos, rice and beans, chips and salsa and cookies.  Admission is only $7 and open to the general public.  Doors open at 11 am and the program will start at noon.


Friday Night Fights - October 8th
Friday Night fights will resume this week with bouts in the Cadet Gymnasium starting at 4:30 pm.  Admission is free and open to the general public.


Youth Day at Falcon Stadium - October 9th
Air Force football will welcome Front Range foe CSU to town this Saturday.  Youth tickets are available in any section of the stadium for only $5!  As part of special Youth Day festivities, Radio Disney will be set up in the Fan Fest area, with special games and giveaways.  Adults can also purchase $5 tickets to the game in any of the overlook sections of Falcon Stadium. To reserve seats click here or call 719-472-1895.


Volleyball vs. Wyoming - October 9th @ 7pm
Following the CSU football game on Saturday, Air Force volleyball will be in action at the Cadet Gymnasium at 7pm.  All fans that attended the football game can redeem their ticket stub from earlier in the day for free admission at the gate.

Air Force Academy makes changes to football traffic flow

Changes to be in place for Colorado State game Saturday


U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy has made significant changes to its traffic flow that will be in effect for this Saturday's game against Colorado State at noon in Falcon Stadium.


There will be increased signs as fans enter the Academy that will direct them in the proper lane instantly. There will be three lanes entering the Academy at the North Gate, turning to four lanes inbound at Stadium Boulevard. There will be two lanes inbound at the South Gate branching into three lanes and eventually four as you get closer to the stadium. Additional signs and cones have been added to eliminate lane changes on entry and exit from the stadium. In addition, increased security personnel will be on hand to help with more orderly parking in each lot.   


Blue-Silver members that park in lot 6 should use the North Gate entrance to the Air Force Academy and stay to the right to go directly to the lot. Fans parking in lot 5 should also use the North Gate entrance.





Athlete of the Week Interviews

Megumi Voight, Junior, Women's Tennis

Megumi Voight cruised through the No. 6 singles flight of the 2010 USAFA Women's Tennis Invitational at the Academy this past weekend. Voight, who did not lose a set in her three matches, downed Carly Van Hollen, 6-0, 6-2, on Sunday to capture the flight title.

The junior from Alpharetta, Ga., opened the tournament on Friday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Laura Richardson of New Mexico, then downed Taylor Schumacher (UNC), 6-0, 6-0, on Saturday in the semifinals. Voight is now 6-1 in singles play this fall.

Voight, who did not play last season as a sophomore, also won a doubles match with senior Sarah Cassman on Friday, downing Jill Kappel and Adriana Nieto, 8-6.    

The Falcons return to action on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Florida International Tournament in Miami, Fla.

To see a video interview with Megumi, please log on to http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/index.html?media=199051

Daniel Trapani, Senior, Men's Fencing

Senior fencer Daniel Trapani won the Div. 1A Senior Men's Epee championship at the 11th Annual Amarillo Open this past weekend. Trapani was undefeated in pools and in the direct elimination rounds, posting a 9-0 record heading into the finals against Leo Kust of Wichita, Kan. Trapani won the title bout in overtime, 12-11.

Trapani, from Houston, Texas, is one of the program's top men's epee fencers with a career dual-meet record of 128-38. A team captain, he has qualified for the NCAA's three times during his career.

To see a video interview with Daniel, please log on to http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/allaccess/index.html?media=199167


Q & A with wide receiver Kyle Halderman

For a guy that played one year of high school football, senior wide receiver Kyle Halderman has done just fine at Air Force.  Entering his fourth year with the Falcon football program, Halderman continues to be an integral part of the Air Force offense.
Halderman broke onto the scene as a sophomore, averaging 22.2 yards a reception and 9.7 yards a carry.  The Katy, Texas, native showed a knack for making big plays, recording a key 74- yard run to help win the game vs. Wyoming and a clutch 74-yard touchdown reception in a win over Colorado State.
After an injury-plagued junior year, which only allowed him to play in six contests, Halderman has come back healthy as a senior.  Through five games, Halderman has 87 yards rushing and three receptions for 66 yards. He scored a rushing touchdown at Oklahoma and caught a touchdown pass against Northwestern State.
As he winds down his four years at Air Force, Halderman sat down with communications assistant Nick Arseniak and answered some questions about being a wide receiver and Falcon football in general.

Having missed a lot of time due to a couple of injuries, are you enjoying your senior season that much more?
"Being injured last year really opened my eyes to how much time I really have left to play football. I focused a lot of time and energy in the off season making sure I was ready for this season and I have enjoyed every second of it. I love being able to contribute to the game instead of standing on the sideline with an injury."

Can you explain the difference between the "X" and "Z" wide receiver positions at Air Force?
"The X receiver is your typical wide out that you see in most offenses. They will run pass routes and the occasional reverse, and of course in our offense, handle the perimeter blocking. The Z is a hybrid position that could line up in any place on the field, running a lot of motions. It's the best of both worlds because the Z gets an opportunity to run the ball in the triple option game and also catch some passes in the throwing game. As far as blocking goes the Z is asked to block defensive ends, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties, so the Z could be anywhere." 

Do you prefer catching or running with the ball?
"If you asked me in high school I would have told you definitely catching the ball, but I honestly don't have a preference to either one now. There are positives to both. Running the ball is fun because you get to see your teammates blocking in front of you, making a hole for you. Catching the ball gives you the chance to read a defensive coverage and when you get the coverage, you need to catch the ball. It's a pretty special feeling to haul one in."

What's something most people don't know about the Falcon z-wide receivers?
"After every game Jon Warzeka and I take more pride in how many people we cut blocked to the ground. We could talk about who had the best run or catch but those never even cross our mind. The first question asked to one another is. How many people did you knock down today? We always laugh to each other saying that no other team's receivers in the country would brag about a statistic like that."

You and teammate Jon Warzeka predominately split duties at z-wide receiver.  Does spitting time with him help keep you guys fresh as the game goes along?
"Absolutely. Our position involves a lot of motion before the ball is actually snapped so that really takes a toll as the game goes on. We try to trade off every two or three plays so that if we get the ball we can have fresh legs to actually run as fast as possible. The z position in our offense truly is a two-person position."

You had a 74-ard run against Wyoming as a sophomore in 2008.  But you were run down by a linebacker at the two yard line.  Did any teammates five you grief for that?
"That was a very exciting run for me, but of course I have taken some jokes for that one. I generally go with the excuse that I sprained my MCL in the first half but then they just say "good excuse." I will probably never hear the end of it, but I will have to deal with it because the team ended up scoring and winning the game so that's the main point. The term is getting "walked" because I was so slow they caught me like I was walking and they were running."

What is one thing you've yet to accomplish at the collegiate football level that you'd like to?
"There are some individual goals, but the biggest is that I would love to win the Commander-in-Chief's trophy as a senior and meet the president."

Why did you decide to come to the Academy instead of playing at a school in Texas?
"I didn't really have any options in Texas because my strange high school football experience. I only played football my senior year in high school because I was tired of playing just basketball and running track. All my friends convinced me to come out and play and I had some success. Everyone knows that the main recruiting year is the junior year of high school so I was overlooked by pretty much everyone. Luckily coach Calhoun gave me a look and here I am."

What advice do you have for youngsters that aspire to play collegiate sports?
"I would tell them that its one of the greatest experiences of my life and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It is a lot of work to put into, but, every ounce of sweat you put in will be worth it if you stick with it. I would also tell them to just enjoy the game and your teammates."

What are your plans upon graduation?
"I am slated to become an acquisitions officer. I am hoping to go to either Los Angeles or Boston for my first base. I would also like to go to graduate school soon after graduation just so I don't forget everything I learned from classes here."

Gene Miranda Inducted into Colorado Golf Hall of Fame

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Former Air Force golf coach Gene Miranda was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in a ceremony held Oct. 3 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colo.


In two separate stints, Miranda spent 25 years as the Falcons' head golf coach, serving both as an officer (1971-1983) and a civilian (1988-2002). During his tenure, Air Force posted a 180-5 dual record and won 12 tournaments. He has held 10 PGA job classifications, including head golf professional, director of golf, general manager, college golf coach and golf instructor. Miranda, who was inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998, currently serves as the director of instruction at Eisenhower Golf Club.

Weekly recap

Football - Falcons beat Navy.



Volleyball - Kurtz paces Falcons in loss at New Mexico.



Boxing - Falcons edge Navy in opener.



Women's Tennis - Air Force complete first day of USAFA Invitational.



Women's Soccer - Falcons fall to Utah.



Cross Country - Tyner leads Falcons at Wisconsin



Cross Country - Falcons conclude competition at Rocky Mountain Shootout



Men's Tennis - Marin-Salcedo wins two at All-American tourney.



Men's Soccer - Falcons fall to Denver.



Volleyball - Air Force falls to TCU in conference action.



Women's Tennis - Falcons complete second day of USAFA Invitational.



Women's Tennis - Final results from USAFA Invitational.




Air Force to honor service men and women during Navy game

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force football team is honoring armed forces personnel serving around the world today by wearing a special uniform. The uniform is a replica of the flying suits worn by the Thunderbirds, the flying team that flies at the Academy's graduation and serves one of the Air Force's greatest ambassadors world-wide.


                The uniform is a shade of Navy blue, with white letters outlined in red. The signature bolts on the sleeves are also white outlined in red. The pants are white with red and blue stripes while the helmet is styled just like the Thunderbirds, white with red with blue stars on the back.


                The names on the back of the jersey have been replaced by the words freedom on even numbered jerseys and service on odd numbered jerseys.  


Air Force game vs. Navy Sold Out

The Air Force football game against Navy on Saturday is officially sold out, according to an announcement today from Air Force Associate Athletic Director for Ticketing and Marketing Chris Peludat. A capacity crowd in excess of 46,692 is expected and fans are urged to arrive early for the game, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Academy gates open at 8:30 a.m. and stadium gates will be open at 10:30 a.m.


The consecutive sell outs mark just the second in school history and first since 1972 when the Academy hosted Notre Dame (48,671) and Colorado (47,191). Saturday's game will also mark the first time since 2002 that there have been three consecutive crowds of over 40,000. That year Air Force hosted Navy (48,550), BYU (42,214) and Notre Dame (56,409). Air Force hosted 40,236 in this season's opener Sept. 4 against Northwestern State and had a sellout of 46,692 against BYU Sept. 11 in the last home game.


Following in-game chat during Air Force-Navy game

VERSUS, television partner of the Mountain West Conference and broadcasting network of the Air Force-Navy game Saturday, will be doing an in-game chat. To follow click on the following link during the game. http://www.versus.com/blogs/cfb/college-football-chat-1/

Football Friday

Air Force vs. Navy
Saturday, Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m. MT, Falcon Stadium (46,692), USAF Academy, CO

• This week's game opens the competition for the 2010 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.
• Air Force (1st) and Navy (9th) each rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing.
• The Falcons are concluding a stretch of playing four straight bowl teams from 2009 this week.  
• Air Force is 3-1 overall for the fourth straight year and 2-0 in conference play for the third time in four years under head coach Troy Calhoun.

Joe Beninati (play-by-play); Kelly Stouffer (analyst); Lindsay Soto  (sidelines)

KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs; KCKK 1510 AM in Denver and Northern Colorado
Jim Arthur (play-by-play); Lee Douglas (analyst); Jay Ritchie/Bob Ihle (pre- and post-game)

Record: Air Force (3-1, 2-0 MWC), Navy (2-1)
Streaks: Air Force (W 1), Navy (W 2)
Next week: Air Force (vs. Colorado State, 10/9), Navy (at Wake Forest, 10/9)
Last week: Air Force (W 20-14 at Wyoming), Navy (Idle)
Website: Air Force (goairforcefalcons.com), Navy (navysports.com)

Air Force: Troy Calhoun (Air Force, 1989) is in his fourth season. He has led the Falcons to a 28-15 career record. Calhoun is 18-8 in MWC games, 10-7 in non-conference games, 16-4 in Falcon Stadium, 3-3 in service academy games and 0-3 vs. Navy.
Navy: Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii, 1989) is in his third season. He has led the Midshipmen to an 20-11 record, including a 10-4 mark in 2009. Niumatalolo is 2-0 vs. Air Force.

• Air Force leads the overall series, 25-17. The Falcons are 14-6 at home, 7-8 at Navy and 4-3 in neutral site games.
• The Falcons hold a 22-16 mark since Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition began in 1972.
• Navy has won seven straight games in the series, dating back to 2002, including three straight in Falcon Stadium.
• Prior to Navy's current streak, Air Force had won six straight and 19 of the last 21 dating back to 1982.
• The last seven games have been decided by an average of 5.7 points per game.
• Five of the last six Air Force-Navy games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
• Air Force has led just 12:57 of the game in the last 16 quarters (240 minutes) vs. Navy.
• The team's first played in 1960 in Baltimore, Md. The Midshipmen won the game, 35-3.

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