January 2011 Archives
The Air Force Academy athletic department announced today that the Falcons will take on the University of Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in famed Michigan Stadium. The one-game agreement must still go through the Academy contract process.
Coach Reynolds Radio Show - January 27th Join Falcon fans for the Jeff Reynolds Show this Thursday, January 27th live from Back East Bar and Grill. Fans are invited to come out to Back East for food, drinks and Falcon basketball talk with host Jim Arthur, Coach Reynolds and special guests throughout the season. The show is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm every Thursday during conference play. Tune into AM 740 KVOR to catch the show over the radio waves.
Hockey vs. Canisius - January 28th & 29th Air Force hockey is at home this weekend to take on Canisius on Friday and Saturday. Puck drops at 7:05 pm both nights. $3 tickets are available on Friday for all boy scouts and girl scouts during Scout Night at the Cadet Ice Arena. Saturday is Military Appreciation Night which means $3 admission for all active duty and retired military with a valid i.d. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Falcon Tennis Packed Weekend - January 29th & 30th Both the Air Force men's and women's tennis teams will be in action this weekend from the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Tennis Facility. Men's tennis hosts Northern Colorado at 12 pm on Saturday and Seattle University @ 10 am Sunday morning. The women's team has a doubleheader on Saturday at 8 am and 4 pm vs. Northern Colorado and Colorado. Admission to all events is free.
Air Force Wrestling Hosts Weekend Meets - January 28th & 29th Air Force wrestling welcomes North Dakota State and South Dakota State to Clune Arena for a pair of meets this weekend. Friday's competition begins at 7 pm and Saturday's meet will get underway at 7:05 pm. Due to the hockey doubleheader admission will be charged to enter the Cadet Field House.
Track - Don Barrett Duals - January 29th Competition from the Cadet Field House begins at 10 am this Saturday as Air Force hosts teams from around the country at the annual Don Barrett Duals. Admission to the event is free.
Women's Basketball - National Girls and Women in Sports Day - Breast Cancer Awareness Game - February 5th - The Air Force women's basketball team invites all youth fans to participate in a free clinic in the Cadet Gymnasium prior to their game vs. Utah on Feb. 5th. Falcon players and coaches from soccer, volleyball and women's basketball will teach the clinic for 2 hours prior to the game starting at 11:30 am. No registration is necessary. Participants and accompanying family members are then invited to attend the game at 2 pm for free. The Falcons will also be honoring all breast cancer survivors, patients and family members with their annual Pink Zone game. All fans wearing pink to the game receive free admission. For more information contact Matt at 333-0260.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SET A NEW SINGLE GAME ATTENDANCE RECORD DURING THE NCAA'S PACK THE HOUSE CHALLENGE THIS TUESDAY AT 6 PM AS THE FALCONS TAKE ON THE CSU RAMS!!!
On Tuesday, January 25th Air Force Women's Basketball will attempt to make school history by setting a new single game attendance record in conjunction with the NCAA's "Pack the House Challenge." The nationwide initiative encourages athletic departments from coast to coast to host one event during the season that brings fans together to support their women's basketball program. Schools drawing the largest crowd from each conference will be awarded a monetary prize to help fund future promotions for the sport to continue growing the fan base in the community. The Falcons would like to invite all fans out to Clune Arena to show their spirit and support of the Air Force Academy's women's basketball team. Bring your family, friends and neighbors out to the Air Force Academy to experience the tradition that is Air Force Athletics. This nationally televised game will showcase the fanatical intuitional pride behind our women's basketball team and the great support of their fans. Game time is 6 PM and tickets are available for only $2 for youth and $5 for adults. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free Air Force stocking cap at the gate. To reserve your seats click here, or contact the Air Force ticket office at 472-1895.
Sophomore James Okamoto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) became just the third Air Force gymnast in the last decade to capture an event title at the Rocky Mountain Open, as he won the pommel horse on Saturday, Jan. 15, during the 13th-ranked Falcons' season-opening meet.
Posting a score of 14.300, Okamoto defeated gymnasts from No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 9 Nebraska, Arizona State and members representing the U.S. Olympic Training Center. His score is one of the tops in the nation after the first weekend of collegiate competition, currently tied for fifth. Okamoto, who joins Jake Schonig (still rings, 2008) and Aaron Jackson (floor exercise, 2003) as event winners at the RMO, was joined on the 2011 medal podium by Nash Mills and Tory Brown, who tied for second on the vault. The trio of Okamoto, Mills and Brown represent the most top-three finishers in the last decade.
Air Force returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, when it hosts service academy rival Army at 1 p.m. (MST) at the Cadet West Gym.
Click below to watch a quick interview with James Okamoto...
HELP THE FALCONS SET A NEW SINGLE GAME ATTENDANCE RECORD DURING THE NCAA'S PACK THE HOUSE CHALLENGE
On Tuesday, January 25th Air Force Women's Basketball will attempting to make school history by setting a new single game attendance record in conjunction with the NCAA's "Pack the House Challenge." The nationwide initiative encourages athletic departments from coast to coast to host one event during the season that brings fans together to support their women's basketball program. Schools drawing the largest crowd from each conference will be awarded a monetary prize to help fund future programming for the sport and continue to grow fan bases in respective communities. The Falcons would like to invite all fans out to Clune Arena to showcase the spirit and loyalty that Air Force Academy backers exemplify. Bring your family, friends and neighbors out to the Academy to celebrate the tradition that is Air Force Athletics. The game will be nationally televised serving as a wonderful opportunity to provide valuable exposure not only for Falcon women's basketball but AFA Athletics as a whole. Gametime is set for 6 pm and tickets are available for only $2 for youth and $5 for adults. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free Air Force stocking cap at the gate. To reserve your seats click here, or contact the Air Force ticket office at 472-1895.
Free Popcorn at Women's Basketball - January 19th The Falcons will be celebrating National Popcorn Day during tomorrow night's home game vs. San Diego State. The first 50 fans in attendance will receive a voucher at the gate good for one free bag of popcorn from the concession stand. Tipoff is set for 7pm. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Big Weekend for Air Force Tennis - January 21st - 23rd Both the Air Force men's and women's tennis teams will start their indoor schedule at home this weekend with a lineup that begins on Friday morning. The women will host CC in the Cadet Gymnasium this Friday the 21st at 8 am and then will be back in action later in the day as Colorado comes calling at 4 pm. The men's team kicks off their indoor slate with a match against Montana St. at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon. The women will wrap up play with Denver on Sunday at 1 pm. Admission is free to all matches and open to the public.
Friday Night Fights - January 21st Air Force boxing continues its preparation for the Wing Open during the Friday Night Fight series in the Cadet Gym. To preview this year's contenders stop by the boxing room on this Friday around 4:30 pm. Admission is free.
Gymnastics Doubleheader - January 22nd The Air Force men's and women's teams will be back in action this Saturday for a twin bill in the West Gym of the Cadet Gymnasium. The men are set to host service academy rival Army @ 1 pm and the women will welcome in Seattle Pacific at the same time. Admission is free.
Men's Basketball vs. Wyoming - January 22nd Mountain West rival Wyoming visits Clune Arena this Saturday for a 1:30 matinee game. All early arriving fans will receive free Air Force stocking cap at the gate while supplies last. We'll also be giving away free burrito coupons courtesy of Qdoba like they grow on trees. To purchase your tickets click here or call the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.
AIR FORCE MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS UNLV - MASCOT DAY THIS SATURDAY
The Falcons will welcome their first ranked opponent of the season to Clune Arena this Saturday as conference contender and NCAA Tournament team UNLV comes to the Academy. In addition to some great basketball, fans will also be treated to special giveaways from local businesses during the third annual "Mascot Day." Mascots from local sponsors, sports teams and businesses will be on hand to pass out coupons for discounts on products and will challenge "The Bird" at halftime in a winner takes all dodgeball tournament. Tipoff is set for 4 pm. To reserve your seats click here or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.
Coach Reynolds Radio Show - January 13th The Jeff Reynolds Show will begin this Thursday, January 13th live from Back East Bar and Grill. Fans are invited to come out to Back East for food, drinks and Falcon basketball talk with host Jim Arthur, Coach Reynolds and special guests throughout the season. The show is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm every Thursday during conference play. Tune into AM 740 KVOR to catch the show over the radio waves.
Track All Comers Meet - January 14th Air Force track will host an open event inside the Cadet Field House this Friday, January 14th. The meet will begin at 4 pm. Admission is free to the general public.
Friday Night Fights - January 14th Air Force boxing continues its preparation for the Wing Open during the Friday Night Fight series in the Cadet Gym. To preview this year's contenders stop by the boxing room on the 14th around 4:30 pm. Admission is free.
Your Air Force hockey team is home for this weekend for the first time in six weeks, and first time in 2011, as they take on service academy rival Army on Friday and Saturday night. Please note, Friday's game time has been changed to 8pm in order to accommodate a national television audience. The game will be broadcast on CBS College Sports. The puck drops at 7pm on Saturday.
Only a limited amount General Admission/Standing Room Only tickets remain for each night. Don't miss out on your chance to see this great rivalry in person.
Click Here or call 472-1895 to order your tickets today and we will see you this weekend!
Mountain West Boasts Highest Bowl Win Percentage Among FBS Conferences For Second Straight Year
MWC earns second consecutive and fourth overall ESPN Bowl Challenge Cup
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the fourth time in seven years, the Mountain West Conference posted the best win percentage among the 11 conferences that make up the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
With four bowl games left in the 2010-11 postseason, the Mountain West has already claimed this year's Bowl Challenge Cup after sending five teams into postseason action and finishing with a 4-1 (.800) mark. The Bowl Challenge Cup was created by ESPN in 2002 as a competition among the conferences in the FBS during the college bowl season. In order to win the trophy, a conference must have the highest win percentage with a minimum of three teams participating in the postseason.
The Mountain West earned its first Bowl Challenge Cup after registering a 2-1 record in bowl competition during the 2004-05 season. The MWC, which also won the Cup in 2007-08 and in 2009-10 with identical 4-1 marks, is the only conference to win the trophy in consecutive postseasons. It is also the only league to capture the trophy more than twice since the award's inception.
BYU (7-6 Overall, 5-3 MWC) opened the 2010 MWC bowl season with a 52-24 victory vs. UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 18. It was the Cougars' second straight bowl victory and fourth in the last five years. BYU started the 2010 season at 1-4, but won six of the last eight games to post its fifth straight winning record.
Utah (10-3 Overall, 7-1 MWC), who made its eighth straight bowl trip, faced No. 9 Boise State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22. The Utes, who made their first appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl since 2001, had their nation's longest active bowl win streak snapped at nine games after falling to the Broncos, 26-3. Utah finished ranked 19th in the final BCS standings, and are also No. 19 in the latest USA Today/Coaches' poll. The Utes are 20th in the current Associated Press rankings.
San Diego State (9-4 Overall, 5-3 MWC) captured its first bowl win since 1969 after handing Navy a 35-14 defeat in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetti a Bowl on Dec. 23. The Aztecs finished the year with a 9-4 overall record, posting the most wins by the program since the 1977 squad went 10-1. SDSU also posted its first winning season in 12 years, since the 1998 squad went 7-5.
Air Force (9-4 Overall, 5-3 MWC) defeated Georgia Tech, 14-7, in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl on Dec. 27. The Falcons have won back-to-back bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1990 and 1991 Liberty Bowls. Air Force's trip to Shreveport, La. marks the academy's fourth straight bowl appearance under Troy Calhoun, who is the first head coach in AFA history to take the Falcons to the postseason in each of his first four years.
TCU (13-0 Overall, 8-0 MWC) made its sixth consecutive bowl trip, and second straight BCS appearance, when it played in the 2010 Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Jan. 1. The Horned Frogs became the first non-BCS school to play in and win the Rose Bowl with a 21-19 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin. TCU finished its 2010 campaign with a 13-0 record for its second undefeated season in program history. The Frogs' No. 3 ranking in the BCS standings is the highest by a non-BCS team in the final rankings. TCU is currently ranked third by both the USA Today/Coaches' and AP polls.
Since the league's inception in 1999, the Mountain West Conference has earned 46 bowl bids and holds a 29-17 all-time record in those games, including an 11-3 mark against BCS automatic-qualifying confe rences since 2004. The MWC holds an overall record of 13-7 against opponents from BCS AQ leagues in bowl games, including wins over the Pac-10 (six), SEC (two), ACC (two), Big Ten (one), Big 12 (one) and Big East (one).
Over the past seven seasons (including 2010), the MWC owns the best win percentage in bowl games among the 11 conferences with a 22-9 mark (.710). The SEC is second with a 34-18 (.654) record, followed by the Big East and Pac-10 both at 20-14 (.588).
With its 4-1 mark in 2010, the Mountain West secured its fifth straight winning bowl record. The MWC is one of three conferences that have posted a winning bowl record each of the last four years (Big East and SEC). As of Jan. 7, the Big East is currently 3-2 and the SEC is 3-4.
Check out the MWC's blog at themwc.com and see the entire story. Here are some highlights:
• Over the past seven seasons (including 2010), the Mountain West Conference owns the best win percentage in bowl games among the 11 FBS conferences with a mark of 22-9 (.710). The SEC is second at 34-18 (.654), followed by the Big East and Pac-10 (both 20-14) at .558. And for those dubious of the MWC's ability to go toe-to-toe with "The Big Boys?" During that span, the league is merely 11-3 against automatic-qualifying BCS teams in bowl games.
• For the second time in three years, a team from the MWC will be in the national championship discussion at the conclusion of the bowl season. With TCU defeating No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, it will finish the year as one of only two undefeated teams. Utah concluded the 2008 season 13-0 with a 31-17 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes finished No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches' Top 25.
• Since the league's inception 12 years ago, the MWC holds a 13-7 record in bowl games against opponents from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences, including wins over the Pac-10 (six), SEC (two), ACC (two), Big Ten (one), Big 12 (one) and Big East (one). In four BCS appearances, the MWC is 3-1. The ACC's record over that same span in BCS games, 2-11.
• If Miami (Ohio) defeats Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6, the MWC will claim its second straight (fourth overall) Bowl Challenge Cup. The MWC is the only league to win the Bowl Challenge Cup three times since the award's inception in 2002-03.
• With a 4-1 mark in 2010, the Mountain West secured its fifth straight winning bowl record. The MWC is one of three conferences to finish with a winning bowl record each of the last four years (Big East and SEC). At present, the Big East is 3-2, while the SEC is 3-4 this postseason.
• The MWC is 8-2 in bowl games over the last two seasons, with both losses coming against Boise State. Of the eight wins, four have come against automatic-qualifying BCS conferences (2-0 vs. Pac-10 and 1-0 vs. the ACC and Big Ten).
Men's Basketball MWC Opener - January 5th The 9-4 Falcons head into the Mountain West gauntlet with a matchup against 7-7 Utah tomorrow night at 8 pm. Plenty of great seats are still available. Remember, if you received coupon from the hockey food drive earlier in the season you are eligible for free admission to the game. To claim your tickets stop by the ticket office located in the Falcon Athletic Center or present your voucher on game day. All early arriving fans will also receive a free AFA canvas tote bag at the gate while supplies last. For tickets call 472-1895 or click here to visit the ticket page on goairforcefalcons.com.
Country and Western Day at Women's Basketball - January 8th The Falcons would like to invite fans out to Clune Arena this Saturday, January 8th for "Country and Western Day." Dust off your cowboy boots, throw on some blue jeans and a big belt buckle and wear your cowboy hat because we will be rewarding our best dressed fans with prizes courtesy of our sponsors all day. There will also be free line dancing lessons in the concourse starting at 1:30 pm. Lessons will be taught by professional instructors from the Pikes Peak Line Dancing Association. Gametime is set for 2 pm. Tickets are available by clicking here or calling the ticket office at 472-1895.
Coach Reynolds Radio Show - January 13th The Jeff Reynolds Show will begin next Thursday, January 13th live from Back East Bar and Grill. Fans are invited to come out to Back East for food, drinks and Falcon basketball talk with host Jim Arthur, Coach Reynolds and special guests throughout the season. The show is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm every Thursday during conference play. Tune into AM 740 KVOR to catch the show over the radio waves.
Coach Serratore and Williams Webcasts For everything you want to know about Air Force hockey and women's basketball visit goairforcefalcons.com for weekly webcasts featuring Coach Frank Serratore and Andrea Williams. Each show will provide fans with exclusive interviews from each head coach, assistants and players along with insight into player performances and upcoming matchups. Coach Serratore and Williams' shows are posted and archived weekly and can be accessed by clicking the links listed here. Click Here to bookmark Coach Serratore's webcast or click here to bookmark Coach Williams' Show.
Earn Free Tickets to Air Force Sporting Events
Join the official book club of Air Force Academy Athletics to earn free tickets to a variety of Falcon sporting events throughout the season! The program is open to kids aged 8th grade and under and free to join. Each member will recieve a membership card and book log upon signing up for the program and can receive free tickets each month of the sports season by reaching their reading goals. Kids can earn tickets to participating sports including: football, volleyball, hockey, and men's and women's basketball. For more information or to register for the program CLICK HERE.
Sophomore wrestler Cole VonOhlen, ranked 10th in the nation at 141 pounds, posted a 6-2 record to finish fourth at the annual Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, N.C., last week. VonOhlen began the tournament with three straight wins on the opening day of competition to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. After a loss to ninth-ranked Andrew Alton of Penn State, VonOhlen advanced through the consolation bracket with three more wins, including decisions over nationally ranked Mike Mangrum of Oregon State and 2010 All-American Germane Lindsay from Ohio. VonOhlen earned his fourth-place finish after dropping a decision to Alton in the third-place match.
VonOhlen, who improved to 22-6 on the season, finished as a placewinner at the Southern Scuffle for the second-straight season, after placing fifth at the event in 2009.
Watch a quick interview with Cole VonOhlen by clicking on the following link:
Air Force Academy Graduates and Supporters,
Thanks again for the tremendous vitality and backing throughout the fall of 2010 and the bowl game in Shreveport.
Our cadets were part of a memorable season where all three service academies won at least 7 games and earned bowl bids. And these Air Force Academy cadets were more than fired up to play Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl. It helped our guys to go home for 5 days between the conclusion of finals and arriving at the bowl site; however, the biggest lift was provided by the more than 10,000 bowl tickets that were purchased through the Academy. The Falcons were supposed to be the visiting team that had to travel much farther from Colorado Springs than our opponent from the south. Yet, between eating lunch at Barksdale AFB coupled with the many spirited people in the stadium wearing blue, our guys were more than ready.
The best part of the Academy is that character and leadership development is always briskly moving forward. The seniors have 4 1/2 months of more Air Force Academy training and education before heading to pilot training or their active duty assignments. The younger cadets continue to push toward 4 degree recognition, the demands of academics, Operations Air Force, and leading Basic Training this summer when the class of 2015 arrives. (That gets your attention). Your support of the young men and women at the Academy certainly helps with the quality of their leadership experiences.
2011 will be a challenging, but exciting year for our cadets and their various programs. Thanks again for continuing to help make the Academy such a special place.
Go Air Force!
Coach Troy Calhoun
Former Air Force women's basketball player Melissa (Standley) James has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 2011 Silver Anniversary Team, the organization announced on Monday.
The 18-member team is based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago, and includes the 13 members of the 1986 Indiana All-Star squad, as well as five other all-state players, comprising the best of Indiana's high school class of 1986.
James, a 1990 graduate of the Academy, was an Indiana All-Star as a player at South Bend St. Joseph High School, where she recorded 895 career points and 647 career rebounds. An all-state, all-sectional, all-regional and all-city honoree at St. Joseph, James was a four-year starter at the Academy. She remains the Falcons' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, finishing her career with 1,738 points and 853 rebounds. James also holds single-season records for points, scoring average, free throws made and free throws attempted.
A three-time all-conference selection and all-district honoree at the Academy, James currently works with the Department of Education in Hawaii.
The Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's Annual Women's Banquet in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
The Air Force men's basketball radio show with head coach Jeff Reynolds will begin on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Back East Bar and Grill. Come get the latest on the team as they enter Mountain West Conference play.