February 2011 Archives
The Air Force Academy will host the 2011 NCAA Western Regional Championships on Saturday, March 5. The competing schools are Air Force, CalTech, Stanford and UC San Diego. The regionals are the qualifying competitions for the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, which will be held on March 23-27 in Columbus, Ohio.
The regionals will be held at the Air Force Academy Cadet Gymnasium East Gym and are open to the public. Admission is free. Schedule: Women's events 10 a.m - 12 p.m.; Men's events 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Senior Justin Tyner had a stellar weekend at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, claiming two championship titles and the league's High Point Award. The native of Baxter, Minn., set Championship Meet Records in both races, as he became just the third conference runner to win the indoor's two longest races at the same meet.
Tyner opened the weekend on Friday by winning the 5000-meter championship in a time of 14:13.33, breaking both the MWC Championship Meet Record and the Albuquerque Convention Center record. He paced the Falcons to three of the top four places in that race, as Jim Walmsley and Jeremy Drenckhahn finished second and fourth, respectively.
On Saturday, Tyner successfully defended his 3000-meter conference title, crossing the finish line in a Championship Meet Record time of 8:16.72. He also guided a trio of Falcons to top five finishes, as Walmsley and Drenckhahn finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Backed by two first-place finishes, Tyner earned the league's High Point Award, becoming just the second Air Force athlete to earn that honor.
The following is a recap of Air Force Academy athletics from the week.
Ice Hockey -- Air Force scored three goals in the third period for a 4-2 win over Robert Morris in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Saturday night, Feb. 26, at a sold out Cadet Ice Arena at the Air Force Academy. In front of 3,047 fans, Air Force clinched a bye in the first round of the AHA playoffs with tonight's win. The Falcons improved to 16-11-6 overall and 14-7-6 in the AHA. AFA is off until March 11-13 in the AHA quarterfinals. Air Force has won or tied 10 games this season when trailing in the third period.
Track and Field -- Two members of the Air Force track and field team were honored by the Mountain West Conference at the conclusion of the league championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Ralph Lindeman was selected by his peers as the men's Coach of the Year, while senior Justin Tyner was awarded the men's High Point honor.
Lindeman coached the men's team to their best-ever indoor finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships this past weekend, as the Falcons placed second with 122 points. It is the fourth MWC indoor award for Lindeman, who also tallied the honor in 2001, 2004 and 2008. The Falcons' mentor has also earned the MWC Outdoor Coach of the Year award twice (2001, 2003), as well as awards as the WAC Indoor Coach of the Year (1995) and the WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year (1991). He was also honored as the 1989 Big West Coach of the Year, while at Long Beach State.
Backed by conference titles in the 3000- and 5000-meter races, Tyner claimed the conference's High Point award with 20 points, sharing the honor with Leif Arrhenius of BYU, who took first in the shot put and weight throw. Tyner, who claimed the 5000-meter title on Friday with a championship meet record time of 14:13.33, successfully defended his 3000-meter title on Saturday with another championship meet record time of 8:16.72.
Women's Tennis -- The Air Force women's tennis team ran its winning streak to 12 with a pair of wins Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. The Falcons, who improved to 12-2 this season, defeated Ball State and Robert Morris.
Baseball -- Junior right-hander Evan Abrecht (2-0) turned in another strong pitching performance to lead Air Force past Navy, 8-2, Friday night in the opening game of the Freedom Classic at Grainger Stadium.
Football - Air Force senior fullback Nathan Walker won the Brian Bullard Memorial Award at the annual football banquet Friday night. The award is the highest honor a Falcon can earn in football.
Men's Basketball - Air Force defeated Colorado State, ----, Saturday afternoon at the Academy to win its fifth conference game of the season. The Falcons are 14-13 overall and 5-9 in the MWC.
Two members of the Air Force track and field team were honored by the Mountain West Conference at the conclusion of the league championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Ralph Lindeman was selected by his peers as the men's Coach of the Year, while senior Justin Tyner was awarded the men's High Point honor.
Air Force Academy senior Tom Chandler (Waco, Texas) is one of eight individual competitors from around the country selected to compete in the 2011 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Rifle Championships, which will be held on March 11-12. Chandler qualified in the smallbore three-position with a 580 score at the NCAA Qualifier Match on Feb. 12, where he finished fourth overall in the match. This is Chandler's fourth consecutive selection to the national championships.
Hosted by Columbus State University, the championships will be held March 11-12 in Columbus, Ga., at the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center on the Columbus State campus and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga.
News and notes from Air Force athletics follow.....
The Air Force men's and women's track and field teams head to the conference championships this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Tickets for the event are $5.00 each day. The men's team features Justin Tyner, who is the top-ranked runner in the 3,000-meters with a team of 7:53.91. Robert Drye is ranked third in the weight throw (62'3") and fifth in the shot put (55'2.75"). Cale Simmons is third in the pole vault (17'2.75"). On the women's side, Paige Blackburn is ranked fourth in the conference in the shot put with 48'5.5," while Lesly Torres holds the same placement in the pentathlon with a 3.075.
The hockey team concludes the regular season this weekend by hosting Robert Morris. Falcon fans may remember Derek Schooley, who spent five seasons at the Academy on Frank Serratore's staff (1998-2003). He also played junior hockey for Serratore with the Omaha Lancers. Schooley now leads Robert Morris, leaving the Academy in 2003 to start up the RMU program. The series is huge. The Falcons have already clinched at least home ice in the first round of the playoffs on March 5. Air Force could still earn a bye in the first round by getting three of four points this weekend.
The lacrosse team hosts its home opener on Friday in Falcon Stadium, the new home of Air Force lacrosse. Air Force is scheduled to play all of its home games at Falcon Stadium. The team played two games there last year, including the first-ever victory over service academy rival Army. The Falcons are young, featuring 27 newcomers, including 25 freshmen, on the 49-man roster.
Air Force senior gymnast Nash Mills was named the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week (Collegiate Division). The award, which is decided by a vote of the country's coaches, is the first of the season for Mills and the third of his career.
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are competing at the MWC championships in Oklahoma. Air Force broke the school record in the women's 800 yard freestyle relay, highlighting day one action at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at the OCCC Aquatic Center. The Falcon men's team sits in sixth place with 64 points and the women's team is in ninth with 42 points.
The BYU men and San Diego State women's swimming and diving teams lead the rankings with 121 and 99 points, respectively.
The NCAA announced on Wednesday that the NCAA West Regional Tournament has been allocated 15 automatic qualifier spots for the 2011 Division I Wrestling Championships. The breakdown of the 15 automatic bids per weight class for the West Regional are as follows: 125 pounds (2), 133 (1), 141 (2), 149 (2), 157 (2), 165 (1), 174 (1), 184 (2), 197 (1) and Heavyweight (1).
Along with the qualifier allocations, the NCAA also released the final Coaches' Panel Rankings and Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2010-11 wrestling season. Air Force sophomore Cole VonOhlen is listed in both ranking, listed ninth in the Coaches' Panel Rankings and 12th in the RPI at 141 pounds. VonOhlen currently leads the nation in total wins this season with 39.
Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each qualifying tournament was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
Air Force will host the NCAA West Regional, which will be held March 6, 2011, in Clune Arena. Opening rounds of the tournament are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m., while finals are scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 48 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 9. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
Free Tacos From Qdoba - February 23rd The first 100 fans attending tomorrow night's women's basketball game vs. New Mexico will receive access to a free pre-game taco bar provided by Qdoba. $1 tickets are also available to the game for all dads and daughters attending together. Game time is set for 7 pm and doors will open at 6 pm for anyone that wants to come out for a free dinner! Click here for tickets.
Men's Tennis hosts Abilene Christian - February 25th The Falcon men's tennis team will be in action this Friday at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Tennis Courts @ 2pm. Admission is free.
Final Home Series for Hockey - February 25th & 26th New conference member Robert Morris visits the Cadet Ice Arena for the first time this weekend in the final home stand of the season. There are some great promotions scheduled each night. Friday is Youth Night which means all youth with receive $2 admission to the game. Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night - $5 tickets for all fans. Saturday's game will start a half an hour later than usual at 7:35 pm. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Men's Lacrosse Home Opener - February 25th The Air Force Men's Lacrosse team will open up their 2011 campaign from Falcon Stadium this Friday @ 7:30 pm vs. Vermont. Admission is free.
Men's Basketball vs. CSU - Scout Day - February 26th - Falcon men's basketball will be back at home this Saturday to host front range rival Colorado State @ 4:30 pm. Tickets are available for only $5 for all boy and girl scouts in the area. Click here to be re-directed to the ticket page, enter "scout" into the promo code to take advantage of the discounted tickets.
Senior Nash Mills claimed a share of two event titles and won the all-around outright, as the Air Force men's gymnastics team won its first All-Academy Championship title since 2000 on Sunday, Feb. 20. Mills was one of four Falcons to collect first-place honors, as the Falcons recorded the second-highest team score in program history (345.000) to easily defeat its service academy counterparts. Mills equaled his career high on the still rings, as he tied with junior Devin Menefee for first with a score of 14.800.
The native of Coto de Caza, Calif., also tied for first on the parallel bars with freshman Colton Wulf, behind a season-best score of 14.300. With a third-place score on the vault (15.600) and a fourth-place tie on the high bar (13.800), Mills collected a season-high combined score of 85.800 to place first in the all-around. Mills also collected a pair of top-three finishes at the Minnesota dual meet on Feb. 18, en route to an all-around total of 81.700. Mills tied for second on the high bar with a score of 13.800, while tying for third on the still rings with a mark of 14.300.
The Falcons return to action on Friday, March 4, when they travel to Chicago, Ill., for the first of two quad meets at Illinois-Chicago.
30 Minutes Later Than Usual: The Air Force-Robert Morris hockey game on Saturday night, Feb. 26, will start at 7:35 p.m. Friday's game is still a 7:05 p.m.start. The Saturday game was moved 30 minutes as the men's basketball team hosts Colorado State at 4:35 p.m.
Senior Night Feb. 26: Saturday's game vs. Robert Morris is the final home regular-season game for seven Air Force seniors. Seniors Matt Becker (14 gp, 4-10-14), Sean Bertsch (139 gp, 17-19-36), Derrick Burnett (142 gp, 32-80-112), Scott Kozlak (142 gp, 20-28-48), Jacques Lamoureux (109 gp, 71-58-129), Blake Page (141 gp, 21-30-51) and Brad Sellers (137 gp, 5-29-34) have combined to play in 862 games and score a combined 170 goals and 424 points. This group won the AHA Championship and played in the NCAA Tournament as freshmen and sophomores. They played key roles in the team's NCAA Tournament win over Michigan as the Falcons advanced to the Elite Eight, the only service academy team to ever do so. In four years, this group has a 79-49-20 record (60 percent) in four years; 21-12-6 as freshmen; 28-11-2 as sophomores;16-15-6 as juniors and 14-11-6 this season. The 79 wins ties as the second most by any class in school history. The class of 2009 also won 79. The class of 2010 holds the school record with 84 wins.
Senior Jacques Lamoureux set a new Atlantic Hockey Association record for career goals in league games as he scored his 57th on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Mercyhurst. His goal in the first period, from linemates Derrick Burnett and Kyle DeLaurell, broke the record of 56 set by Army's Owen Meyer (2006-10). Lamoureux set the record in just three seasons as he sat out his freshman year due to a transfer from Northern Michigan. The center from Grand Forks, N.D., leads Air Force with 16 goals and 34 points. He ranks third in the league in points and fourth in goals this season.
With the 6th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs coming to Clune Arena on Saturday, the Air Force men's basketball team will host consecutive games against Top 10 teams for the first time in program history. No. 7 BYU played here on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
The Aztecs will be the 11th Top 10 team to play at the Academy in AFA history. The Falcons are 0-29 all-time against Top 10 foes.
Tip-off is scheduled for noon on Saturday.
Air Force wrestling head coach Joel Sharratt has been selected for induction into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sharratt, who is being inducted as an athlete, is one of eight individuals to receive the honor for 2011.
The induction, which will be held April 9 in Benson, Minn., will also include John Barrett (Athlete), Jim Carrington (Contributor), Jim Dotseth (Coach), Jeff Gallagher (Coach), Ed Homan (Contributor), Stephen "Pete" Saxe (Athlete) and Bruce Thompson (Athlete).
A native of Bloomington, Minn., Sharratt wrestled for Bloomington-Kennedy High School, winning two state AA titles (1989-90) and earning a third-place finish (1990). He then went on to the University of Iowa, Sharratt was a three-time All-American, earning three trips to the NCAA Finals, winning the championship in 1994.
The deadline to register for the winter cheer clinic is approaching! To reserve your spot in this year's clinic please contact Head Cheer Coach Laura Hutcheon at email@example.com with the appropriate information prior to Monday, February 21st. The clinic will be held on Saturday, February 26th in conjunction with the men's basketball game vs. Colorado State @ 4:30 pm. Participants will receive two hours of instruction from the Air Force Academy cheer and dance team and coaching staff prior to the game, a commemorative t-shirt, a ticket to the CSU game, and the opportunity to perform at halftime. Clinic fee is $25 per child. To sign up, click here and email your info to Coach Hutcheon.
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The Air Force Baseball 2011 Media Guide is now online.
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The Falcons open the 2011 season Friday, Feb. 18, taking on Missouri State at the Texas State Tournament in San Marcos, Texas.
Vote Jacques - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Air Force senior Jacques Lamoureux is one of 10 collegiate hockey players named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, recognizing student-athletes who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service. Click here to find out more about the award and cast your vote for Jacques as the 2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS award.
Men's Hoops Hosts #6 SDSU - February 19th Air Force men's basketball will be back at home this weekend to face their second top-ten ranked opponent in as many weeks. Lightning tickets are available for only $12 with $5 in stored value to be redeemed at the concession stand or team store. Tip is set for noon. Click here to reserve your seats.
Women's Basketball vs. UNLV - February 16th Air Force women's basketball shoots for another home conference victory tomorrow night at 7 pm. Tickets are available for only $2 for youth and $5 for adults. Click here to order.
Boxing Wing Open Quarterfinals - February 17th Catch contenders for the Wing Open Championships in action on their road to the finals. Quarterfinal bouts take place this Thursday at 4:30 pm in the Cadet Gym boxing room. Admission is free for the general public. Finals will be held in Clune Arena on Thursday, March 3rd.
Women's Tennis vs. Bowling Green - February 18th - The red-hot Air Force women's tennis team will be chasing their 8th consecutive "W" this Friday from the Cadet Gymnasium. Come out starting at 8 am and help the Falcons keep the streak alive. Admission is free.
Wrestling Closes Out Season at Home - Preps to Host NCAA Regional - Falcon wrestling closes up their home slate this Saturday from Clune Arena @ 7 pm vs. Northern Colorado. Air Force will then host the West Regional of the NCAA Wrestling Championships starting on March 6th. Tickets are now available to watch the country's best in pursuit of an NCAA title. Click here to find out more information about the tournament.
Senior Justin Tyner (Baxter, Minn.) secured a berth to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 3000-meter race, after clocking the second-fastest time in Academy history at the Flotrack Husky Classic on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Tyner recorded a career-best time, NCAA Auto time of 7:53.91. In addition to securing a spot at the NCAA Championships in mid-March, the senior team captain finished 11th overall in a race that featured 122 runners. A 2010 All-American at 5000 meters, Tyner was one of 14 runners to better the NCAA's Auto mark at the Husky Classic.
Subtracting 16 seconds off of his previous career-best time, Tyner moved from ninth to second on the program's all-time list. He is just the second Falcon to ever break the eight-minute mark at the 3000-meter distance, joining Academy record holder Eric Mack (7:52.49, converted for altitude).
Air Force returns to action on Friday, Feb. 18, when they travel to Laramie, Wyo., for the annual Robert Shine Invitational. The meet will serve as the final tune-up before the 2011 Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 24-26.
Senior Jacques Lamoureux has 56 career goals in AHA games to tie the all-time league record set by Army's Owen Meyer (2006-10). Meyer set the record in 106 games. Lamoureux has played in 79. Lamoureux has played just three seasons as he sat out his freshman year after transferring from Northern Michigan. Lamoureux also holds the career record for goals per game in AHA games with 0.71 (56 goals in 79 games). RIT's Simon Lambert (2006-08) is second at 0.64. Lamoureux's 104 career points in AHA games are tied for eighth in league history. The center from Grand Forks, N.D., has 70 career goals in all games which ranks 12th in Air Force history. He already holds the career records for power-play goals (38) and game-winning goals (16).
The NCAA has released the second of three coaches' panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2010-11 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Air Force sophomore Cole VonOhlen is listed in both rankings, rated 10th in the coaches' panel rankings, while coming in 19th in the initial RPI at 141 pounds.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by Division I winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches across the nation. Each qualifying tournament has five coaches rank the top 33 wrestlers in two weight classes. For ranking purposes, coaches must select a wrestler as a starter at a designated weight class. In addition, coaches may only select one wrestler per weight class.
To be eligible for an RPI ranking, a wrestler must have a minimum of 17 Division I matches at a given weight class. The top 33 wrestlers in the RPI are listed for each weight class.
The full rankings and RPI of each weight class are available at NCAA.com.
Air Force junior Tahlia Smoke, who was named Air Force's Athlete of the Week on Monday, was named the Mountain West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week on Wednesday. It is the second career weekly honor for Smoke by the league.
Smoke won five of her six matches last weekend, leading the Falcons to a perfect 3-0 record with wins over Montana State, Montana and Gonzaga, all by a 5-2 score.
Smoke opened the weekend with an exciting doubles win over Montana State with sophomore Melissa Cecil. The Falcon No. 1 duo pulled out an 8-7 victory, helping Air Force sweep the doubles matches. Unfortunately, Smoke lost the No. 3 singles match in three sets.
She rebounded nicely, however, and won her next four matches, including a 9-8 thriller with Cecil over Montana's No. 1 doubles team. Smoke and Cecil saved three match points and won the match that clinched the doubles point. Smoke then rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles over Heather Davidson.
On Sunday, Smoke and Cecil dominated their doubles match, defeating Gonzaga's top pair, 8-5, and Smoke closed out the weekend with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Prue Teitzel in singles. Four of her five wins this weekend came against opponents she lost to during the fall season.
Smoke is 5-1 in singles and doubles this spring, while the Falcons are 5-2 entering their home matches against Wofford (1:30 p.m.) and South Dakota (6 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 12.
On Thursday, Feb. 10, in a regular-season match against the TCU Frogs, the Falcons shot their highest season team score thus far scoring a 4641. Air Force lost to TCU, 4660-4641. The Academy's four-man smallbore squad scored 2296 points, and the air rifle squad finished with a 2345.
The team's biggest standouts on Thursday were junior Kyle Phillips who fired a 585 in air rifle, which is a career high. He also finished with a career-high aggregate score of 1159 (574 smallbore/585 air rifle). Sophomore Ben York shot a season high 583 in the air rifle. Senior Tom Chandler led the smallbore team with 582 points and junior Robert Vasquez led with a 589 in air rifle.
The track and field team will host its final home meet of the season on Feb. 11-12. The Air Force Invitational will feature 24 institutions, 33 events, 134 races and over 15 hours of competition during the two-day meet. Action begins at 10 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track and admission is free.
With its game against BYU on Wednesday night, Air Force will play the highest ranked team at Clune Arena in 13 years. BYU, ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll this week, is the highest-ranked team to invade Clune since 4th-ranked Utah on Jan. 22, 1998.
The game is expected to be a sellout, so fans are advised to get to the arena early.
Men's Basketball vs. #7 BYU - February 9th A limited amount of tickets are still available to catch the Falcons in action against #7 BYU and the nation's leading scorer, Jimmer Fredette. Wednesday night is "Youth Night" at Clune Arena which means tickets are only $5 for youth and all kids in attendance will receive a package of AFA Silly Bandz while supplies last. To order your tickets click here.
Hockey vs. Niagara Series - February 11th and 12th The Falcons will be back at home this Friday and Saturday to host conference foe Niagara @ 7:05 pm both nights. Lightning tickets are available for only $12 with $5 of stored credit to be used to make purchases at the concession stand or team shop. Following Friday's game Air Force players will stick around to sign autographs on the concourse for all youth in attendance! Click here to purchase your tickets.
Boxing Wing Open Preliminaries - February 10th Catch this year's Wing Open contenders in action this Thursday from the Cadet Gymnasium boxing room. Bouts will begin at 4:30 pm. Admission is free.
Track Air Force Invitational - February 11th and 12th - Air Force Track will be hosting the AFA Invitational this Friday and Saturday from the Cadet Field House Indoor Track. Competition will last throughout the day. Admission is free.
Men's and Women's Tennis at Home this Weekend - Falcon Tennis has a big weekend of competition on tap starting with matches on Saturday, February 12th. The women will kick things off with a doubleheader against Wofford @ 1:30 pm and South Dakota State @ 6 pm inside the Cadet Gymnasium. The men will take to the court on Sunday for a noon matchup with New Mexico St. @ 12 pm. Admission is free to all matches.
Women's Gymnastics vs. Bridgeport - February 12th - Air Force women's gymnastics will be hosting Bridgeport this Saturday @ 6 pm from the Cadet Gymnasium. Admission is free.
Sunday Doubleheader for Falcon Wrestling - February 13th - Stop by Clune Arena this Sunday afternoon for a twin bill as the Falcons host Northern Iowa @ 1 pm and New Mexico Highlands later in the day @ 3 pm. Admission is free.
Air Force senior Jacques Lamoureux is one of 10 collegiate hockey players named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, recognizing student-athletes who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service.Fans are encouraged to vote via the Hockey Senior CLASS Award or on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page
Lamoureux, a forward from Grand Forks, N.D., was selected by his teammates to wear a "C" as team captain this season. A management major, he carries a 3.03 grade point average and has a 3.76 GPA in his major. He has been on the dean's list three times and was on the superintendent's list in 2007 for excellence in academics, military and athletics. This past summer, he was selected to travel to Washington D.C. in the Cadet Summer Research Program. He has been active in the community as well, visiting schools in the Colorado Springs area, reading to youngsters, demonstrating the sport of hockey and talking about the importance of education and teamwork. Each of the past three years, he has volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in support of the Walk for the Cure and the JDRF's annual Gala. This past spring, he volunteered for the MS Walk in 2009-10. While on leave this past summer, he volunteered for several summer hockey schools as a youth coach. In 2009, he was a finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award for College Hockey's finest citizen. After leading the nation in goals, game-winners and power-play goals in 2008-09, he was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. That same season, he was selected to the RBK/Coaches East Second-Team All-American team and was the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year. He was also named to 2009 NCAA East Regional all-tournament team. He earned first-team all-league honors in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he was third in the league and 13th in the nation in goals and was third in the nation in power-play goals.
Air Force senior women's basketball player Raimee Beck has been selected to participate in the "So You Want to Be a Coach" program, sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). This year's program will be held April 1-3 during the 2011 WBCA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Beck, the Falcons' team captain and lone senior this season, has already applied to serve as an assistant coach at the Academy Prep School next year.
"I'm pretty excited about this opportunity," said Beck. "Not only do I get to receive great training about coaching from a high and respected organization, I get to watch the Final Four. This great opportunity will only benefit and also prepare me for what I will hopefully be doing next year."
Senior Jacques Lamoureux is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, recognizing student-athletes who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service. Lamoureux was selected by his teammates to wear a "C" as team captain this season. A management major, he carries a 3.03 grade point average and has a 3.76 GPA in his major. He has been on the dean's list three times and was on the superintendent's list in 2007 for excellence in academics, military and athletics. He has been active in the community with many different organizations. Lamoureux is the fifth consecutive Falcon to be a finalist, joining Billy Devoney (2007), Frank Schiavone (2008), Mike Phillipich (2009) and Matt Fairchild (2010). f The winner will be decided between a combination of media and fan vote. The fan voting has begun at www.SeniorClassAward.com.
The Air Force Academy rifle team will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, this week to compete in a regular season match against TCU, Feb. 10, before competing in the NCAA Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 12, at TCU. The scores from the Qualifier will go towards deciding the field of eight for the NCAA Championships in March.
Both schools are coming off strong wins of previous dual matches, the Frogs vs. Nebraska, Feb. 6, and the Falcons vs. The Citadel, Jan. 29-30.
2nd Lt. Tyler French, a 2010 Academy graduate, competed at the 2011 Dave Schultz Memorial International Championships, Feb. 3-5. French, a 2008 NCAA qualifier, wrestled in the 84 kg weight class in the men's freestyle competition. The prestigious event, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, features many of the world's top wrestlers, including 27 past World or Olympic medalists.
Former Falcon goaltender Capt. Mike Polidor was selected to receive the 2011 Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship. An F-15E Strike Eagle pilot and 2004 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Polidor distinguished himself through heroic actions in an Operation Enduring Freedom sortie supporting United States and Afghan National Army ground forces.
For the complete story written by Steven Simon from the Air Force Academy Development and Alumni Programs Office, please click here.
Air Force's National Letter of Intent signing day release link follows.
Men's Basketball vs. New Mexico - Tonight It's Military Appreciation Night at Clune Arena as Air Force aims at overcoming New Mexico in the conference standings tonight at 6 pm. Tickets are available for only $5 for all military personnel when presenting a valid military i.d. at the ticket window. For other seating options please click here.
Coach Reynolds' Radio Show - February 3rd Join Coach Jeff Reynolds and host Jim Arthur every Thursday for the Coach Reynolds Radio Show live from Back East Bar and Grill. Showtime begins at 6:30 pm.
Men's Tennis vs. Eastern Washington - February 5th The men's tennis team will be back in action this Saturday, February 5th in the Cadet Gymnasium tennis courts. The Falcons are set to host Eastern Washington @ 10 am. 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.