March 2011 Archives

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Men's Tennis Home Stand - March 29th, 31st and April 3rd - The Falcons men's tennis team will host a three match home stand this week starting off with Denver today @ 1 pm.  Other matches include TCU on Thursday, March 31st @ 10 am and UNLV on Sunday, April 3rd at 10 am.  All events will be held in the Cadet Gymnasium and Admission is free.


Men's Gymnastics MPSF Championships - April 2nd - Air Force men's gymnastics returns to action following their National Championship performance to host the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship from the Cadet Gym.  The meet, which features five of the top 11 teams in the nation, is slated to begin at 5 pm.  Click here to purchase your tickets.


Air Force Academy Athletics Hall of Fame Welcomes Five New Inductees on May 14th The Director of Athletics of the United States Air Force Academy requests the honor of your company at the third Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Saturday, May 14th.  This year's class includes: Chuck Delich, Gail Conway Gray, Bob Nieman, Jim Conboy, and Lt Col Scott Thomas.  The event will be held at the Colorado Springs Marriott with drinks and social hour kicking off at 6 pm and dinner at 7.  Deadline for registration is May 9th.  For more details or to reserve your spot please click here.

Air Force Repeats as USAG National Champions

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The ninth-ranked Air Force men's gymnastics team claimed its second consecutive USAG national title on Friday, March 25, at the 2011 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Springfield, Mass. The Falcons collected a combined score of 345.700 to win the meet, highlighted by the highest overall meet scores on five of the six events.


One individual title was decided tonight and freshman Colton Wulf placed second in the all-around with combined score of 85.600. Wulf, who's score was just 0.100 off of the event winner, 

Two Air Force fencers earn All-American honors


U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Two Air Force Academy fencers, freshman Daniel Cohen and senior Daniel Trapani, earned All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Men's Fencing Championships in Columbus, Ohio, March 24-25.


Cohen, a freshman, finished tied for third place in the men's foil final four of the NCAA Championships. Cohen lost to Miles Chamley-Watson from Penn State, 15-5.  Cohen finished with 18 victories (.783 pct. of bouts won, 103 touches scored (TR), 65 touches received (TR) and +38 indicators (Ind. = TS minus TR).  Cohen earned his second career All-American title, his first at Air Force; he placed fifth while fencing at Duke in 2009. Cohen also earned all-region status following his championship win at the 2011 NCAA West Regional Championships.


Trapani, who is a senior, finished in eighth place with 13 victories (.565 pct., 89 TS, 73 TR and +15 Ind.) in men's foil. After finishing the first four rounds on Day 1, Trapani moved up to finish in the top 8.  He concludes his Academy fencing career as a two-time All-American (2009 and 2011).  Trapani was a four-time all-region selection while at Air Force.


Sophomore Scott Pippin finished in 24th place with four victories (.174 pct, 55 TS, 107 TR and -52 Ind.) in his first national collegiate championship. Pippin was also the all-region after capturing the men's saber title at the 2011 NCAA West Region Championships on March 5.


Air Force is ranked 12th in the team standings (Saber 4; Foil 18; Epee 13) following the final men's championships. Sophomore Heather Nelson will compete in the women's saber championships, March 26-27. This is Nelson's second participation in the NCAAs while at the school.


Baseball Photo Gallery Up

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The Air Force baseball 2011 photo gallery is now up with photos from three games.  The gallery will be updated periodically throughout the season.

AFA's Daniel Cohen, Men's Foil in the final four

NCAA Championships, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State) ... AFA's Daniel Cohen is in the men's foil final four (in progress).

Erik Smith Named One of Top Freshmen by Inside Lacrosse

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Air Force freshman midfielder Erik Smith has been listed by Inside Lacrosse in its initial Freshman Rankings. Each season, Inside Lacrosse rates the top 25 freshmen in NCAA Division I lacrosse; Wednesday's ranking is the first of three updates during the season.

Smith, who leads the Falcons in both assists (6) and ground balls (30) on the season, is currently rated as the 12th-best freshman in Division I.

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Air Force hockey headed to NCAA tournament


For the fourth time in five years, Air Force will be playing in the NCAA Hockey Tournament. The Falcons (20-11-6) are the fourth seed in the NCAA East Regional and will face top-seeded Yale (27-6-1) on Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Webster Bank's Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. The game will be televised live on ESPN U. Union and Minnesota-Duluth will play in the other regional semifinal game at 3:00 p.m. ET. The two semifinal winners will meet in the Elite Eight regional final on Saturday, March 26 for the right to play in the NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., April 7-9.

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ยท          A limited number of tickets for the NCAA Hockey Regional in Bridgeport are available through the Air Force ticket office. Please call the ticket office at 800-666-8723. Tickets are $60/each and are for the entire weekend and will be in the Air Force section. If you only want to purchase individual session tickets, please contact the arena or purchase thru Ticketmaster.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN U and for the those who don't have ESPNU, the game shown online at

Dutton, Day and Georges Sweep MPSF Annual Awards

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The Air Force women's gymnastics team swept the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation annual awards, the commissioner's office announced on March 21. Senior Brittany Dutton was named the league's Gymnast of the Year, Doug Day was named the Head Coach of the Year and Kyle Georges was named the Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.

Five Falcons were also named to the all-MPSF team, based on their regional qualifying scores (RQS).

Dutton and Wong Share MPSF Title on Balance Beam

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Highlighted by seniors Brittany Dutton and Lisa Wong sharing the conference title on the balance beam with career-best scores, the Air Force women's gymnastics team finished second at the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday, March 19, at the Academy's Cadet West Gym.


Dutton and Wong tallied career-best scores of 9.775 on the balance beam to win their first conference titles. That score is a career-best for Dutton by 0.075 and a 0.025 personal improvement for Wong. The pair's first-place finish on the beam marks the third straight season that a member of the Air Force squad has accounted for a conference title.

A first for men's gymnastics

For the first time in program history, the Air Force men's gymnastics team is ranked in the nation's top-10. Following a strong weekend of competition, that saw two of the top four team scores of the season, the Falcons are ranked 10th in the GymInfo National Rankings, with a three-score average of 343.300.


It is the first time that the Falcons have ever been ranked in the GymInfo Top-10, which debuted during the 1996 season. In addition, it's the first time since 2009 that any service academy has been listed among the nation's top 10 and just the fifth time since 1996 than an academy has earned that distinction in March.


Air Force is also ranked among the nation's top 10 on four events. The Falcons are ranked eighth on the still rings (57.633, three-score average), vault (62.600) and high bar (57.033), while holding a 10th-place ranking on the floor exercise at 57.233.


The Falcons return to the Academy on Sunday, March 20, hosting Washington in its regular season finale at 1 p.m. Air Force is also home on Saturday, April 2, when they host the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at 6 p.m. The MPSF currently features the top three teams in the nation (Stanford, Oklahoma, California), as well as eighth-ranked Nebraska and 10th-ranked Air Force.



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The Air Force men's basketball team will host the North Dakota Fighting Sioux tonight in the first round of the Postseason Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Clune Arena.


The Falcons (15-15) will make their sixth overall postseason appearance and first since advancing to the NIT semifinals in 2007. North Dakota (19-14) won the Great West Conference Tournament Saturday by defeating South Dakota, 77-76, in double overtime. The Great West Tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the CIT.

This will be the third meeting between Air Force and North Dakota on the basketball court. Air Force defeated UND, 77-61, at the Academy on Jan. 6, 1964 and the Sioux won the following year, 61-54, on Jan. 4, 1965 in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Baseball Home Opener - March 16th - Warm weather in the forecast signals the beginning of baseball season at the Academy.  The Falcons will be at home this Wednesday for a matinee doubleheader vs. Creighton @ 11 am and 2 pm at the Cadet Baseball Field.  Temps are set to be in the 60s so come out and enjoy some free baseball over lunch.  Admission is free.


Twin Bill with Women's Tennis - March 18th - The women's tennis team will be at home to host two matches this Friday against CSU Pueblo @ 8 am and Metro State @ 11:30 am.  Admission is free


Falcon Baseball Weekend Series - March 18th - 20th - Air Force baseball will be at home this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for four games against Portland at the Cadet Baseball Field.  Admission is free to all games. 


Men's Lacrosse vs. Loyola - March 19th - Falcon Lacrosse will be at home to face conference foe Loyola this Saturday at 2 pm from Falcon Stadium.  Admission is free.


Men's and Women's Gymnastics Doubleheader - March 19th and 20th - Air Force women's gymnastics will be hosting the conference championships from the Cadet Gymnasium this Saturday beginning at 6 pm.  For tickets click here to visit the AFA ticket page.  The men's team will also be in action this weekend at the Cadet Gymnasium vs. Washington.  The meet is scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm.  Admission is free.


Men's basketball to play in post-season tournament

Air Force will host a first round game in the Tournament on Tuesday. The team's opponent will be named at a later date. This season marks Air Force's sixth-ever trip to the post-season.


Tyner caps brilliant season with All-America honor


Air Force senior Justin Tyner clocked a time of 8:05.57 to place fifth in the 3000-meter race at the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 12, at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas. With the finish, Tyner claims his second All-America honor, in as many indoor championship meets.


Tyner, who entered the race ranked 16th in the national standings at that distance, finished fifth in the field of 19 with the second-fastest time of his career (8:05.57). The native of Baxter, Minn., finished ahead of four runners that were ranked among the top six in the final national standings.


Justin Tyner Garners First-Team All-America Honors

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Senior Justin Tyner clocked a time of 8:05.57 to place fifth in the 3000-meter race at the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 12, at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas. With the finish, Tyner claims his second All-America honor, in as many indoor championship meets.

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Air Force Fencers qualify for NCAA Fencing Championships.

Air Force fencers have qualified for the NCAA Men's and Women's Fencing Championships on March 24-27 at Ohio State University in Columbus. Three earned automatic bids, Scott Pippen won the men's saber regional championship with a 5-1 bout record. Daniel Cohen won the men's foil championship with a 9-1 bout record. Heather Nelson was undefeated in the women's foil championships (8-0). Daniel Trapani took second place in men's epee with a 9-3 bout record.

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Men's Basketball vs. TCU - Senior Night - March 2nd Seniors Derek Brooks, Tom Fow and Evan Washington will play their final regular season game at Clune Arena this Wednesday against TCU @ 6 pm.  Tickets are available for a special rate of $7 and all fans will receive a ticket voucher to be redeemed for free admission to any non-conference game in 2011-12.  Click here to purchase your tickets.


Boxing Wing Open Finals - March 3rd Catch a full card of bouts between the Academy's best fighters this Thursday live from Clune Arena.  Matches begin at 7 pm and admission is free for the general public.  For more information visit the boxing page here.


Women's Basketball Season Finale - March 5th  The Falcons will be sending out one of the program's greatest players this Saturday as part of Senior Day festivities at Clune Arena.  Raimee Beck, the lone senior on this year's team, will end her stellar career as the all-time leading scorer in school history among various other statistical achievements.  Join AFA fans in honoring Raimee in her final home game this Saturday at noon as the Falcons host New Mexico.  Admission is only $1 as part of "fan appreciation day" and all fans will receive a free AFA license plate frame at the gate.  Click here for tickets. 


Wrestling Hosts NCAAs - March 6th The nation's finest competitors head into Clune Arena for a chance to advance in the NCAA tournament this Sunday @ 10 am.  To reserve your seats please click here to visit the ticket page.


Fencing Hosts NCAA Regionals - March 5th The West Regionals of the NCAA Fencing Championships will be held in the Cadet Gymnasium this Saturday.  Competition will begin early and run throughout the day.


Weekend Home Stand Men's Tennis - March 4th and 6th - Men's Tennis will host Lamar this Friday @ 4 pm and Weber State @ 10 am from the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Tennis Courts.  Admission is free.


Women's Gymnastics vs. Eastern Michigan - March 2nd and 5th The women's gymnastics team welcomes in Eastern Michigan for two meets this week at the Cadet Gymnasium.  The first matchup is set for Wednesday at 6 pm and the follow up contest will be held this Saturday @ 6 pm.  Admission is free to the general public.

News and notes

News and notes from Air Force athletics this week follow.


Men's and women's basketball - Both programs host senior nights this week. The men's team closes its home season on Wednesday against TCU at 6 p.m. and will honor Evan Washington, Derek Brooks and Tom Fow. The women's program plays its final home game Saturday at noon vs. New Mexico and will honor Raimee Beck.


Wrestling - Air Force hosts the West Regional Championships this Sunday at 5 p.m. in Clune Arena. The finals and third-fourth place matches will be broadcast live on


Baseball - The Falcons continue to play on the road, traveling to the Coca-Cola Classic March 3-6 in Surprise, Ariz., at the site of the Kansas City Royals spring training facility.


Boxing - The annual Wing Open is Thursday at 7 p.m. in Clune Arena. The night will feature 12 bouts and this year's charity that all donations will benefit is the Wounded Warrior Project.


Women's Gymnastics - The Air Force women's gymnastics team returns to the Academy this week for a pair of home meets against Eastern Michigan. The Falcons and Eagles will first face off on Wednesday, March 2, before meeting again on Saturday, March 5, for Senior Night. Both matches will begin at 6 p.m., at the Cadet West Gymnasium. During Saturday's competition, Air Force will honor its three senior gymnasts - Holland Davis, Brittany Dutton, Lisa Wong - and its senior manager, Ashley Green.


Football - Spring drills continue this week, as the team works out each afternoon. Practices are open to the public and take place on the practice fields behind the Cadet Field House.





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