April 2011 Archives

New Schedule Announced for Front Range Classic

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A finalized schedule for the fourth-annual Front Range Classic was released today (Apr. 28) after a predicted weather forecast forced several major changes to the meet. The competition, featuring Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming, will now be held on Sunday, May 1, in Fort Collins, Colo., beginning at 10 a.m.

Click on the link for a complete schedule of events. http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/042811aaa.html

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A THANK YOU TO OUR FANS Last year at this time we sent out a call to our fans to join us in increasing the visibility of Air Force Athletics in the Colorado Springs area.  Over 150 fans responded to our message, volunteering their time and effort to get information out in the community about Falcon Athletics and help us reach new fans in the area.  As a result, attendance numbers in 2010-11 saw unprecedented growth for our major ticketed sports.  

Football started things off in the fall when season ticket sales reached the 17,000 mark for the first time since 2002.  Average attendance grew by nearly 5,000 fans a game (12%)  bolstered by back to back sellouts (BYU and Navy) in Falcon Stadium for the first time in 30 years.  As no coincidence the team went 5-1 at home.  The trend continued with volleyball as season ticket sales increased from 2009 by an incredible 400%.  The program set records for highest single game attendance and highest season total attendance in school history.  In correlation the team won their first conference match in 3 years at home.  Hockey continued to draw large crowds this season averaging well over capacity for the season.  Fans bought up season ticket packages a month before the first game and packed into the Cadet Ice Arena at an average rate that was up 100 per game from last season.  The Falcons went 11-5-2 at home and knocked off #3 Yale in front of a standing room only crowd.  The Falcon women's basketball team also saw improvement in attendance during the season.   The women set an all-time school record for single game attendance and won the NCAA's "Pack the House Challenge" for the Mountain West Conference.  Average attendance increased by 75% from a year ago and season ticket sales were up by 125%.  Coach Williams' squad won 4 more games in conference in 2010-11.

These figures are a direct result of your loyalty to the Air Force Academy and dedication toward improving the competitive environment for our cadet athletes.  Thank you for coming out to cheer on the Falcons this year and encouraging others to do so as well.  If you have not yet contacted us to get involved with the Falcon Fan Outreach Program and would like to please contact Matt with AFA Athletic Marketing at 719-838-7208 or matthew.swearingen.ctr@usafa.edu.  Volunteers interested in the program can register their place of work to receive promotional materials (posters, schedule cards, informational brochures, etc) to place out in a public area for coworkers and customers to have access to.  Through this exposure we will continue to reach new fans and build on our goal of becoming the Pikes Peak Region's "Hometown Team."  Thank you again for your support, we look forward to hearing from you soon! 


Baseball Hosts Utah for Four Game Set - April 29-May 1 The Falcons will return to Cadet Baseball Field this Friday to begin a four game series with Utah.  The Falcons and Utes will play two on Friday with game one starting at 2 pm.  First pitch for Saturday is set for 2 pm and the finale will be played at 12pm Sunday afternoon.  Admission is free to all AFA baseball games.


Men's Lacrosse vs. Hobart - April 30th The Air Force men's lacrosse team will be back in action for "Senior Day" from Falcon Stadium this Saturday @ 12 pm.  This will be the Falcons final game of the season so if you have not seen them play this year be sure to stop by.  Admission is free.

Carson Bird prepares for NFL

Carson Bird, a 2008 Air Force Academy graduate and four-year football lettermen, is preparing for the NFL. Bird has posted is NLF Pro Day video link on YouTube and it's worth a watch. The link is below.





Smith Tabbed One of Nation's Best By Inside Lacrosse

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Air Force freshman midfielder Erik Smith has been listed by Inside Lacrosse in its annual Freshman Rankings. Each season, Inside Lacrosse rates the top 25 freshmen in NCAA Division I lacrosse.

Smith, who owns a 51.6 win percentage at the face-off X, leads the Falcons in both assists (12) and ground balls (59) on the season. The native of Golden, Colo., is currently rated as the 11th-best freshman in Division I after being ranked 12th in the initial Freshman Rankings. Inside Lacrosse releases its Freshman Rankings three times during the season.

For full rankings, visit: http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2011/04/20/ncaa-lacrosse-freshman-rankings-april-20


Several Falcons Honored at Women's Basketball Banquet

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The 2010-11 awardwinners for the Air Force women's basketball team were honored Tuesday evening as part of the team's annual banquet. Earning top honors was senior captain Raimee Beck, who was selected by her teammates as the MVP for the 2010-11 season.

Other honorees included Defensive Player of the Year Katie Hilbig, top rebounder Dymond James, Iron Bolt recipient Jamela Satterfield and "Triple Threat" Academic Award winner Megan Muniz.

For the complete release with the full list of awardwinners, visit: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/041911aaa.html

This week's marketing moments

Baseball starts home stand today - April 19-23 The Falcons will return to Cadet Baseball Field this Tuesday to begin a week long home stand starting with UNC and ending with SDSU on Saturday afternoon.  Game time for Tuesday is set for 3 pm.  The SDSU series is scheduled for Thursday @ 2 pm, Friday @ 2 pm and Saturday @ 12 pm.  Admission is free for all AFA baseball home games.  It's baseball week on the official Facebook page of Air Force Athletics.  Be sure to check in for interviews with Coach Kaz and other player features leading up to this week's MWC home opener.  Click here to "like" the Falcons on Facebook.


Men's Lacrosse hosts Presbyterian - April 23rd Men's lacrosse will be at home this Saturday to host Presbyterian @ 12 pm.  The game will be played at Falcon Stadium.  Admission is free and open to the general public.



Falcon Sports Camps are the ultimate in summer fun!  All camps are held on the beautiful campus of the United States Air Force Academy, located just north of Colorado Springs.  Camps are led by Academy intercollegiate head coaches for athletes aged 8-18.  Sessions 1 and 2 are 5-day camps designated for overnight boarders or daily commuters (boarders reside at the cadet dormitories and must be at least 12 years of age.)  Session 3 is a full 3-day commuter camp culminating on Wednesday afternoon.  Our camps encourage teamwork, help build self esteem and promote the practice of good character qualities while experiencing one of the greatest athletic venues in the country.  Check out individual camp listings for session availability, age requirements and individual needs!

Session 1 - June 5-10
Session 2 - June 12-17
Session 3 - June 20-22

Click here for a list of available sports and to find out more information about AFA summer camps.

Former Falcons Shine in Boston Marathon

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Former Air Force distance runners Ben Payne and Elissa Ballas had strong showings during the 2011 Boston Marathon this morning (Apr. 18). With a time of 2:21:01 to finish 24th overall, Payne paced the USAF team to a third-place finish in the team standings. Ballas ran 2:58:00 to finish 83rd among female runners.


President Obama presented the CIC Trophy to the Air Force football team

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President Obama presented the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force football team today at the White House Rose Garden.

Air Force defeated both Army (42-22) and Navy (14-6) this season to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 2002. This season's title is the 17th in Air Force history, which is more than any other service academy.

The trophy goes annually to the winning academy with the best record in round-robin competition. The President of the United States presents the trophy to the seniors from the winning team each year at a ceremony at the White House. The 2010 season marked the 39th year of trophy competition. Air Force has a 51-27-0 all-time CIC record. 

CIC Trophy Presentation To Be Streamed Live at 11:45 a.m. MTN

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The presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy Football Team by United States President Barack Obama will be shown live via White House LIVE at 11:45 a.m. mtn. time today.


Air Force Baseball Article In Gazette

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The Air Force baseball team was featured in an article, written by Frank Schwab, in the Colorado Springs Gazette this Monday, April 18.  The article was about some of the new things, including yoga, that pitching coach Tim Dixon has worked on to improve the Falcon pitching staff.


This week's marketing moment

Football Season Tickets ONLY $60!- The Air Force Academy will continue to offer great prices to allow the fans the opportunity to catch every game this season in Falcon Stadium without breaking the bank.  Season ticket packages begin at only $60 and $200 for family four packs coming out to less than $10 per game.  The Falcons just released their complete schedule with game times and will be hosting the following opponents at home this season:  9/3 - South Dakota, 9/10 - TCU, 9/24 - Tennessee St., 10/15 - San Diego State, 11/5 - Army, 11/12 - Wyoming, 11/19 - UNLV.  For more on ordering your season tickets for 2011 Falcon football please click here.


Women's Tennis Weekend Series - April 16th & 17th - AFA women's tennis will look to continue their winning ways at home as they host a pair of Mountain West Conference matches this Saturday and Sunday from the Cadet Gymnasium.  The Falcons will begin action against New Mexico on Saturday @ 2 pm and then welcome in TCU for Sunday matches at 10 am.  Admission to the events are free.


Men's Lacrosse vs. Ohio State - April 17th  Check out the Falcon men's lacrosse team as they return home to face Ohio State Sunday at 7pm.  Air Force will be playing the remainder of their games at Falcon Stadium this season.  Admission is free for the general public.



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.

Brittany Dutton Named USAFA Athlete of the Week

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Brittany Dutton concluded an impressive four-year career with the USAG national title on the uneven bars, USAG All-America status in the all-around and the USAG Most Outstanding Senior Award.


Dutton earned a share of the program's first-ever title on the uneven bars with a 9.800 on Sunday, April 10, as she tied with Cornell's Melanie Jorganson for first. The senior team captain also placed within the top eight on the vault and balance beam during the individual event finals.


During the team championships on Saturday, April 9, Air Force was assisted by Dutton's top-three finish on the uneven bars to finish third in the team standings.


The Tucker, Ga., native was instrumental in the Falcons' advancing to their first USAG team finals since 2003 during the qualifying session on Friday, April 8. Dutton set a career-best mark of 38.925 to place second in the all-around, while matching her career high on the uneven bars at 9.8925 and tallying a season-best 9.725 on the vault.


Dutton, selected as the USAG Most Outstanding Senior by the division coaches, wrapped up a successful season that saw her earn a share of the MPSF balance beam title, claim the MPSF Gymnast of the Year award and compete at her third NCAA Regional Championship meet.

Derek Brooks Receives Top Honor at Men's Basketball Banquet

Senior Derek Brooks was awarded the top honor Saturday night at the Air Force men's basketball awards banquet, held at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel. Brooks won the Bob Spear Award, given to the student-athlete that is outstanding in all areas of the Academy - academics, athletics and military performance. There is no higher honor for a men's basketball player.

Brooks, from Nathalie, Va., played in 71 career games and all 32 this season. After missing all but four games due to injury as a sophomore, he was a solid asset on the court the last two seasons. He finished third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 10 points per game, and scored a career-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in the Falcons' 66-65 overtime victory at TCU on Jan. 29. He also dished out a career-high four assists against the Frogs in Fort Worth. He posted Air Force's only double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against North Dakota and finished second on the team in rebounding at 3.9 per game.

Fellow senior Evan Washington was named the team's most valuable player for the 2010-11 campaign. Washington, who did not miss a game in his four-year career at Air Force, led the team in rebounding, assists, steals, blocked shots and minutes played this season. He dished out a career-best 11 assists against Utah, the most by an Air Force player in one game since 2004, and tied for No. 5 on the school's all-time single season assist list with 127 this year. Washington became the first Falcon to score 200 points in each of his four seasons since Otis Jones from 1991-95 and is ranked fifth on Air Force's career assist list with 327.


Sophomore Kyle Green earned the Falcon Award, given to the player that gives 100 percent regardless of their situation and place on the team. Green, a 6-2 guard from Richland Hills, Texas, played in five games and scored five points this season, all against Florida A&M. He was a valuable asset on the scout team this season, helping his teammates prepare for every opponent.


Brooks, Washington and Tom Fow received the prestigious captain's award for the '10-11 season for serving as team tri-captains.


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The nation's best gymnasts will be coming to the Air Force Academy to compete for a national championship this weekend starting on Friday, April 8th.  The event will feature three sessions that are scheduled to run on Friday beginning at 2pm, Friday night at 7 pm, Saturday, April 9th at 7 pm and Sunday, April 10th @ 2 pm.  All competition will be held in teh Cadet Gymnasium, West Gym.  Tickets are currently still available by visiting the AFA ticketing website here.  Air Force is scheduled to perform in the second session of preliminary rounds on Friday at 7 pm.

Baseball vs. Northern Colorado - April 5th - The Falcons will host in-state rival Northern Colorado today at 3 pm at the Falcon baseball stadium.  Admission is free to all home games this season.


Men's Tennis vs. South Dakota State - April 7th - The Falcon men's tennis team will be in action this Thursday at the Cadet Gymnasium for an afternoon of matches with South Dakota State.  Start time is set for 2 pm.  Admission is free.


Women's Gymnastics National Championship - April 8th - 10th Check out the best women's gymnasts in the country as they compete for a national championship this weekend from the Cadet Gymnasium.  Click here to reserve 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.

Rachel Thomas Named USAFA Athlete of the Week

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Junior Rachel Thomas set the Academy record in the 400-meter hurdles during the Tailwind Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, April 2. Crossing the finish line in a time of 1:02.50, Thomas shaved nearly two seconds off of her previous fastest time to place second in the race and set the new program standard.

Thomas broke the Academy record of 1:02.65 that had stood since 2002, while becoming the just the second Falcon to crack the program's top five since that year. Her time is currently ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference. She also ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay that placed fifth in a time of 3:53.75 - the seventh-fastest time in Academy history.

Mr. Chandler Goes To Washington

Following the Air Force Academy's rifle team's regular season and NCAA Rifle Championships, Academy senior Tom Chandler (Waco, Texas, formally of Oak Harbor, Wash.) had an appointment in Washington, D.C., March 24-26, to meet with the Center of the Studies of the Presidency and Congress. Chandler was one of two cadets (C1C Amber Sells) the Air Force Academy sponsors annually for this very prestigious program.  While in Washington, D.C., he visited the White House to present his research, titled: Going International: Nuclear Policy in the Post-Modern Presidency. One of his stops in D.C., included dinner with Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.



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