September 2011 Archives

2011-12 Air Force Hockey Media Guide is here!

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The 2011-12 Air Force hockey media guide is available online only. Click here for the media guide in PDF format.


Cassie Wilson of AFA Women's Soccer Interview

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Air Force women's soccer senior defender Cassie Wilson was recently interviewed by C2C Jase Reyneveld.  The Falcons host Nebraska Omaha and Northern Arizona at home this weekend.  Admission is free to all Air Force soccer home games.

Vote for Warzeka

Fan Voting Begins For Paul Hornung Award


Louisville, Ky. (Wednesday, September 28, 2011) - Fan voting to select the finalists for the 2011 Paul Hornung Award is now open on Facebook and being powered by Texas Roadhouse and the Louisville Sports Commission. Fans can vote as often as once a day by going to


The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.


College football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for players on the 2011 Watch List and any player that has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll. Results of the fans' selection on Facebook will count for one vote, adding to the votes cast by the 16-member Selection Committee.


Fans will also have the chance to vote for the winner from among the finalists in a second round of voting starting December 9.


Texas Roadhouse will reach out to its loyal customer base at more than 350 locations in 46 states, its 600,000 Facebook followers and to college football fans through select grassroots marketing channels to promote the Paul Hornung Award.


The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by multi-talented college football players that often go unnoticed.


Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award in 2010.



Texas Roadhouse

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Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse

Created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010, the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award is designed to promote college football and help preserve the legacy of one of Kentucky's best-known and accomplished athletes who has always called Louisville home. Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame and NFL MVP for the Green Bay Packers, set a single season NFL scoring record that stood 46 years. Paul is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and Vince Lombardi once called Hornung, "The most versatile man ever to play the game." A national selection committee comprised of 16 sports journalists and former NFL stars votes for the Hornung Award, and this year fan voting on Facebook powered by Texas Roadhouse will comprise the 17th vote. All votes are tabulated independently by regional accounting firm Dean Dorton Allen Ford. The winner is honored at a banquet presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine in late January each year in downtown Louisville. For more information, visit Fans can also follow online on Twitter (@hornungaward) and Become a Fan on Facebook.


Louisville Sports Commission

The Louisville Sports Commission is a Kentucky-based 501 c-3 organization whose mission is to attract, host and create quality sporting events and activities in the Louisville area that increase economic vitality; enhance the quality of life; promote healthy lifestyles; and brand Louisville as a great place to live, work and play. For more information, visit and follow the Louisville Sports Commission on Twitter (@SportsinLou).


This week in Air Force athletics

Coach Calhoun's Radio Show - September 27th - Stop by Back East Bar and Grill tonight for the Coach Calhoun Radio Show.  Enjoy great food and drink specials after work and then stick around for some Falcon football talk with Coach Calhoun from 6:30pm - 7:30pm as Air Force prepares for a big road game in Annapolis.

Volleyball vs. New Mexico - Home Conference Opener and Pre-match Tailgate - September 29th -Falcon volleyball returns home for a conference showdown with New Mexico this Thursday at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Stop by early for a tailgate party on the North Terrazzo featuring live music from cadet band Soma, and free bowl coupons for the 1st 50 fans courtesy of Noodles & Co.  Tailgate party starts at 5:30pm.  First serve is set for 7 pm.  Admission is only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.

Women's Soccer Home Series - September 30th and October 2nd - Falcon women's soccer will be back at the Cadet Soccer Stadium for their final pair of non-conference games starting this Friday with a match up against Nebraska-Omaha @ 7pm.  The second game of the set will be Sunday morning @ 11am.  The Falcons will be hosting Northern Arizona.  Admission is free. 

Volleyball vs. TCU - October 1st -  This Saturday the Falcon volleyball team will be back in action from the Cadet Gymnasium to host TCU @ 1 pm.  Tickets are available for only $2 for youth and $5 for adults.

Warzeka, Hornung watch lister, featured in this week's matchups


Meetings between Perennial SEC Powers, Academy Foes with National Implications Highlight Weekly Matchups



Louisville, Ky. (Tuesday, September 27, 2011) - Matchups between two Southeastern Conference heavyweights and two service academies highlight this week's head-to-head competition between Paul Hornung Award Watch List Selections. There are 18 watch list selections involved in eight games involving a head-to-head matchup.


The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Fan voting for the Paul Hornung Award will begin September 28 on the Texas Roadhouse Facebook page.


Jonathan Warzeka (Air Force) and Alexander Teich (Navy) face off in a nationally televised battle on CBS at noon ET Saturday. No. 3 Alabama, featuring Hornung Award Watch List selections Marquis Maze and Jeff Demps, faces No. 12 Florida, featuring selection Jeff Demps and recent weekly honoree Chris Rainey, in a key Southeastern Conference matchup on CBS at 8pm ET.


Week Five Head-to-Head Matchups

  • Saturday, October 1: Andre Ellington (Clemson) vs. Jayron Hosley and David Wilson (Virginia Tech) at 6:00 PM ET on ESPN2
  • Saturday, October 1: Bradley McDougald (Kansas) vs. Eric Stephens (Texas Tech) at noon ET
  • Saturday, October 1: Cyrus Gray (Texas A&M) vs. Joe Adams (Arkansas) at noon ET on ESPN
  • Saturday, October 1: Denard Robinson (Michigan) vs. Troy Stoudermire (Minnesota) at noon ET on Big Ten Network
  • Saturday, October 1: Jonathan Warzeka (Air Force) vs. Alexander Teich (Navy) at noon ET on CBS
  • Saturday, October 1: Jamal Miles (Arizona State) vs. James Rodgers (Oregon State) at 10:30 PM ET
  • Saturday, October 1: Brandon Boykin (Georgia) vs. Chad Bumphis (Mississippi State) at noon ET on ESPN3
  • Saturday, October 1: Jeff Demps (Florida) vs. Trent Richardson and Marquis Maze (Alabama) at 8:00 PM ET on CBS


Gymnastics Coaches Receive Glider Flights over Academy Grounds

he Air Force gymnastics coaches recently received a unique opportunity to take glider flights over the Academy grounds with cadet instructors from the 94th Flying Training Squadron. Head coaches Kip Simons (men's gymnastics) and Doug Day (women's gymnastics), as well as men's assistant coach Jeff Robinson, took to the skies in late August.

Vote for Tim Jefferson for the Davey O'Brien Award

The list of top 10 quarterbacks at present are listed below:


  1. Kellen Moore, Boise State
  2. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
  3. Case Keenum, Houston
  4. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
  5. Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
  6. Christ Relf, Mississippi State
  7. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
  8. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
  9. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
  10. Kriss Proctor, Navy

For a full list of the current standings click: 


Tim Jefferson is currently 53rd in the voting and needs your help. You can vote by going

Twitter: @daveyobrien

This week in Air Force athletics

Coach Calhoun's Radio Show - September 20th - Coach Calhoun's Radio Show will resume this week live from Back East Bar and Grill on Briargate.  Stop by this Tuesday for great food and drink specials after work and then stick around for some Falcon football talk with Coach Calhoun from 6:30pm - 7:30pm.


Friday Football Luncheon - September 23rd -Join Falcon fans this Friday at the Falcon Stadium pressbox to get ready for the Tennessee State game with a meal provided by Outback Steakhouse and a chance to hear from Coach Calhoun about this weekend's matchup.  Lunch starts at 11 am and the program portion of the event will kick off at noon.   Tickets are only $10 and available at the door.


20 Men's Water Polo vs. UC San Diego - September 23rd - Catch the 20th ranked men's water polo team in action during their first home meet of the season this Friday at the Cadet Gymnasium.  The Falcons will host UC San Diego at 7 pm from the Water Polo pool on the lower level of the gymnasium.  Admission is free.

Football vs. Tennessee St. - Youth Day at Falcon Stadium - September 24th -  This Saturday is Youth Day at Falcon Stadium which means that all tickets for kids age 15 and under are available for only $5.  $5 tickets are only availalble for purchase prior to game day.   To reserve your seats click here.


Air Force fencer, sophomore Emerson Woerner, from Carmel, Ind., was the Open Senior Men's Saber champion in the Nick Toth Open.  On Saturday, Sept. 17, Woerner was seeded fifth going into the gold medal bout.  Woerner won the bout, 15-6, against Air Force fencer, junior Scott Pippin, who was the No. 1 seed.  Pippin and AFA newcomer Emiliano Kaptain tied for third place.


Earlier in Saturday's competition, Air Force fencer, junior Heather Nelson won the Open Senior Women's Saber tournament as the No. 1 seed, 15-8, against her opponent, Cynthia Villyard from the New Mexico Fencing Club. Nelson finished the day with a 5-0 bout record.

In Open Senior Men's Epee, sophomore Chase Houser, from Air Force was the men's runner-up. Houser lost the gold medal bout, 15-11, to Spencer Amann from Northern Colorado Fencers.


In Sunday's competition, Air Force freshman Alex Chiang, from Atlanta, Ga., was the men's epee champion in Senior Men's Foil.  

This week in Air Force athletics

FALCON SOCCER DOUBLEHEADERS - FRIDAY AND SUNDAY The men's and women's soccer teams have each gotten off to a fast start in 2011 and look to continue their winning ways heading into conference play.  The men's team is coming off of a huge weekend on the east coast where they ran the table in the Pitt invitational to push their record to 3-1.  The women have already reached 4 wins on the season, and continue to improve on a weekly basis.  Both teams return to action for a big non-conference doubleheader at the Cadet Soccer Stadium starting at 5 pm this Friday.  The men will open things up against the College of Charleston and the women will take the field shortly after for a showdown with Arkansas at around 7:30pm.   Sunday's doubleheader will feature the Air Force men and Buffalo at 11 am followed by the women hosting Fresno State @ 1:30 pm.  Admission is free for all home soccer events.

Fencing Nick Toth Open - Saturday and Sunday -The Falcon fencing team will be hosting their largest tournament of the year this weekend.  Stop by the Cadet Gymnasium to watch some of the area's best fencers compete for the Nick Toth title.  Admission is free and open to the public. 

Men's Golf - Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational - Sunday - The men's golf team opens up their home season on Sunday by hosting the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational from the Eisenhower Golf Course.  Play will start early on Sunday and run throughout the day.  Admission is free.

Reflections on 9/11 as written for

As the nation prepares to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this Sunday, asked select student-athletes and staff from the service academies about how the tragic events of 2001 affected their lives.

Student-athletes either from the graduating class of 2002 or 2003 talk about the immediate impact of 9/11, and current student-athletes reflect on 10 years of post-9/11 life. Also, staff who were at their schools 10 years ago offer their perspective on both then and now.

Please click on the link below to read, in their own words, the reflections of Col. Billy Walker, vide director of athletics, Andy Berg, a 2003 graduate and current assistant hockey coach, and junior baseball player Ben Bertleson.

This week in Air Force athletics

Coach Calhoun's Radio Show - Tonight  - Join Coach Calhoun at Back East Bar & Grill tonight to talk Falcon football leading into the season.  Coach's radio show will go on the air with KVOR 740 am host Jim Arthur @ 6:30 pm and Back East will have food and drink specials going on after work for anyone that wants to stop by for happy hour.

Friday Football Luncheon - September 9th -  Join Falcon fans at the Falcon Stadium pressbox this Friday for the Friday football luncheon.  This week's lunch will be provided by Noodles & Co.  The menu includes pasta fresca, berry berry spinach salad, chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles and rice crispy treats.  Stop by for some great food, prizes, and a chance to hear from Coach Calhoun before this weekend's game.  $10 admission at the door, lunch starts at 11 am and doors open at 10:30am.

Volleyball Falcon Classic Starts on Friday - September 9th - Air Force volleyball will be back at home starting this Friday for the Falcon Classic tournament at the Cadet Gymnasium.  The Falcons host Utah Valley Friday @ 7 pm - 4 packs of tickets will be available at the gate for only $4 and the first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free pair of mesh shorts at the match.  The Falcons will begin play on Saturday morning at 11 am against USC Upstate and then close out the tournament with a 7 pm match against Northern Arizona.  The first 100 fans in attendance at the 11 am match will receive a coupon good for up to 4 $10 upper reserved tickets to the TCU football game.  For the Northern Arizona match fans presenting either a ticket stub from the USC Upstate volleyball match or TCU football game will receive free admission.  A free build your own ice cream sundae bar will be provided for all fans in attendance while supplies last!

Women's Soccer home stand - September 9th-11th - The Air Force women's soccer team will be hosting a pair of games at the Cadet Soccer Stadium this weekend starting with a Friday night contest against Weber State @ 7 pm.  The Falcons will close out the weekend with a Sunday matinee vs. Cleveland State at 11 am. Admission to both games are free.

Cross Country Rustbuster - September 10th - Falcon cross country will kick off their 2011 campaign with the Rustbuster Invitation right here in Colorado Springs on Saturday, September 10th @ 8:45 am.  The course will be set up at Monument Valley Park.  Admission is free.

Help TJ win the O'Brien Award



You can help Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson win the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award by helping participate in the Fan Vote. All 120 quarterbacks are eligible for the award and you can vote by going to The fan vote counts at 5% during each round of voting.  

Q & A with WR Jonathan Warzeka

by C2C Ben Scott, Athletic Media Relations
 Senior wide receiver Jonathan Warzeka has established himself as one of the best all-purpose athletes in all of college football. The 2011 preseason Mountain West Conference special teams player of the year, Warzeka is on the watch list for the Paul Horning Award, recognizing outstanding performances by versatile college football players.
 Warzeka led the MWC with a 28.7 kickoff return average last season. In the win over CSU, the Lake Elsinore, Calif., native returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, the second 100-yard return of his career. He also led Air Force with 18 catches for 406 yards and had 41 carries for 312 yards in 2010. He scored seven touchdowns on the season, four rushing, three receiving and one on a kickoff return.

Q: How did you get started playing football?
A: I think my first flag football game was at age five.  I brought home a flyer to my parents, said I wanted to play and haven't looked back since.

Q: Why did you choose to come to the Air Force Academy?
A: Well for one I'm from about an hour north of San Diego and we play every other year in Qualcomm Stadium and I'm a big Chargers fan. So playing there is like a dream come true to me. Playing in that stadium is kind of surreal. And, of course, what the Air Force can offer you afterwards is pretty hard to pass up.

Q: How was the transition from a high school quarterback to a college wide receiver?
A: It took a little time. Obviously hand-eye coordination took a little bit, trying to figure out how to catch a ball, but I think it's worked out for the best.

Q: Do the wide receivers like to hang out together and what do you guys like to do as a group?
A: I'm one of those guys that hangs out with everyone. I hang out with the offense lineman, defensive backs, wide receivers. We just try to make the most of it. It's hard to find some free time up here, but we have fun when we go out.

Q: Did you return kicks in high school or did you start here at the Academy?
A: I returned punts in high school and just started returning kickoffs here

Q: What is the feeling like when you catch a kickoff and there are 11 opposing players running full speed at you?
A: There is nothing like it, having 11 guys running full speed at you. They have a 40-yard head start and you're running full speed right back at them. The adrenaline gets pretty high at that point.

Q: You have returned kicks, caught passes, and carried the ball, what do you like to do best?
A: It's probably not believable, but blocking. We're a run oriented team. Myself and the offensive linemen go back and forth as to who is the better blocker. We jib-jab a little bit, but I have to say blocking is the most fun because you're going up against guys a lot bigger than yourself.

Q: What is your most memorable experience playing at Air Force?
A: Probably the Houston bowl game two years ago. That's when we had the first kickoff return for a touchdown in about 25 years, I think it just really set the tone for last year. We were able to get the Commander-in-Chief's trophy. That was huge for us after having gone eight years without it. So the Houston game and Commander-in-Chief's trophy are probably 1 and 1A.

Q: Who was a big influence in your sports career?
A: Well growing up I always looked up to Walter Payton. I played running back in youth football and I wore number 34, just because he was my idol growing up.

Q: You listed Walter Payton's book as your favorite read, why is that?
A: Well for one it was an easy read and two it's probably the only book I've ever read. No, just kidding. Like I said, he was my role model growing up and to be able to read his autobiography through his eyes and just to see the life experiences he went through was great. He came from pretty much nowhere to become one of the greatest players of all time.

Q: In high school you set the school record in the 100 meters, did you ever think about running track here?
A: I thought about it. Some of the guys on the track team kind of hassle me about. Football takes up most of my time, that's always going to be my true love. I think football is good for me right now.

Q: What are your plans upon graduation?
A: Hopefully I can be an OSI agent. That's the dream goal. We will see where that takes me.

Maiya Perich Named Best Libero of Denver Invitational

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Junior Maiya Perich was named Best Libero of the Denver Invitational by a vote of tournament coaches, the University of Denver announced this evening (Sept. 3) at the conclusion of the three-day event. Freshman Ayesha Hein was also named to Denver's all-tournament team, marking the second straight week that Perich and Hein have earned all-tournament honors.

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