February 2012 Archives

This week in Air Force athletics

Women's Basketball vs. New Mexico - February 29th - Air Force Women's Basketball invites fans out to the last home game of the season to honor Senior Guard Jamela Satterfield during Senior Night at Clune Arena.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.  Fans can take advantage of great ticket discounts and deals at concessions during a 3,2,1 promotion that offers $3 tickets, $2 hot dogs and $1 soda.  It's also Heroes Night which means all military personnel and up to three guests will be admitted for free with a valid ID.


Boxing Wing Open Championship - March 1st   The Wing Open Finals will be held this Thursday at 7pm.  The boxing showcase will feature 14 of the Academy's best fighters under the lights at Clune Arena on March 1st.  Admission is free and voluntary donations will be accepted to benefit the Special Ops Wounded Warrior Fund.


Men's and Women's Gymnastics - March 2nd  The Falcon gymnastics squads will be in action this Friday at the Cadet Gymnasium West Gym for a doubleheader starting at 6pm.  The men will take on Illinois-Chicago and the women's team will be competing against Seattle Pacific.  Admission is free.

Men's Tennis vs. UNLV - March 3rd - The men's tennis team welcomes in UNLV for a Saturday morning match at the Cadet Gymnasium Indoor Tennis courts.  Play will start at 10 am.  Admission is free.


Men's Lacrosse Home Opener - March 3rd - The Falcons will open up their 2012 home slate with a showdown this Saturday against East Coast foe Quinnipiac at Falcon Stadium  Game time is set for 11 am.  Admission is free.


Men's Basketball vs. Colorado State - March 3rd - Fan Appreciation Day at Clune Arena - $5 tickets in all upper level sections.  Subject to availability.  The first 300 fans will receive a free AFA snap hat at the gate.  To purchase your tickets click here or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  Tip off is scheduled for 2pm.

NCAA Announces DI Wrestling Qualifier Allocations

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The NCAA West Regional Tournament has been allocated 17 automatic qualifying spots for the 2012 Division I Wrestling Championships, as announced by the NCAA today. Participants in the West Regional include all seven members of the Western Wrestling Conference.

Also on Thursday, the NCAA released the final Coaches' Panel Rankings and Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2011-12 season. Air Force junior Cole VonOhlen is rated third in the Coaches' Panel Rankings and 11th in the RPI at 149 pounds, while junior Clayton Gable is ranked 31st in the RPI at 174 pounds.

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, with automatic qualifying status, 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.

The breakdown of the 17 automatic bids per weight class for the West Regional/WWC Championships, are as follows: 125 pounds (2), 133 (2), 141 (1), 149 (2), 157 (3), 165 (2), 174 (1), 184 (2), 197 (1) and Heavyweight (1).

After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 40 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7. 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.

Air Force Heads to MW Track and Field Championships

The Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held this weekend (Feb. 23-25) at the ABQ Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Check out a couple links for information regarding the championship meet.


Real-time results can be found here: http://www.rtspt.com/events/mwc/2012-Indoor/


Junior Cale Simmons was the featured athlete in Mitch McGrane's conference preview: http://www.themwc.com/blog/2012/02/bar-is-raised-for-mw-indoor-track-and-field-championships.html


Listen to an interview with Michael Lyons of men's basketball

Good afternoon,

The 26th episode of "The Official Podcast of the Mountain West" is now available.

Guests include:

·         CBS college basketball analyst Greg Anthony

·         Air Force guard Michael Lyons

·         UNLV forward/center Lenita Sanford

Click HERE to start listening.

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This week in Air Force athletics

Air Force men's basketball faces a pair of tough tasks in the week ahead.  First on the docket is a road trip to Laramie tomorrow night to face the fourth place Cowboys at 6 pm.  The game will be televised on The Mtn. and for those that can't get to  a TV Jim Arthur will have the call on AM 740 KVOR.  The Falcons will finish the week with another of the MWC's elite as #13 San Diego State comes to town for a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.  Tickets for the SDSU game are still available by clicking here.  The first 500 fans in attendance will also receive a free AFA mini-driveway basketball at the gate.


Wing Open Quarterfinals - February 15th - Catch second round action in the annual Wing Open tomorrow night from the Cadet Gymnasium Boxing Room.  The long journey continues for contenders hoping to make the Open finals on March 1st.  Bouts will begin @ 4:30 - winners advance to fight another day.  Admission is free.


3,2,1 Night at Women's Basketball - February 15th    Fans are invited out to Clune Arena tomorrow night to take advantage of great discounts at the box office and concession stand.  The Falcons will host front range rival Wyoming at 7 pm and tickets are available for only $3.  The savings will continue inside the Arena with $2 hot dogs and $1 sodas throughout the entire game!  All fans will also receive a free AFA stocking cap courtesy of Pepsi at the gate while supplies last.  Tickets will be available on game night at the Clune Arena box office.


Hockey vs. Mercyhurst - Home Season Finale - February 17th and 18th -
The first place Air Force hockey team will look to stay on a roll when AHA rival Mercyhurst visits the Cadet Ice Arena for an important conference matchup this Friday and Saturday.  The Falcons have been hot for the past month going on a 5-0-3 streak since the Army Series in mid-January.  The run has boosted them atop league standings with just two weeks remaining.  Mercyhurst currently sits in third place two points off pace behind Air Force.  Tickets for this Friday and Saturday are still available but expect to go fast.  Saturday's game is down to standing room only which will go on sale one hour prior to game time at 6 pm.    It's Youth Night at the Cadet Ice Arena both dates which means all youth attending the game wearing their hockey jersey will receive $3 admission.  To reserve your seats today click here.


Women's Gymnastics vs. UC Davis - February 18th  - After spending the first five weeks of the season on the road the Air Force women's gymnastics team finally opens their home schedule over the weekend.  The Falcons will host UC Davis at 2 pm., on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Cadet West Gym.  Admission is free.

Air Force Baseball featured in College Baseball Insider

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Air Force baseball junior pitcher Sean Carley was recently featured in College Baseball Insider.  Written by Taylor Gelbrich.



In addition, Carley and junior catcher Garrett Custons are mentioned in the CBI Mountain West Preview.



The Falcons open play Feb. 17 in Baton Rouge, La., taking on Alcorn State and LSU.

This week in Air Force athletics

Wing Open First Round - February 9th - Catch first round action in the annual Wing Open this Thursday from the Cadet Gymnasium Boxing Room.  The long journey begins for contenders hoping to make the Open finals on March 1st.  Bouts will begin @ 4:30 - winners advance to fight another day.  Admission is free.


Track Air Force Invitational - February 10th    The Air Force Track Indoor Invite will be held this Friday, February 10th at the Cadet Field House indoor track.  Admission is free.


Men's and Women's Swimming - February 10th  -
The men's and women's swimming team hosts Utah for a doubleheader on Friday afternoon starting at 4 pm.  All competition will be held in the Cadet Gymnasium Natatorium.  Admission is free.


Full Weekend for Men's Tennis - February 11th and 12th  - The Air Force men's tennis team will be busy this weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday and Sunday.  The weekend will start off with a match at the Cadet Gymnasium vs. Portland State @ 10 am.  The finale will be held on Sunday when the Falcons matchup against Northern Arizona @ 10 am.  Admission is free.


Men's Basketball vs. Boise State - February 11th - Air Force men's basketball returns home this Saturday to face conference newcomer Boise State @ 7 pm.  The Falcons will welcome back former players and managers for alumni night at Clune Arena and two of the programs all-time greats, Bob Beckel and Cliff Parsons will be honored at halftime during a special banner raising ceremony.  Tickets are still available for the game.  To reserve your seats, click here or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.

Air Force radio broadcaster, local TV sports anchor Lee Douglas passes away

Air Force Academy radio broadcaster and longtime News First 5/30 Sports Director Lee Douglas, 57, passed away Feb. 4, 2012 in his hometown of Pueblo, Colo. Douglas teamed with Jim Arthur of KVOR AM 740 to broadcast Air Force football. The pair was together since 2004. In addition, Douglas was the host of the Air Force football television coaches show with Ken Hatfield and Fisher DeBerry in the 1980s. For more information on his services, please see the link below.






Clayton Gable Named Outstanding Wrestler at All-Academy Championships

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Junior Clayton Gable was one of two Air Force wrestlers to earn an individual title at the All-Academy Championships on Sunday, helping push the Falcons to a second-place finish. In addition, Gable was named by the coaches as the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler for his performance.

Gable entered the tournament as the fourth-seed at 174 pounds, competing in a weight class which featured three wrestlers who were ranked in the initial coaches' panel rankings. After scoring a fall in his first match of the day, Gable shut out top-seeded Matthew Brock of VMI, rated 31st in the coaches' rankings, in a 9-0 major decision. In the championship match, Gable battled to a 6-4 decision over The Citadel's Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, ranked 18th by the coaches.

Brackets Released for All-Academy Championships

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The preliminary brackets for the 2012 All-Academy Championships, sponsored by USAA, are now available. The event, whichis being held in Clune Arena, begins Sunday, Feb. 5 at 10:00 a.m., with doors opening at 9:00. The finals are slated to start at 5:00 p.m. and will be streamed live at goairforcefalcons.com

All 10 of Air Force's wrestlers are seeded, led by top seeds Carter McElhany (141) and Cole VonOhlen (141). Josh Kreimier (157), Greg Isley (184) and Josh Mohr (197) are each seeded second in their respective weight classes, while Greg Rinker (125) and Jared Erickson (HWT) are both seeded third. Rounding out the group are Dylan Hyder (133), Colby Kluesner (165) and Clayton Gable (174), who are each seeded fourth.

To view the full brackets, click here.

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