August 2012 Archives

    Academy honors Lee Douglas

    Lee Douglas, long-time KOAA TV sports director and Air Force football color analyst who passed away in February,  was honored today at Falcon Stadium. A plaque in Douglas' honor was unveiled at the Falcon football luncheon and was then hung in the press box at Falcon Stadium.

     

    Born Douglas Lee Cooley, but better known as Lee Douglas, he died on Feb. 4, 2012 in Pueblo, Colo. at the age of 54. Douglas hosted the Air Force Football Show with Fisher DeBerry, the Academy's television coaches show, in the mid-1980s. He worked at KOAA-TV channels 5/30 for 30 years and KRDO channel 13 before that. Douglas also worked at KFEL and KDZA radio in Pueblo for many years.

     

    Douglas was the color commentator for Air Force football radio broadcasts for eight years from 2004-2011. In 2005, he was inducted into the Greater Pueblo Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He won multiple awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press, served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County and Lower Arkansas Valley and served on the selection committee for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

     

    The inscription on the bottom of the plaque reads "A treasure to the Colorado Springs and Pueblo communities and a true friend of Air Force Athletics."

    Air Force Water Polo Media Guide Available Online

    The 2012 Air Force water polo media guide is now available online at the following link:

    http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-wpolo/archive/083112aaa.html

     

    The Falcons, ranked 16th nationally in the preseason coaches' poll, will host the Blue/Silver Scrimmage on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the Cadet Natatorium.

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Air Force opens the 2012 football season vs. Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon in Falcon Stadium. The game will be video streamed live on goairforcefalcons.com. For other sports action, see below:

    Coach Calhoun Radio Show Live at Back East - August 30th - Get ready to kickoff the Falcon football season this Thursday at Back East Bar and Grill for the Coach Calhoun Radio Show hosted by Jim Arthur.  Stop by after work for some great food and drink specials and get your preview of the season along with this Saturday's matchup against Idaho State.  The show goes live at 6:30 pm and will conclude at 7:30 pm.  Fans that can't make it out to see Coach in person can tune in on KVOR AM 740. 

    Friday Football Luncheon - August 31st - Fans are invited to the Falcon Stadium Pressbox this Friday for a pre-game meal catered by Texas Roadhouse.  This week's menu includes BBQ pulled pork, BBQ chicken breast sandwiches, buttered corn, rolls and honey butter and assorted cookies for desert.  Dr. Mueh and Coach Calhoun will talk about the state of Air Force Football and answer any questions about the upcoming season.  Tickets are only $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.  Doors open at 10:30 am and food will be served at 11. 

    Women's Soccer vs. Eastern Washington - August 31st - Air Force women's soccer will try to build on a 2-1-1 start as they return home this Friday to host Eastern Washington.  Game time is set for 4:30 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

     

    Men's Water Polo Blue & Silver Scrimmage - September 1st - The pre-season #4 team in the country will get their 2012 campaign started with an intersquad scrimmage this Saturday at the Cadet Gymnasium starting at 8:30 am.  Stop by before heading over to Falcon Stadium to preview this year's team.  Admission is free.

     

    Men's Soccer vs. UC Davis and Drexel - August 31st and September 2nd - Air Force men's soccer will open up their home schedule with a two game stand this weekend starting on Friday against UC Davis @ 7 pm.  Action will return to the Cadet Soccer Stadium for an afternoon game on Sunday as the Falcons welcome in Drexel @ 1 pm.  Admission is free.

     

    Academy graduate profiled in "Portraits in Courage"

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    Capt. Blake Luttrell, a former Academy athlete, is one of 20 airmen profiled in the seventh volume of the "Portraits in Courage" series, presented by the U.S. Air Force. Luttrell was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his actions during a helicopter assault in Afghanistan in January 2012.

    Luttrell, a 2007 Academy graduate, was a member of the Falcons' wrestling team during his freshman year.

    To read Luttrell's story, visit: http://www.af.mil/specials/courage/20luttrell.html

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Men's Tennis Blue & Silver Scrimmage - August 24th - Air Force men's tennis invites fans out to the outdoor tennis courts this Friday @ 3 pm for a chance to preview this year's team.  Admission is free.

    Men's Soccer @ Army - August 25th - Click here to follow live action of the men's soccer vs. Army game in West Point.  Game time this Saturday is 5 pm MT.

    Mountain West countdown to kickoff features Air Force

    The Mountain West has relaunched its Countdown to Kickoff previews, continuing today with the Air Force Falcons can be previewed at http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-footbl/mw-12-countdown-afa.html.

    The Collegiate Licensing Company and NCAA Football Launch Pledge Your Allegiance for College Colors Day Competition on ESPN.com
    Fans Encouraged to Register Online to Support Their School in Nationwide Competition


    ATLANTA, Ga., (August 1, 2012) - In an effort to celebrate the excitement and energy surrounding the kickoff of the 2012 college football season, The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a division of IMG College, and NCAA Football today announced the launch of Pledge Your Allegiance for College Colors Day, an inaugural national spirit competition powered by ESPN.com.

    The website-based rivalry competition, which includes 165 participating colleges and universities and is an element of this year's 2012 College Colors Day celebration, is set to go LIVE beginning August 1 and will run through the entire month leading up to College Colors Day on August 31. Throughout the competition, standings will be tracked nationally, as well as by conference.

    The winning institution will be crowned winner of the College Colors Day Spirit Cup and will receive $10,000 toward its general scholarship fund.

    College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite college or university apparel throughout the day on Friday, August 31.

    "We are excited to engage fans in the first-ever College Colors Day spirit rivalry competition on ESPN.com," said Catherine Gammon, Senior Vice President- Brand Development, The Collegiate Licensing Company, a division of IMG College. "We encourage all fans to cast their pledge and spread the word with fellow fans to ensure their favorite school is crowned the winner of the College Colors Day Spirit Cup."

    In order to determine which school has the most loyal fan base, College football's 173 million fans are encouraged to visit
    www.espn.com/collegecolorsday to pledge their allegiance to their favorite college or university. All registrants are entered to win weekly $50 gift cards from ESPN Shop and one of two grand prizes including a $500 college shopping spree at ESPN Shop.

    Fans are also encouraged to share the
    Pledge Your Allegiance for College Colors Day competition through Facebook.

    Falcon Newcomer Recognized by Inside Lacrosse

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    In its 2012 Recruiting Issue, Inside Lacrosse tabbed Air Force freshman Doug Gouchoe one of the top 20 goalies in this year's incoming class.

    Gouchoe, a Massachusetts native, helped lead Concord-Carlisle High School to an undefeated season and a state title in 2012. The high school All-American recorded a .682 save percentage in his senior campaign.

    For full listings of the top 20 incoming goalies, visit http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2012/08/14/2012-recruiting-issue-top-20-goalies

    AFA Fencers open season with Nick Toth Open Sept 8-9

    The Air Force Academy fencing team returns to regularly scheduled competition hosting the Nick Toth Open on Sept. 8-9, 2012.  Competition begins at 10:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the USAFA Cadet Gymnasium (East Gym). 

    Returning this fall are Dalton Boatright, Scott Pippin, Nathan Sorensen and Edward Wood as the senior leadership on the men's team.  Juniors Ashley Chung, Rachel Cranfill, Olivia Prosseda and Tara Zartman will lead the women's team.  Boatright and Prosseda return as team captains.

    Live video streaming is to be determined.

     

    Upcoming athletics events at the Academy

    Kids' Day at Falcon Stadium - August 11th - Help kickoff the 2012 football season with the Falcons this Saturday, August 11th.  Fans are invited out to Falcon Stadium to preview the team during an open scrimmage starting at 10 am.  Following practice, kids will be allowed down on the field to meet their favorite players and play catch.  Admission is free.

    Toast to the Host - August 11th - Join Falcon fans for a fun day of football, food and drink at Falcon Stadium this Saturday.  Local breweries, restaurants and wineries will be on hand to provide beer and wine tasting and great food during Air Force practice.  The event will start at 11 am and run through 1:30pm.  Tickets are available online here, by phone at 719-472-1895 or at Falcon Stadium this Saturday.

    Women's Soccer Opening Weekend - August 17th and 19th - Air Force women's soccer will open their 2012 schedule with home matches next Friday, August 17th and Sunday, August 19th.  The Falcons will host Lamar @ 6 pm on the 17th and return to action against Montana on Sunday at 1pm.  Admission is free.

    Volleyball Blue & Silver Scrimmage - August 18th - Air Force Volleyball will get things started next Saturday, August 18th during the annual Blue & Silver Scrimmage at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free and fans are encouraged to come out and preview the team and meet this year's roster.  Season tickets are still available for great low price including $10 for youth, $25 for adults and $39 for family four packs.  Click here for more information.

    Special day at Broncos camp for former Falcon Ben Garland

    The Denver Broncos organization and players replaced some Air Force Academy items that former Falcon Ben Garland lost in the Waldo Canyon fires in Colorado. Garland had the items stored at his grandparent's home. The link is a story from the Gazette about the presentation that took place today after the team's practice.

    http://www.gazette.com/articles/garland-142837-air-force.html

    Former Falcon Chad Hall shows support for troops

    Former Air Force football standout Chad Hall, a 2008 graduate, showed his support for troops by shaving his head during training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles. The full story from the CourierPostGazette.com follows.

     

    BETHLEHEM, PA. -- While most of his Eagles teammates are consumed with paybooks, assignments and chances of earning one of the 53 roster spots, Chad Hall is also thinking about the time he served in the United States military and how he can help those who aren't as fortunate as him.

    Hall, who won three letters while playing for the Air Force Academy, served two years as second lieutenant at an Air Force base in Salt Lake City before leaving to pursue his NFL career in 2010.

    On Wednesday, after another intense practice at Lehigh, Hall had his head shaved on the field while roughly 300 veterans were invited around him to shake hands and ask for autographs from Hall and his teammates.

    Every year, the Eagles bring veterans to camp to have them honored on "Military Day." For every lock of hair shaved off, Hall said, teammates donated money to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that raises money and awareness for servicemen and servicewomen injured in duty.

    "I'm just trying to really take our minds off us and really appreciate these guys and what they do," said Hall, who's fighting to make the team for the third straight year. "They're over fighting for our freedom every day. We're fighting on the field, but it's so miniscule to what they really do."

    Within minutes after practice, Hall's bushy blond mop had been turned into a military-style crew cut. It's the first time Hall's head was shaved since 2004, his first year at the Academy. Even then, he didn't have it trimmed all the way down.

    "I don't think I'll ever grow it back," he said. "This is the first time I've ever had it like this. But it would take six to eight months. It would take a while."

    Kelsey into semifinals at Olympics in fencing

    Seth Kelsey, a 2003 graduate of the Air Force Academy, has made it to the semifinals at the Olympic games in fencing. The link below is from the Gazette's coverage of his matches to date.

    http://www.gazette.com/sports/kelsey-142520-korfanty-seth.html