January 2013 Archives

StadiumJourney.com gives Clune Arena high marks

StadiumJourney.com, publishes reviews of sports venues from all over the world.  To date, they have posted reviews of over 1,200 different stadiums. Recently posted was a new review of the experience at Clune Arena. To see the complete review, click on the link below.




Air Force Wrestlers Get Involved in the Community

On Dec. 1, five members of the Air Force wrestling team--junior Garrett Manley, sophomores Jeremy Delzer, Kyle Morse and Jason Mossing and freshman Ryan VanGuilder--as well as four member of Cadet Squadron 39, volunteered to help the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) at their annual wrestling tournament.

The volunteers worked with students and staff from the school keeping score and acting as scribes and runners for the matches. They made sure the matches ran smoothly and that scores for each match were properly recorded and sent up. Two behavioral science majors, Manley and C1C Casey Schindling, organized and executed the event in support of the mission partnership between the Department of Behavioral Sciences (DFBL) and the wrestling team, as well as an ongoing relationship between DFBL and CSDB.

Mountain West entry to 75th anniversary of March Madness

As part of the 75th anniversary of March Madness, the Mountain West has submitted an entry to the NCAA's "Your Shining Moment" Video Challenge.  This video can be found on the Conference website directly at http://www.themwc.com/allaccess/index.html?media=363989, as well as on the front and men's basketball pages of the site.  In addition, we have posted the video to Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=816743632289 and to YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beJy-W0o4iQ&feature=youtu.be, and tweeted a link to the Facebook page from @TheMWC and @MW_MHoops.  

Initial Coaches' Panel Rankings Released


Three Air Force wrestlers are rated in the initial coaches' panel rankings for the 2012-13 season, released today by the NCAA. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Senior captain Cole VonOhlen leads the way for the Falcons, rated fourth at 149 pounds. Freshman Josh Martinez is ranked 10th at 125 pounds, while junior Josh Kreimier is ranked 23rd at 157 pounds.

VonOhlen, a three-time NCAA qualifier, currently holds a 21-2 overall record on the season, his only losses coming to the first- and second-ranked wrestlers. Martinez holds a 20-6 record in his first season with the Falcons, while Kreimier, a 2012 NCAA qualifier, holds a 15-3 mark on the year.

Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents and have wrestled within the last 30 days.

To view the complete rankings, click here.

Former Falcon Chad Hall headed to Super Bowl with 49ers

Chad Hall, a 2008 Air Force Academy graduate, is part of the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers. Hall was signed to the practice squad during the season by San Francisco and was moved to the active roster for last weekend's NFC Championship game. Hall, who spent the last two seasons with the Eagles, wears No. 14 for the 49ers and plays wide receiver.

This week in Air Force athletics

Women's Basketball vs. Colorado State - Wednesday, January 16th - 1,2,3 Night at Clune Arena.  Fans can take advantage of a special concessions and ticket promotion for the game that offers $1 drinks, $2 hot dogs and $3 tickets.  Purchase your tickets at the Clune Arena box office on game night.


Coach Pilipovich Show Presented by People's Bank - Live at Back East Bar and Grill - Thursday, January 17th - Join Falcon fans at Back East Bar and Grill as Coach P talks Air Force men's basketball with host Jim Arthur this Thursday @ 6:30 pm.  Stop by after work, grab a few drinks and bite to eat while catching up on everything going on with the Falcons as they continue Mountain West play.


Boxing Friday Night Fights - Friday, January 18th - The Friday Night Fight series continues this week with a full round of bouts from the Cadet Gymnasium.  Competition starts at 4:30 pm.  Admission is free.

Men's and Women's Swimming vs. UND/Seattle/Wyoming - Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th - Enjoy a full weekend of competition from the Cadet Natatorium as the Falcon men's and women's teams host a trio of Division I opponents.  The event gets started this Friday at 6 pm and continues at 11 am on Saturday.  The first 200 fans to arrive at Saturday's meet will receive a free Air Force swimming t-shirt at the gate.  Admission is free to both events.

Men's Gymnastics vs. Army - Saturday, January 19th - Join Falcon fans for one of the biggest rivalries in college gymnastics when Army visits the Cadet Gymnasium this Saturday, January 19th at 1 pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Annual Men's Basketball Cheer Clinic - Saturday, February 2nd - The annual men's basketball cheer clinic will take place on Saturday, February 2nd at Clune Arena prior to the Air Force vs. San Diego State men's basketball game.  The clinic will be held in the Cadet field house beginning at 10 am and will include 2 hours of instruction from the Air Force cheer and dance team and coaches.  Participants will also receive a commemorative clinic t-shirt, a ticket to the game and the chance to perform at halftime.  Registration is only $25 and is open now.  To sign up your young Falcon fan click here.  For more questions contact Head Cheer Coach Laura Hutcheon at laura.hutcheon.ctr@usafa.edu.

Former Air Force coach writes memoir

Fred Goldsmith, who served as an assistant football coach at the Air Force Academy from 1979-84, has written his memoir called Comeback Coach. He has a dedicated chapter about his years at the Academy. Former Air Force assistant coach Chuck Petersen wrote the forward and former head coaches Fisher DeBerry and Ken Hatfield were contributors to the project. Goldsmith describes the thrill of beating Notre Dame and the unique atmosphere and recruiting at the Academy. The book is available on amazon.com.



Q&A with Wrestling Coach Joel Sharratt

Earlier this week, Craig Sesker of USA Wrestling conducted an interview with Air Force head wrestling coach Joel Sharratt, discussing the program's performance through the first half of the year and what is still to come for the Falcons.

For the full interview, featured on themat.com, click here.

Admission Update for Air Force All-Comers Meet

Admission to the Air Force All-Comers Track and Field Meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, is free to all spectators arriving at the Cadet Field House prior to 12pm. Due to ticketing for the Air Force-UNLV women's basketball game at 1pm, a $2 admission fee will be charged to everyone entering the Field House after noon.

The Falcons' first track and field meet of 2013 begins with the women's weight throw at 8am. The remaining field events get underway at 9am, while the running events will start at 10am.

Admission to be Charged for Air Force-Oregon State Dual

Due to the Air Force-Army hockey game scheduled for 7:05 pm on Friday, Jan. 11, a $5 admission fee will be charged to fans planning to attend the wrestling dual between No. 25 Air Force and No. 13 Oregon State at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The wrestling match will be held in Clune Arena, while the sold-out hockey game will be played at the Cadet Ice Arena, both located in the Cadet Field House. Fans are reminded to arrive early to beat the crowds.

Track and Field Releases Revised Schedule for Jan. 12 Meet

The Air Force track and field team has revised its competition schedule for the AF All-Comers Meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, and all events will now begin one hour earlier than previously posted. The women's weight throw will kick off the day at 8 a.m., at the Cadet Field House, with the remainder of the field events getting underway at 9:00 a.m. The running events will begin at 10 a.m., with the mile run.

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