Former Air Force SID Hal Bateman passes away

     
    Veteran T&F Expert Hal Bateman passes  

    Hal Bateman, an authority on world track and field for more than fifty years, died April 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas, following a brief illness. He was 81.

    "I never met anyone who knew more about the sport than Hal Bateman," said Ollan Cassell, a 1964 Olympic gold medalist who served as American track and field's chief executive from 1966 to 1997. "He was an outstanding writer, researcher and story-teller, and a great friend."

    Jim Dunaway, editor of American Track & Field Magazine, echoed Cassell's sentiments. "Whenever someone asked me a question about the sport I couldn't answer, I'd call Hal," Dunaway said. "If he didn't know the answer right away, he'd say, 'I'll get back to you in an hour.' And he always did."

    Born Nov. 28, 1931, on Staten Island, N.Y., Harold Bateman was a 1949 graduate of Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, N.J. He attended Rutgers University and, following two years in the U.S. Army, earned a degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He competed in track and cross country during his high school and college years.

    Bateman was a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune and United Press International's Chicago Bureau before becoming the managing editor of Track & Field News in 1960. That summer he covered the Olympic Games in Rome. During three-plus years at T&FN he reorganized the magazine's editorial side, recruiting a number of new American contributors and increasing the use of action photography.

    From 1963 to 1969 Bateman was the sports information director at Western Michigan University. He was the SID at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1969 to 1984 and in 1974-1975 he served as president of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

    While in Colorado Springs, Bateman did volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He served as a USOC press officer at eight National Sports Festivals and at the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul.

    In 1982 Bateman began a two-decade relationship with Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field (then known as The Athletics Congress/USA), the sport's American governing body. He was a general partner with End of the Line Race Consulting in Coronado, Calif., when Ollan Cassell hired him in 1986.

    Bateman served as USATF's director of promotions for the inaugural World Indoor Athletics Championships, held in Indianapolis in 1987. Remaining with USATF as an associate director of media information, he served as the organization's historian, edited media guides, and headed special statistical projects. He was in charge of field operations at numerous U.S. indoor, outdoor and collegiate championships from 1983 through 1995.

    Bateman served as U.S. team press officer at track events around the globe, including the 1985 USA-USSR-Japan meet in Tokyo; the 1985 World Cup in Canberra; the 1987 World Championships in Rome; the 1989 World Cup in Barcelona; and the 1994 World Cup in London.

    After leaving USATF in 2002, Bateman relocated to Corpus Christi and continued to work on track and field statistical projects. He belonged to the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (ATFS), the Federation of American Statisticians of Track (FAST), and Track and Field Writers of America (TAFWA). He was a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame's Class of 1982.

    Bateman is survived by his wife, Carol, and a daughter, Karen Corvington of Akron, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a son, Keith. /by Pete Cava/

     

    Mountain West features dual-sport star David Baska

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted an interview with Air Force baseball and football player David Baska to the Conference website at http://www.themwc.com/allaccess/index.html?media=385215. This footage can be played directly on the index and baseball pages of TheMWC.com. It can also can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlyQ4l2zmvQ&feature=youtu.be and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=849086686549&saved and we have also tweeted a link to this video to our followers at @TheMWCOlySports

     

    Lacrosse team takes on defending champ at Mile High

    The Air Force Lacrosse team takes on defending national champion and #4 ranked Loyola at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Saturday 16 March at 2 PM. 

    A special discounted ticket has been made available for all family, friends, and members of the Air Force Academy Athletic Association! Come out to Mile High Stadium and watch as the Air Force Academy Falcons battle Loyola in the Mile High Classic! Tickets for this event are only $20.00 and include the second game where Denver will take on #2 Notre Dame.  Just click on the link below to purchase your tickets.  This offer expires on March 8th, so get your tickets now!!

     

    March 16th, 2013

    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    Ø Loyola vs. Air Force at 2:00 PM

    Ø Notre Dame vs. Denver 4:30 PM

      

    Click Here to Purchase Tickets

     Promotional Code: Air Force

    Mountain West launching giveaway to fans for tournament

    The Mountain West has launched a giveaway in which fans can submit what they think should be the official Twitter and Instagram hashtag of the 2013 Reese's MW Basketball Championships. The conference will narrow down the field to a handful of finalists next Tuesday, March 5, where fans can then vote on their favorite. The Conference office will announce a winner after 3 p.m. MT on Friday, March 8, and the person who submitted the winning hashtag will win a pair of tickets to next year's tournament. To learn more about the promotion and for fans to submit their desired hashtags, please visit http://www.facebook.com/MountainWestConference/app_275777965887899.

     

     

    Mountain West does feature on Air Force pole vaulters

    The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted a feature story of Air Force's pole vaulting corps to the Conference website at http://www.themwc.com/allaccess/index.html?media=372409. This footage can be played directly on the index and track & field pages of TheMWC.com. It can also can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xasLMhlWJsI&feature=youtu.be and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=829306012179 and we have also tweeted a link to this video to our followers at @TheMWCOlySports. 

    Story about heroics of lacrosse manager Garrett O'Hanlon

     The link below is to a New York Post story on Air Force lacrosse team manager Garrett O'Hanlon and how he saved a man's life.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/heroes_snatch_man_off_tracks_5xxneLwPQ3SHBjuXkuy5BI

    2013 Air Force Baseball Media Guide

    The 2013 Air Force baseball media guide is now available.

    2013 Baseball Guide

    The Falcons open the season at UTSA today.

    This week in Air Force athletics

    Men's Basketball - Air Force men's basketball enters another important stretch in the Mountain West conference this week with two of the league's upper tier teams coming to Clune Arena and a chance to make up ground in the standings.  A talented UNLV team comes calling tomorrow night, boasting a lineup that features Freshman phenom and  projected NBA lottery pick Anthony Bennett along with All-Conference performer and another future pro, Mike Moser.  Air Force currently sits deadlocked with the Rebels in fourth place in the conference. The last time the two teams met was just one month ago in an overtime thriller that saw the Falcons relinquished a late lead to falter down the stretch.  Tickets are still available for the UNLV game for as low as $9 by clicking here.  The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free meal card from Qdoba.  This Wednesday will also be Military Appreciation Night at Clune Arena which means $5 upper level tickets for all Military personnel and accompanying guests.  If you are an active or retired serviceman or woman you are eligible for the discount and can take advantage of the $5 offer by clicking here or contacting the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  $5 tickets will also be available on game night by presenting a valid military i.d. at the Clune Arena box office.  Tip-off is set for 7 pm.

    On Saturday, the Falcons will welcome in another of the MWC's elite when #24 Colorado State visits the Springs.  The Rams have reeled off four straight and currently reside just a half game back of first place in the league.  CSU is just two games up on Air Force, providing a golden opportunity for the Falcons to continue their climb in the conference.  Tickets are still available for this Saturday's 2 pm tip.  To reserve your seats visit the ticket page on goairforcefalcons.com or contact the AFA ticket office at 472-195.  Upper level admission starts at just $9.  Scout Day tickets are also available for just $5 for all boy scouts and girl scouts and family members.  For more information about Scout Day tickets please contact the AFA ticket office at 472-1895.  The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free foam Lightning Bolt at the gate courtesy of the Gazette. 

     

    Hockey vs. Canisius - Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th - Lightning tickets are available for a special discount that allows fans admission to the game and $5 in bonus cash to spend at the concession stand.  Lightning tickets are just $10 on both nights.  Click here for more information.  The first 400 fans in attendance on Friday will also receive a commemorative foam lightning bolt at the gate.

     

    Coach Pilipovich Show Presented by People's Bank - Live at Back East Bar and Grill - Thursday, February 14th - Catch up with Coach P and host Jim Arthur for your weekly Falcon men's basketball update.  Enjoy an hour of hoops talk and great food and drink specials after work this Thursday.  The show begins at it's regularly scheduled time of 6:30 pm.

    Boxing - Wing Open Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 14th @ 4:30pm - The long road to the Wing Open Finals continues this Thursday when boxing hopefuls square off in the always competitive quarterfinal round of Wing Open bouts at the Cadet Gymnasium.  Admission is free.


    AIR FORCE FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS NOW BEING ACCEPTED - The Falcon football team will add a bonus home game to their schedule in 2013 meaning extra football and added value for Air Force season ticket holders this upcoming fall!  The 7 game home schedule includes an October showdown with Notre Dame, and the annual service academy battle with Army on the first weekend of November.  To lock in your seats for the 2013 season and take advantage of this early offer, click here.  



    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.

     

    http://www.stadiumjourney.com/stadiums/clune-arena-s536

     

    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.