Air Force Women’s Basketball Announces Incoming Freshman Class
July 12, 2017

USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force women’s basketball head coach Chris Gobrecht announced today the 10 members that will make up the Falcons’ class of 2021. The 10 cadet-athletes arrived for Basic Cadet Training on Thursday, June, 29, marking the beginning of the four-year journey to become officers in the United States Air Force. The new cadets will start academic classes in mid-August.

“This outstanding group of young women will be the foundation for the future of Air Force women’s basketball,” Gobrecht said. “They are talented, hard-working and excited about the challenge before us. We can’t wait for the season to begin!”

The freshman class features eight players joining the team directly from high school and two from the USAFA Preparatory School. The class features players from eight states, including two each from Oregon and Virginia. The group is comprised of seven guards and three forwards.

Naomi Hughes (Grovetown, Ga.) and Alexis Springfield (Gilbert, Ariz.) join the team after spending the 2016-17 academic year at the USAFA Prep School.

Kennedy Beale (Norfolk, Va.), Sophie Bynum (Wilsonville, Ore.), Emily Conroe (Fredericksburg, Va.), Kaelin Immel (Beaverton, Ore.), Michaela McFalls (Lenior City, Tenn.), Meaghan Raab (Hanover, Mass.), Tristen Rollin (Cerritos, Calif.) and Noelle Tomes (Woodbury, Minn.) come to the Academy directly from high school. Tomes will be the second member of her family to play basketball at USAFA, as her brother, Sid, is a rising sophomore on the men’s basketball team.

Air Force opens the 2017-18 season Nov. 10, hosting Denver.

Air Force Academy Women’s Basketball Class of 2021

Name Position Height Hometown (High School/Previous School)
Kennedy Beale G 5-6 Norfolk, VA (Cape Henry Collegiate)
Sophie Bynum G 6-1 Wilsonville, OR (Wilsonville)
Emily Conroe G 5-10 Fredericksburg, VA (FHSAA)
Naomi Hughes F 6-0 Grovetown, GA (Grovetown/USAFA Prep)
Kaelin Immel G 5-9 Beaverton, OR (Southridge)
Michaela McFalls F 5-11 Lenior City, TN (Lenior City)
Meaghan Rabb F 6-2 Hanover, MA (Hanover)
Tristen Rollon G 5-7 Cerritos, CA (Fairmont Prep Academy)
Alexis Springfield G 5-6 Gilbert, AZ (Mesquite/USAFA Prep)
Noelle Tomes G 5-8 Woodbury, MN (East Ridge)



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