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  • Baseball: Navy 10, Air Force 9 (11 innings)

    Sun, February 28, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Navy won the rubber match in the service academy teams’ series with a pair of runs in the top of the 11th.

    The Midshipmen were up 5-0 after two innings, but Air Force scored eight straight runs – including five in the seventh – to go up 8-5. Navy scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings.

    Navy had 18 hits to Air Force’s 10 but made five errors while Air Force made none.

    Air Force fell to 1-6 on the season with the loss.

    The Falcons play host to Colorado Christian on Tuesday in their home opener. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place before the 2:30 first pitch to inaugurate the newly renovated Falcon Field.

  • Sunday Morning Links

    Sun, February 28, 2010 by admin with no comments

    A dismal day at Clune Arena, a great night at Cadet Ice Arena.

    In the afternoon, UNLV dealt Air Force its worst home loss since 1993, despite a nice performance from a still-sick Tom Fow. The loss was Air Force’s 29th in its last 30 Mountain West Conference regular season games. Gazette columnist David Ramsey looked at how all that losing has affected Air Force seniors Grant Parker and Mike McLain. And here’s The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s take on the game.

    At night, however, things were happier. Air Force’s ice hockey team capped the regular season with an 8-1 beat-down of Sacred Heart. The Falcons’ victory, along with Mercyhurst’s overtime loss at Connecticut, means Air Force finished in third place in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The three-time defending AHA Tournament champs will face Army at home in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting March 12.

  • Baseball: Air Force 12, Navy 4

    Sun, February 28, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Air Force notched its first victory of the 2010 season on Saturday, beating service academy rival Navy, 12-4.

    The win avenged a 17-5 loss to Navy on Friday and set up a Sunday rubber match.

    The Falcons (1-5) scored two runs in the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and then scored seven runs in the seventh to pull away.

    Air Force’s offense exploded for a season-high 17 hits, and freshman Sean Carley picked up his first career win for the Falcons, yielding three runs and striking out seven in seven innings.

  • UNLV 77, Air Force 47 – Rapid Reaction

    Sat, February 27, 2010 by admin with 3 comments

    As UNLV attempted to let the clock run out in this afternoon’s blowout of Air Force, one of the Runnin’ Rebels’ players lost the ball out of bounds with about a second left. The ref nearby whistled play dead, but the clock kept running until the buzzer sounded.

    And that was that. No reason to inbound the ball one more time.

    The feel of that moment was, “Let’s just get this over with.”

    Unfortunately, that’s how most of today’s game (the worst home loss since 1993) felt. And I wonder if that’s how the rest of the season will feel.

    Let’s just get this over with.

    Air Force trailed by 14 points 10 minutes into the game and by 20 with six minutes left in the first half. The result of the game was certain by then. And it made me wonder: How many minutes of the Falcons’ games this season have been played with the outcome already determined? I don’t know, and I’m not sure how to measure it. But I can tell you this – it’s been far too many. And that has to have some kind of effect on the way players play.

    The way Air Force played today was “tentative,” according to coach Jeff Reynolds.

    “And I felt we didn’t take a step forward,” he said. “And even in the Utah loss, there was a 12-minute span where we played pretty well. And so we’ve got to get them to focus on, hey, we’ve got to regroup with our energy and our effort, because I didn’t think that was there today.

    “We talked to our players about they’ve got to understand what’s at stake here, and that the first four minutes of the game’s extremely important. And that UNLV’s playing for something, and we need to play for something. And I’m not sure our guys got that message, and I guess that’s my fault.”

    Other notes:
    -The Falcons’ free throw shooting continues to be putrid. Air Force made 9-of-18 today including just 4-of-12 in the second half.

    The Falcons are 13-of-30 from the line in their last two games and are shooting 60.3 percent from the line in MWC play.

    -Gazette columnist David Ramsey wrote about the game in his blog: http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com.

  • Saturday Morning Links

    Sat, February 27, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Air Force basketball faces UNLV this afternoon at Clune Arena. Here are my 3 Things to Watch in the game and a look at freshman forward/center Zach Bohannon, whose playing time has increased of late.

    Also, here’s a preview of the game from The Las Vegas Sun, which notes this is a must-win game for the Runnin’ Rebels if they hope to reach the NCAA Tournament. And here’s The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s preview, which notes the Rebels must deal with the slow pace at which Air Force will play.

    Moving to ice hockey, Air Force defeated Sacred Heart, 6-3, last night and clinched home ice in the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals.

  • Baseball: Navy 17, Air Force 5

    Fri, February 26, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    Not a good start to Air Force’s series with service academy rival Navy.

    The Midshipmen pounded Air Force for 20 hits, including three home runs, and starting pitcher Sam Long struck out nine in six innings while holding the Falcons to two runs and four hits.

    Navy scored five runs in the third inning to go up 6-0 and later scored seven runs in the seventh inning.

    The teams meet again tomorrow at 3.

    Air Force fell to 0-5 on the season. It was loss No. 250 under head coach Mike Hutcheon. In his seventh season, Hutcheon is 65-250.

  • Friday Morning Links

    Fri, February 26, 2010 by admin with 2 comments

    Air Force held its sixth “spring” football practice in the snow and cold at Falcon Stadium yesterday. One of the biggest tasks in front of the Falcons is figuring out how to replace standout nose guard Ben Garland, who will graduate in May.

    When I did an article on Garland last fall, I spoke to Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who heaped praise on Garland. He said Navy “could not block him,” and he called Garland “an all-time great” at the academy.

    Navy won’t miss Garland. Air Force will. Big time.

    Moving to the ice, Air Force plays host to Sacred Heart tonight and Saturday. Gazette hockey writer Joe Paisley checks in on the Falcons and the defensive duo of Tim Kirby and Scott Mathis.

    Also, keep an eye on what happens this weekend with the Air Force baseball team. After an 0-4 start, the Falcons meet Navy for a three-game series in Georgia, starting today. The Falcons went 12-136 in Mountain West Conference competition in Mike Hutcheon’s first six seasons at the academy (no, really, 12-136). And I’m not exactly expecting them to challenge for the MWC crown this season. But shouldn’t Air Force expect to beat another service academy?

  • Football Odds and Ends

    Thu, February 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    I’m heading off to Falcon Stadium momentarily to watch Air Force’s sixth – yes, sixth – spring practice.

    Here are some odds and ends from the first third of spring drills:

    Connor transition: Junior Bradley Connor still has “a ways to go,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said, to settle in at offensive guard. Connor was moved to the offensive line from nose guard prior to the start of spring practices.

    “Great work ethic, a guy that loves playing football,” Calhoun said of Connor. “Skill-wise, there are still some things he’s got to pick up as far as being an offensive guard. He was a heck of a wrestler in high school, so just the natural body control he’s got. You want to see him be more sudden coming off the ball. He’s got to get where he knows what to do so well that he’s a little quicker coming off the football. Right now he’s a little bit late coming off the ball.”

    Replacing Geyer: One of the Falcons’ biggest graduation losses was Brandon Geyer, Air Force’s punter last season and its holder the last three seasons.

    Calhoun said there’s “probably a good chance” junior Ben Cochran will take over as the Falcons’ holder.

    “He was the backup holder last year, he’s a baseball player, he’s got great hand-eye,” Calhoun said. “That part of it you really, really like.”

    As for who will step in at punter, that’s a long ways from being resolved.

    “We look good in pregame, we hit the ball really well in warmups, and then as soon as we get in drills – not even close, just very, very inconsistent,” Calhoun said.

    “We’ve got guys that are capable – really, really capable. But nobody’s stepped forward at all. Even getting a 35-yard punt doesn’t happen that often right now. And even when they’re 29- and 30-yard punts, they’re flat, line drives.”

    No. 2 Tailback: Unlike last year, when Asher Clark spent spring practice playing quarterback, Clark is working at tailback.

    But the Falcons should have some depth at the spot. Freshmen Cody Getz and Darius Jones both have shown some spark early in spring drills.

    “Cody’s probably a bit ahead of Darius right now,” Calhoun said. “Especially with ball skills. Just the ball doesn’t go on the ground quite as much, either catching a pitch or running it. But both of those guys, they’re intriguing guys. I think spring ball for them is significant in terms of what they do over these next 10 practices.”

    Calhoun said if the Falcons were to play today, Getz would be Clark’s backup. The number three tailback would be either Jones or junior Savier Stephens.

    Coming in tomorrow’s edition of The Gazette: A look at the massive hole in the middle of the Falcons’ defense left by the departure of Ben Garland.

  • Jake on Around the Mountain

    Thu, February 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    I’ll be a guest on The Mtn.’s Around The Mountain program tonight. It appears at 7:30 on The Mtn. Lots of hoops talk. But not much having to do with Air Force.

  • Thursday Morning Links

    Thu, February 25, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Coming off a close loss at The Pit, the Air Force men’s basketball team seemed to have a little momentum heading into last night’s home game against struggling Utah.

    That’s gone.

    The Utes beat Air Force, 54-43, at Clune. Senior forward/center Grant Parker took the blame for the loss, even though he scored a game-high 11 points.

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey wrote about a crucial call in the game and Marshall Henderson, Utah’s rising star, in his blog: http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com/. And I gave my “Rapid Reaction” to the game in the post below.

    Also, here are the game stories from The Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune.

    Switching to football, Matt Wallerstedt has replaced Tim DeRuyter as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator. But Wallerstedt, who hasn’t changed the defense, doesn’t look at it as a one-man show. More on the Falcons from yesterday’s practice later today in the blog.

    Finally, hockey writer Joe Paisley gives 3 Things to Watch in Air Force’s weekend series with Sacred Heart.