• Hockey: Lamoureux garners AHA honor

    Mon, January 31, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Senior Jacques Lamoureux was named as the Atlantic Hockey Association player of the week after recording four goals and one assist to lead Air Force to a win and tie against Canisius this past weekend. He factored in on five of Air Force’s seven goals and broke the school record for career power play goals on Friday with two.

    His three power play goals on the weekend give him 36 for his career, breaking the previous mark (34) set by John Decker (1992-95). He also extended his school record with his 16th career game-winner on Saturday. He has scored at least one point in nine of the last 11 games. In the last 11, he has 17 points (10 goals).

    The honor is the second for Lamoureux this season and the sixth of his career.

    Fourth-place Air Force (11-9-5, 9-5-5 AHA) travels to league-leading RIT for a two-game series Friday-Saturday in Rochester, N.Y.

  • Taylor Broekhuis will be a game-time decision against New Mexico

    Mon, January 31, 2011 by admin with no comments

    The good news on Air Force center Taylor Broekhuis is he doesn’t have any broken bones in his injured foot, but he still isn’t sure to play Tuesday against New Mexico.

    Broekhuis was in a walking boot on Sunday, but X-rays on his foot were negative, coach Jeff Reynolds said. Reynolds said Broekhuis would be a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game.

    The injury might have affected Broekhuis on Saturday at TCU. The Falcons’ starting center was held scoreless in 27 minutes in a win against the Horned Frogs. He is averaging 9.3 points per game this season.

  • Final: Air Force 66, TCU 65; Brooks saves the day

    Sat, January 29, 2011 by admin with 4 comments

    Derek Brooks chuckled a bit at the question.

    “I don’t know if it was the best game of my career,” Air Force’s senior forward said.

    Humility aside, the numbers say Brooks was never better. He had a career best 18 points, a career best five assists, and hit big shot after big shot for the Falcons in their first road win in more than three years.

    “He hit some really big shots,” Air Force guard/forward Taylor Stewart said. “He was composed when he we needed a big shot, and he came up big in the clutch.”

    Brooks had two sequences that saved the Falcons. When TCU took an eight-point lead with less than nine minutes left, Brooks hit a 3, then banked in a shot while being fouled. His six consecutive points cut the Horned Frogs’ lead to 47-45.

    Then, after Stewart missed two free throws in overtime with the Falcons trailing by four, TCU fumbled the rebound out of bounds, and Brooks hit a 3 from the corner to keep Air Force in the game.

    “We just had that never-say-die attitude,” Brooks said.

  • Pregame: Air Force at TCU; must win for the Falcons?

    Sat, January 29, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    There are a couple of TCU fans – and with about 25 minutes before tipoff there must be a good four or five dozen folks in the seats – set up right behind the Air Force bench with a sign: “Days since Air Force won a conference game on the road: 1,102.”

    To call this a must-win game for Air Force might be a little unfair, but it sure seems like one. The Falcons know the albatross of that road conference losing streak (and if they didn’t, they have the sign to remind them … I’m really not sure why TCU fans would think that would be motivation for the Horned Frogs and not the Falcons). It has been 20 games and more than three years since the Falcons won a Mountain West game. Today is their chance. Air Force isn’t favored, with Vegas mostly listing it as a three-point underdog, but the Falcons won’t get any better chances to get a road win in conference outside of Laramie.

    TCU is 1-6 in conference and will be without its best player, Ronnie Moss. I can’t imagine there will be an intimidating home-court edge for the Horned Frogs. Air Force has a great shot at a win today, you’d think. Coach Jeff Reynolds said his team is confident it can win a road game, but also thought TCU is better than its record, and being in last place makes it a dangerous opponent.

    “It’s like going inside a cage and facing a caged animal,” Reynolds said.

    One other note: coaches from both sides will take part in the annual “Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend,” with coaches wearing sneakers on the sideline.

  • Air Force football agrees to play second FCS team in 2011, and more 2012 Michigan scheduling details

    Fri, January 28, 2011 by admin with 6 comments

    Michigan wanted to play Air Force in the worst way. Too bad that was for 2012, because the Falcons settled for a second Football Championship Subdivision opponent for their 12th game in 2011.

    After weeks of phone calls to fill a vacant spot on the 2011 schedule, Air Force athletics director Hans Mueh said that the Falcons have agreed to play a second FCS team – which is formerly known as Division I-AA. Mueh didn’t say which FCS team Air Force would play on Sept. 24 because the contract hasn’t been signed, but it will be a seventh home game.

    Mueh said the other option was playing at Oregon, which just played in the Bowl Championship Series title game. Mueh said had the Falcons accepted that game, they would have faced a stretch of games against Oregon, Boise State, TCU, Notre Dame and Navy.

    Mueh said he simply didn’t want to put Air Force through such a difficult stretch, saying “I wasn’t going to do that to the team.”

    “Those are four really quality games right off the bat, let alone the rest of the league,” Mueh said.

    Michigan in 2012 was more palatable, but it took some persistence from the Wolverines to get Air Force to commit. Mueh said the first contact with Michigan was mid-November.

    “They kept pushing and calling and asking,” Mueh said. “I got the sense they really wanted us and were going to make it a special event. We’re excited. It’s a great opportunity to play in the Big House.”

    The Falcons will get $1.1 million to play in that game, which will be on Sept. 8, 2012 as part of a one-game contract. Air Force was hesitant to commit, partially because of the uncertainty surrounding how many Mountain West games would be played in 2012 and beyond when the conference will have 10 football teams. When the conference said it would play eight games, the Falcons had the opportunity to play at Michigan, and their desire to get Air Force on the schedule impressed Mueh.

    “We were honored to do that,” Mueh said. “(Michigan athletics director) Dave Brandon was up front about it and said, “We respect Air Force and want you to come play here.’ I was very honored for them to pursue us the way they did.”

  • TCU will be without its best player against Air Force

    Fri, January 28, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    According to the Star-Telegram’s blog, TCU guard Ronnie Moss, who leads the Horned Frogs with 15.7 points per game, has been suspended indefinitely and is unlikely to play for TCU again.

    Without Moss, the Horned Frogs – who are 1-6 in the Mountain West – lost by 25 to New Mexico. Air Force is looking for its first conference road win since 2008, and this is a fantastic shot to snap that streak. The Falcons have lost 20 straight on the road, but kenpom.com projected Air Force to win by one point, and those statistical projections include Moss’ contributions for most of the season.

    For an Air Force team looking to take a step into the Mountain West’s middle class, it won’t get many better chances for a road win.

  • Grab bag: Football, hockey and hoops

    Fri, January 28, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Air Force football has added Michigan to its schedule.

    Air Force hockey readies for a home series against Canisius. Here are 3 Things to Watch tonight.

    Former Air Force men’s basketball coach Joe Scott, now at Denver, is familiar with jump-starting a program at a school where another sport is king, according to cbssports.com.

  • Air Force football to play at Michigan in 2012

    Fri, January 28, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    Here’s the story on Gazette.com (with comments): http://www.gazette.com/sports/michigan-111963-air-force.html

  • Air Force draws Drake in 2011-12 MWC/MVC Challenge

    Fri, January 28, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    The Mountain West announced the pairings for its men’s basketball challenge against the Missouri Valley Conference today, and Air Force will be traveling to Drake next season. The two schools haven’t met since 1981, and Drake won all five meetings in the series.

    Here’s the full slate of games:

    Nov. 30: Creighton at San Diego State

    Dec. 3: Air Force at Drake

    Dec. 3: Indiana State at Boise State

    Dec. 3: Colorado State at UNI

    Dec. 3: Missouri State at New Mexico

    Dec. 3: TCU at Evansville

    Dec. 3: Bradley at Wyoming

    Dec. 4: UNLV at Wichita State

  • Figuring out rotation doesn’t worry Reynolds

    Thu, January 27, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    The odd thing about Wednesday’s loss by Air Force at Colorado State wasn’t just that the backups played a lot of minutes, but that they played well. Players like Taylor Stewart and Mike Fitzgerald gave the Falcons a nice lift off the bench, and probably earned more playing time.

    The problem is figuring out where those minutes will come from. Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said he hasn’t thought much about it, because situations during the game dictate certain players get more playing time.

    “We’ve never talked to guys about who starts,” Reynolds said. “It’s about who is on the floor when it counts.”

    Reynolds, who said he doesn’t plan to make any changes in the starting lineup, said the team chemistry is good, so there shouldn’t be any problems with who plays.

    One player who got left out of the mix at Colorado State was guard Shawn Hempsey, who has normally given Todd Fletcher a break during the season. Hempsey played just two minutes against the Rams, and Fletcher got 38, although Reynolds said he didn’t plan to play Fletcher so much.