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  • Broncos still interested in Garland

    Thu, March 31, 2011 by admin with 3 comments

    Here’s a story with some comments from Ben Garland, who asked for Air Force reclassification – basically giving up pilot training for a shot at the NFL.

    One thing I didn’t get to talk much about in the story was whether the Broncos were as interested in him as he was in being a Bronco. He was signed last year when Josh McDaniels was in charge, and while general manager Brian Xanders is still around, the coaching staff and front office has experienced a lot of change. John Fox is the new head coach. The Broncos plan to change defenses, back to a 4-3.

    Garland said he went to visit with the coaching staff this offseason.

    “I was really relieved after I did,” Garland said. “They said they heard good things about me and they wanted to see more of me.”

    Garland said he understands he still has a long way to go to make the NFL. But he is in great shape for it. He is 295 pounds but has gotten stronger. He said he passed his Air Force fitness test with a score of 90 and is happy with the shape he is in.

    If it doesn’t work with the Broncos, Garland said he could still pursue being a pilot, but that would be a difficult process and he has no guarantees he could get a spot in pilot training again.

    “It’s not going to be easy, but there’s still a chance, it’s not dead,” Garland said.

  • Hockey: Lamoureux plays pro games tonight, Friday

    Thu, March 31, 2011 by admin with 2 comments

    Air Force senior Jacques Lamoureux signed an amateur tryout agreement with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces and will play two games against the Victoria Salmon Kings Thursday and Friday before heading back to the academy, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

    “It’s a little snapshot for him,” Aces coach Brent Thompson said. “It’s just a chance for him to see what the pro game’s all about.”

    Thompson said Lamoureux’s gear did not arrive in Victoria, so he’ll borrow equipment from other players for Thursday’s road game.

    He is the first Falcon to play in a pro game since Greg Flynn during the 2009-10 American Hockey League season.

  • Ben Garland passes on pilot training with NFL dreams alive

    Thu, March 31, 2011 by admin with 64 comments

    Ben Garland’s decision – try to make the NFL or enter pilot training – was something that has been weighing on his mind for months. When the former Air Force nose tackle was in training camp with the Denver Broncos last August, his decision even got some national attention.

    Garland won’t enter pilot training for the Air Force. He has received his reclassification to public affairs and is assigned to the academy’s athletic department, spokesman Troy Garnhart said. He is currently an instructor in the physical education department, one of 11 instructors responsible for teaching physical education classes, fitness testing and evaluations. There are 31 military personnel, ranging from second lieutenant to colonel, in the physical education department, Garnhart said. That reclassification will allow him to continue pursuing his dream of playing in the NFL with the Broncos, who kept him on the military/reserve list last season.

    Garland’s assignment is for three years and his next stop will be in public affairs, which is his career field, but in a year he can request to the Department of Defense to have the final three years of his military commitment become six years of reserve duty, which is allowed if he has a signed pro contract. Chad Hall did that last year, and played last season with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

    I will try to catch up with Garland today to get his thoughts on what had to be a difficult decision between two good options.

  • Hockey: AFA sweeps weekly AHA awards

    Mon, March 28, 2011 by admin with no comments

    As the last team playing, Air Force garnered the weekly Atlantic Hockey Association awards. Senior Sean Bertsch of Woodland Park was the player of the week for scoring Air Force’s lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 1 Yale in the NCAA Tournament’s East region.

    Bertsch’s two career NCAA goals ties fellow senior Derrick Burnett for the school record.

    Freshman Jason Torf is the goalie and rookie of the week for the AHA. He stopped 26 of 28 shots, including five in the third period, to force overtime.

  • Air Force first lieutenant moonlights as Washington Redskins cheerleader

    Mon, March 28, 2011 by admin with 3 comments

    This is a pretty fun story from Airman Magazine Online, via the Air Force’s Facebook page – former Air Force cheerleader Sheriden Martinez has spent fall weekends away from her job as the 11th Comptroller Squadron finance officer as a cheerleader for the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

    I’d guess that not too many NFL cheerleaders are also military officers.

    As the story says, 1st Lt. Martinez didn’t plan on being a NFL cheerleader, but she was living in the area, wanted to do something with her free time, and then competed against about “300 to 400 girls” for a spot on the team. She doesn’t know if her service duties will keep her from cheering this season, which would be her third with the Redskins. It’s a good story, definitely worth the read.

  • Former AFA coach Mooney and Butler’s Stevens decline to climb coaching ladder – why?

    Mon, March 28, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

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  • Final: Yale 2, Air Force 1 OT

    Fri, March 25, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Yale’s Chad Ziegler scored on a rebound shot at 3;16 of overtime to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 win over Air Force.

  • End of regulation: Air Force 1, Yale 1

    Fri, March 25, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Heading to overtime.

    Air Force had a great chance to end this in regulation when Casey Kleisinger found a wide-open Paul Weisberger in front of the net at 18:01, but Yale goaltender Ryan Rondeau smothered Weisberger’s backhand shot.

  • Update: Air Force still tied, 1-1, with Yale

    Fri, March 25, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

    There’s 7:01 left.

  • Air Force 1, Yale 1: End of 2nd period

    Fri, March 25, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Air Force’s Sean Bertsch scored at 18:30 to tie the game, 1-1. Bertsch beat Yale’s Kevin Peel with a slick spin move behind the net and the stuffed a shot past Ryan Rondeau.

    Yale nearly retook the lead at 19:46, but Air Force goaltender Jason Torf savd Brian O’Neill’s point-blank shot.

    Torf didn’t have so much luck at 7:28. O’Neill skated from behind the net unchecked and flicked in a shot off Nick Jasowiak’s assist.

    Yale earned its first penalty of the game at 14:56 when Antoine Laganiere was sent to the box for slashing.