While the majority of the Cadet Wing takes a well deserved week off of school and military training for the Air Force Academy’s break, there are several springs sports teams competing on the fields of strife. Falcon baseball, tennis, lacrosse, track and field, and gymnastics teams are all competing throughout the week. Here’s a look at what some of these athletes are up to.
The Air Force baseball team has had a tough week, to say the least, being swept by Dallas Baptist in a three game series and splitting a pair of games against Pacific University. The birds were able to hold Dallas Baptist to close games for the first two, losing 3-4 and 5-6. The third game was more lopsided with a 7-30 final score. There’s really no way to sugarcoat it, the Falcons hosted batting practice for the Patriots in the uncharacteristically poor game. Pitching hasn’t been too much of an issue this season, especially with players like Jake Gilbert (26.2 IP, 1.35 ERA) and Matt Hargreaves (21.2 IP, .83 ERA) on the mound. The team was 9-5 as of March 17th and they currently sit at 10-11, so hopefully Coach Kazlausky can get his team back on track starting with the conference series against Nevada this weekend.
The Air Force lacrosse team’s annual spring schedule is underway with some modest success. After beating Furman 11-4, the team traveled from Greenville, South Carolina to Ivy League territory in New Haven, Connecticut to take on the defending national champions, the Yale Bulldogs. The game was hard-fought against a Yale team with a roster weighed down with hotbed prep school products, easily totaling somewhere in the mid six-figures worth of high school education. Sophomore Christian Kuhn and Junior Trey Lervick both notched hat tricks in the 6-13 loss, which is an impressive feat against the 6-1 Bulldogs. The Falcons host the Jacksonville Dolphins this Saturday in a Southern Conference showdown.
Standout Falcon gymnast, Anna Salamone has punched her ticket to the NCAA Regional as a single event competitor in the uneven bars. She currently hold the Academy record on uneven bars with a score of 9.925 that she earned at the USAG National Championship team finals in 2018. She earned USAG All American as a freshman and sophomore and will now compete in Corvallis, Oregon from April 4-6.
Community Service Cadets
Although this isn’t a sports story, I wanted to note that there are nearly 100 of the 4,000 or so cadets who are spending their spring break working on projects around the United States with Habitat for Humanity. It’s an awesome act of selfless service and it’s truly amazing to see how cadets are achieving excellence in multiple ways during this spring break.
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I absolutely love seeing the selfless efforts of our cadets being highlighted — even though I know none of them do it for any sort of recognition. As has become somewhat of an Academy tradition over the last 20 years, nearly 100 cadets are spending their #SpringBreak taking part in @habitatforhumanity projects around the country! Being a cadet is no easy task, they’re challenged here each and every day — and are more than deserving of a week of rest and relaxation. That’s why it speaks volumes about the character of these cadets who volunteer to spend this week helping others. I couldn’t be prouder!
For what should be a week off, the cadets are staying busy. With the school year’s end in sight, we still have a lot of sports action to follow. Come back next week for your update on all things Air Force sports.