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2014 in Review: Schriever shows competitive streak in sports

Shane Gardner, 3rd Space Operations Squadron quarterback, scrambles during the first half of the Schriever Flag Football Championship game Oct. 17, 2014 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Gardner and 3 SOPS handed the 1st Space Operations Squadron its first loss of the season while claiming the championship with a 31-25 victory. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Shane Gardner, 3rd Space Operations Squadron quarterback, scrambles during the first half of the Schriever Flag Football Championship game Oct. 17, 2014 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Gardner and 3 SOPS handed the 1st Space Operations Squadron its first loss of the season while claiming the championship with a 31-25 victory. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever Air Force Base's year in sports began on the base fitness center basketball court as the 3rd Space Operations Squadron delivered some revenge against the 1st Space Operations Squadron in the intramural basketball league championship game. After falling to 1 SOPS in last year's title game, 3 SOPS made sure there would be no repeat. They used a second-half defensive stand to topple 1 SOPS this year, 58-52.

In May, Sam Bessinger once again dominated "The Murph" Fitness Challenge with a time of 24 minutes and 20 seconds. He recorded the fastest finish of "The Murph," which consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 body squats and another 1-mile run. Jennea Jenkins, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, finished in 42:38 garnering the top time for females.

Meanwhile, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron celebrated after topping the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center to win the intramural volleyball championship.

Summer heated up on the base softball diamond as 1 SOPS scored early and often to knock off USAFWC 16-6, and claim the softball championship. The squadron rarely struggled to score runs this season and it needed that potent offense against USAFWC, the two-time defending champion, which battled its way through the double-elimination tournament to reach the title game for the third consecutive year.

Things seemed dour for 3 SOPS late in the Schriever Flag Football Championship game in October. After starting hot against previously unbeaten 1 SOPS, 3 SOPS squandered a 12-point, first-half lead and sputtered through most of the second half. 3 SOPS closed out the win in the final minute of play when quarterback Shane Gardner scampered in for the winning touchdown.

As for the 10th annual Schriever Triathlon, 32 members swam 400 meters, biked 12 miles and ran 3.1 miles. First place winner for the male category was Zachary Owen, 4th Space Operations Squadron, with a time of 1:08:08. Gail Smicklas, Air Force Space Command, took first place in the female category with a time of 1:35:40.

As cooler temperatures began to prevail, Team Schriever hoped to avenge last year's loss in the second annual dual-base chiefs-eagles softball challenge here in September. The team, composed of Schriever leaders, sent the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but their rally ultimately fell short as Team Peterson defended its title with a 16-14 victory.
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