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2013 in Review: Year in sports featured a mix of new, old

Competitors prepare to start the swim leg of the Schriever Triathlon at the Tierra Vista Community Center Pool here Aug. 2. Competitors swam 400 meters, biked 12 miles and ran 3.1 miles during the event. Dan Bar took first place, finishing in 1 hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Competitors prepare to start the swim leg of the Schriever Triathlon at the Tierra Vista Community Center Pool here Aug. 2. Competitors swam 400 meters, biked 12 miles and ran 3.1 miles during the event. Dan Bar took first place, finishing in 1 hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, completes a double play during the fourth inning of the chiefs/colonels softball game at Peterson Air force Base Sept. 20. Schriever's chiefs and colonels took on their counterparts from Peterson and fell 21-15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, completes a double play during the fourth inning of the chiefs/colonels softball game at Peterson Air force Base Sept. 20. Schriever's chiefs and colonels took on their counterparts from Peterson and fell 21-15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Tim Paget takes aim during the inaugural Schriever Archery Competition here Aug. 23.  Paget beat out 11 other competitors to take first place after two rounds of sharp shooting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Tim Paget takes aim during the inaugural Schriever Archery Competition here Aug. 23. Paget beat out 11 other competitors to take first place after two rounds of sharp shooting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever's year in sports began with an underdog making his presence known in the weight room.

Rodrigo Ocampo weighed into the Schriever Bench Press and Deadlift Competition at 5-foot, 5-inches and 136 pounds. But after bench pressing 235 pounds and dead lifting another 360, he easily walked away with the title. Not bad for a guy competing in his first strength event.

In early March, the 1st Space Operations Squadron entered its third straight intramural basketball title game. After finishing as runners up in both 2011 and 2012, 1 SOPS players felt the sweet thrill of victory with a 44-36 win against previously unbeaten 3 SOPS. Eric Palmer, 1 SOPS's prolific point guard, scored 16 points to lead the team.

Though the base crowned a new champion in basketball, volleyball's top team was all too familiar. Featuring a two-setter, balanced attack, the 22nd SOPS dropped all of one match during the season and claimed its third consecutive intramural volleyball title with a 25-19, 25-16 victory against 4 SOPS in the title game. Tom Fow kept 4 SOPS in the match with 14 kills, but 22 SOPS countered with five veteran hitters, all of which registered at least three kills.

Schriever athletes showed up in force for the base triathlon Aug. 2, 2013, as more than 60 competitors swam 400 meters, biked 12 miles and ran 3.1 miles in the three-stage event.

Dan Bar claimed the overall title, finishing in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds. But Bar had more than one cause for celebration at the end of the day as his wife Clare Bar was the first female across the finish line in 1:20:43.

August also brought an end to the summer softball season. In a game that featured two of the Schriever intramural league's most prolific offenses, defense made the difference. Led by infielders Mike Korosic, Casey Freeman and Taz Brown, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center held off a furious seventh-inning rally from 50th Operations Support Squadron to escape with a 10-7 victory and its second straight softball league title.

Seven months after opening, the Schriever Archery Range hosted the inaugural base archery competition. Bow hunters and target shooters gathered Aug. 23, 2013 the week prior to Colorado's bow hunting season, for some friendly competition. Following a preliminary round that cut the field in half, Tim Paget won the event with one shot. He buried an arrow through the center of a 10-square-inch target from more than 50 yards out and was the only archer to make the shot during the final knock-out stage.

Roughly two months after assuming his duties as the 50th Space Wing commander, Col. Bill Liquori led a contingent of Schriever chiefs and colonels in a friendly softball battle against their counterparts from Peterson AFB Sept. 30. The masters of softball put up a valiant fight against Peterson, rallying to take the lead twice, but ultimately fell 21-15.
Cooler temperatures prevailed the week following the inter-wing rivalry game, signaling that football season had arrived. Eight teams vied for dominance during a two-month season, but it was 4 SOPS that claimed the league title by edging 2 SOPS, 14-13. Drew Turner caught a short pass in the end zone for a successful conversion to give 4 SOPS the win.

As winter arrived in late November, competition once again moved indoors. Sam Bessinger repeated his dominance in the Murph, an athletic competition named after U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, who created the workout, but was later killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. Bessinger claimed first place by more than 10 minutes. He ran a mile, performed 100 pull ups, 200 push ups and 300 squats, then ran another mile in a whopping 25 minutes and 41 seconds. Ocampo took second place in 34:37 and Bar claimed third in 36:15.

For information on 2014 sporting events, contact the Schriever Fitness Center at 567-6628.
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