Sports

August 17, 2012

Luke dominates the diamond

by Airman DAVID OWSIANKA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Luke Air Force Base softball team has taken to the field in six tournaments this season and has dominated the play by placing in three of them. Teams receive points based on tournament placing.

“We try our best to have fun, represent ourselves and represent the name on our chest (Luke AFB) the best we can,” said Scott Harris, 56th Operations Group.

Having a base team is an opportunity to highlight some of the key athletes on base.

“I think having a softball team is great,” said Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander. “For our team to place in tournaments says a lot, because I know softball is big in this area and there is stiff competition out there.”

During the tournaments, the teams can play between five and nine games.

“It can get difficult when playing eight or nine games, because we play in the middle of the day and it can get up to 110 degrees,” Harris said.

There are three different military softball divisions; military A, which consists of players from all services or people who are military card holders. Military B teams consist of players from the same base. The intramural league teams consist of players from the same squadron.

Luke’s team is currently ranked 6th in the military B division.

“There are not as many tournaments in the surrounding area, so to be ranked in the top 10 after playing in so few tournaments feels pretty good,” Harris said.

Mooney is trying to build support for Luke’s teams.

“Base teams are important for a multitude of reasons,” he said. “They build esprit de corps and camaraderie, and allow Airmen to meet each other.”

The team’s goal for next year is to play in several military tournaments and compete in the military world championship.

“I see us going nowhere but up from here,” Harris said. “I think we have the right people who want to play and support our team.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

2015 NFL Pro Bowl players practice at Luke

Senior Airman Grace Lee Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos cornerback, assigned to Team Carter, signs footballs for fans at Luke. NFL Pro Bowl players came to the Luke Air Force Base football field Jan. 21 to practice and sign autograp...
 
 

Let’s be an all-volunteer force

Well, we made it through the holiday season. Hopefully we have all reset and are ready to rock and roll this year. By now we should be well into fulfilling the New Year’s resolutions that we set in place to improve ourselves. I’m sure you are hitting the gym more or maybe just starting to....
 
 

Stay out of rain; see bigger picture

Supervisors, you build and lead teams to the best of your abilities. You hold an umbrella of protection over your people, but what do you do when one of your members runs into the rain via a bad decision? Do you take your protective umbrella from other members to go cover your solo member? Or...
 

 
Senior Airman
GRACE LEE

Luke 1 takes last Viper ride

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, returns from his last flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 23 at Luke Air Force Base. Pleus’ last flight symbolizes Luke stepping forward with a ne...
 
 

News Briefs January 30, 2015

VH1 concert VH1 and sponsors supporting the event are hosting a Super Bowl Blitz concert featuring Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX at 5 p.m. today in Hangar 999 as a “Thank you” to those who serve in the U.S. military. Members of the Luke community are invited and the concert is free. Service members...
 
 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

61st AMU assigns first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Members of the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs prepare to recite the Mechanic’s Creed during the recognition ceremony Jan. 23 in Hanger 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Seventeen ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin