Portal:1968 Fall Men

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1968 Fall Men Portal

Under the leadership of Captain Alan (Skipper) Osur, this was the first intercollegiate rugby team from the Air Force Academy. This team, and the class of ‘69 kicked off a great intercollegiate rugby tradition by winning all matches except against BYU and the final for the Coors Cup, which was the only championship for ALL rugby teams in Colorado! Alan and NZ exchange student Lindsay Fenwick were instrumental in getting permission for the team to be organized. (for those reading this and trying to make sense of the scores, in these days, tries = 3, conversions 2). The first (A) side were called "All Blues" and the B side "Silver" and sometimes "White"

Team Record

A side

Opponent Score Date Notes
Highlanders 29-0 29 Sept Tries by L. Fenwick(2), Chase, Bennett, Keith, Johannes, Bewers and Coppinger. Also a dropped goal by Westmoreland and 1 conversions by Dyer
CC 24-10 6 Oct at CC. 12 points on Dyer's foot (3 conversions/2 Penalties); tries by Coppinger, Keith, Westmoreland and R. Bennett; Click here for 1968 CC Photos
DU 16-3 19 Oct Tries by Westmoreland, Sorensen, Bewers and R Bennett with 2 conversions by Dyer
Colorado State 8-5 26 Oct Tries by Osur, Krasknicki and a Dyer conversion
BYU 0-16 1 Nov
Regis 41-0 3 Nov C. Joy one try and 7 conversion, Martin (2), Zedaker (2), Dysart, Yakabowskas, Simmons and Morse
Mines 21-8 10 Nov In the snow tries by Metzler (2) McNair, Bewer, R Bennett; Conversions by Joy, McNair and Metzler
CU 15-14 17 Nov Tries by Metzler and R Bennett but behind 14-10 with 2 minutes left, McNair scored and Joy converted for the victory
Fitzimmons Eagles 36-0 18 Nov Baumann had 6 conversions on tries by Martin (2), Morse (2), Keith (2), Zedaker, Pillari and Coppinger
Colorado State 8-13 7 Dec Coors Cup Match and tries by R Bennett and Coppinger with a conversion by Dyer
Season Record 8-2

B Side

29 Sep Denver Univ 8-8 (2 tries by McNear and a conversion by Miller)

6 Oct CC B (7’s) 30-0 (3 tries by Zedaker, one each by Laws, McNear and McDougall; 3 conversions by Miller and penalties by McNear and Haynes)

19 Oct DU B 3-0 PK by Metzler

26 Oct Colorado State B 17-0 (tries by Chase, Olson, Laws, Joy and Martin with one conversion by Laws)

1 Nov BYU B 5-5 (Schmidt scored the try/converted by Laws)

10 Nov Mines B 18-0 (tries by Crittenden and Zedaker; conversions by Schmidt (2) and Zedaker)

69 Roster
Last Name First Name Class
Beezley Michael 69
Bennett Robert 69
Joy Chris 70
Boyenga Kurt 70
Mitchell Frank 70
Berg Ken 70
Krasnicki Phil 70
Chase Jim 69
Coppinger Roy 69
Dysart Dick 71
Morse Chase 70
Crittenden Burr 69
Dyer Les 69
Sorensen Norm Uruguay
Johannes William 69
Joyal George 69
Laws Harry 69
McNear Alan 69
Metzler Doug 69
Miller James E Jr 69
Pillari Tom 69
Raab Henry 69
Skinner Earnest 69
Fenwick Lindsay 71
Bewers Geoff 70
Connelly Steve 70
Haines Richard 70
McDougall Dave 71
Baumann Dave 71
MacDonald Angus J 70
Martin Marty 70
Zedaker Bill 70
Kosich Danny 71
Olson O 70
Schmidt Gary 70
Westmoreland Thomas 70
Yakabowskas Carl J 70
Keith Dave 71
Porter Dave 71
Stienke Buck 71

Post Season Experience/Records

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Head Coach - Al Osur

Assistant Coach - Mont Hubbard (USMA '64)

OIC - Alan Osur

CIC - C2C Angus MacDonald


C1C Les Dyer

C1C Roy Coppinger


68 - First Game .jpg

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Memorable Events

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