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UIL realignment: Aledo rejoins Azle with 2 Northwest schools

UIL realignment: Aledo rejoins Azle with 2 Northwest schools

Azle head football coach Devon Dorris said the future foes for the Hornets’ in the newly-created district is a good mix. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
You’d think landing in a new district with a perennial football power and a school that dropped from 6A would not be a great thing.
You’d be wrong.
When the University Interscholastic League announced its biennial district realignment at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Azle found itself joined with mighty Aledo – a six-time state football champion – and Northwest, dropping from 6A.
Still, the new district where Azle will reside for two years beginning this fall – 6-5A – contains plenty of familiar foes and historical rivals.… Read the rest

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“Showing and Telling”

“Showing and Telling”

Sneak preview!

Azle High School’s Indoor Percussion Ensemble , JV, and varsity Winterguard (left) performed in a “Show and Tell” preview for friends and family, Jan. 28 in the Fine Arts gym. Viewers were treated to the JV Winterguard’s performance, “These Flowers are Coming Up Wild;” Varsity Winterguard’s competition show “Gardens of Stone;” and Percussion Ensemble’s competition show “Limitless: Live Unbound.” All three groups are ready for competition season, which began Jan. 30. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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You’ve got mail

Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes

Letter from Reno mayor muddies issues more

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle News continues to look into a bevy of “red flag” situations that have come to light during public meetings of the Reno city council as well as from information that appears on that city’s web site, www.cityofrenotx.com.
Now, in a letter to officials with the city of Azle, the Parker County Attorney and its District Attorney as well as to the News and a Weatherford newspaper dated Jan. 25, Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes takes aim at what she calls “allegations, misrepresentations and refusals to face facts or his own lack of knowledge” on the part of Reno council member John Basham.… Read the rest

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Races taking shape in local city and school races

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Local races are beginning to shape up as the deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot approaches at 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

City of Azle
Three places on the Azle city council expire in May. Each is a two-year term and council members are elected at large.
So far, all three incumbents have filed to defend their seats as well as one challenger.
• Place 1: Incumbent Dr. William Chambers has filed for re-election and faces a challenge from Crime Control and Prevention District board member Mike Masters.
• Place 2, David McClure, incumbent, has filed for re-election
• Place 5, Incumbent Rouel Rothenberger has filed for re-election

Azle ISD
The Azle ISD has three seats, each with a three-year term, up for election at large.… Read the rest

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Sports

Wrestlers ready for district tournament

Wrestlers ready for district tournament

Lady Hornet Hali Davis (left) is a favorite to not only shine at district but to continue on to state where she won a bronze in 2015. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
After ending the regular season with victories over FW Western Hills and All Saints, the varsity Azle wrestling teams are ready for district.
That tournament is set for the AHS gym Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:30.
The district event is the first step to the state tourney – with a stop at regional in Frisco. “As far as our [team] chances,” Coach Chris Allen said, “it comes down to how we wrestle.”
One formidable rival is Chisholm Trail which broke Azle’s death-grip on the district duals title this year.… Read the rest

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Ramos, Smith receive postseason FB honors

Ramos, Smith receive postseason FB honors

Azle’s Trey Ramos (right) with former professional NFL player LaDaimian Tomlinson picks up his award as one of the top players in the area.

by Mark K. Campbell
Two successful football Hornets enjoyed kudos after the season ended last November.
Trey Ramos and Chase Smith were both honored for their efforts.
Ramos picked up an award from the LaDainian Tomlinson First Down Club for being one of the top 11 defensive/offensive players in the Metroplex.
The ceremony was held at the Gaylord Texan.
Ramos said he met not only Tomlinson but former NFL pro Deion Sanders, too.
“It was an honor to represent the city of Azle,” Ramos said.… Read the rest

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Losses cripple Azle ladies’ playoff hopes

Losses cripple Azle ladies’ playoff hopes

Azle’s Miranda Davis looks to pass on the road in Wichita Falls Jan. 26. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Without injured standout Payton Berger, the Lady Hornet basketball skid continued, threatening playoff chances.
Azle lost at Wichita Falls 46-37 then at home in a vital clash with Chisholm Trail, 37-34.
At Old High, Kaycie Dunkerley shone with 21 points.
In the Chisholm Trail contest, AHS led 15-10 at the half; but the visitors out-pointed the Lady Hornets 27-19 over the second half.
Harli Wilbanks led Azle in scoring with 7 points.
The final home game is Fri., Feb. 5 against Brewer.… Read the rest

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Third time’s a winner for Kung Fu Panda

Third time’s a winner for Kung Fu Panda



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