AHS construction going full steam ahead

May 1, 2013

Azle athletic Hall of Honor contemplated

By Mark K. Campbell
The school year might be winding down but Azle High remains a hub of activity – and it’ll remain that way until the 2013-14 school year begins.
Construction on Azle’s indoor practice facility continues to move forward. Tons of dirt has been brought in to raise the level of the of the facility’s floor several feet. As machines and workers create the building, Azle’s spring football drills have been moved to the soccer fields farther to the north.
The indoor facility’s projected completion date is Sept. 1, athletic director Scott Anderson said.
Preparations for the installation of field turf have also begun. While machines scraped the running track into huge rolls that were stacked on the east end of the stadium, other machines motored over the grass while workers flagged wiring, piping, and other underground concerns
Anderson said the new track would be seven lanes – like the one it replaced – and future field events will find a new home.
A double runway pole vault area will be built near the indoor facility and two-way jumping pits will be constructed there, too.
Walkers and runners who normally use the AHS track for exercise should head over to the junior highs, Azle and Forte, Anderson said.
No one is permitted inside Hornet Field at least through Aug. 1. That’s the date the turf on the field is expected to be ready.
AHS is slated to host a scrimmage against Mineral Wells Aug. 23. The varsity Hornets open 2013 with two road games – at Joshua Aug. 30 and at Burleson Sept. 6 – so Azle’s first official varsity game on the turf will be against Cleburne Sept. 13.
Also in the plans for Hornet Field is a new scoreboard that will contain a running scroll.
And a new sound system could be installed by the season opener, Anderson said.
Plans are also underway for the creation of an Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Honor – and you can be part of it.
Anderson said community members, coaches, former athletes, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to contact him about serving on the committee that will make selections.
“The goal is to have the first class inducted in the 2014-15 school year,” Anderson said.
If you want to have input, contact Anderson at sanderson@azleisd.net.

Workers roll the track up at Azle High April 30. A new track and additions to Hornet Field – new turf, scoreboard, and sound system – are slated to be completed by Aug. 1.                                                                 Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Workers roll the track up at Azle High April 30. A new track and additions to Hornet Field – new turf, scoreboard, and sound system – are slated to be completed by Aug. 1. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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