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Hornets fill All-District 5-4A baseball roster

June 12, 2013
Hornets fill All-District 5-4A baseball roster

by Mark K Campbell
Seven Azle baseball players were selected to the elite District 5-4A All-District list.
In addition, one – first baseman Slayton Vaughan – was picked for the 4A All-State Second Team by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. In 5-4A, Vaughan was a First Team selection.
The Hornet will become the first Azle player to compete in the Class 5A-4A All-Star Game in Round Rock’s Dell Diamond; he will play for the North squad June 15.
Later, Vaughan will play baseball – not basketball as incorrectly noted last week – at North Central Texas College.
Joining Vaughan on that elite First Team were catcher Will Bagby and pitcher Colton Carpenter.… Read the rest

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Camps, PAC 3 arrive

June 12, 2013

Summer camps continue with wrestling. Also arriving is the third and final part of the Performance Course.
Session III for boys grades 6-8 has a $215 fee and runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon June 17-Aug. 1.
The remaining camps:
June 17-20 – Wrestling: Session I, grades 1-5, 8-10 a.m. Session II, grades 6-8, 10-noon. $40.
Future camps:
June 24-27 – Soccer: Session I, grades 1-2, 8:30-9:15 a.m., $30.
Session II, grades 3-6, 9:30-11. $40.
Session III, grades, 7-9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $50. Late fee of $10 after June 17.
July 22-24 – Volleyball: Session I, grades 3-6, 9-11 a.m., $60.
Session II, grades 7-8, noon-3 p.m., $65.… Read the rest

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AHS duo sign college scholarships

June 5, 2013
AHS duo sign college scholarships

Elisha Peters, the reigning state 4A high jump champion, signs to compete collegiately for the University of North Texas. With her are grandmother Kandie Hillin and (back, l-r) coaches Lisa Helm, Melody Dennis, and Aubrey Short.

Hornet Jacob Spencer will continue his baseball career in Bethany, Oklahoma at Southwest Christian University. With him at the signing are (l-r) father Marcus Spencer and AHS coaches Jason Vines and Anthony Barron. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Azle diamond stars off to college ball fields

June 5, 2013

by Mark K. Campbell
A flurry of activity has affected four former Azle High School athletes.
Colton Carpenter, an ace Hornet pitcher this season and a First Team All-District 5-4A selection, will continue his baseball career in Big Spring at Howard Junior College.
Slayton Vaughan, bound to North Central Texas Junior College for basketball, will play one more hard ball game – a 4A-5A All-Star contest.
He has been picked to man first base for the North team in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association game in Round Rock at Dell Diamond June 15.
Athletic director Scott Anderson, former AHS baseball coach for decades, said the only other Hornet he could remember being invited to the statewide All-Star game was James Casey, who signed with the Chicago White Sox instead.… Read the rest

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Boys basketball, tennis camps, P. C. next up

June 5, 2013

Summer camps continue along with the arrival of the Performance Course.
June 10-13 – Boys basketball: Session I, grades 3-6, 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Session II, grades 7-9, 1-4:30 p.m. Cost $65. $10 deposit due by June 10.
Tennis: grades 5-9. 8-10 a.m. $50.
Two sessions of the annual Performance Course also begins June 10. A third starts June 17.
Session I for males in grades 9-12 goes from 7-8:30 a.m. and costs $220. It runs June 10-Aug. 1.
Session II for girls entering grades 6-12 costs $215. It is slated for June 10-July 25.
Session III for boys grades 6-8 has a $215 fee and runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon June 17-Aug.… Read the rest

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Scott wins top collegiate honor

June 5, 2013

Former Lady Hornet Kayla Scott was named to the American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2012-13 season.
Scott, a four-year basketball letterman at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, played in 91 games for the Lady Jackets over her career.
To achieve a berth on the elite list, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher while competing as a starter or an important reserve.
Scott was one of 106 athletes to be named to the team.
While at HPU, she finished with 440 points that included a .297 career percentage from three-point range where she hit 79 buckets.… Read the rest

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Azle Elementary top athletes perform at high fitness levels

June 5, 2013
Azle Elementary top athletes perform at high fitness levels

The annual athletic award winners list was issued by Azle Elementary School.
The Athletic Leadership Award went to Jenna McKee and Dylan Fuller. This duo displayed strong leadership and excellent team work skills as well as top athletic ability.
For Athlete of the Year, students had to show good leadership, attitude, fitness, and athletic ability during P.E.

The fifth grade Athletes of the Year at Azle Elementary were (front, l-r) Ken Seals, Joe Dunkerley, and Emma Stutz; the sixth grade Athletes of the Year were Bradley Crawford and Morgan Ashmore.

The sixth grade female Athlete of the Year was Morgan Ashmore.… Read the rest

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Summer Sports Camps

June 5, 2013
Summer Sports Camps

A serious young camper fires a ball to first during a fielding drill during the baseball camp conducted at the AHS diamond. See more photos on Page 13A. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Summer camp season got underway with unusually cool temperatures. AHS baseball coach Anthony Barron and Lady Hornet head softball coach Vera Ortega had plenty of fellow coaches and players on hand to help instruct youngsters in ball skills at the AHS diamonds. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Veteran coaches reassigned, others hired for 2013-14 year

May 29, 2013

Track, tennis, and volleyball coaches exit

by Mark K. Campbell
Azle ISD athletic director Scott Anderson has been busy moving around coaches he already has and finding new ones, too.
And he still has a few more positions to fill.
Last year, only one coaching slot was vacant, boys soccer. This time around, Anderson is hustling to fill a bevy of berths, including several head positions.

The retirement of two veteran Azle High coaches – Don Ostermann (cross country/track) and John Ward (tennis) – was handled with coaches already in the AISD.
Anderson said Ostermann’s old duties will be split by a pair of coaches.… Read the rest

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Three AHS athletes bound for Kansas colleges

May 29, 2013
Three AHS athletes bound for Kansas colleges

Two Azle High School wrestlers are headed for Northwest Kansas Technical College. Hannah McFarland and Ernest Johnson will wrestle there and Johnson will also rodeo. At the signing: (front, l-r) Ralph McFarland, Hannah McFarland, Sue McFarland, Ernest Johnson; (back) AHS coaches Chris and Monica Allen and Duston Shepherd.

Hornet Colby Blankenship will play tennis for Central Christian College in Bethany, Kansas. With him are (l-r) mother Andrea Brashear, CCC coach Jeremy Nelson, and AHS tennis coach John Ward.

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