by Mark K. Campbell
“We have had a great spring.”
Coach Devon Dorris lauded the drills his Hornets went through the past few weeks.
“Our kids have been very dedicated to improving and working hard every day,” he said. “We have used this time to solidify our players’ positions and teach all phases of the game.”
Some new coaches got first looks at their charges that include a quarterback battle between Trevor Boiles and Jamie King.… Read the rest
The first BEATS 5K – a fundraiser for the Azle Band that cleared $5,000 – was conducted May 18.
The fastest runner on the course was Azle High’s state qualifying distance runner, Brian Collard.
The 18-year-old graduating senior sped around the 3.1 miles in 17 minutes, 39 seconds, a 5:41 pace.
The quickest female around the course was Peyton Thomason, 17, who was chip-timed in 23:39.
Lee Warchester, 48, won the men’s masters’ division with a time of 22:37.… Read the rest
Several local wrestlers turned in some impressive performances at recent tournaments.
Chase Latta has been invited to become a part of Team Texas at the National Junior Duals thanks to his reaching the finals of a qualifier.
Montana Stewart will once again compete for the Team Texas National Junior squad. In 2012, Stewart took All-American honors with a third place finish.
Stewart will once more be coached by Azle’s Monica Allen.
At a freestyle tourney at The Colony, Skylar Russell took the gold in his weight class which qualified him for the Dodge City Regional.… Read the rest
Registration has begun for this summer’s camps and the annual Performance Course.
Session I for males in grades 9-12 goes from 7-8:30 a.m. and costs $200 ($220 after May 23). It runs June 10-Aug. 1.
Session II for girls entering grades 6-12 costs $195 ($215 after May 23). It is slated for June 10-July 25.
Session III for boys grades 6-8 has a $195 fee ($215 after May 23) and runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon June 17-Aug.… Read the rest
Azle athletes shine at elite meet on UT campus
by mark k campbell
Between rainstorms, a pair of Lady Hornet track athletes lit up Mike Myers Stadium in Austin May 10.
Elisha Peters and Sarah Hall returned from the state track meet on the UT campus with medals.
Peters won the gold in high jump, becoming the first Azle athlete to do so since 2010 when discus thrower Shelbi Vaughan did it.
Hall, in a rarity, tied for third in the pole vault.… Read the rest
Elisha Peters already owned the state 4A gold high jump medal when she took this shot at the AHS record of 5 feet, 10 inches. She just missed at the University of Texas May 10. The senior became Azle’s first track gold medal winner since Shelbi Vaughan won the discus in 2010.
Photo courtesy of Paula Campbell… Read the rest
The Lady Hornet softball squad – vying in one of the toughest districts in the state – might have missed the postseason but that didn’t stop 5-4A coaches from raining honors down on Azle athletes.
Eight AHS players were acknowledged as among the best players in the district.
Taking First Team honors were a quartet of Lady Hornets.
Outfielder Whitney Judd was not only a First Teamer, but at the annual softball banquet, she was picked as Azle’s Most Valuable Player.… Read the rest
A top 15 finish in the yearlong standings during the North Texas High School Rodeo Association season qualifies athletes for the Finals set for May 17-19 at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum.
Azle High’s qualifiers are:
• Audra Hodgson – breakaway roping (10th overall) and ribbon roping (6th)
• Michael Williams – chute dogging (2nd) and steer wrestling (6th)
• Jake Patch – chute dogging (10th)
• Courtney Foust – pole bending (9th)
• Parker Littlejohn – pole bending (12th)
• Preston Wilson – bull riding (9th)
• Austin Malone – bull riding (11th)
• Riley Gary – bull riding (15th)… Read the rest