Two Azle High School rodeo athletes placed in a Finals rodeo and one was crowned a champion.
Michael Williams won the North Texas High School Rodeo Association chute dogging championship by 18 points after the dust had settled at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.
Williams edged Les Brock, Jr. of Northwest 1,074 to 1,056.
The Hornet cowboy also placed among the best of the best with a tie for fifth place in steer wrestling.
He and Dylan Oates of Northwest tied with 573 points.
Lady Hornet Parker Littlejohn also turned in a fine performance in the Finals.
She ended up sixth in breakaway roping with 719 points.… Read the rest
Summer camps begin with two gatherings at the Azle High School diamonds.
June 3-6 – Softball: grades K-9. 8:30-11 a.m. $65 (includes lunch). Fee rises to $75 after May 31.
Baseball: Session I, grades 2-6, 8-10 a.m. Session II, grades 7-9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $50, $40 for each additional family member. Times change on June 6, “reward day.”
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. Due on or before June 1.
Two sessions of the annual performance course also beings June 10.… Read the rest
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.
Dorris said springtime is also a chance to figure out the future squad’s “identity. Every year, the teams’ strengths are a little different.
“We like to identify our strengths – that way we focus on those things when we get back in the fall.… 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.
The top female master was Linda Frazier, 48, who was timed in 26:29.
Azle police officer Mike Winterrowd ran the race in full uniform.… 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. Success there sends him to the Schoolboy Finals.… 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. 1.
Azle High diamonds will be busy on the opening day of camps with softball and baseball beginning.
June 3-6 – Softball: grades K-9. 8:30-11 a.m.… Read the rest
Azle athletes shine at elite meet on UT campusby 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