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.
Pitcher Makenzi Harris dominated many teams and fanned 10 or more batters each game often during the season as Azle’s ace.… 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
Azle wins 1st game but drops final two at Northwest High
by Mark K. Campbell
Things looked great for a while.
The Hornet baseball team trounced Birdville 9-4 in the best-of-three bi-district series opener at Northwest High School May 3.
Then came Saturday.
Azle (21-11-1) bashed out 11 hits hours earlier; on a windy, sunny Saturday, May 4, AHS would muster just nine hits and one run in 14 innings.
The Hawks took advantage of nine Hornet errors in 13 innings and Azle’s lack of clutch hitting to rally to win the series 2-1.
In that opening game, the Hornets raced away early, leading 7-0 after just one and a half innings.… Read the rest
Registration has begun for this summer’s camps.
And the annual Performance Course runs three different stretches.
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.… Read the rest
At the weekly North Texas High School Rodeo Association event sponsored by the Nocona club, Azle High had five athletes place.
Leading the way was Whitney Ford. She took third in poles (22.04, 57 points) and seventh in barrels (18.565, 31) to finish with 88 total points.
Audra Hodgson tallied 62 points with a sixth place effort in ribbon roping (10.07, 37 points) and an eighth place finish in breakaway roping (21.887, 25).
Two chute doggers placed. Westlee Schneider finished sixth (3.14, 37) and Chris Osborn took ninth (3.573, 19).
Lady Hornet Courtney Foust was Azle’s other placer, taking tenth in poles (22.977, 13).… Read the rest
Lady Hornet is high jump champ despite foot fracture
by Mark K Campbell
The pressure was great – and she had a fractured foot.
Lady Hornet high jumper Elisha Peters faced a make-or-break leap at the windy Region I meet in Abilene April 26.
As one of three competitors still alive, all had missed clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Then her two rivals made the height.
Peters, with two misses, would likely miss out on a trip to state if she did succeed in her third effort.
She made it. Then she was the lone competitor to soar above 5-6 for the gold and a trip to Austin.… Read the rest
Azle vs Birdville in bi-district
A rival’s shocking base running blunder at a crucial time helped Azle (20-9-1, 9-5) to a playoff berth.
At Lake Dallas on April 26 in the 5-4A finale, the Hornets led the Falcons 3-2 in the hosts’ final at bat.
Lake Dallas’ first two runners got on base, second and third. Things looked bleak.
Coach Anthony Barron said, “At this point, I thought to myself we need a miracle.”
And AHS got one.
With the infield in, Colton Carpenter coaxed a grounder to short from the Falcon hitter. Hornet Trenton Walcott froze the third base runner then threw out the batter at first.… Read the rest
The Azle Junior High girls track teams remain astonishing.
Led by Keith Boenisch, both the eighth and seventh grade squads won district titles at the Meet of Champions at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School; it was win No. 6 for the eighth grade.
And, along the way, more school records were set. All were especially memorable.
Distance runner Julian Hernandez won the 1600 with a record-setting time of 5 minutes, 0.51 seconds, besting the previous mark held by Matt Cartwright (5:00.87) set in 1996.
Hernandez dedicated the win to his late father. “He had a focus and desire to win for his dad that has been awesome,” Boenisch said.… Read the rest