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.… 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.… 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.… 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.… 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.… Read the rest
With the rodeo season winding down, every point counts and six AHS athletes picked up more at the Saginaw arena.
Parker Littlejohn was second in poles and third in breakaway roping for 122 total points.
Audra Hodgson earned 67 points in ribbon and breakaway roping, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively.
Chute doggers Michael Williams (37 points) and Chris Osborn (25) placed as did pole benders Whitney Ford (42) and Courtney Foust (25).… 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.… Read the rest
Azle’s Slayton Vaughan competed in the annual All-Star basketball game in Mineral Wells and almost put $1,000 in his pocket.
During the game, the 5-4A First Team All-District Hornet hit a three-pointer and a couple of field goals while grabbing a few boards.
But it was at the halftime three-point shooting contest that Vaughan especially shone.
The AHS senior was one of three long range shooters to reach the latter round where a $1,000 scholarship prize awaited the winner.… Read the rest