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Bradley repeats as top area HS softball player

June 29, 2016
Bradley repeats as top area HS softball player

 

One of Azle’s greatest softball players, Samantha Bradley was named the best player in the area for the second consecutive season, taking the top honor on the the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Carter named to Star-Telegram 1st Team

by Mark K. Campbell
Two senior Lady Hornets won more accolades for their 2016 performances.
Samantha Bradley repeated as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year.
Infielder Bailee Carter landed on the First Team.
Bradley put up impressive numbers again in ‘16, winning 17 games – despite nursing along an ankle injury – and helping Azle advance deep into the playoff.… Read the rest

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Anglers’ season concludes at state

June 29, 2016
Anglers’ season concludes at state

Brett McDonald caught this 5.6-pound bass at the state tournament.

The first high school fishing season for Azle High School ended with a trio of anglers competing at the state tournament.
Three Azle High School Fishing Team members vied at the top event in Texas – Colby Williams, Ricky Talmage, and Brett McDonald.
The latter had the most success as McDonald reeled in a 5.60-pound largemouth bass at Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Sponsor/captain Larry Mackey said over 200 boats – with a pair of anglers each – vied at state with over $70,000 being awarded in scholarships.
McDonald’s catch placed Azle 117th out of 179 teams; 792 bass were caught overall.… Read the rest

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Martial Arts Winners

June 29, 2016
Martial Arts Winners

The Azle Martial Arts & Karate for Kids competition team attended the American Taekwondo Association’s Southern U.S. District Championships. Competing were: (l-r) Don May (District Champion in Traditional Weapons); Wendell McCuller; and Tyler Miltner (2nd in Combat Weapons and 3rd in Sparring). Victoria Coleman (not pictured) won the title of District Champion title in Combat Weapons.

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Seals excels at FB camp

June 29, 2016
Seals excels at  FB camp

Daniel Seals

Daniel Seals was one of two linebackers from the Dallas area chosen to compete for a berth on the under-14 national football team.
At the Dallas camp, 350 young athletes competed and only a pair of linebackers were picked with Seals being the only one in the U-14 range.
Seals, an incoming Azle Junior High seventh grader, will join brother Ken Seals, an AHS freshman quarterback, at Canton, Ohio July 19 for a weeklong competition.… Read the rest

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Azle team off to Series

June 29, 2016
Azle team off to  Series

Headed to the World Series are: (front, l-r) Kalee Vasquez, Trista McDougall, Kat Ray, Eli Rios, Angelina Ray; (middle) Tori Pugh, Cierra Martinez, Shelbie Dillard, Stormie Siefkas, Abby Garner; (back) Jerry McDougall, Brenda Vasquez, Jennifer Garner, Stephen Barnard, Matt Baker. Not pictured: Kenzie Morgan, Ashlyn Carlile. The team is hosting a car show fundraiser at Stinger Field Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Ami Baker at wreckingcrewsoftballteam@yahoo.com for details.

The Wrecking Crew, an all-Azle under-12 Pony League softball team, is headed to the World Series.
After playing in sectional and regional tournaments, the Crew was a Director’s Choice to play in the elite event.… Read the rest

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Four for the 4th

June 29, 2016
Four for the 4th

How Independence Day traditions began

BY JULIE WALDOCK
Independence Day is right around the corner and while many people may have mastered backyard grilling, there’s still plenty to learn about your July 4th favorites.

Fireworks
When most people think of the Fourth, the first thing to come to mind is fireworks.
While everyone loves the bright lights and patterns that they produce, many people have no clue where they come from.
Li Tian, a Chinese monk, is credited with the invention of firecrackers about 1,000 years ago. He is said to have filled a piece of bamboo with gunpowder and thrown it into the fire.… Read the rest

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Music in the Park – Twice as Good

June 29, 2016
Music in the Park – Twice as Good

Music lovers got a two-fer from Music in the Park last weekend. On Friday, June 24 the Chinatown Band played. The next night, Canta Rhythm & Brass hit the Central park amphitheater stage.
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Two Decades of Service

June 29, 2016
Two Decades of Service

Cpl. Billy Thomson of the Azle Police Department, left, was honored during the Azle city council meeting June 21 with a certificate presented by Mayor Alan Brundrett for 20 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Azle. Thomson has been in law enforcement for 31 years.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

June 29, 2016
Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

Thousands marvel annually when the fireworks light up the sky above Central Park for Follow The Flag. Once again this year, every aspect of the event is free. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Annual city celebration free

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Where in the world can a family come to a beautiful public park to celebrate their patriotism and their faith on Independence Day – and enjoy free parking and admission, free Christian entertainment, free food and drinks, and one of the largest, most spectacular professional fireworks displays around, also for free?
The answer: The 24th Annual Follow The Flag celebration in Central Park, 263 W.… Read the rest

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Civic leader, activist Presnell laid to rest

June 29, 2016
Civic leader, activist Presnell laid to rest

Jon Presnell was the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year in 2007. He died June 22 and was buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

BY EDWIN NEWTON
Jon Presnell made a big first impression.
It wasn’t just his robust 6 foot, 3 inch frame. It was the way he approached his friends – new and old – with a handshake and a smile that exuded confidence in the person he was and the people he served.
Presnell, 83, passed away June 22 after a brief illness.
His loss had many in the Azle community reflecting on the life of a man who had done so much to make his community a better place to live.… Read the rest

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