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Road worrier

April 27, 2016
Road worrier

The eastbound section of 1600 Southeast Parkway has gone from bad to worse. State Representative Charlie Geren said the repair that is rerouting hundreds of vehicles daily will likely take several months.                                                      Photo by Carla Noah Stustman… Read the rest

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Ladies rout 2 more 5-5A rivals

April 20, 2016
Ladies rout 2 more 5-5A rivals

Brie Worley watches a ball arrive. Azle crushed two more district foes. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

With playoffs assured, district crown sought

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet softball team absolutely demolished a couple of district rivals.
Azle (24-6, 11-1) is headed back to the postseason – a regular trip for AHS in recent years – and the squad locked that position in with a couple of blowouts.
At home against Chisholm Trail April 12, two Lady Hornets especially homered the visitors into the dust.
Samantha Bradley cranked three home runs and Bailee Carter added another as Azle pounded the Lady Rangers 17-7 in a game AHS actually trailed in briefly, 6-2.… Read the rest

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Azle High School anglers advancing

April 20, 2016
Azle High School anglers advancing

Travis Dunn shows off his nice black bass caught at Lake Ray Hubbard April 9.

by Mark K. Campbell
The AHS Fishing Team saw five anglers advance to the regional bass tournament.
Fishing at Lake Ray Hubbard April 9, Azle’s Travis Dunn finished 20th and teammate Colby Williams took 27th.
The team of Haley Huchowski and Douglas Spurlin finished 40th and also advanced.
Joining them at the elite tourney will be Brett McDonald and Richard Talmage.
At Lake Ray Hubbard, 159 teams weighed in 65 fish.
The Azle team took 40th out of that mass of squads.
Interest is exploding in Azle HS angling.… Read the rest

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Hornets beat Broncos

April 20, 2016
Hornets beat Broncos

Azle catcher Zach Edwards was praised by head coach Stephen Smith. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The Azle baseball varsity (8-17, 3-7) bounced back from an 8-0 loss to Chisholm Trail to beat 5-5A rival Denton 5-3.
At home against Chisholm, the 22 varsity Hornets each honored a teacher before the game.
Slade Dinkins started for AHS and went 4-1/3 innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 3; he allowed just 1 earned run.
Sean Townsend pitched well in his 1-2/3 inning of relief, coach Stephen Smith recalled.
Lead-off hitter Donny Nay drew a pair of walks while Noah Laduca and Dylan Flynn both hit safely.… Read the rest

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Azle fills elite soccer lists

April 20, 2016
Azle fills elite soccer lists

Winning “superlative” honors in district is unique and two senior Hornets did just that: Austin McCash (1) was chosen the 5-5A Goalkeeper of the Year while Nate Mejia was the Co-Midfielder of the Year.      Photos by Mark K. Campbell

Successful seasons mean strong play and that’s what the Azle soccer teams saw in 2016.
Both boys and girls squads enjoyed plenty of athletes being recognized by 5-5A coaches.
The boys had a remarkable 12 athletes selected for All-District honors.
Two Hornets earned superlatives, special selection in niche areas.
Senior Austin McCash was picked as the Goalkeeper of the Year.… Read the rest

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Tips from a Champion

April 20, 2016
Tips from a Champion

Former Lady Hornet and elite collegiate discus thrower Shelbi Vaughan returned to Azle to give a few pointers to Forte Junior High thrower Jacob Edwardes. The eighth grader was fresh off setting Springtown stadium records in the shot put and discus during the season-concluding Meet of Champions on April 5.

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Six athletes heading to regional track in Lubbock

April 20, 2016
Six athletes heading to regional track in Lubbock

No district hurdler could keep up with Hornet Conrad Reinhard. He won the 110-meter race and the 300 distance to advance to the Region I meet. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
When the dust settled at the District 5-5A track meet at Brewer High School April 11-12, six AHS athletes had earned the chance to continue on.
A top two finish was necessary and four Azle competitors topped that by becoming district champions: Conrad Reinhard in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Katy O’Dell in the discus, Taylor Trower, in the 100, and Kaylie Peters in the high jump.… Read the rest

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Going mobile

April 20, 2016
Going mobile

Retired Lt. General Paul Funk told Azle Rotarians about the importance of recording the history of the Army’s mounted calvary. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Fort Hood museum to honor U.S. military’s mounted warriors

by mark k. campbell
“It’s the great untold American story.”
The history of the mounted calvary at Fort Hood is remarkable – and now there’s a project to preserve it.
Funds raised for the creation of the National Mounted Warrior Museum in Central Texas are near the halfway point.
Remembering and honoring our soldiers is important, Lt. General Paul Funk told Azle Rotarians April 14.
He reminisced about his storied career, from flight school at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells to serving in Vietnam to the Iraq War.… Read the rest

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Cheers!

April 20, 2016
Cheers!

Selected for All-State Cheerleading honors by the Texas Girl’s Coaches Association are: (front, l-r) Lauren Fowler, 5A Academic All-State; Savana Downs, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All-State; and Andrew Nadin, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All-State; (back) Toni Barrow, Academic All-State, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All State; Hannah Rogers, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All State; and AHS cheer coach Melissa McPherson, 5A/6A Coach of the Year. Not pictured: Ruben Perez, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All-State.

Six AHS cheerleaders, coach receive state honors

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
After being named State Champions in the first-ever Texas UIL Cheerleading competition, some members of the Azle High School varsity squad – and the team’s coach – continue to rack up awards.… Read the rest

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Farewell to a Longtime Columnist

April 20, 2016
Farewell to a Longtime Columnist

Scores of folks stopped by the News April 14 to say goodbye to J’Nell Pate (left) who has written a weekly column in the paper for almost 48 years. Her column, “Pages from Western History,” will continue to run here, via reprints or the occasional new submission. Soon to marry, Pate said she plans on traveling. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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