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Hornets lose in OT at Crowley

September 14, 2016
Hornets lose in OT at Crowley

Hornet Micah Rodgers, Azle’s Defensive Player of the Game, puts pressure on the Crowley quarterback. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Tough loss drops Azle to 0-3 at the break

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, the football Hornets were in a position to win a game.
And, again, the contest got away.
At Crowley, Azle (0-3) led into the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the game, then lost 34-31 in overtime.
Freshman Ken Seals, who is now officially the starting quarterback, hit Carson Martinez for a 14-yard TD to put AHS up early.
When one of three big plays by the Eagles tied the game, the Hornets took a 14-7 lead into the halftime locker room thanks to a 52-yard interception return by Taylor Strong.… Read the rest

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District Volleyball

September 14, 2016
District Volleyball

Tristen Rush and the Lady Hornet volleyball squad reached the first district game in Brewer and lost 0-3. Coach Elizabeth Snyder said, “We didn’t play to our full potential, but we are working out the kinks. I feel we will have a great chance to take them the next go round. We definitely had moments of greatness and need to learn to play at that level every point.” Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Racers shine at Brewer

September 14, 2016
Racers shine at Brewer

The Lady Hornet varsity takes off at Central Park in White Settlement in the Brewer Bear Invitational Sept. 9. All four Azle squads impressed with no finish lower then third in the meet crowded with district foes. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle sees district rivals at big meet

by Mark K. Campbell
Azle High School cross country coach Keith Boenisch took his talented squads to the site of the upcoming district meet, Central Park in White Settlement.
Sure enough, plenty of other 6-5A teams – five more – took advantage of running over the course that will determine advancement next month.… Read the rest

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JV, 9th Hornets face Crowley

September 14, 2016
JV, 9th Hornets face Crowley

High-flyin’ Hornets celebrate in the Crowley end zone. Dylan Gibson and Christian Morales (left) leap while Davion Jones (34) hoists teammate Carson Martinez after a touchdown. Photos courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Like the varsity, the subvarsity football teams fell to the Crowley Eagles.
The JV (0-3) played at home for the first time this season.
Azle fell behind early then “battled the entire game,” coaches recalled.
Despite the JV’s “best performance” in 2016, the young Hornets lost.
Coaches lauded the play of Colby Tatge and Austin Hasty.
The 9th Green (1-2) lost 30-14.
The Hornets scored twice in the second half on a 12-yard run by Jonathan Lester and a 19-yard dash by Joshua Green.… Read the rest

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Skelly heading back home for MMA fight

September 14, 2016
Skelly heading back home for MMA fight

Chas Skelly (left) pops an Ultimate Fighting Champion opponent. An AHS Class of 2003 graduate, Skelly has moved from being a state high school champ to collegiate All-American to the professional ranks. Photo courtesy Getty Images/Zuffa, LLC

He has a Texas bout Sept. 17

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Chas Skelly is coming home – not that he’ll exactly be down the street.
Skelly, a graduate of Azle High School Class of 2003, will continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career with a fight in Texas, his home state.
This being Texas, however, it’s not too close.
Skelly will fight in Hildago in far south Texas Sept.… Read the rest

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Rain doesn’t dampen Sting Fling 2016

September 14, 2016
Rain doesn’t dampen Sting Fling 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sting Fling 2016 started with a flash and a bang – actually, it was thunder and lightning – that caused some cancellations and delays, but by noon Saturday, Sept. 10, the skies over Azle began to clear.
Like Munchkins after Dorothy’s house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, Azleites began to emerge until their numbers swelled into the thousands.
The Color Fling 5K and the Sting Fling Parade both had to be canceled due to dangerous lightning in the area, and the Weiner Dog Derby was delayed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Otherwise, the event went off beautifully, with cooler-than-usual weather.… Read the rest

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Grandparents Day

September 14, 2016
Grandparents Day

Azle Manor resident Bonnie McFarland gets some love from Silver Creek Elementary students Landrie Lain and Paizlee Gray during a field trip to the school for Grandparents Day.

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Four high-ranking seniors lauded by Rotary Club

September 14, 2016
Four high-ranking seniors lauded by Rotary Club

The four exceptional Azle High School seniors selected as the September Rotary Students of the Montha are: (l-r) Chelsea Padgett, Mattie Bovea, Seth Bell, and Trevor McIntire. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
With school resuming, so too does the monthly Rotary Students of the Month honors.
For September, the quartet of seniors earning certificates is Seth Bell, Trevor McIntire, Mattie Bovea, and Chelsea Padgett.
Bell, son of Kevin and Denise Bell, is a top notch athlete and scholar.
He sits No. 14 out of the 400 in the Class of 2017.
Bell is a confident public speaker who has won the FFA creed speech award four times.… Read the rest

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Patriotic Students

September 14, 2016
Patriotic Students

Each week, the vociferous student cheering section heads out to Azle varsity football games and roots with a theme. On Sept. 9, the teenagers chose patriotism and ventured to Crowley to cheer on the Hornets dressed in red, white, and blue.    Photos courtesy Azle Sports Photography… Read the rest

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Area man charged with sexual assault

September 14, 2016
Area man charged with sexual assault

Online solicitation of 14-year-old victim also alleged

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 34-year-old man Parker County man is in jail after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.
Bruce Lee McKinney, who lives in northern unincorporated Parker County but has an Azle mailing address, was arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies Sept. 6 on warrants for online solicitation of a minor as well as sexual assault of a child.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Azle News, McKinney, on at least two occasions, allegedly assaulted the teen inside his home in the spring of this year.
He is also accused of sending graphic photos of himself to the victim’s cell phone.… Read the rest

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