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Azle Soccer

January 21, 2015
Azle Soccer

The final tournament of the season sent Azle squads to Aledo for the 9th Annual Moritz Kia Tournament of Champions Jan. 15-17. Enjoying fine weather, the boys won the event. Hornet Nathan Mejia (8) heads a ball away from a Bearcat defender. Lady Hornet Taylor Forsythe (3) controls a ball in AHS’ contest against Dumas. Moving around a Demonette is Azle’s Sam Derda (19). Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Always a Bridesmaid

January 21, 2015
Always a Bridesmaid

Azle actress Selita Sprunger (third from left) is a cast member in Weatherford’s Theater Off The Square’s production of the comedy Always a Bridesmaid that runs from Jan. 30-Feb. 15 at 114 Denton Road.

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Ditmore on UCO honor roll

January 21, 2015
Ditmore on UCO honor roll

Azle graduate Emily Ditmore has earned a place on the elite President’s Honor Roll at the University of Central Oklahoma.
A perfect 4.0, “straight-A” grade point average is required to make the list.
Ditmore took at least 12 hours of on-campus hours at the Edmond, OK college, the state’s largest metro university.
The senior plays softball for the Division II Bronchos and will man first base for UCO for the second straight year.… Read the rest

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Recycle Blaze

January 21, 2015
Recycle Blaze

A recycle truck emptied a bin at Azle Elementary Monday, Jan. 19 about 8:45 a.m., but with the sun in the driver’s eyes, the truck’s scoop clipped overhead electrical lines, shutting off power to the school and numerous homes, businesses, and churches. Worse, sparks from the electrical lines caught the truck’s contents on fire. The driver was able to move the vehicle away from the campus and dump his entire load in the middle of Church Street, where it blazed until Azle Fire Department personnel arrived to snuff the flames.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Wildfire Training

January 21, 2015
Wildfire Training

Azle native and longtime firefighter Eddy Wood served as an instructor for the second annual North Texas Wildfire Academy sponsored by Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center and Texas A&M Forest Service. About 80 firefighters – some from as far away as Canada – participated in classroom and field training to learn to fight fire without water. Firefighters with all levels of experience learned the use of specific hand tools as well as techniques like burnouts to remove fuel. Hands-on training was conducted Jan. 16 at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. On Jan. 18, live fire training was conducted in a large hayfield and tank on Boyd Road, just below and west of the bridge across Walnut Creek.

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Boys champs, girls 2nd in annual soccer tourney

January 14, 2015
Boys champs, girls 2nd in annual soccer tourney

It’s action packed in the box as Azle scores again against Weatherford. Battling Kangaroos are Hornets (l-r) Austin Fugate, Brandon Marquez, and Grant Mendell (6). AHS won its own tourney. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle squads shine in frigid matches at Hornet Field

by Mark K. Campbell
It was mighty cold for the annual Azle soccer tournament – so cold that some matches planned for Friday were moved to Saturday.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornet hoops wins again, rise in rankings

January 14, 2015
Lady Hornet hoops wins again, rise in rankings

Azle’s Valarie Matlock races away from a Saginaw Chisholm Trail defender during AHS’ blowout victory at home Jan. 7. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Two more wins and more love from statewide basketball polling groups.
Azle (17-2, 3-1) bashed visiting Saginaw Chisholm Trail then won on the road in Denton.
Azle is now ranked No. 16 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association and No. 17 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches polls.… Read the rest

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Hornets earn OT victory

January 14, 2015
Hornets earn OT victory

Hornet Trey Ramos waits for a leaping Chisholm Trail Ranger to come down before putting up his shot under the basket. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The basketball Hornets collected their first 5-5A victory at home in a overtime thriller against Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
Azle (1-2 in district) won the first two quarters against the Rangers, but the visitors had pulled even as regulation ended.… Read the rest

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Ladies claim duals title

January 14, 2015
Ladies claim duals title

At Saginaw Jan. 8, Hollie Taylor (top) has a Lady Rider in trouble. She won her match, helping Azle lock up the girls dual crown. Taylor also won her division at the Heard Memorial tourney. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle hosts 1st Heard Memorial tourney

by Mark K. Campbell
A victorious effort and a moving tournament highlighted the Azle wrestling teams’ week.… Read the rest

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Photo tales

January 14, 2015
Photo tales

Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The story behind the picture: Icy Walnut Creek

by Mark K. Campbell
This photograph came about because of a football game.
Back in November, Azle was playing at Wichita Falls Rider for the district championship (won by the Hornets).
I’m not driving through Jacksboro without stopping at Herd’s Hamburgers.
While waiting for my food, I somehow lost my beloved Beatles eyeglasses – in just about a 50 square foot area they simply disappeared.… Read the rest

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