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Powerhouse: Azle wrestling program recognized as one of the best in the state

July 1, 2015
Powerhouse: Azle wrestling program recognized as one of the best in the state

Hornet Chas Skelly became Azle’s first gold medal champion in 2003. Photo by Paula Campbell

by Mark K. campbell
Wrestling became a sanctioned University Interscholastic League sport in 1999.
Not long after that, Azle athletes began making noise in Austin – and, while the venues have changed, AHS’ annual presence as a top wrestling power in Texas has not.

The early years
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Texas Football likes Azle this fall – mostly

June 24, 2015
Texas Football likes Azle this fall – mostly

Azle Head Coach Devon Dorris led the Hornets to its winningest season ever in 2014. Texas Football magazine thinks the Hornets might return to the postseason this fall. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Annual Lone Star ‘bible’ says 5-5A standings will depend on the Hornets

by Mark K. Campbell
The football Hornets should return to the postseason, according to Texas Football magazine.
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Coaching changes, stadium renovations highlight AHS summer

June 17, 2015
Coaching changes, stadium  renovations highlight AHS summer

The gutting of the home side bathrooms is ongoing; new facilities will be in place before the football season begins.             Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, few coaching changes have occurred in the Azle ISD.
Two major positions must be filled – head coaches for baseball and soccer.
Aside from those changes, the biggest movement in sports at the AISD is renovations at Hornet Field.
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Smith shines at Arlington football combine

June 17, 2015
Smith shines at Arlington football combine

Chase Smith in action against El Paso Canutillo during Azle’s 5A Division 2 regional game last season in Midland.                                              Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
After turning in a memorable junior season as the No. 1 running back in Azle’s winningest football team in history, Chase Smith is ready to get back on the gridiron.
In fact, that’s just what he did  recently – at AT&T Stadium where the incoming senior impressed at the Blue-Grey All-American combine.
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Camps on a break

June 17, 2015

Camps resume in July.
First comes advanced volleyball July 13-15. Run by coaches Julie Green and Hollie Hutson, the fee is $125 before July 6 and $130 online. Afterward, the fee is $135, including the first day of camp.
The 2-7 p.m. camp is for incoming 9-12 graders only.
A volleyball camp directed by Azle coaches is set for July 20-23 in three sessions. Fees are $20, $60, and $65 for three sessions.
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Tournament takes in $8,600 for AHS golf

June 17, 2015
Tournament takes in $8,600 for AHS golf

Azle High School girls golf coach Eddy Prather (left) accepts a check for the AHS golf program for $8,600 from Robert Landers and committee member J.W. Sneed. Far right is boys coach Bob Gilbreath.                         Photo by Mark K. Campbell

A golf tournament at Cross Timbers Golf Course raised $8,600 for the Azle High School golf program.
Former PGA Champions Tour member Robert Landers, with several committee members, conducted a tournament back in May.
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Softball ladies fill up softball All-District list

June 10, 2015
Softball ladies fill up softball All-District list

Samantha Bradley was picked as the Pitcher of the Year

Three earn superlatives

by Mark K. Campbell
A whopping 11 Lady Hornets were named to the 5-5A All-District softball list.
A trio of Azle athletes earned superlatives – special recognition for exceptional play.
AHS claimed the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and the Pitcher of the Year.
Bailee Carter was picked by district coaches as the best hitter – and her numbers were staggering.
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Varsity football ‘15 schedule set

June 10, 2015
Varsity football ‘15 schedule set

Trey Ramos will be a key Hornet this autumn.

If you want to see the 2015 varsity football Hornets early in the season, you’ll need to hit the road.
Azle’s first three contests – including a scrimmage – are all away from Hornet Field.
AHS opens at Burleson for that scrimmage.
The regular season opener sends the Hornets to Granbury Aug. 28.
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Summer Camps Pack AHS

June 10, 2015
Summer Camps Pack AHS

Wrestling, softball, and boys basketball camps were jammed with local youth this week. The next camps don’t arrive until mid-July.   All photos but tennis by Mark K. Campbell

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Summer Camps Underway

June 3, 2015
Summer Camps Underway

Youngsters learned baseball and tennis basics at the annual camps at Azle High School.
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