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Azle kicks off volleyball year on the road

August 16, 2017

by Mark K. Campbell
As usual, the volleyball season began before the start of the school year.
The Lady Hornet varsity ventured to Fort Worth and Carrollton gyms to begin the season,
Azle (1-2) fell to FW Western Hills 21-25, 23-25, 17-25 on Aug. 8.
Coach Elizabeth Snyder said, “It’s early, and we are still finding our rhythm.”
Four days later, AHS’ top squad headed to Carrollton for the ASC Varsity Tournament.
In the D1 Bronze bracket, the Lady Hornets lost to Plano East 20-25, 20-25 before sweeping Haltom 25-17, 25-21 for Azle’s first victory of the season.
The Lady Hornets ventured to Bridgeport Aug.… Read the rest

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Hornet Wrestler Signing

August 16, 2017
Hornet Wrestler Signing

Azle wrestler Eli Guardiola (center) signs to continue his athletic career at The University of the Ozarks. With him are parents Angelica and Eli Guardiola.

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Getting ‘Acclimated’ for the 2017 Season

August 16, 2017
Getting ‘Acclimated’ for the 2017 Season

Before the sun rose on Monday, Aug. 14, all 2017 football Hornets began preparation for the season. The first four days of practices are considered “acclimation” workouts where pads are not permitted and drill lengths are limited. Coaches, like Derek Dorris, work with fundamentals, here on the Hornet Field turf Aug. 15. Head coach Devon Dorris will continue to direct squads toward a scrimmage set for Friday, Aug. 25 at Burleson. The season begins Friday, Sept. 1 at Grapevine at 7:30 p.m.          Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Coaching hires complete 2017-18 AISD staffs

August 9, 2017
Coaching hires complete 2017-18 AISD staffs

New coach Tanner Street helps a camper try on a new Hornet jersey. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Some former student-athletes return home to Azle

by Mark K. Campbell
The 2017-18 Azle ISD coaching staff is set.
Athletic Director Becky Spurlock said 12 new faces will be directing Azle’s athletes this school year.… Read the rest

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Golf donation big for AHS

August 9, 2017
Golf donation big for AHS

Former PGA pro Robert Landers presents a check for the AHS golf program to coach Bob Gilbreath (right) and AD Becky Spurlock. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Rebuilding a program can take some time – and sometimes money.
The latter was taken care of when former golf professional Robert Landers presented the Azle High School golf program with a check for $12,645.
Head coach Bob Gilbreath and Athletic Director Becky Spurlock accepted the check Aug. 3 on the AHS campus.
Most of the money came from an annual benefit tournament for the sport headed by Landers.
That May tourney was supplemented by a generous additional donation, booting the final tally to over $12,000 – well beyond the $7,000 and $6,000 fundraising totals from the two previous years.… Read the rest

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Hornet Wrestler Signs with University in Plainview

August 9, 2017
Hornet Wrestler Signs with University in Plainview

Standout Hornet wrestler Cutter Cox signs to continue his athletic career with Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. With him at the Aug. 2 signing are parents Tiffany and Ricky Cox. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Getting to the gym

August 9, 2017

AISD officials are asking for fans coming to volleyball, basketball, wrestling, or any other event at the main AHS gym to avoid using Walnut Creek Drive in front of the high school.
Plan to park on the north side lot behind AHS and enter the gym at that main door or the recessed west door.
Other entrances to the gym through the school building will no longer be available.… Read the rest

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Azle volleyball year underway

August 9, 2017

After the usual whirlwind of camps, two-a-days, squad placements, and scrimmages, the new volleyball season began Tuesday, Aug. 8 (results not available at press time).
The year opened in Fort Worth at the Western Hills gym.
The first tournament sends the Lady Hornets to Carrollton Aug. 11-12.
That’s followed by a match at Bridgeport Aug. 15 then a second tourney – at Granbury Aug. 17-19.
Coach Elizabeth Snyder is in her second year at AHS.
She will be assisted by Patricia Jackson, Tim Lyons, and Megan Wait.… Read the rest

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Summer Camp Season Ends with Football

August 9, 2017
Summer Camp Season Ends with Football

Coaches old and new helped young Hornets learn football basics in the indoor facility at the annual camp. This year’s group got to try on the brand spankin’ new uniforms supplied by Under Armor. A second evening session instructed older athletes. For the high school Hornets, the season begins Aug. 14 with contact drills starting Aug. 18. Azle scrimmages at Burleson Aug. 25.                  Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Upcoming 2017 football season filled with potential

August 2, 2017
Upcoming 2017 football season filled with potential

Hornet schedule loaded with stout schools

By Mark K. Campbell
The beginning of every season is always hopeful, and that’s true of the looming 2017 Azle High School football year.
Some veterans return to face not only a challenging non-district slate, but District 6-5A is once again home to the projected state champion, Aledo.
The Hornets will have a new QB under center and must fill other holes.
So, like many other teams in the district that have high hopes, if things break right, Azle could return to the postseason.… Read the rest

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