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District play begins Friday

September 21, 2016
District play begins Friday

 

Boswell Take the Lake rivalry game opens 6-5A

Freshman quarterback Ken Seals will get his first taste of a rivalry atmosphere at Boswell Friday. The Take the Lake game is the first in 6-5A. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
With the exception of two teams, Azle’s fellow district mates did not exactly light up the non-district W column – and that’s good news for the Hornets.
“Except for Aledo and Northwest, there are not a lot of quality wins in our district,” AHS head coach Devon Dorris said.
While both the Bearcats and Texans are off to 3-0 starts, only Saginaw Chisholm Trail at 2-1 is above .500 – and the Rangers faced especially weak foes.… Read the rest

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Racers ready for push toward district

September 21, 2016
Racers ready for push toward district

Hornets Carson Leatherwood (37) and Haygen Holbrooks (32) are crucial links in Azle’s cross country efforts to reach the elite air of the state meet in Round Rock in October. District is Oct.21 in White Settlement. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The highly-anticipated 2016 cross country season – with the boys squad state-ranked and full of veterans – resumes Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Metroplex Challenge.
Coach Keith Boenisch will take the teams back to “The Buff” in Haltom City where Azle first ran successfully back on Aug. 26 in the Cowtown Challenge.
After that comes the final two meets – at Keller Oct.… Read the rest

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Vying for a Victory

September 21, 2016
Vying for a Victory

The Lady Hornet volleyball varsity team remained winless in 6-5A despite strong efforts from players like defensive specialist Katelyn Brothers. Coach Elizabeth Snyder said, “The past two district matches have not gone as we would like, but the girls have learned a lot from the losses. They are learning they need to work together more and fight the entire night for every point. I’m proud of their determination and dedication.” Azle plays at Boswell Sept. 23 and at Eaton Sept. 27. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Parker pockets contest cash

September 21, 2016

First place in the weekly football contest went to Steve Parker who was the only contestant to miss one game.
He won $20 for that near-perfect submission.
Four prognosticators were off on two games each so the tie-breaker of New York Giants 16, New Orleans Saints 13 (29) determined winners.
Taking the $10 second place check was J. Handl who predicted 38 on the tie-breaker.
Third place’s $5 check was won by Royce Daniels for his guess of 51.
Finishing too far off on their guesses were John Hagerman (69) and Eddy Swanzy (70).… Read the rest

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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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Crowded contest a battle for third

September 14, 2016

The football contest had a couple of out-right winners in the top two spots.
But the battle for third required the tie-breaker.
In a week filled with upsets and tough calls, one contestant missed just a single game – Kevin Wilson.
He – like everyone else –didn’t see TCU losing to Arkansas, but Wilson still claimed the first place prize of $20,
Roddy Murr won again; this time he finished second with two misses, earning $10.
The fight for third and $5 came down to seven prognosticators who missed three games apiece.
The tie-breaker of Arkansas 41, TCU 38 (79) determined the payout.… 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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Hornets fall as visitors build big lead, 39-21

September 7, 2016
Hornets fall as visitors build big lead, 39-21

Azle almost scored the first points of the game when Dylan Gibson leapt high and caught this ball – however, he was just out of the end zone. After a wide AHS field goal, Keller TC scored 33 points. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle-Keller Timber Creek clash was one of those games where if things had just gone AHS’ way, the score could’ve been different.
The Hornets ended up falling 39-21.
But a scoreless first quarter almost wasn’t as Azle (0-2) drove deep into Falcon territory as the period waned.
AHS reached the 3-yard line.… Read the rest

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