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Azle wrestlers strong in biggest Texas tourney

January 11, 2017
Azle wrestlers strong in biggest Texas tourney

Lauren Dale, Alexis Hanna, and Hali Davis (l-r) brought home two golds and a bronze from an elite tournament.

Girls 6th, boys 7th, both tops in 5A

by Mark K. Campbell
A trio of Lady Hornets made some noise in a prestigious wrestling tournament at the site of the state event next month.
At Cy-Fair ISD’s Berry Center, coach Monica Allen took Azle’s top athletes to the biggest tournament in Texas.
There, three girls placed; two were golden.
Taking titles were Lauren Dale and Hali Davis.
Lady Hornet Alexis Hanna earned a bronze.
The girls team finished sixth out of 74 squads at the elite tournament.… Read the rest

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Stewart MMA bout Jan. 13

January 11, 2017

Former Lady Hornet wrestler Montana Stewart will continue her MMA career Jan. 13.
She fights fellow strawweight Cynthia Calvillo at the Bomb Factory in Dallas; bouts begin at 6 p.m.
The event will be broadcast live on AXS TV.
Stewart, 21, is listed 5-7, 115 pounds. She fights for the Legacy Fighting Alliance.
Her record is 6-3. She is coming off a loss last October that ended a six-match winning streak.
Stewart’s opponent is 2-0. The fight is the third one on the card.… Read the rest

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Two Former Lady Hornets Help College at National Event

January 11, 2017
Two Former Lady Hornets Help College at National Event

Former Lady Hornets Jesse Grubbs (middle back) and Ruby Ariosa (holding plaque, right) fueled Campbellsville University to a third place team finish at the wrestling nationals conducted at Indianapolis. A third one-time AHS wrestler, Nik Gates, competed for Wayland Baptist at the high level.

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AHS boys 3rd in Temple tourney

January 11, 2017

by Mark K. Campbell
While the Lady Hornet soccer team ramps up for play, the boys headed south and competed in a frigid tournament in Temple.
The boys, coached again by Brad Averrite, faced not only some talented foes but exceptionally cold temperatures at the Kickoff Classic.
Against the hosts as the chill factor dropped to 10 degrees, the Hornets posted a 1-0 victory. Azle – 4-1 in the tourney – finally finished third after a series of penalty kicks.
Shining in Temple were forwards Rocky Quevedo and Ben Davis, coach Averrite noted.
The Lady Hornets began its season at Fort Worth Western Hills Jan.… Read the rest

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Hoops ladies beat Eaton

January 11, 2017
Hoops ladies beat Eaton

Junior guard Brooke Phillips and the Lady Hornets topped Eaton at home. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team reached the fourth quarter in a tussle in a pair of district games.
Azle (7-13, 1-4) split the 6-5A contests, losing at Saginaw then beating NW Eaton.
On the road Jan. 3, AHS used a 20-6 third quarter advantage to catapult back into the game against the Lady Riders; the Lady Hornets led 38-36 entering the final frame.
But Saginaw came back for a 59-53 victory.
“That was a tough loss,” coach Mitzi Marquart said.… Read the rest

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‘Best effort of season’ leads to Hornet victory

January 11, 2017
‘Best effort of season’ leads to Hornet victory

Hornet Trevor Cameron, a junior post, had a double-double against Saginaw. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Boys thump Saginaw on the road

by Mark K. Campbell
The Hornets had a high and a low as the New Year began.
Azle (1-2 in district play) started 2017 with a trip to Saginaw and earned a 46-42 win over the Rough Riders.
Coach James Crafton said, “It was the best team effort of the season.”
AHS led by 10 points at the half.
Trevor Cameron posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Dylan Flynn scored 12 points and was tops with 3 steals for Azle.… Read the rest

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Girls take trophy in Castleberry

January 4, 2017
Girls take trophy in Castleberry

The consolation-winning Lady Hornets at Castleberry: (front, l-r) filmer Marissa Juarez, Bailey Natusch, Breeona Cannon, Brooke Phillips, manager Victoria Derr; (back) Maria Parkison, Naudia Smith, Harli Wilbanks, Autumn Johnson, Savannah Johnson.

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornets rebounded from a district loss to Aledo Dec. 20 to take the consolation trophy at the annual Castleberry holiday tournament.
At Aledo, Azle (7-12, 0-3) fell 52-36.
Naudia Smith paced the AHS girls with 13 points.
Bailey Natusch added 8 and Savannah Johnson scored 7 points.
The tournament in River Oaks – that the Lady Hornets had won two years in a row – began with a 42-29 loss to Everman.… Read the rest

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AHS Headed to State Meet Site

January 4, 2017
AHS Headed to State Meet Site

The first outing of 2017 for Seth Bell (left) and the rest of the AHS wrestling team is Jan. 6-7 at Cy-Fair ISD, site of the state tourney next month. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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AHS loses District 6-5A opener at Aledo

January 4, 2017

On a shot with just 4 seconds left

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
District play opened back on Dec. 20, and the Hornets were in great shape to begin 6-5A with a victory.
But a last-second basket – well, four seconds were left – allowed host Aledo to eke out a 37-36 win over Azle (5-13, 0-1).
Dylan Flynn scored 12 points to pace AHS; he also grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds.
Trevor Cameron added 10 points and grabbed 5 boards.
Dylan Gibson netted 6 points with 4 rebounds.
On Dec. 28, the Hornets headed to Castleberry for a holiday tournament.
AHS opened with a 56-38 thumping of Fort Worth North Side, allowing Azle coach James Crafton to play a bevy of athletes.… Read the rest

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These were the top 10 sports stories of 2016

December 28, 2016
These were the top 10 sports stories of 2016

 

by Mark K. Campbell
Every year, there are thrills and heartbreak in local sports.
New coaches arrived at Azle High School in baseball, volleyball, and boys basketball – and one of AHS’ all-time top athletes, Derek Dorris, came back to coach.
The swim and track teams sent athletes to regional.
Austen Malone was the North Texas High School Rodeo Association bull riding champion.
Two Azle Youth Association teams won Super Bowls.
Several athletes signed scholarships to keep competing at the collegiate level.
Those were great achievements.
What follows are the 10 most memorable moments from 2016:

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