Qualifying a remarkable 20 out off 22 athletes for regional, Azle wrestlers put on an impressive show hosting the district tournament Feb. 6.
The boys squad – coming in as an underdog, coach Chris Allen noted – won the event and the girls finished second.
Thirteen boys and seven Lady Hornets will head to Frisco Liberty High School this weekend to try to secure berths at the state meet the following weekend.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
The district soccer season got underway in earnest with contests against Wichita Falls and Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
The girls (2-2) lost to Wichita Falls 5-0 then rebounded to beat Chisholm Trail 4-0.
In that latter match, coach Billy Mitchell said goals were scored by Kaycee Moore, Taylor Forsthye, Jenna Okubo, and Kailey Massey.
Getting assists were Marisah Mata, Forsythe, and Kara Moore.
The boys (2-1-1) lost a close 2-1 contest to the Coyotes before blanking the Rangers 4-0.
At Wichita Falls, the match was tied at 1 after Austin Fugate scored on a penalty kick.
But a late Coyote score gave the hosts the victory.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
After meeting with officials from the newly-formed District 6-5A that begins play in the 2016-17 school year, Azle head football coach Devon Dorris released the football schedule for the next two seasons.
Azle will scrimmage Burleson on Aug. 19. Because the Hornets conduct spring drills, AHS may scrimmage just once according to UIL rules.
Non-district foes include Grapevine, Keller Timber Creek, and Crowley – the latter the first road game of the season.
District begins with the annual rivalry Take the Lake Game at Boswell.
Saginaw Chisholm Trail comes to Hornet Field Sept. 30 on Junior High Night.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet hoops varsity ended its slide on Senior Night against Brewer Feb. 5. But an earlier loss at Denton squashed AHS postseason hoops.
Denton beat Azle 40-31. Kaycie Dunkerley paced the Lady Hornets with 15 points. Payton Berger added 11.
Savannah Johnson grabbed a team-high 8 boards.
At home against Brewer, Azle rushed out to a 23-2 first quarter lead and bashed the Lady Bears 56-22.
Berger and Dunkerley, in their final home game, scored 19 and 16 points, respectively.
Kylee Browne and Berger had 8 rebounds apiece.
Subvarsities – The JV won twice – 38-29 over Denton and 56-25 over Brewer.… Read the rest
The Hornet varsity basketball team fell to Denton and Brewer in district play. After losing on the road in Denton, Azle hosted Brewer and lost 55-36.
Nine different Hornets scored, led by Dylan Foust (7 points), Jay Crane and Dylan Flynn (6), and Bowen Moyer (5).
Max Miller’s 6 rebounds paced AHS.
Subvarsity – The JV lost to Denton 53-26. Adam Brazell paced the squad with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
In a 60-57 win over Brewer, freshman Ben Crane got 15 points, Brazell 12, and Cale McDonnall and Dillon Gibson 10 points each.
The 9th (6-5 in district) lost to Brewer 59-44.… Read the rest
Two Azle High School rodeo athletes placed in recent North Texas High School Rodeo Association outings sponsored by clubs from Keller Timber Creek and Ponder.
In the former rodeo, freshman Kylee Scribner won pole bending, collecting 72 points for that first place effort.
She is fourth in the overall competition.
In the same rodeo, Austen Malone finished fourth in bull riding.
In the Ponder rodeo, Scribner won barrel racing in 15.508 seconds.
Malone’s 66 in bull riding was also golden.
For the season, Malone is far ahead of runner-up Garrett Jones of Aledo – 660.5 points to 466.5.… Read the rest
The Azle High School swim season ended at the regional meet in Mansfield Feb. 5-6. Several AHS athletes placed, coach Steve Griffin noted.
The boys 400 freestyle relay team of Ty Gordy, Jack Kortokrax, Tyler Brown and Brian Hasler took 13th; all are underclassmen and will return next season.
The girls 200 free relay squad of Madison Olmo, Jade Russell, Rebekah Riley, and Taylor Bresnahan was 13th; they, too, are either freshmen or juniors.
Hasler also placed in two freestyle races – 13th in the 500 distance and 16th in the 200.
“This was a good showing for a very young team,” Griffin said.… Read the rest
The Azle junior varsity wrestling team won the district tournament Feb. 4. Seven Hornets collected first place medals.
Taking top honors were Christian Buckwalter (106 pounds), Jacob Rich (120), James Conrique (132), Cole Williams (138), Reese Rodda (152), Brady Campbell (170), and Trey Macdonald (182).
Three other Azle wrestlers placed; two took fifth – Roni Lopez (182) and Tristan Collins (195). Colin Gager took sixth at 132.… Read the rest
In his final home match at Fort Hays State University, former Azle wrestling standout Noah Killip emerged victorious.
Competing at 141 pounds, the Tiger got a pin at 1:50 in the first period to give the Kansas school six more points in a dual.
For his career, the FHSU senior entered his last year with 88 victories and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II Super Regionals in 2015. In addition, he was All-Academic.… Read the rest