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Azle athletes win in Coppell

November 30, 2016
Azle athletes win in Coppell

The Azle boys wrestling teams brought home hardware from a Coppell tournament.

Varsities sweep to team titles

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle High wrestling team was spectacular at the annual Coppell Round Up.
The boys and girls varsities dispatched five dual foes and the boys junior varsity enjoyed some strong performances, too, coach Chris Allen said.
The Lady Hornets went 5-0 and won the team title by taking down Northwest 35-30; Coppell, 27-24; Frisco Centennial 42-0; Dallas Skyline 30-12; and Frisco Heritage, 36-12.
The boys overwhelmed every team they faced en route to a perfect afternoon: Skyline 52-21; Coppell, 52-6; Centennial, 52-21; Northwest, 69-9; and Heritage, 68-9.… Read the rest

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Ladies rally in final seconds

November 30, 2016

Sister rebounds sister’s shot for win

It came down to the wire when Azle (3-5) traveled to play Midlothian Heritage Nov. 21.
The Lady Hornets “refused to lose,” coach Mitzi Marquart recalled and AHS won 52-51 on a last second shot.
The Johnson sisters gave Azle the edge.
Trailing by one point, Savannah Johnson’s shot rolled out; but, sister Autumn rebounded the ball and made the basket that won the game in the waning seconds.
“That was a very exciting finish,” Marquart said.
Azle led early and reached halftime with a 33-27 advantage.
But the hosts rallied and moved ahead several points, Marquart said.… Read the rest

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Hornets battle two non-district rivals

November 30, 2016
Hornets battle two non-district rivals

Payton Vaughn scored five points against Haltom.
Photo by Azle Sports Photography

Azle plays a pair of close hoops games

by Mark K. Campbell
The basketball Hornets played a pair of non-district games as the season ramps up.
Azle (1-2), under new coach James Crafton, traveled to Joshua and hosted Haltom.
At the JHS gym, the Owls edged the Hornets 41-40.
Crafton said Azle played well throughout the game; AHS led 33-19 entering the final period.
But “some minor miscues down the stretch allowed Joshua to get back in the game,” the coach recalled.
The only time the Owls led came with 14 seconds left.… Read the rest

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Seals picked for big games

November 30, 2016
Seals picked for big games

 

He’ll play in 2 elite contests

by Mark K. Campbell
Azle freshman quarterback Ken Seals got a season of varsity football under his belt in 2016.
Now he will return to more familiar territory – All-Star action.

Azle’s Ken Seals will return to the gridiron in two all-star games in January. Photo by Mark K. Campbell


Seals has again been selected to quarterback Team USA.
He also will compete once more in the 2017 Football University Freshman All-American Bowl.
The latter comes first.
The game is set for San Antonio’s Alamodome Jan. 6.
The freshman-only contest is modeled after the Army Bowl, the top high school football game for national standout athletes.… Read the rest

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Azle anglers excel at tournament on PK lake

November 30, 2016

Azle High School’s fishing team competed at a tournament on Possum Kingdom Lake Nov. 19.
AHS was led by the team of Marshall Arwine and Cody Gilbert; the duo finished 26th overall out of 271 teams.
Next up for AHS was Gabriel Gamble and Shane Richardson who finished 34th.
The third finishing Azle team was Travis Duke and Brodie Doherty; they took 80th.
Catching a fish was a trick on the day of the tourney, sponsor Larry Mackey noted: “One hundred thirty-one anglers did not weigh any fish.”
AHS had six other teams compete.
Next up for the local squad is a February tourney at Lake Texoma.… Read the rest

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AYA wins 2 Super Bowls

November 30, 2016
AYA wins 2 Super Bowls

Action from the AYA 9U Super Bowl victory included big hits and gains from runners like Hunter Ooten (10). The 9U won for the third time in four years.
Photos by Christina Derr

by Mark K. Campbell
Both Azle Youth Association football teams that advanced to the Super Bowl won.
The 9U team beat the Fort Worth Colts 28-16.
Later at Fort Worth’s Scarborough-Handley Field, the 12U AYA team upset favored Kennedale 18-12.
The 9U, coached by Troy Kaznowski, got off to a roaring start when, on the Colts opening drive, AYA’s Caanan Kaznowski picked off a pass and returned it 65 yards to paydirt.… Read the rest

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New boys basketball coach wins 1st time out

November 21, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
Nov. 15 was an evening of firsts.
The Hornet basketball team won its opening game of the 2016-17 season.
New coach James Crafton recorded a victory in his first time out leading Azle (1-0).
And the 41-34 overtime win over Mineral Wells was the first victory for an AHS varsity boys team in the current gym.
Against the Rams, both teams got off to fast starts, with Mineral Wells leading 13-12 after one period.
In the final four frames – including the OT – neither squad reached double digits again.
The game was tied at halftime, 18-18.… Read the rest

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Lake Run No. 35 in the books

November 21, 2016
Lake Run No. 35 in the books

Hornet Haygen Holbrooks went from running 5Ks as a cross country runner to taking on the half marathon at the Azle lake Run. Holbrooks finished second overall in the 13.1-mile race. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The 35th Annual Azle Lake Run brought hundreds to town to race in a half marathon (13.1), a 9.9K, and a 5K.
In the 13.1-mile half marathon, 89 racers registered and 73 finished.
The winner was Denton’s James Jackson who crossed the line on Nov. 12 in 1 hour, 16.26 seconds.
The runner-up was veteran AHS racer Haygen Holbrooks who was timed in 1:23.1.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornet hoops tumbles

November 21, 2016

Sanger stops Azle at home

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team hosted Sanger Nov. 15.
A poor third quarter hurt Azle (2-5) as the visitors expanded a halftime lead and went on to win 47-34.
The game was close after the initial frame with AHS behind 7-6.
But Sanger out-scored the Lady Hornets 30-14 to build a 37-20 lead entering the final quarter.
Savannah Johnson paced Azle scorers with 10 points.
Bailey Natusch scored 8, Brooke Phillips, 6, and Autumn Johnson and Nandia Smith 4 points apiece.
Being in an 8-team district means that 6-5A games will begin before the annual Christmas break.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornets collect initial basketball wins

November 16, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team picked up its first wins of the season at a Northwest Eaton tournament.
Azle (2-4) trounced Benbrook 64-30, racing out to a 21-8 first quarter lead did the trick.
Savannah Johnson and Breeona Cannon both hit for 15 points. Naudia Smith netted 11, Bailey Natusch 8, and Harli Wilbanks 7 points as several contributed to the victory.
Later that Nov. 10, Wichita Falls roared back in the final period to overcome a 32-23 AHS lead; Old High escaped with a 45-43 win.
Johnson led Azle with 12 points and Smith added 10.… Read the rest

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