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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Texas Football

August 31, 2016
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Texas Football

Azle’s Rowdies get the crowd going at Hornet Field. Photos by Mark Campbell

 

Four young Azle fans find the best seats in the house opening night.

All ages cheered for the Hornets against Grapevine.

Buzzy looked to rope some Mustangs.

An Emerald Dazzler at midfield during the first performance of the new season.

On the Hornet Field turf a soloist performs before the big Azle crowd.

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Hornets tumble in season opener to Grapevine

August 31, 2016
Hornets tumble in season opener to Grapevine

Hornet Cody Akers, the Offensive Player of the Week according to head coach Devon Dorris, stretches for the goal line in the second half of the Grapevine game. Akers caught 11 passes for 151 yards in the 2016 opener. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
It was the kind of game you could expect from a young football team.
Azle (0-1) entered the 2016 opener hosting Grapevine Aug. 26 with a highly-inexperienced offense backed by a solid defense.
Early on, the Hornets dominated. But the Mustangs eventually took advantage of six Azle turnovers and rallied to win 29-22.… Read the rest

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Parker takes top money in 1st contest

August 31, 2016

The first football contest is in the books and familiar faces from years gone by collected some cash.
Only one prognosticator missed one game and that was Steve Parker; he took the $20 first place check.
Two contestants were off on two games each so the tie-breaker of Grapevine 29, Azle 22 (51) determined the final places.
With a tie-breaker guess of 58, Kinny Pack claimed second and $10,
Third place and $5 went to Roddy Murr with a guess of 35.
This week’s contest adds college games for the first time. Pro games will arrive next.… Read the rest

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Big meet tests runners

August 31, 2016
Big meet tests runners

The Lady Hornet varsity finished fourth out of 18 teams in the Cowtown Challenge; they are: (l-r) Ema Waring, Katie Vacarrella, Hadassah Marquart, Katie Davis, Maddy Rust, Abi Kortokrax, Megan Green and Dixie Hitt. Photo courtesy Texas Running

The Cowtown Challenge at Haltom High attracted big and little, high and middle schools to create a crowded cross country meet Aug. 26.
The state-ranked Azle boys finished fifth, but coach Keith Boenisch said, “We have to run better at big meets.”
And this one was big with 170 varsity racers from 23 teams.
Cody Drolet was the quickest Hornet, running the 5K course in 17 minutes, 39 seconds.… Read the rest

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Final VB Tournament

August 31, 2016
Final VB Tournament

Lady Hornet Marisah Mata (13) and the Azle varsity squad played in the Euless Trinity Double T tournament. AHS lost to Wichita Falls (1-3), Trinity (0-3) Abilene (0-3), and Haltom (1-3) before beating Irving (3-1). The Lady Hornets bowed out of the event after falling to Duncanville 1-3. The first district match arrives Friday, Sept. 9 at Brewer in White Settlement. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Football season starts Friday

August 24, 2016
Football season starts Friday

Youngest Hornet team in years hosting Grapevine

by Mark K. Campbell
How young is the 2016 Hornet varsity football team?
A freshman made the squad – at quarterback.
Azle coach Devon Dorris said while it was not the first time a ninth grader had played varsity for him, it was the inaugural instance where one – Ken Seals – will begin the season on the Friday night squad.
In fact, Dorris said, Seals will take the first offensive snap of the year.
But Seals is not the lone quarterback that will see action.
Seals and junior Cole McDonnell will alternate at the position, the coach said.… Read the rest

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Out quick

August 24, 2016
Out quick

The (wet) Birdville champs: (l-r) Haygen Holbrooks, Trevor McIntire, Brandon Wolfe, Cody Drolet, Carson Leatherwood, and Julian Hernandez.

Boys cross country squad shines early

State-ranked Azle proved worthy of such accolades at the first cross country meet of the season.
At a soggy Tarrant County College Northwest campus course, the varsity Hornets – ranked No. 18 in 5A – beat all comers over 3200 meters.
The win was what is likely to be the first of many for the talented boys squad that returned every runner but one from last year’s district champions.
Coach Keith Boenisch said, “Our first race of the year went really well.… Read the rest

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Another Tourney Looms

August 24, 2016
Another Tourney Looms

After another series of matches, the Lady Hornet volleyball team – including senior captain Rachel Kay – faced Springtown Aug. 23 (results not available at press time). Next is tournament No. 3 at Euless Trinity Aug. 26-27.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Scenes from a Scrimmage

August 24, 2016
Scenes from a Scrimmage

In a scrimmage wisely moved up because of expected poor weather, Azle faced Burleson at Hornet Field Friday, Aug. 19. The regular season opens there this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Grapevine.

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Hornets Readying for Elks

August 17, 2016
Hornets Readying for Elks

After a couple of weeks of tangling with each other, the football Hornets will finally see someone new on the other side of the ball when Azle hosts Burleson Friday, Aug. 19 beginning at 8 a.m. for the subvarsities. Then, on Friday, Aug. 26, the varsity regular season begins at home against Grapevine at 7:30 p.m.                     Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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