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Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 4

June 22, 2016
Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 4

Chas Skelly competes in his gold medal match in 2003 in Austin. Azle’s first wrestling champ, he will be inducted in the Hall of Fame Oct. 22. Photo by Paula Campbell

Skelly, Holder, Porter, and girls hoops ‘80 team

by Mark K. Campbell
The second class for the Azle Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected.
Three individuals and the first-ever team will be inducted on the high school campus Oct. 22.
Voted in by the committee after reviewing scores of applications were Pat Holder, Chas Skelly, Terry Porter, and the 1980 Lady Hornet basketball team.
Holder was a multi-sport star for the Hornets in the 1960s.… Read the rest

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7-on-7

June 22, 2016
7-on-7

An Azle receiver leaps for a pass over a Bearcat in Aledo in a weekly 7-on-7 league game. The Hornets won 26-14. Azle has one more chance to earn a berth in the state 7-on-7 tournament when AHS plays at Arlington Lamar June 25. Photo courtesy Tony Eierdam Community News

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Wrestling Camp 2016

June 22, 2016
Wrestling Camp 2016

Judging from the impressive turnout for the annual youth wrestling camp, the future of the sport in Azle – where AHS is already an established statewide power – will remain solid. Coaches Chris Allen, Monica Allen and others taught scores of youth the sport’s skills and techniques.          Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Two volleyball camps scheduled for July at AHS

June 22, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
If you’re a volleyball athlete, then you’ll like July.
An Elite Camp led by veteran high school coaches Julie Green – who formerly was an AHS head coach – and Colleyville Heritage’s Hollie Huston is set for July 11-13 at the high school gym.
For girls in grades 9-12, the camp costs $125 if mailed by July 5 or $129 if signing up online.
Day of camp registration is possible for $135, cash or money order only.
The camp runs 2-7 p.m.
After that, a volleyball camp under new Lady Hornet coach Elizabeth Snyder arrives July 18-19 and 21-22 at AHS in three sessions.… Read the rest

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Scott takes SFA hoops job

June 15, 2016
Scott takes SFA hoops job

Kayla Scott

by Mark K. Campbell
A former Lady Hornet is making waves at universities.
Kayla Scott, AHS Class of 2008 where she was a basketball and soccer standout, has been hired as the director of basketball operations at Stephen F. Austin University.
At the Nacogdoches college, Scott will “be involved in nearly all facets of the Ladyjack program,” said women’s head coach Mark Kellogg.
Among Scott’s new duties: team travel, scheduling, on-campus recruiting visits, and equipment management.
Scott goes to SFA from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.
There, she was an assistant coach – primarily coaching guards and perimeter players – and helped the Aggies to a program-best 12-4 record in the Lone Star Conference and CU’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 years.… Read the rest

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Volleyball camp dates locked in for late July

June 15, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
Volleyball camp dates have finally been locked down.
That camp will be conducted July 18-19 and 21-22 at AHS in three sessions.
The first one is for girls entering grades 1-4. That 8-9 a.m. camp costs $30.
Session II is for girls in grades 5-7 and runs from 9:30 until noon. That cost is $60.
The final session is for eighth and ninth graders. The fee is $70 for the 1-4 p.m. camp.
Registering after July 15 tacks on $5 more.
Day of camp registration is okay.
This camp follows an Elite Camp led by veteran high school coaches Julie Green – who formerly was an AHS head coach – and Colleyville Heritage’s Hollie Huston.… Read the rest

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UIL considering various proposals for baseball, basketball

June 15, 2016

by mark k. campbell
From changes in the baseball playoffs to regular season hoops, the University Interscholastic Committee on Athletics is pondering suggestions.
At its June 14 meeting, the committee gathered in Round Rock to listen to a variety of proposals.
A couple of older suggestions were again considered.
One was to mandate baseball coaches to play a best-of-three series rather than a single game elimination contest in the first and second rounds of the postseason.
In another piece of old business, the committee revisited limiting pitch counts for high school hurlers.
New business included a host of proposals:
• eliminating any blocks below the waist in football, including chop and cut blocks
• installing a 35-second shot clock in basketball
• adding Wedensdays as possible playing dates in volleyball tournaments
• allowing the top two representatives in each football district to host first round playoff games
• adding an area tournament in golf
• allowing 3A schools to play up in 4A soccer
• considering the playing of non-sanctioned sports like lacrosse and water polo
Also heard was Athena Willliams who discussed allowing transgender athletes to play the sport they identify with.… Read the rest

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Shafer earns elite berth

June 15, 2016
Shafer earns elite berth

Azle’s Causen Shafer earned a place on a select team in Dallas that will compete for a national title.

Causen Shafer, an incoming freshman at Azle High School, was one of just four baseball players who was selected for an elite team.
After hitting three home runs and turning in a fast 60-yard sprint time in a Dallas tryout, Shafer, 14, was picked for a position on a USSA All-American team.
That squad will compete against other 14U Midwest Region teams and will vie for a national title at the All-American Games slated for Aug. 7-13 at ESPN Wild World Sports facility in Orlando, Florida.… Read the rest

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Roundball Fun at AHS

June 15, 2016
Roundball Fun at AHS

Hoops camp fun at Azle High School included drills, workouts, and an occasional behind the back pass. New boys basketball coach James Crafton led the camp with help from other Azle coaches.
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Two camps arrive Monday

June 8, 2016
Two camps arrive Monday

Summer camps began – three of them – during the first full week of June. Coaches taught softball, baseball, and tennis at AHS.  Photos by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The camp season began with a flurry in early June and two more arrive starting Monday June 13.
A wrestling camp runs June 13-16. Session I is for grades 1-5 and runs from 8-10 a.m. for $40. Session II is slated for grades 6-9 from 10 a.m.-noon also for $40.
A boys basketball camp arrives the same dates. Session I is grades 3-6 from 8-11 a.m. Session II goes from noon-3 p.m.… Read the rest

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