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Name change

March 22, 2017
Name change

Always decked out in his Azle green – as here at Richland High School at AHS’ first meet of the 2017 season back in February – former coach Donnie Ostermann will now have his name attached to a meet he conducted for decades, the Hornet Relays. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Annual track meet now known as the Donnie Ostermann Hornet Relays

by Mark K. Campbell
After training generations of local track athletes, retired AISD coach Donnie Ostermann is receiving a unique accolade for all those years.
The annual Hornet Relays – which Ostermann oversaw and directed for decades – will now be known as the Donnie Ostermann Hornet Relays.… Read the rest

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District play underway for Azle baseball

March 22, 2017
District play underway for Azle baseball

Ryan Lehr went 5-for-5 in two District 6-5A games. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The start of the “games that matter” – district contests – sent the hardball Hornets on the road twice as 6-5A play began.
Azle (6-7, 0-2) lost at Aledo and Saginaw.
Against the Bearcats March 14, the hosts got a 6-1 win despite a solid start by Tyler Lehr, Azle coach Stephen Smith said.
“He pitched six great innings,” the coach recalled.
Lehr permitted just three hits, fanned four, and allowed no earned runs.
Ryan Lehr had the hot Hornet bat, going 3-for-3 and knocking home Azle’s only run in the final frame.… Read the rest

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AHS softball falls in Saginaw

March 22, 2017
AHS softball falls in Saginaw

Lady Hornet Rayne Cottle runs down a fly ball. Azle sits 1-3 early in District 6-5A play. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The Azle High softball team dropped to 1-3 in district play after 12-5 loss at Saginaw over Spring Break.
The Lady Hornets leapt out to a 3-0 lead after half an inning, but the Lady Rough Riders answered with five runs.
AHS tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning, however it was too little, too late.
At the plate, Lady Hornet Logan Graham belted out three hits. Rayne Cottle had an RBI.
Even with the slow start, things are far from lost for Azle.… Read the rest

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ACS hardball off to 3-1 start

March 22, 2017

Azle Christian School winning

The baseball Crusaders of Azle Christian School have bolted out to a 3-1 record early this year.
The season opened with a 14-0 drilling of Arlington St. Paul.
Later, ACS defeated the Parker-Tarrant Warriors 7-4.
The 2017 record ran to 3-0 after a 19-1 thumping of St. Paul.
The first loss came in a rematch against Parker-Tarrant, 12-8 on March 9.
Coach Ryan Rollins lauded his squad’s offensive output.
Charlie Robertson and Peyton Wilson are both hitting over .500, he said.
Batting at a .350 clip are Cooper Deak, Brendon Guardiola, and Nate Rollins.
On the mound, Rollins sits 3-0 with Jake Spivey and Robertson also “solid on the mound,” coach Rollins noted.… Read the rest

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Azle Junior High Track

March 22, 2017
Azle Junior High Track

The Azle Junior High School boys track teams shone at Bridgeport; the seventh grade squad won its meet and the eighth graders finished second.

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‘To the victor go the spoils’

March 15, 2017

Soccer boys lose late in winner-take-all finale

by Mark K. Campbell
The Hornet soccer season came down to a pair of matches that Azle had to win.
The first arrived March 7 on the Horned Field pitch where AHS, on Senior Night, defeated Saginaw 2-1.
Azle jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Alex Quevedo and Ben Davis.
Coach Brad Averitte said, “This was essentially an elimination game as the loser was knocked out of the playoff race.”
The Hornet victory set up a winner-take-all clash in the last regular season contest at Brewer March 10.
In the first meeting between the two, the Bears and Hornets had tied.… Read the rest

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Boys’ Hoops All-District

March 15, 2017
Boys’ Hoops All-District

Several basketball Hornets earned All-District accolades from 6-5A coaches. Leading the way for Azle was Second Team pick Trevor Cameron (above). Four other AHS athletes were named Honorable Mention: Dylan Flynn, Zack Kent, Payton Vaughn, and CJ Overstreet. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

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Hornets beat Benbrook, 5-4

March 15, 2017
Hornets beat Benbrook, 5-4

Tyler Ruelas had a double and an RBI in Azle’s win over visiting Benbrook. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

First Responders honored

by Mark K. Campbell
The baseball Hornets reached district play hitting on all cylinders.
The non-district slate ended at Jim Bob Nation’s Field of Dreams diamond March 7.
Azle (6-5) defeated Benbrook 5-4, AHS’ fifth victory in a row, after peeling off four at a Kennedale tournament.
Sam Collins got the start against Benbrook and struck out four Bobcats in four innings of work; he permitted no earned runs.
Tyler Lehr got the victory by throwing a scoreless seventh inning.… Read the rest

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Softball ladies split 6-5A contests in early district action

March 15, 2017
Softball ladies split 6-5A  contests in early district action

Lady Hornet Logan Graham went 3-for-5 in Azle’s first two district games, including two hits in a win over Chisholm Trail. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
District play began for the Lady Hornet softball team on March 7 at Boswell.
The second 6-5A contest followed three days later.… Read the rest

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Skelly gets Dallas fight

March 15, 2017
Skelly gets Dallas fight

Chas Skelly, here being inducted into the Azle ISD Hall of Fame last October, has a UFC fight slated this May in Dallas. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle’s own mixed martial arts (MMA) rising star will fight his next bout close to home.
Chas Skelly has been added to the Ultimate Fighting Championships’ (UFC) 211 card.
Skelly will pit his 17-2 record – including a two-match winning streak – against Jason Knight at Dallas’ American Airlines Center Saturday, May 13.
In the big-time UFC, Skelly is 6-2 with those two most recent victories coming via submissions.
Skelly was a state champion as a Hornet and last October was inducted into the Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.… Read the rest

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