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August 2, 2017

Two 6-5A rivals state ranked

by Mark K. Campbell
The summer break is over for many Azle High School athletes.
Volleyball two-a-day practices started Monday, Aug. 1.
Returning head coach Elizabeth Snyder must have her varsity squad ready for the Aug. 8 opener.
That game is at Fort Worth Western Hills.
Get used to traveling early in the season if you follow the Lady Hornets.
Azle will not play a home match until Springtown comes calling Aug. 22.
Before that comes tournaments at Carrollton (Aug. 11-12) and Granbury (Aug. 17-19) with a non-district clash at Bridgeport in between (Aug. 15).
In 6-5A, it’s good news, bad news.… Read the rest

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Hut! Hut! Hut!

August 2, 2017

Final camp, football, set for Aug. 7-10

Pigskins will soon begin flying all over the AHS campus and it all begins with the annual youth football camp.
Directed by Hornet head coach Devon Dorris and led by Azle coaches, the camp is slated for two sessions – Aug. 7-10, Monday-Thursday.
Session I is for incoming grades 2-6 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the AHS campus
The second session runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for incoming 7-9 graders.
Each session will detail offensive and defensive skills.
Younger campers will also punt, pass, and kick.
The cost for either camp is $65 and includes a t-shirt and a football.… Read the rest

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Football galore on the Hornet horizon

July 26, 2017
Football galore on the Hornet horizon

The “bigs” – linemen – put in conditioning work in the hot, humid early morning on the Hornet Field turf. Practices for 2017 begin Monday, Aug. 14. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
With the arrival of the youth football camp nearing, gridiron action is about to get hot and heavy at Hornet Field.
Devon Dorris, AHS head football coach, will again direct a youth camp.
This year’s edition is Aug. 7-10 and comprised of two sessions.
The first runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for incoming 2-6 graders.
Session II is slated for 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 7-9 graders.
Information and applications are available online at www.azleisd.net or by calling (817) 270-1725.… Read the rest

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Training Lady Hornets when They’re Young

July 26, 2017
Training Lady Hornets when They’re Young

Azle coaches gathered scores of young ladies to train them in the sports of volleyball and basketball during recent summer camps at the AHS gyms. Certainly, some of the young ladies will become Lady Hornets, making many more trips to the hardwood.
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Winning Taekwondo Trio

July 19, 2017
Winning Taekwondo Trio

At the 2017 American Taekwondo Association’s World Championships in Little Rock, three members of Azle Martial Arts placed in sparring. Azle’s Jay Glaze (left) took second as did Dillon Jenney (right); Springtown’s Ridge West (center) finished third. Jenney lost to the current world champion from Illinois. AMA instructor Don May, third in the world in 2016-17, finished second place in combat weapons sparring.

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Azle athletes wrestle at nationals

July 19, 2017
Azle athletes wrestle at nationals

Seth Bell (left) and Austin Arredondo competed as part of Team Texas in a nationals event in North Dakota.

Bell, Arredondo part of Team Texas competing in North Dakota

by Mark K. Campbell
A pair of Hornet wrestlers competed at the elite Marines Cadet/Junior National Freestyle Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
Seth Bell, who earned a scholarship to Emmanuel University in Georgia, and Austin Arredondo hit the mats as part of Team Texas.
Both qualified for the Texas national team in the spring.
Bell and Arredondo finished 1-2 against some of the best wrestlers in America, Azle head coach Chris Allen said.… Read the rest

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Two camps left this summer

July 19, 2017

Two summer camps remain, girls’ basketball and football.
Three sessions of girls’ hoops are slated for July 24-27:
I – grades 1-4, 8-9 a.m., $20
II – grades 5-7, 9:30-noon, $60
III – grades 8-9, 1-4 p.m., $65
AHS head coach Mitzi Marquart will oversee the camp with numerous assistants at the high school gyms.
The final camp of the summer is again youth football with a pair of sessions planned for Aug. 7-10.
Session I – grades 2-6, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Session II – grades 7-9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Head coach Devon Dorris will direct the camp with fellow coaches assisting.
For more information on all camps, visit www.azleisd.net, click on Azle High School then Athletics, then Summer Camps.… Read the rest

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Gold Cards available now

July 19, 2017

Want to get into any District 6-5A sporting event – home or away – free? How about any Azle ISD extracurricular activity sponsored by the AISD – also free.
Then you need a Gold Card, available – free! – to anyone 55 or older who lives in the Azle ISD boundaries.
The card is good for two years and is available online (www.azleisd.net [then “Azle High School” then “Athletics”]).
Or visit ISD administration or the athletic director’s office.… Read the rest

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At the Elite Volleyball Camp

July 19, 2017
At the Elite Volleyball Camp

Scores of young Lady Hornets learned from a couple of veteran coaches at the annual Elite Volleyball Camp. Conducted in a high school gym – where the air conditioning was struggling to keep up with the summer heat – campers went through intensive drills led by two head coaches with decades of experience in UIL volleyball: Julie Green Coppell and Hollie Hutson Keller Fossil Ridge.
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Anderson recalls three-plus decades at AHS

July 12, 2017
Anderson recalls three-plus decades at AHS

Scott Anderson coached hundreds of players while directing Hornet athletes for 32 years. Photo by Paula Campbell

Spent his entire career in the Azle ISD

by Mark K. Campbell
It’s rare when a coach stays for any length of time at one school.
It’s exceptional when one arrives and never leaves.
That’s what Scott Anderson did.
He came to Azle in 1985 and stayed 32 years – leading and instructing hundreds of youth through multiple sports.… Read the rest

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