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Baseball Hornets go 4-0 in Kennedale tourney

March 8, 2017
Baseball Hornets go 4-0 in Kennedale tourney

With coach Stephen Smith (left) looking on, Hornet Zachary Edwards heads for home. The junior singled then a three-base error on the centerfielder allowed the Azle hitter to round the bases. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

District now underway

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Hornet hardball team impressed with a 4-0 showing at the final tournament of the season at Kennedale.
On March 2-4, Azle defeated four teams – the hosts on the opening day, Stephenville and Fort Worth South Hills the next day, then FW Trimble Tech on March 4, a Saturday.… Read the rest

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Destiny: Boys control theirs

March 8, 2017

The playoffs beckon for the soccer boys – if they take care of business.
With two matches remaining, Azle is battling for a postseason berth; winning both will lock in the playoffs.
Coach William Averrite said, “For us, it’s pretty simple: Win both games and we are in no matter what else happens.”
He added, “Myriad scenarios could play out if we tie or win on penalty kicks, etc. We are in a good spot.”
One of those two games was played March 7 against at home against Saginaw on Senior Night (results not available at press time).
The crucial regular season finale is at Brewer March 10.… Read the rest

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Softball ladies 3-2 in tourney

March 8, 2017
Softball ladies 3-2 in tourney

Lady Hornet shortstop Katelyn Harris snags an infield popup. Azle began district play March 7 at Boswell (results not available at press time). Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Lady Hornet softball coach Tracy Tadlock took his varsity south to play in a Grandview tournament.
Facing some “pretty good competition,” Azle went 3-2.
At Grandview, AHS opened with a 7-3 win over Fort Worth Country Day.
Katelyn Harris had three RBI while pitcher Emily Bradley went the distance for the win.
Later that March 2, the Lady Hornets fell to the hosts, 9-3.
Miranda Longbrake had two hits and two RBI while Bradley also hit safely twice.… Read the rest

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Hall of Fame seeking noms

March 8, 2017

3rd class being assembled

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Nominations for the third Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame class are being accepted until the end of March.
Forms are available at www.azleisd.net under the Departments tab then Athletics.
The nomination form is under the Hall of Fame tab.
Requirements for being honored include:
1. Azle High School graduate.
2. Out of high school for 10 years.
3. Must be held in “high respect during their AHS years and as adults.”
The two-page form should be faxed to (817) 270-0546 or emailed to sanderson@azleisd.net – the office of AISD Athletic Director Scott Anderson.… Read the rest

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JV Hornets play at Keller

March 8, 2017

At a Keller Central baseball tournament, the Azle junior varsity went 1-2-1.
The AHS JV lost to the hosts 7-3.
Top Hornet hitters were Payton Ladner and Josh Hubbard who both had RBI.
Easton Elrod threw for Azle.
Next, AHS got a victory over The Colony, 4-3.
Christian Jimenez gave the Hornets the win thanks to a single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Elrod had two ribbies, going 1-for-2.
Ty Gordy got the victory in relief.
Crowley and Azle tied 9-9 on March 3.
Elrod and Hubbard both had multiple hits on the day.
Scott Baird, Blake Horton, and Hubbard all had two RBI apiece.… Read the rest

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Top Gymnast

March 8, 2017
Top Gymnast

Azle’s Jerilyn White placed second in floor exercise at the Zenith Gymnastics Invitational in McKinney and her team took second overall. Later, she qualified for the Level 6 State Championships set for Spring, Texas March 31-April 2. White trains in Aledo.

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Azle golfers ‘getting better’

March 8, 2017

The Hornet golf teams have several tournaments under their belts – which is good because coach Bob Gilbreath said his squads is young.
“I have a very inexperienced group of boys this year,” the coach said.
Azle has played at numerous courses, including Bridlewood in Flower Mound, The Golf Club at Fossil Creek, and Split Rail in Aledo.
AHS also hosted the annual Buzzy Open Feb. 21.
At a two-day tournament at Split Rail, Azle shot 800, Gilbreath said.
Hitting for Azle in the event were Alex Quevedo, Cameron Smith, Chris Powell, Max Manker, and Caleb Geer.
Earlier at the Buzzy Open, Caanan Revelle and Quevedo paced the Hornets with 95s.… Read the rest

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Azle visits Joshua oval

March 8, 2017
Azle visits Joshua oval

Lady Hornet Krysten Sharp won a bronze medal in the triple jump at Joshua. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Girls varsity, JV runners-up

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Another meet, another nice day for competition.
In the mildest winter ever recorded, Azle track teams are getting in steady work.
The most recent meet took the AHS squads to Joshua March 2.
There, both girls’ teams – the varsity and junior varsity – finished second.
The boys’ units ended up fifth with several athletes in all squads setting personal bests.
The varsity girls were beaten only by 6A Weatherford for the top team trophy.… Read the rest

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AHS tennis faces foes

March 8, 2017
AHS tennis faces foes

Lady Hornet Abby Davis plays in Aledo.

In spring tennis, Azle squads have seen some top competition.
At a Fort Worth South Hills tourney on the TCU campus, Hornet Hunter Beck won the A singles consolation bracket.
Cody Cook-Javin Smith battled for the bronze, coach Lisa Helm recalled.
“They proved to be a formidable team that will be tough to beat,” Helm said.
At an Aledo tourney, Mikala Clarson won the consolation bracket “against some real tennis powerhouses,” the coach said.
The doubles duo of Hayden Wilson-Jose Zamora won their consolation bracket, too.
On the horizon is a tourney at Chisholm Trail March 10-11.… Read the rest

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Five from Azle place at state

March 1, 2017
Five from Azle place at state

Former state champ Lauren Dale (top) was injured and, despite going undefeated for most of the season, had to drop out of the tournament. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Hornet Seth Bell (top) corals an opponent at the state wrestling tournament. The Azle senior won the bronze medal at the event, one of five AHS athletes who medaled. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lady Hornet Triniti Smith missed bringing home a medal from state by one place; she finished seventh overall. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle’s Eli Guardiola (top) won his opening match as all eight AHS wrestlers picked up victories at Cy-Fair ISD’s Berry Center Feb.

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