RSSSports

New boys basketball coach wins 1st time out

November 21, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
Nov. 15 was an evening of firsts.
The Hornet basketball team won its opening game of the 2016-17 season.
New coach James Crafton recorded a victory in his first time out leading Azle (1-0).
And the 41-34 overtime win over Mineral Wells was the first victory for an AHS varsity boys team in the current gym.
Against the Rams, both teams got off to fast starts, with Mineral Wells leading 13-12 after one period.
In the final four frames – including the OT – neither squad reached double digits again.
The game was tied at halftime, 18-18.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Lake Run No. 35 in the books

November 21, 2016
Lake Run No. 35 in the books

Hornet Haygen Holbrooks went from running 5Ks as a cross country runner to taking on the half marathon at the Azle lake Run. Holbrooks finished second overall in the 13.1-mile race. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The 35th Annual Azle Lake Run brought hundreds to town to race in a half marathon (13.1), a 9.9K, and a 5K.
In the 13.1-mile half marathon, 89 racers registered and 73 finished.
The winner was Denton’s James Jackson who crossed the line on Nov. 12 in 1 hour, 16.26 seconds.
The runner-up was veteran AHS racer Haygen Holbrooks who was timed in 1:23.1.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Lady Hornet hoops tumbles

November 21, 2016

Sanger stops Azle at home

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team hosted Sanger Nov. 15.
A poor third quarter hurt Azle (2-5) as the visitors expanded a halftime lead and went on to win 47-34.
The game was close after the initial frame with AHS behind 7-6.
But Sanger out-scored the Lady Hornets 30-14 to build a 37-20 lead entering the final quarter.
Savannah Johnson paced Azle scorers with 10 points.
Bailey Natusch scored 8, Brooke Phillips, 6, and Autumn Johnson and Nandia Smith 4 points apiece.
Being in an 8-team district means that 6-5A games will begin before the annual Christmas break.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Lady Hornets collect initial basketball wins

November 16, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team picked up its first wins of the season at a Northwest Eaton tournament.
Azle (2-4) trounced Benbrook 64-30, racing out to a 21-8 first quarter lead did the trick.
Savannah Johnson and Breeona Cannon both hit for 15 points. Naudia Smith netted 11, Bailey Natusch 8, and Harli Wilbanks 7 points as several contributed to the victory.
Later that Nov. 10, Wichita Falls roared back in the final period to overcome a 32-23 AHS lead; Old High escaped with a 45-43 win.
Johnson led Azle with 12 points and Smith added 10.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Azle hits the mats

November 16, 2016
Azle hits the mats

Lauren Dale (left) and Hali Davis won their classes in an Arlington tournament.

The first outing of the year for AHS’ wrestlers sent athletes east to the Tom Roman Arlington High Invitational.
And things worked out nicely for Azle.
Coach Chris Allen said the boys team finished eighth out of 35 teams “and we only took eight of 14 weights.”
Three Hornets finished in the top three, Allen said.
The girls were led by state champs Lauren Dale and Hali Davis.
Both won their weight classes in Arlington, coach Monica Allen said.
The Coppell Roundup is next for Azle.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Simants Signs with North Dakota University

November 16, 2016
Simants Signs with North Dakota University

Azle’s Jessica Simants, with parents Ron and Beverley Simants, signs to play golf for Minot State University in North Dakota. A multiple district champion, Simants inked her letter before a cheering crowd at AHS Nov. 9. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Crusader season ends

November 16, 2016

For years, Azle Christian School has been a Texas Christian Athletic League six-man state finalist.
While that won’t happen this year after a 90-58 loss to Irving Faustina in the first round of the postseason, coach Gary Rushing said the future is bright for the Crusaders.
In the Irving loss, the game was close until late; ACS trailed just 60-58 as the final quarter began.
But three Crusaders turnovers brought about the end of the 2016 slate.
Sophomore Bobby Greenwood ran for 150 yards and 3 TDs.
Receiver Charlee Roberson, a junior, caught 10 passes for 150 yards and 3 scores.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

ACS Standout Signs Softball Letter

November 16, 2016
ACS Standout Signs Softball Letter

Lady Crusader BaiLee Islas, daughter of Kevin and Donna Russell, signs a four-year scholarship to Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell. A pitcher for a select team, Isla maintains a 4.0 average and is No. 1 in her ACS class. With her are ACS Athletic Director Gary Rushing (left) and THESA softball coach Dallas Burk.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

World Championship No. 4

November 16, 2016
World Championship No. 4

Karen Kovach (right) earned her third and fourth World jujitsu titles – open and division – in San Francisco after defeating UFC fighter Sarah Kaufman in a submission triangle choke. Kovach teaches at The GEM where UFC fighter Montana Stewart trains as well as student Mason Woodward who just won his first World title.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Super Bowl!

November 16, 2016

2 from AYA advance

The 2016 football season continues for the Azle Youth Association which will compete in the Super Bowl at Fort Worth’s Scarborough-Handley Field Sat. Nov. 19. The Under-9 Hornets face a Fort Worth team at 3:30. AYA’s Under-12 team caps the evening at 7:30 against their Keller counterparts… Read the rest

Continue Reading