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Lady Hornet Quartet Lands on National Team

May 4, 2016
Lady Hornet Quartet Lands on National Team

By virtue of placing in the top three at the state freestyle wrestling tournament, four Lady Hornets – (l-r) Hali Davis, Lauren Dale, Triniti Smith, and Alexis Hanna – earned berths on the national team. Davis, Dale, and Smith won state titles while Hanna finished third in a “tough weight class,” coach Chris Allen said. Dale, at 139 pounds, beat a three-time All-American to win her gold. “All in all, they wrestled well and secured a spot – something they have been working on since a week after the UIL tournament, Allen said. The four Lady Hornets will compete at the national tournament in Fargo, North Dakota this summer.

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Track season over

May 4, 2016

Two from AHS earn bronzes

Two Azle athletes got close to advancing to the state track meet at the Region I event in Lubbock April 29-30.
The top two finishers from the four Texas regions advanced as well as the best third place effort in the state.
Lady Hornet thrower Katy O’Dell and hurdler Conrad Reinhard both finished third; however, their efforts did not claim that wild card Austin berth.
O’Dell threw 120 feet, 1 inch to take third.
Reinhard was clocked in 39.49 seconds in the 300 race.
Azle’s next highest finisher was Taylor Trower who took eighth in the 100 in 12.82 seconds.… Read the rest

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Azle splits final two District 5-5A baseball games

May 4, 2016
Azle splits final two District 5-5A baseball games

Azle scored twice with some tricky baserunning against Boswell. With runners on first and third, Hornets foiled Pioneer efforts to get a putout with errant throws like above, allowing AHS runs. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The 2016 Hornet baseball season ended with an extra-inning road victory.
Before that 4-1 triumph at Saginaw, Azle (9-20, 4-10) hosted Boswell on Senior Night.
The Hornets stymied the Pioneers early with some sly baserunning forcing Bos throwing errors, but the visitors went on to win 14-4.
Coach Stephen Smith said sophomore Sam Collins turned in an exceptional inning of relief.… Read the rest

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AHS sextet seeking Austin berths

April 27, 2016
AHS sextet seeking Austin berths

Hornet Conrad Reinhard heads to Lubbock with Region I’s fourth fastest time. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Christian McGill (left), a distance specialist, is among a large group running 3200 meters at around 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Getting to the state track meet in Austin is a feat – and something six Azle High athletes are poised to take a shot at.
The elite sextet:
• Taylor Trower – 100
• Katy O’Dell – discus
• Kaylie Peters – high jump
• Marisah Mata – triple jump
• Christian McGill – 3200
• Conrad Reinhard – 110 and 300 hurdles
Lady Hornet coach Melody Dennis said Trower enters the Region I meet in Lubbock with the fifth fastest time.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornets are 5-5A softball champs again

April 27, 2016
Lady Hornets are 5-5A softball champs again

Stellar hurler Samantha Bradley won the final two regular season games to give Azle its third consecutive district title. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

3rd year in a row; playoffs start April 28

by Mark K. Campbell
It’s a three-peat for the Lady Hornets!
After avenging its only district loss against Brewer April 19, Azle (27-6, 13-1) clinched the 5-5A championship with a 12-2 bombing on the road at Wichita Falls Rider.
The title was hard-earned, coach Tracy Tadlock said.
“The total team contributions is what really allowed us to win our third consecutive outright district title – a significant accomplishment for these ladies and this program,” he said.… Read the rest

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Azle baseball season waning

April 27, 2016

The first season for coach Stephen Smith is heading toward its end.
Azle (8-19, 3-9) faced Brewer and Wichita Falls Rider.
The visiting Bears topped the Hornets 4-2.
Slade Dinkins got the start and “threw a great game,” the coach recalled.
Dinkins battled into extra innings, going 8-2/3, while permitting only 3 hits. He struck out 7 and allowed just 1 earned run.
Smith recalled, “We just couldn’t get the big hit with people on base.”
Four AHS batters got 2 hits each – Zach Edwards and Jon Mark Castillo (both doubled and each batted home a runner), Donny Nay, and Noah LaDuca.… Read the rest

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AHS angling for fishing finals

April 27, 2016

Several Azle High anglers are headed for the regional round of the bass tourney circuit.
Ready to hit the Richland Chambers water in the West Division regional event May 7 is Travis Dunn who was 20th in the final qualifier at Lake Ray Hubbard April 9.
Colby Williams finished 27th there.
The team of Haley Huchowski and Douglas Spurlin qualified as did Brett McDonald, Cameron Schultz, Austin Womack, and Richard Talmage.
Bass fishing in high school is the hottest sport in the state right now.
Anglers head out on the water with qualified captains.
High school students do not have to have a boat or any equipment to participate.… Read the rest

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Hoops girls land awards

April 27, 2016
Hoops girls land awards

These five Lady Hornets won team honors for their 2015-16 play: (l-r) Rachel Wood, Kylee Browne, Breeona Cannon, Kaycie Dunkerley, and Payton Berger.
Photo courtesy Renee Berger

At the annual postseason banquet for the Lady Hornet basketball squads, head coach Mitzi Marquart passed out a slew of awards.
At the varsity level, the Most Valuable Player Award was split between seniors Kaycie Dunkerley and Payton Berger.
Dunkerley also landed the 3-D Award while Berger was the Azle Offensive Award winner.
Rachel Wood took the Hustle Award while Kylee Browne won the Rebounding Award.
Breeona Cannon was AHS’ top defensive player.
At the junior varsity level, Payton Geary took the Defensive Award, Autumn Johnson the Offensive Award, and Miranda Longbrake the Hustle Award.… Read the rest

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Off to state!

April 27, 2016
Off to state!

Hornet Pride!

The Lady Hornets are back in the postseason!

Good luck girls! Let’s go all the way to AUSTIN!

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Ladies rout 2 more 5-5A rivals

April 20, 2016
Ladies rout 2 more 5-5A rivals

Brie Worley watches a ball arrive. Azle crushed two more district foes. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

With playoffs assured, district crown sought

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet softball team absolutely demolished a couple of district rivals.
Azle (24-6, 11-1) is headed back to the postseason – a regular trip for AHS in recent years – and the squad locked that position in with a couple of blowouts.
At home against Chisholm Trail April 12, two Lady Hornets especially homered the visitors into the dust.
Samantha Bradley cranked three home runs and Bailee Carter added another as Azle pounded the Lady Rangers 17-7 in a game AHS actually trailed in briefly, 6-2.… Read the rest

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