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Azle tumbles twice in 5-5A

January 27, 2016
Azle tumbles twice in 5-5A

 

The Hornet hoops varsity lost a pair of games in district play.
Against Boswell, Azle’s scoreless first quarter was too much to overcome in a 60-31 defeat Jan. 19.
Josh Golliday paced AHS with 12 points.
Jay Crane netted 8 and Noah Laduca added 5 points.
A solid start against Saginaw at home Jan. 22 gave Azle a 16-11 first quarter advantage.
But the visitors got that back in the second period, eventually posting a 51-46 win.
Laduca led AHS with 13 points. Bowen Moyer hit for 11 including three 3-pointers; his 7 rebounds was tops for the Hornet

A determined Jay Crane (23) puts up a shot against Boswell.

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Soccer boys tune up

January 27, 2016
Soccer boys tune up

Mason Mendell controls the ball. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The Hornet soccer varsity played five matches in Birdville in the final contests before district play begins.
Azle opened with a 1-1 tie with Dallas Molina.
While efforts by Grant Mendell and Blake Hoselton were thwarted, Ben Davis found the net to tie the match.
Next, AHS beat Corsicana 1-0 when Brandon Marquez scored late in the second half.
Birdville topped the Hornets 2-0 next – despite 6 or 7 “amazing” saves by Azle keeper Austin McCash, Coach William Averitte recalled.
Game four was a tough 3-2 loss to FW Arlington Heights.… Read the rest

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Wrestlers win as district nears

January 27, 2016

It was Senior Night at AHS when the Azle wrestling team hosted FW Carter-Riverside.
The only two twelfth grade Hornets both won.
William Little (126 pounds) was victorious as was Hayden Buchanan (132). Both competed in the final bouts of the night.
“They came through with big pins to go out in their last home dual at AHS,” Coach Chris Allen said.
Also shining were Hagen Holbrooks (145) and a pin by Seth Bell (195) that sealed the team victory.
The boys won 42-24 over the visitors.
The girls were victors, too, 30-24.
Triniti Smith, returning to the mats, earned a first period pin.… Read the rest

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Junior Highs

January 27, 2016
Junior Highs

 

Azle JH girls basketball
The AJH 7th A girls won the district tournament.
Azle opened with Creekview, a “tough adversary,” coach Alyssa Brownback recalled.
After leading at halftime, the AJH advantage was whittled away; Creekview took a 19-18 lead heading in the final period.
“We came back with fierce determination,” the coach recalled.
Aubrey Norton added 6 points in the frame and Regan Sawyer netted 4 in a game were every tally was crucial.
Azle won a nail-biter, 28-26.
That sent AJH to the championship game against Springtown.
The Lady Porcupines were a formidable foe, “unquestionably the toughest opponent in our district,” Brownback said.… Read the rest

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Rider girls show why they’re ranked

January 20, 2016
Rider girls show why they’re ranked

Lady Hornet Rachel Wood reaches for a ball before a Wichita Falls Lady Raider can get there. Azle fell at the AHS gym but remain in position for a postseason berth. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lady Hornets remain in thick of playoff race

by Mark K. Campbell
The first round of district play ended Friday, Jan. 15 at the AHS gym.
Waiting there for the Lady Hornets was state-ranked Wichita Falls Rider.
And the Lady Raiders lived up to their billing, impressing with a 78-36 victory.
Rider tied a school record by raining in 11 three-pointers; the visitors led 22-2 after one period.… Read the rest

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Wrestlers 2nd in district duals, Heard tourney a hit

January 20, 2016
Wrestlers 2nd in district duals, Heard tourney a hit

Skylar Russell, top, and the rest of fellow wrestling athletes – male and female – begin the trek to the state tournament when district arrives Feb. 6. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The wrestling regular season is winding down toward the tournament that really matters – the district event.
That takes place Feb. 6.
Before then, coaches Chris and Monica Allen pitted their charges against foes in the district duals title clash.
That was followed by the Heard Invitational.
Azle, a perennial power in the sport, usually wins the duals title.
But this time, AHS fell just short.… Read the rest

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Beginning of spring sports looming as February nears

January 20, 2016
Beginning of spring sports looming as February nears

The Lady Hornets will again be coached by Tracy Tadlock (center). Azle reached the Region I finals the last two seasons. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
While winter sports – basketball, swimming, and wrestling – race toward their conclusions, springtime sports are about to gear up.
The University Interscholastic League lists five sports that extend well into the spring.

Softball
The first day of practice for softball begins Friday, Jan. 22.
For the past two seasons, the Lady Hornets have been highly state-ranked only to see exceptional years end at the hands of Aledo – the team ranked No.… Read the rest

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Soccer squads find foes are near equals

January 20, 2016
Soccer squads find foes are near equals

Lady Hornet Kara Moore controls a ball. She scored in matches against Birdville and Waco University, the former on an assist from sister Kaycee. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle High School varsity soccer teams faced non-district foes that almost mirrored them.
The boys played at Birdville Jan. 12 and lost a tough 1-0 match.
Coach William Averrite said, “The guys played hard. It was a good test and we were very close to equalizing on a few different occasions.”
The coach said he took advantage of the contest to play some Hornets in different positions than normal.… Read the rest

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Hoops boys seeking first district victory

January 20, 2016
Hoops boys seeking first district victory

Bowen Moyer (24) heads for the bucket against Wichita Falls Rider at the AHS gym. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The boys varsity basketball team tumbled to Brewer and Wichita Falls Rider in district action.
At Brewer Jan. 12, a slow start doomed Azle; the Bears led 15-5 after one quarter and eventually lost 45-25.
Jay Crane led AHS with 9 points.
Josh Golliday added 5 and Noah Laduca scored 4 points.
Rider came to the Azle gym with a substantial height advantage and used it.
The Raiders have a prolific scorer in T.J. Vasher but he got just one point in a 68-44 win.… Read the rest

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Azle High girls, boys soccer squads shine in own tourney

January 13, 2016
Azle High girls, boys soccer squads shine in own tourney

Lady Hornet Kara Moore (14) battles a Cleburne Lady Jacket in the tourney opener. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
For the most part, the Azle soccer tournament enjoyed fine weather. And plenty of AHS athletes turned in superior performances.
The girls reached the championship match.
In pool play, the Lady Hornets beat the Cleburne JVA 2-0 and tied last year’s champion Alvin 0-0. Thanks to those two shutouts, Azle won the pool.
Taylor Trower scored in the Cleburne game off an assist by Meagan McNew.
In bracket play, AHS topped Canyon Randall 2-1 with Kayce Moore getting her fourth goal of the season; she had a hat trick of 3 in the season opener earlier against Fort Worth Trimble Tech.… Read the rest

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