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Basketball ladies beat visiting Mansfield HS

December 14, 2016
Basketball ladies beat visiting Mansfield HS

Savannah Johnson (31) jockeys for position. Azle defeated Mansfield Dec. 6 in the final non-district game before 6-5A began Dec. 13. Photo courtesy Mark K. Campbell

District play fills out most of schedule now

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team hosted Mansfield Dec. 6 in the final non-district game of the year (excluding the holiday tournament).
Azle (5-8) built a nice lead then skunked Mansfield in the second period to fuel a 41-36 victory.
After a 10-8 first period, AHS blanked the visitors 10-0 to hold a comfortable halftime advantage.
The victory helped the Lady Hornets reach the first district game of the season at Boswell (Dec.… Read the rest

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Swim team hits Irving pool

December 14, 2016

The Azle Swim Team competed in the Irving Winter Invitational Dec. 3.
Several AHS athletes pointed. Leading the way was Taylor Bresnahan who won the girls’ 50 freestyle.
She claimed a second medal – a bronze – in the 100 free.
A pair of girls’ relay teams earned team points.
The quartet of Rebekah Riley, Stella Yanda, Emma Ritchmond, and Bresnahan finished sixth in both the 200 and 400 free races.
Individually, Riley finished fourth in the girls’ 500 free and Yanda pointed in the 200 medley.
On the boys’ side, Ty Gordy pointed in the 50 and 100 free.
Jack Kortokrax also added to the AHS tally in the 100 butterfly.… Read the rest

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Youth wrestlers excel at The Swarm tourney

December 7, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
It’s the time of the high school wrestling season where the teens take a break to focus on younger athletes.
On Dec. 3, over 500 youth wrestlers visited the AHS gym for The Swarm tournament.
High school coach Chris Allen lauded how well coaches and parents managed to “put on a great tournament with tons of kids pouring in.”
Several Azle Youth Wrestling Club members placed, some in multiple divisions.
AYWC saw eight athletes take titles:
• Zaylyn Wood – TOT, 48 pounds
• Larry Layman – rookie/novice, 60-65 pounds
• Billy Sprat – rookie/novice, 135 pounds
• Kelton Schott – rookie/novice, 90 pounds
• Robert Rea – rookie/novice, 120 pounds
• Hunter Legan – rookie/novice, 75-80 pounds
• Vance Guthrie – rookie/novice, 85 pounds
• Bronson Sambrano – open, 60 pounds
Three other club members from Azle were runners-up: Nathan Heep (rookie/novice, 95-100 pounds); Silas Page (rookie/novice, 55 pounds); and Conner Davis (rookie/novice, 65 pounds).… Read the rest

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Boys earn 2 wins at Bowie

December 7, 2016
Boys earn 2 wins at Bowie

Hornet Dylan Flynn fends off a Porcupine at the Springtown gym Nov. 29. Flynn would go on to earn All-Tournament honors at Azle’s first tourney at Bowie Dec. 1-3. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
After a tough loss at Springtown, the basketball Hornets won twice in the squad’s first tournament of the year.
Azle (3-6) went back and forth late at the Porcupine gym Nov. 29. AHS took a one-point lead at the 2:19 mark.
But the hosts regained the advantage, ahead by three points with less than 12 seconds remaining.
The Hornets’ final play opened up, but a game-tying shot bounded off the back of the rim at the buzzer.… Read the rest

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Ladies see multiple foes at Brewer tourney

December 7, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team got several more games under its belt, playing a tournament in White Settlement Dec. 1-3.
Before that trio of contests, Azle (4-8) battled Richland and lost a close one, 41-40.
The Lady Hornets led each period entering the final one: 9-6; 21-13; and 33-26.
But the visitors rallied to pull out the narrow victory.
AHS was led in scoring by Naudia Smith with 11 points.
Savannah Johnson netted 9 while Brooke Phillips added 8 points.
In White Settlement at the Brewer tournament, the Lady Hornets once again played well early before losing by a slim margin.… Read the rest

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Winning in White Settlement

December 7, 2016
Winning in White Settlement

The Lady Hornets took care of Fort Worth Poly in the second game of the Brewer tournament Dec. 2. Action from the contest: (clockwise from upper left) Autumn Johnson drives to the bucket; a formidable trio puts up a wall – Johnson (22), Brooke Phillips (10), and Maria Parkison (21); Bailey Natusch (15) eyes a Lady Parrot.                                                           Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Azle athletes win in Coppell

November 30, 2016
Azle athletes win in Coppell

The Azle boys wrestling teams brought home hardware from a Coppell tournament.

Varsities sweep to team titles

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle High wrestling team was spectacular at the annual Coppell Round Up.
The boys and girls varsities dispatched five dual foes and the boys junior varsity enjoyed some strong performances, too, coach Chris Allen said.
The Lady Hornets went 5-0 and won the team title by taking down Northwest 35-30; Coppell, 27-24; Frisco Centennial 42-0; Dallas Skyline 30-12; and Frisco Heritage, 36-12.
The boys overwhelmed every team they faced en route to a perfect afternoon: Skyline 52-21; Coppell, 52-6; Centennial, 52-21; Northwest, 69-9; and Heritage, 68-9.… Read the rest

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Ladies rally in final seconds

November 30, 2016

Sister rebounds sister’s shot for win

It came down to the wire when Azle (3-5) traveled to play Midlothian Heritage Nov. 21.
The Lady Hornets “refused to lose,” coach Mitzi Marquart recalled and AHS won 52-51 on a last second shot.
The Johnson sisters gave Azle the edge.
Trailing by one point, Savannah Johnson’s shot rolled out; but, sister Autumn rebounded the ball and made the basket that won the game in the waning seconds.
“That was a very exciting finish,” Marquart said.
Azle led early and reached halftime with a 33-27 advantage.
But the hosts rallied and moved ahead several points, Marquart said.… Read the rest

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Hornets battle two non-district rivals

November 30, 2016
Hornets battle two non-district rivals

Payton Vaughn scored five points against Haltom.
Photo by Azle Sports Photography

Azle plays a pair of close hoops games

by Mark K. Campbell
The basketball Hornets played a pair of non-district games as the season ramps up.
Azle (1-2), under new coach James Crafton, traveled to Joshua and hosted Haltom.
At the JHS gym, the Owls edged the Hornets 41-40.
Crafton said Azle played well throughout the game; AHS led 33-19 entering the final period.
But “some minor miscues down the stretch allowed Joshua to get back in the game,” the coach recalled.
The only time the Owls led came with 14 seconds left.… Read the rest

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Seals picked for big games

November 30, 2016
Seals picked for big games

 

He’ll play in 2 elite contests

by Mark K. Campbell
Azle freshman quarterback Ken Seals got a season of varsity football under his belt in 2016.
Now he will return to more familiar territory – All-Star action.

Azle’s Ken Seals will return to the gridiron in two all-star games in January. Photo by Mark K. Campbell


Seals has again been selected to quarterback Team USA.
He also will compete once more in the 2017 Football University Freshman All-American Bowl.
The latter comes first.
The game is set for San Antonio’s Alamodome Jan. 6.
The freshman-only contest is modeled after the Army Bowl, the top high school football game for national standout athletes.… Read the rest

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