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AD’s comprehensive 5-year plan covers many bases

July 5, 2017
AD’s comprehensive 5-year plan covers many bases

New Athletic Director Becky Spurlock addressed the ISD board June 19. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

At her school board presentation, AD Becky Spurlock displayed potential branding options to those in attendance. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Spurlock envisions big changes for Azle sports

by Mark K. Campbell
Becky Spurlock more than impressed when addressing the school board June 19.
The new athletic director, along with other department heads, presented five-year plans for their specific areas to the trustees.
When Spurlock finished detailing her in-depth examination of Azle sports – including coaches and AISD’s facilities – President Bill Lane noted how impressive Spurlock’s presentation was.… Read the rest

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Four baseball Hornets lauded

July 5, 2017

A quartet of 2017 Azle High School baseball players earned unique honors.
Four Hornets qualified for the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Academic All-State team.
That foursome: Trent Creacy, Hunter Jennings, Max Miller, and Tyler Ruelas.
Rugged scholastic benchmarks had to be reached.… Read the rest

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Camps gear back up on July 13

July 5, 2017

The sports camp season resumes with an elite volleyball camp July 13-15. Eligible campers are entering grades 7-12 in the upcoming school year.
The next week, an Azle coach-run volleyball camp arrives July 17-20.
Three sessions of girls’ basketball are slated for July 24-27, ranging from incoming grades 1-9.
The final camp of the summer is again youth football with a pair of sessions planned for Aug. 7-10.
For more information on all camps, visit www.azleisd.net, click on Azle High School then Athletics, then Summer Camps. Applications for camps are there.
Or call the athletic director’s office at (817) 270-1725.… Read the rest

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Football magazine slots Azle out of postseason

June 28, 2017
Football magazine slots Azle out of postseason

Coaches watch spring drills (above) with Hornets competing for jobs to become part of a 2017 squad. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The annual summertime release of Texas Football magazine makes playoff predictions on over 1,400 high school teams.
This year, the Hornets got little love from the publication.
Azle got pegged seventh out of the eight-team District 6-5A, well out of the playoffs.
The top four teams qualify for the postseason, divided up into divisions I and II based on attendance numbers.… Read the rest

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Teenage car racer 3rd on Indianapolis track

June 28, 2017
Teenage car racer 3rd on Indianapolis track

Azle’s John Vining and his racing team competed and placed third in the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitatonal in Indianapolis in a 15-year-old Monte Carlo.

Vining, 18, one of youngest to reach podium

by Mark K. Campbell
An 18 year old drove a 15 year old to a third place finish.
John Vining, an Azle High graduate, competed at his family’s home state of Indiana – at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to be exact – and finished third.
Racing in the SVAR Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Vining reached the Saturday race after taking sixth in a race the prior day.… Read the rest

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Delving into Azle’s football history an iffy affair

June 21, 2017
Delving into Azle’s football history an iffy affair

The Hornet team that tallied the most victories, 11, in Azle history was the 2014 squad that won district and two playoff games. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Especially when it’s online

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
History is tricky.
Recent events are easy to uncover in this age of digital preservation.
But go back a few decades and discovering specific facts becomes more daunting.
Documents that can verify statements are not always easy to come by.
High school annuals can be a wealth of information – if you can find one and/or it has what you’re looking for in it.
Websites, even if lovingly tended and researched, are questionable.… Read the rest

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All-State Second Baseman

June 21, 2017
All-State Second Baseman

Accolades continue for Hornet Ryan Lehr. Last month, the junior was named the district Newcomer of the Year. Now Lehr has been chosen as a First Team 5A All-State second baseman. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Camps don’t resume until July

June 21, 2017

While summer sports camps are taking a few weeks off, other options are available for local youth.
The cross country training class continues through July 4.
Runners headed for grades 5-8 train Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Also ongoing is the annual Performance Course at the AHS campus.
The sports camp season resumes with an elite volleyball camp July 13-15. Eligible campers are entering grades 7-12 in the upcoming school year.
The next week, an Azle coach-run volleyball camp arrives July 17-20.
Three sessions of girls’ basketball are slated for July 24-27, ranging from incoming grades 1-9.
The final camp of the summer is again youth football with a pair of sessions planned for Aug.… Read the rest

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Summer Camp Fun!

June 14, 2017
Summer Camp Fun!

Scores of Azle youth enjoyed learning and sharpening athletic skills at the annual summer sports camps – including tennis, soccer, baseball, softball, and boys’ basketball. The next camp does not arrive until mid-July, a pair of volleyball camps. Those will be followed by girls’ basketball and, in early August, youth football. Photos by Mark K.
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Top athletes at Azle Elementary named

June 7, 2017
Top athletes at Azle Elementary named

Azle Elementary School’s sixth grade Athletes of the Year (top, l-r) were Ashlyn Norton and Luke Olmstead. The top fifth graders (bottom, l-r) were Landri Seward and Cole Webb.

Annual physical fitness program conducted for 32nd consecutive year

by Mark K. Campbell
For the 32nd year in a row, youth a Azle Elementary went through the Presidential Fitness Award program.
Two boys broke records this year, setting new fitness standards at AE: Grant Tune did 40 pull-ups and Denim Fields 80 sit-ups.
“Those are the top scores at The Rock,” coach David Slininger said. “Amazing!”
The students named Athlete of the Year for sixth grade had their names inscribed on a plaque that stays at Azle Elementary.… Read the rest

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