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Azle youth strong on mats

March 1, 2017

by Mark K. Campbell
While the high school wrestling team impressed at the state tournament, so did Azle youth in their big event.
The Azle Youth Wrestling Club is ranked in the top 10 in Texas, coach Justin Berg noted.
The Azle club is smaller than most in Texas.
But Berg said, “Our wrestlers perform very well and are very competitive with the larger schools.”
Winners at the youth state championships were many.
Rookie placers were Jet Thomas and David Moore (1st) and Zaylyn Woods and Braxon Cates (2nd).
In the Novice division, Billy Spratt and Larry Layman were 1st; Hunter Legan, Robert Rea, and Zaylyn Wood 2nd; Braxon Cates and Pierce Berg 3rd; and Conner Davis 4th.… Read the rest

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Azle Fishing Team

March 1, 2017
Azle Fishing Team

On Lake Texoma, the Azle Fishing Team was led by Austin Womack (left) and Haley Huchowski; the duo caught 10.36 pounds of bass. Marshall Arwine-Cody Gilbert was next for AHS with 6.13 pounds. Third was Travis Dunn-James Frank who caught 4.22 pounds. Shane Richardson-Gabriel Gamble took fourth for Azle with 2.67. Next up for the club is a March 25 event at Lake Whitney. Sponsor Larry Mackey said boat captains are still needed. He can be reached at 817-832-6933.

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Ladies in tourney mode

March 1, 2017
Ladies in tourney mode

Lady Hornet centerfielder Logan Graham runs down a long fly on the warning track. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
A pair of tournaments has given Azle softball coach Tracy Tadlock a good look at his young team.
The Lady Hornets played at Brock and Southlake Carroll and already have 12 games under their belts.
Azle (5-7) went 3-3 at Brock and 2-4 at Southlake.
Tadlock said, “We have played a very difficult schedule and have seen some very good pitching.
“That, coupled with the fact that we are a young team starting one senior, has attributed to our sluggish start.”
So many games in such a short period is giving the young Lady Hornets some experience.… Read the rest

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Soccer girls tumble

March 1, 2017
Soccer girls tumble

The Lady Hornet soccer team fell in a couple of district clashes.
Azle lost matches to Boswell and Chisholm Trail.
The Lady Pioneers toppled the Lady Hornets 5-0.
Against Chisholm Trail, AHS fell 3-1.
Alexis Bryant got the Azle goal off an assist from Taylor Forsythe.
Two road games await – at Northwest Eaton and Saginaw.

Keeper Heather Randall has shone on the pitch for Azle. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Hoops for Heart

March 1, 2017
Hoops for Heart

At the annual Azle Elementary Hoops for Heart tournament, 22 teams raised almost $2,000 for the American Heart Association. Boys winners (far left) were (back, l-r) Seth Cantano, Luke Olmstead, Grant Tune; runners-up (front, l-r) Zeb Cross, Caden Gonzalez, Brady Thompson. Winning the girls’ division were (back, l-r) Karlee Locke, Brittany Cato, Kendall Locke; runners-up were (front) Carly Gilbreath, Makynna Hinkle, Ashlyn Norton. … Read the rest

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Baseball Hornets squads compete in tournaments

March 1, 2017

by Mark K. Campbell
It was tournament time for the Azle High School’s baseball squads.
The varsity went 1-5 in the Southwest Ford Classic.
Azle beat Crowley 3-0 behind the strong pitching of Sam Collins who fanned 9 hitters.
Brownwood edged AHS 5-4; sophomore Dave Johnson got the start for the Hornets.
Next, Mansfield Legacy blanked Azle 9-0. Coach Stephen Smith lauded the play of catcher Fernando Gonzalez.
Birdville topped the Hornets 8-7. Tyler Lehr and Julius Schneider “threw well,” the coach recalled.
Abilene beat AHS 9-1. Schneider shone in relief with no runs allowed in 2-2/3 innings.
In Azle’s final game, North Crowley eked out a 6-5 win as Cameron Baker “pitched lights out” for almost six innings.… Read the rest

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Track teams visit Brewer

March 1, 2017
Track teams visit Brewer

The boys 4×100-meter ran at the Ben Davis Relays at Brewer High School Feb. 23. Here, Alex Simmons waits for the baton from Gamble Moore. The varsity finished fifth as a team while the JV ended up being runners-up in White Settlement. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
For the second week in a row, the Azle track teams enjoyed fair weather for a meet.
This time, the AHS squads headed to Brewer for the Ben Davis Relays.
The girls varsity finished fourth out of eight teams – many of them district rivals.
AHS was led on the track by speedy Taylor Trower.… Read the rest

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Azle’s latest champions!

March 1, 2017
Azle’s latest champions!

Hornet Nation!

Action from the state tournament Feb. 24-25 in Cypress: (clockwise from top) Hali Davis battles in the gold medal match; Alexis Hanna on the awards stand; Davis being interviewed after the awards ceremony; Azle coach Monica Allen was chosen as the Girls 5A Coach of the Year.

AHS has two more wrestling gold medal winners! Congrats to Hali Davis, a two-time winner now, and Alexis Hanna! You have made Azle PROUD!

Congrats to every athlete who represented Azle at the state wrestling tournament!

We’re Hornet Proud!

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Ten wrestlers headed to state

February 22, 2017
Ten wrestlers headed to state

District and now regional champion Seth Bell (left) watches mat action with Azle head coach Chris Allen. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Hanna, Davis, Bell regional champions

by Mark K. Campbell
The Region 2 wrestling tournament – where the top four placers advanced to the state event – was full of ups and downs for Azle.
When the dust settled, 10 AHS athletes had clinched berths at the elite tourney set for Feb. 24-25 at Cy-Fair ISD’s Berry Center outside of Houston.… Read the rest

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Hoops boys year over

February 22, 2017

New coach ‘laying down foundation’

by Mark K. Campbell
The Hornet basketball season ended following a close game on Senior Night against a state-ranked Chisholm Trail.
Azle finished out of the playoffs under first-year coach James Crafton; the coach said the varsity improved as the season went along.
“In the second round of district, the Hornets played six of seven opponents better than they did in the first round,” he said.
That begins the process of “laying down the foundation” for the future of boys’ basketball, he noted.
In the season finale at home against Chisholm Trail, AHS played with the postseason-bound Rangers until late in the final period before falling 54-37.… Read the rest

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