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Azle still dropping softball rivals

April 13, 2016
Azle still dropping softball rivals

Bailee Carter wallops a pitch. The senior cranked a grand slam in Azle’s 16-8 bouncing of Wichita Falls on the road April 8. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lady Hornets tied at the top with 4 games left in 5-5A

by Mark K. Campbell
Big bats led to big wins for the Lady Hornet softball team.
Azle (22-6, 9-1) bashed out 30 hits in victories over Saginaw and Wichita Falls to stay atop the 5-5A standings.
Several Lady Hornets impressed at the plate but none more than senior Bailee Carter.
In a 8-3 victory over Saginaw, Carter had 2 hits, one a home run.… Read the rest

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Hut, hut, hut!

April 13, 2016

Spring football on the horizon for the Hornets

If it’s not football season in Texas, it’s almost time for some football.
Azle head coach Devon Dorris will begin spring drills for the 2016 season starting May 2 at Hornet Field.
Seven-on-seven football looms as well, a competition for skill players during the late spring and summertime that culminates with a state touranment on the Texas A&M campus.
Then, usually in June, the juices get flowing when the annual Texas Football magazine hits local stands.
This fall, the latest version of Hornets will be seeing some old and familiar faces.
Dorris will have his athletes getting ready to play in the new 6-4A where familiar district rivals like Boswell, Saginaw, Chisholm Trail, and Brewer await.… Read the rest

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AHS pops Saginaw

April 13, 2016
AHS pops Saginaw

Azle’s Tyler Ruelas hustles around the bases. The Hornets drilled Saginaw 13-0. Photo by Azle Sports Photography

The Hornet baseball team got back into its winning ways with a 13-0 thrashing of Saginaw.
Azle (7-15, 2-6) had several players turn in exceptional games against the Rough Riders.
AHS poured over 11 runs in the first three innings with the first coming via a sacrifice fly from Jon Mark Castillo.
Trey Ramos went 3-for-2 with a home run, 3 RBI, and a stolen base.
Donny Nay had 2 hits and scored twice while collecting 2 RBI.
Azle went double crazy with Castillo, Tyler Lehr, Zach Edwards, and Shane Drolet all smacking two-baggers.… Read the rest

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Quartet to Continue Soccer Careers

April 13, 2016
Quartet to Continue Soccer Careers

Four talented soccer Hornets will continue playing at the collegiate level. Austin McCash (left) will tend goal for the University of Texas at Tyler. McMurry University in Abilene has signed a trio of AHS athletes (l-r) Javier Mejia, Mason Mendell, and Grant Mendell. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Tennis season over

April 13, 2016
Tennis season over

Azle’s mixed doubles team of Cody Cook and Briana Moore advanced deeper into the postseason than any other AHS netters. Photo courtesy Lisa Helm

When you reside in a district with a tradtion-heavy tennis squad, it’s always a chore.
That was the case for Azle in having to face Wichita Falls Rider, a perennial state-bound team.
Azle coach Lisa Helm said she her mixed doubles team of Cody Cook-Briana Moore shone at district.
The duo defeated a higher-seeded Denton twosome then made Rider “work for their ‘W’,” Helm said.
Moore is graduating this season and leaves behind “a legacy of hard work, committment, and an attitude of never giving up” Helm said.… Read the rest

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District Discus Champ!

April 13, 2016
District Discus Champ!

On the first day of the 5-5A meet, Lady Hornet Katy O’Dell won the discus to qualify for the regional meet. FULL RESULTS IN NEXT WEEK’S NEWS! Photo courtesy Lisa Helm

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Softball ladies post 2 more wins

April 6, 2016
Softball ladies post 2 more wins

Lady Hornet catcher Katelyn Harris is not only receiving a new pitcher, but is on a hitting tear, going 5-for-8 with 6 runs scored and 3 RBI. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Ledbetter steps up to post 5-5A mound victories

by Mark K. Campbell
When your ace gets injured, it can be a blow, certainly.
That’s what happened to the Lady Hornet softball team – but that didn’t keep Azle (20-6, 7-1) from winning two more 5-5A games without standout Samantha Bradley.
Quick starts in opening innings led to victories over Wichita Falls Rider, 10-4, and Boswell, 14-6. The winning pitcher in both games was sophomore Brooke Ledbetter.… Read the rest

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Hornet drop a pair in district

April 6, 2016
Hornet drop a pair in district

The baseball Hornets continued through district play, facing Rider and Boswell.
And Azle (6-14, 1-5) got in a non-district clash as well.
At home, Rider topped the Hornets 9-1.
Coach Stephen Smith said a highlight for AHS was the relief from Alex Newton. The senior threw 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits while fanning 2.
At the plate, Donny Nay doubled and Trey Ramos had a hit and scored the Azle run; he also stole a base.
At Boswell, a 4-run fifth inning put the Hornets ahead 4-2. But the Pioneers answered to rally for the win.
Ramos tripled and had 3 RBI.… Read the rest

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Soccer clubs forming

April 6, 2016

A trio of local youth soccer clubs is being formed and tryouts are looming.
Azle High School head boys coach Brad Averitte is overseeing the assembling of teams for ages 12 and under, 10U and 8U.
Tryouts are slated for Monday, April 11; Thursday, April 14; Monday, April 18; and Thursday, April 21.
All tryouts will take place at Hornet Field at AHS from 5:45 to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Averitte at brad.averitte@gmail.com.… Read the rest

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Champion Cowgirl

April 6, 2016
Champion Cowgirl

Azle High School cowgirl Kylee Scribner, a freshman, competed in the Region III Texas High School Rodeo Association’s finals. She was the runner-up in the first barrels go round and won the second outing with the fastest time of the weekend. In poles, she was ninth in the first go-round and won the second. For the season, she was crowned the champion in barrels, pole bending, and Rookie Cowgirl. She won two saddles, four buckles, $1,238, and a jacket. She will compete at state June 6-11 at Abilene.

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