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Baseball Hornets a mix of vets and newcomers

February 22, 2017
Baseball Hornets a mix of vets and newcomers

Hornet coach Stephen Smith said the 2017 baseball team is young and athletic. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle High School baseball season is underway and coach Stephen Smith said things are looking good.
“Our strength will be team speed,” he noted.
“We have done a lot of work in this offseason in the weight room and on the track to get stronger and faster.”
Pitching is always a key in high school baseball, and Smith is looking at a slew of hurlers.
Smith said four seniors are toeing the rubber this season – Tyler Lehr, Austin Berglund, Max Miller, and Trent Creacy.… Read the rest

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All-District

February 22, 2017
All-District

Savannah Johnson (31) was Azle’s First Team All-District pick this hoops season in 6-5A. Naudia Smith and Breeona Cannon landed on the Second Team while Brooke Phillips and Bailey Natusch were Honorable Mention picks. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

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Hitting the ‘Dirt’ in Brock

February 22, 2017
Hitting the ‘Dirt’ in Brock

The Lady Hornet softball season’s first tournament was in Brock – with its colored, all-weather surface painted brown to mark the infield – where AHS faced several teams including Brownwood, above. Next up for Azle is another tourney, at Southlake Carroll Feb. 23-25. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Track season opens at Richland High School

February 22, 2017
Track season opens at Richland High School

Carson Martinez and Jared Wheeler compete in the shot put ring at Richland Feb. 16, the first meet of 2017. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

 

by Mark K. Campbell
In a rarity, the 2017 track season began with near perfect weather – not the cold and wind that’s often found in February meets.
Azle coaches Keith Boenisch and Derek Dorris took their charges to Richland High School Feb. 16.
The smallish meet – six teams including Azle – gave the coaches a chance to see their athletes in competition without the craziness of a larger gathering.
The girls varsity finished third with 117 points.… Read the rest

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Four girls, two boys district wrestling champions

February 15, 2017
Four girls, two boys district wrestling champions

Hornet Seth Bell has his finals opponent in trouble at the district wrestling tournament at the Northwest Eaton gym Feb. 9. The Azle senior will next compete at regional in Frisco this weekend, seeking a return trip to the state event Feb. 24-25. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Hornets 2nd in district team race

by Mark K. Campbell
With a whopping 17 athletes advancing to the regional tournament, Azle turned in a fine showing at the district event.
It was almost more than 17, boys coach Chris Allen said.
“We lost one due to a challenge match loss and another due to injury,” he said, adding that a seasonlong starter missed the tourney, too.… Read the rest

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Azle soccer squads pick up points in district play

February 15, 2017
Azle soccer squads pick up points in district play

Taylor Forsythe continues to be a standout for the soccer Lady Hornets. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Against NW Eaton and Saginaw

by Mark K. Campbell
Meetings with Northwest Eaton and Saginaw went well for the most part for the Azle High School soccer teams.
The boys beat Eaton 2-0 and pointed against Saginaw after a 2-2 match was settled with penalty kicks.
Against Eaton, AHS led 1-0 at halftime when Ben Davis scored off an Alex Quevedo assist.
Coach William Averitte said the then Hornets controlled the ball most of the second half.
An insurance goal from Quevedo came off an assist from Julio Lopez.… Read the rest

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Spring sports underway

February 15, 2017

It’s time for several spring sports to begin for Azle High.
The track squads – coached now by former Hornet Derek Dorris and AISD veteran Keith Boenisch – will venture to Richland for the first meet of the season Feb. 16.
The Hornet baseball team is also being led again by Stephen Smith. The squads are scrimmaging several teams before the season starts Feb. 20 agaisnt Keller Timber Creek.
The Lady Hornet softball squad, with experienced coach Tracy Tadlock at the helm, will return to the annual Brock tournament Feb. 16-18.… Read the rest

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Hoops seasons winding down

February 15, 2017
Hoops seasons winding down

Dylan Gibson (14) played his final basketball game as a Hornet when he and two other twelfth graders – Zack Kent and Max Miller – faced Chisholm Trail on Senior Night on Valentine’s Day (results not available at press time). Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

The Lady Hornet 2016-17 hoops season is over and the boys will end play shortly.
The Azle girls ended its season with a 47-42 loss to Northwest.
Nandia Smith paced the Lady Hornets with 17 points.
Senior Breeona Cannon, in her final game in an Azle uniform, added 11 points
Savannah Johnson scored 7 and Bailey Natusch added 4 points.… Read the rest

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Pin ‘em, Azle!

February 15, 2017
Pin ‘em, Azle!

Good luck at the regional tourney!

On to state!

All photos by Mark K. Campbell but girls’ team by Monica Allen… Read the rest

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Signing Day 2017

February 8, 2017
Signing Day 2017

Five Azle Hornets will continue their athletic careers in college after inking on Signing Day Feb. 1.
Four will play football, three with the same team.
Chase Slack, Alex Quevedo, and Kole Taylor (center to far right) will play for the University of Central Oklahoma. Dylan Gibson (second from left) is bound for the Southern Arkansas gridiron. One Hornet, Austin Berglund (left), signed to play baseball. He will hit the diamond for Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

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