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Camp signups continue

May 10, 2017
Camp signups continue

Baseball is just one of three camps slated for June 12-15. AHS head coach Stephen Smith will again direct drills at the Azle High School diamond. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Registration is ongoing for summer sports camps.
Those with dates locked in:
• tennis – June 6-9
• wrestling – June 6-9
• boys’ basketball – June 7-9
• softball – June 12-15
• soccer – June 12-15
• baseball – June 12-15
• volleyball – July 17-20
• girls’ basketball – July 24-27
Dates have not been pinned down for elite volleyball (tentatively July 13-15) and football (early August).… Read the rest

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Junior varsity baseball finishes season strong

May 10, 2017

The JV hardball Hornets picked up district victories over Boswell and Northwest as the 2017 slate ended.
Azle (11-10-2, 7-6) edged rival Boswell 7-6.
The game was tied at six entering the final at bat for AHS at Jim Bob Nation’s Field of Dreams diamond at Azle High School.
The Hornets had led early after a fielder’s choice by Austin Hubbard.
Bos tied the game with four runs in the sixth before Daniel Ruelas won the game, plating a runner.
Azle swatted 10 hits in the game with Easton Elrod, Ruelas, and Hubbard all collecting multiple hits.
Elrod started the game and threw six innings.… Read the rest

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Track season ends out west

May 3, 2017
Track season ends out west

Sprinter Taylor Trower’s memorable track season ended with fourth-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter races in Lubbock. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Hopes were high that a Lady Hornet – or several of them – might clear the Region I hurdle and advance to the state track meet.
After all, the season had already been successful, with multiple gold medals and school records falling.
But no one from Azle qualified for the elite Austin meet when the final gun had been fired at Lowery Field on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock.
Five Lady Hornets qualified from the Area meet to reach the Region I event.… Read the rest

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High school anglers advance to state event

May 3, 2017
High school anglers advance to state event

This nice haul of 10.5 pounds of bass qualified the AHS team of Marshall Arnwine (left) and Cody Gilbert for the state high school bass tourney later this month.

by Mark K. Campbell
An Azle High School fishing team is moving on to the state tournament.
Marshall Arnwine and Cody Gilbert combined to catch five fish that weighed 10.5 pounds.
Those fish, hauled out of Lake Palestine April 22 during the Texas High School Bass Association’s regional event, qualified the Hornet duo for the state tourney.
Arnwine and Gilbert are longtime friends, having met in kindergarten.
Both have a passion for fishing and the outdoors, sponsors noted, and that makes for a good team.… Read the rest

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Hornet baseball season concludes on the road

May 3, 2017

The 2017 AHS baseball year ended with two final district games.
The Hornets tumbled to Boswell and Saginaw Chisholm Trail to finish the season.
At the Pioneer diamond, Azle (11-15, 3-11) jumped ahead of Boswell early, 2-0, after a Max Miller double.
Then that lead eventually ballooned to 4-0 when Cody Akers scored on a fielder’s choice by Sam Collins.
But a five-run sixth inning saved the day for the Pioneers in a 5-4 Bos victory.
Akers finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.
Hitting safely were Zachary Edwards, Brandon Martinez, Ryan Lehr, and Collins.
Tyler Lehr was “masterful on the mound,” coach Stephen Smith recalled.… Read the rest

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Azle wrestlers win at tourney

May 3, 2017
Azle wrestlers win at tourney

At six years old, Azle wrestler Zaylyn Woods won her freestyle division, the youngest ever locally. With her are coaches Chris and Monica Allen.

Woods is youngest ever state champ at age 6

by Mark K. Campbell
Azle athletes – of all ages – enjoyed success at the state freestyle tournament at The Colony High School.
Among the successes was the youngest Azle champion ever.
Zaylyn Woods won the title at just six years old.
Older girls were vying for berths on the national girls team, seeking to compete at that elite tourney in Fargo, North Dakota later in the summer – a trip plenty of talented AHS athletes have made before.… Read the rest

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Camp signups ongoing

May 3, 2017

by Mark K. Campbell
Youth can register for summer sports camps right now online.
Already, several dates and sports have already been scheduled.
Others remain tentative.
Ready for kids are:
• tennis – June 6-9
• wrestling – June 6-9
• boys’ basketball – June 7-9
• softball – June 12-15
• soccer – June 12-15
• volleyball – July 17-20
• girls’ basketball – July 24-27
Other sports camps are planned; however, the dates are not secured yet for elite volleyball (July) and football (August).
Cross country training classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning in June.
The annual Performance Camp is slated for Mondays-Thursdays starting in June.… Read the rest

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Bell Signs to Wrestle in College

May 3, 2017
Bell Signs to Wrestle in College

Following a successful wrestling career that included a bronze medal at the 2017 state tournament, Hornet Seth Bell will continue to compete at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. With him are (l-r) coaches Monica and Chris Allen, Michel Urbanek, and Adam Hull.

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Camps on the horizon

April 26, 2017

by Mark K. campbell
It’s not too early to register for summer sports camps.
Already, several dates and sports have already been locked down.
Others remain tentative.
Ready for registrants are:
• tennis – June 6-9
• wrestling – June 6-9
• boys’ basketball – June 7-9
• softball – June 12-15
• girls’ basketball – July 24-27
Other sports camps are planned; however, the dates are not secured yet.
Those camps include soccer (likely in June), volleyball (July), elite volleyball (July), and football (August).
Cross country training classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning in June.
The annual Performance Camp is set for Mondays-Thursdays starting in June.… Read the rest

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Tie-breaker knocks ladies out of playoffs

April 26, 2017
Tie-breaker knocks ladies out of playoffs

After just missing the playoffs in a tie-breaker, Logan Graham and most of her teammates will return in 2018. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

4-way tie for 3 postseason spots doesn’t go Azle’s way

by Mark K. Campbell
After a 1-4 start in 6-5A, the softball Lady Hornets stepped on the gas and roared back into the playoff hunt.
By finishing 9-2 over the final district stretch – including winning its final two games – Azle ended up in a four-way tie for three playoff berths.
In the midst of that extremely rare multi-tie, AHS became the odd man out.… Read the rest

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