by Mark K. Campbell
It sure looked like the winning streak was going to continue.
The big match-up against Brewer pitted old rivals.
And Azle (18-6, 5-1) had the upper hand going into the sixth inning.
But the Lady Bears – led by former Azle coach Vera Ortega – put four runners across and a 4-3 Lady Hornet lead vanished.… Read the rest
District play started out wonderfully for the Hornet baseball team, but AHS has hit a few speed bumps lately.
Azle (5-12, 1-3) has dropped a trio of 5-5A contests after hosting Denton and playing Brewer in White Settlement.
Against Denton March 22, the Hornets led 2-0 after tallying twice in the second inning.
That advantage stood until the top of the fourth when the Broncos tied it then took the lead for good the next inning, finally winning 7-2.… Read the rest
Lady Hornets Kaycie Dunkerley and Payton Berger played on different teams at the annual Chicken Express All-Star Game March 26.
Each team was comprised of 12 girls from a variety of area teams.
Azle coach Mitzi Marquart said, “Both ladies played very well.”
Both Dunkerley and Berger – AHS’ top scorers for the season – participated in the halftime 3-point contest.
Marquart added, “These two Lady Hornets represented Azle extremely well along with having a great time and experience.”… Read the rest
Both boys and girls squads competed at the future site of the 5-5A event, Aledo, March 24.
The boys again were led by a talented group of distance runners as well as a standout hurdler.
The Hornets won three golds – two came from hurdler Conrad Reinhard who continued a stellar season.
He was golden in both the 110- and 300-meter distances, events he has won multiple times this season.… Read the rest
Azle lost, 2-0.
The Hornets stayed competitive with the Mustangs and hung with the talented Grapevine group.
Several AHS athletes were playoff-experienced and it showed on the pitch that evening.
To illustrate the talent on the squad, on April 6 four Hornets are slated to sign letters of intent to continue their careers in college.
Moving to the next level on scholarships are AHS’ Austin McCash, Mason Mendell, Grant Mendell, and Javier Mejia.… Read the rest
At a varsity tournament in Godley, Cody Cook teamed with Briana Moore to take the runner-up place.
Helm said of the duo: “They have been playing the most exciting matches of the year, getting wins off pure determination and out-working opponents.”
Also at that Godley event, Hunter Beck won the consolation trophy – including beating the top-ranked player in Texas in his bracket.
Freshman Abby Davis also won consolation.
JV freshmen Anna Newton and Alyssa Summers medaled in every tourney this year.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
If you can’t get to the beach, you might as well go 4-0 on the softball diamond.
A Spring Break run began with a 7-4 victory over Boswell in a game delayed because of rain and not played until Monday, March 14.
Then came three more contests that week, forcing Azle (17-5, 4-0) to play four games in a row.
On Tuesday, March 15, Wichita Falls came to Jim Bob Nation’s Field of Dreams and got drilled, 16-1.… Read the rest