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AHS sextet seeking Austin berths

April 27, 2016
AHS sextet seeking Austin berths

Hornet Conrad Reinhard heads to Lubbock with Region I’s fourth fastest time. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Christian McGill (left), a distance specialist, is among a large group running 3200 meters at around 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Getting to the state track meet in Austin is a feat – and something six Azle High athletes are poised to take a shot at.
The elite sextet:
• Taylor Trower – 100
• Katy O’Dell – discus
• Kaylie Peters – high jump
• Marisah Mata – triple jump
• Christian McGill – 3200
• Conrad Reinhard – 110 and 300 hurdles
Lady Hornet coach Melody Dennis said Trower enters the Region I meet in Lubbock with the fifth fastest time.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornets are 5-5A softball champs again

April 27, 2016
Lady Hornets are 5-5A softball champs again

Stellar hurler Samantha Bradley won the final two regular season games to give Azle its third consecutive district title. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

3rd year in a row; playoffs start April 28

by Mark K. Campbell
It’s a three-peat for the Lady Hornets!
After avenging its only district loss against Brewer April 19, Azle (27-6, 13-1) clinched the 5-5A championship with a 12-2 bombing on the road at Wichita Falls Rider.
The title was hard-earned, coach Tracy Tadlock said.
“The total team contributions is what really allowed us to win our third consecutive outright district title – a significant accomplishment for these ladies and this program,” he said.… Read the rest

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Azle baseball season waning

April 27, 2016

The first season for coach Stephen Smith is heading toward its end.
Azle (8-19, 3-9) faced Brewer and Wichita Falls Rider.
The visiting Bears topped the Hornets 4-2.
Slade Dinkins got the start and “threw a great game,” the coach recalled.
Dinkins battled into extra innings, going 8-2/3, while permitting only 3 hits. He struck out 7 and allowed just 1 earned run.
Smith recalled, “We just couldn’t get the big hit with people on base.”
Four AHS batters got 2 hits each – Zach Edwards and Jon Mark Castillo (both doubled and each batted home a runner), Donny Nay, and Noah LaDuca.… Read the rest

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AHS angling for fishing finals

April 27, 2016

Several Azle High anglers are headed for the regional round of the bass tourney circuit.
Ready to hit the Richland Chambers water in the West Division regional event May 7 is Travis Dunn who was 20th in the final qualifier at Lake Ray Hubbard April 9.
Colby Williams finished 27th there.
The team of Haley Huchowski and Douglas Spurlin qualified as did Brett McDonald, Cameron Schultz, Austin Womack, and Richard Talmage.
Bass fishing in high school is the hottest sport in the state right now.
Anglers head out on the water with qualified captains.
High school students do not have to have a boat or any equipment to participate.… Read the rest

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Hoops girls land awards

April 27, 2016
Hoops girls land awards

These five Lady Hornets won team honors for their 2015-16 play: (l-r) Rachel Wood, Kylee Browne, Breeona Cannon, Kaycie Dunkerley, and Payton Berger.
Photo courtesy Renee Berger

At the annual postseason banquet for the Lady Hornet basketball squads, head coach Mitzi Marquart passed out a slew of awards.
At the varsity level, the Most Valuable Player Award was split between seniors Kaycie Dunkerley and Payton Berger.
Dunkerley also landed the 3-D Award while Berger was the Azle Offensive Award winner.
Rachel Wood took the Hustle Award while Kylee Browne won the Rebounding Award.
Breeona Cannon was AHS’ top defensive player.
At the junior varsity level, Payton Geary took the Defensive Award, Autumn Johnson the Offensive Award, and Miranda Longbrake the Hustle Award.… Read the rest

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Off to state!

April 27, 2016
Off to state!

Hornet Pride!

The Lady Hornets are back in the postseason!

Good luck girls! Let’s go all the way to AUSTIN!

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Ladies rout 2 more 5-5A rivals

April 20, 2016
Ladies rout 2 more 5-5A rivals

Brie Worley watches a ball arrive. Azle crushed two more district foes. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

With playoffs assured, district crown sought

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet softball team absolutely demolished a couple of district rivals.
Azle (24-6, 11-1) is headed back to the postseason – a regular trip for AHS in recent years – and the squad locked that position in with a couple of blowouts.
At home against Chisholm Trail April 12, two Lady Hornets especially homered the visitors into the dust.
Samantha Bradley cranked three home runs and Bailee Carter added another as Azle pounded the Lady Rangers 17-7 in a game AHS actually trailed in briefly, 6-2.… Read the rest

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Azle High School anglers advancing

April 20, 2016
Azle High School anglers advancing

Travis Dunn shows off his nice black bass caught at Lake Ray Hubbard April 9.

by Mark K. Campbell
The AHS Fishing Team saw five anglers advance to the regional bass tournament.
Fishing at Lake Ray Hubbard April 9, Azle’s Travis Dunn finished 20th and teammate Colby Williams took 27th.
The team of Haley Huchowski and Douglas Spurlin finished 40th and also advanced.
Joining them at the elite tourney will be Brett McDonald and Richard Talmage.
At Lake Ray Hubbard, 159 teams weighed in 65 fish.
The Azle team took 40th out of that mass of squads.
Interest is exploding in Azle HS angling.… Read the rest

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Hornets beat Broncos

April 20, 2016
Hornets beat Broncos

Azle catcher Zach Edwards was praised by head coach Stephen Smith. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The Azle baseball varsity (8-17, 3-7) bounced back from an 8-0 loss to Chisholm Trail to beat 5-5A rival Denton 5-3.
At home against Chisholm, the 22 varsity Hornets each honored a teacher before the game.
Slade Dinkins started for AHS and went 4-1/3 innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 3; he allowed just 1 earned run.
Sean Townsend pitched well in his 1-2/3 inning of relief, coach Stephen Smith recalled.
Lead-off hitter Donny Nay drew a pair of walks while Noah Laduca and Dylan Flynn both hit safely.… Read the rest

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Azle fills elite soccer lists

April 20, 2016
Azle fills elite soccer lists

Winning “superlative” honors in district is unique and two senior Hornets did just that: Austin McCash (1) was chosen the 5-5A Goalkeeper of the Year while Nate Mejia was the Co-Midfielder of the Year.      Photos by Mark K. Campbell

Successful seasons mean strong play and that’s what the Azle soccer teams saw in 2016.
Both boys and girls squads enjoyed plenty of athletes being recognized by 5-5A coaches.
The boys had a remarkable 12 athletes selected for All-District honors.
Two Hornets earned superlatives, special selection in niche areas.
Senior Austin McCash was picked as the Goalkeeper of the Year.… Read the rest

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