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Softball girls roar out to 4-0 start in district

March 23, 2016
Softball girls roar out to 4-0 start in district

Bailee Carter speeds toward third base. Azle began district play with a quartet of victories over Spring Break. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lady Hornets win by a combined score of 37-7

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

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Soccer Playoffs Start Thursday

March 23, 2016
Soccer Playoffs Start Thursday

Hornet keeper Austin McCash and his teammates will face state-ranked Grapevine in bi-district action at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 24 at Saginaw High School.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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AHS rodeo duo places

March 23, 2016

Azle High School’s top two rodeo competitors continue to shine in the North Texas High School Rodeo Association 2015-16 season.
At the NTHSRA arena in Saginaw, Kylee Scribner and Austen Malone both picked up points.
Scribner, riding First Fire Frost, broke two arena records – in pole bending and barrel racing.
The barrels mark fell first as the Lady Hornet made the route in 15.458 seconds.
It was the second time Scribner had lowered the record.
She pocketed $272.60.
Later, she was timed in 19.037 seconds in poles, another arena record, worth another $174.
This season, Scribner has shattered four arena records.… Read the rest

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Azle wins 5-5A opener 11-6 over Wichita Falls

March 23, 2016
Azle wins 5-5A opener 11-6 over Wichita Falls

First-year Hornet head coach Stephen Smith joined Azle runner Tyler Ruelas in keeping an eye on the action. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Baseball Hornets begin district 1-1

by Mark K. Campbell
After a non-district victory over Lake Worth – squeezed in over Spring Break rains – 5-5A baseball play began with a home win over Wichita Falls.
Against Lake Worth, Devon Oliver got the victory for Azle (5-10, 1-1). “He looked good on the mound,” coach Stephen Smith recalled.
Oliver permitted no hits over 2 innings and fanned 4 Bullfrogs in the 17-4 rout.
At the plate, Sean Townsend tripled and had 5 RBI.… Read the rest

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Baseball subvarsities victors

March 23, 2016

Like the varsity, the junior varsity and freshman squads collected district victories early in 5-5A play.
The JV (5-5, 2-0) popped Wichita Falls and Saginaw Chisholm Trail to earn a pair of wins.
The visiting Coyotes tumbled to Azle 7-3 in a game where the lead changed often, coaches recalled.
A strong fifth inning proved to be the difference for the Hornets.
Julius Schneider worked a walk that forced in Fernando Gonzalez for the go-ahead run.
Azle lead early, 1-0, when a hit by Bennett Pinkston scored Sam Collins.
Cody Drolet went 1-for-1 and was perfect at the plate.
On the mound, Schneider threw a hitless inning and struck out 3 Wichita Falls hitters.… Read the rest

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Rain delays

March 16, 2016

Long wet stretch messes with athletic schedules

It rained.
A lot.
For several days.
And that sent Azle High School sports schedules wonky.
While the mild winter made for some decent weather for soccer – a rarity – when the late winter rains came, they didn’t leave.
The Hornet boys team had the postseason in the balance, needing just one point in the final two matches to advance.
But a clash with Brewer got moved two days because of the steady rain.
When the game was finally in the books, Azle got a draw and the crucial single point to move on.… Read the rest

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Soccer boys headed to the postseason

March 16, 2016
Soccer boys headed to the postseason

Rocky Quevedo (19), Julio Lopez, and the rest of the soccer Hornets will face Grapevine in bi-district play March 24 at Saginaw HS. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Brewer draw brings crucial playoff-powering point

by Mark K. Campbell
The suspense finally ended.
The boys soccer team needed just one point in its final two matches to advance to the postseason.
But a clash against Brewer was delayed twice by rain.
Finally, Azle got the game in.
At White Settlement, the Bears scored first in the 25th minute, coach William Averitte recalled.
Ten minutes later, Hornet Grant Mendell headed home a corner kick from Austin Fugate and that tied the game 1-1.… Read the rest

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Softball ladies beat Bos in softball opener

March 16, 2016
Softball ladies beat Bos in softball opener

Nickole Taylor and the Lady Hornets opened 5-5A play – finally – with a victory over Boswell. The game was delayed because of wet weather. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
It took a while to get the softball district opener in but when the Lady Hornets finally got to host Boswell March 14, Azle (14-5, 1-0) won.
AHS steadily put runs on the board then survived a late Lady Pioneer push to win 7-4.
The Lady Hornets swatted eight singles, two by Sam Tittle and Miranda Longbrake.
Logan Graham and Samantha Bradley had 2 RBI each.
Bailee Carter, who had a hit and walked two times, and Katelyn Harris both scored twice.… Read the rest

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Baseball district arrives

March 16, 2016
Baseball district arrives

Azle started district play at home against Wichita Falls High March 15 (results not available at press time). Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Rain dashed late a non-district Hornet baseball game, but the “games that count” finally got underway for Azle and new coach Stephen Smith Tuesday, March 15 (results not available at press time).
A non-district game against Carrollton RL Turner was called because of wet fields.
AHS will play a second 5-5A game during Spring Break when the Hornets head to Chisholm Trail March 17.
The season runs – weather permitting – until April 29, a road game to Saginaw.… Read the rest

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All-District Hoops Hornets

March 16, 2016
All-District Hoops Hornets

Four basketball Hornets earned plaudits from 5-5A coaches. Junior Jay Crane (23) and senior Josh Golliday (10) were Second Team selections. Two AHS athletes were Honorable Mention: Bowen Moyer and Noah Laduca.                                                           Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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