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Volleyball camp dates locked in for late July

June 15, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
Volleyball camp dates have finally been locked down.
That camp will be conducted July 18-19 and 21-22 at AHS in three sessions.
The first one is for girls entering grades 1-4. That 8-9 a.m. camp costs $30.
Session II is for girls in grades 5-7 and runs from 9:30 until noon. That cost is $60.
The final session is for eighth and ninth graders. The fee is $70 for the 1-4 p.m. camp.
Registering after July 15 tacks on $5 more.
Day of camp registration is okay.
This camp follows an Elite Camp led by veteran high school coaches Julie Green – who formerly was an AHS head coach – and Colleyville Heritage’s Hollie Huston.… Read the rest

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UIL considering various proposals for baseball, basketball

June 15, 2016

by mark k. campbell
From changes in the baseball playoffs to regular season hoops, the University Interscholastic Committee on Athletics is pondering suggestions.
At its June 14 meeting, the committee gathered in Round Rock to listen to a variety of proposals.
A couple of older suggestions were again considered.
One was to mandate baseball coaches to play a best-of-three series rather than a single game elimination contest in the first and second rounds of the postseason.
In another piece of old business, the committee revisited limiting pitch counts for high school hurlers.
New business included a host of proposals:
• eliminating any blocks below the waist in football, including chop and cut blocks
• installing a 35-second shot clock in basketball
• adding Wedensdays as possible playing dates in volleyball tournaments
• allowing the top two representatives in each football district to host first round playoff games
• adding an area tournament in golf
• allowing 3A schools to play up in 4A soccer
• considering the playing of non-sanctioned sports like lacrosse and water polo
Also heard was Athena Willliams who discussed allowing transgender athletes to play the sport they identify with.… Read the rest

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Shafer earns elite berth

June 15, 2016
Shafer earns elite berth

Azle’s Causen Shafer earned a place on a select team in Dallas that will compete for a national title.

Causen Shafer, an incoming freshman at Azle High School, was one of just four baseball players who was selected for an elite team.
After hitting three home runs and turning in a fast 60-yard sprint time in a Dallas tryout, Shafer, 14, was picked for a position on a USSA All-American team.
That squad will compete against other 14U Midwest Region teams and will vie for a national title at the All-American Games slated for Aug. 7-13 at ESPN Wild World Sports facility in Orlando, Florida.… Read the rest

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Roundball Fun at AHS

June 15, 2016
Roundball Fun at AHS

Hoops camp fun at Azle High School included drills, workouts, and an occasional behind the back pass. New boys basketball coach James Crafton led the camp with help from other Azle coaches.
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Two camps arrive Monday

June 8, 2016
Two camps arrive Monday

Summer camps began – three of them – during the first full week of June. Coaches taught softball, baseball, and tennis at AHS.  Photos by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The camp season began with a flurry in early June and two more arrive starting Monday June 13.
A wrestling camp runs June 13-16. Session I is for grades 1-5 and runs from 8-10 a.m. for $40. Session II is slated for grades 6-9 from 10 a.m.-noon also for $40.
A boys basketball camp arrives the same dates. Session I is grades 3-6 from 8-11 a.m. Session II goes from noon-3 p.m.… Read the rest

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Three camps kick off June 6-9 at Azle High

June 1, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
The summer camp season hits high gear with three camps set for June 6-9:
• tennis – incoming 4-9 grades; 8-10 a.m.; $45 before June 1, $50 on day of camp
• baseball – grades 2-9; 9 a.m.-noon; $60 per camper, $50 for each additional family member
• soccer – Session I: first graders, 3:30-4:15, $35, $30 for each additional family member. Session II: grades 2-6; 4:30-5:45, $45, $40 for each additional family member. Session III: grades 7-9; 6-7:50 p.m.; $55, $35 each additional family member
A softball camp is slated for June 7-10. Session I for grades 2-6 costs $65 and runs from 8-10 a.m.… Read the rest

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Chamber Tourney Winners

June 1, 2016
Chamber Tourney Winners

First place winners at the annual Chamber of Commerce golf tournament were Eagle Mountain Realty: Brian Limley, Rick Carroll, Mary Blair, and Gil Villaloboas. Runners-up were  from White’s Funeral Home: Dana Bellenger, Zach Bellenger, Bernie Killman, and Bob White.… Read the rest

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State-Bound HS Angler

June 1, 2016
State-Bound HS Angler

This bass caught at Richland-Chambers Reservoir earned Azle’s Colby Williams a berth at the state championship at Toledo Bend Reservoir June 18-19.

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Super Youth Wrestlers

June 1, 2016
Super Youth Wrestlers

Two Azle youth wrestlers shone in major tourneys. Harley Stringer (left) finished second in the nation while Trevor Russell took first in freestyle and third in Greco-Roman in the Schoolboy Division.

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Spring football drills finished

June 1, 2016
Spring football drills finished

7-on-7 leagues, tourneys next

by Mark K. Campbell
The balls and pads have been put away for a few weeks.
But when they come back out, it’ll be all football-all the time for the 2016 Hornets.
Azle High head coach Devon Dorris conducted a live scrimmage on the final day of spring practices May 26.
That contact capped a series of spring practices. Being a 5A school, Azle is permitted to conduct spring drills; classifications below 5A may not.
The May practices mean that the Hornets will have just a single scrimmage in August.
That game will bring the Burleson Elks to Hornet Field Friday, Aug.… Read the rest

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