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Girls take trophy in Castleberry

January 4, 2017
Girls take trophy in Castleberry

The consolation-winning Lady Hornets at Castleberry: (front, l-r) filmer Marissa Juarez, Bailey Natusch, Breeona Cannon, Brooke Phillips, manager Victoria Derr; (back) Maria Parkison, Naudia Smith, Harli Wilbanks, Autumn Johnson, Savannah Johnson.

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornets rebounded from a district loss to Aledo Dec. 20 to take the consolation trophy at the annual Castleberry holiday tournament.
At Aledo, Azle (7-12, 0-3) fell 52-36.
Naudia Smith paced the AHS girls with 13 points.
Bailey Natusch added 8 and Savannah Johnson scored 7 points.
The tournament in River Oaks – that the Lady Hornets had won two years in a row – began with a 42-29 loss to Everman.… Read the rest

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AHS Headed to State Meet Site

January 4, 2017
AHS Headed to State Meet Site

The first outing of 2017 for Seth Bell (left) and the rest of the AHS wrestling team is Jan. 6-7 at Cy-Fair ISD, site of the state tourney next month. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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AHS loses District 6-5A opener at Aledo

January 4, 2017

On a shot with just 4 seconds left

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
District play opened back on Dec. 20, and the Hornets were in great shape to begin 6-5A with a victory.
But a last-second basket – well, four seconds were left – allowed host Aledo to eke out a 37-36 win over Azle (5-13, 0-1).
Dylan Flynn scored 12 points to pace AHS; he also grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds.
Trevor Cameron added 10 points and grabbed 5 boards.
Dylan Gibson netted 6 points with 4 rebounds.
On Dec. 28, the Hornets headed to Castleberry for a holiday tournament.
AHS opened with a 56-38 thumping of Fort Worth North Side, allowing Azle coach James Crafton to play a bevy of athletes.… Read the rest

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These were the top 10 sports stories of 2016

December 28, 2016
These were the top 10 sports stories of 2016

 

by Mark K. Campbell
Every year, there are thrills and heartbreak in local sports.
New coaches arrived at Azle High School in baseball, volleyball, and boys basketball – and one of AHS’ all-time top athletes, Derek Dorris, came back to coach.
The swim and track teams sent athletes to regional.
Austen Malone was the North Texas High School Rodeo Association bull riding champion.
Two Azle Youth Association teams won Super Bowls.
Several athletes signed scholarships to keep competing at the collegiate level.
Those were great achievements.
What follows are the 10 most memorable moments from 2016:

10. Boys soccer reaches the postseason.Read the rest

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Hornets 3rd in elite tourney

December 20, 2016
Hornets 3rd in elite tourney

Hornet Haygen Holbrooks (top) clamps down on a visiting Porcupine during Azle’s district duals victory over Springtown Dec. 13. Afterward, the boys team competed in Oklahoma, finishing third. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle wrestling teams continued to dominate locally then the boys headed north for a prestigious tournament.
At the AHS gym Dec. 13 in a district duals event against Birdville and Springtown, Azle’s boys and girls squads had little trouble earning victories.
The boys demolished Birdville 72-6 and drubbed the Porcupines 62-18.
On the girls side, the Lady Hornets had no trouble with the Lady Hawks, winning 36-6.… Read the rest

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I Want It That Way

December 20, 2016
I Want It That Way

Azle’s Harli Wilbanks, a sophomore, scored six points against Chisholm Trail. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lady Hornet Breeona Cannon (23) keeps tabs on a foe. Azle lost its first two district games. AHS plays in a Castleberry holiday tourney Dec. 28. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Scoring woes have hampered Azle (5-10, 0-2) in recent outings – including the first two 6-5A games.
The Lady Hornets opened district at Boswell and fell behind early en route to an 86-23 loss.
AHS’ Savannah Johnson’s 6 points was high for Azle.
Breeona Cannon added 5 and Autumn Johnson and Marie Parkison scored 4 points apiece.… Read the rest

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Football Hornets place 19 on All-District list

December 20, 2016
Football Hornets place  19 on All-District list

Senior Hornet Seth Ortega was honored for his outside linebacker play. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Quevedo named on two rosters

by Mark K. Campbell
Now that Aledo won (another) state football championship, the District 6-5A All-District lists have been released.
Azle placed 19 athletes on the elite roster; one player was named twice – Alex Quevedo.
He was one of four First Team selections for AHS.
Quevedo, a senior, was the best kicker in the district, a First Teamer, according to 6-5A coaches.
The Hornet was named to the Second Team as a punter.
Also a First Team pick was the key player for Quevedo having success – deep snapper Zach Edwards, a junior.… Read the rest

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Azle wrestlers shine at tough tourneys in Dallas and Frisco

December 14, 2016
Azle wrestlers shine at tough tourneys in Dallas and Frisco

With just six girls, the Lady Hornets took third in the elite Frisco Ladies Classic.

The Hornet boys repeated as the tournament champs in the prestigious Dallas St. Mark’s event.

by Mark K. Campbell
Azle’s wrestlers jumped back into action and headed into a pair of tournaments filled with top talent.
The boys’ team defended its St. Mark’s title, excelling late to do it.
The Hornets came back to beat several skilled squads, some in higher classifications than AHS.
Coach Chris Allen said, “There were several lead changes early on with 6A teams from South Grand Prairie, Rockwall, and El Reno, Oklahoma.”
Having seven athletes in the championship medal rounds was the key.… Read the rest

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Hoops Hornets pile up games

December 14, 2016
Hoops Hornets pile up games

Azle’s Max Miller looks downcourt. He and the Hornets played in Decatur. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Azle wins in double overtime at Lake Dallas

by Mark K. Campbell
The basketball Hornets played a slew of games, first winning in Lake Dallas then heading to a tournament in Decatur.
The blitz of games ended Dec. 10, giving Azle (4-10) 10 days off before opening district play.
At Lake Dallas, AHS earned a 60-55 victory in a “battle,” coach James Crafton said.
Dylan Flynn and Jason Crane both led the Hornets with 11 points each.
Trevor Cameron added 8 while Dylan Gibson and Payton Vaughn scored 7 each and Beck Newby and Zack Kent netted 6 apiece.… Read the rest

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Basketball ladies beat visiting Mansfield HS

December 14, 2016
Basketball ladies beat visiting Mansfield HS

Savannah Johnson (31) jockeys for position. Azle defeated Mansfield Dec. 6 in the final non-district game before 6-5A began Dec. 13. Photo courtesy Mark K. Campbell

District play fills out most of schedule now

by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Hornet basketball team hosted Mansfield Dec. 6 in the final non-district game of the year (excluding the holiday tournament).
Azle (5-8) built a nice lead then skunked Mansfield in the second period to fuel a 41-36 victory.
After a 10-8 first period, AHS blanked the visitors 10-0 to hold a comfortable halftime advantage.
The victory helped the Lady Hornets reach the first district game of the season at Boswell (Dec.… Read the rest

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