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Late-game loss ends 5-5A winning streak

March 30, 2016
Late-game loss ends 5-5A winning streak

Azle shortstop Bailee Carter tags out a Denton runner at second base. The Lady Hornets thumped the visitors 14-4 to run its 5-5A winning streak to five games. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lady Hornet softball team still at top of standings

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

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AHS on the Links

March 30, 2016
AHS on the Links

Lady Hornet Jessica Simants (left), a junior, finished third in district and will advance to the regional tournament in Lubbock; with her is the district champ, Jade Staudt from Saginaw – daughter of Rhonda Staudt, a PE teacher at Hoover Elementary. Cody Finn (right) shot an 85 and was the fifth place medalist at a JV tourney in a Timber Creek tournament at Iron Horse Golf Course.

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Hornets fall to Denton and Brewer

March 30, 2016
Hornets fall to Denton and Brewer

After winning the district opener, Azle has dropped a trio of 5-5A clashes. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
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

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Azle’s All-Stars play in MW

March 30, 2016
Azle’s All-Stars play in MW

Azle teammates Kaycie Dunkerley (left) and Payton Berger played on different teams at the annual Mineral Wells All-Star Game March 26.

Two teammates found themselves on opposing squads – at an all-star game.
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

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Azle races at Aledo meet; district arrives April 11

March 30, 2016
Azle races at Aledo meet; district arrives April 11

Varsity Hornet Aric Brazell takes flight. The senior pointed in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 8.5 inches, good for sixth place. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The Azle High School track teams continue to zero in on the district meet.
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

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Austin-bound for Soccer

March 30, 2016
Austin-bound for Soccer

Lady Hornet Kaycee Moore signs a letter of intent to continue her soccer career at Concordia University, a private university in Austin. The Tornados play in the American Southwest Conference with several colleges, most of them in the state of Texas.

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Soccer Hornets fall in playoffs

March 30, 2016
Soccer Hornets fall in playoffs

Junior Hornet Ben Davis (3) literally heads down the pitch with a couple of Grapevine Mustangs in hot pursuit in bi-district play. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

At Saginaw High School Thursday, March 24, the Hornet soccer team faced state-ranked Grapevine in bi-district play.
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

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Azle tennis teams earn net victories

March 30, 2016
Azle tennis teams earn net victories

Alyssa Summers, (left) and Anna Newton JV Lady Hornets, medaled in every tournament in 2016.

Azle tennis coach Lisa Helm said her “kiddos” played hard this season and “made AHS proud.”
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

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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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