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Fall sports sending AHS athletes all over the Metroplex

July 20, 2016
Fall sports sending AHS athletes all over the Metroplex

by Mark K. Campbell
After every biennial UIL realignment, coaches scramble to complete schedules.
Once last February’s decisions were official, Azle coaches locked down district and non-district competitions.
Before looking at schedules, let’s check at how the 2015-16 year shook out for AHS.

Last school year
Azle had three district champions in 2015-16.
Winning district titles were boys cross country, boys wrestling, and softball.
The boys JV wrestling squad also won district.
Azle teams or individuals advanced to the postseason in swimming (9), girls wrestling (4th at state), girls track (4),  boys track (2), and girls golf.
Hopes are high for the upcoming year in several sports.… Read the rest

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Hornet Hall of Famer Dorris comes back to Azle

July 13, 2016
Hornet Hall of Famer Dorris comes back to Azle

 

Derek to coach boys track, football with brother Devon

by Mark K. Campbell
Brothers who both have enjoyed success at Azle High School are reunited again.
Derek Dorris is back as a Hornet, joining his head football coach/big brother Devon.
Derek will be the boys head track coach and will also become part of Devon’s gridiron staff.
Athletic Director Scott Anderson said Derek officially fills a receivers coach position but where he eventually lands “will be up to Devon.”
Derek, who was part of the initial class of the Azle Athletic Hall of Fame inducted last October, comes from Duncanville where he regularly led athletes to success at the state meet.… Read the rest

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New volleyball coach hosting camp at AHS

July 13, 2016

by Mark K. Campbell
New Lady Hornet volleyball coach Elizabeth Snyder will direct her first Azle camp 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. It costs $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.
After that, a girls basketball camp arrives July 25-28 – also in three sessions for ages 1-4, 5-7, and 8-9.… Read the rest

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Elite Volleyball Camp 2016

July 13, 2016
Elite Volleyball Camp 2016

Veteran coaches Hollie Huston and Julie Green put scores of Lady Hornets through a variety of drills at the annual Elite Volleyball Camp conducted at Azle High School.  Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Former Lady Hornet qualifies for Olympics

July 6, 2016
Former Lady Hornet qualifies for Olympics

In May 2010, Lady Hornet Shelbi Vaughan won the state discus title on her final throw in Austin. She later won two more golds for Mansfield Legacy. Vaughan recently earned a berth on the U.S. Olympic team. Photo by Paula Campbell

Vaughan second in discus at Oregon trials

by Mark K. Campbell
Thrower Shelbi Vaughan will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games next month.
Vaughan, who competed for Azle and won state as a Lady Hornet in 2010, claimed a berth at the Rio Games by finishing second in the discus at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.… Read the rest

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Hornets picked fifth in annual magazine

July 6, 2016
Hornets picked fifth in annual magazine

Head Hornet football coach Devon Dorris watches Azle battle Wichita Falls Rider in the season finale last year. AHS is picked one spot out of the postseason for the 2016 season, fifth overall in the new 6-5A. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Lack of returning offensive vets highlighted in Texas Football

by Mark K. Campbell
Texas Football magazine did not show Azle much love for the upcoming season.
Azle is picked to finish fifth in the new 6-5A – one spot out of the playoffs.
A lack of returning veterans on offense is the primary reason for the placement, the magazine noted.… Read the rest

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Two volleyball camps coming soon

July 6, 2016
Two volleyball camps coming soon

Colleyville Heritage head volleyball coach Hollie Huston directs a drill during the 2015 Elite Camp. She and Julie Green return this year. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
On the horizon are the final sports camps:
• Volleyball Elite Camp – July 11-13; for girls in grades 9-12; cost: $125 if mailed by July 5 or $129 if signing up online; day of camp registration is possible for $135, cash or money order only. The camp runs 2-7 p.m.
• Volleyball camp – Led by new Lady Hornet coach Elizabeth Snyder arrives July 18-19 and 21-22 at AHS in three sessions.… Read the rest

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Bradley repeats as top area HS softball player

June 29, 2016
Bradley repeats as top area HS softball player

 

One of Azle’s greatest softball players, Samantha Bradley was named the best player in the area for the second consecutive season, taking the top honor on the the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Carter named to Star-Telegram 1st Team

by Mark K. Campbell
Two senior Lady Hornets won more accolades for their 2016 performances.
Samantha Bradley repeated as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year.
Infielder Bailee Carter landed on the First Team.
Bradley put up impressive numbers again in ‘16, winning 17 games – despite nursing along an ankle injury – and helping Azle advance deep into the playoff.… Read the rest

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6 AHS athletes lauded

June 29, 2016

Three Azle High School softball players and a trio of AHS baseball athletes were named to Academic All-State teams.
The Lady Hornet threesome were Samantha Bradley, Brooklin Leal, and Samantha Tittle.
The three baseball Hornets earning berths on the elite squad were Shane Drolet, Alex Newton, and Devon Oliver.… Read the rest

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Anglers’ season concludes at state

June 29, 2016
Anglers’ season concludes at state

Brett McDonald caught this 5.6-pound bass at the state tournament.

The first high school fishing season for Azle High School ended with a trio of anglers competing at the state tournament.
Three Azle High School Fishing Team members vied at the top event in Texas – Colby Williams, Ricky Talmage, and Brett McDonald.
The latter had the most success as McDonald reeled in a 5.60-pound largemouth bass at Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Sponsor/captain Larry Mackey said over 200 boats – with a pair of anglers each – vied at state with over $70,000 being awarded in scholarships.
McDonald’s catch placed Azle 117th out of 179 teams; 792 bass were caught overall.… Read the rest

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