The Lady Hornet softball squad – vying in one of the toughest districts in the state – might have missed the postseason but that didn’t stop 5-4A coaches from raining honors down on Azle athletes.
Eight AHS players were acknowledged as among the best players in the district.
Taking First Team honors were a quartet of Lady Hornets.
Outfielder Whitney Judd was not only a First Teamer, but at the annual softball banquet, she was picked as Azle’s Most Valuable Player.
Pitcher Makenzi Harris dominated many teams and fanned 10 or more batters each game often during the season as Azle’s ace.
Summer Phillips hit .351 in district play (.360 overall).
AHS’ fourth First Teamer was Sarah Brown who coach Vera Ortega lauded for having a big bat the entire season long; Brown hit .430 overall, .319 in 5-4A play.
Making the Second Team were Samantha Bradley and Katelyn Carpenter.
Honorable Mention in district went to Lady Hornets Valarie Matlock and Bethanie Phillips.
At the banquet, Ortega passed out several other honors.
Three AHS players were picked as Offensive Players of the Year – Phillips, Brown, and Bradley who hit a scorching .429 in district and .514 overall.
Carpenter and Harris were the Defensive Players of the Year.
Lauren Camacho and Phillips shared the 3-D Award that highlights dedication, desire, and determination.
A slew of Lady Hornets qualified for the Academic All-District list.
Kayleen Corn, Brooke Smith, Rebekah Teel, Bobbi Sisk, Bailee Carter, Nicole Aniasco, Raelyn Temple, Taylor Anderson, Jasmine Ortiz, Bailey Barnard, and Quentin Hamilton.
Also: Bethanie and Summer Phillips, Matlock, Judd, Carpenter, Harris, Bradley, Brown, and Camacho.
A grade point average of 3.5 for the year was required to earn a berth on the Academic All-District list.