Saturday, July 14, 2007

Azle bodybuilding quartet places in ‘natural’ competition at AHS

Thursday, July 12, 2007
MARK K. CAMPBELLAzle bodybuilding quartet places in ‘natural’ competition at AHS

It took a lot of work – both by the athletes on stage and behind the scenes by volunteers – but the first American Bodybuilders Association (ABA) stop in the Metroplex at the Azle High auditorium July 7 was a rousing success.
Four local athletes picked up trophies in the competition.
Trey Derryberry, an Azle High student, won the 13-to-15 year old plaque.
oe Brownback, Class of ‘07, claimed a pair of runner-up awards – in Teen Open and Novice.
Azle resident Ashley Arellano, a Springtown High grad, won the Female Novice division and finished second Overall.
Mark Milton took third in Novice Men and fourth Overall.
“It was fun for the younger kids and older ones, too,” organizer Trey Shearer said.
Winners qualified to compete in a San Antonio ABA event in October.

All Azle athletes train locally at either Body Exchange or Workout, Etc.; both business assisted with the competition, Shearer said.
“Without them, we couldn’t have had the success we had,” he said.
A major player in the positive outcome of the show, Shearer said, was fellow bodybuilder Koan Bice, another Azle resident.
“He was behind the scenes taking care of the athletes, making sure they knew where they were supposed to go,” Shearer said.
“He was the backbone, the guts of the show. He helped find a venue, get trophies together, find sponsors – we’re a non-profit organization. Any money that comes in goes back to the athletes.”
Top winners received broadswords, shipped in from California, provided by organizational presidents.
The show was conducted under the strict auspices of the ABA, an organization that insists on athletes being drug free.
Immediately upon arrival, entrants had to provide a urine test. Any failure – after subsequent testing (a ‘B’ sample and a polygraph and, if necessary, a blood test) – results in permanent expulsion from the ABA.
“You are either natural or you aren’t,” Shearer said. “There are no ifs, ands, or buts.”
Aside from the bodybuilding competition, several women, many from Weatherford, competed in a fitness category.
Entrants came not only from nearby municipalities but distant Texas cities as well as from Louisiana and California. Far more than expected came to compete, Shearer said.
“It went well beyond anything we had expected,” he said. “We were hoping for ten athletes and we ended up with 32.”
A fine crowd arrived at the AHS auditorium to watch, too.
“Our attendance for the morning and evening show together was easily 500 to 600 people. It was such an awesome experience,” Shearer said.
He added that the success of the show meant that another one is planned for Azle. “The wheels are already turning; I’ve already started. Lord willing, it’ll be bigger and better,” Shearer said.

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