Three Inducted to Athletic Hall of Fame


On Saturday, October 9, three new members were inducted to the Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame – Clark Hale, Robert Landers, and Brian Savage.

Clark Hale was a member of the Azle High School Class of 2004, where he played basketball and led the Hornets to be the most successful team in Azle History (30-7). Hale received multiple awards and recognition during his time on the AHS basketball team and went on to play for Louisiana Tech University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While at SWOSU, he was an all-time leader in points scored, 3-pointers made, games started, minutes played, and free-throw percentage. He was selected for All-Conference three times and made the All-Tournament team for the Lone Star Conference. Hale is now the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at SWOSU.

Robert Landers was a member of the Azle High School Class of 1962. After high school, Landers joined the Air Force. He also managed Mitchell’s Department Store in Azle for 20 years before retiring. He began playing golf at the age of 22 and has been an avid sponsor of the Azle ISD golf program and mentor for AHS golf coaches and students for many years. Landers has received numerous awards and titles as a player and participated in various championship tournaments including the U.S. Open and Senior PGA Tour. Cross Timbers Golf Course in Azle was Landers’ home course while on the Tour. He began offering junior golf clinics in the 1970s and often donates clubs and equipment to aspiring young golfers. In 2013, Landers began hosting annual fundraiser tournaments benefitting the Azle High School golf program.

Brian Savage was a member of the Azle High School Class of 1980. While at AHS, he played football, basketball, and track, and participated in choir, theater, and band. Savage received All-District and All-Region honors for football, lettered in basketball, was a four-year letterman in track, and was a district champion in multiple track events. He held school records for the 100 yard (9.98 seconds) and 100 meter (10.92 seconds) and had the sixth-fastest time in the nation in 1980 for the 200 meter (21.17 seconds). After high school, Savage ran track at Baylor University where he received his BBA and MBA degrees. He owned his own business until retiring in 1993.

Congratulations to the 2021 Hall of Fame Class. “It is our privilege to honor you and the history you have been a part of here at Azle High School,” said Azle ISD Director of Athletics Becky Spurlock. “We thank you for all you have done and the history you made for our great school.”

A reception was held prior to the ceremony to honor the 2021 inductees with food provided and served by Azle High School Culinary Arts students.

The Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 2014 to recognize members of the Azle ISD family who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to Azle ISD athletics on and off the field of play, instilling a continuing commitment to and the promotion of the beliefs that Azle ISD values. Learn more about the Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pictured from left to right: Brian Savage, Robert Landers, Clark Hale