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Past meets future: 95-year-old former team captain roots for Boyd

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, November 3, 2018
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FAN-TASTIC – Boyd alumn Wynelle Byrom, 95, celebrates with members of the Boyd volleyball team after their playoff win over Hamilton Thursday in Mineral Wells. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The players didn’t serve underhand like she used to and the uniforms had certainly changed, but as 95-year-old Boyd graduate Wynelle Byrom watched the Boyd Lady Jackets dismantle Hamilton in the 3A Region I area round Thursday at Mineral Wells Thursday night, she couldn’t wipe the smile off her face.

Byrom, who was known by the nickname ‘Shank’ in her playing days at Boyd was borderline rowdy at the game.

To this day, she bleeds green and yellow, carrying her Boyd pride along with her old letter jacket. She even brought her yearbook to the game.

The playoff clash brought her back to 1941, when the then-senior hung up her Boyd jersey.

“[It brought back] memories, memories of playing volleyball,” Byrom said.

It’s been 77 years since she took the court as the Lady Yellowjackets’ team captain. She said attending the game and sitting next to the student section brought back a familiar feeling.

“Pride,” she said.

Byrom was recognized before the game by the public address announcer and took pictures with the team after their convincing win to advance in the playoffs. She held up the trophy along with the team in the post game celebration.

Boyd stopped playing volleyball for several years, restarting the program in the 2000s. In the past few years, it has enjoyed success, winning four straight district titles and advancing to the state tournament last year.

Boyd coach Dusty Crafton didn’t know the school’s volleyball program dated back that far, but she said it was great to see a former player come out and support the team.

“It gave us something more to play for,” she said.

After the game, Boyd Principal Susan Foster said having Byrom in attendance set a good example for Boyd’s past and its future.

“What a great Boyd fan,” she said. “For her to remember that and still want to be a part of this, I think it’s awesome. What’s even better than that is our kids. The players get to see her, meet her and see the legacy she left. Hopefully, they’re going to continue the legacy.”

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