Green, gold fans cheer as Boyd takes silver medal

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
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When his sisters reached the 3A finals Thursday, Spencer Pellegrini knew he had to find a way to get from California to Garland by Saturday.

Messenger photos by Joe Duty

“I couldn’t miss this. This means the world to me,” Spencer said. “I went and talked to my baseball coach and told him I couldn’t miss this. I knew we had a game. He told me that I could go and I’m thankful.”
He arrived from Los Angeles, where he’s playing baseball at Harbor College, Friday night and surprised his sisters Tori and Delaney before the match.
“They didn’t know that I would be here. They were trying to hold in tears,” Spencer said.
“It’s nerve-racking. I’m excited to see them play for state.”
While he flew in from California, hundreds of green and gold clad faithful made the trip across the Metroplex to the Curtis Culwell Center to cheer on the Lady Yellowjackets in their bid to capture the program’s first state title.
Sophomore Rylee Spencer’s brother Cade was the self-proclaimed proudest brother wearing a gold wig.
The Boyd fans behind the team’s bench erupted into a roar when the teams were introduced. Many stayed on their feet the entire match.
“I’m proud of how far they’ve come. It’s exciting to finally be here. We’ve been looking forward to this all year,” said Boyd cheerleader Felicity Jackson.
Jackson and the other Boyd cheerleaders have been working overtime this week, going from Garland Thursday to Graham for the football playoff game and back to Garland Saturday.
“It’s been busy but we love being there for the teams,” Jackson said. “They’ve worked hard all year.”
It was Boyd’s second state tournament appearance in two years something that was unthinkable just six years ago, according to Boyd athletic director Brandon Hopkins.
“We went a while without winning a district game. Coach [Dusty] Crafton got her and the girls developed,” Hopkins said. “We’ve gone from not winning a district game six years ago to playing for a state title.”
The Lady Jackets’ success has inspired younger players to one day dream of taking the floor in Garland, including Courtney Hartwell’s daughters Catherine and Kenzie.
“In a couple of years, this will be her and all her teammates,” Courtney Hartwell said. “[Kenzie’s] sixth-grade team won its championship.”
The Lady Yellowjackets took the opening set 25-20 buoyed by its frenzied crowd. But in a close second game, Callisburg wrestled away momentum to take the set 30-28 and held on to win the next two and take the 3A title.
As Callisburg celebrated the championship, Boyd accepted the silver medal and trophy to cheers worthy of champions.
“It was nice of all them to show up and cheer for us. They love us no matter the outcome,” said Boyd senior Jordyn Todd.
Fellow senior Macee Valtr added: “They are so proud of us and we’re proud to represent them.”

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