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Winning together: Boyd trio claims fourth straight district title

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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Four in a Row

FOUR IN A ROW – Boyd senior Jordyn Todd (left), coach Dusty Crafton and senior Larrin Maxwell won their fourth straight district title Tuesday, sweeping Millsap. Over the past four years, the trio has compiled a 132-24 record. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Over the past four years, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton and seniors Jordyn Todd and Larrin Maxwell have gotten used to winning.

Since 2015, the Lady Jackets have compiled a 132-24 record and captured four straight league titles, with the fourth coming Tuesday night in a sweep of Millsap.

Todd and Maxwell never envisioned this incredible run of success, but Crafton knew from the beginning what they were capable of.

“To be honest, I expected this all along,” Crafton said. “They went to summer workouts, team camps, our camp. They planned their lives around this. This has been a long time coming.”

When Crafton arrived at Boyd in 2013, the Lady Jackets had not won a district game. But in her first season at the helm, Crafton not only took Boyd to the postseason – the Lady Jackets won the bi-district match.

Two years later, Todd and Maxwell entered the fold. Although they were only freshmen, the pair quickly became an integral part of the team and are the only Boyd players who have been with the Lady Jackets since 2015.

“No one has experienced this program the way we have,” Todd said. “To be here for four years and to win [district] for four years, it’s the best feeling ever.”

Crafton knows it will be tough – if not impossible – to replace two players who have shattered several Boyd milestones.

Todd set the school record with 580 kills last year, earning first-team honors on the Texas Sportswriters Association 3A team. She was also the Wise County MVP. Maxwell made the TSWA third-team and was the All-Wise Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, making a school record 699 digs.

“You have the backbone to your defense in Larrin and an offensive powerhouse in Jordyn,” Crafton said. “It’s wonderful as a coach when you have talent walk through your door. But it’s rare to find a kid who is talented, hard-working and humble.

“They’re a huge part of the reason why [we have won four straight league titles].”

In their time together, Boyd has won 84.6 percent of their games. In the playoffs, the trio is 8-3.

Last year, the Lady Jackets knocked off reigning 3A Region I champion Peaster and then downed rival Brock to claim the region title and advance to state. Boyd’s magical run ended in the 3A semifinal, losing to eventual state champion Goliad in five sets.

To this day, Todd and Maxwell can vividly recall nearly every point in the state semifinal loss. While winning their fourth straight league title was nice, it is not the end goal for the highly competitive seniors.

They have their sights set on bringing home that elusive state championship.

“Every game we’ve ever played is going to come together in that game at state,” Todd said. “We’re going to end it in Garland and we’re going to win it. I’m trying to go out with a bang.”

Boyd is currently riding a 13-game winning streak and has not lost since falling to Decatur Aug. 31.

The Lady Jackets are 36-4 overall this season and a perfect 12-0 in District 7-3A play. They played their final home game Friday on senior night and will wrap up the regular season Tuesday at Breckenridge.

Crafton credits Boyd’s success over the past four years to her players. Todd and Maxwell credit the success to her.

The three don’t know when their final match together will be, but they will never forget the time they have spent together.

“This team is more like a family than an actual team,” Maxwell said. “Coach Crafton is always there for us, no matter what. These last four years have been one of the biggest parts of my life.”

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