Boyd ISD helps parents compute

In classrooms today, “blogs,” “wikis,” and “webinars” are part of everyday lingo, but at home it’s a foreign language for parents.

“If parents are not using the technology, they may not understand what that is,” said Angie Kilcrease, Boyd ISD technology director.

To help parents get a better grasp of the technology and the lingo being used in the classroom, Kilcrease will hold an interactive session Monday evening – “iPad 101 4 Parents.” The session will start at 6 in the Boyd High School cafeteria.

“We’ll go over the basics of the iPad with a lot of focus on the parental controls,” Kilcrease said. “We’ll go over how to look at the history and see what their kids are accessing online and try to familiarize them with the device.”

Boyd students from pre-kindergarten through high school have access to iPads. Students from grades four and up have been issued iPads since the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Boyd Superintendent Ted West said the move to iPads is part of the district’s commitment to project-based learning.

“That’s a big push,” West said. “It’s a necessary tool today. We try to get buy-in from the parents. The technology is not going away anytime soon.”

Kilcrease said she’s held previous sessions for parents about the technology being used in the classroom.

“I’m hoping for a good turnout. It’s to benefit them and get them comfortable with what we’re using,” Kilcrease said.

Parents are asked to bring an iPad to Monday’s session and may use their student’s device. Kilcrease said some iPads will be available for parents to follow the lessons.

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Softball: Boyd falls in game one

With no score in the bottom of the second, a Pilot Point error scored Chandler Hammon.

Later that inning, an illegal pitch brought Kristen Rasbury home to give Boyd a 2-0 lead.

For three more innings the Lady Yellowjackets remained in front until Pilot Point broke out for four runs in the sixth inning off of two hits and three crucial Boyd errors. Pilot Point went on for the 5-3 win in game one of the Class 3A Region II bi-district series.

A passed ball in the bottom of the sixth scored Savannah Foster, but the Lady Yellowjackets could never get back into the playoff game they had led for several innings.

“We played hard,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We had one bad inning where they scored four runs off of three errors. They out hit us 11-3 but we had our chances. Chelsea [Arlington] pitched well with no walks and stranded a lot of runners.”

Arlington pitched all seven innings for Boyd, striking out four.

Though Boyd only managed three hits, they found a way to put three runs on the board against Pilot Point pitcher Preslee Gallaway.

They will try to avenge the loss in Game 2 of the series at 2 p.m. Saturday in Argyle.


Pilot Point … 000 … 014 … 0 … 5 … 10 … 1
Boyd … 020 … 001 … 0 … 3 … 3 … 3

WP: Preslee Gallaway, LP: Chelsea Arlington

2B: Pilot Point, Xena Barbour 3; Boyd, Chandler Hammon

RBI: Pilot Point, Katie Mascari, Allison Ray, Marissa Morris

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Baseball: Paradise crushes Yellowjackets, 18-2

Thursday’s Wise County bout had several implications.

Boyd absolutely needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt and likewise, a Paradise win would ensure their postseason future.

With that in mind, the Panthers came out with a 10-run first inning that put the game out of reach as soon as it started. Paradise went on for the 18-2 win over rival Boyd.

Paradise pounded the ball, with every player in the lineup collecting a hit off of Boyd’s pitching combination of Spencer Pellegrini, Evan Stephenson and Michael Spinelli.

Altogether, the Panthers recorded 18 runs on 17 hits.

Paradise’s Austin Hogan got four hits in five at-bats. He drove in four runs and crossed home three times.

Skylar Black also drove in four Panther runs on three hits.

Both of Boyd’s runs came in the third inning, beginning with a Trace Moran single and a Tyler Kemp double.

Clay Barnett grounded out to second to score Moran. Colten Bruce singled to right field to bring home Kemp.

Paradise used three pitchers in the five-inning contest.

Bryson Meyers started the game, allowing one hit and two scoreless innings.

Austin Hogan followed with two innings on the mound, allowing four hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Black closed the game for Paradise, throwing 11 pitches to allow one hit.

Paradise’s district record moves to 8-5, leapfrogging Henrietta for the third-place spot.

Henrietta lost to Holliday, falling to 7-6 in 9-3A, while Boyd drops to 6-7.

If Henrietta were to lose their final district game, and Boyd wins, Henrietta owns the tiebreaker over Boyd after winning both head-to-heads.


Bridgeport’s Mason Baker drove in three runs in Bridgeport’s 6-5 win over Springtown Wednesday.

Despite striking out 11 times, Bridgeport managed 10 hits and brought in two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead on its home field.

Corbin Coleman took the mound for the Bulls and struck out 10 Porcupine batters in his seven innings of work, and Bridgeport overcame three errors to keep themselves in the ballgame and eventually win it.

The win moves Bridgeport’s record to 4-4, tied with Springtown.

Bridgeport owns the tiebreaker after winning both district games, making the Bulls the third seed out of 8-4A behind district champion Decatur and second seed Castleberry.


The Eagles used the arm of Jaxon Terrell to propel them past Abilene Wylie Thursday.

Terrell pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and two runs in the 4-2 victory.

Trey Penny did a nice job in relief, pitching the final out of the sixth and seventh innings.

Penny struck out three and gave up no hits or runs to get the save.

AJ Johnson doubled, driving in a run and scoring himself. Johnson also walked once.

Derek Potts drove in two Decatur runs. Michael Hicks also went 1-for-1.

The non-district game was a “warm-up” game for the Eagles, as they prepare for the playoffs.

Decatur will face Godley in the first round of the postseason in a one-game playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Northwest High School.


Despite getting five hits and five walks, the Texans couldn’t keep up with district-leading Keller’s 12 runs on nine hits.

The Indians also worked in nine walks off of Northwest’s four-pitcher crew of Anthony Phillips, Cameron Rhodes, Garret Moltzan and Hunter Lawless.

The Texan’s lone run came in the bottom of the first inning when Hunter Lawless singled to short and an ensuing error allowed Jacob Paytonjian to cross home.

The loss drops the Texans’ record to 4-9, ahead of only 3-10 Denton Ryan in the 5-6A standings.

The Texans are seventh overall and will miss out on the 2015 playoffs.

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Baseball: Boyd hopes to shake up district

A three-way playoff race in 9-3A baseball features both Boyd and Paradise vying with Henrietta for the third and fourth playoff seeds.

Just over a week ago, both Paradise and Boyd were tied with five wins and five losses in 9-3A, with Henrietta in the third seed at six wins and four losses.

Since then, Paradise has faired best of the three, beating Holliday and Nocona to gain a 7-5 record.

Both Henrietta and Boyd have gone 1-and-1 in the two-game span, tying Henrietta with Paradise in the standings and leaving Boyd a game back of both.

With two games left for all three teams, the answer to who will make the playoffs is simplified.

Eight wins will give any of the three a shot at the postseason.

For Henrietta and Paradise, getting to eight wins requires winning just one of their final two games.

For Boyd, a two-game winning streak is the only way to ensure postseason play.

Beating Paradise for the second time would tie the two Wise County teams at seven wins and six losses, giving Boyd the head-to-head tiebreaker.

In that scenario, the Yellowjackets would still have to match Paradise’s outcome in the final game of district to keep their records even.

Assuming Paradise can handle Jacksboro in their final district game (a team the Panthers already beat by eight runs) the onus would remain on Boyd to scar Bowie’s perfect district record.

Though their road is tough, Boyd coach James Karcher has confidence in his team’s ability to win out.

They have beaten Paradise already and played well in their 2-1 loss to Bowie earlier in the season.

That game featured a late, disputed call that was crucial to the outcome.

“It was tough,” Karcher said. “But you go back to that and say ‘we were right there!’ You build off of that.”

Finally, Henrietta’s path has them against second-place Holliday before taking on winless City View to close their schedule.

Henrietta beat Holliday in a close, 5-4 game earlier this year, and a loss to City View would be an historical upset.

Though the Yellowjackets have their work cut out for them, they have the potential to muddy the playoff waters in a closley-contested 9-3A where nearly any scenario is in-play despite just two games remaining.

“There’s a chance we could end up with a four-way tie for second,” Karcher laughingly said before making a more serious statement. “If we take care of our business, we’re in the playoffs. That’s all it comes down to.”

Boyd is coming off Monday’s 10-0 win over City View.

Evan Stephenson pitched all six innings of the game, allowing just one hit, while striking out 10.

Colton Batterton and Spencer Pellegrini drove in two runs each to lead Boyd.

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Pondering BYA trouble

There was an [letter] over the weekend [April 25, Wise County Messenger] about the Boyd Youth Association baseball commissioner being removed for unwritten rules. This happened two years ago to the football commissioner, where he was not allowed to go to the NCT meetings, and there was an investigation against him. However, since he is friends with the BYA president, he was not asked to be removed from the board.

Why is there a double standard when it comes to a friend of the president and someone who is asking questions and trying to make BYA a better thing for our youth?

Adam Smith

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Baseball: Jacksboro overpowers Boyd, 12-7

Boyd’s late surge couldn’t bring them back from the 12-3 deficit they accrued in the first six innings.

The four Boyd runs in the top of the seventh cut the Jacksboro lead to five, but that’s all it would accomplish, on the Yellowjackets’ eight-error, three-hit night.

Boyd scored three runs in the top of the third to erase a one-run deficit and take a two-run lead.

Then, Jacksboro erupted for five runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and another five in the bottom of the sixth for a total of 11 runs in a three-innings span.

Jacksboro’s Chase Thompson pitched six innings, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits in his time on the mound.

The 12-7 loss puts Boyd’s 9-3A record at 5-6, a game back from Henrietta and Paradise who are tied at 6-5 in the third playoff spot.

Bowie leads 9-3A with a perfect 11-0 record and Holliday is sitting in second at 8-3.

District 9 will play District 10 in the bidistrict round of the playoffs.


Castleberry scored a run in each of the first three innings and Bridgeport never found a way to respond.

Bridgeport managed just three hits and struck out 13 times in their scoreless night.

Lane Morrow’s lone hit was the team’s only extra-base hit of the night, a one-out ground ball double to left field.

The loss gives Bridgeport a 3-4 district record, fourth in 8-4A behind Decatur, Springtown and Castleberry, and ahead of Lake Worth.


There wasn’t much the Dragons could do wrong Tuesday night against Graford.

Chico had 20 hits, 27 runs, were awarded with nine Graford errors, while Dragons’ pitcher Brady North struck out 10 batters in five innings and allowed just one hit.

Jaston McBee’s opening triple led off an eight-run first inning for Chico.

The massive inning was later dwarfed by the Dragons’ 11-run fourth.

McBee led the team with five RBIs, five hits and five runs in six at-bats.

Tyler Melton hit the only home run of the game, a three-run shot over the center field wall that scored McBee and Kolton Forbus in the top of the fifth.

The Dragons remain the top team in 10-2A with a 9-1 record while Alvord and Olney are currently tied for second at 6-3.


Bryce Elder was superb on the mound Tuesday night against Springtown.

Elder pitched all seven innings for Decatur and allowed just four hits and one run.

He walked only one batter and struck out seven, but perhaps the most impressive stat is that he threw only 72 pitches in the process.

Simple math says that Elder needed just under 3.5 pitches for each of the 21 outs in the seven-inning game.

The solid performance of the Decatur defense allowed Elder to put the ball in the strike zone without major repercussions.

Decatur opened the game by turning a Springtown error into a Clayton Egle run in the first inning.

They added to their lead in the third inning when Michael Hicks singled to center field, scoring Tyler Ticknor who reached on a line drive single to center.

AJ Johnson then singled to center, scoring Hicks to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Johnson did it again in the top of the seventh, hitting a ground ball to right field that scored two.

Mason Baur followed suit, hitting a shot to right field that brought in Hicks, and though Trey Penny grounded out to second base, he allowed Johnson to score Decatur’s seventh and final run.

Johnson was Decatur’s usual offensive leader, responsible for driving in four of Decatur’s seven runs.

With the win, the 5-2 Eagles take a lead in the standings over 4-2 Springtown, and the win avenges Decatur’s first district loss to the Porcupines on April 3.

Decatur’s overall record moves to 12-8-1.


Cayde Ward got two of his team’s four hits in the Northwest loss to Denton Ryan.

A four-man pitching crew of Bailey Dovel, Garret Moltzan, Grant Krug and Cameron Rhodes gave up 12 hits and struck out only four in seven innings on the hill.

Bryson Wrobel and Preston Palmer each had tough nights at the plate, striking out three times each, and Austin Whitelock committed three errors.

The Texans’ district record moves to 3-8, tied with their victorious opponent at the bottom of 5-6A.

Keller’s 11-0 record leads the district, Byron Nelson sits in second at 7-4 and a four-way tie of teams with 5-6 records sit between Northwest and a playoff spot.

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Turmoil brewing in BYA

To all parents with children involved in Boyd Youth Association, please read this. There are things going on that I think everyone needs to be aware of.

On April 19, the baseball commissioner, Rob Kurtz, was terminated from his position. Many of you know Rob and have seen the dedication he has to the kids and to BYA. Since Rob took the position of commissioner, the fields are in better shape than they have been in many years, due to his hard work.

Rob also coaches a 10U team, and he is by far the best coach in any youth association I have seen in many years. Rob certainly knows the game and how to coach it, but he also loves our kids. Every child on his team is an important part of the team, and all are treated equally. He inspires every child to be the best that he can be.

The kids are not only being taught baseball, but more importantly, life lessons. They are being taught that each of them have an important job to do as part of the team. They are being taught to believe in themselves and to believe in others. They are being taught to always do what is right.

It is not often that someone like Rob comes along, who makes such a difference in our kids’ lives, but BYA has gotten rid of him. Rob questioned how things were done, in an effort to make improvements. He questioned where all the money is going. He was never given any answers.

So I think he asked too many questions, and now he is terminated.

Rob was accused of violating rules … on the occasions when Rob was accused of violating rules, there were other board members present who were aware of the situation, and they were not disciplined.

At the insistence of parents, the board met with them Monday night, but they denied any involvement in Rob’s termination and not many questions were answered.

Something is not right. If you are a BYA parent, please ask questions. Please get involved.

Shirley Peebles

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Baseball: Yellowjackets fall to Henrietta

Boyd led for six and a half innings in Friday’s loss to Henrietta.

The Yellowjackets didn’t help themselves, committing six errors in the 3-2 loss.

In fact, Boyd allowed only one hit in the bottom of the seventh, giving up a walk, a hit-by-pitch and committing an error to set up the Henrietta comeback win.

The loss puts Boyd’s 9-3A record at 5-5, tied for fourth with Paradise and out of the playoff seeding.

Henrietta’s record moves to 6-4, in third while two-loss Holliday and undefeated Bowie have the top two spots.

With four more games to play, Boyd still has time to get back in the hunt, but it will likely take wins over Paradise and Bowie.


The Chico Dragons beat Poolville in five innings Monday, 14-3.

Cameron Weatherly allowed four hits, three runs in his 10-strikeout performance on the mound.

Weatherly also hit a three-run homer to go with a double and a walk at the plate.

Hagen Davis drove in three runs, while Jeremy Blanks brought home two.

Lead-off batter Jaston McBee went 3-4 and hit Chico’s only triple.

Chico opened the game with four runs in the first followed by three in the second inning.

Another four in the third inning and three more in the fourth gave the Dragons an 11-run lead.

The win moves the Chico’s record to 8-1 in District 10-2A as they remain atop the standings.


Bowie’s eight first-inning runs proved to be insurmountable for Paradise Friday night.

The district leaders forced Panther John Bridgeman to throw 45 pitches in the first inning as he allowed seven hits and walked three in the 12-1 loss.

Landry Norwood came on in relief and gave up four hits, allowing four walks and three earned runs in his four innings on the hill.

Norwood went 1-for-1 at the plate with a single and a walk, but his team’s nine strikeouts were indicative of the kind of offensive struggles Paradise had.

Tied with Boyd at 5-5 in 9-3A, Paradise is currently fourth in the district.

Games against Nocona, Boyd and Jacksboro round out the Panther’s schedule.


Texan pitcher Dustin May gave up two hits, two walks and two runs in Northwest’s opening frame against Timber Creek.

In the final six innings, May was terrific, allowing one hit, walking none and striking out nine.

Though his day on the mound was ideal, the Texans only managed one run in the bottom of the fifth and fell to the district rival.

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Ruby Marie Schroeder

Ruby Marie Schroeder

Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd died Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Decatur.

Services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, Neb., Saturday, April 25, with burial at Eustis Cemetery.

Ruby was born Dec. 22, 1917, in North Platte, Neb., to William and Hazel (Fordice) Allen. She married Clifford Schroeder May 4, 1940, in Nebraska. Ruby was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport. She was a homemaker.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Clifford Schroeder; three sisters; two sons-in-laws; one daughter-in-law; and her grandson, Craig Schroeder.

She is survived by daughters Lea Jackson of Texas, Sue Cerkowniak and husband, Dennis, of North Dakota, and Alice Andrews and husband, Steve, of California; and sons Clifford Schroeder of California and John Schroeder and wife, Rita, of Oregon.

She is also survived by grandchildren Debi Gerber and husband, Bob, of California, Jeanette Youpa and husband, Dave, of California, John Schroeder and wife, Tonya, of California, Kim Burch and husband, Jim, of Texas, Kate Atkins and husband, Neil, of California, Brian Schroeder of California, John Moore and wife, Shana, of Texas, Sheila Rios and husband, Luciano, of California, Sara Philhart and husband, Raymond, of California, Troy Benoit and wife, Bianca, of Texas, Renee Benoit of Oregon and Eric Schroeder of California; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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1 dies in Wednesday wreck

A Boyd man was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck.

The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed.

The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured.

Haschel said it’s unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m., and the crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation.

A second accident in the same area happened later that day, but no one was seriously injured in that accident.

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Boyd ISD prepares for possible student increase

The possibility of a new housing development is causing the Boyd School Board to evaluate its facilities and prepare for a potentially big influx of students in the coming years.

Superintendent Ted West opened a special meeting Thursday night explaining the impact the housing development would have on the community.

“There could be 1,000 new homes being built, and right now, it looks like a lot of them will be starter homes,” West said. “We’re looking at 1,000 to 1,200 new students coming into the district, and that could possibly double the amount of students in our schools.

“That’s a scary proposition.”

West said the development is contingent upon the ability of the city’s water system to accommodate the new homes. An official location has not been designated, but the housing development would be within the confines of Boyd ISD.

“So it’s a long way off, but we wanted to start making long-term and short-term plans for the facilities and start prioritizing,” West said. “Right now, we just want to take a look at where we’re at and see what kind of school district we want to be in five, 10, 20 years.”

No action was taken during the meeting, but board members discussed what renovations are most pressing at each school.

For example, middle school Principal James McDonald spoke about the gym on his campus.

“Our athletic facility is atrocious,” he said. “It’s depressing. We’re growing and getting better as an athletic program, and I want things in place for these kids to be proud.”

The current middle school building is 27 years old, the second-oldest in the district.

The other big complaint was the 34-year-old intermediate school campus, which is overdue for a renovation.

“One of the biggest things I’m hearing from y’all tonight is that the intermediate school needs to be fixed,” Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice said.

A representative from the Texas Association of School Boards was present to give guidance on whether the council should pursue a bond package for the renovations.

“I completely get politically why it’s uncomfortable to talk about a bond, or ‘the b-word,’ as we like to call it,” TASB representative Mike Brooks said. “I will say you’ve done a great first step in listening to your principals and seeing what those needs are, but if you do decide to do a bond in a couple of years, people are going to be focused on how you evaluated yourself to vote for this bond.

“And I would say that financially, you’re on the right track.”

The discussion lasted for three hours and ended with West saying he would continue talking with district employees about the renovations, and that further discussion would occur at the board’s May meeting.

“Writing down what we need to change is the easy part, but prioritizing it all is going to be the hard part,” West said.

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Softball: Sissies finish Frogs

The Bridgeport Sissies scored eight runs with two outs, including a three-run homer by Hayley Davidson during a 13-run first inning.

After three more runs in the third inning, the game was over in a 15-0 run rule.

Hailey Hollingsworth struck out five of the nine batters she faced, allowing no hits or runs.

Lake Worth’s only baserunner reached on a Hollingsworth error.

Kensley Turner got a hit in each of her three at-bats, driving in two runs with two doubles and a triple.

Like Turner, Shiloh Weirich hit the ball every time she stepped up to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple.

Melissa Monjaraz drove in three runs, two on sacrifices and one on a double.

And Hollingsworth brought in two with her triple in the first.

Davidson finished with a team-leading five RBIs.

The win gives the Sissies a 4-2 record in district play, behind only Castleberry and Decatur in 8-4A.


Northwest took a big hit Wednesday with a loss to Byron Nelson that could have allowed the Lady Texans to move back into position for a playoff spot.

Down 7-6 heading into the sixth, the Lady Texans gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth and followed that with a scoreless seventh to end the game.

Northwest’s Brie Wrobel drove in three runs with a hit in three of her four at-bats.

Sydnee Hinkle drove in two runs on two hits, and Tuesday DerMargosian’s lone hit drove in a run as well.

Catherine Totty and Emily Worley each pitched three innings for the Lady Texans.

Totty gave up five hits and five runs in her outing, and Worley allowed six hits and six runs in her time in the pitcher’s circle.

The Lady Texans’ record is now 4-5 while Byron Nelson sits in fourth place at 6-4


It wasn’t a blowout, but Paradise got the win Friday over City View.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor turned up the heat in the top of the fifth following her sister, Randa’s, RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to put the Lady Panthers up by a run.

Reagan proceeded to strike out the side in the fifth, allowing only two baserunners in the final three innings of play.

The Lady Panthers remain tied atop 9-3A with Holliday who also have just one district loss to their record.

At 8-3, Boyd sits at third in 9-3A.


Boyd’s four runs in the fourth inning were followed by five in the fifth to give the Lady Yellowjackets a relatively easy 11-1 win over Nocona Tuesday.

The game ended after five innings and Boyd’s Chandler Hammond finished the game allowing only two hits, though one was a home run.

Savannah Foster and Britney Howard each got two hits in their three at-bats to lead Boyd.

Howard drove in three runs and Foster brought in two.

Chelsea Arlington and Hammond each drove in two runs as well.

The win gives the Lady Yellowjackets an 8-3 record, sitting third in 9-3A behind Holliday and Paradise.

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Baseball: Boyd battles to remain in playoff hunt

A five-run bottom of the fourth gave Boyd a 9-0 lead over Nocona Wednesday.

Nocona followed with their first run of the game in the fifth, but a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth negated that run when it brought Brandon Hardee home.

The two Nocona runs in the top of the second couldn’t spark the rally needed to overcome Boyd’s 10-hit night.

Colton Batterton’s two hits brought four runs across to lead the Yellowjackets’ offense.

Clay Barnett was also an offensive strong point for Boyd, getting a hit in all three of his at-bats.

Barnett drove in two runs and crossed home twice himself.

Hardee pitched most of the game for Boyd, allowing three hits and a run.

Evan Stephenson came on in relief and allowed only one hit and two runs in just under three innings of work.

Boyd’s current 5-4 record in 9-3A has them in a three-way tie with Paradise and Henrietta for third place in the district.

Bowie sits atop the district standings with an unblemished 9-0 record and Holliday’s 7-2 record has them in second.


Jared Huff’s double in the bottom of the second brought in two of the eight runs Bridgeport accumulated in the inning.

Huff’s continued brilliance on the mound made sure that the Bridgeport lead was safe.

The pitcher struck out eight batters and allowed only one walk and three hits in his seven innings on the hill against Lake Worth.

He also showed extreme efficiency, throwing under 100 pitches, with just under 72 percent of his pitches being strikes.

Other Bulls stand outs were Jake Martinez who blasted a homer and drove in two runs, and Lane Morrow who doubled twice.

Mason Baker got two hits in his three at-bats with two runs driven in.

Bridgeport’s 8-4A record surpasses .500 with the win, putting them at 3-2 and second in district.

Decatur and Springtown are currently tied at the top of the district at 3-1.


Northwest’s Dustin May doubled in the top of the fifth, scoring Lyric Walker and Tanner Treadway as the tying and go-ahead runs.

That same inning, Doger Gilliland singled to third base, scoring Bryson Wrobel to put the Texans up 3-1.

Bailey Dovel’s stingy pitching helped to keep Timber Creek scoreless for the final two innings of play, resulting in a Northwest victory.

Dovel pitched all seven innings, allowing six hits and one run with four strikeouts and a walk.

The Texans remain in a tough spot in 5-6A. At 3-6, they are tied with Denton Guyer for sixth in the district.

That being said, three teams are tied for third with 4-5 records, just one game ahead of the Texans.

Keller remains undefeated with a 9-0 record, and Byron Nelson has a nice lead on the second-place slot at 7-2.


Despite no strikeouts, three walks and six hits, the Paradise Pathers were unable to score against Henrietta Tuesday.

John Bridgeman was a bright spot for the Panthers, getting two hits in his three at-bats.

Bryson Meyers started the game for Paradise and pitched five innings, allowing six runs and seven hits.

Landry Norwood relieved Meyers for the final two innings of play, giving up only one hit and striking out four.

The loss puts the Panthers in a three-way tie with Boyd and Henrietta for third place in 9-3A.

With games against Holliday, Nocona, Boyd and Jacksboro remaining on the schedule, Paradise has a chance to greatly improve their playoff chances in the coming two weeks.

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Boyd ISD adopts new evaluation system

Boyd teachers and principals will be under a new grading system next school year.

Boyd school board members Monday night adopted a new evaluation system for teachers and campus leadership that is focused on student performance and sets growth parameters.

“We’re excited because it ties in all the goals the board is asking of me with the principals, teachers and students,” said Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West.

“The old system doesn’t give us the performance-based data. This is a fresh new look at it.”

The new system is the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). The accompanying component for principals is Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS).

Last year several districts around the state took part in the pilot year of the new system that is planned to go into implementation statewide in 2016-17. Boyd is among a growing list of districts adopting the evaluation process for 2015-16 during the “refinement year.”

Boyd Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice said joining next year will allow the district to take advantage of training and give feedback to the Texas Education Agency about the process.

“We want the growth model for our teachers, and to be able to give feedback to the TEA,” Stice said.

The current evaluation tool, Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS), has been in place since 1997. The process centers around a minimum of one, 45-minute observation and completion of the teacher self-report form.

“The old PDAS is not useful,” Stice said. “We want something to help teachers grow and improve their craft.

“Our teachers have been saying, ‘Tell us what you want.’ This is going to provide a growth model to grow our teachers.”

One crutch of the new system includes conferences before and after observations for teachers with administrators to set goals.

The new system also moves the classroom from a teacher-centered approach to one in which lessons are led by student-centered actions. To get the higher two of five grades – distinguished and accomplished – teachers will need to display the move to student-centered actions.

Stice said this new grading system is more in line with the practices the district wants to see in the classroom.

“We tell teachers what good teaching looks like, but they are held accountable to the old way,” Stice said about the needed change.

“The current system is insufficient.”

Stice pointed out the new system for principals provides a better framework for their evaluation and will use more performance data.

Principals will get training in the new system this summer from the Region 11 Service Center. The principals will then train their teachers during the staff development days in August before the start of the school year.

In other business, trustees approved a $9,200 budget amendment for items needed to complete the construction of the new ag barn. The additional cost brought the total for the facility to nearly $225,000.

The board also approved contracts for 27 high school, 15 middle school, 19 intermediate teachers and 24 elementary teachers and staff members based on administrative recommendations.

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Baseball: Bulls even district record, beating Springtown

Lane Morrow and Mason Baker combined for four of Bridgeport’s six hits in their win over Springtown.

The Bulls got two runs in the first inning and four in the second.

Springtown challenged in the fifth, scoring three of its four runs, but Bridgeport held them in the sixth and seventh innings.

Morrow finished the game with two RBIs. Jared Huff and Hayden Sutherland drove in one a piece.

“We did a better job at the plate early in the game,” coach Ted Leps said. “We still need to learn to make adjustments as the game progresses.”

Corbin Coleman pitched a complete game, giving up four hits and four runs – none earned. He struck out eight without a walk.

“I thought he did a really good job competing on the mound,” Leps said. “We made some mistakes behind him in the third inning and he kept his composure.”

The win puts Bridgeport at 2-2 in District 8-4A.

Springtown and Decatur are currently tied at 3-1 atop the district standings.

Lake Worth and Castleberry are both 1-3.


Boyd made plenty of mistakes in their 14-7 loss to Holliday Friday.

The Yellowjackets committed six errors and allowed Holliday’s 12 hits to turn into 14 runs – six earned.

Boyd’s offense was strong, scoring seven runs.

Boyd’s Colton Batterton and Anthony Spinelli drove in two runs each. Tyler Kemp and Cameron Clark added a RBI apiece.

Spencer Pellegrini pitched one batter into the fifth inning, giving up eight hits and 11 runs – three earned.

Evan Stephenson came on in relief, allowing four hits and three runs.


The Decatur Eagles beat Kennedale 14-6 on Friday and followed that with an 8-2 win over Argyle Saturday.

The non-district games obviously don’t move Decatur up in any standings. They did allow the Eagles to pick up some momentum while District 8-4A rival Springtown fell to Bridgeport.

Decatur and Springtown are now tied at 3-1 atop the league.

Michael Hicks drove in three runs for the Eagles and Tyler Ticknor knocked in two in the win over Kennedale.

Jaxon Terrell took the mound for six of the seven innings, and gave up six hits and four runs.

A six-run second inning pushed Decatur past Argyle.

Again it was Hicks leading the team with two runs driven in.

Bryce Elder got the start on the mound and gave up a single run in six innings.

Elder struck out five and walked three.


Two errors by the City View third baseman opened up the bottom of the second for Paradise.

With Austin Hogan and Sam Robinson on, John Bridgeman singled to center field scoring both of his teammates.

The hits kept coming in the second as Paradise’s lead grew from four to 14 in the 16-0 win.

The entire lineup contributed in the dominant inning. Two Paradise runs in the third completed the scoring.

Hogan pitched three of the five total innings and gave up two hits while striking out five.

Landry Norwood and Bridgeman each pitched an inning.

Neither gave up a hit and they each struck out two batters.

Dillon Meadows and Bridgeman each drove in four runs. Skylar Black and Hogan knocked in two.


The Texans suffered a pair of losses over the weekend.

Northwest fell to Byron Nelson Friday 5-1 in 5-6A action. The Texans suffered a 9-1 non-district loss to Boswell Saturday.

Against Byron Nelson, Dustin May pitched five innings and allowed only five hits and two runs.

Northwest’s Bryson Wrobel had the best day at the plate, going 2-for-2.

Against Boswell, the Texans couldn’t find any answers despite using six different pitchers.

Boswell opened the game with four runs in the first inning and followed that with three in the third.

Two more Boswell runs in the sixth inning were more than enough to take the game.

Northwest’s only run came in the first inning when Tanner Treadway hit into a double play that scored Wrobel.

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Eddie Wayne Moore

Eddie Wayne Moore

Eddie Wayne Moore, 66, of Boyd died Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Boyd.

Funeral is 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with the Revs. Mark Autry and Jeff Tackett officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Steven Edwards, Steven Roberts, Jason Foreman, Joel Alexander, Kenneth Earl McCauley and Derek Lambert.

Eddie was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Decatur to Floyd and Vera (Meador) Moore. He graduated from Decatur High School.

Eddie married Lois Tackett June 2, 1967, in Boyd. He owned Eddie’s Tire Shop in Boyd and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyd.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Eddie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lois Moore of Boyd; daughter Sherry (Dalynn) McDaniel and partner, Wes Morrow, of Reno; son Dwayne Moore and wife, Cheryl Ann, of Boyd; grandchildren Kristi Hataway and husband, Justin, of Saginaw, Brittany Moore, Courtney Moore, Garrett Moore, Kaylee Ann Moore, Flinton Sage Moore, Wyatt Morrow and Francis Dillion Morrow; great-grandchildren Brailey, Braiden and Jaycee; brother Bobby Moore and wife, Ester, of Decatur; sisters Elizabeth Frazier and husband, James, of Cundiff, Glenda Jackson of Decatur, Melba Roberts and husband, James (Bimbo), of Decatur, and Paula Foreman and husband, Jerald, of Bridgeport; and other relatives and friends.

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Boyd ISD considers facility needs

Boyd ISD school board members and administrators will brainstorm about facility needs Thursday.

It will be the school board’s second meeting of the week. Trustees will hold their regular meeting Monday, and it will include teacher contracts.

The special meeting Thursday follows the board’s recent goal-making session that included the district having facilities that reflect the pride of the students and community.

“It’s going to be a facility needs assessment for the entire district,” said Boyd Superintendent Ted West. “We’ll go around the room and get other board members’ ideas. There’s no action items. We’ll start discussing things we need.”

West expects the intermediate and middle school facilities to be discussed at length. The two campuses share common areas – a cafeteria, library and band hall, while having different offices and administration.

“They share the same footprint,” West said. “The facility is our old high school. We’ll start having discussions of what we might do in the future.”

The district’s debt service tax rate is 18 cents. The district passed a bond package in 2008.

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Baseball: Boyd falls by run to Bowie

In a tie game with two outs, a full count and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, the final pitch walked in the Bowie run that ended the game Tuesday.

Though the weight of the game was on pitcher Brandon Hardee’s shoulders for that final pitch, it was Boyd’s five errors that sunk the Yellowjackets.

Hardee battled his way through seven innings, throwing 129 pitches in a five-hit effort.

The errors gave Bowie runs, and Bowie pitcher Chandler Dean made certain that he minimized Boyd’s ability to score.

Dean struck out 14 batters and walked one in his three-hit win.

A Colton Meadows fielder’s choice grounder to second base scored Boyd’s Spencer Pellegrini in the second inning for Boyd’s only run.

With the win, Bowie remains undefeated and alone atop District 9-3A.

Boyd’s record falls to 4-3 where they are in contention with Holliday, Jacksboro and Paradise for a playoff spot.

Boyd (4-3) 010 000 0 1 3 5
Bowie (7-0) 001 000 1 2 4 0

WP: Chandler Dean LP: Brandon Hardee

2B: Bowie, Barrett Brooks

RBI: Bowie, Carter Shackelford 2; Boyd, Colton Meadows

All Smiles

ALL SMILES – Mason Baur talks with his catcher Michael Hicks during his 4-0 shutout. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty


Mason Bauer pitched a seven-inning shutout for Decatur Tuesday night in a win over Lake Worth.

Decatur got a run in each of the first two innings and scored another two in the sixth.

Derek Potts drove in two of Decatur’s runs, while Michael Hicks and Trey Penny each drove in one.

Bauer needed just 87 pitches to work his way through the four-hit game in which he struck out four and walked one.

Despite Decatur striking out 11 times, the Eagles’ errorless defense kept them out of trouble for the entirety of the game.

Lake Worth 000 000 0 0 4 1
Decatur 110 002 X 4 6 0

2B: Michael Hicks

RBI: Derek Potts 2, Trey Penny, Michael Hicks


Dillon Meadows drove in four runs in the Paradise win over Jacksboro.

Bryson Meyers threw an impressive seven innings in which he gave up six hits but held Jacksboro scoreless while striking out 11.

J.D. Pearson drove in two runs, and Skyler Clawson drove in one.

Three runs in the first inning gave Paradise a comfortable lead, and the additional four runs in the third inning made the Panther’s lead insurmountable.

One more Panther run in the fifth was more than enough against the absent Jacksboro offense.

Jacksboro 000 000 0 0 6 1
Paradise 304 010 X 8 6 2

WP: Bryson Meyers

2B: Dillon Meadows, J.D. Pearson

RBI: Dillon Meadows 4, J.D. Pearson 2, Skyler Clawson

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Softball: Taylor, Paradise take down Boyd

Reagan Taylor’s big blast in the top of the third gave Paradise the lead. Her work in the pitching circle made sure the Lady Panthers kept it.

Taylor struck out eight and limited Boyd’s potent lineup to just three hits in a 3-1 victory over the Lady Yellowjackets.

Firing Away

FIRING AWAY – Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor struck out eight leading the Lady Panthers to a 3-1 win over Boyd. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Taylor didn’t allow a runner past second after the second inning. She held the heart of Boyd’s order – the three, four, five hitters – without a hit.

“I just try to focus as hard as I can and don’t worry about the crowd or anything else going on,” Taylor said. “I just focus on the hitter and try to get on top of them.

“This feels really good. I play with a bunch of their girls in the summer on a select team. They are our rivals, but it’s a good competition that we have. It’s fun to play them.”

The win gives the Lady Panthers (12-6) a season sweep of Boyd and keeps them atop District 9-3A with Holliday at 7-1.

“We needed that since [Boyd] didn’t lose to anyone else in the first half of district,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “It’s always a tough battle facing them. We needed to dig deep for that one.”

Celebration at Home

CELEBRATION AT HOME – Paradise players mob Reagan Taylor after her two-run homer Friday during the Lady Panthers’ 3-1 win over Boyd. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Boyd (14-5) fell to 6-2 in the league as its six-game winning streak was snapped.

“To win district, we’ll have to hope they lose a couple,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “They win the tiebreakers now.”

Payton Salmon, who batted leadoff in place of Savannah Foster, had two of the three hits off Taylor. Boyd’s lone run in the second, which tied the game at 1, came after Amber Bowen was hit by a pitch, stole third and raced home on the game’s lone error.

“[Taylor] was on,” Hopkins said. “We didn’t put the ball in play real hard. There were only a couple hard-hit balls.”

Paradise didn’t let it stay even long. Allie Rutledge worked a leadoff walk off Chelsea Arlington in the top of the third. Taylor stepped in and got ahead in the count 2-0 before blasting the ball off the top of the Boyd hitting cage beyond the left-field fence.

“It was an outside pitch and I usually don’t hit outside pitches that well,” Taylor said.

“Once I hit, I was saying, ‘Please go out.’ Then I heard it hit the top of their hitting cage.”

Taylor finished 2-for-4 at the plate with the two-run homer on top of her strong performance in the circle.

“She came up and faced them and knew what she needed to do,” Essig said. “She’s a confident kid. She’s confident at the plate and works hard.”

Bailey Higgins went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Brooklyn Davis also had three hits and drove in Higgins for the Lady Panthers’ first run in the top of the second.


Paradise … 012 … 000 … 0 … 3 … 13 … 1
Boyd … 010 … 000 … 0 … 1 … 3 … 0

WP: Reagan Taylor. LP: Chelsea Arlington

HR – Paradise, Taylor. 2B – Paradise, Bailey Higgins 2. RBI – Taylor 2, Brooklyn Davis.

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Baseball: Boyd batters Panthers – Batterton drives in 4 in win

After the hitters ahead of him set the table, Colton Batterton did his job as Boyd’s clean-up hitter at home Friday night.

Batterton drove in four runs, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double in the Yellowjackets’ 8-4 win over Paradise.

Winning Pitch

WINNING PITCH – Boyd’s Spencer Pellegrini tossed seven strong innings during the Yellowjackets’ 8-4 victory over Paradise Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“I’m seeing the ball a lot better,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of work in the cages with the coaches.”

Batterton’s big night was part of a 12-hit showing for the Yellowjackets (6-7), who moved to 4-2 in District 9-3A.

“We were tied with them coming in and this gives us a one-game lead on them,” said Boyd coach James Karcher.

Paradise fell to 3-3 in the league with a game left in the first half.

“This was one game you can’t afford to lose,” said Paradise coach Mike Fehler. “It’s a tight district. Anyone can beat anyone.”

The Boyd offense went to work in the first inning, plating a pair of runs on Colten Bruce’s RBI-single followed by Batterton’s run-producing double.

Bruce finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and scored four runs. He scored one of the two runs driven in on Batterton’s single in the bottom of the third that put Boyd up 4-1.

Boyd added a run in the fifth. Then the Yellowjackets used four two-out hits and a walk in the bottom of the sixth for three more runs.

“We’ve been working on having a good approach at the plate and tonight we did,” Karcher said.

With the lead, Boyd pitcher Spencer Pellegrini held on against the Paradise lineup. He scattered eight hits, allowing four unearned runs. He struck out three and walked one.

“Last year he struggled with walks,” Karcher said. “This year, he has like three walks for the season. The big thing we preach is letting them get themselves out. Tonight he was all over the zone.”

Trailing 8-2 entering the top of the seventh, Paradise loaded the bases. Dillon Meadows singled in a pair of runs to bring the Panthers within two.

Pellegrini then got the pop fly to center to end the game.

“He battled with us,” Fehler said. “We didn’t have the big hit when it counted.


Paradise … 100 … 010 … 2 … 4 … 8 … 3
Boyd … 202 … 013 … X … 8 … 12 … 4

WP: Spencer Pellegrini. LP: John Bridgeman

3B – Paradise, Dillon Meadows. 2B – Boyd, Colten Bruce 2, Cameron Clark, Colton Batterton. RBI – Paradise, Meadows 2, Sam Robinson, Bridgeman. Boyd, Batterton 4, Clark, Pellegrini 2, Bruce.

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