Klement Ford

Softball Roundup: Lady ‘Jackets skunk Alvord

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets made school history Saturday with a 15-0 blanking of Alvord.

The team’s 21st win is a new high mark for the program.

The playoff-bound Lady ‘Jackets moved to 21-5 and 8-2 in District 9-2A. Boyd could wrap up second place in the league with a pair of wins in their final two games. They took on Paradise Tuesday and will close the regular season at Brock Thursday.

Against Alvord, Boyd scored nine in the second inning and six in the third on 12 hits and three Alvord errors.

Payton Salmon drove in four runs and tripled, going 3-for-3. Kaytlin Bullard and Gabby Saldivar had two hits each.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings.


The Bridgeport Sissies rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to beat the rival Decatur Lady Eagles 10-9.

Kensley Turner drove home the winning run on a single to left-center field that plated Shiloh Weirich.

Weirich drove in two runs. Hailey Holingsworth led the Sissies, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Jamieson added a double.

Jenny Bradford doubled and knocked in two runs for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Roberts, Kristina Pischotta and Briana Carter finished with two hits each.


The Brock Lady Eagles plated seven runs in the top of the sixth Saturday on the way to knocking off the Paradise Lady Panthers 16-4.

Madi Horne had the Lady Panthers’ lone extra-base hit, a double. Alyssa Munoz, Bailey Higgins and Allison Rutledge drove in the three Paradise runs.

Paradise went into Tuesday’s game against Boyd in fifth place in District 9-2A. It closes the regular season against fourth-place Peaster Friday. With a victory, the Lady Panthers could force a tie for the fourth playoff spot.

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Baseball Roundup: Boyd trumps Bulldogs

The Boyd Yellowjackets scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning Saturday to break a tie and beat the Alvord Bulldogs 6-3.

Clay Barnett went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Colton Batterton and Anthony Spinelli collected doubles for Boyd.

Sonny McCarmack collected the win, pitching three and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit or run. Rett Sears pitched three and one-third, allowing three runs – one earned – on a hit with four strikeouts.

Without Lane Peace, who suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Paradise game, Alvord struggled for offense, managing two hits.


The Windthorst Trojans sewed up the District 9-A title Friday with a 7-0 victory over the Chico Dragons.

The Dragons (15-4) fell to 9-2 in the district and remain in second place in the league. Chico was swept by Windthorst.

Jaston McBee, Austin Collins and Hagan Davis had Chico’s only hits against the Trojans.


The top-ranked and District 9-2A leading Brock Eagles scored 10 runs in the first two innings on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Paradise Panthers Saturday.

Jarret Holt allowed all 10 runs – five earned – in two innings on six hits. He walked five and struck out two. Dillon Meadows worked four hitless and scoreless innings in relief.

Holt doubled and drove in two run for the Panthers. Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double.


Cayde Ward drove in the Texans’ lone run in the bottom of the seventh as Northwest’s rally fell short in a 4-1 loss to Haltom.

Haltom scored three runs in the first and added another in the top of the sixth.

Tanner Diminuco had two hits for the Texans, including a triple.

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Paradise reigns in 9-2A; Panthers, Lady Panthers win titles

For the second straight year, the District 9-2A boys team title will stay in Paradise – where the girls title also happens to reside.

The Panthers piled up 184 points to hold off the Boyd Yellowjackets by 13 points and claim their second straight district crown.

“It’s awesome to win it a second time,” said Paradise sprinter Austin Hogan.

The Lady Panthers took the league title with 192 points, finishing 58 ahead of Alvord.

“It’s been a long time in the making,” said Paradise girls coach Johna Ford in an email over the weekend. “It was the success of numerous coaches before me, as well as athletes, that helped to build the program.”

The Panthers won district despite winning first in only two events – the 400 and pole vault. Robert Norvell won the 400 Friday in 51.29.

“The guys came through, especially the guys that didn’t finish first,” said Paradise coach Jonathan Ryle. “We needed all those fifth- and sixth-place finishes. We don’t have that one superstar. They were all unselfish and competed.”

The Lady Panthers captured the title by raking in six gold medals, including the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

“It’s very honoring to have the team we have,” said Bailey Sides, who ran on all three Paradise relays. “This is the first time since 2001 for us to be district champs.”

Tops in 200

TOPS IN 200 – Boyd’s Qualyn Wells left the field behind to win the 200. It was Wells’ third gold medal of the meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


The quartet of Boyd seniors on the 4×400 accomplished their goal of setting a record school record Friday at the District 9-2A meet.

Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby and Dalton Stidham broke the old mark of 3:30 with gold-medal time of 3:29.41. The quartet moves on to the Class 2A 9/10 area meet Wednesday at Boyd’s Yellowjacket Stadium.

“The mile relay record is something we’ve been chasing for four years,” Dodson said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Boyd finished a second in front Paradise, which finished in 3:30.64. Brock grabbed third in 3:32.7.

Tate ran a solid opening leg for the Yellowjackets, handing off to Dodson in second place.

“I was in second until the backstretch, and I put us in first,” Dodson said.

He handed off to Cozby who kept Boyd near the front until making the pass off to Stidham.

“We were all about the same until Dalton kicked it in,” Dodson said.

Stidham crossed first for his third gold medal of the night. He also won the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.86 and 39.79.

The 4×400 wasn’t the only Boyd relay to set a record Friday. The 4×200 team of Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting and Qualynn Wells set the school’s best mark, running 1:32.52 for the gold medal.

The same group also won the 4×100 in 43.93, edging Paradise’s quartet of Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney and Robert Norvell, who ran 43.97.

Wells won a third gold medal by taking the 200 in 23.21.

Bulldog Strong

BULLDOG STRONG – Alvord junior Joe Randall edges Paradise’s Luke Gage to retain the 100-meter crown in District 9-2A. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Running headfirst into a stiff wind added an extra challenge, but Alvord junior Joe Randall defended his 9-2A title in the 100 Friday and once again earned the title of league’s fastest man.

Randall ran 11.5 to narrowly win the race over a trio of Paradise runners – Luke Gage, Austin Hogan and Kristoff Pewitt. Gage and Hogan each finished in 11.75, and Pewitt 11.87.

“We were all close,” Randall said. “I’ve been practicing a lot on getting out of the blocks lately and going into the wind. It helped me.

“Hopefully I can hold on to [the title] one more year,” Randall said.

Hogan said he wasn’t crazy about how he came out of the blocks for the race.

“I had a bad start,” he said. “It was crazy. I thought we’d be more spread out.”

Tale of the Tape

TALE OF THE TAPE – Paradise’s Mikaela Beck (left) stretches to win the district championship in the 100 meters for the second straight year Friday, with teammate Carressa McCasland two lanes over coming in fourth. The Lady Panthers captured six golds en route to the district title. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Paradise’ Mikaela Beck claimed the gold medal in the 9-2A 100 for a second straight year Friday.

Beck turned in a 13.18 to beat Peaster’s Sarah Rattan, who crossed in 13.52.

“It’s a big honor and definitely worth all the hard work,” Beck said. “There probably couldn’t have been more wind. That’s why our times were slow.”

It was one of two gold medals for Beck. She also helped the 4×100 relay take first in 51.39. She was joined by Kydall McCasland, Bailey Sides and Taylor Richards on the relay.

“I’m proud of our performance. Our handoffs were not good, but we had a good time even with the wind,” Beck said.

“We’re sitting OK going into area. We haven’t had much competition. Hopefully we’ll have to push ourselves to get a better time.”

Richards and Sides ran on the 4×200 team with Carressa McCasland and Aliyah Read that won in 1:48.92.

“It’s exciting to win,” Sides said.

Read gave Paradise the sweep in the sprints, winning the 200 in 27.38. Richards was second in 27.48.

Amber French won the 100 hurdles in 18.06.


After not running the 300 hurdles last year, Lauren Hart took the gold medal Friday at the 9-2A meet.

Hart ran 48.29 to win the race over Paradise’s Kyndall McCasland.

“I’m not where I want to be, but I’ve got time to get there,” Hart said. “I stuttered on a few [hurdles]. I still need to improve.”

The 300 hurdles medal was one of two golds for Hart. She joined Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik and Savannah Williams on the winning 4×400 squad that prevented Paradise from sweeping the relays. Alvord finished in 4:10.57. Paradise took second in 4:12.41.

“I am so proud of the girls,” Hart said. “We ran awesome. We’ve improved a lot and want to get to state.”

Williams, last year’s 2A silver medalist, won the 800 in 2:28.83.

Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum outsprinted Paradise’s April Coursey and Angela Powers to the finish line in the 1,600, winning in 5:51.27. Coursey was second in 5:51.95, and Powers third in 5:52.08.



Team: 1. Paradise 192, 2. Alvord 134, 3. Boyd 101, 4. Peaster 87, 5. Brock 60, 6. Millsap 26, 7. Ponder 13

100: 1. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 13.18; 4. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 13.99; 6. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 14.05; 7. Katie Claborn, Alvord, 14.11; 8. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 14.19

200: 1. Aliyah Read, Paradise, 27.38; 2. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 27.48; 3. Olivia Singleton, Boyd, 28.01; 4. Jessica Gillespie, Alvord, 28.11; 8. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 29.43

400: 1. Sarah Rattan, Peaster, 59.74; 4. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 1:05.32; 5. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 1:06.2

800: 1. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:28.83; 4. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 2:36.25; 5. Kaylee McConnell, Paradise, 2:37.15; 6. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 2:38.53; 7. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 2:38.94; 8. April Coursey, Paradise, 2:39.22

1600: 1. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:51.27; 2. April Coursey, Paradise, 5:51.95; 3. Angela Powers, Paradise, 5:52.08; 4. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 5:56.21; 5. Kaylee McConnell, Paradise, 6:01.67; 6. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 6:04.64; 7. Corey Schlomach, Alvord, 6:11.11; 8. Heather Beauregard, Boyd, 6:18.95

100 hurdles: 1. Amber French, Paradise, 18.06; 2. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 18.3; 3. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 18.35; 4. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 18.86

300 hurdles: 1. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 48.29; 2. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 48.77; 3. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 50.45; 5. Amber French, Paradise, 52.77; 6. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 53.1; 7. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 53.58

4×100: 1. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.39; 2. Alvord: Katie Claborn, Brianna Ponder, Emily Edge, Marissa Schedcik, 52.77; 3. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Karlen Kinsey, Olivia Singleton, 53.24

4×200: 1. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliyah Read, 1:48.92; 2. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 1:50.04; 4. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Kyndal Crisman, Olivia Singleton, 1:54.83

4×400: 1. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 4:10.57; 2. Paradise: Bailey Sides, Aliyah Read, Makala Neighbors, Mikaela Beck, 4:12.41; 5. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Bailee Luttrell, Amber Montgomery, Jade Moore, 4:25.71


Team: 1. Paradise 184, 2. Boyd 171, 3. Ponder 100, 4. Brock 63, 5. Alvord 52, 6. Peaster 24, 7. Millsap 17

100: 1. Joe Randall, Alvord, 11.5; 2. Luke Gage, Paradise, 11.75; 2. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.75; 4. Kristoff Pewitt, Paradise, 11.87; 6. Xavier Kyle, Boyd, 11.96; 8. Justin Milligan, Boyd, 12.4

200: 1. Qualyn Wells, Boyd, 23.21; 2. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 23.7; 4. Cash Preather, Paradise, 24.08; 7. Jonathan Musgrave, Alvord, 24.4; 8. Troy Thompson, Boyd, 24.45

400: 1. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 51.29; 2. Joseph Tate, Boyd, 53; 5. Andrew Nichols, Alvord, 54.18; 6. Colby Dial, Paradise, 54.62; 7. Josh Malone, Alvord, 54.94; 8. Trey Gordon, Boyd, 55.57

800: 1. David Buchanan, Peaster, 2:01.44; 2. Colby Dial, Paradise, 2:08.79; 5. Cameron Hammett, Boyd, 2:17.03; 7. Isaac Vang, Boyd, 2:18.32; 8. Logan Watkins, Alvord, 2:21.6

1600: 1. David Buchanan, Peaster, 4:43.83; 2. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:49.47; 3. David Pearson, Paradise, 4:54.2; 4. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 4:56.99; 5. Chance Dial, Paradise, 4:58.84; 6. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 4:59.38; 8. Landry Norwood, Paradise, 5:09.15

110 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 15.86; 2. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 16.31; 3. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 16.64; 4. Brett Martin, Alvord, 16.82; 5. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 17.94; 6. Josh Malone, Alvord, 18.56

300 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 39.79; 2. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.36; 3. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 43.16; 4. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 43.44

4×100: 1. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 43.93; 2. Paradise: Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney, Robert Norvell, 43.97; 5. Alvord: Joe Randall, Jonathan Musgrave, Kyle Dunn, Brett Martin, 45.42

4×200: 1. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells; 2. Alvord: Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jonathan Musgrave, Joe Randall, 1:33.15; 5. Paradise: Nick Loney, Tanner Valentine, Cash Preather, Chris Hill, 1:34.88

4×400: 1. Boyd: Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby, Dalton Stidham, 3:29.41; 2. Paradise: Colby Dial, Nick Loney, Cody Carmichael, Robert Norvell; 4. Alvord: Logan Watkins, Andrew Nichols, Heath Walker, Josh Malone, 3:43.66

Field events and 3200 results were in April 12 issue of the Messenger.

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Boyd sweeps distance race

As he circled the track at Yellowjacket Stadium Thursday morning, Marco Martinez’ only competition in the 3200 was the clock.

The Boyd distance runner built a several-second lead after the first couple of laps and continued to pull away for a 22-second victory at the 9-2A meet.

ROUNDING THE CORNER – Boyd’s Marco Martinez turns the corner early in the 3200 Thursday. He won the race as Boyd took the top three spots. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Martinez ran a 10:28.27.

“At first I tried to keep with the other runners but felt we were going too slow,” he said. “I had to get on my pace.

“This means a lot to me. I’ve been working hard to get the gold and made it.”

His victory was part of a sweep of the medals in the event. Aaron Hammett took silver in 10:50.83, and Omar Martinez finished third in 10:52.07.

“That felt great,” Marco Martinez said. “As a team, we wanted this and worked hard the whole year.”


A busy schedule kept Boyd’s Jessica Colbert out of competition for several weeks leading up to the District 9-2A meet.

But the layoff did not slow her down Thursday as she captured the 9-2A title in the 3200.

Colbert pulled away from Alvord’s Clara Breashears in the final two laps and finished in 12:49.92. Breashears took second in 12:59.54.

“This feels amazing. I’ve been running since seventh grade and all that hard work and six years of training and practicing has led to this,” Colbert said. “I’m glad to become district champion. I’m so happy, blessed and thankful for this opportunity.”

Colbert and Breashears left the rest of the pack after the third lap. Breashears led from the third until the 800-mark. Colbert then inched ahead.

“Clara took the lead, and I immediately jumped in behind her since there was wind to draft off her,” Colbert said. “But that didn’t help because she’s so cute and tiny.”

“I waited until there was 450 meters left and pushed it to see how much she had left.”

Colbert then cruised to the finish line.

“It helped that I had five to 10 teammates yelling at me the whole time,” she said.


Zildjian Brooks and Haley Rector gave Paradise a pair of gold medals in the pole vault Thursday.

Brooks won the 9-2A boys title, clearing 12 feet.

“I did really well. It was one of my better days,” he said. “I stopped at 12 feet because my knee was hurting.”

Brooks missed once at 11 feet before clearing it. He then got 11-6 and 12 feet.

“It feels great to win. Last year as a sophomore my teammate was the only one that beat me,” he said.

Rector claimed the girls’ pole vault, clearing 8-6.

“I did OK,” Rector said. “I’ve gone 9-5. Today was just good enough. I’m happy to be first.”

It was the second straight year for the junior to win. She didn’t vault as a freshman after having hip surgery.

She hopes to improve at area and regionals.


Alvord’s Brianna Ponder enjoyed a rare warm day Thursday, winning the 9-2A title in the high jump.

“It’s a nice day to jump. It’s warm,” she said.

Ponder cleared 5 feet to edge Boyd’s Lindsey Chancelor, who cleared 4-10.

Both cleared 4-10 and Ponder was able to get 5-0 for the win.

Ponder has her sights set on the school record 5-2 at area.

“I wouldn’t say I’m where I want to be, but I’m getting there,” she said. “Next week, I want to get 5-2 and advance to regionals.”

Heavy Toss

HEAVY TOSS – Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe tosses the shot put during the 9-2A meet Thursday in Boyd. She took second in the event. Messenger photo by Joe Duty



3200: 1. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 12:48.92; 2. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 12:59.54; 3. Brianna Smith, Paradise, 13:08.51; 4. Emily Corbin, Paradise, 13:20.78; 5. Heather Beauregard, Boyd, 13:23.43; 6. Angela Powers, Paradise, 13:25.87; 7. Corey Schlomach, Alvord, 13:43.88; 8. Mikayla Perry, Alvord, 14:11.71

High jump: 1. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 5-0; 2. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 4-10; 5. Amber French, Paradise, 4-8; 7. Bailey Sides, Paradise, 4-6

Pole vault: 1. Haley Rector, Paradise, 8-6; 2. Jade Moore, Boyd, 8-0; 3. Carlen Smith, Boyd, 7-6; 4. Mackinlie Tucker, Paradise, 7-6

Long jump: 1. Sarah Rattan, Peaster, 18-1; 2. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 16-7.25; 3. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 15-11.5; 5. Bailey Sides, Paradise, 15-3.25; 7. Emily Edge, Alvord, 14-11; 8. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 14-8

Triple jump: 1. Sydney Herbel, Millsap, 33-8.5; 2. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 33-2; 3. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 32-5.5; 4. Emily Edge, Alvord, 30-7.5; 6. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 28-0.5

Shot put: 1. Hailee Rutledge, Peaster, 34-9.75; 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 33-10.5; 4. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 32-4.5; 5. Darby Moak, Alvord, 28-6; 6. Bailee Miller, Paradise, 28-2.75; 7. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 28

Discus: 1. Rowlee Johnson, Peaster, 106-09; 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 105-4; 4. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 95-7; 5. Cheyanne Rose, Boyd, 92-1; 6. Kailyn Melvin, Paradise, 76-5; 7. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 75-4; 8. Kristen Brazeal, Boyd, 71-6


3200: 1. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:28.27; 2. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 10:50.82; 3. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 10:52.07; 4. David Pearson, Paradise, 10:57.62; 5. Chance Dial, Paradise, 11:18.98; 8. Landry Norwood, Paradise, 11:38.01

High jump: 1. Craig Reames, Ponder, 5-9; 2. Colby Dial, Paradise, 5-7; 3. Joe Randall, Alvord, 5-6; 4. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 5-6

Pole vault: 1. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 12-0; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 10-6; 4. Dalton Holden, Paradise, 10-0

Long jump: 1. Spencer Waldo, Ponder, 19-10.5; 2. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 19-9.25; 6. Darian Sotomi, Paradise, 18-10.5; 8. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 18-7.5

Triple jump: 1. Christian Worthington, Ponder, 41-4.75; 2. Cash Preather, Paradise, 41-3.75; 3. Tanner Valentine, Paradise, 39-2; 4. Xavier Kyle, Boyd, 38-7.5

Shot put: 1. Chris Aivaliotis, Ponder, 46-7.5; 2. Taylor Edwards, Paradise, 42-8.5; 6. Sequoia Smith, Boyd, 37-9.5; 7. Matt McConell, Boyd, 36-7; 8. Colby Windham, Alvord, 32-4

Discus: 1. Zach Simpson, Ponder, 128-3.5; 2. Blake Brown, Paradise, 111-4.5; 3. Sequoia Smith, Boyd, 111-2; 6. Colby Windham, Alvord, 100-9; 8. Jacob Posey, Paradisie, 94-5.5

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McCune claims second straight district title; Senior returns to regionals to battle for state

Marley McCune started going to the course with her dad, Rodney, when she was a little girl – but she didn’t take to it immediately.

“My dad started taking me to the course when I was 4. I didn’t like it at first,” she admitted. “But I found out it was the way we were going to bond.”

Winning Form

WINNING FORM – Boyd senior Marley McCune claimed her second 9-2A title on the golf course this past week. She will advance to the Class 2A Region II tournament next week. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Years and many trips out to the course later, McCune is now a two-time District 9-2A champion. Boyd’s McCune claimed her second league crown in a row this past week.

“It means a lot after all the time put in for practice,” McCune said.

She fired a 94 at Cross Timbers in Azle and closed with a 97 at Canyon West in Weatherford.

“I played consistent enough to win,” McCune said. “I was disappointed in the little mistakes. My putting was good but not my chipping.”

McCune hopes to give herself a shot at state at next week’s regional tournament.

“My goal is to be in the 80s both days,” she said.

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Howard D. Elliot

Howard Elliott

Howard Elliott, 81, a retired painter, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Boyd.

Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Hood officiating.

Pallbearers are Chris Elliott, Chuck Bowen, Justin Garrett, Curtis White, Joshua Youngblood and Paul Herod.

Howard was born March 4, 1933, in Coleman County to Clarence and Cora (Russell) Elliott. He married Doris Smith Sept. 7, 1971, in Durant, Okla., and was a painter at Bell Helicopter. He served his country in the U.S. Army and loved playing his fiddle with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Tommy Elliott; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Doris Elliott of Boyd; daughters Pam Carnes-Porter and husband, Kelly, of Boyd, Vicki Reeves and husband, Keith, of Azle, Jeanette Garrett and husband, Randy, of Boyd; son Danny Youngblood and wife, Marilyn, of Weatherford; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother Otis Elliott and wife, Eva, of Tolar; sister Ann Winsett and husband, Dewayne, of Godley; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Amelia Shae Gates

Kyle Constant and Krysta Gates of Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, Amelia Shae Gates, on April 5, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Tina Davis, Randy Trewin, Delana Trewin, Mark Davis, Julie Anderson and John Constant.

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Cousin indicted for hiding murder suspect

A Boyd woman accused of helping her cousin wanted for murder elude police last year has been indicted by a Wise County grand jury.

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor, 49, was indicted for hindering apprehension or prosecution of a known felon in connection with the murder case against her cousin, Garland Allen, who was arrested Dec. 2 near Boyd.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Allen was with Taylor when she was contacted by a sheriff’s investigator and told to return home. Before returning home, she dropped Allen off in a rural location between Newark and Boyd. Taylor told investigators she knew Allen was wanted for murder, according to the affidavit.

Allen was soon located and arrested. Two days after his arrest, he led investigators to a wooded area at the Tom Steed Reservoir near Altus, Okla., where he had buried the body of his ex-wife, Tracy Lynn Allen, in May of 2001.

Allen remains in jail in Jackson County, Okla., awaiting trial.

Hindering apprehension or prosecution of a known felon is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

The grand jury returned 69 indictments during their March 27 meeting. Other felony indictments include:

Esteban Castruita, driving while intoxicated third or more

Corey John Shores, theft $1,500-$20,000

Pierre Richard Pickard, driving while intoxicated third or more

Brandi B. Campbell, burglary of a habitation

Frank Elwood Empey, theft of material aluminum/bronze/copper/brass

Donovan Michael Smith, burglary of a habitation

Adam Douglas Wolf, burglary of a habitation

Marvin Arien Alvarez, burglary of a building

Roman Dewayne Nutter, driving while intoxicated third or more

Allen Wayne Dority, driving while intoxicated third or more

Dennis Ray Kerr, theft of property $20,000-$100,000

Stephen Adam Barrow, theft of property $20,000-$100,000

Andrea Mae Yarbrough, burglary of a habitation

Stephen Paul Graybill, take certain wildlife resources without consent

Tena Marie Cage, theft of property less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions

Michael Ardell Painton, driving while intoxicated third or more

David Nickolas Armstrong, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams

Jose Luis Barboza Jr., assault family/household member with previous conviction

Justin Philip Genova, aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury (one count); aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (one count)

Thomas Gorie Baldree Jr., aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (one count); assault family/household member impede breath/circulation (one count); injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (one count); and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Billy Gene Lock, sexual assault (one count); prohibited sexual conduct (one count)

Melissa Allen Dovers, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Clinton Norman Johnson, theft of property $1,500-$20,000 (one count); possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram (one count)

Collin Lee Aeling, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 4-200 grams

Melanie Mills Brown, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams

Donald Gene Walton, firearm smuggling three or more firearms

Brian Jamar Sedberry, possession of marijuana 5-50 pounds

Shirley Jean Johnson, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams conspired

Brent Michael McBride, possession of a controlled substance – Psilocin, 1-4 grams (one count); possession of a controlled substance – 4-chloro-2.5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOC) (one count); possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone, 28-200 grams (one count)

Nathan Douglas McGrady, assault family/household member impede breath/circulation

Max Hoyt Rich, sexual abuse of a child continuous victim under 14 (one count); indecency with a child sexual contact (one count)

Joel Banderas, abandon endanger child criminal negligence (six counts); injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (two counts)

Aydee Claudia Rivera Sanchez, abandon endanger child criminal negligence (six counts); injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (two counts)

David Nickolas Armstrong, evading arrest/detention with vehicle

Garrett G. Gregory, deadly conduct discharge firearm

Robert Lee Vidal, theft of property $1,500-$20,000 (one count); credit card or debit card abuse (one count) (See related story in this issue.)

Tamara Gail Bothwell, manufacture/deliver controlled substance – hydrocodone, less than 28 grams

Hollis Glenn Belcher, sexual abuse of a child continuous victim under 14 (one count); indecency with a child sexual contact (three counts)

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Railroad crossing to get midnight makeover

If you drive near Boyd on Farm Road 51, Farm Road 730 or Texas 114, you’ve probably seen the flashing signs.

“SH 114 in Boyd closed Saturday.”

Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington saw the signs, too – and instead of waiting for a call from someone, he started making calls to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Union Pacific Railroad to find out what was about to happen on the busy thoroughfare through his town.

“They’re going to put in a whole new crossing,” he said. “They’re going to start Saturday night about midnight, and they should be done before dawn.”

Union Pacific will work on the railroad crossing, and TxDOT will have personnel on hand to help redirect traffic to North Wilson St., which heads north off 114 just west of the railroad crossing and intersects with 730.

Drivers on 114 heading east will take the Wilson Street cutoff, go north and come back to 114 on 730. Westbound drivers will be directed north on 730 and back down to 114 on North Wilson.

“I don’t foresee a huge problem, especially at those hours,” Arrington said. “At nighttime, traffic should be a non-issue.”

He said it was unlikely there would be more than 100 to 200 cars all night long.

“Traffic should be pretty light, pretty easy,” he said.

The Boyd PD hasn’t been asked to provide any extra personnel during the closure.

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Baseball Roundup: Eagles pound Leopards to improve to 4-1 in loop

Austin Givens drove in a pair of runs with a double as part of a seven-run third inning for the Decatur Eagles Friday in a 12-1 victory over Gainesville.

The Eagles (11-10-2) moved to 4-1 in District 9-3A with the victory.

Nick Trachta went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and double. Drew Edwards also had three hits.

Clayton Egle tossed a complete game, allowing a run on seven hits. He struck out six.


Cayde Ward knocked in Alex Perez with a single in the bottom of the seventh Friday to give the Northwest Texans a 4-3 walk-off victory over Keller.

Ward drove in two runs, going 3-for-4.

Northwest’s Dustin May and Tristen DerMargosian held Keller to three runs on eight hits over seven innings.

May struck out four in his five and one-thirds of work. DerMargosian pitched one and two-thirds of scoreless relief.


Brady North went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Chico Dragons moved to 7-1 in District 9-A with an 11-4 victory over Olney Friday.

Marshall Anderle added two hits and a RBI. Kalan Johnson doubled for the Dragons’ lone extra-base hit.

Tyler Melton struck out five and limited Olney to five hits over seven innings.


Ponder’s Collin Knight held the Boyd Yellowjackets scoreless on four hits Friday in a 9-0 victory.

Anthony Spinelli had a pair of singles for Boyd.

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Arlington, Boyd shut out Ponder

The District 9-2A-leading Ponder Lady Lions could not solve Chelsea Arlington Saturday.

After giving up five runs on nine hits in their March meeting, the Boyd junior hurler allowed only one hit and baserunner in a 7-0 blanking of Ponder at Lady Lion Field.

Dialed In

DIALED IN – Boyd pitcher Chelsea Arlington shut out Ponder, allowing one hit in the Lady Yellowjackets’ 7-0 victory Saturday. Boyd moved to 6-2 in District 9-2A with the victory. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I told Chelsea that she threw probably the best game we’ve had thrown around here in 17 years,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “She threw strikes, kept the ball down and made them beat it into the ground. We made every play we had to make behind her.”

The victory moved Boyd (19-5) within a game of Ponder for the 9-2A lead at 6-2 with four league games remaining.

“We knew winning wouldn’t take them out of the No. 1 spot,” said Boyd shortstop Brittney Howard. “But for us it’s a big deal. It boosts our spirits up.”

Boyd took over second place a game ahead of Brock, who they will see in the regular season finale April 17.

“It’s going to be hard to catch [Ponder] for first because they’ve beaten Brock twice already,” Hopkins explained. “But if we win out and come down to Brock the last game that will be for second and third.”

The Lady Yellowjackets will be hard to beat if they continue to get pitching and solid defense like they did Saturday.

Arlington struck out only two, but never allowed Ponder hitters to square up a ball – they never hit a ball out of the infield. The lone hit was by the Lady Lions’ ninth-hole hitter Madison Welch in the bottom of the third.

“I was really working my dropball and changeup. I wasn’t throwing them anything to hit honestly,” Arlington said.

Behind her, the Lady Yellowjackets made 19 putouts without an error. Howard and third baseman Payton Salmon handled 10 chances perfectly.

“Our Wednesday practice last week, that’s all we did was defense,” Howard said. “That’s a lot of our game. Our infield is solid. Today nothing got past us. That was a big help. Thanks to Chelsea – she didn’t leave anything over the plate. She pitched an amazing game.”

Arlington pitched the entire game with a lead as she doubled in a run and Salmon scored her with a single in the top of the first.

Arlington went 3-for-4 against Ponder pitcher Jessica Orozco, with three extra-base hits. She rounded the bases in the seventh after a triple up the middle and a Ponder error.

Five of Boyd’s 11 hits off Orozco went for extra bases. Howard provided the big blast, belting a pitch over the left-field fence in the top of the second to plate two runs and put Boyd up 5-0.

“I was informed that it was only the second home run hit out on this field and the first one of the season. That’s pretty cool, too,” Howard said.

“This time we took away her riseball. We were all up in the box and worked on that in practice this week. We knew what we had to do and got it done.”

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Boyd Middle School Fourth Six Weeks Honor Roll


SEVENTH GRADE – Aubrey Cates-Parr, Austin Eustace, Bailey Gaught, Maile Hopkins, Christopher Karcher, Ashley Kosman, Caleb Rodriguez, Ashlyn Williams

EIGHTH GRADE – Jacquelyn Bailey, Kali Bunch, Gabriel Gauna, Cody Lawson, Kristin Rasbury, Marc Trammel


SEVENTH GRADE – Jackson Cozby, Mandy Crooks, Jasmine Hammett, Abby Hays, Diamond Holden, Rachael Joslin, Tristan LeMasters, John McCurdy, Koby Miller, Matthew Oldham, Landyn Orr, Connor Richardson, Kody Risenhoover, Blake Rodgers, Colton Williams

EIGHTH GRADE – Robert Barber, Cheyenne Burch, Hailey Christian, Trevor Drake, Rebecca Jordan, Randall Kelton, Tori Kinser, Trevor Lester, Justin McCarmack, Dawson Moore, Tyler Noel, Kaylee Rutledge, Kathleen Soky, Justin Taylor, Thomas Tilson, Wyatt Walker.

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Changing the grade; Boyd introduces new ranking system

Starting with next year’s freshman class, Boyd High School adopted a new formula to calculate grade-point average and class ranking.

Only core course subjects, including English, foreign language, math, science and social studies, will factor into a student’s GPA.

“It got to a point where you had students picking classes to take-not because they really wanted to take them, but so they could move up in the class ranks,” said Boyd High Principal Scott Nedrow. “Now we’re making it more equitable and fair across the board for all students. It levels the playing field for everybody.”

Pre-AP, AP and dual class credits will continue to be weighted, but in a slightly different and more efficient manner. Students will have an additional 5 percent of their overall grade added on at the end of the semester for pre-AP courses. For example, if a student earned a 100 in a pre-AP course, they would be awarded a 105 at semester’s end for the class.

AP and dual credit courses will add on 10 percent of their overall score. Thus a 100 would become a 110.

“The biggest difference now is we add it on at the end of the semester, and it’s all done in the computer,” said Boyd High counselor Tara Allred. “The way we were doing it before was pretty antiquated.”

Since all current high school students are still on the old system, the school will have to juggle two grading styles for the next three years, Allred added.

She also assured the new system would not discourage students from taking electives such as art or ag classes now not included in the GPA calculation.

“A certain number of electives are required by the state,” Allred said. “Electives are still a graduation requirement.”

On Monday, the high school will hold an informational session for eighth grade students and their parents about the changes to GPA calculations and the new endorsement paths incoming freshman must choose.

The meeting is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Boyd High School cafetorium. Eighth graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.

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Board extends super’s contract

The trustees of Boyd ISD like the direction the district is headed.

They emphasized that Monday with a unanimous vote in favor of extending Superintendent Ted West’s contract by two years. He now has a three-year contract that expires June 30, 2017.

“Personally, I think he has done a superb job,” said board member Trae Luttrell. “He’s very good with people. He’s always even-keeled no matter the situation. And I’ve never heard a complaint about him.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and I think he’s the best man to get it done.”

He added that West is also invested in the community and almost always present at district events.

The board voted 6-0 for the extension. Board member Kim Hudson was absent.

West was named superintendent in August 2012, after serving as high school principal and assistant superintendent in the district for five years.

West said he’s grateful for the chance to continue to serve. In the past year he’s been working with administrators and teachers throughout the district to help improve student performance.

“We’ve had some goals we’ve been working on as far as academic and student achievement, and I think the board feels we’ve met most of them,” West said. “We did a lot of things last year, and there’s still work to do.”

One of the plans implemented last year was establishing internal benchmarks to monitor where students are grasping concepts essential for the state’s standardized testing.

“We’ve set benchmarks for all of our STAAR test areas,” said Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice. “We’ve seen a lot of improvement in math and science and social studies also. Reading and writing has had some but not as much as we’d like to see.”

With STAAR test starting last week, West and Stice feel those efforts had students better prepared than in past years – and West is more than happy to continue leading the district in that direction.

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Softball Roundup: Saldivar homers twice as Boyd beats Peaster

Gabby Saldivar belted a pair of home runs Tuesday as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets routed the Peaster Lady Greyhounds 13-7.

Saldivar hit a two-run homer as part of a six-run first for the Lady Yellowjackets. She added another two-run shot in the sixth.

Kassidy Lester also homered for Boyd (18-5, 5-2), which had 10 extra-base hits. Amber Bowen doubled three times, going 3-for-4.

Saldivar earned the win in the circle, allowing six runs – one earned – on nine hits. She struck out four and walked one.


The Northwest Lady Texans ended their two-game slide in District 4-5A Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Fossil Ridge.

Brie Wrobel’s two-run double in the top of the sixth pushed the Lady Texans (13-11, 5-4) to the win.

Sydnee Hinkle and Haley Rhine added doubles for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Fossil Ridge to two unearned runs on five hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked three.


The Bridgeport Sissies fell to under .500 for the season Tuesday with a 13-2 loss to the Gainesville Lady Leopards.

Gainesville scored five runs in the first and added three in the third and fourth innings. The Lady Leopards pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Bridgeport errors in five innings.

Tabby Rivera doubled and scored one of the two Bridgeport runs. Makayla Raymond scored the other and stole a base.

Bridgeport (9-10) fell to 0-4 in District 9-3A play.


Sanger scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back Tuesday, beating Decatur 16-2.

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Baseball Roundup: Bulls outlast delay for win

After storms brought a halt to the scoreless game on Tuesday, the Bridgeport Bulls went back to Gainesville Wednesday to find a pair of runs and their first District 9-3A win.

Bridgeport’s Jared Huff and Daniel Garcia drove in runs in the top of the sixth in a 2-0 victory for the Bulls (5-16, 1-3).

“We changed our approach going into Wednesday,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We had the top hitters in our lineup coming to the plate in the sixth. Dalton Hudson, Erik Delgadillo and Daniel Garcia did a great job.”

Alex Samples held Gainesville scoreless over five and one-thirds, Tuesday, allowing five hits. He struck out 10.

Huff came on in relief Wednesday and allowed two hits in one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

“Alex was pitching very good on Tuesday,” Leps said. “Jared Huff did a great job coming on in relief and handling the pressure.”


JD Pearson drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning as the Paradise Panthers beat up Millsap 12-1 Tuesday.

Caiden Berry had two RBIs.

Jarret Holt earned the win, allowing a run on four hits in four innings with five strikeouts.

Dillon Meadows struck out six in two scoreless innings, allowing two hits.


Brady North, Cameron Weatherly and Tyler Melton drove in two runs each as the Chico Dragons took down Poolville 9-5 Tuesday.

North went 3-for-4 with a triple. Jaston McBee finished 3-for-5 with a double and scored two runs.

North limited Poolville to five runs – four earned – on six hits over seven innings. He struck out one and walked four.

Chico improved to 13-3 and 7-1 in District 9-A.


The Peaster Greyhounds scored nine runs in the first two innings and never let up in a 14-2 victory over Boyd Wednesday.

Cody Jacobs had Boyd’s lone extra-base hit, doubling. Cameron Schulte and Triston Furgerson scored Boyd’s two runs in the fifth.


Keller’s Zach Aguayo blanked the Northwest Texans on five hits Tuesday in a 3-0 victory.

Aguayo struck out nine over his seven innings.

Dusty Cloud took the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – on seven hits in six innings.

Elijah Christenson tripled, and Tristen DerMargosian doubled for the Texans.

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Schulte signs with Howard Payne

Cameron Schulte knows only one speed on the football field – and sometimes it became a little too much during the Boyd Yellowjackets’ practices.

“He’s a tough-nosed kid that plays hard every down,” said coach Brandon Hopkins. “Sometimes it was too hard in practice. We’d have to ask him to bring it down to keep someone from getting hurt.”

Signing On

SIGNING ON – Boyd senior Cameron Schulte inks his letter of intent with Howard Payne Friday. The Yellowjacket made 77 tackles for Boyd this season. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

But that approach earned the Boyd senior a chance to continue his football career next year at Howard Payne University in Brownwood. Schulte signed with the NCAA Division III school this week.

“I’m going to college because I go hard every play,” Schulte said. “You’ve got to push your teammates.”

Schulte started two seasons at outside linebacker for the Yellowjackets. He made 77 tackles this past year to earn 9-2A and All-Wise honors.

“He’s one of the better linebackers to come through here lately,” Hopkins said. “He’s a good tackler. He’s real aggressive and is a strong kid.”

At Boyd, Schulte played outside linebacker in the Yellowjackets’ 4-3. Howard Payne plays a 3-4.

“I’ll probably be playing an inside linebacker there,” he said. “I may not play the first couple of years. I’ve got to come in and pay my dues.”

Schulte said he picked Howard Payne because of its location and its graduate assistant program.

“It’s far enough away without being too far,” he said. “I liked the school. It’s got a good graduate assistant program. I want to be a coach in high school after college.”

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Paradise relay stays unbeaten

By the time the baton made its way to Mikeala Beck Thursday, her Paradise teammates had given her a lead. The sophomore just lengthened it on her way to winning the 4×100 relay at the Boyd Invitational.

“I don’t like to lose,” Beck said after crossing the finish line.

FLYING HIGH – Alvord’s Brianna Ponder takes off in the long jump at the Boyd Invitational. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The quartet of Kendall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards and Beck finished the trip around the Boyd track in a season-best 50.89.

“The heat is draining us but we got our best time,” Beck said. “We had two amazing handoffs and one that was iffy but our third leg made up for it.”

The win kept the relay unbeaten on the season.

“Our coach says there is no reason for us not to get gold every meet,” Beck said. “We’re coming back here in two weeks for district. We’ll try to improve.”

The Paradise quartet of Carressa McCasland, Sides, Richards and Aliyah Read also won the 4×200 in 1:50.24.

“[Our time] was good but our handoffs were bad,” Read said. “We’re doing good but we want to break the school record of 1:45.”

The Lady Panthers could not complete the sweep of the relays as 9-2A rival Alvord – Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik and Savannah Williams – ran a 4:12.05 to edge the Paradise quartet of Sides, Makala Neighbors, Beck and Read, who finished in 4:13.61.


Boyd sophomore Qualynn Wells surged past Springtown’s anchor leg Thursday to capture the 4×100 at Yellowjacket Stadium.

Wells teamed with Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle and Jackson Basting to run a 44.3.

“If you can’t win at home, you can’t win anywhere,” Dodson said.

The same Boyd quartet ran 1:33.89 to win the 4×200.


Alvord’s Savannah Williams, the 2013 Class 2A silver medalist, won the 800 at Boyd Thursday. But Williams wasn’t pleased with her time of 2:31.36 – 10 seconds behind what she ran last May at the state meet.

“I didn’t run it fast enough,” Williams said.

She turned a 66-second first lap and slowed over the final lap.

Martinez runs to victory Boyd’s Marco Martinez captured the gold medal Thursday on his home track in the 3,200.

Martinez ran away from the field to record a 14-second victory. Mineral Wells’ Preston Brooks took second in 10:50.

“It was good. I’m definitely getting back in shape,” Martinez said.


Along with bringing home the gold as the anchor leg on the Paradise sprint relay, Mikeala Beck won the 100 Thursday in 12.83.

She’s pleased with the win, but said it’s not her main goal.

“I’m trying to get my coach’s [Johna Ford] record (2-1),” Beck said. “She’s trying to help me beat her record.”

Beck also took second in the long jump with an effort of 16-1. Peaster’s Sarah Rattan won the event with a 16-7.5.


Varsity Girls

100: 1. Mikeala Beck, Paradise, 12.83; 4. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 13.56; 5. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 13.63; 6. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 13.84

200: 1. Aliyah Read, Paradise, 27.44; 2. Jessica Gillespie, Alvord, 27.53; 4. Olivia Singleton, Boyd, 28.22; 5. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 28.24; 6. Allie Raby, Bridgeport, 28.55

400: 5. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 1:04.83; 6. Diana Garcia, Bridgeport, 1:05.42

800: 1. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:31.36; 2. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 2:34.38; 6. Kaylee McConnell, Paradise, 2:42

1600: 2. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:51.46; 4. April Coursey, Paradise, 5:59.22; 6. Kaylee McConnell, Paradise, 6:08.07

3200: 2. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 13:19.41; 3. Brianna Smith, Paradise, 13:38.14; 4. Emily Corbin, Paradise, 13:47.53; 5. April Coursey, Paradise, 13:48.15; 6. Heather Beauregard, Boyd, 14:02.21

100 hurdles: 1. Kendall McCaslin, Paradise, 17.68; 2. Amber French, Paradise, 17.68; 3. Linsey Chancellor, Boyd, 18.41; 4. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 18.49; 5. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 18.94

300 hurdles: 1. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 48.74; 2. Kendall McCasland, Paradise, 49.74; 3. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 50.1; 5. Amber French, Paradise, 54.26; Sadie White, Bridgeport, 54.53

4×100: 1. Paradise (Kendall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikeala Beck), 51.17; 3. Bridgeport 54.37; 4. Boyd 54.64

4×200: 1. Paradise (Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliyah Read), 1:50.24; 2. Alvord 1:51.06; 4. Bridgeport 1:53.9; 5. Boyd 1:55.75

4×400: 1. Alvord (Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams), 4:12.05; 2. Paradise 4:13.61; 6. Boyd 4:30.17

High jump: 1. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 4-9; 3. Amber French, Paradise, 4-8

Pole vault: 1. Haley Rector, Paradise, 9-0; 2. Carlen Smith, Boyd, 8-0; 3. Mackinlie Tucker, Paradise, 7-0

Long jump: 2. Mikeala Beck, Paradise, 16-1.25; 3. Bailey Sides, Paradise, 15-9; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 15-9

Triple jump: 3. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 31-1.5; 5. Emily Edge, Alvord, 30-3.25; 6. Kaitlyn Robinson, Paradise, 29-8.5

Shot put: 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 33-3.5

Discus: 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 96-8; 4. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 88-8; 5. Lisa Fuller, Bridgeport, 80-8

Flying High 2

FLYING HIGH – Boyd’s Marco Martinez rounds the corner in the 3,200 on his way to a win on his home track. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Varsity Boys

100: 4. Gage Luke, Paradise, 11.64; 5. Hunter Gantt, Bridgeport, 11.69

200: 1. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 23.02; 5. Jonathan Musgrave, Alvord, 24.26; 6. Troy Thompson, Boyd, 24.3

400: 5. Joseph Tate, Boyd, 54.92; 6. Andrew Nichols, Alvord, 55.16

800: 3. Bryan Hutchison, Bridgeport, 2:12.82

1600: 2. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:49.68; 4. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 4:56.59; 6. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 5:07.15

3200: 1. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:36.26; 3. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 11:00.63; 4. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 11:22.97; 6. Landry Norwood, Paradise, 11:45.89

110 hurdles: 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 15.17; 3. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 15.92; 4. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 16.03; 6. Brett Martin, Alvord, 17.9

300 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 39.18; 3. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 43.42; 5. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 44.06

4×100: 1. Boyd (Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells) 44.30; 3. Paradise 44.54; 4. Alvord 45.44; 5. Bridgeport 45.59

4×200: 1. Boyd (Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells) 1:33.89; 3. Paradise 1:35.24; 4. Alvord 1:35.47

4×400: 2. Boyd 3:33.74; 4. Paradise 3:37.29; 5. Bridgeport 3:40.59

Long jump: 3. Chris Hill, Paradise, 19-6; 5. Jaz Hickson, Bridgeport, 19-4.5

Triple jump: 4. Tyler Raby, Bridgeport, 38-6.5; 5. Tanner Valentine, Paradise, 38-5; 5. Chase Williams, Bridgeport, 38-4.75

Shot put: 4. Taylor Edwards, Paradise, 41-5.5

Discus: 2. Blake Brown, Paradise, 112-6; 4. Evyn Beasly, Alvord, 103-1; 6. Matt McConnell, Boyd, 103-0

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Layla Renee Maynor

Haley and Wesley Maynor of Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, Layla Renee, on March 12, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Amy and Dale Stone of Newark and Tosha Martin of Boyd.

Great-grandparents are Carolyn Martin of Boyd, Mary and Waylon Bricker of Poolville and Alice Stone of Springtown.

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Strong backbone: Family, friends support football player in quest to walk again

Twenty-one-year-old Chance Wallace is bound and determined to walk again.

Following a paralyzing snowboarding accident March 9, the football star and active outdoorsman has spent the last week-and-a-half undergoing intense physical therapy to learn again a basic motor movement.

Love and Support

LOVE AND SUPPORT – Family and friends, including his girlfriend Morgan Ashmore (left), continue to shower Chance Wallace (right) with support and encouragement following a snowboarding accident that left him paralyzed. The accident occurred March 9. This photo was taken 12 days later. Submitted photo

“He is super-positive about the whole thing,” said his mother, Richelle Wallace of Boyd. “His ultimate goal is to walk out of here, and he’s working really hard to accomplish that.”

Chance, a former Boyd resident, was snowboarding on an annual spring break ski trip to Crested Butte, Colo., with his family when he took a hard fall. The impact shattered the C6 vertebrae in his neck, requiring emergency surgery.

He was flown by helicopter ambulance to a hospital in Grand Junction, where he underwent the procedure. He stayed there five days before he was flown to Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation in Dallas, where he remains for intensive in-patient rehab.

“He does physical therapy all day Monday through Friday and then some on weekends,” his mother said. “He is doing very good.”

In just a week of therapy, he’s already made significant progress.

“He has a lot more ability to be mobile,” Richelle said. “He’s a little stronger, a little more active each day.”

Despite the progress he’s made to this point, the road to recovery is a long one. His projected discharge date is May 7.

“That’s tentative,” Richelle said. “It could be shorter. He is working really hard. Even the doctors and therapists are wowed by his progress.”

Perhaps even more remarkable are his optimism, unwavering determination and relentless work ethic.

“He doesn’t know how to be anything but that,” Richelle said. “He adamantly believes he will walk again.”

Those traits were honed on the football field, when Chance played safety at Tarleton State University.

“That work ethic of being a football player is carrying him through,” Richelle said.

Also fueling his recovery is the desire to be outdoors and playing sports – the way he enjoyed spending his free time before the accident.

According to his mother, Chance loved to wakeboard and spend his summer at the lake. He played intramural softball during the football offseason. He elso enjoyed archery and bowhunting. Even his major, landscape architecture design, took him outdoors.

“He wants to own a landscaping company,” Richelle said.

Chance attended Boyd schools through the eighth grade before his family moved to Canton, where he graduated high school.

He went to Tarleton State University, where he is a junior, and his family has since moved to Boyd, where his younger brother, Seth, is a junior. His older brother, Jake, is a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Chance’s mom, Richelle, and dad Tommy have not left his side since the accident.

“His dad goes back and forth to work from the hospital, but we spend every night with him,” Richelle said.

Family and friends from each of the communities the family extends into have shown an outpouring of love and encouragement. Many loved ones have visited, and there has been a steady stream of phone calls, text messages, emails, gifts and prayers.

“The support we’ve been given has been unbelievable – from the college, from professors, from the football coach, from where he went to high school, from the people in Wise County,” Richelle said. “I can’t even explain the number of people who have come to see him. It’s a party in his room every night.

“We could never thank anybody enough for all the support and love our family has been shown.”

And although that network of support has eased the difficult circumstances, the family finds the most encouragement in Chance himself.

“I’m doing good,” Richelle said. “I mean, how could I not be? He has an awesome, beautiful smile to go with his wonderful attitude, which spreads to everyone around him. He makes everybody feel better and inspires everyone around him.

“He is determined to walk out of here,” she continued. “As highly motivated as he is, once he says he will do something, he does it.

“He’ll do it. He’ll walk out of here.”


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