Galloway ends 15-year tenure as Boyd trustee

After 15 years, Pam Galloway is stepping down from the Boyd ISD board of trustees.

Pam Galloway

Galloway said it’s time to let others serve the community as she has. Currently, Galloway serves as the board’s secretary but has held other positions on the board including two stints as president.

Superintendent Ted West said Galloway’s mother, Joan Jackson, was a longtime teacher in the Boyd schools and is a member of the district’s Employee Wall of Fame. He believes Jackson would be proud of the work her daughter has put in for the students.

During her tenure, Galloway has seen five superintendents and five other board members come and go, as well as many other changes.

West said Galloway was a major supporter of the bond proposal voters approved to construct the new high school and has always been a great supporter of the music department, band and agriculture programs.

“I feel Galloway has earned the respect and admiration of the stakeholders of BISD by always being open-minded and trying to make decisions based on what is best for kids,” West said. “She also had the perspective of a parent, as she saw her own three children all graduate from Boyd High School while she served as a trustee.”

She joined the board as a concerned parent when her children were in elementary school. She said she believes parents need to be involved in the process.

“My children have now graduated and all are successful, in part, because of the education they received in the Boyd Independent School District,” Galloway said.

She noted that some people run for school board for the wrong reasons. She wanted to be part of changing things, but realized changes don’t happen overnight.

“A good board member has to come to the point where they realize it isn’t just about their own children or even your own beliefs,” Galloway said. “You’re on that board for every single child in your school district. It is only then you can make the best decisions for the district.”

West said Galloway has never been shy about giving her opinion and speaking out on what she felt was right.

“I feel that she will be remembered for being fair and promoting all programs and departments of Boyd ISD,” West said.

She said there have been plenty of good times, but there have also been many challenges over the years. She said a board member’s job is akin to a complex puzzle, and each board member and superintendent who has come and gone in the past 15 years is part of that puzzle.

“Every person has brought something important to the group that has moved our district forward,” Galloway said. “Has the road been smooth for my 15 years on the board? Sometimes, but most of the time it was bumpy and those were the times when we were able to accomplish great things for our district.

“Every bump, every challenge brought us closer toward the goals we have set for BISD.”

West said he feels Galloway’s legacy as a board member will have a lasting educational impact on the lives of BISD students.

BISD will honor all outgoing board members, including Galloway, at the beginning of their regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Boyd ISD board room.

Posted in News1 Comment

Big hit eludes Boyd

After falling behind by four runs, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets managed to get the tying run to the plate multiple times in the final three innings.

But Whitewright pitcher Tori Perkins kept working out of the jams to hold Boyd at bay and pick up the 7-4 victory in game one of the Class 2A area-round series at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

Little Late

LITTLE LATE – A Whitewright runner slides in safely as Boyd’s Savannah Foster catches a ball at the plate. Boyd fell to Whitewright 7-4 Thursday in game one of their area series at Texas Woman’s University. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We’re a good-hitting team. We just didn’t have the key hits,” said Boyd third baseman Payton Salmon, who went 3-for-4 with a double.

Boyd will try to even the series at 3 p.m. Saturday in game two. If necessary, game three will follow.

“We’re confident going into Saturday,” Salmon said.

The Lady Yellowjackets will need to cut down on their strikeouts. Perkins fanned 13. She struck out Gabby Saldivar and Amber Bowen to end the fifth with runners at second and third. She got Saldivar again in the seventh to end the game again with runners in scoring position.

“Too many strikeouts and fly outs,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We got some good hits. We just didn’t get the key hits when we needed them.”

Whitewright took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second with a lead-off double by Anna Shope followed by an inside-the-park home run to right field by the speedy Tucker Caraway.

Boyd cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second. Chelsea Arlington doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Arlington went back into the pitching circle for the third and got two quick outs. She then allowed a single up the middle followed by a walk to Keely Selman. That brought Shope back to the plate. She ripped a single to left to bring home a run.

Arlington got Caraway to hit a grounder to short, but the Lady Yellowjackets couldn’t turn it into an out, committing an error at third. It was one of three errors by Boyd.

CJ Crane made them pay with a single to bring home the third and fourth two-out runs of the frame and put Whitewright up 6-2.

“We had a couple of errors that cost us,” Hopkins said. “We both had eight hits. We just had the three errors on our side.”

Whitewright added another unearned run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead.

Arlington held Whitewright scoreless over the final three innings. She allowed seven runs – four earned – on eight hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

Arlington, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, just missed a three-run homer in the bottom of the third, doubling off the top of the fence to drive in two runs that pulled Boyd with three, 6-3.

After Whitewright scored its seventh run in the top of the fourth, Boyd scored in the bottom of the frame. Kassidy Lester got a two-out single and scored on a triple by Savannah Foster. That turned out to be the last run to cross the plate for the Lady Yellowjackets.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Daniel Chase Clevinger

Greg and Claudia Clevinger of Boyd announce the birth of a son, Daniel Chase, on April 29, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.

He has one sister: Kathryn, 7.

Grandparents are Kaye McLaughlin of Boyd and Amelia Ochoa of Mexico.

Posted in New Arrivals0 Comments

Stidham brings home gold

After a strong start, Dalton Stidham clipped the third hurdle Saturday during the Class 2A Region II 110 finals.

But the little stumble didn’t slow the Boyd senior on his way to winning the region title in 14.51.

Going for Gold

GOING FOR GOLD – Boyd’s Dalton Stidham didn’t let a little thing like hitting a hurdle slow him down, as he finished first at the 2A Regional Meet in Stephenville Saturday. Stidham’s win earned him a trip to the UIL State Track Meet in Austin. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“I hit the third hurdle but kept my composure and finished the race,” Stidham said.

The win gave Stidham a spot in the University Interscholastic League track and field championships May 9-10 in Austin.

“This means a lot to me. It’s been my life’s dream since I’ve been in track to run at state.”

Along with earning a state spot and a gold medal, Stidham turned in his best time.

But he didn’t have long to celebrate. The senior was back on the track shortly after his victory in the 110s to run the 300s. He brought home a silver medal and another spot in the state meet, finishing in 39.25. Buffalo’s William Adams won in 39.09.

“It wasn’t my best race,” Stidham said. “It was good to get out. I have room to improve.

“Hopefully at state I can get on the medal stand.”

Stidham wasn’t the only Boyd athlete to win a gold medal. Sprinter Qualynn Wells won the 200 in 22.21, edging Rosebud-Lott’s Artis Johnson by 0.01 of a second.

State Bound

STATE-BOUND – Alvord’s Savannah Williams (right) keeps pace with Erin Williams of Rogers en route to a silver medal in the 800-meter run at Saturday’s Regional Track Meet in Stephenville. Williams’ second-place finish qualified her for a return trip to the state meet. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


Alvord’s Savannah Williams will get a second shot to bring home a medal at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships.

The Alvord junior and defending state silver medalist took second in the 800 at the Class 2A Region II meet Saturday. Williams finished in 2:22.8.

“I ran pretty good. It was windy,” Williams said. “I wanted to make sure I get a chance to run at state. I’m going to spend the next two weeks completely dedicated to working on the track to make sure I improve and do better than last year.”

Rogers’ Erin Williams edged Williams for the gold medal, running 2:21.95.

“She definitely had a good kick,” Williams said. “I will try to have a better one on May 9.”

The two set a blazing pace, completing the first lap in 68 seconds.

Alvord’s Lauren Hart took a bronze medal in the 300 hurdles, running 47-flat.

Full Speed Jacket

FULL-SPEED ‘JACKET – Boyd’s Qualynn Wells looks strong as he rounds the corner in the 200-meter event Saturday at Stephenville. Wells won gold and will compete in the UIL State Track Meet in two weeks. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt



3200: 9. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:19.77

110 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 14.51; 12. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 15.84

400: 8. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 54.49

300 hurdles: 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 39.25; 10. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.22

100: 13. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.27

200: 1. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 22.21

4×100: 11. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 44.11

1600: 13. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:52.19; 15. David Pearson, Paradise, 5:00.08

Pole vault: 6. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 12-0


3200: 14. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 13:09.61

800: 2. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:22.8

300 hurdles: 3. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 47

4×100: 9. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.09

100 hurdles: 10. Amber French, Paradise, 16.98

100: 9. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 12.65

4×200: 11. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliyah Read, 1:49.49

4×400: 6. Paradise, 4:11.44; 7. Alvord, 4:13.3

High jump: 15. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 4-8

Long jump: 4. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 17-3.25

Shot put: 8. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 35-7.25

Discus: 13. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 97-9

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Boyd sweeps into second round

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets continued battering Maypearl pitching Friday night to finish off the two-game sweep of the Class 2A Region II bi-district series.

After pounding out 21 hits in game one, the Lady Yellowjackets piled up 15 in an 18-8 win at Weatherford College to end the series. Boyd had six extra-base hits, including homers from Gabby Saldivar and Chelsea Arlington in the six-inning win.

First Hurdle Cleared

FIRST HURDLE CLEARED – The Boyd Lady Yellowjacket softball team gathers around their bi-district trophy Friday night after sweeping Maypearl to avenge their first-round defeat last spring. Boyd will now play Whitewright in an area round series at TWU in Denton, starting Thursday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“Everyone, one through nine, hit and did their part,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins.

Boyd advances to the area round of the playoffs for the first time since 2006 with the victory over Maypearl.

“They knocked us out last year. We took care of business. The girls had a chip on their shoulder and wanted to beat them,” Hopkins said.

The Lady Yellowjackets move on to play District 11-2A champion Whitewright in an area round series at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. The series begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game two will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, will follow.

Whitewright, ranked seventh in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, swept Sunnyvale over the weekend with 9-1 and 16-1 victories.

Making the Plays

MAKING THE PLAYS – Boyd’s Amber Bowen flips to first for an easy out in the Lady Yellowjackets’ 18-8 win Friday at Weatherford College. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“We played them once in a pool game and lost 5-3 in four innings,” Hopkins said. “They have two pitchers that can pitch, can hit and play good defensively. It’s going to be a challenge. We’ll have to keep our strikeouts down and put the ball in play.”

That wasn’t a problem against Maypearl. The Lady Yellowjackets struck out only once Friday and drew 11 walks.

Boyd plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead.

They answered four Maypearl runs in the third with four of their own on doubles by Savannah Foster and Brittney Howard, and a two-run homer by Saldivar.

Saldivar drove in four runs, going 2-for-2. Howard was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Arlington hit a two-run bomb in the fifth to put Boyd up 10-5. She knocked in three runs on two hits.

Maypearl scored three in the top of the sixth to pull within two at 10-8. But Boyd ended the game with an eight-run sixth that included seven walks and singles by Payton Salmon and Amber Bowen.

Salmon was 5-for-5, doubled and scored twice.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing six runs – four earned – on eight hits over five innings. She struck out four and walked four.

Arlington pitched a hitless inning, allowing two unearned runs.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

New Boyd fire hall a piece of the puzzle

”If you build it….”

The Boyd Volunteer Fire Department hopes they will come – and not just the public, this Saturday, to an open house at their new fire station.

They hope the facility can help rekindle some interest in volunteer firefighting in the growing south Wise County community.

Open for Business

OPEN FOR BUSINESS – Randy Ingram, fire chief for Wise County ESD No. 1, hopes the new Fire Station 12 at Boyd will not only draw lots of folks for its open house this Saturday, but also help the department attract more volunteers. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Randy Ingram, ESD No. 1 Chief, is proud of the new fire hall – but he’s truly excited about the prospect of staffing it with well-trained, well-equipped firefighters who respond and know what to do in any kind of emergency.

This is the second time Ingram, a veteran professional firefighter who retired from Arlington FD in 2006, has helped a rural fire district move into a new facility. He did the same thing in Parker County for the Springtown and LaJunta fire departments.

But training – not building – is his real passion.

Ingram said the roster at Boyd VFD has “about 25″ firefighters on it – but the active core is much smaller.

“We have about 10 who really contribute and make the calls,” he said. “The rest of them are just kind of hit-and-miss because of their work, their other responsibilities.

“I understand that – but we’ve really got room for another 10 or so.”

Ingram works three days a week as chief of Wise County Emergency Services District No. 1. He started there almost two years ago and was first to move into the new station, located at 545 S. Allen St. (Farm Road 730 South).

“They moved me down here pretty quick after the building was completed,” he said. He set up the phone system and got the computers working, but on Monday morning there were still lots of details to attend to – TVs for the break room and training room, washers and dryers for clothing and bunker gear, some electrical hookups for the equipment bay and the room where equipment to recharge firefighters’ air packs is located.

The ice machine is on an extension cord because it kept throwing the breaker on its GFCI outlet, and Ingram is still trying to find owners’ manuals on all the new equipment.

“I’m working on a punch-list,” he said.

The cornerstone dedication and open house are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Of course, the department wants everything shiny and sharp when the public walks through the door.

At just over 9,700 square feet, the nearly $2 million facility dwarfs the old fire station in both size and technology. It has six equipment bays, a sprinkler system, a fire alarm system, a backup generator, several offices and a spacious kitchen/dayroom/classroom. It’s ADA compliant and has separate facilities for men and women. There’s even an exercise room, if Ingram can locate some workout equipment.

“I really think the taxpayers got their money’s worth out of this deal,” he said. “We want them to come down on Saturday and go through this place. It’s theirs. We want them to see where their money’s going.”

Ingram said the ESD, which collects a 3-cent property tax rate on about 80 square miles in and around Boyd, was extremely prudent with its money for years before collecting enough that they could build and equip the new fire station.

“They saved up,” Ingram said. “I give the board tremendous credit for being thrifty with the taxpayers’ money and being able to get a million dollars in the bank. Then it comes to the point where you say ‘hey, we’ve got to do something with this million dollars.’”

He said the old fire station, which is about a third the size of the new one, was inefficient to heat and cool, too small, old and outdated in many ways.

“We had to do something,” he said.

The new station is tilt-wall concrete construction, with Speed Fab-Crete of Kennedale serving as the general contractor. There are water lines in the spacious equipment bay to re-fill the tankers, and pull-down electric cords will be installed to recharge batteries on the units.

A diesel-powered generator out back could run the place for several days in the event of a power outage – one reason Ingram can envision it serving as an emergency operations center, with the Boyd Police and Wise County EMS able to use it as well.

Right now, he’d just like to have more volunteer firefighters and continue to work on their training.

“The ESD furnishes everything,” he said. “The VFD won’t have a single bill to pay when they get moved over here – we’re even picking up their satellite TV bill, plus giving them their own budget during the year to operate with.”

The ESD also provides workers comp and accidental death insurance through the State Firefighters and Fire Marshals Association (SFFMA).

Ingram said the idea is to have a department that can serve the needs of citizens.

“Obviously, we want to keep the taxes low – that’s what we need to do for the taxpayers. But we’re getting to the point where we’re having so many calls … I would like to have enough money to at least compensate my volunteers, give them some kind of stipend.”

Ingram and VFD Chief Jonas McIntire hope to set up a scheduling system for volunteers, where they have assigned eight-hour blocks. That would not only provide better coverage and response times – it would also help with training, much of which Ingram can provide himself.

At lot has changed since 1967, when Ingram first volunteered as a sophomore in high school.

“This is not your grandpa’s volunteer fire department,” he said. “There’s more required of you now than ever before – things are a lot more dangerous now than when I started, simply because of how building construction is now.

“They built houses and businesses back then to last a long time – you still see some of them standing in downtowns everywhere. Nowadays, they build stuff out of plastics and synthetics and rubber – it’s a totally different environment. It’s hotter, and it’s more dangerous.”

He said he understands that volunteers do not have unlimited time for training.

“I’m trying to work them towards some certification levels – not only in fire, but also in EMS,” he said, noting that of the 1,000 or so calls the department receives in a year, 75 percent are EMS calls.

Boyd VFD is a certified first-responder and works “really well” with Wise County EMS, whose operation is just across the street. They have the same medical director and use the same set of protocols. Ingram just wishes he had more firefighters certified as EMTs.

“It takes a lot to get it, and sometimes they just can’t take off work,” he said. “When you put them through this type of training, and you document it and you get them certification, it tells me that they’re safer, they’re smarter, they’re more effective and they’re more efficient for the taxpayer.”

The bottom line is not only public safety, but also the safety of the firefighters themselves.

“I want them to be safe,” Ingram said. “I want everybody to go home. The way they can do that – and there are no guarantees – but the way to give them a shot at it is to make sure they’re trained correctly.

“Fire doesn’t care if you get a paycheck or not.”

Posted in News0 Comments

Community rallies for ailing youngster

Community rallies for ailing youngster

It sounds like something a 70-year-old would get after a lifetime of heavy drinking.

TEAM EFFORT – Justin Hames and his mom, April Gray, are overwhelmed by the support from the Boyd community for their family after Justin was diagnosed last month with an acute liver condition that will likely require a transplant. Justin is a freshman at Boyd High School. Messenger photo by Bob Buckel

But Justin Hames isn’t 70, and he’s not a drinker. He’s a 14-year-old boy – a tall, healthy, athletic kid who loves to wrestle with his big brother, ride roller-coasters and play baseball.

That’s all been on hold since March 4, when the Boyd High School freshman came home from a weekend visit with his dad complaining of a stomachache.

“He had a low-grade fever,” said his mom, April Gray. “We thought it was a stomach bug. By Tuesday, we thought he might have appendicitis.”

They brought him to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, where blood tests and a CAT scan revealed a much more serious problem.

“They came in and told me he did not have appendicitis but was in complete liver failure and needed an immediate transplant,” April said. “I just lost it, right there in the room.”

They were transferred to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, where a series of tests revealed severe, acute cirrhosis of the liver. The vital organ had not completely failed, but it was functioning at about 15 or 20 percent.

They did other tests and were able to perform a liver biopsy after putting seven units of plasma, two of platelets and two units of whole blood into him.

What no one can tell them is how this young man got so sick.

“They said it seems to be caused by autoimmune hepatitis,” his mom said. “That can be caused by a virus, genetics or even the vaccines we give our children.”

Other problems were also discovered – some related to the liver problem. He’s now on a gluten-free, wheat-free diet and is getting high doses of vitamin K to help his blood regain its clotting ability.

Within six months to a year, he will likely go on the list for a liver transplant.

“Nothing’s been wrong with this child,” April said. “He’s perfectly healthy – fully involved in baseball, football, basketball, weight training. He’s 6-foot, 6-inches. Other than a few headaches I chalked up to teenage stress, you’d have never thought he had a life-threatening illness.”

The illness that has put his life at risk also puts the family in financial straits – but that’s something their neighbors in Boyd plan to do something about.

The “Fighting 4 Justin” 5K Run/Walk is scheduled next Saturday, May 3. Registration opens at 5 p.m., and the race starts at the Boyd High School baseball field at 6. Runners, then walkers, will go out Cemetery Road and return to finish at the field.

Pre-registration is $20, while race day registration is $25. There will be a crawfish boil immediately after the run/walk at the Pumpkin Patch, located at 548 Rock Island (Texas 114) across from Dollar General. That event will feature live music, and proceeds from both events will go to help Justin’s family with their bills.

Everyone who registers will get a “Fighting for Justin” bracelet good for free admission to the crawfish boil – although they’ll still have to pay to eat. For more information or to pre-register, visit or email

Jimmy Young and Michael Bombonati have helped organize the run/walk. Both have kids who are friends with Justin at BHS. They’re representative of a community that has rallied around a family.

“I’d be lost without my husband (Tom), my family, and without this town,” April said. “I joke around that we’re outsiders – we’ve lived here almost two years – but my maiden name’s Boyd. I introduce myself as April Boyd Gray, and it kind of helps.”

She said she and her family – Justin’s older brother Alex is a sophomore at Boyd High School – have been overwhelmed by all the support.

“Everybody in this town, they’re just like, ‘Whatever you need. If you just need us to stop and pray, or even if it’s just to come in here and cry,’” April said. “I tease everybody that I grew up in a ‘Leave it to Beaver’ neighborhood, with Ward and June as my parents, and Grapevine was Mayberry – and I brought my kids to that kind of town.

“That’s exactly what it’s like,” she continued. “That’s what every parent wants for their kid, to get them away from that craziness of the world, get them back to that. That’s what Boyd is.

“It’s our Mayberry, and it’s awesome.”


When: 6 p.m. Saturday May 3

Where: BHS Baseball Field

Registration opens 5 p.m. and is $25

Posted in Features, News0 Comments

Boyd hammers Maypearl; Lady Jackets collect 21 hits in game one victory

Boyd catcher Savannah Foster hammered the first pitch of the game for a base hit Thursday night, and the Lady Yellowjackets’ bats never slowed down.

MAKING A CONNECTION – Boyd’s Payton Salmon makes contact with a pitch during the Lady Yellowjackets’ win over Maypearl Thursday in Aledo. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

The Lady Yellowjackets (23-6) pounded out 21 hits, routing Maypearl 16-7 in game one of their Class 2A Region II bi-district series at Aledo High School.

“We set the tone a bit. But tomorrow can be different,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “[Maypearl] can put pressure on you and play good defense. We just hit the ball where they weren’t today and made good contact.”

Game two of the series was set for Friday at Weatherford College. If necessary, the third game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Aledo.

Seventh-hole hitter Amber Bowen led the Boyd attack, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

“Her one out was a deep fly ball to center field that would have been out at any other park,” Hopkins said.

Foster and Brittney Howard added two doubles each and drove in three runs apiece. Foster finished 3-for-6. Howard went 3-for-5.

The Lady Yellowjackets did most of their damage in the fourth inning. With two out and a runner on first, Boyd started hitting and didn’t stop until they had plated 12 runs.

“We just strung together singles,” Hopkins said.

The 12-run outburst put Boyd up 14-0.

Boyd pitcher Chelsea Arlington held Maypearl hitless through the first three innings. Maypearl scratched out a few hits in the bottom of the fourth and scored six to pull within 8 at 14-6.

Arlington allowed seven runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked three in seven innings of work.

“She pitched well. There was that one inning where they scored six,” Hopkins said. “They got a couple of hits and she walked a couple.”

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Boyd ISD raises pay, scores

Teachers in Boyd ISD have reason to celebrate – some will see as much as a 14.5 percent pay increase in the 2014-15 school year.

The school board raised teacher pay Monday night, while several people in attendance clapped heartily in approval. Boyd educators were among the lowest paid in Wise County according to data presented by Superintendent Ted West.

Compared to similarly-sized districts in the county – Paradise, Alvord and Chico – Boyd was between 7 and 9 percent below average pay. Throwing Bridgeport and Decatur into the equation put Boyd between 8 and 17 percent below average, with the largest deficits in both equations in the salary of teachers with zero to five years of experience.

Some in the community have been worried about Boyd’s pay scale and how it relates to student performance. Parent Doug Parr said during open forum that the time to increase teacher pay is now, as a large pool of Boyd teachers are reaching retirement age, which means more new hires.

“We are not going to attract top of the line teachers that we are confident in,” he said. “We’re going to scrape the leftovers. I’m not saying all [new hires] will be like that, as some will come here because they want to live here, but it is a great concern.

“We’re so far behind in the pay scale that it will be detrimental to us,” he added. “I know it’s a large number from a taxpayer’s perspective, but if it means we will gain and attain quality teachers, I’m willing to pay a little more – as long as we’re getting a good product.”

West showed the board the differences in pay between BISD and other nearby schools and said the district started looking at salaries after examining averages.

“Those red numbers are the differences between where BISD is and where the averages are,” West said. “It was very eye-opening for us.”

West said without the pay raise, there was little to attract new hires with experience and little to keep current teachers from leaving. He said it would better for the district to hire fewer teachers right out of college.

“The group we seem to get the largest percentage of over the years have been brand-new teachers,” he said. “They’re fresh out of college or have gone through some alternative certification program. Our success rate on retaining those teachers has been mixed at best.

“We have found some extremely good ones that have been with us for years, but some have not panned out after a year or two,” West said. “Some get in there and realize that this is a job and this is real work. Others realize teaching isn’t what they thought it was going to be. When you hire in that segment, you’re having to deal with that. We want to target teachers with between five years and 15 years.”

In order to do that, West recommended teacher pay be at least $1,000 higher than the average of other similarly-sized schools.

“That way we’re not worried about another school talking to them and them moving eight miles for $1,000,” West said.

The additional cost to the district will be about $380,132. West said nearly $200,000 of that is increases the district would have seen regardless of the pay increases.

He believes what is left can be absorbed easily into the budget.


Board members were presented math and reading STAAR results for fifth and eighth graders and saw good results.

Fifth- and eighth-grade testing determines which students will move up to middle school and high school, respectively. BISD students struggled in 2013 with STAAR, showing some of the lowest performances in Wise County.

The district was deemed academically unacceptable by the state because 50 percent or more of the students failed state testing in a couple of previous years. STAAR testing is administered in rounds, which means students have multiple chances to pass the test.

While the passing rate for 2014 has not been set by the state, schools have been aiming at the 2013 rates.

In eighth-grade reading, 2013 state standards required 83 percent of students pass STAAR. Boyd fell short last year with only 79 percent after both administrations of the test.

With only one round of testing completed this year, 81 percent of BISD eighth-graders have passed the reading portion of STAAR. In 2013, 73 percent of fifth-graders passed reading, which was short of the state-required 77 percent. This year 81 percent have passed.

After additional tutoring and preparation to help more students pass the next round of STAAR, BISD might exceed state standards for the first time in at least two years in eighth-grade reading.

They have already surpassed 2013 standards in fifth-grade reading. It is not known if they will reach 2014 standards, as the state has not released those yet.

In math, the state required 76 percent of eighth graders pass STAAR, and Boyd had only 74 percent. This year BISD has had 74 percent pass in the first round and expect more to pass after the second round.

In fifth grade, BISD needed 74 percent to pass and fell short by 4 percent. This year the district has had 74 percent pass, already meeting the 2013 standard.

Posted in News0 Comments

Boyd Athletic Director, admin contracts approved; Pre-AP, AP and honors courses will be harder to enter

After more than an hour-and-a-half in closed session Monday night, the Boyd school board extended Athletic Director Brandon Hopkins’ contract for another year.

The board also extended contracts for several other administrators, including High School Principal Scott Nedrow, Middle School Principal James McDonald, Intermediate School Principal Nina Coody, Elementary School Principal Anke Bracey, Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice and Career and Technology Director Shawn Bryans.

In other business, trustees took a closer look at BHS’ advanced courses. Boyd students seeking placement in pre-AP, AP and honors courses for the 2014-15 school year now have to jump an additional hurdle.

Previously there were no prerequisites for entering the advanced courses offered on the high school campus, but the board felt students should meet a list of minimum requirements to sign up.

The new prerequisites will include minimum STAAR test scores and minimum grade averages in similar courses. High School counselor Tara Allred said these new requirements will go a long way to improving the overall success of BHS students.

In the past, students who had not passed STAAR or other coursework registered for advanced courses – and often had a hard time successfully completing those classes.

Superintendent Ted West said BISD will also look into improving instruction in these classes and encourage more students to take the Advanced Placement tests after they complete the courses, which could earn them college credit.

Outside of honors classes, BISD students will also get more advanced skill training with the addition of a Computer Numeric Control, or CNC program.

BISD has had a computerized lathe/mill donated, and that equipment will enable the school to train students for a variety of high-skill level industrial jobs.

The board approved renovating the maintenance building to make room for the new lathe and additional classes to the tune of $47,160.

In other business, the board:

  • approved textbooks for the 2014-15 school year; and
  • agreed to let West form a committee to study the district’s long-term facility needs.

Posted in News0 Comments

Softball Roundup: Sanger beats Decatur

The Decatur Lady Eagles fell to Sanger 13-8 in the regular season finale Friday.

Sanger led 10-8 after six and put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh.

Decatur will move on to the Class 3A Region II playoffs as the fourth seed out of 9-3A. The Lady Eagles will take on 10-3A champion Frisco Lone Star in a bi-district series. Game one is in Decatur at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The second game is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Frisco Lone Star.


The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets couldn’t battle back from an early deficit Friday, falling to Brock 8-5.

Brock scored four runs in the bottom of the first and held on for the win.

With the loss, Boyd (22-6, 9-3) ended 9-2A as the third seed. The Lady Yellowjackets will open the 2A Region II playoffs against Maypearl at 7 p.m. Thursday at Aledo High School. Game two is at 7 p.m. Friday at Weatherford College. The third game, if necessary, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Aledo.

Payton Salmon went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs against Brock. Amber Bowen added a pair of hits and two RBIs.

Boyd had 11 hits.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Baseball Roundup: Samples puts Bulls into three-way tie in 9-3A

The Bridgeport Bulls scored four runs in the third inning including one driven in by Alex Samples in a 5-3 victory over Gainesville Friday.

Samples finished with a pair of RBIs, going 1-for-4 as the Bulls secured a share of second place in District 9-3A with Krum and Decatur.

Jared Huff added a RBI for the Bulls.

On the mound, Samples held Gainesville to three runs – one earned – on five hits. He struck out nine and walked one.


Dillon Meadows fanned 14 and held Peaster to two hits in a complete-game 7-0 shutout against Peaster.

The Panthers (18-6-1, 7-3) moved a win away from securing the second seed in District 9-2A. Paradise took on Ponder Tuesday and will close the regular season against Millsap at home Friday.

Skylar Black homered and drove in two runs, going 3-for-3 against Peaster. Jarret Holt added two RBIs on three hits. Austin Hogan also had three hits.


Kalan Johnson drove in four runs and Tyler Melton three on two doubles as the Chico Dragons hammered Bryson 17-7 Friday.

Chico (18-5) moved to 10-3 in District 9-A. With a win Friday in the regular season finale, the Dragons will secure second place in the league.

Hagen Davis added three RBIs against Bryson. Jerico McGuire knocked in two runs.

Chase Riddles and Jaston McBree each tripled.


Brandon Hardee tripled and Anthony Spinelli doubled and scored a run as the Boyd Yellowjackets were tripped up by 9-2A champion Brock 14-1 Friday.


The Alvord Bulldogs fell to 2-9 in District 9-2A Friday with a 14-0 loss to the playoff-bound Ponder Lions.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Board to discuss AD’s contract

The Boyd ISD board of trustees will discuss the athletic director’s contract Monday night during its regular meeting.

BISD administrators’ contracts will also be up for discussion, along with the district’s 2014-2015 teacher pay scale.

Board members will also hear preliminary STAAR scores for fifth and eighth grades. Those scores determine whether those students will advance to the next grade level.

Other agenda items include the district’s facilities planning study; AP, pre-AP and honors classes prerequisites; instructional materials allotment and TEKs certification; and possible House Bill 5 endorsements.

The district did get some good news this week, as administrators finally got confirmation on bad-weather waivers. The Texas Education Agency waived four days of missed instruction. Two additional days off have been absorbed into the school calendar.

Posted in News0 Comments

Lady Panthers secure area crown

The Paradise Lady Panthers last week captured their first district title on the track since 2001.

Wednesday, they added another trophy to the case.

After earning medals in all three relays, including a gold in the 4×200, the Lady Panthers captured the Class 2A 9/10 area title at Boyd’s Yellowjacket Stadium.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Paradise girls coach Johna Ford. “They’ve worked hard. It was a team effort. Even the girls who didn’t qualify gave their all and scored the points to help us.”

Mikaela Beck, who ran on a pair of qualifying relays and won the long jump said, “We’re starting a legacy.”

The 4×200 squad of Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards and Aliya Read scored 20 points toward winning the title with its victory. The quartet ran 1:49.72, holding off Whitney, which finished in 1:49.96.

“We knew it would be a close race,” Sides said.

Read added: “We’re still undefeated.”

The Lady Panthers finished second in the 4×400 to Alvord. In the 4×100, Godley edged Paradise. Beck nearly caught Godley’s anchor leg, crossing the finish line in 51.27. Godley won the race in 51.22.

“If I’d had five more feet, I’d have caught her for sure,” Beck said. “Beating them is doable. It’s not like they smoked us.”

Beck was joined by Kyndall McCasland, Sides and Richards on the 4×100.

Beck finished second in the 100 to Grandview’s Lyric Jackson, running a 12.4. She also won the long jump with an effort of 17-1.25.

“Coming out of prelims, I was in last place,” Beck said about her long jump win. “On my first jump of finals, my mark was finally on.”

Winning Pass

WINNING PASS – Alvord’s Savannah Williams passes Paradise’s Mikaela Beck near the finish line of the 4×400 at the 2A 9/10 area meet in Boyd. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


Another impressive chapter was written Wednesday at the area meet in what has turned into the county’s hottest rivalry on the track this season – the girls 4×400.

In a race that was neck-and-neck into the final meters, Savannah Williams, the area 800 champion, passed Paradise’s Mikaela Beck to give the Lady Bulldogs a victory. Alvord also beat Paradise at district.

At area, Alvord’s team of Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik and Williams turned in 4:13.12. Paradise’s quartet of Bailey Sides, Aliya Read, Makala Neighbors and Beck finished in 4:13.5 for second.

Beck led Williams after the final turn as the two raced toward the finish line into a strong wind.

“When she kicked, I was worried,” Williams said. “It was brutal with the wind. I just tried to push.”

Williams’ winning quarter followed her 2:24.68 in the 800 that included a strong kick to put her at the front of the pack and back to regionals.

“I tried to be comfortable,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to lead the pack. [My kick] is what I turn to and rely on.”

Williams’ teammate Hart finished second in the 300 hurdles, running 47.77.

“I ran my best time. I’m trying to get better each week,” Hart said. “[Running in the wind] was like hitting a brick wall. I thought I was going to blow away.”


Boyd’s Qualynn Wells flew out of blocks and around the curve to win the 200 area title Wednesday on his home track.

Wells ran 22.3 to claim his team’s lone gold medal of the meet. Even with the win, he expects to be faster at regionals.

“It could’ve went better. I bet I can get down to 21,” he said.

Boyd hurdler and pole vaulter Dalton Stidham won three silver medals. He ran 15-0 in the 110 hurdles and 40.49 in the 300s. The 300 hurdles ended into the brisk wind.

“The wind was terrible,” Stidham said. “Other than that, I felt good over the hurdles.

“I’m getting to regionals and running another day. It’s my last year, and I want to see how far I can go.”

Stidham finished second in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.

Boyd freshman Lindsey Thorpe earned a silver medal in the girls shot put with a throw of 34-2.75. It was her best throw of the season.

“Coach [Phillip] Thornton has been working with me a lot since I’ve advanced from district,” Thorpe said. “We’ve been working on kicking the door open and doing all the little things right.”

Close Finish

CLOSE FINISH – Boyd’s Marco Martinez finishes just in front of a diving David Pearson of Paradise in the 1600 Wednesday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


With wind gusts above 30 mph, Alvord’s Clara Breashears and Boyd’s Marco Martinez fought their way to regional berths with third-place finishes in the 3200 races.

Breashears turned in a 13:02.48 for the bronze medal and third straight trip to the 2A Region II area meet.

“I actually like the wind,” Breashears said. “It makes me think of other things.”

In the boys race, Martinez raced out to an early lead but couldn’t hold off Whitney’s Trevor Montgomery and Keene’s Luis Tique. Martinez held on to take third in 10:34.21.

“I tried to put pressure on them early,” Martinez said. “I wasn’t surprised they caught up. I knew they were good.”



100: 1. Lyric Jackson, Grandview, 12.0; 2. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 12.4; 8. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 13.6

200: 1. Lyric Jackson, Grandview, 26-0; 4. Aliya Read, Paradise, 26.9; 6. Olivia Singleton, Boyd, 27.6

400: 1. Sarah Rattan, Peaster, 59.85; 5. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 1:05.16

800: 1. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:24.68; 6. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 2:36.98

1600: 1. Pamela Marquez, Keene, 5:31.23; 5. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:47.76; 6. April Coursey, Paradise, 6:02.21; 7. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 6:07.2; 8. Angela Powers, Paradise, 6:13.66

3200: 1. Mayte Arredondo, Whitney, 12:00.49; 3. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 13:02.48; 5. Brianna Smith, Paradise, 13:29.08; 6. Emily Corbin, Paradise, 13:55.58; 8. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 14:28.32

100 hurdles: 1. Jordan Nash, Grandview, 15.2; 4. Amber French, Paradise, 16.7; 5. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 17.6; 6. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 17.9; 7. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 18.4

300 hurdles: 1. Jordan Nash, Grandview, 46.46; 2. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 47.77; 4. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 49.72

4×100: 1. Godley 51.22; 2. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.27; 5. Alvord: Katie Claborn, Brianna Ponder, Emily Edge, Marissa Schedcik, 53.53; 7. Boyd: Amber Montgomery, Taylor Ragsdale, Olivia Singleton, Bailee Luttrell, 53.89

4×200: 1. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliya Read, 1;49.72; 4. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Marissa Schedcik, Jessica Gillespie, Savannah Williams, 1:50.99; 7. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Kyndal Crisman, Olivia Singleton, 1:56.01

4×400: 1. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 4:13.12; 2. Paradise: Bailey Sides, Aliya Read, Makala Neighbors, Mikaela Beck, 4:13.5

High jump: 1. Ashlyn Ellis, Grandview, 5-4; 3. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 5-0; 6. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 4-10

Pole vault: 1. Reagan Mabery, Tolar, 11-0; 5. Jade Moore, Boyd, 8-6; 6. Carlen Smith, Boyd, 8-0; 6. Haley Rector, Paradise, 8-0

Long jump: 1. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 17-1.25; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 16-2.75; 5. Bailey Sides, Paradise, 15-5

Triple jump: 1. Jaci Smith, Godley, 35-2; 3. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 33-5.5; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 33-4.75; 8. Emily Edge, Alvord, 31-11

Shot put: 1. Hailee Rutledge, Peaster, 36-2.25; 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 34-2.75; 4. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 33-4.75

Discus: 1. Sierra Romero, Grandview, 116-6; 3. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 103-1; 5. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 101-1


100: 1. Pearce Flemins, Maypearl, 10.7; 4. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.2; 5. Joe Randall, Alvord, 11.3; 6. Luke Gage, Paradise, 11.31; 7. Kristoff Pewitt, Paradise, 11.32

200: 1. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 22.3; 4. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 23; 8. Cash Preather, Paradise, 23.8

400: 1. Zachary Williams, Godley, 49.98; 4. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 53.65; 5. Joseph Tate, Boyd, 55.4

800: 1. Colt Jones, Tolar, 2:03.81; 8. Colby Dial, Paradise, 2:16.25

1600: 1. Trevor Montgomery, Whitney, 4:42.97; 4. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:52.81; 5. David Pearson, Paradise, 4:52.87; 8. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 5:04.07

3200: 1. Trevor Montgomery, Whitney, 10:24.82; 3. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:34.21; 5. David Pearson, Paradise, 10:42.48; 7. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 11:08.18; 8. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 11:09.32

110 hurdles: 1. Ben Thomes, Grandview, 14.6; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 15; 3. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 15.4; 6. Brett Martin, Alvord, 16.5

300 hurdles: 1. Ben Thomes, Grandview, 39.96; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 40.49; 4. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.57; 5. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 43.45; 7. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 44.72

4×100: 1. Maypearl 43.78; 3. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 44.27; 5. Paradise: Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney, Robert Norvell, 44.85

4×200: 1. Tolar 1:33.53; 5. Alvord: Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jonathan Musgrave, Joe Randall, 1:36.82

4×400: 1. Godley 3:29.52; 4. Boyd: Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby, Dalton Stidham, 3:32.96; 7. Alvord: Logan Watkins, Heath Walker, Andrew Nichols, Josh Malone, 3:46.31

High jump: 1. Trenton Wallace, Grandview, 6-4; 6. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 5-10; 7. Colby Dial, Paradise, 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Trae Jones, Rio Vista, 11-0; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 11-0; 3. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 11-0

Long jump: 1. Walker Shelter, Tolar, 21-7.75

Triple jump: 1. Garrett Winston, Tolar, 44-11; 4. Cash Preather, Paradise, 41-3.5; 5. Tanner Valentine, Paradise, 40-2.75; 8. Xavier Kyle, Boyd, 37-3.75

Shot put: 1. Tavaris Owens, Whitney, 53-1; 5. Taylor Edwards, Paradise, 43-3.5

Discus: 1. Kendell Wimberly, Whitney, 160-06; 6. Sequoia Smith, Boyd, 119-0; 7. Blake Brown, Paradise, 116-3

Posted in Sports0 Comments

Troyce Eugene Gregston

Troyce “Geno” Eugene Gregston

Troyce “Geno” Eugene Gregston, 74, of Boyd, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Lake Worth.

No services are scheduled.

Geno was born Jan. 12, 1940, in Mineola to Edward and Opal (Vinson) Gregston. He was a retired Shepperd’s Dairy employee.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his son, Ernest Gregston of Denton; sisters Juanita Jackson of Boyd and Shirley Hare of Fruitdale; and other family members and friends.

Posted in Obituaries0 Comments

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.

Posted in Uncategorized0 Comments

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.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

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.

Posted in Sports0 Comments

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

Posted in Sports0 Comments

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.

Posted in Sports0 Comments




Recover password | Create an Account