Grand Nationals race Saturday

Saturday is the last night for motor sport enthusiasts to enjoy a race at Boyd Raceway before the track is closed to competition.

I Wanna Go Fast

I WANNA GO FAST – Drivers speed around the Boyd racetrack at a previous event. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The racetrack will host the Boyd Raceway Grand Nationals race at 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will also be events Friday night, with practice laps starting at 5 p.m.

The five International Motor Contest Association racing categories drivers can compete in this weekend include sport compacts, hobby/factory stocks, sport mods, stock cars and modifieds, with cash prizes starting at $25 and capping out at $2,000.

Pit passes for the Saturday race are $30. Grandstand tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children aged 6-11 and free for children 5 and under. Mulligan draws are $10 and close at 6:30 p.m.

Pit passes for Friday night are $15, and grandstand tickets are free.

For information call 940-433-5587 or 817-304-2044. Visit www.boydraceway.net.

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Cross Country: Martinez leads Boyd in McNeil Invite

On his first run on the home of the state cross country meet, Boyd senior Marco Martinez turned in a 16:58 to finish 15th in the 5A 5K race at the McNeil Invitational Saturday.

Led by Martinez, the 3A Boyd squad held its own in the 5A race, finishing 15th with 419 points.

Aaron Hammett ran 18:02 for 70th. Cameron Hammett took 127th in 18:49. Manny Garcia was 164th in 19:25. Tanner White came in 185th in 20:11 as Boyd’s fifth runner.

Keaton Ford ran 21:01 for 204th, and Aaron Roberts-Wright 21:02 for 205th.

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Volleyball: Boyd wins over Jacksboro

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets maintained their share of the District 9-3A lead Friday with a four-game win over Jacksboro.

Boyd moved to 6-1 in district with the victory.

The Lady Yellowjackets dropped the first set 15-25. Boyd then rallied to take the next three, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20.

Boyd continued league play Tuesday against Holliday at home.

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Football: Yellowjackets look forward to district

The Boyd Yellowjackets took their lumps during a tough non-district campaign, going 1-4.

But with the rest of District 4-3A Division I, the season starts anew Friday with a five-week sprint for one of four playoff spots.

The Yellowjackets start the district schedule with a date at 7:30 p.m. at home against Bowie.

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins can point to recent history and show his team how they can overcome a rough non-district run and make the playoffs. The Yellowjackets were 0-4 last year and went to postseason and 2-2 in 2012.

But Hopkins said his team can’t just expect history to repeat itself.

“We believe that the tough non-district makes us better but we can’t go by the name on our shirt,” Hopkins said. “We have to go to work to get better.”

The Yellowjackets can turn things around by holding on to the football. Boyd was a minus-10 in turnover margin during non-district play.

“What hurt us more than anything was the turnover ratio,” Hopkins said. “And of those, four went for touchdowns. We got down to the 1-yard line twice and fumbled. We also gave up two kickoff returns for touchdowns.”

The turnovers have derailed what has been a potent offense for the Yellowjackets. Boyd is putting up 454 yards per game, including 329 rushing. Qualynn Wells has 1,020 yards and 10 touchdowns in five games.

“We’re putting up offensive numbers,” Hopkins said. “We’re on pace to have 1,200-yard passer and 2,000-yard rusher. We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to cut out the bad penalties and turnovers.”

Bowie also had its share of troubles during non-district, going 1-4. The Jackrabbits lost their last two to Gunter and Pottsboro being outscored 100-33.

Bowie is led by quarterback Lawson Mickler, who has thrown for 510 yards and five touchdowns. Chase Hall is Bowie’s leading receiver, catching 30 passes for 391 yards.

“They have good skilled kids,” Hopkins said. “They can throw it and have a couple of guys that can go get it.”

Boyd should be at full strength for first time since its season opener with Seth Wallace, Adam Harkness and Justin Milligan all ready to go.

BOWIE (1-4) AT BOYD (1-4)

7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium

Bowie: Harris Rating 185

Notable: Chase Hall is averaging 13 yards per catch for the Jackrabbits.

Boyd: Harris Rating 206

Notable: Boyd is averaging more than 400 yards per game.

Harris line: Boyd by 24

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Ronny Johnson

Ronny Johnson

Ronny Johnson, 72, of Boyd, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Decatur.

Graveside service is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Thomas Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Sessions will officiate, and Buck Johnson, Kelly Baker, Kyle Baker, Cody Baker, Cayden Baker and Marlin Braddock will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Ronny was born June 5, 1942, to Thomas and DeAlva (Shelton) Johnson in Bridgeport. He married Sharon Young Nov. 1, 1965, in Weatherford.

Ronny was a self-employed carpenter. His hobby was woodworking and collecting all kinds of fine junk that he considered treasure and potential antiques. He could carve magic out of a piece of scrap oak. Ronny drove a truck for Swift until they closed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ronald Christopher Johnson; brother Carl Johnson; and sister Becky Unger.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sharon “Young” Johnson of Boyd; daughters Brandy Renee Baker and husband, Kelly, of Paradise and Brent Ashley Webb and husband, John, of Corpus Christi; son Ryan Buck Johnson and wife, Dorcas, of Watauga; grandchildren Kyle, Cody, Cayden and Kamryn; sister Brenda Mills of Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Soldiers graduate training

Army Pvts. Heather L. Beauregard and Morgan W. Sprayberry recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During nine weeks of training, the soldiers studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. They also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Beauregard is a 2014 graduate of Boyd High School.

Sprayberry is a 2014 graduate of Krum High School and is the son of Michael Amrein of Alvord and Tammy Sprayberry of Krum.

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Boyd City Council approves budget, water rates

After three budget workshops and a pair of public hearings, the Boyd City Council has adopted a financial plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Following a public hearing Sept. 18, the council approved a $2,037,674 budget, funded in part by a 51-cent tax rate, also approved at that meeting.

Among the most notable changes are increases in salary and benefits for the city’s 16 full-time and two part-time employees.

While raises were awarded on an individual basis, Alicia Smith, the city’s records management officer, said the average increase was about 5 percent.

In addition, the council approved increasing the city’s contribution to the Texas Municipal Retirement System from 1-1 to 1.5 to 1.

“What you’re doing with the TMRS, raising that is a good step in the right direction for your employees for longevity and retention and also attracting good employees as well,” citizen Doug Parr told the council during the Sept. 18 public hearing. “People look at that.

“It’s a wonderful thing because there are a lot of cities that are 2-1 or 14-7. I’m proud of the city for doing that.”

City officials said that was their intention.

“We’re looking at stair-stepping, doing a little more and offering some incentives,” Mayor Pro Tem Rodney Holmes said.

“…so they quit exiting on us,” Mayor Rod Bill Scroggins finished off.

POLICE EXPENSES

In the police department fund, the council approved a $7,000 allotment for a dog. A grant would cover the price of the animal, while the city’s portion would pay for the equipment to outfit a truck to carry the canine, the handler’s course and veterinarian bills.

“Lt. [Dwayne] Taylor has stepped up to the plate and said if we can have a canine, he will be the canine handler,” Police Chief Greg Arrington said. “What that does is that eliminates any and all overtime because Lt. Taylor is an exempt employee.”

A community member has expressed an interest in donating a cage to be used in the canine unit, Arrington said.

“We have some community people that are behind this also,” he said.

City officials also approved $7,420 to purchase protective vests. Fifty percent of that expense will be reimbursed to the city in the form of a grant at the end of the fiscal year, Arrington said.

WATER RATES

As discussed in previous meetings, the council approved 50-cent increases – instead of the $1 annual jump they began implementing four years ago – to water and sewer rates.

The rates, which went into effect Wednesday are:

Residential water

  • Base rate – $26.80, includes the first 2,000 gallons
  • 2001 to 6,000 additional gallons – $7 per 1,000 gallons
  • 6,001 to 10,000 additional gallons – $8 per 1,000 gallons
  • Over 10,001 gallons – $9 per 1,000 gallons

Commercial/industrial water

  • Base rate – $44.70, includes the first 2,000 gallons
  • 2,001 to 8,000 additional gallons – $8.25 per 1,000 gallons
  • 8,001 to 12,000 additional gallons – $9 per 1,000 gallons
  • 12,001 to 20,000 additional gallons – $10 per 1,000 gallons
  • Over 20,001 gallons – $10.75 per 1,000 gallons

Residential outside city limits water

  • Base rate – $50.10, includes the first 2,000 gallons
  • 2,001 to 6,000 additional gallons – $7.75 per 1,000 gallons
  • 6,001 to 10,000 additional gallons – $8.75 per 1,000 gallons
  • Over 10,001 gallons – $9.75 per 1,000 gallons

Commercial/industrial outside city limits water

  • Base rate – $54.10, includes the first 2,000 gallons
  • 2,001 to 8,000 additional gallons – $9 per 1,000 gallons
  • 8,001 to 12,000 additional gallons – $10 per 1,000 gallons
  • 12,001 to 20,000 additional gallons – $11 per 1,000 gallons
  • Over 20,001 gallons – $12 per 1,000 gallons

Residential sewer

  • Base rate – $20.12
  • $2.50 per 1,000 gallons over 2,001

Commercial/industrial sewer

  • Base rate – $24
  • $2.50 per 1,000 gallons over 2,001

“This will get us closer to where we need to be,” Holmes said.

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Volleyball: Boyd refuses to lose in Paradise – Victory puts Lady ‘Jackets in 9-3A lead

Volleyball: Boyd refuses to lose in Paradise – Victory puts Lady ‘Jackets in 9-3A lead

Before a deafening home crowd, the Paradise Lady Panthers reached match point in the first set and took a 23-22 lead in the second game Tuesday.

But the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets refused to lose.

Rowdy Visitors

ROWDY VISITORS – The Boyd crowd erupts during the Lady Yellowjackets’ sweep of the Lady Panthers in Paradise Tuesday. Fans on both sides screamed throughout the match, creating a deafening environment. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Boyd fought back to take those first two sets, then completed the sweep of the Lady Panthers in the third game. The Lady Yellowjackets won 26-24, 25-23, 25-21.

“It’s amazing. I’m speechless,” said Boyd senior middle blocker Maddie Busch. “We beat them on their home court.”

The victory moved Boyd to 5-1 in District 9-3A and kept it in the hunt for a league title. Boyd shares the district lead with Henrietta.

Keeping It Alive

KEEPING IT ALIVE – Paradise’s Shelby Bradshaw digs a ball during the Lady Panthers’ three-game loss to Boyd Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Paradise, who started district at 4-0, dropped its second straight match and is tied for third with Nocona.

“Tomorrow we make corrections,” said Paradise coach Susie Burt. “We need to make sure we’re talking on defense and setting up so we can go after people and attack.”

In crucial situations, it was Boyd that kept attacking Tuesday behind Busch and Kayleigh Pappajohn. Busch led Boyd with 13 kills. Pappajohn added 12.

“They started tipping, and we kept swinging,” Busch said. “We had a positive attitude and kept it the entire match. We believe if you keep working hard, the score will end up in your favor.

“You’re going to make mistakes but you’ve got to have a next-point mentality and keep swinging.”

Taking Aim at Top

TAKING AIM AT TOP – Boyd’s Maddie Busch puts down a kill during the Lady Yellowjackets’ win Tuesday over Paradise. The win put Boyd into a tie for first place in District 9-3A. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Boyd setters Baylie Harris and Morgan Abbott kept dividing up opportunities between Busch and Pappajohn. Harris had 15 assists, and Abbott 10.

“Our kids played really smart,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “Our setters knew where the hitters were all night and kept the ball moving.”

Jett Preather led Paradise with a match-high 16 kills. The rest of the Paradise lineup only added 13.

At the end of each set, the Paradise offense disappeared. The Lady Panthers landed only one kill in the final nine points in the first set. Paradise had three kills in the final 10 points in the second, and two in the last 10 of the final game.

“We’ve been working on passing in practice,” Preather said. “I guess we got nervous with the crowd. We have a lot to work on in practice.”

Paradise built a 22-20 lead in a back-and-forth opening set. Then back-to-back kills from Busch and Pappajohn tied the game at 22. After Paradise pulled ahead 24-22, Busch put down a kill to keep her team alive. Two Paradise errors put Boyd in front for Busch to finish off the set.

Paradise went up 15-10 in the second game on a Preather kill. She put down eight finishers in the set.

After Crafton called a timeout, her team fought back to tie the game at 20 on Pappajohn’s kill. Preather gave Paradise the lead 23-22 but it would be Paradise’s last point of the set.

Harris’ kill before a Paradise hitting error set up Busch for another set-closing kill to put Boyd up improbably 2-0.

Trying to stave off the sweep, Paradise took a 14-12 lead in the third game on Johnna Headley’s block.

The Paradise lead didn’t last long. Linsey Chancellor’s lone kill tied the game at 17. A Paradise service-receive error followed by Pappajohn’s kill gave Boyd the lead for good.

Pappajohn put Boyd at match point, 24-20. Libero Britney Howard’s hard hit finished off the match for Boyd.

“I’m super proud of them,” Crafton said. “It’s the hardest working little group of girls. They believe the hard work is going to make a difference.”

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Acelynn-Eve Diane Wynn

Brittany McDonald and Payton Wynn of Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, Acelynn-Eve Diane Wynn, on Sept. 29, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

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McKenzie James McGilvray

James and Heather McGilvray of Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, McKenzie James, on Sept. 18, 2014, at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth.

She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19.2 inches long.

She has one sister: Maddison Cash, 2.

Grandparents are Mark and Diane Culpepper of Boyd, James McGilvray Jr. of Boyd and Kim Kidd McGilvray of Decatur.

Great-grandparents are Patsy Snodgrass of Boyd, Evan and Becky Culpepper of Decatur, Bill and Annette Kidd of Haslet and James and Pat McGilvray of Bridgeport.

Great-great-grandparent is Johnnie Thomas of Whitney.

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Boyd City Council hears options on Knox upgrade

A high-traffic street in Boyd could soon get a needed facelift.

At a Sept. 18 city council meeting, Bryan Sherrib of Dannenbaum Engineering presented city officials with a few options for making major upgrades to Knox Avenue between Allen Street and Cemetery Road.

A 6-inch asphalt road with sidewalks could total around $575,000.

“That would be, you take everything out, you come back and stabilize the base and put two asphalt layers,” he said. “That’s kind of typical of the roads built in our area.”

Using crushed rock with 2 inches of asphalt could bring the cost down to $380,000.

“Of that, about $48,000 is sidewalk,” Sherrib said. “That would sound a little bit high if you just took a concrete price and multiplied by the length of road. What I was trying to anticipate is what would happen with grading and drainage. Sidewalk has to be relatively flat. We know we have a little bit of bar ditch over there. Sidewalk can’t impede the drainage that we have over there, so we might have a little bit more culvert work, and I tried to build that in.”

He also pointed out the parking lot next to the police station is on a steep slope and may require driveway rebuilding.

“I tried to build in a little bit of that,” he said.

For an even lower amount, Sherrib suggested officials consider redoing completely only certain sections, then retopping the entire road.

“It’s not the best solution, but it can certainly one that can bring the number down and extend the life of Knox Street, if we’re looking just at the driving surface itself,” he said.

The prices, however, did not include engineering and surveying, which could tack on an additional $50,000.

When asked the lifespan of each option, Sherrib advised that it depended on the soil type.

“With the 6-inch asphalt you’re looking at between 25 and 30 years,” he said. “Your crushed rock probably not as long. Since you don’t have heavy truck traffic that should help some. It operates as a residential street with a little bit higher traffic volume. You might need to sign it to keep trucks off.”

Sherrib estimated the design and survey portion of the project would take about six months.

“For construction if we can block whole blocks at a time, we might be able to get it done in five months, aggressively,” he said. “Nine months if you were to do about half at a time.”

Officials said they would want to begin the construction when school let out for the summer and “get it as completed as possible” before classes start up again.

At the council’s next meeting Tuesday, they will hear from Government Capital on their financing options.

“I’m not opposed to see what the numbers are for doing curb and gutter, just so we can build for the future and not just put a Band-Aid on it,” Councilman Vince Estel said. “If we fix this road now, then later on we can fix one road, two roads a year.”

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Cross Country: Boyd takes top spots in Jacksboro

The Boyd Yellowjackets cross country team won the Jacksboro Meet Saturday, taking four of the top five spots.

Marco Martinez won the three-mile race. Nathan Martinez took second.

Winning Form

WINNING FORM – The Boyd Yellowjackets won the team title at the Jacksboro meet Saturday. Submitted photo

Aaron Hammett finished third and Cameron Hammett fourth.

Tanner White was seventh as the fifth Boyd runner.

Corban McDonald took 14th, Aaron Roberts-Wright 19th and Keaton Ford 21st.

“It was a tremendous effort by all the Yellowjackets,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez.

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Volleyball: Boyd suffers first 9-3A loss

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets suffered their first setback in District 9-3A play Saturday.

Henrietta took down Boyd 25-9, 26-24, 25-16.

Boyd dropped to 4-1 in the league.

Maddie Busch put down 10 kills for Boyd. Baylie Harris and Morgan Abbott had 10 assists each.

Britney Howard recorded 14 digs.

Abbott served two aces.

Boyd hoped to bounce back Tuesday as they headed to Paradise.

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Former Boyd ISD school employees honored

Boyd ISD honored five former employees during homecoming festivities last Friday.

Former high school coach and teacher Terry Spradlin, high school teacher Charlotte Todd, Superintendent Bill Lipstreu, elementary teacher Barbara Boyd and teacher/coach and Principal Bob Grundy comprised the fourth class of inductees into the Boyd ISD Wall of Honor Sept. 19.

Wall of Honor

WALL OF HONOR – The 2014 Boyd ISD Wall of Honor inductees (third from left) Barbara Boyd, Charlotte Todd, Bob Grundy, Terry Spradlin and the late Bill Lipstreu, represented by his family, were honored between the first and second quarters at Boyd’s homecoming game last week. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“We started this about three years ago here at Boyd ISD, and it is one of the highlights of the year in regards to having people come back and have a chance to visit and reconnect with people that have a great impact on the lives of students of Boyd ISD,” Superintendent Ted West told the crowd gathered at the induction ceremony at Boyd High School.

A committee of former employees, former students and current employees compile a list of individuals to be considered.

“This year, just like the past few years, has been a difficult process as far as the selection, but [the committee] has arrived at a decision, and we have five inductees this year. This is the most inductees that we’ve had.

“I hope we’re not going to run out of people to honor over the years, but eventually we might get there,” he joked.

This year’s inductees are as follows:

BARBARA BOYD

After graduating from Texas Woman’s University in Denton in 1971, Barbara Boyd began teaching at the elementary school, where she remained for the next 29 years.

During that time Boyd also served as a department head and a mentor to numerous student teachers.

Her students remember her as a strict disciplinarian in the classroom.

“Ms. Boyd loved her students and cared enough about them and their potential to not accept anything other than their very best,” West said. “Ms. Boyd, your students thank you for your attention to detail.”

COACH BOB GRUNDY

Bob Grundy served Boyd ISD for 11 years.

He joined the coaching staff in 1964 – after stints in Whitesboro, Era and Santo – and remained at Boyd ISD until the 1975 school year.

In addition to coaching and teaching, Grundy was also principal at Boyd Elementary.

“The resignation letter for Mr. Grundy said, ‘There is no way my family can express how we feel about the joys we have experienced while I have been employed here,'” West said. “Coach Grundy, I want you to understand something – that this community feels the same way about you, and we are proud to induct you into the Boyd ISD Wall of Honor.”

BILL LIPSTREU

The committee awarded a posthumous award to Bill Lipstreu, a former commercial teacher, basketball coach, annual (yearbook) sponsor and school newspaper editor.

“I’m assuming that has something to do with a vocational program,” West said. ” … Unfortunately, Mr. Lipstreu passed away just a few months ago. But we are proud that his family could be here.”

Lipstreu joined the Boyd ISD staff in 1949. Four years later he became superintendent, and he served in that role until his resignation in 1970.

“Mr. Lipstreu served Boyd ISD as its superintendent for 17 years,” West said. “Let me pause there for just a second, because 17 years as a superintendent in Boyd, Texas, is quite an accomplishment. I am the third superintendent in six years that we’ve had here. If I can get anywhere close to that, I’ll be proud.”

Mr. Lipstreu went on to finish his career in Springtown ISD.

TERRY SPRADLIN

Storied basketball coach Terry Spradlin came to Boyd in 1968.

Over his 15-year stint at BISD, Spradlin served as middle school principal, transportation director and girls basketball and track coach.

His basketball team qualified for the state basketball tournament in 1980 and 1982.

“Coach Spradlin is still loved by many of his students and players that taught and coached with him over the years,” West said.

CHARLOTTE TODD

Charlotte Todd started working at Boyd High School in 1980 as an English and history teacher.

She taught many social studies classes during her time at Boyd, but most remember her as a government and economics teacher.

“You have been very fondly remembered, and everyone that I had visited with spoke very highly of you,” West told her during the ceremony. “When you went to her class, it was business. You went in there, you had a job to do, you did it. You didn’t mess around because if you did, you knew you were going to get in trouble.

There was immense respect for you.”

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Football: Bobcats walk over Boyd

The Boyd Yellowjackets fell short 38-22 against the Krum Bobcats Friday night.

Krum took an early lead after driving deep into Yellowjacket territory in the first quarter, when Dane White made a 10-yard run into the end zone.

Boyd struck back with a 59-yard sprint from Qualyn Wells. A extra-point kick by Spencer Pellegrini through the uprights gave the Yellowjackets its only lead.

Boyd added to its lead when Xavier Kyle ran in another touchdown. But Krum came back with a vengeance, crossing the paint three times consecutively to close the half ahead 25-14.

Boyd and the Bobcats battled back and forth throughout the third and fourth quarters, but Krum’s offense was too much.

Boyd fought hard getting 15 first downs to Krum’s 10 and barreling down the field for 453 total yards versus the Bobcats’ 380.

Wells led Boyd in rushing with 244 yards. Clay Barnett dominated the passing game with 8 completions for 115 yards. Kyle caught 5 for 63 yards.

KRUM 38, BOYD 22

Krum … 6 … 19 … 7 … 6 … – … 34
Boyd … 7 … 7 … 8 … 0 … – … 55

FIRST QUARTER

Krum – 3:04, 10 run Dane White, kick failed.

Boyd – 2:52, 59 run Qualyn Wells, Spencer Pellegrini kick.

SECOND QUARTER

Boyd – 8:17, 6 run Xavier Kyle, Pellegrini kick.

Krum – 4:07, 5 run Matt Robinson, kick good.

Krum – 1:52, 5 run White, PAT failed.

Krum – :35, 77 fumble rec. Jacob Spencer, PAT failed.

THIRD QUARTER

Boyd – 6:51, 54 run Wells, Barnett to Kyle pass.

Krum – 65 run White, Brooks kick.

FOURTH QUARTER

Krum – 4:55, 6 run Colten Graham, kick failed.

KRUM … BOYD

First Downs … 10 … 15
Rushes-Yards … 40-323 … 45-338
Passing Yards … 57 … 115
Comp-Att-Int … 8-10-0 … 8-19-1
Total Yards … 380 … 453
Punts-Average … 4-44 … 4-34
Fumbles-Lost … 2-0 … 2-2
Penalties-Yards … 9-85 … 10-80.5

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Boyd, Wells 25-244; Krum. White 25-244.

Passing – Boyd, Barnett 8-19 for115; Krum, Graham, 8-10 for 52.

Receiving – Boyd, Kyle 5-63; Krum, Robinson 1-24.

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Cross Country: Twin-powered – Hammetts help pace Yellowjackets

Early in their running careers, each Boyd cross country race became a personal duel between Aaron and Cameron Hammett.

On Course Together

ON COURSE TOGETHER – Twins Cameron and Aaron Hammett have helped the Boyd Yellowjackets bring home second place at their last two meets. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“Before, when it was just us, it was a competition,” Aaron admits. “Our parents would say, ‘If you beat him, you don’t have to do dishes.’ But now, it’s just about beating everyone else.”

Helped powered by the Hammett twins along with fellow senior Marco Martinez, the Yellowjackets are outrunning their share of the competition. The Yellowjackets have finished runnerup their past two meets.

The Boyd squad will run at Jacksboro Saturday and next weekend will head to Round Rock for the McNeil Invitational.

Aaron is the older twin by two minutes. While not identical, the two are hard to tell apart.

“I still can’t tell them apart and I’ve been coaching them since seventh grade,” said Boyd cross country coach Oscar Hernandez.

Along with their looks, the Hammetts share many of the same traits and sometimes even the same thoughts.

“One night we had the same dream,” Aaron said.

Cameron added: “Sometimes we’ll start singing the same song.”

On and off the course, the twins are best friends, hanging out together.

“It’s the longest sleepover by far,” Cameron said.

This year, they’ve been excited to share the same classes and nearly the same 4.0 grades. Cameron does claim to have a slight advantage in the classroom.

“He’s more athletic, but I’m smarter,” Cameron said.

Aaron added: “His grades are usually two points higher so I try to make sure I’m farther ahead out here.”

Since they started racing in seventh grade, Cameron said he’s only beat his brother once.

“It was a bad day for me,” Aaron admitted.

The twins got their start running in middle school.

“Coach [John] Basting had us run four laps around the gym,” Cameron recalled. “He said you are going to run cross country and we’re going to turn you into runners.”

As seventh graders, Aaron said Hernandez approached them the first day and asked why they missed practice.

The next day they joined in but didn’t immediately take to it.

“After that first practice I didn’t want to do it,” Cameron said.

“Our parents never let us quit,” Aaron added.

So for the past six years, the Hammetts have been cornerstones for the program.

“They don’t miss a practice,” Hernandez said.

Over the summer, they challenged each other through every workout.

“We always push each other,” Cameron said.

Aaron added: “It’s cool in a race to see my brother right behind me.”

Their work ethic has become a mantra for the team – “the Hammett way.” Hernandez has reminded the Hammetts’ younger sister, Jasmine, that she has a tradition to carry on.

“I told her, ‘Your brothers never miss. You’ve got to learn to do it the Hammett way,'” Hernandez said.

Jasmine then went out and won the middle school race at last week’s meet in Wichita Falls.

“She’s going to be better than us,” Cameron predicted.

With the District 9-3A meet approaching, the Hammetts are setting their sights on helping the Yellowjackets earn a regional bid and a possible trip to Round Rock for state.

“That’s been the goal forever,” Cameron said.

They are also hoping to get a chance to possibly run together in college. A few schools have already contacted Aaron, who has thrown in a word for his brother.

“We want to keep the twin thing going in college,” Aaron said.

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Xander Nole Primm

Chris Primm and Lyssa Poulos of Boyd announce the birth of a son, Xander Nole Primm, on Sept. 18, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Debra Beebe and Kim and George Poulos.

Great-grandparents are David Emmert and Lisa Jenkins and Jeanne and Joe Mills.

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Hired hands: Boyd third-graders picked for “jobs” around school

A handful of third graders at Boyd Elementary are learning real-life lessons in leadership and responsibility after being “hired” for student jobs.

Ten students were selected from a pool of more than 30 applicants for a position on one of three teams.

Third Graders with Jobs

THIRD GRADERS WITH JOBS – Ten third graders at Boyd Elementary School were “hired” for jobs at their school. They include (from left) Kathryn Clevinger, Daisy Uribe, Madison Maynard, Eric Rogers, Olivia Harrison, Clayton Patton, Grace Knight, Hayden Pegues and Alex Kinser. Not pictured is Zoe Butler. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

They included Zoe Butler, Grace Knight and Eric Rogers for Rise and Shine Team; Olivia Harrison, Alex Kinser and Hayden Pegues for the Flag Corps; and Kathryn Clevinger, Madison Maynard, Clayton Patton and Daisy Uribe for the Recycle Team.

“The students selected had the highest grade average for their final grades last year,” Boyd Elementary School Principal Anke Bracey said. “So it was based on their grades. Also, they had a criteria on their attendance. If they had more than eight absences, they were disqualified because we need our kids who have jobs to be here.”

Students must also maintain good conduct. Once selected, students must uphold that conduct, grades and attendance to keep their position.

The program has been at Boyd Elementary for several years.

Bracey, formerly a principal at Boyd Middle and Boyd Intermediate before that, implemented the program at the intermediate school about 15 years ago.

Then-elementary school Principal Barbara Stice followed suit.

“I think it’s important for our third graders to have leadership roles where they can develop their leadership skills and be role models for the younger kids,” Bracey said. “It’s also a huge help for us because we can’t do everything on our own. It gives them a responsibility to help our school.”

Saving the Earth

SAVING THE EARTH – Boyd Elementary School principal Anke Bracey helps members of the Recycle Team (from left) Clayton Patton, Kathryn Clevinger, Daisy Uribe and Madison Maynard load a cart with filled recycle bins from classrooms. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

FLAG CORPS

Members of the Flag Corps must arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. every day to hoist the flags on the poles in front of the school.

“One of us gets to pull the flags up, and the other two of us get to clip the flags on the hooks,” Alex said.

But no matter who’s doing what, everyone is needed to complete the task.

“It requires a lot of teamwork and helping each other,” Alex said.

“We need each other because we don’t let the flag touch the ground,” Olivia added. “If there was just one of us who could hold one flag, then who would put it on? It takes teamwork to do it.”

In addition to keeping the flag from touching the ground, students outlined other rules to which they must adhere.

“You can’t let the flags tangle or get the flags upside because then the stars don’t look right,” Olivia said.

“On special days we only put it halfway up … like Patriot Day, Constitution Day,” Alex said.

The three agreed that raising the flag was their favorite part of their job.

“I feel good when we raise the flags because the flags represent our country, and I feel good because we’re representing our country,” Olivia said. “Plus, it will mean that we say our Pledge of Allegiance every day and love our community and states.”

When asked why their job was important, team member Hayden put it best.

“It’s America. We have to have our flags,” he said.

RISE AND SHINE

Every morning, Zoe, Grace and Eric stand as Mrs. Bracey’s right-hand helpers during the Rise and Shine ceremony, 7:45 to 8 a.m.

The three arrive by 7:30 to help set up the computer and big screen to prepare for the morning assembly.

“Getting on time is the most important thing,” Eric said.

Zoe handles the technology tasks while Eric and Grace are the “voice” of the program, handling most of the mic time.

After Mrs. Bracey greets the student body, the third-graders begin their jobs.

Eric reads the day’s menu and announcements.

He then leads the pledges before Grace takes over with the Student Creed and Eight Expectations.

She also recognizes students celebrating birthdays and those who have earned Thumbs Up awards.

“You get those if you read a book from the library, then test on it and earn points, or if you are doing one of the eight expectations,” Grace said.

“Or if you’re being nice and someone catches you,” Eric added.

Students are advised to be on their best behavior because they are on stage in front of the entire school. But the team interjects fun when appropriate.

“I’ll play the air guitar while they’re giving out the birthdays,” Eric said.

Grace said that figuring out how close to hold the microphone has been a challenge.

“You would have to hold it really close but without it touching your lips,” she said. “But if you hold it down here, it won’t work. It’s really hard.”

Even though it’s the hardest part of the job, it’s her favorite.

“At first I was a little nervous. I just looked up instead of looking at the crowd because if I looked at them, I’d probably run off the stage,” Grace said. “Now that’s my favorite part. I like that I get to speak into the microphone.”

Eric likes that he has a job every day, but he doesn’t like missing certain opportunities.

“I get to do it each and every day, and I don’t have to miss special [classes],” he said. “But I also don’t like it a little bit because I have to eat at home to get here early enough and sometimes I miss out on pancakes.

“It’s still fun, though.”

RECYCLE

A team of four makes sure that Boyd Elementary School does its part in saving the earth.

Twice a month, the team of Madison, Kathryn, Daisy and Clayton make their rounds across the campus to gather what’s been collected in recycle bins.

“Then we go push the cart out to the recycling Dumpster, and then we dump it,” Madison said. “And then we push it back in and then we deliver the buckets back to every classroom.”

Pushing the cart out to the Dumpster is one of the most challenging parts of the job. But some find a little fun in the task.

“The hardest part is pushing the cart up the hills,” Clayton said. “But it’s fun pushing the cart and getting to ride it.”

Daisy and Kathryn said their favorite part was getting to see their former teachers and visiting with each other.

“We like to talk,” Daisy said. “But we have to be quiet around the halls, especially in the pre-K halls when they’re napping.”

And even though they’re having fun, the team knows their job has a bigger purpose.

“It’s important because we save the earth,” Kathryn said. “It’s good to recycle.”

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Boyd Student Spotlights for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

KATHRYN CLEVINGER

Kathryn Clevinger

Grade: 3
Parents: Claudia Clevinger and Greg Clevinger

Favorite subject: Science

Hobbies or extracurricular activities: Playing basketball and playing her violin

“Kathryn is an all-around awesome kid. She is very serious about her academics and always does her very best on her assignments, projects and tests, which resulted in one of the highest grade averages in her grade last year. She is also kind, respectful and a wonderful friend to her classmates. Kathryn is a great role model to other students, and I am so proud to nominate her as Boyd Elementary School’s Student in the Spotlight.” – Anke Bracey, Boyd Elementary School principal

KEVIN GUTIERREZ

Kevin Gutierrez

Grade: 6
Parents: Maria and Flavio Gutierrez

Favorite subject: Math

Hobbies or extracurricular activities: Plays Soccer, likes to go places with his mom, likes to play at the river

“This student was chosen by his teachers because he is always happy to be around, has a great attitude and is kind to students and his teachers.” – Brenda Tilson, Boyd Intermediate School counselor

ASHLYN WILLIAMS

Ashlyn Williams

Grade: 8
Parents: Kim Welch and Jim Welch

Favorite subject: PALS and U.S. History

Hobbies or extracurricular activities: Riding horses, barrel-racing, tying goats, rodeo queen pageants, pole bending, listening to music, hanging out with family, going to church

“Ashlyn is a vivacious student who excels academically, and is also involved in a variety of activities. She is in PALS, FCA, student council and NJHS. She also participates in rodeo events outside of school. She plays an important part in creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere at school.” – James McDonald, Boyd Middle School principal

BRITNEY HOWARD

Britney Howard

Grade: 12
Parents: Kevin and Karen Howard

Favorite subject: Math

Extracurricular activities: Volleyball, softball, National Honor Society, art, 2014 homecoming queen

Hobbies: Art, photography, scuba diving, hiking and kayaking.

Future plans: Attend college to play softball and major in psychology with hopes of becoming an algebra teacher and coach. Her goal is to one day return to Boyd to coach and teach future Yellowjackets.

“Britney was selected because she is always helpful, participates regularly and gets involved in all discussions, works hard and always does her very best, goes above and beyond expectations, respects peers, teachers and all staff, is always willing to adapt and adjust as needed and is a great role model.” – Scott Nedrow, Boyd High School principal

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Football: Yellowjackets look to swat Krum

The Boyd Yellowjackets returned to the practice field Monday with smiles after picking up their first win of the season Friday.

LEADING THE WAY – Boyd quarterback Clay Barnett rushed for 289 yards last week in the ‘Jackets’ win over S&S. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“Everyone had more pep in their step,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “Plus with it being homecoming, we were glad to get the win.”

After the Yellowjackets’ 55-34 win over S&S, Boyd will try to keep building some momentum before the start of District 4-3A Division I play. The Yellowjackets close out non-district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Krum’s Bobcat Stadium.

“We want to keep the confidence up. It’d be nice to get a win so we don’t have to set on it for a week before district,” Hopkins said.

Against S&S, the Yellowjackets had another huge offensive performance, rolling up 659 yards. Quarterback Clay Barnett and Qualynn Wells each topped 200 rushing.

“They never really stopped us,” Hopkins said. “We stopped ourselves, throwing a couple of picks they scored on.”

For the season, Boyd is averaging 452 yards per game, including 317 yards on the ground. Wells is nearly 1,000 yards for the season with 811.

Defensively against S&S, Boyd allowed just a pair of offensive scores by the Rams. S&S ran two interceptions back for scores and a kickoff return.

“Defensively, we stepped up and played well,” Hopkins said.

The Yellowjackets are getting healthier on the defensive side. Linebackers Seth Wallace and Justin Milligan have been cleared to play. Hopkins was unsure Monday if they would be on the field.

Boyd will need to slow down Krum’s Dane White. The Bobcats’ leading rusher had 194 yards Friday in the win over Paradise.

“They are big up front and White runs downhill,” Hopkins said. “We definitely have to tackle well.”

BOYD (1-3) AT KRUM (2-2)

7:30 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium

Boyd: Harris Rating 199

Notable: The Yellowjackets piled up 659 yards last week.

Krum: Harris Rating 203

Notable: Krum’s Dane White run for 194 yards last week.

Harris line: Boyd by 7

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