for the 2001-02 school year.
Jason Boyd and Martina Speare have been named the recipients of this
The criteria for an athlete to be nominated included success as a
multi-sport athlete, in scholarship and citizenship.
Other criteria considered was whether an athlete received an MVP or
other valued team award, and some recognition as all-league or All-CIF
Southern Section. Being a senior is not a requirement.
Below is a look at what Boyd and Speare accomplished during their
final year at Laguna Beach High.
Boyd was a two-way sports standout for the Artists, playing both
football and basketball. Being named the school's male athlete of the
year caught the 18-year-old somewhat off guard.
"It's pretty unexpected but pretty cool. There are a lot of good
athletes at this school, so I consider this a big honor," he said.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Boyd began his senior year with an
outstanding turn on the football field.
Starting at free safety and playing some at the receiver and running
back positions, Boyd went on to be one of the team's top tacklers. He
also had a couple of forced fumbles and recoveries.
Boyd concluded his two-year varsity career by earning the team's 2001
MVP award, was named second team All-Pacific Coast League and to top it
off, was named All-CIF Southern Section Division IV.
Boyd's summer sports schedule was full as football at times overlapped
with afternoon basketball games. On some occasions, he'd go from football
to basketball practice, then sprint back to the stadium for more football
He served as team captain on the basketball team in the winter
averaging 10 points per game.
"Jason's a great person who displays great leadership qualities," said
Laguna Beach Athletic Director Mario Morales. "He's a quiet and humble
kid who is a strong scholar-athlete."
Boyd is bound this fall for San Diego State and is thinking of trying
out for the Aztec football team this summer.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge," he added.
Perhaps the greatest feat Martina Speare accomplished this school year