Boyd, Speare shine in athletic arena

June 14, 2002

Mike Sciacca

Tradition sets in on campuses across Orange County this time of year.

It's a time when school finals take place, preceding yearbook signing,

caps and gowns, commencement speeches and, finally, graduation.

It is also a time of year when most schools reveal whom students and

staff have selected as tops in the graduating senior class.

Laguna Beach High has named its male and female athletes of the year


for the 2001-02 school year.

Jason Boyd and Martina Speare have been named the recipients of this

year's honor.

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

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