Early's Kwade Boyd to play tennis for McPherson College

Derrick Stuckly / Brownwood Bulletin
Pictured with Kwade Boyd (seated), who signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play tennis at McPherson College, are (from left) Early tennis coach Roy Jones, grandparents Eddy Rice and Verle Rice, parents Velre Boyd and Ky Boyd, sister Kyra Mills, grandmother Kaye Boyd, tennis coach Morey Mast and best friends Sahib Kang and Tyler Kirkland.

EARLY — A goal established during his first year of high school became a reality for Early Longhorn senior tennis player Kwade Boyd on Tuesday.

Boyd will continue his playing days at McPherson College, a four-year NAIA program in Kansas, as he signed a national letter of intent with his family and coaches present.

“It was a goal when I was a freshman. I wanted to get a college scholarship and felt if I worked hard enough and kept at it I had a chance to get one,” Boyd said. “Today feels great and it means all the work I put in the last four or five years paid off.”

Boyd chose McPherson over an offer from the University of the Ozarks, an NCAA Division III program in the American Southwest Conference.

“McPherson has a really good tennis program and I was able to get an athletic and an academic scholarship,” Boyd said. “I also liked their medical and biology program, that really appealed to me.”

Boyd qualified for the Class 3A tennis state tournament a year ago, where he placed third in boys singles.

“It was a great experience,” Boyd said of reaching the state tournament. “I got to see the atmosphere, all the competition there is in Texas and what it's like to play on a college court. It was real gratifying.”

With spring tennis in full swing, Boyd hopes to make a return trip to state with an even greater result in his senior season.

“Preferably, I'd like to win state this year,” Boyd said. “But I really just want to have a good year, have fun and not put a lot of pressure on myself.”

As for his goals at McPherson, Boyd said, “Tennis-wise, I'd like to win a conference championship, maybe even a national champions. I'd like to have some rings on my fingers.

“I also want to major in biology, get my degree, get my doctorate and become a physical therapist after college.”