Welcome to the Warren County Sports Authority Top 10 of 2021. Each day until Dec. 31, we will be releasing a new story counting down the top 10 sports stories in Warren County this year. Be sure to check back everyday to see the biggest headlines from this year!
No. 9 - Special year for Boyd sports
It will be hard for Boyd Christian to flip the calendar next week. 2021 was a good year for the Broncos and Lady Broncos – and it seems to be ending on a high note.
From Christian Rogers earning NACA All-American honors to All-State honoree Krista Chisam guiding the Lady Bronco volleyball team to a TNCAA title and now the Lady Broncos mauling everybody on the hardwood, it’s been sustained excellence in sports for Boyd.
Even Boyd’s cross country teams were stout this fall, with some young runners really stepping up and showing they are going to a force in 5K races in the future.
Boyd has been on an uptick across the board in the last year, with Rogers really setting the tone last winter. The Broncos’ version of the Incredible Hulk on the hardwood, Rogers had a special 2020-21 season that culminated in big milestones and even loftier honors.
Rogers scored his 1,000th career point in a rivalry game against Covenant Jan. 14, seemingly a jumpstart point for an incredible finish to his junior year. Over his last 11 games in 2020-21, Rogers averaged over 30 points and 12 rebounds per game, putting him among the top scorers and rebounders in the state.
Rogers finished the season in style, putting up huge numbers in the NACA tournament. For his sustained excellence throughout the year, he was named a NACA All-American for averaging 25.8 points and 12.8 rebounds.
During the stretch run last season, Rogers scored a career-high 40 points twice while also setting a career-best on the boards with 24 rebounds in one contest.
This season, Rogers hasn’t slowed down much. He’s been a big part of Boyd picking up eight wins before Christmas break and his climb toward 2,000 points in on pace. With a strong close in the next two months, Rogers could become the school’s all-time leading scorer.
When the 2021-22 school year started, Boyd didn’t have to wait long to continue its run of success. The Lady Bronco volleyball team became a powerhouse late, led by Chisam’s impressive play.
With Amanda Key calling the shots and the Lady Broncos picking up steam, the school was able to claim the TNCAA championship. On the same weekend, Boyd volleyball finished second in the TSIAA state tournament. Chisam was the MVP of both tournaments.
Chisam’s all-state nod came from the TSIAA, a new classification Boyd has joined this year. Her passing and tremendous serving was a perfect fit in the middle of a Lady Bronco roster that included Lia Wright, Anna Jones, Sarah Woodruff, Audrey Durham, Lottie Hash, Jaycie Hodges and Kendlee Ferrell.
Many of those Lady Broncos have been just as good for Boyd when the net was taken out and the goals were lowered. The Boyd girls basketball team has been completely dominant to start the 2021-22 season, running off 14 straight wins before Christmas.
With Wright growing into a leader on the wing and sophomore Laney Copeland running the show at point guard, Boyd has blown out every one of its opponents this year, including 5 wins over TSSAA opponents.
The Lady Broncos have outscored 921-310 this year, with every win coming by at least 19 points (their largest victory was a 91-6 shellacking of Covenant on their way to a Thanksgiving shootout championship).
Wright and Copeland are leading the Lady Broncos in scoring currently, dropping 15 points per night. Jones, the team’s lethal outside threat, and Durham – an all-around force that does a little bit of everything – are also averaging double figures for the unbeaten Lady Broncos.
Boyd only seems to be getting better as the roster gets reinforcements. Sara Kate Brogden adds a silky jumper in the backcourt, while Chisam is a wrecker on the wing for the Lady Bronco defense. Hodges and Emma Miller are emerging on the block, while recently added Kelly Bush and Sarah Woodruff are carving out roles quick.
If Rogers and the Broncos keep reaching new milestones and the Lady Broncos continue to pancake the competition, there is a good chance Boyd will be moving up the top 10 list in 2022.
Check back Friday, Dec. 24 for the No. 8 story on the WC Sports Authority Top 10 of 2021 list.