Family Values

Win and Michelle Boyd stood graciously along the baseline at the South Kitsap High School gym floor as other parents of senior basketball players were introduced on senior night Feb. 1 — the final home game of the season.

Joining the Boyds on the baseline were Thomas and Jacquie Curry.

Barring a playoff game, the night marked the final home game for seniors Jason Boyd and Tremaine Curry — and the only time a Boyd and Curry would play together as SK teammates.

Little did either family know it was also a coming and going of a family legacy.

For the Boyds, it was their sixth and final senior night.

On Feb. 1, Jason Boyd became the last of his talented siblings to run on the floor as an SK basketball player.

Brothers Gerald, 30, and Brian, 29, were underclassmen at SK before transferring to Mount Tahoma.

Anthony, 23, graduated from SK in 1996, followed by his sisters Valerie, 22, (1998) and Kristin, 20, (2000).

“I’m going to miss this camaraderie,” Michelle said. “I love to hear the band play. I love to see the kids come out when they’re warming up. There’s something about when they run out on the court that’s exciting to watch.”

Win said it’s hard to believe the direct connection with prep sports is winding down.

“Our kids enjoyed being at South Kitsap, and we’ve enjoyed the sports programs at the South Kitsap school district,” Win said. “It’s been fun, but we’re due our rest.”

The rest doesn’t stop this year, however.

Kristin is finishing up here sophomore campaign at Highline Community College and will play at a four-year college next year.

Jason will also play college ball somewhere.

But the constant travel will not be anything compared to what the Boyds experienced during the basketball season of 1999.

That season, Anthony was a junior guard at Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore., and Valerie was a freshman guard at Seattle Pacific University.

Kristin was starting senior at SK and Jason was splitting time between junior varsity and varsity.

“We’ve had four playing on the same night,” Win said. “I drove from Seattle Pacific University at halftime and went all the way down to Pacific and got there by halftime to watch the last half of Anthony’s game. Michelle would cover Kristin and Jason.”

Now the Boyds can concentrate on just Kristin and Jason.

Of course that means driving countless miles will continue for the next four years.

“We’ve put our mileage on the I-5 corridor from the north end to the south end,” Michelle chuckled.

Michelle said visits to SK games will also continue even though a Boyd won’t be on the court.

“We won’t be totally done (at South), because we still have some other kids here that we’d like to keep our eye on,” Michelle said.

Presumably some of those ‘other’ kids will be Curry kids. Tremaine Curry, a senior, is the first of four brothers who share a passion for basketball.

Trivone, a junior, is a swing player. He plays mostly junior varsity but has seen some action at varsity.

Tysiah, 13, just finished up an undefeated season on his eighth-grade basketball team at Marcus Whitman Junior High.

Then there’s Tionne, the scrappy fifth grader who has high hopes of following in his brothers’ footsteps.

While the Boyds said goodbye to senior night, the Currys enjoyed what should be the first of many senior nights.

So far, the SK basketball experience has been “everything and more” for Thomas and Jacquie Curry.

“I’m happy just coming to watch both my sons be able to play,” Thomas said. “It’s exciting to see them and know I do have other offspring coming up in the ranks. They want to be just like their older brothers.”

While the feeling is Tysiah and Tionne will be more advanced basketball players at the high school level than Tremaine and Trivone, Jacquie said Tremaine is setting a tone that will prove him to be the most valuable brother.

“What I’m most pleased about is (Tremaine) wants to go to college for an education first,” Jacquie said. “I believe Tremaine would choose his education over an offer to play ball. It would be great to play, but he knows there’s life after basketball.”

Because college basketball is not a sure thing, Thomas said he’s concentrating on the rest of this season.

Though an appearance in the state tournament is a goal, Thomas said he’d like to see Tremaine and Trivone play at the same time.

“To my knowledge they haven’t been on the court together,” Thomas said. “I’d love to see that before my senior graduates. It’d be nice for (us) to have a picture of them on the floor at the same time. We’d keep that as a memento for years.”

When Thomas talks of the bigger basketball prospects of Tysiah and Tionne, it’s not out of favoritism.

“We’re very fortunate to have my third guy playing well in junior high. He had an exceptional year at Marcus Whitman,” Thomas said. “Tionne, I think, is far beyond all of them at this point. I think he’s progressed more at a rapid pace than the other brothers only because he had the advantage of playing with his older brothers all these years.”

Thomas said the younger two already have the itch to play for SK.

“(Tysiah) is already looking forward to playing for South Kitsap,” Thomas said. “Tionne, without a doubt, wants to play for South Kitsap High in the near future. It’s a good feeling to have them have that goal in mind.”

When the Boyds look back on their experiences watching their children play, it’s not the individual achievements they will remember.

“I’m going to miss the spirit of (of our kids) supporting (their teammates) and trying to get everyone involved in the game,” Win said. “What they also come away with is an unselfish attitude. They all would rather give somebody else an assist than score themselves.

“But never pass up the jumpshot,” Michelle interjected.

Thomas Curry coached his sons when they were younger, but now he’s looking forward to watching his sons progress and eventually make it to the top of the SK basketball chain.

“I hope I taught them a little bit, but I’m just so happy that they’re coachable,” Thomas said. “It’s exciting for any kid as a whole to make the South Kitsap basketball team. I can see in (Tysiah’s and Tionne’s) mind they want to wear that uniform and do what their brothers have done.”

Michelle said the physical and emotional growing pains of participating in basketball helped strengthen her children physically and emotionally.

“There’s camaraderie in any sport that you can’t get hardly anywhere else,” Michelle said. “It teaches kids how to behave in a group situation and that’s invaluable. Sports has its place and it can be a wonderful place if you have a good experience like our kids have had.”

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