By: Jarrod E. Stephens
The Ashland Beacon
Traditions within our local schools are the fabric of what makes our communities great. The halls of Raceland-Worthington High School are filled with students who represent the future of our society. However, each year there are some students who truly stand out beyond their successes in academics and sports, and they continue to excel as they pursue their dreams. Friday night former Raceland standout basketball and football player, Tyler Boyles, stepped onto the basketball court to be inducted into the Raceland Basketball Court of Honor.
The Raceland Basketball Court of Honor was created in 2003 to recognize student-athletes and coaches whose performance on the court placed them in elite company. Since its creation, there have been 40 members added and Boyles became the 41st.
Tyler graduated from Raceland-Worthington High School in 2009 and accomplished much in the classroom and on every sporting venue that he was part of while attending. Boyles was two-time All-Area in football and basketball, three-time All-EKC in Basketball and two-time All-EKC in football. In 2009 he was part of the region champion track team and was the region champion in high jump. He completed his basketball career with 1,210 points which is seventh all-time at Raceland High School.
“In my 34 years in the Raceland Worthington school district we have had very few students as well rounded as Tyler, athletics, academics and high integrity,” Shawn Johnson, Boyles’ former basketball coach said.
After his career at Raceland, Boyles attended Shawnee State University where he was a four-year letter winner in men’s basketball. He was a three-time academic all-conference selection and in 2013 he was named as a Mid-South Conference Champion of Character. Boyles finished his career at Shawnee with 1,175 points which places him ninth in school history.
Following his years at Shawnee, Boyles was an offensive operations intern with the Eastern Kentucky University football program. In 2014 he accepted a position as quarterback coach and director of football operations for LaGrange College in Georgia. The next year he became a graduate assistant working with the quarterbacks at Middle Tennessee State University. He has since moved into the position of Offensive Quality Control for quarterbacks at MTSU.
Boyles credits many individuals for his continued success but most of all his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “Without Him, none of this would be possible.” He also thanked his wife, parents, grandparents and many coaches who led and encouraged him along his journey.