Ryan stifles Nelson, 20-3

JUSTIN — It’s the midway point of the regular season, and Ryan’s defense is getting stingier by the week. Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson’s high-octane offense to 183 yards while forcing two turnovers and stuffing 14 plays for negative yardage in a 20-3 District 5-6A win Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium. Ryan has allowed 62 points in its first five games, and only 9 over the past two weeks.

Football: Raider defense on mission to swarm

For Ryan coach Dave Henigan, the first thing that jumps off the screen while watching defensive video is how many of his players are in the picture at one time. Even in the tightest of shots, it’s the same story every week.

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Football: Ryan grad Laws makes most of chance at Abilene Christian

Dakota Laws says the day will come when he’s not getting scolded by his coaches at Abilene Christian. It may not be tomorrow or this season, but Laws, who is starting for ACU as a true freshman, knows it will happen.

Volleyball: Ryan skid continues with loss to Keller

Tuesday’s loss to Keller was by no means a death knell for Ryan’s playoff chances. But saying it didn’t make things more difficult nearing the midway point of the District 5-6A schedule would be an understatement.


Ryan rolls in district opener

They can’t all be easy. That’s what they say, anyway. But heading into the second quarter of Friday’s District 5-6A opener, Ryan had rattled off three touchdowns on nine offensive plays — its best start thus far in a season already filled with lopsided victories. The Raiders finished with 438 total yards and cruised to a 51-6 win against Keller Central at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Raiders awaiting first test

Adversity used to be around every corner at Ryan. Now the Raiders almost have forgotten what that feels like.

Volleyball: Guyer prevails at Ryan

Skating its way through two sets and forcing the Ryan Lady Raiders to play its game, Guyer had nearly everything going its way Friday. Midway through the third set, Guyer fell behind, prompting coach Addie Mack to call a timeout to refocus the Lady Wildcats.

Boys basketball: Raiders lose star guard to transfer

Tyrus Johnson, who burst on to the local basketball scene as a freshman last year at Ryan, is no longer a student at the school after transferring for undisclosed reasons last month.

Football: Unbeaten Ryan crushes Wylie East

WYLIE — The story on Ryan’s turnaround season is far from complete, but the Raiders have written themselves an intriguing first chapter.

Football: Ryan looks for balance at Wylie East

When Gabriel Douglas hauled in a 48-yard touchdown catch on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half last week against Hebron, all he heard was the crowd, and perhaps a voice in his head saying “don’t drop the ball.”


Volleyball: Ryan hits nine service errors, falls to Decatur

After three straight seasons of no playoffs, the good news is Ryan has the look and feel of a contender as it readies for Friday’s District 5-6A opener against Justin Northwest. The bad news is the Lady Raiders won’t be heading in with as much momentum.


Volleyball: Ryan’s match against Decatur a battle of spouses

When Nicholas Gay accepted the volleyball head coaching vacancy at Ryan in April, he knew a date against two-time defending state champion Decatur already was on the schedule.


Raiders roll again to 2-0

For a second straight week, Ryan’s offense started slow and the team found itself in a tight game early on. But once again, that didn’t last long. The result was another lopsided win. Sophomore wide receiver Gabriel Douglas hauled in a 48-yard Hail Mary pass with no time left in the first half as part of a 35-point scoring spree by Ryan, which also created four turnovers in a 41-19 win against Hebron on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Ryan looks to build momentum from win

Ryan got a big win last week at Rockwall, but at the end of the day that’s what it is — a season-opening win. What the Raiders truly covet is momentum, and they hope to capture that tonight in their home opener.


Volleyball: Ryan picks up four-set victory at Lake Dallas

CORINTH — It’s hard for any coach to feel completely satisfied with how their team is performing, especially early in the season. There is always something to be improved upon — even in the smallest of circumstances — and that is the case with Ryan.

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Baseball: Former Ryan star Austin Jackson traded to Cubs

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Ryan standout Austin Jackson is on the move again. The playoff-hopeful Chicago Cubs bolstered their outfield on Monday, when they acquired Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named and an international draft slot.

Sanders, Ryan blast Rockwall in opener

ROCKWALL — Since suffering a season-ending knee injury late last season, Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has been waiting for the chance to show what he can do. Before that injury, he showed flashes of...

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Football: Raiders focused

Tyreke Davis had barely made it out the back door of the Ryan fieldhouse this week when he was met with several playful jeers from his teammates, who were just starting to warm up for afternoon practice.

Volleyball: Big runs propel Ryan to easy win

It was clear very early in Tuesday’s match that Ryan’s offense was on point. Wichita Falls did little to stand in the way.


Football: Ryan gets one key test

Ryan will visit Grapevine tonight for its lone scrimmage of the fall. But as excited as the Raiders are to go toe-to-toe with another team, all eyes are on next week’s season opener at Rockwall.


Football: Ryan ‘sharp’ in first practice

Ryan coach Dave Henigan wasn’t sure which one of his players was the first to walk through the door to the field house on Monday.

Volleyball: Ryan tops Little Elm in four sets to open season

LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s match at Little Elm on Monday turned out to be a stereotypical season opener.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...

Football: Ryan seeks new playoff run

Ryan coach Dave Henigan said Monday’s first fall workout will set the tone for everything the Raiders do going forward. It starts with the coaching staff, which is happy to see a longer-than-usual offseason come to a close, and it’s expected to carry over to the players, who can officially put the struggles of last year behind them.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.

Volleyball: Ryan to host fundraiser tournament

To create buzz for the coming season, Ryan is heading outdoors to play volleyball.

Baseball: Blue Jays sign former Ryan star Knight

With about 10 rounds left in last week’s first-year player draft, former Ryan standout Nash Knight was starting to believe he wouldn’t get his chance to play professional baseball.

Former Ryan start drafted third time

Hearing his name called during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has never gotten old for former Ryan standout Adam Choplick.

Football: Raiders return to scrimmage scene

Ryan’s first spring scrimmage in nearly a decade went off without a hitch Thursday. Coach Dave Henigan saw what he wanted from several positions of concern, nobody got hurt and the Raiders were off the field in 30 minutes.


Track and field: Vaulting to the top

When Ryan’s Avery Stuchell competes in the pole vault this weekend at the UIL Class 6A state track and field meet in Austin, those going against the relative newcomer may not have as big an advantage as one would think.

Track and field: Denton relay foursome collects regional title

LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.

Water polo: Guyer places fourth in state water polo tourney

The Guyer girls water polo team got what it wanted on Friday, the first day of the state tournament in Austin: two wins to set it up with a showdown against their regional rivals Southlake Carroll on Saturday.

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NFL: Raiders take Edwards Jr. in NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. had it all when he arrived at Ryan midway through his high school career — from size to speed to a drive to succeed.

Track and Field: Ryan’s Stuchell earns state meet berth

ARLINGTON — Ryan’s Avery Stuchell will be heading to Austin in two weeks to compete in the UIL Class 6A state track meet after her performance Friday at the Class 6A Region I meet at UT-Arlington.

Track and Field: Raider relay teams continue to dominate

Jordan Murray isn’t the only one who has been looking at Ryan track coach Janson Head a bit sideways at practice.

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Football: Edwards leads trio of local hopefuls in 2015 NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. isn’t the type of guy who is used to playing the waiting game. As a national-championship-winning defensive end at Florida State, and before that as a standout for Ryan, Edwards regularly chased down those who tried to elude him and didn’t let many escape his clutches.

Football: Ryan makes return to spring practices

For a long time, Ryan has been one of those programs that doesn’t participate in spring football. Now the Raiders will, but that doesn’t mean spring ball is here to stay.

Nicholas Gay named Ryan volleyball coach

Nicholas Gay has been a head coach for two volleyball programs and does not know what it’s like to miss the playoffs. Now he takes over a Ryan team that he says can — and will — regain its winning form.

Softball: Ryan eliminated from race despite win

Ryan was a long shot to make the playoffs entering Wednesday’s District 5-6A game against Keller Fossil Ridge. The Lady Raiders’ ensuing win — an impressive 3-0 decision at Tina Minke Field — kept those slim hopes alive.

Baseball: Ryan hits wasted in loss to Keller

Despite outhitting first-place Keller, Ryan committed six errors and fell behind early in a 4-1 District 5-6A loss Wednesday.

Volleyball: Ryan’s Cindy Williams set to retire

Longtime Ryan volleyball coach Cindy Williams confirmed her retirement Monday, ending a coaching career that spanned 37 years and included stops at Pilot Point and Whitesboro.

Baseball: Ryan pounds Panthers for second district win

Friday’s game may have felt like it was dragging along, but there likely won’t be any apologies from Ryan. The Raiders took their time picking apart Keller Fossil Ridge in a game that took 80 minutes just to complete the first three innings.

Motor sports: Ryan grad making second lap of Sprint Cup career

Marcos Castro was a Ryan tennis player looking to plot a course for college and beyond. The school’s guidance counselors weren’t sure how to help. “I want a career in motor sports,” he told them. “I got a couple of laughs. It’s in the ballpark of ‘I want to be an astronaut.’

Tennis: Guyer’s Roberts qualifies for regionals

Guyer’s Brooke Roberts overcame a late loss Friday at the District 5-6A tennis tournament to finish second overall, beating teammate Nathalie Wetherington 6-4, 6-3 in a playback match to qualify for the regional tournament.

Softball: Starkey tosses one-hitter to beat Ryan

Whatever control issues Guyer ace Shayne Starkey had been dealing with lately were absent Wednesday — just like Ryan’s bats.

Boys soccer: McKinney Boyd too much for Ryan boys

Ryan boys coach Robert Lamon said his team prepared in the best way it could in its District 5-6A bi-district playoff match against one of the toughest teams in the country — McKinney Boyd.

Girls soccer: Plano West edges Lady Raiders in playoff opener

FRISCO — Ryan keeper Reagan Dowling doesn’t mind nights where she’s busy in goal, which was good considering Friday’s Class 6A Region I playoff opener quickly became one of those games.

Soccer: Playoff spots long overdue for Ryan girls, boys

The past few years have been a struggle at times for Ryan, a tradition-rich school with success across the board in athletics. The hope is tonight will mark a turning point in the Raiders’ quest to return to postseason prominence.


Softball: Ryan loses late lead

Brianna Leeds practically had everything going her way even before she forced Keller’s Shelby Henderson to pop out to the mound with the tying run stranded on third in the top of the sixth. Ryan’s freshman pitcher was holding one of the better offenses in District 5-6A at bay, and her team was three defensive outs away from an overdue win.

Baseball: Ryan’s own

If pitchers aren’t typically good hitters, no one told Ryan Burks. Ryan’s senior ace not only pitched a complete game on the mound Monday, but he also bailed himself out with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Raiders to a 5-4 District 5-6A win over Keller Central.