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Soccer: Eccles fuels district win

Ryan coach Brian Beddow is waiting for the floodgates to open and the goals to start pouring out. Until then, a tight — and long overdue — win will do.

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Football: Ryan’s McLaurin goes with SMU

Just because Ken McLaurin committed to SMU in October didn’t mean the chase for his services was over. McLaurin was a highly touted defensive tackle for Ryan and said he racked up 17 Division I offers.

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Basketball: Keller sweeps Ryan

Ryan coach Monesha Allen has a playoff-bound team for the first time since 2013, but with two games left in the regular season, it clearly is a team that is, in Allen’s words, “hit and miss.”

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Three Denton schools realigned to District 5-5A

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.

Soccer: Ryan's perfect start ends in loss to Nelson

Ryan has played without at least two of its starters in every game this season, yet continued to get solid play from the rest of its lineup and hadn’t lost heading into Friday’s District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.

Soccer: Lady Raiders lose on kicks

Ryan trailed twice Tuesday against Keller Central, but rallied both times to force the game to be decided on penalty kicks. After placing so much pressure on their opponent in regulation, it appeared as...

Denton swimmers head to regionals

The Denton Broncos’ swim team will be sending 10 individuals and six relay teams to the Class 5A Region II meet in Mansfield in two weeks.

Basketball: Host Raiders lose at buzzer to Nelson

For all intents and purposes, Ryan executed its game plan Friday against Trophy Club Nelson in a game the Raiders needed to win. But with less than a minute left, one mistake and a gut-twisting buzzer-beater took it all away.

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Football: Ryan’s Davis is area MVP

The following statement might make Ryan defensive coaches clutch their chests in shock, but word on the street is that star linebacker Tyreke Davis is an offensive-minded guy.

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Different directions

Last year’s two district meetings between Guyer and Ryan were decided by an average of only four points. Friday’s game was anything but close, and while one rival is on a major tear, the other is searching for answers.

Basketball: Raiders can’t find hoop in loss to Texans

With 46 seconds left in Tuesday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest, Ryan faced a two-point deficit and appeared to have breathed some life into its offense. But it was too little, too late on a night when the Raiders could not buy a bucket.

Basketball: Lady Raiders improve to 4-0 in District 5-6A

Time will tell where this season goes for Ryan, but after several down years, it appears the Lady Raiders have turned a long-awaited corner as they find themselves with a perfect record in District 5-6A.

Denton ISD, Under Armour enter partnership

The Denton school district has formed an athletic apparel partnership with Under Armour for three of the district’s four high schools and several middle schools.The agreement is for all sports at Ryan,...

Football: Guyer, Ryan forge all-state six-pack

On the heels of their respective runs to regional finals, Guyer and Ryan players were rewarded Thursday with nods on The Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state team as honorable mention selections.

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Football: Unbeaten Allen eliminates Raiders in regional final

ARLINGTON — On short rest and against a three-time defending state champion sporting the state’s longest active win streak, Ryan seemingly had every card in the deck stacked against it entering Saturday’s game against Allen.

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Football: Raiders unfazed by task of Allen

Ryan coach Dave Henigan eased into his chair Wednesday, still feeling a bit out of whack from the team’s trip to Amarillo. After a come-from-behind playoff win against Amarillo Tascosa two days earlier, things seemed different.

Basketball: Ryan’s poor shooting leads to first loss

It was a tough night all around for Ryan on Tuesday. Not only could the Raiders not get their own shots to fall, but they watched as former district foe Flower Mound consistently lit up the scoreboard.

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Football: Ryan rallies from 10 points down to win, advance to face Allen on Saturday

AMARILLO — Perhaps the one statistic that hasn’t been emphasized enough during Ryan’s impressive playoff run — and really the bulk of this season — has been its ability to protect the football.Rarely have...

Football: Ryan to play Monday

Ryan’s Class 6A Division I Region I third-round playoff game versus Amarillo Tascosa originally slated for Saturday afternoon has been moved to 3 p.m. Monday at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo.

Football: Ryan, Amarillo Tascosa to play Monday

Denton  and Amarillo school district officials have agreed to move today’s Class 6A Division 1 regional round game between Ryan and Amarillo Tascosa to 3 p.m. Monday after a winter storm has most of West Texas and the Panhandle covered with ice and snow.

Basketball: Ryan boys beat Denton

Jada Catlin scored 13 points, Lauren Cowling added 11 and Denton used a 13-0 run in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to steal a come-from-behind win over the Lady Raiders.

Ryan rallies late in wild win over South Grand Prairie

ARLINGTON — Sometimes, you have to give a team the credit it deserves. It’s no secret Ryan has had its doubters this season. Fueled by a battered defense that forced four second-half turnovers, Ryan’s offense rallied from a five-point hole in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in the final 8:50 — both from sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders — to steal a 43-35 win in a wild finish at AT&T Stadium.

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Football: Surging Ryan confident going into second round

As Ryan gets set for its second-round playoff showdown tonight against South Grand Prairie, Raider coach Dave Henigan said his team is playing at an exceptionally high level and has just as much momentum as its opponent.

Ryan rips Panthers in first round

Ryan surrendered more points and yards on Friday than it had in any game this season, but with its offense moving the chains at will and Plano East consistently shooting itself in the foot, it was hardly a cause for concern. Spencer Sanders threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Tyreke Davis added two more scores on 144 rushing yards and the Raiders’ defense stiffened when it needed to on its way to forcing two crucial turnovers in a 56-33 win in a Class 6A Division I Region I bi-district game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

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Football: Ryan ready for dogfight in first round

Ryan isn’t going into tonight’s playoff opener with the proverbial mentality of “we’re just happy to be here.”

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Soccer: Ryan’s Tilton commits to ULM

Elizabeth Tilton said she was a little nervous as she drove to Louisiana on Tuesday night. She received a Division I offer to play soccer at Louisiana-Monroe only a day earlier, and whether or not she accepted depended on how her first visit to the campus went.

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Ryan outguns Guyer for title

Ryan coach Dave Henigan said he has enjoyed each of his team’s wins this season, but never was his smile as big as it was when his players hoisted him on their shoulders during Friday’s postgame speech. On a night where the unbeaten Raiders still were viewed in many eyes as underdogs, Henigan’s crew — specifically quarterback Spencer Sanders and the offense — engineered a masterful 31-28 win against rival Guyer to claim the District 5-6A title while making a powerful statement heading into the Class 6A Division I playoffs.

Ryan, Guyer meet today with title on line

In the history of the Guyer-Ryan football rivalry, there have been blowouts, surprises and postseason instant classics.

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Football: Ryan defense ready to face Robinson

This time last year, Ryan was eliminated from playoff contention the night before its big game against Guyer. While its rival was tuning up for the postseason and an eventual unbeaten district run, Ryan was playing for pride.

Steve Gamel: Making a case for Ryan

One word: defense.

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Unrivaled Raiders

The stage is now set for a District 5-6A title clash next week between Ryan and Guyer. Unbeaten Ryan held up its end of the bargain in a big way Thursday, rolling up a 33-point halftime lead despite losing one of its key two-way players to an ejection early in an eventual 40-23 win against Justin Northwest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Ryan refuses to overlook Northwest

Ryan coach Dave Henigan joked this week he and Justin Northwest coach Bill Poe started a trend when they agreed to move their District 5-6A game up a day to tonight in anticipation of more bad weather.

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Ryan playoff bound after 28-10 win at Keller

KELLER — The playoff picture was pretty clear for Ryan this week. A win at Keller guaranteed a postseason spot with two games to go, regardless of any other scenarios that may have existed in an already-muddled District 5-6A race.

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Wildcats, Raiders rained out

Lightning in the area Thursday night postponed two Denton-area high school football games, as both Guyer’s and Ryan’s District 5-6A games were rescheduled.Guyer (5-2, 3-1 district) originally was slated...

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Ryan tackle McLaurin commits to SMU

The deeper Ken McLaurin got into this year’s recruiting scene, the more he was inundated with offers from some of the top college programs in the country. He said there were 13 offers in all, and at times it was a lot to keep up with.

Football: For Ryan, win and they’re in

Of all the teams still contending for playoff spots out of District 5-6A — and that basically includes everyone — the team with the clearest path with three games left appears to be Ryan, which needs one win to seal its postseason fate.

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Ryan rallies past visiting Fossil Ridge, 24-21

The District 5-6A playoff race was a convoluted mess last year and once again is starting to get cluttered. But as parity continues to suck more teams in, Ryan managed to stay unscathed Friday with another pivotal win. The Raiders overcame a late four-point deficit, two costly turnovers and a staggering 173 yards in penalties to rally for a 24-21 win against Keller Fossil Ridge at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Stakes high as Raiders eye parity in district

With four district games left, the target on Ryan’s back has grown bigger and wider.

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Volleyball: Guyer dominates late in sets to top Ryan in three

On Tuesday night, in the latest edition of a crosstown rivalry between Guyer and Ryan, the Lady Raiders gave first-year head coach Nicholas Gay small glimmers of hope early in each set.

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Ryan survives scare

Ryan coach Dave Henigan has been telling his team for the past few weeks that adversity was on its way. But as dominant as the Raiders had been playing, he began to think they didn’t believe him. Perhaps they do now. Ryan lacked its typical explosiveness on offense for a second straight week, and its defense struggled to contain Keller Timber Creek for most of the night before escaping with a 21-14 win Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to remain perfect in District 5-6A.

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Football: Davis all business on field

Ryan linebacker Tyreke Davis loves constantly pushing his teammates’ buttons. He’d be the first to admit it, too, if only those same teammates — and coaches — didn’t beat him to it.

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.

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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.