DRC

Ryan takes two in home dual

Ryan High School had a chance to pick up two wins on its home court in Tuesday’s dual with Dallas Wilson and Aubrey. Although the first match was no cakewalk, the Lady Raiders got what they came for.

Guyer takes 3 of 5 at tourney

The Guyer Lady Wildcats won three of five matches on the last day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic with Miles Baker earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Raiders’ Steward commits to UTSA

Ryan High School defensive lineman Javaris Steward announced Friday that he has verbally committed to Texas-San Antonio, possibly putting an end to an intriguing recruiting process that saw him decommit from two high-profile programs.

DRC

Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey opens with home sweep

AUBREY — Aubrey’s Micayla Porter and Katherine Knight combined strong efforts to lead the Lady Chaps to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over the Callisburg Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Ryan’s Sargent serves up a big win

Ryan High School’s Hannah Sargent said she was oblivious to how well she was serving in Monday’s season opener. But it was clear very early she and her team knew exactly where to put the ball.

For the DRC

Ryan relying on veteran defense for title pursuit

At this time last year, Ryan High School had experienced players back at several key positions, and a handful of younger guys eager to make plays.

DISD to begin season ticket sales

Season tickets sales and renewals for the 2016 football season for Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan will begin Monday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Denton High School.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Golf: Kraft remains one shot behind leaders

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.

DRC file photo

Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.

DRC file photo

Ryan QB named MVP at Sanders camp

All in all, it was an impressive Saturday for Ryan High School quarterback Spencer Sanders. Sanders, who will be a junior this fall, was named MVP at his position at Deion Sanders’ Prime21 Camp presented by Under Armour on Saturday in Dallas.

Lady Raiders’ basketball assistant leaves for head coaching job at Dallas Kimball

Michael Pittman has been by the side of Ryan High School girls basketball coach Monesha Allen for 12 seasons, making him her longest-tenured assistant. That coaching relationship has come to a bittersweet end.

Ryan taps Buettner to coach softball

Matt Buettner isn’t taking over a struggling Ryan program so that he can maybe turn it around in a few years. He wants to win now — and he has put a guarantee on it.

Water polo stint readies Ryan grad for naval career

Like many swimmers growing up through the Denton ISD aquatics program, water polo started as an auxiliary sport played in the spring when swim season was over.

Football: Ryan defender Robinson commits to SMU

In 2014, Delano Robinson was on a Ryan team that finished 5-5 to snap a 14-year playoff streak. Robinson and the Raiders won 13 games the next year and now are seen as state title contenders.

Baseball: Hebron bounces Raiders in first round

CARROLLTON — Less than 24 hours after being overwhelmed by Hebron’s Nick Fraze in the opener of a best-of-three playoff series, Ryan didn’t do much better against Hawks ace Zach Deloach.

DRC

Baseball: Raiders facing elimination

Ryan pitcher Jordan Box kept his team in Friday’s playoff opener. Hebron’s Nick Fraze slammed the door shut.

DRC

Baseball: Ryan tops Guyer for berth

Josh Mears made things harder than they should have been at times Friday. But it was difficult to tell if Ryan’s senior leftie was ever feeling the pressure.

Track and field: Ryan's Stuchell earns trip to UIL state meet

Ryan pole vaulter Avery Stuchell is headed back to Austin for the UIL Class 6A state track and field meet after her second place finish Friday in the 6A Region I meet at Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington.

Baseball: Wildcats beat Raiders 5-2 to set up showdown for playoff spot

At one point in Wednesday’s pivotal crosstown showdown between Guyer and Ryan, it appeared Guyer left fielder Ryan McCans had a chance to be the hero who kept the Wildcats’ playoff hopes alive with one regular-season game remaining.

Baseball: Ryan, Guyer face must-win finale

The playoff scenario that Ryan faced Wednesday against Guyer was simple — win and you’re in. Still, the Raiders had just enough cushion in the standings should things go sour.

Football: Ryan and Denton opt to skip spring ball

While two local teams begin spring practice today, two have decided against it.

DRC

Ryan wins, sits alone in fourth

Everything is working in Ryan’s favor right now — on the field and in the District 5-6A standings.

Baseball: Raiders' Box bests Northwest ace May

FORT WORTH — Ryan has one of the more difficult offenses to figure out in District 5-6A. The Raiders have gone several games where scrounging out one hit seems like asking too much, then they turn around and rough up a Division I recruit and highly touted draft prospect who has a fastball in the 90s.

Baseball: Indians stifle Raiders

Depending on which scorebook you look at, Ryan was either held to one hit Friday, or suffered a no-hitter.

Foutch to step down as Ryan softball coach

Ryan softball coach Aimee Foutch will not return next season.

Softball: Ryan falls hard in loss to Nelson

Ryan likes to be aggressive at the plate, and that looks great when the ball is put in play. But on Tuesday, the Lady Raiders made an opposing pitcher who did not have her best stuff look nearly unhittable.

Baseball: Ryan, Denton surging early in district races

Ryan’s lack of production at the plate makes it fair to wonder how long the Raiders can keep eking out wins against a tough district slate that is still anyone’s for the taking heading into Friday’s round of games.

For the DRC

Softball: Lady Wildcats rip Ryan

Ryan ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday when 12th-ranked Guyer took out its frustration on the Lady Raiders after losing its past two District 5-6A games. The Lady Wildcats throttled Ryan 17-2 at Tina Minke Field.

Baseball: Raiders prevail 4-3 despite just one hit

There’s something you don’t see every day. Despite scrounging out just one hit Tuesday, Ryan found itself tied with Keller Timber Creek going into the bottom of the sixth inning, where it scored two runs on back-to-back walks with the bases loaded — all with two outs — to pull out a shocking 4-3 win in a key District 5-6A game.

DRC

Plano West dominates Ryan in soccer playoffs

FRISCO — For the second straight season, Ryan opened the Class 6A playoffs against a nationally ranked team and was quickly overwhelmed. To add insult to injury, much of Friday’s attack came from one player.

Football: Ryan end Brown commits to Northwestern

Ryan’s Earnest Brown IV isn’t used to letting anyone down. At least that’s how he felt when he decided to verbally commit to Northwestern on Tuesday night.

Football: Steward returns to Ryan

Javaris Steward, a playmaking defensive end who quickly made a name for himself at Ryan as a sophomore two seasons ago before moving to California for family reasons, is back in Denton and has enrolled at the school.

DRC

Soccer: Seasons on line as playoffs start with Denton-Lake Dallas

As the Denton-area slate of playoff soccer kicks off today, Denton and Lake Dallas are set to rekindle a rivalry that saw the Lady Falcons end the Lady Broncos’ season 3-0 in the first round a year ago.

Baseball roundup: Ryan blanks Central

KELLER — Behind the 12-strikeout, two-hit pitching performance of Josh Mears, Ryan improved to 2-0 in District 5-6A play with a 4-0 victory over Keller Central on Thursday night.

DRC

Baseball: Raiders hold on in clutch to win 5-6A opener

Ryan’s record in district openers hasn’t been good in recent years, and it can be argued that has led to some lackluster finishes in the standings. It’s too early to tell how far Tuesday’s 3-2 win against Keller Central will take the Raiders this season, but it’s a good first step.

Guyer tops Ryan with late goal

It was a special moment between father and son when Guyer coach Cody Schroeder and his son, Cole Schroeder, embraced each other after Cole ripped in his opportunistic game-winning goal in the 71st minute.

Ryan softball loses close game against Lady Falcons

Ryan ace Brianna Leeds found herself in a jam in practically every inning Monday. She managed to pitch her way out of all of them, except for one.

Softball: Leeds, Ryan extend win streak to six

Something has gotten into the Ryan softball team. After losing five of their first six games, the Lady Raiders have rattled off six wins in a row heading into Friday’s District 5-6A opener.

DRC file photo

Baseball: Argyle ready to defend its crown

ARGYLE — Connor Mushinski was unflappable on the mound for Argyle in last year’s Class 4A title game, and by the end of that night, he was hoisting an MVP trophy. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of...

Soccer: Guyer edges Ryan to stay in playoff chase

Guyer coach Kenny Blevins said goals have been hard to come by this year. That wasn’t a problem Friday

For the DRC

Girls basketball: Ryan struggles to make a run as Plano skirts by in final minutes of playoff opener

FRISCO — The first three quarters of Monday’s playoff opener saw Plano score in the final seconds of each frame to steal a one-point lead over Ryan.

DRC file photo

Softball: With veteran lineup, Krum ready for state push

Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.

Girls basketball: Postseason kicks off Monday, Tuesday for area teams

For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.

Basketball: Guyer girls, boys take down crosstown rivals

The last time the Guyer girls basketball team lost a game, the Lady Wildcats could do nothing to get comfortable in their offense in a loss to Keller back on Jan. 19.

DRC

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.

DRC

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.

DRC

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.”

The Dallas Morning News

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.