With only five games left and just a handful of District 5-6A wins under its belt, Ryan hasn’t had a lot to brag about this season. One thing is for certain, though: When the Raiders win, they win big.
The Denton Broncos swim team, led by a pair of freshmen, Janna Herron and Seth Hermann, grabbed second place finishes in the boys and girls divisions at the District 6-5A Swim and Dive Championships in Grapevine on Saturday and will have contestants in 19 events to the UIL Class 5A regionals in two weeks in Mansfield.
Three years ago, Tyrus Johnson was sitting in the stands at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin watching Ryan take on Houston Yates in the Class 4A state semifinals. His older brother Sam was a starter for...
Tyrus Johnson wasn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of having to eat his words when he guaranteed this week that Ryan would beat Keller Central on Tuesday, but just for good measure, he made sure to back up what he said on the court. The 6-3 freshman guard poured in a game-high 24 points — 14 in the first half — and Ryan held Central to four points in the fourth quarter on its way to a dominating 71-33 win at Billy Ryan Gym.
Guyer went from doing everything it could to just keep the score close early in Friday’s District 5-6A showdown with Ryan to flat-out burying its crosstown rival in the second half en route to a 51-31 win.
The Iron Bridge Classic boys soccer tournament has gone through several changes since it was started by Guyer coach Cody Schroeder in the 2007 season. When the ninth annual event kicks off today, it will see perhaps the biggest change yet in a big development for the Denton school district, as it will feature all three DISD high schools for the first time.
Ryan came into Friday trailing Keller by one game in the District 5-6A standings. A win would have made quite the statement for the Lady Raiders who, midway through the fourth quarter, looked well on their way to knocking off the district’s only unbeaten team.
There likely was a small part of Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet that really wanted to soak in the Raiders’ first district win in more than two seasons on Tuesday. The victory was long overdue for a tradition-rich program that isn’t far removed from its last state tournament appearance.
The Guyer Wildcats won their first game as a member of District 5-6A, defeating Keller Fossil Ridge 82-37 on Friday behind Sean Choate’s 26 points.
SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.
The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.
Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.
On Thursday night, before Ryan and Guyer had even taken the field at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders received bad news when they were eliminated from postseason contention. Friday night was no better for Ryan thanks to a dominant display by the Wildcats, who cruised to a 52-7 win against their crosstown foe.
When Guyer and Ryan renew their crosstown rivalry tonight, one team will look to wrap up a dominating run in District 5-6A before turning its attention to the postseason. The other will play for nothing more than pride.
Ryan needs just about everything to go its way this week to make the playoffs for a 15th straight year, beginning tonight when the Raiders will watch for the outcome of a game that could end their postseason hopes before they even take the field Friday against Guyer.
If Ryan expects to challenge for a playoff spot out of District 5-6A, it undoubtedly must avoid the turnovers that have plagued the team all season.
Just as Ryan seemed to have fixed its turnover woes, they came back to haunt the team in what could be a costly loss in the District 5-6A playoff race.
KELLER — Ryan’s Alan Rojas continues to one-up himself. A week after forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers in a key win for the Raiders, Rojas intercepted Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan was a spectator at Apogee Stadium for last year’s Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal between Ryan and Keller Fossil Ridge, when the Raiders clawed back from a 31-point hole to stun the Panthers.
KELLER — Late in Thursday’s game against Keller Timber Creek, Ryan defensive back Alan Rojas was praying for one more chance at a big play to seal a win for his team. Earlier in the night, Rojas’ muffed punt halted an otherwise strong start for Ryan while breathing new life into the Falcons’ offense.
Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin didn’t waste time moving on after last week’s win against Trophy Club Nelson. McLaurin, a junior whose seven tackles — three behind the line of scrimmage — and two sacks highlighted a dominating night for the Raiders’ defense in a 17-13 District 5-6A win, said he didn’t get overly excited about turning in arguably his best performance of the season. And likely, not much will change if he does it again.
Justin Northwest may be ahead of Ryan in the District 5-6A standings, but it isn’t by much. For the second time this season, though, Ryan could not outlast the Lady Texans, who dropped the opening set but rallied for a 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-18 win at Billy Ryan Gym. Northwest (15-19, 3-5 district) had previously rallied to win a five-set thriller over Ryan in the district opener on Sept. 12.
Ryan will try to avoid an 0-2 start in District 5-6A tonight, something that hasn’t happened to the program in 17 years but often spells doom for a team’s playoff chances. The Raiders (2-2, 0-1 in district) have made the postseason in each of the last 14 seasons but are coming off a 37-29 district-opening loss to Keller Central where they turned the ball over five times. Yet everyone seems unfazed as they are ready to host Trophy Club Nelson at 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
KELLER — It is possible to make a few mistakes against a quality football team and hobble home with a victory. But when those errors add up, they become crippling. Ryan couldn’t overcome a slew of turnovers and penalties and lost to Keller Central 37-29 on Friday night at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
There was something missing in last week’s Ryan football practices. The crispness and intensity in midweek drills were absent during a week where Ryan and the rest of the teams in District 5-6A were resting. As soon as this week’s practices started, worries about any extended sluggishness disappeared.
By the time Ryan got acclimated to the speed of Tuesday night’s District 5-6A match, Keller Fossil Ridge was a few points away from sweeping the Lady Raiders for its first district win.
The last time Ryan and Guyer played each other, Addie Mack was seated on the Ryan bench. Mack was an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders for eight seasons before she got her chance to become a coach at the school across town. Aside from the rekindling of the Guyer-Ryan rivalry, the upcoming District 5-6A contest is extra special for the Guyer coach.
The drought is over. Ryan defeated Keller Timber Creek 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 on Tuesday at Billy Ryan Gym on a night full of firsts for the Lady Raiders. Ryan’s first District 5-6A win snapped a 23-game...
The legs Ryan were depending on Thursday night were off the field in the first half. Ryan senior running back Maurice Gordon, Ryan’s main source of offense for the first two games of the season, left the game and never stepped back onto the field.
The Ryan Lady Raiders made a strong opening statement against the Justin Northwest Lady Texans in the District 5-6A opener for both teams before losing in five sets, 25-21, 13-25, 25-18, 15-25, 13-15.