Boys basketball: Ryan defense sparks 11-0 run to cap win over Broncos

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.

Girls basketball: Lady Raiders rally past Denton

Coach Monesha Allen prepared her team for a 32-minute barn burner against crosstown rival Denton. With Ryan trailing by eight points early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders knew there was still time for a comeback.

Basketball: Ryan boys outlast McKinney Boyd

Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet knows it will take some time before his young team is clicking on all cylinders, but he had very little to complain about after Monday’s season opener.

Football: Jumping out fast

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.

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Football: Rivalry resumes

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.

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Football: Series paused after playoff classic

The last time Guyer and Ryan met, it was arguably one of the biggest days of football in Denton school district history.

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Football: Ryan’s playoff fate on line

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.

Football: Turnovers crush Ryan

JUSTIN — Ryan did everything it could in the first half of Friday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest to pull out a win and improve its playoff chances. What happened over the final two quarters undid all of it.

Football: Ryan’s playoff hopes coming down to wire

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.

Football: Turnovers cost Ryan in 35-14 loss to Keller

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.

Football: Rojas finds way to ball for Raiders

Ryan free safety Alan Rojas’ eyes were wide with anticipation. Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini had just put too much on a last-ditch pass late in the fourth quarter of a seven-point game, and Rojas was all over it.

Football: Late pick seals Ryan win

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.

Football: Raiders not resting on comeback vs. Panthers

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.

Volleyball: Tipping one direction

There used to be a lot more on the line in the rivalry between Ryan and Guyer. Lately, though, it’s been a case of two programs heading in opposite directions.

Football: Rojas’ key turnovers spark Ryan’s fourth win

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.

Football: Ryan defense ready for Keller Timber Creek

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.

Volleyball: Something missing for Ryan

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.

Football: Ryan outlasts Nelson

There’s no denying Ryan’s history as a tradition-rich playoff power, but lately, the Raiders looked more like a mistake-prone team that couldn’t get out of its own way.Early in Friday’s District 5-6A clash...

Football: Raiders unfazed by rough district start

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.

Football: Keller Central holds off Ryan

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.

Football: Raiders starting district on the road

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.

Volleyball: Ryan avoids sweep but loses to Panthers

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.

Football notebook: Falcons learn from miscues

Lake Dallas has won its past two games in fairly convincing fashion. The season opener, however, didn’t go quite so well for the Falcons, and a lot of their misfortune that night against Frisco Wakeland came on their own accord.

Volleyball notebook: Ryan, Guyer battle in district

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.

Volleyball: Ryan snaps long drought in district play

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...

Football: Ryan holds off Wylie East’s comeback attempt

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.

Volleyball: Ryan battles in five-set loss to Lady Texans

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.

Volleyball: Ryan volleyball gets set for district play

Ryan coach Cindy Williams and the players on Ryan’s volleyball team feel the same way about this season. The feeling around the team coming into District 5-6A is something the players and coach haven’t felt in the last two years. Even after Tuesday night’s loss to Decatur, the defending champions in the state’s third biggest classification, Williams saw a sense of urgency that had been absent for a long time.

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Football: Ryan set to face Wylie East

Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis was still on the practice field while the majority of his teammates filed into the football field house after Monday afternoon’s practice. Davis was still finishing up extra drills, serving his punishment for turning in his grade sheet a day late. “It doesn’t feel good,” Davis said as he was still trying to catch his breath.

Football: Ryan stops late rally to knock off Hebron

CARROLLTON — It looked like Ryan had its first win of the season all but wrapped up on Friday night. But Hebron made sure Ryan didn’t get to fully exhale and exult until the final snap of the ballgame. Ryan thwarted Hebron’s last-minute rally to pick up 27-21 victory at Hawk Stadium. It was Ryan’s first win of the season and the first victory under Ryan coach Dave Henigan.

Football: Ryan H.S.’s kicking game receives a new tweak

J.D. DeLaRosa had a fairly simple task before Ryan’s season opener, and it did not go well. The Ryan junior was supposed to punt the ball to the middle of the field at the end of pregame warm-ups and then the entire team would run to the ball before heading into the locker room to get ready for the game.

Volleyball: Denton tops Ryan in rivalry

The atmosphere on Tuesday night inside Billy Ryan Gym was one that was fitting for a meeting for crosstown rivals.

Football: Rockwall spoils Ryan’s hopes for a debut victory

Ryan knew what it needed to accomplish if it wanted to pick up a win against Rockwall on Friday night. For most of the contest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders contained Rockwall’s high-powered offense. But three big plays — all of which ended in points for Rockwall — stifled hopes of a glorious debut for many of Ryan’s players and coaches.

Football: Ryan plays on without seniors, Florence

The moments before the first game of the season will be different for everybody in Ryan’s locker room tonight.

Video: Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, who will make his first varsity start this Friday in the season-opener against Rockwall.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan, Calvary perform well at tournaments

GAINESVILLE — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed third place in this weekend’s NCTC Invitational on Saturday after winning two of three matches on the day.Ryan (9-5) defeated Whitesboro 19-25, 25-12, 25-18...

Football: Sanders shines as Ryan starter

A two-play stretch in Friday night’s scrimmage between Ryan and Grapevine offered a glimpse into what the season could be like for Ryan freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders sweep Denison

DENISON — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed a sweep of host Denison on Friday, winning 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.

Football: Denton teams head into final tuneups

Over the years, Guyer coach John Walsh has tested his relatively young program against some of the most tradition-rich teams in the state.

Football: Raiders ‘better’ after scrimmage

The referees may have thrown their arms upward to signal touchdowns Friday night, but the scoreboard didn’t change in Ryan’s scrimmage against North Crowley.

Football notebook: Ryan to scrimmage Panthers

Ryan coach Dave Henigan knows his depth chart looks a little murky with the season opener against Rockwall looming Aug. 29.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Football: Williams leaves Southern Miss

A week before J.T. Williams signed his letter of intent to play at Southern Mississippi, the Ryan defensive tackle’s college plans were still murky.

Football: ‘Good to be back’

The Ryan football team gathered around coach Dave Henigan on the practice field Monday morning before the day got hotter and the task got longer.

Local volleyball teams face changing landscape

A strong argument could have been made last year that Argyle’s volleyball team was the second-best in all of Class 3A.

Football: Midnight practice on tap for some as workouts begin

Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.

Baseball: Jackson traded to M’s

Ryan grad Austin Jackson was part of a blockbuster, three-team trade that brought former Cy Young winner David Price to the AL Central leading Tigers. Jackson was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of the deal.

Football: Mean Green standout Patrick Cobbs added to Ryan staff

Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.

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Baseball: ‘All the potential’

ARLINGTON — Each time Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson went to the plate Tuesday night against the Rangers, there was a consistency to his routine.

Water polo: Denton teams await UIL decision

When the Denton school district’s water polo program was created in 1999, coach Chris Cullen and his teams struggled, to say the least.