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Ryan grad Edwards could get to make Romo feel old

There probably isn’t a player in this year’s NFL draft who knows more about the Cowboys than former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. The Florida State defensive end grew up around the club. He’s been to...

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Swimming: Pyrch’s flinch bounces him from state meet

AUSTIN — No race in swimming is more dependent on a good start than the 50-meter freestyle, where half a second is the difference between winning and not qualifying for the event finals.

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Don’t judge Austin Pyrch by where he placed at regionals. A closer look shows that Pyrch, a Ryan senior, boasts the fourth-fastest time in the state in the 50-yard freestyle heading into the state swimming and diving meet today at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

Softball: Ryan opens with three victories

LITTLE ELM — The Ryan Lady Raiders softball team opened the 2015 season Thursday with three impressive wins at the Little Elm tournament.

Softball: Ryan leans on youth for return to glory days

Tucked away in a corner on Ryan softball coach Aimee Foutch’s desk is a DVD of Ryan’s 2007 Class 4A state final loss to Boerne. The video is kept inside the same package it was mailed in and rarely sees the light of day. Foutch has never watched it.

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Boy's basketball: Clean sweep

Ryan had a chance to steal another District 5-6A win with some last-second heroics on Tuesday. Guyer had other ideas and, thanks to a rare miss by the suddenly red-hot Raiders, put an end to its rivals’ late-season playoff push.

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Girl's basketball: Guyer girls give Ryan trouble

Guyer coach Andrea Robinson will take a 24-point win any night of the week, but on Tuesday night, she said she will not always be happy with one.

Swimming: Ryan’s Pyrch headed to state

Ryan’s Austin Pyrch is headed to Austin and the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships after his performance Saturday at the Class 6A Region 2 meet in Lewisville.

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Football: Ryan’s Bolisomi makes it official with Horned Frogs

Like many Denton-area recruits, Ryan’s David Bolisomi didn’t get much sleep Tuesday night in anticipation of national signing day. The mammoth offensive tackle said he stayed up until 3 a.m. watching ESPNU but didn’t skip a beat when he woke up before dawn to head in for his big day.

Basketball: Ryan boys crush Fossil Ridge in lopsided win

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.

Basketball: Ryan wastes chance

Ryan had another golden opportunity Tuesday to perhaps inch itself into the playoff conversation by knocking off one of three teams that came into the night tied for the top spot in District 5-6A.

Swimming: Denton schools lead swim meets

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.

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Boys basketball: Ryan freshmen out to prove future is now

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...

Basketball: Confident Johnson leads Ryan to victory

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.

Boys basketball: Fire the next weapon

The Ryan boys basketball team picked a perfect night to try to score an upset over crosstown rival Guyer and dig itself out of an early hole in district play.

Girls basketball: Guyer uses strong half to bury Ryan

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.

Swimming: Guyer sweeps DISD meet team titles

The Guyer, Ryan and Denton swim teams got their final tuneup before next week’s district meets Thursday night at the Denton ISD Championships, and the Guyer Wildcats swept the boys and girls team titles.

Boys soccer: Denton only area team to prevail

Denton’s boys soccer team defeated Prosper 1-0 on Friday on the second day of the Iron Bridge Classic in Denton.

Boys soccer: All three DISD teams to take on Iron Bridge

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.

Basketball: Controversy averted

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.

Boys basketball: Raiders move on after end of skid

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.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins District 5-6A debut

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.

Girls basketball: Defense makes offense for Ryan

Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson scoreless for about six minutes in the second quarter on Tuesday and, throughout the night, created countless turnovers in what was shaping up to be a one-sided District 5-6A game.

Basketball roundup: Lions move into tourney final

DECATUR — Ponder routed tournament host Decatur 71-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game, to be held at 7 p.m. today.

Girls basketball: Ryan blasts Lady Coyotes

It’s too soon to tell just how much Tuesday’s win against Anna will help Ryan in its District 5-6A opener on Friday, but considering it’s been a few years since the Lady Raiders went into district on such a high note, they’ll take it.

Basketball roundup: Ryan finishes third in Sanger tournament

SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Basketball roundup: Area quartet win at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Volleyball: Hill, Keenan named district MVPs

Emily Hill had several goals entering her junior season at Guyer, and the outside hitter nailed one of them by finishing the regular season as the kills leader among Class 6A players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Basketball roundup: Lady Raiders rout Fort Worth Southwest

The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.

Football: Ryan’s Bolisomi bound for TCU

David Bolisomi has enjoyed every minute of the recruiting process that has seemingly taken up a huge chunk of his time over the last few months.

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...