Raiders take pair against Braswell

LITTLE ELM — Braswell played the best basketball it has played all season, but when facing a Ryan squad that is undefeated in district play, it’s tough to notch a win. The Lady Raiders have been on a tear through District 5-5A, adding their eighth consecutive victory with a 62-45 win at Braswell on Friday night.

The upper hand

Ryan hosted Denton on Tuesday. And of course the game went into overtime. What else could be expected from a game that featured crosstown rivals who not only were overdue for a district showdown — neither have been in the same district since the 2011-2012 season — but also were battling for the top spot in the standings.

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Lady Raiders cruise in second half to knock off Denison

Ryan and Denison had a back-and-forth game going Tuesday — then came the second half. Ryan kept scoring and the Lady Yellow Jackets, well, didn’t.

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Calhoun, Lady Raiders intent on continuing streak

Ryan senior Traeli Calhoun was told for years by coaches that she needed to play basketball. In their eyes, Calhoun had size and all the raw physical tools — all she had to do was buy in.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

PONDER — Chase Harris had 16 points to lead the No. 5 Ponder boys to a 105-56 win over Callisburg on Saturday, and the senior guard became the all-time leading scorer in Ponder history with 2,189 career points. Harris also broke the school’s 3-point field goal record with 312.

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Brown among best in today’s All-American Bowl

Ryan defensive tackle Earnest Brown IV can count on one hand the number of times he’s been beaten on a play this week during U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices. If that’s the case, Brown, a Northwestern commit, clearly is holding his own among the nation’s top college recruits invited to play in the prestigious high school All-America game. Kickoff is slated for noon today at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Basketball: Ryan sweeps Sherman in doubleheader

Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet long has worried about his team’s ability to consistently score points in bunches. As Tuesday’s game against Sherman wore on, those concerns were nowhere to be found. The Raiders had four players score in double figures, and nearly added a fifth to that list, while breaking open what was otherwise a back-and-forth battle with a 20-point fourth quarter en route to a 64-50 District 5-5A win at Billy Ryan Gym.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT — Aubrey advanced to the final of the Bridgeport tournament after defeating the host team 68-51, but fell short of the title as Class 5A Birdville dominated the Chaparrals 84-39 in Thursday’s finale.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

FORT WORTH — Three Denton-area teams picked up first-round wins to open the Whataburger Tournament, as Guyer blew past Richland 76-59, Ponder scraped by Liberty Christian 66-59 and Argyle edged Wall 44-37.

Ryan rips Krum for 15th win

By the time Ryan took the court after halftime, its game against Krum was out of hand. The Lady Raiders had built a 20-point lead and, despite an up-and-down second half, continued to benefit from Krum’s inconsistent shooting in a 55-37 nondistrict win Friday at Billy Ryan Gym.

Ryan rules all-district selections

After a 13-win season in Class 6A and a move down in classification in 2016, the Ryan Raiders weren’t expected to be challenged much in District 5-5A play, and the all-district team showed it was a year dominated by Ryan.

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Ryan’s Sanders, Robinson, Denton’s Polley land on AP’s Class 5A all-state first team

A stellar year for football teams in the Denton school district paid off when two of its schools had multiple players land on the first or second team of The Associated Press’ Class 5A all-state team,...

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Ryan cages Lady Bengals

Ryan and Braswell battled toe-to-toe for about half a quarter Tuesday. Then experience took over.

Ryan QB Spencer Sanders has torn ACL, surgery next

Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, confirming what many close to the junior’s situation anticipated after he was injured in last weekend’s Class 5A Division I state semifinal loss to Highland Park.

Raiders shine midway through win over Falcons

CORINTH — The minutes leading up to halftime and the first few minutes of the second half are pivotal stretches in basketball. In Tuesday’s nondistrict game at Lake Dallas, the Ryan Raiders were nearly flawless during the key stretch en route to a 71-56 road win against the Falcons.

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Ryan High assistant coach Keith Pierce wins Dallas Marathon

DALLAS — Keith Pierce, a Ryan High School assistant track and cross country coach, took an early lead in the BMW Dallas Marathon on Sunday morning and then held off a late challenge to capture the marathon title.

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Ryan can’t overcome Sanders’ injury in semifinal against Highland Park

Injuries happen in sports. You just hate to lose that one guy. For Ryan, that guy was quarterback and Oklahoma State commit Spencer Sanders. Sanders went down with a right knee injury with roughly seven minutes to play in the first half, drastically changing the Raiders’ offense for the rest of the day as Highland Park pulled out a stunning 31-24 win at AT&T Stadium.

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Ryan turns to CB Rucker to fill in at QB for Sanders in loss to Scots

Junior cornerback Jordan Rucker knew a significant amount of pressure was on him and his Ryan defensive teammates heading into Saturday’s state semifinal matchup against fellow defensive power Highland Park.

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Ryan uses suffocating defense to stymie Denton, win by 19

In a battle between District 5-5A foes and crosstown rivals Denton and Ryan, defense was the main focus for each coach. Ryan coach Monesha Allen and Denton coach Erin Taylor are known for their defense pedigrees, and in the teams’ district opener Friday, Ryan’s defense flourished while Denton’s was lackluster.

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Defenses reign as Ryan faces Highland Park

When Ryan and Highland Park last played each other in a state semifinal, it was 2003 and the Raiders won 45-21 to advance to their fourth straight state championship game. To get back to the title game — their sixth trip since 2000 — Ryan again must go through the Scots.

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Battling past the buzzer

Ryan and Liberty Christian didn’t make things easy on each other Tuesday, or themselves. At least that’s how things felt as the Raiders jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 13-point lead midway through the third quarter only to blow that lead to the suddenly hot-shooting Warriors, who then promptly gave up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer before losing 60-57 in overtime at Billy Ryan Gym.

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Ryan’s state semifinal game moved to AT&T Stadium

Saturday’s Class 5A Division I state semifinal between Ryan (14-0) and Highland Park (12-2) has been moved to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, officials from both school districts confirmed Monday.

Football: Patient offense, rested defense lead way in Ryan win

ARLINGTON — Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders loves having a great defense on his side, so much that if he had it his way, that unit would spend the majority of every game just standing on the sideline....

Football: Ryan shines with Davis getting tough playoff yards

ARLINGTON — Four carries into his day, Ryan senior Tyreke Davis had an eerily familiar feeling. After a 25-yard scamper, he felt a tweak in his right knee — the knee he injured in Ryan’s third-round playoff win last year that allowed him just one carry in the Raiders’ loss to Allen the following week.

Basketball roundup: Calvary beats Ryan in tournament final

SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.

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Ryan ready for balanced foe

Ryan has been here before — lots of times. Just last year, the Raiders entered the fourth round of the playoffs unbeaten and on a roll in the state’s largest classification. But that run was halted in a hurry in a tough loss to Allen, then a three-time defending state champion.

Volleyball: All-district lists honor area standouts

Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.

Football: Ryan outguns Monterey in final minutes to advance

ABILENE — Credit the Ryan Raiders with this from Friday night: They’re tough to beat, even when trying to beat themselves. Despite more than doubling Lubbock Monterey’s offensive production, Ryan found itself clinging to a three-point lead in the fourth quarter thanks largely to 140 yards in penalties and a late burst from Monterey.

Football: Ryan faces Monterey on West Texas trip

When Ryan was presented with its area-round trophy after last week’s win over Richland, the comment was made that while it wasn’t the trophy the Raiders were ultimately after, it did represent being one step closer to the one they want.

Calhoun leads Ryan girls to win

A loaded roster with 10 seniors and one junior has given the Ryan girls a chance to make some noise this season under veteran coach Monesha Allen. So far, so good.

Ryan Raiders use strong fourth quarter to fend off Decatur

Earnest Brown IV isn’t on the court yet. Neither is Spencer Sanders or several other key roster additions Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet expects to have available around the time district play begins in January.

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Davis, Ryan turn back Rebels

JUSTIN — At this point in his high school career, Tyreke Davis is used to playing on both sides of the ball. But the Raiders haven’t needed to rely on him nearly as much on offense this season. That is, until Friday. Davis rang up a season-high 170 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Ryan piled up 277 yards on the ground in a 34-13 win against Richland in a Class 5A Division I area-round game at Northwest ISD Stadium.

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Ryan expects tough test against Rebels

Ryan hasn’t been tested by an opponent in months. But in its march toward a possible state championship, the playoff road is expected to get more difficult — starting tonight.

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Brown to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Earnest Brown IV is in the midst of a whirlwind high school career that has included nearly 30 Football Bowl Subdivision offers, his verbal commitment to Northwestern, and serving as a key cog in state-ranked Ryan’s current playoff run.

Ryan nets two wins

FRISCO — The Ryan Lady Raiders ran their record to 5-1 Saturday with a pair of victories in the Frisco ISD Tournament.

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Raiders cruise past Brewer

FORT WORTH — By its standards, Ryan didn’t get off to the start it would have wanted in Thursday’s playoff opener at Fort Worth Brewer. The offense sputtered at times, and penalties were a glaring issue.But when you’re Ryan, those miscues tend to get overshadowed in a hurry.

For Ryan, playoff run starts with Bears

There aren’t many teams in the state that have as realistic a shot as Ryan does at winning a state title come mid-December. And the Raiders weren’t avoiding that conversation this week.

Perfect Ryan Raiders claim district title with win over Rider

WICHITA FALLS — Ryan coach Dave Henigan has been saying all year winning a district title and finishing the regular season unbeaten wasn’t his team’s end goal. But it sure does look nice heading into the postseason. Ryan, the No. 4 team in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll, nabbed its second straight unbeaten run through the regular season with a 38-14 win Friday against Wichita Falls Rider at Memorial Stadium.

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Raiders push for rare mark

Ryan players and coaches are treating tonight’s game just like any other. But they admit there’s plenty at stake. With a win against Wichita Falls Rider at Memorial Stadium, Ryan can finish the regular season unbeaten for the second year in a row.

Volleyball: Five area teams still alive in UIL playoffs

Five Denton-area volleyball teams, three from District 9-4A, remain alive in the UIL state playoffs as teams head into the second round of games. Four area representatives will be in action tonight, while the Ryan Lady Raiders play their area-round game Friday.

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Ryan sweeps Lady Rangers

TROPHY CLUB — Ryan found itself in a battle early in Tuesday’s Class 5A Region I bi-district playoff match with Saginaw Chisholm Trail. But that chess match didn’t last very long.

Volleyball: Championship quests start this week for area teams

Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.

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Staying in the moment

Ryan has claimed at least a share of the District 5-5A title. But it has no plans on sharing anything after next week. With Thursday’s 41-14 win against Denison at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders won their fifth-straight game by three touchdowns or more and, despite still having only a one-game lead in the standings over Denton, appear primed to finish the regular season as the district’s lone unbeaten team.

Football: Raiders closing in on District 5-5A crown

Ryan is the only unbeaten team in District 5-5A with two games remaining in the regular season. But the Raiders don’t have the district title sewn up yet.

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Volleyball: Ryan caps perfect district run with win at Braswell

Ryan coach Nicholas Gay was confident the Lady Raiders were one of the better teams in District 5-5A when league play began nearly two months ago.

Ryan Raiders roll over Wichita Falls Coyotes

WICHITA FALLS — It seems like forever and a day since Ryan was last tested by another team. On Friday, not only did Wichita Falls fail to push the fourth-ranked Raiders to the brink, it got run out of its stadium. Ryan scored 56-straight points, forced four turnovers and added a pooch-kick recovery for good measure while rolling to a 56-14 District 5-5A win against the Coyotes at Memorial Stadium.

LeBlanc fitting in nicely on Ryan defense

Ryan defensive lineman Dayton LeBlanc said he noticed while watching film recently that, without him on the field, the Raiders still would be unbeaten heading into tonight’s District 5-5A game at Wichita Falls.

Ryan keeps Denton off balance in sweep

District 5-5A unbeaten Ryan dug itself early holes against third-place Denton on Tuesday, but coach Nicholas Gay and the Lady Raiders made a point to get their middle blockers more included.

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Ryan stuffs Sherman star

Ryan coaches warned their defensive guys all week about Sherman running back Nathaniel Omayebu, whose 1,200-plus rushing yards through seven weeks were more than what any Class 5A ball carrier in the Dallas-Fort Worth area had.

Ryan hungry after long bye

Every team has a different opinion on bye weeks.The obvious benefit is to regroup and heal nagging bumps and bruises. But if a week off comes too early in the schedule, or too late, someone will find a...