Basketball: Ryan boys beat Denton

Jada Catlin scored 13 points, Lauren Cowling added 11 and Denton used a 13-0 run in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to steal a come-from-behind win over the Lady Raiders.

Ryan rallies late in wild win over South Grand Prairie

ARLINGTON — Sometimes, you have to give a team the credit it deserves. It’s no secret Ryan has had its doubters this season. Fueled by a battered defense that forced four second-half turnovers, Ryan’s offense rallied from a five-point hole in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in the final 8:50 — both from sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders — to steal a 43-35 win in a wild finish at AT&T Stadium.


Football: Surging Ryan confident going into second round

As Ryan gets set for its second-round playoff showdown tonight against South Grand Prairie, Raider coach Dave Henigan said his team is playing at an exceptionally high level and has just as much momentum as its opponent.

Ryan rips Panthers in first round

Ryan surrendered more points and yards on Friday than it had in any game this season, but with its offense moving the chains at will and Plano East consistently shooting itself in the foot, it was hardly a cause for concern. Spencer Sanders threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Tyreke Davis added two more scores on 144 rushing yards and the Raiders’ defense stiffened when it needed to on its way to forcing two crucial turnovers in a 56-33 win in a Class 6A Division I Region I bi-district game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.


Football: Ryan ready for dogfight in first round

Ryan isn’t going into tonight’s playoff opener with the proverbial mentality of “we’re just happy to be here.”

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Soccer: Ryan’s Tilton commits to ULM

Elizabeth Tilton said she was a little nervous as she drove to Louisiana on Tuesday night. She received a Division I offer to play soccer at Louisiana-Monroe only a day earlier, and whether or not she accepted depended on how her first visit to the campus went.


Ryan outguns Guyer for title

Ryan coach Dave Henigan said he has enjoyed each of his team’s wins this season, but never was his smile as big as it was when his players hoisted him on their shoulders during Friday’s postgame speech. On a night where the unbeaten Raiders still were viewed in many eyes as underdogs, Henigan’s crew — specifically quarterback Spencer Sanders and the offense — engineered a masterful 31-28 win against rival Guyer to claim the District 5-6A title while making a powerful statement heading into the Class 6A Division I playoffs.

Ryan, Guyer meet today with title on line

In the history of the Guyer-Ryan football rivalry, there have been blowouts, surprises and postseason instant classics.


Football: Ryan defense ready to face Robinson

This time last year, Ryan was eliminated from playoff contention the night before its big game against Guyer. While its rival was tuning up for the postseason and an eventual unbeaten district run, Ryan was playing for pride.

Steve Gamel: Making a case for Ryan

One word: defense.


Unrivaled Raiders

The stage is now set for a District 5-6A title clash next week between Ryan and Guyer. Unbeaten Ryan held up its end of the bargain in a big way Thursday, rolling up a 33-point halftime lead despite losing one of its key two-way players to an ejection early in an eventual 40-23 win against Justin Northwest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Ryan refuses to overlook Northwest

Ryan coach Dave Henigan joked this week he and Justin Northwest coach Bill Poe started a trend when they agreed to move their District 5-6A game up a day to tonight in anticipation of more bad weather.


Ryan playoff bound after 28-10 win at Keller

KELLER — The playoff picture was pretty clear for Ryan this week. A win at Keller guaranteed a postseason spot with two games to go, regardless of any other scenarios that may have existed in an already-muddled District 5-6A race.


Wildcats, Raiders rained out

Lightning in the area Thursday night postponed two Denton-area high school football games, as both Guyer’s and Ryan’s District 5-6A games were rescheduled.Guyer (5-2, 3-1 district) originally was slated...


Ryan tackle McLaurin commits to SMU

The deeper Ken McLaurin got into this year’s recruiting scene, the more he was inundated with offers from some of the top college programs in the country. He said there were 13 offers in all, and at times it was a lot to keep up with.

Football: For Ryan, win and they’re in

Of all the teams still contending for playoff spots out of District 5-6A — and that basically includes everyone — the team with the clearest path with three games left appears to be Ryan, which needs one win to seal its postseason fate.


Ryan rallies past visiting Fossil Ridge, 24-21

The District 5-6A playoff race was a convoluted mess last year and once again is starting to get cluttered. But as parity continues to suck more teams in, Ryan managed to stay unscathed Friday with another pivotal win. The Raiders overcame a late four-point deficit, two costly turnovers and a staggering 173 yards in penalties to rally for a 24-21 win against Keller Fossil Ridge at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Stakes high as Raiders eye parity in district

With four district games left, the target on Ryan’s back has grown bigger and wider.


Volleyball: Guyer dominates late in sets to top Ryan in three

On Tuesday night, in the latest edition of a crosstown rivalry between Guyer and Ryan, the Lady Raiders gave first-year head coach Nicholas Gay small glimmers of hope early in each set.


Ryan survives scare

Ryan coach Dave Henigan has been telling his team for the past few weeks that adversity was on its way. But as dominant as the Raiders had been playing, he began to think they didn’t believe him. Perhaps they do now. Ryan lacked its typical explosiveness on offense for a second straight week, and its defense struggled to contain Keller Timber Creek for most of the night before escaping with a 21-14 win Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to remain perfect in District 5-6A.


Football: Davis all business on field

Ryan linebacker Tyreke Davis loves constantly pushing his teammates’ buttons. He’d be the first to admit it, too, if only those same teammates — and coaches — didn’t beat him to it.

Ryan stifles Nelson, 20-3

JUSTIN — It’s the midway point of the regular season, and Ryan’s defense is getting stingier by the week. Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson’s high-octane offense to 183 yards while forcing two turnovers and stuffing 14 plays for negative yardage in a 20-3 District 5-6A win Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium. Ryan has allowed 62 points in its first five games, and only 9 over the past two weeks.

Football: Raider defense on mission to swarm

For Ryan coach Dave Henigan, the first thing that jumps off the screen while watching defensive video is how many of his players are in the picture at one time. Even in the tightest of shots, it’s the same story every week.

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Football: Ryan grad Laws makes most of chance at Abilene Christian

Dakota Laws says the day will come when he’s not getting scolded by his coaches at Abilene Christian. It may not be tomorrow or this season, but Laws, who is starting for ACU as a true freshman, knows it will happen.

Volleyball: Ryan skid continues with loss to Keller

Tuesday’s loss to Keller was by no means a death knell for Ryan’s playoff chances. But saying it didn’t make things more difficult nearing the midway point of the District 5-6A schedule would be an understatement.


Ryan rolls in district opener

They can’t all be easy. That’s what they say, anyway. But heading into the second quarter of Friday’s District 5-6A opener, Ryan had rattled off three touchdowns on nine offensive plays — its best start thus far in a season already filled with lopsided victories. The Raiders finished with 438 total yards and cruised to a 51-6 win against Keller Central at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Raiders awaiting first test

Adversity used to be around every corner at Ryan. Now the Raiders almost have forgotten what that feels like.

Volleyball: Guyer prevails at Ryan

Skating its way through two sets and forcing the Ryan Lady Raiders to play its game, Guyer had nearly everything going its way Friday. Midway through the third set, Guyer fell behind, prompting coach Addie Mack to call a timeout to refocus the Lady Wildcats.

Boys basketball: Raiders lose star guard to transfer

Tyrus Johnson, who burst on to the local basketball scene as a freshman last year at Ryan, is no longer a student at the school after transferring for undisclosed reasons last month.

Football: Unbeaten Ryan crushes Wylie East

WYLIE — The story on Ryan’s turnaround season is far from complete, but the Raiders have written themselves an intriguing first chapter.

Football: Ryan looks for balance at Wylie East

When Gabriel Douglas hauled in a 48-yard touchdown catch on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half last week against Hebron, all he heard was the crowd, and perhaps a voice in his head saying “don’t drop the ball.”


Volleyball: Ryan hits nine service errors, falls to Decatur

After three straight seasons of no playoffs, the good news is Ryan has the look and feel of a contender as it readies for Friday’s District 5-6A opener against Justin Northwest. The bad news is the Lady Raiders won’t be heading in with as much momentum.


Volleyball: Ryan’s match against Decatur a battle of spouses

When Nicholas Gay accepted the volleyball head coaching vacancy at Ryan in April, he knew a date against two-time defending state champion Decatur already was on the schedule.


Raiders roll again to 2-0

For a second straight week, Ryan’s offense started slow and the team found itself in a tight game early on. But once again, that didn’t last long. The result was another lopsided win. Sophomore wide receiver Gabriel Douglas hauled in a 48-yard Hail Mary pass with no time left in the first half as part of a 35-point scoring spree by Ryan, which also created four turnovers in a 41-19 win against Hebron on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Ryan looks to build momentum from win

Ryan got a big win last week at Rockwall, but at the end of the day that’s what it is — a season-opening win. What the Raiders truly covet is momentum, and they hope to capture that tonight in their home opener.


Volleyball: Ryan picks up four-set victory at Lake Dallas

CORINTH — It’s hard for any coach to feel completely satisfied with how their team is performing, especially early in the season. There is always something to be improved upon — even in the smallest of circumstances — and that is the case with Ryan.

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Baseball: Former Ryan star Austin Jackson traded to Cubs

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Ryan standout Austin Jackson is on the move again. The playoff-hopeful Chicago Cubs bolstered their outfield on Monday, when they acquired Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named and an international draft slot.

Sanders, Ryan blast Rockwall in opener

ROCKWALL — Since suffering a season-ending knee injury late last season, Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has been waiting for the chance to show what he can do. Before that injury, he showed flashes of...

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Football: Raiders focused

Tyreke Davis had barely made it out the back door of the Ryan fieldhouse this week when he was met with several playful jeers from his teammates, who were just starting to warm up for afternoon practice.

Volleyball: Big runs propel Ryan to easy win

It was clear very early in Tuesday’s match that Ryan’s offense was on point. Wichita Falls did little to stand in the way.


Football: Ryan gets one key test

Ryan will visit Grapevine tonight for its lone scrimmage of the fall. But as excited as the Raiders are to go toe-to-toe with another team, all eyes are on next week’s season opener at Rockwall.


Football: Ryan ‘sharp’ in first practice

Ryan coach Dave Henigan wasn’t sure which one of his players was the first to walk through the door to the field house on Monday.

Volleyball: Ryan tops Little Elm in four sets to open season

LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s match at Little Elm on Monday turned out to be a stereotypical season opener.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...

Football: Ryan seeks new playoff run

Ryan coach Dave Henigan said Monday’s first fall workout will set the tone for everything the Raiders do going forward. It starts with the coaching staff, which is happy to see a longer-than-usual offseason come to a close, and it’s expected to carry over to the players, who can officially put the struggles of last year behind them.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.

Volleyball: Ryan to host fundraiser tournament

To create buzz for the coming season, Ryan is heading outdoors to play volleyball.

Baseball: Blue Jays sign former Ryan star Knight

With about 10 rounds left in last week’s first-year player draft, former Ryan standout Nash Knight was starting to believe he wouldn’t get his chance to play professional baseball.

Former Ryan start drafted third time

Hearing his name called during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has never gotten old for former Ryan standout Adam Choplick.

Football: Raiders return to scrimmage scene

Ryan’s first spring scrimmage in nearly a decade went off without a hitch Thursday. Coach Dave Henigan saw what he wanted from several positions of concern, nobody got hurt and the Raiders were off the field in 30 minutes.