There weren’t many scoring chances to speak of in Friday night’s District 5-5A game between Ryan and visiting Lewisville.
FLOWER MOUND — Brian Beddow’s first season as Ryan’s girls soccer coach continues to be a struggle, but he can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
There was a time when Robb Coffey’s voice wasn’t as deep, powerful or pleasant on the microphone.
Days of preparation by booster clubs and coaches at local high schools will be rewarded today. Denton and Argyle’s baseball fields will serve as two of the five sites for the Russell Athletic North Texas Classic, while Ryan and Liberty Christian will be the host schools for the James Taylor Classic. In softball, Ryan will play host to the Tina Minke Tournament.
On Saturday, the Denton boys will be looking for that final play, the strong finish that was lacking in Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Trophy Club Nelson, when the Broncos were a few plays away from wrapping up District 5-4A’s final playoff berth.
For years, Dave Henigan could be spotted in the Ryan football fieldhouse. He can be found on the team portraits hanging on the walls, his brief stint as Ryan’s offensive coordinator cemented in pictures from the Raiders’ rise to one of the state’s best football programs.
The finalist for the vacant Ryan head football coach and athletic director positions will be presented at tonight’s school board meeting, Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence said Monday.
It’s been a long time coming for Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard. Despite a few bumps in the road, the senior is set to sign his national letter of intent today to play college football for Texas, where he committed to following his sophomore season before he was a two-time state champion.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — For the last couple of weeks, Joey Florence has tried to adjust to his new life as the Denton school district athletic director. After 14 years of success as Ryan’s head coach, he’s coming across new firsts in his new position, and Monday was no different.
At this point in the season, there are three types of basketball teams — teams fighting for playoff seeding, teams fighting for a playoff berth and teams fighting for pride.
A white piece of paper taped beside the door of the head coach’s office at the Ryan fieldhouse offers instructions to find the person to contact if you need anything, because there isn’t anybody in the office at the moment.
For the first time since the turn of the millennium, the Ryan football head coaching position is vacant. Joey Florence took over as the Denton school district’s athletic director after 14 years as Ryan’s head coach and athletic director, and the Raiders are looking for someone to fill the void.
Current Ryan head football coach Joey Florence is the finalist for the vacant Denton school district athletic director position, sources close to the situation said Monday.
When Ryan senior guard Xavier Gray stepped to the free throw line in the second quarter and knocked down two free throws Friday night, the Ryan crowd let out a cheer it had held in for a long time. By the time Gray knocked down those shots with 4:53 left in the first half, Flower Mound was up by 21 points.
Most girls basketball teams across the state are approaching the halfway point of their district schedules, and not many schools can claim what Argyle can.
The two points Ryan senior forward Kimani Henderson prevented were far greater than the one point she scored on Friday night against Lewisville.
Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet wasn’t going to let his final timeout go to waste in Friday’s nondistrict game against McKinney. Late in the fourth quarter, with his team far, far behind, the Raiders took their seats on the bench and listened to a head coach who was displeased with their effort in the final minutes of the contest, as the Lions opened up a 30-point lead.
As Ryan girls basketball coach Monesha Allen tallied up her list of injured players, she knew something was off. Surely she wouldn’t have five varsity players out of today’s District 5-5A opener against Flower Mound Marcus.
ARLINGTON — For Friday’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, players for No. 9 Missouri and No. 13 Oklahoma State are allotted six tickets for family and friends. For a few of those players, six tickets might not cut it.
HALTOM CITY — Guyer thumped North Crowley 69-46 on Friday to advance to the consolation semifinals of Orange bracket play in the Whataburger Tournament.
Pinned along the left side of a tri-fold board in Logan Rodgers’ bedroom are race bibs from the seven cross country meets he ran in during his senior year at Ryan. Rodgers, a 2013 graduate, is proud of each of those bibs, which are accompanied on the white board by a collage of photos celebrating his time as a Raider. But Rodgers is the first to say that seven races aren’t much to brag about.
Three Ryan football players were honored by the state’s sports writers when The Associated Press Class 5A all-state team was released on Thursday.
In a playoff run filled with unbelievable victories, Ryan ran out of magic against Cedar Hill. The Raiders couldn’t erase a 23-point halftime deficit, and the Cedar Hill Longhorns held on for the 52-29 victory in the Class 5A Division II Region I final on Monday at Apogee Stadium.
Ryan coach Joey Florence knew by halftime of Monday’s playoff grudge match with Cedar Hill that his defense had played way too many snaps.
With Ryan’s only returning starter and a few other key contributors from last season still wearing their football pads, Ryan boys coach Bryce Overstreet said the team was working on keeping things simple early in the season.
At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.