The roster for the Under Armour All-America camp series in Dallas has been announced, and two Denton-area athletes are on it. Those athletes are Ryan junior wide receiver Gabriel Douglas, a Texas Tech commit, and Liberty Christian quarterback Will Kuehne. Kuehne is committed to North Texas.
Two of the area's most decorated players over the past four years capped their high school careers this past season, and the honors continue to roll in for both as Argyle's Vivian Gray and Guyer's Lauren Heard were both named to their respective all-region teams by Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Ryan responded quickly to knock off Braswell 4-1 on Friday and improve to 5-12-1.
Argyle was well represented on the District 9-4A all-district team, this after a dominating regular season that led to the Eagles winning 33 games and making a run to their first state tournament since 2012.
The fine folks at Dave Campbell's Texas Football needed a fill-in guest to co-host Wednesday's episode of DCTF Live, so I jumped on the opportunity and, alongside the great Max Thompson, was able to highlight our football-rich area, including Guyer, Ryan and Argyle, as well as other strong programs.
Ryan and Denton took their sweet time playing Tuesday's District 5-5A opener, thanks largely to bad pitching.
Nicholas Gay, who quickly turned around Ryan's volleyball program during a two-year stint at the school, is leaving to take over as head coach at Weatherford in a decision prompted by a similar move his wife is making.
Ryan had a chance to clinch a share of the District 5-5A title with a win in Monday's regular-season finale against Wichita Falls Rider. Instead, the Raiders find themselves heading into the playoffs as the district's third seed.
The Ryan softball team kicked off its district season with a dominant 14-0 win against Denton behind a near flawless performance from pitcher Bri Leeds.
Krum dominated in its Friday games at Ryan’s Tina Minke tournament, beating Spruce and Ryan by a combined 25 runs in two shutouts. Before losing to Krum 7-0 in the second game of the day, Ryan knocked off Irving Nimitz 17-10.
The Ryan Lady Raiders continued their hot start and improved to 5-2 with wins over Frisco Reedy and Temple to begin play in Ryan’s Tina Minke Tournament.
AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.
The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.
KELLER — What Ryan saw out of Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday looked nothing like what the team saw on film. The result was a back-and-forth playoff opener that saw the Lady Raiders do just enough to eke out a 57-50 win and secure the program’s first playoff victory since 2011. Traeli Calhoun led all scorers with 23 points.
The coaching shuffle at North Texas last week has impacted the Ryan football team. Junior defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc, whose father, Derrick LeBlanc, is on his way to Kentucky after one year as the Mean Green’s defensive line coach, also is leaving after just one season with the Raiders.
Screams roared through a Denton High locker room following Round 2 of the crosstown rivalry between Denton and Ryan. After the Broncos won an overtime thriller at Ryan on Jan. 17 to improve their District 5-5A record to 5-0, it was the Raiders who enjoyed the celebration Friday.
After so many years as childhood friends and being on the same football teams, Ryan’s Tyreke Davis and Delano Robinson are taking different paths as recruits for rival programs North Texas and SMU. And the playful jabs were thrown around early and often during national signing day on Wednesday.
Even with a lackluster opening quarter, Ryan made Tuesday’s game against Wichita Falls look easy. The Raiders blew open what was a tied ballgame by scoring 46 points over the next two quarters and getting big nights from Jay Wilson and Dan Dickenson en route to a 69-38 win at Billy Ryan Gym. The win was Ryan’s third in a row since its Jan. 17 loss to Denton, adding much-needed momentum with four games to play.
So far, so good. In Denton’s first District 5-5A game, against crosstown rival Ryan, the Lady Broncos had a goal of playing with high intensity.
Ryan’s offense hasn’t been scaring anyone. But that may have changed now that district play has started. Senior midfielder Cody Davidson scored twice Friday, including the go-ahead goal with just more than 17 minutes to play, as the Raiders rallied for a 2-1 win against crosstown rival Denton in the District 5-5A opener for both teams.
There was a time when Spencer Sanders was not his team’s first option at quarterback. He wasn’t even the second. Sanders, a Ryan junior and Oklahoma State commit, said he was the third-string QB for his select football team when he was about 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.