Matt Buettner isn’t taking over a struggling Ryan program so that he can maybe turn it around in a few years. He wants to win now — and he has put a guarantee on it.
Like many swimmers growing up through the Denton ISD aquatics program, water polo started as an auxiliary sport played in the spring when swim season was over.
Ryan pole vaulter Avery Stuchell is headed back to Austin for the UIL Class 6A state track and field meet after her second place finish Friday in the 6A Region I meet at Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington.
At one point in Wednesday’s pivotal crosstown showdown between Guyer and Ryan, it appeared Guyer left fielder Ryan McCans had a chance to be the hero who kept the Wildcats’ playoff hopes alive with one regular-season game remaining.
FORT WORTH — Ryan has one of the more difficult offenses to figure out in District 5-6A. The Raiders have gone several games where scrounging out one hit seems like asking too much, then they turn around and rough up a Division I recruit and highly touted draft prospect who has a fastball in the 90s.
Ryan’s lack of production at the plate makes it fair to wonder how long the Raiders can keep eking out wins against a tough district slate that is still anyone’s for the taking heading into Friday’s round of games.
There’s something you don’t see every day. Despite scrounging out just one hit Tuesday, Ryan found itself tied with Keller Timber Creek going into the bottom of the sixth inning, where it scored two runs on back-to-back walks with the bases loaded — all with two outs — to pull out a shocking 4-3 win in a key District 5-6A game.
As the Denton-area slate of playoff soccer kicks off today, Denton and Lake Dallas are set to rekindle a rivalry that saw the Lady Falcons end the Lady Broncos’ season 3-0 in the first round a year ago.
Ryan’s record in district openers hasn’t been good in recent years, and it can be argued that has led to some lackluster finishes in the standings. It’s too early to tell how far Tuesday’s 3-2 win against Keller Central will take the Raiders this season, but it’s a good first step.
Ryan ace Brianna Leeds found herself in a jam in practically every inning Monday. She managed to pitch her way out of all of them, except for one.
Girls basketball: Ryan struggles to make a run as Plano skirts by in final minutes of playoff opener
FRISCO — The first three quarters of Monday’s playoff opener saw Plano score in the final seconds of each frame to steal a one-point lead over Ryan.
Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.
For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.
The last time the Guyer girls basketball team lost a game, the Lady Wildcats could do nothing to get comfortable in their offense in a loss to Keller back on Jan. 19.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.
Ryan has played without at least two of its starters in every game this season, yet continued to get solid play from the rest of its lineup and hadn’t lost heading into Friday’s District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.
With 46 seconds left in Tuesday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest, Ryan faced a two-point deficit and appeared to have breathed some life into its offense. But it was too little, too late on a night when the Raiders could not buy a bucket.
Time will tell where this season goes for Ryan, but after several down years, it appears the Lady Raiders have turned a long-awaited corner as they find themselves with a perfect record in District 5-6A.
ARLINGTON — On short rest and against a three-time defending state champion sporting the state’s longest active win streak, Ryan seemingly had every card in the deck stacked against it entering Saturday’s game against Allen.
It was a tough night all around for Ryan on Tuesday. Not only could the Raiders not get their own shots to fall, but they watched as former district foe Flower Mound consistently lit up the scoreboard.