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.
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
SAINT JO — The Calvary boys took home a tournament title Saturday after defeating Ryan 61-41 in the final of the Saint Jo tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.