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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s match at Little Elm on Monday turned out to be a stereotypical season opener.
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...
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.
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.
LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.
The Guyer girls water polo team got what it wanted on Friday, the first day of the state tournament in Austin: two wins to set it up with a showdown against their regional rivals Southlake Carroll on Saturday.
ARLINGTON — Ryan’s Avery Stuchell will be heading to Austin in two weeks to compete in the UIL Class 6A state track meet after her performance Friday at the Class 6A Region I meet at UT-Arlington.
Jordan Murray isn’t the only one who has been looking at Ryan track coach Janson Head a bit sideways at practice.
Mario Edwards Jr. isn’t the type of guy who is used to playing the waiting game. As a national-championship-winning defensive end at Florida State, and before that as a standout for Ryan, Edwards regularly chased down those who tried to elude him and didn’t let many escape his clutches.
Friday’s game may have felt like it was dragging along, but there likely won’t be any apologies from Ryan. The Raiders took their time picking apart Keller Fossil Ridge in a game that took 80 minutes just to complete the first three innings.
Marcos Castro was a Ryan tennis player looking to plot a course for college and beyond. The school’s guidance counselors weren’t sure how to help. “I want a career in motor sports,” he told them. “I got a couple of laughs. It’s in the ballpark of ‘I want to be an astronaut.’
FRISCO — Ryan keeper Reagan Dowling doesn’t mind nights where she’s busy in goal, which was good considering Friday’s Class 6A Region I playoff opener quickly became one of those games.
The past few years have been a struggle at times for Ryan, a tradition-rich school with success across the board in athletics. The hope is tonight will mark a turning point in the Raiders’ quest to return to postseason prominence.
Brianna Leeds practically had everything going her way even before she forced Keller’s Shelby Henderson to pop out to the mound with the tying run stranded on third in the top of the sixth. Ryan’s freshman pitcher was holding one of the better offenses in District 5-6A at bay, and her team was three defensive outs away from an overdue win.
If pitchers aren’t typically good hitters, no one told Ryan Burks. Ryan’s senior ace not only pitched a complete game on the mound Monday, but he also bailed himself out with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Raiders to a 5-4 District 5-6A win over Keller Central.