Football: Ryan's Gabriel Douglas selected for Under Armour camp

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.

Soccer: Ryan, Denton open playoff schedule today

With the regular season over and playoff seedings decided, several Denton-area teams head into the UIL state playoffs over the next two days, beginning tonight with the Denton Lady Broncos and the Ryan Raiders.

Gray, Heard highlight all-region selections

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.

Baseball roundup: Canuteson fans 16 Bengals in Ryan win

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.

Boys basketball: Argyle dominates 9-4A all-district team

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.

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Live talks Denton-area football

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.

Baseball: Denton jumps out early on Raiders' pitching for first district win

Ryan and Denton took their sweet time playing Tuesday's District 5-5A opener, thanks largely to bad pitching.

Ryan volleyball coach Nicholas Gay leaving for Weatherford

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.

Boys soccer: Ryan finishes third with tough loss to Rider in finale

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.

Argyle sweeps 9-4A hoops superlatives

Before completing a Class 4A state championship three-peat last weekend, the Argyle girls basketball team dominated the District 9-4A all-district team, voted upon by the district's coaches.

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Ryan coach Gay leaving for Weatherford

Nicholas Gay, who quickly turned around Ryan’s volleyball program during a two-year stint at the school, is leaving to take over as coach at Weatherford in a decision prompted by a similar move his wife is making.

Ryan rips Braswell 23-0 on diamond

Ryan coach Matt Buettner can look at any game and see areas where his team can improve. And yes, that includes Tuesday’s lopsided District 5-5A win against Braswell.

High school roundup: Lady Raiders open district with 14-0 win over Denton

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.

Football: Ryan DT LeBlanc commits to UNT

Dayton LeBlanc won’t be gone from Denton for long. The junior defensive tackle has verbally committed to North Texas.

Birdville eliminates Raiders after close finish

FORT WORTH — In a contest featuring two evenly matched teams, the result was decided in the last 25 seconds.

Softball/baseball roundup: Krum dominates Day 2 at Ryan tournament

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.

Ryan falls hard to Canyon

SNYDER — Ryan believed it could beat Canyon in Friday’s Class 5A Region I semifinal. It didn’t take long for reality to set in.


Ryan aims to climb Canyon

Ryan hasn’t been the underdog at all in this year’s postseason. But when facing an opponent that has won 18 state titles, including one in each of the last three seasons, it’s easy to suddenly be overlooked.

High school roundup: Leeds fans 18 to give Ryan two tourney wins

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.

Basketball: Seven area UIL squads still alive

While the Ryan Lady Raiders and Argyle Lady Eagles attempt to punch their tickets to the state basketball tournament next week in San Antonio, five Denton-area boys teams will be trying to advance when the playoffs resume Friday night.


Ryan survives late scare

KELLER — Ryan coach Monesha Allen tried several strategies throughout Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal to shut down red-hot Birdville for good. When all that failed, she simply told her team to hold on.

Raiders win in return to playoffs

TROPHY CLUB — After missing the playoffs the past five seasons, it was important for Ryan to take advantage of its return this season. The Raiders secured a win Tuesday, but it did not come easy.

Denton ISD swimmers hit career highs at state meet

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.

Coleman’s big night helps Ryan girls advance

LEWISVILLE — C’yera Coleman was so off from 3-point range in Ryan’s playoff win over Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Tuesday that her teammates demanded she give up and start feeding the ball inside.


Three DISD schools send swimmers to state

The Denton school district is sending three swimmers to today’s Class 5A state meet in Austin, and they all have unique stories for how they made it there.


Ryan wins tie-breaking coin flip; postseason nearly set for boys

The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.


Four area teams atill alive as playoffs continue for girls hoops

The girls basketball playoffs are set to resume tonight as four area teams were crowned bi-district champions earlier this week.


Ryan wins its first playoff game since 2011 in back-and-forth contest with Chisholm Trail

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.

Girls basketball: Local teams begin playoffs

The UIL playoff march begins this week for six Denton-area girls basketball teams, including a two-time defending state champion with its sights firmly set on a 3-peat.

Ryan’s LeBlanc will follow coach father to Kentucky

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.


Ryan wins at Denton to keep hopes alive for shared title

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.


Modester playing big for surging Ryan

At 5-8 and pushing maybe 150 pounds, Javon Modester is clearly not the biggest guy in Ryan’s starting five. He’s not even close. But that doesn’t mean his play has to match his size.

Lady Raiders nab district championship

Ryan coach Monesha Allen joked last week that it had been so long since her program won a district title that she had to walk into the gym and look at the banners in the rafters to make sure she had the years right.

Championship Tuesday for Denton trio

Two Denton school district basketball teams have a chance to clinch at least a share of their respective district titles tonight, while a third can win its championship outright by finishing with a perfect record.


Football: Ryan trio sign with FBS programs

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.

Raiders keep rolling

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.


Girls soccer: Lady Broncos beat Ryan in 5-5A opener

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.

Boys soccer: Davidson’s two goals spark Raiders in win over Denton

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.


General Sanders

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.

Raiders take pair against Braswell

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.

The upper hand

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.


Lady Raiders cruise in second half to knock off Denison

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.


Calhoun, Lady Raiders intent on continuing streak

Ryan senior Traeli Calhoun was told for years by coaches that she needed to play basketball. In their eyes, Calhoun had size and all the raw physical tools — all she had to do was buy in.

Roundup: Harris breaks Ponder scoring record

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.


Brown among best in today’s All-American Bowl

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.

Basketball: Ryan sweeps Sherman in doubleheader

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.

Basketball roundup: Chaps take second place in Bridgeport

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.

Basketball roundup: Guyer, Ponder, Argyle win at tourney

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.

Ryan rips Krum for 15th win

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.

Ryan rules all-district selections

After a 13-win season in Class 6A and a move down in classification in 2016, the Ryan Raiders weren’t expected to be challenged much in District 5-5A play, and the all-district team showed it was a year dominated by Ryan.