Ryan Raiders roll over Wichita Falls Coyotes

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.

LeBlanc fitting in nicely on Ryan defense

Ryan defensive lineman Dayton LeBlanc said he noticed while watching film recently that, without him on the field, the Raiders still would be unbeaten heading into tonight’s District 5-5A game at Wichita Falls.

Ryan keeps Denton off balance in sweep

District 5-5A unbeaten Ryan dug itself early holes against third-place Denton on Tuesday, but coach Nicholas Gay and the Lady Raiders made a point to get their middle blockers more included.


Ryan stuffs Sherman star

Ryan coaches warned their defensive guys all week about Sherman running back Nathaniel Omayebu, whose 1,200-plus rushing yards through seven weeks were more than what any Class 5A ball carrier in the Dallas-Fort Worth area had.

Ryan hungry after long bye

Every team has a different opinion on bye weeks.The obvious benefit is to regroup and heal nagging bumps and bruises. But if a week off comes too early in the schedule, or too late, someone will find a...

For the DRC

Ryan boys, Bengal girls earn victories

Jacob Dellinger led three Ryan boys who swept the top three Monday and Braswell’s Marissa Carrion finished second on the girls side, as their squads won the Little D Classic at North Lakes Park.

Football: Ryan receiver Douglas commits to Texas Tech

There’s a strong belief that Ryan wide receiver Gabriel Douglas’ verbal commitment to Texas Tech on Wednesday will open the floodgates to more Football Bowl Subdivision offers for one of the more highly touted high school receivers in the nation. Douglas, a junior, is ready for them all. But he said he is sold on the Red Raiders.

Volleyball roundup: No. 17 Ryan moves to 7-0 in district

DENISON — The Ryan Lady Raiders wrapped up the first round of District 5-5A action Tuesday night with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 sweep of the Denison Lady Yellowjackets to maintain their unblemished league record.


Sanders commits to OSU

Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders said he was still on the fence about where he might commit to play college football when he showed up at Saturday’s Oklahoma State-Texas game in Stillwater.


Ryan rolls past Braswell

The majority of Ryan’s starters were pulled well before halftime of Thursday’s game against Braswell. That’s all the time the Raiders needed to put the game away. Ryan scored five first-half touchdowns...

Football: Despite odds, Braswell sees value in Ryan game

Braswell coach Cody Moore doesn’t have to be told his team is outmatched. He’s leading a first-year program that has struggled to be competitive in the first month of the season against one of the top teams in the state tonight when the Bengals face No. 3 Ryan at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.


Ryan all alone at 5-0

Ryan is the only unbeaten team left in District 5-5A. It’s been a long time since anyone could say that.


Raiders blast Broncos

It was billed as a showdown. The result was a beatdown. That’s the best way to describe Friday’s one-sided District 5-5A opener between Ryan and Denton. It’s been a crosstown rivalry that, even though it hadn’t been played since 2011, has been dominated by the Raiders. In the latest installment, Ryan showed just how big of a gap there is between two of the top six teams in the state.

Ryan tests Denton defense

Through the first four games of the Denton Broncos’ season, their defense has had just as much a hand in their victories as their offense. In three halves this season, their defense has held the opposing team to seven points or less while racking up 10 takeaways. In their District 5-5A opener, though, the Broncos’ defense had its hands full.

Ryan, Denton set to renew rivalry

There was a time when Ryan and Denton were the only high schools in town. They would square off every season on the field and everyone in the community came to watch. To this day, there are fans who refer to it as the Denton school district’s original rivalry.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan stays perfect in 5-5A play

SHERMAN — The Ryan Lady Raiders kept their District 5-5A record perfect Tuesday night with a four-set victory against the Sherman Lady Bearcats 25-17, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17.


Senior setter Warnack a steady leader for surging Lady Raiders

Ryan setter Brynn Warnack has a reputation among teammates for being a bit of an old fogey. Many of them joke Warnack, a senior and Lubbock Christian commit, can’t hear well unless they make eye contact with her first. They say she’s also notorious for being in bed by 8 p.m. most nights — even if it means leaving early from a team gathering.

Rivalries about to reignite in 5-5A

When the new District 5-5A was announced at realignment day in February, most eyes in the room likely took note that three Denton schools made up nearly half of the seven teams.

Ex-Ryan player Javaris Steward charged in robbery

Javaris Steward, a former senior defensive lineman at Ryan High School, turned himself in to UNT police Saturday in connection with a Sept. 6 aggravated robbery.


No. 3 Ryan rolls on past Frisco Lone Star

It’s not like Ryan’s offense played poorly in its first three games. But after relying so heavily on second-half heroics, even the Raiders were itching to start fast for a change — and perhaps build some cushion in the process. Ryan, ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll, got the fast start it was looking for Friday and, with a suffocating defense in tow, decimated No. 5 Frisco Lone Star for a 51-34 win at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Lone Star hung around for the most part but turned the ball over four times.

Ryan to face Rangers in top-five battle

Ryan coach Dave Henigan and Frisco Lone Star’s Jeff Rayburn were in the same boat on realignment day in February. Both coaches had just led their teams to deep playoff runs, and were favorites to again compete for state titles. But as they worked the room that day trying to round out their nondistrict schedules, that success was working against them.


Sanders, Ryan rally again

WYLIE — Perhaps Ryan simply feels more comfortable playing from behind. That certainly appears to be this team’s modus operandi. The Raiders, ranked third in the state, have trailed at halftime in all three of their games this season. But rather than panic, they continue to find a way to win.

Raiders looking to craft fast start

Ryan coach Dave Henigan sees what everyone else sees. He’s just not bent out of shape about it.

Unbeaten Ryan rallies

MESQUITE — A safe assumption heading into this season was that Ryan’s drop to Class 5A would make the Raiders a tough team to beat — and so far that is true. But they clearly are skating on thin ice. Ryan scored 17 second-half points and forced two turnovers in a 24-13 win against Mesquite Poteet at Mesquite Memorial Stadium to push its regular-season win streak to 12 games.

Ryan heads to Poteet

Ryan won last week’s opener despite a slew of mistakes that would have cost most teams a victory. But for the Raiders, that’s not a validation of how difficult they are to beat. It’s proof that they have room to improve.

Ryan rallies for win over Lancaster

LANCASTER — Better late than never. That’s pretty much the feeling fans had watching Ryan’s offense sputter its way through the bulk of Friday’s season opener only to somehow stay within striking distance before churning out 28 straight points in the second half to pull out a 35-23 win against Lancaster at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium.

Ryan gets top-10 tilt for opener

It’s no secret Ryan is among the favorites to compete for a state title in Class 5A. To live up to that hype, the Raiders first must overcome a front-loaded schedule highlighted by three other ranked teams.


Slusser’s surprise

After a five-set victory against crosstown foe Ryan on Tuesday night, Guyer coach Erin Harden was going through the motions and looking at her team’s statistics when something stood out.


Ryan takes two in home dual

Ryan High School had a chance to pick up two wins on its home court in Tuesday’s dual with Dallas Wilson and Aubrey. Although the first match was no cakewalk, the Lady Raiders got what they came for.

Guyer takes 3 of 5 at tourney

The Guyer Lady Wildcats won three of five matches on the last day of the Nike ASC/Ryan Classic with Miles Baker earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Raiders’ Steward commits to UTSA

Ryan High School defensive lineman Javaris Steward announced Friday that he has verbally committed to Texas-San Antonio, possibly putting an end to an intriguing recruiting process that saw him decommit from two high-profile programs.


Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.

Volleyball roundup: Aubrey opens with home sweep

AUBREY — Aubrey’s Micayla Porter and Katherine Knight combined strong efforts to lead the Lady Chaps to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over the Callisburg Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Ryan’s Sargent serves up a big win

Ryan High School’s Hannah Sargent said she was oblivious to how well she was serving in Monday’s season opener. But it was clear very early she and her team knew exactly where to put the ball.

For the DRC

Ryan relying on veteran defense for title pursuit

At this time last year, Ryan High School had experienced players back at several key positions, and a handful of younger guys eager to make plays.

DISD to begin season ticket sales

Season tickets sales and renewals for the 2016 football season for Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan will begin Monday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Denton High School.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Golf: Kraft remains one shot behind leaders

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.

DRC file photo

Baseball: Coaches react to pitch count directive

A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.

DRC file photo

Ryan QB named MVP at Sanders camp

All in all, it was an impressive Saturday for Ryan High School quarterback Spencer Sanders. Sanders, who will be a junior this fall, was named MVP at his position at Deion Sanders’ Prime21 Camp presented by Under Armour on Saturday in Dallas.

Lady Raiders’ basketball assistant leaves for head coaching job at Dallas Kimball

Michael Pittman has been by the side of Ryan High School girls basketball coach Monesha Allen for 12 seasons, making him her longest-tenured assistant. That coaching relationship has come to a bittersweet end.

Ryan taps Buettner to coach softball

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.

Water polo stint readies Ryan grad for naval career

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.

Football: Ryan defender Robinson commits to SMU

In 2014, Delano Robinson was on a Ryan team that finished 5-5 to snap a 14-year playoff streak. Robinson and the Raiders won 13 games the next year and now are seen as state title contenders.

Baseball: Hebron bounces Raiders in first round

CARROLLTON — Less than 24 hours after being overwhelmed by Hebron’s Nick Fraze in the opener of a best-of-three playoff series, Ryan didn’t do much better against Hawks ace Zach Deloach.


Baseball: Raiders facing elimination

Ryan pitcher Jordan Box kept his team in Friday’s playoff opener. Hebron’s Nick Fraze slammed the door shut.


Baseball: Ryan tops Guyer for berth

Josh Mears made things harder than they should have been at times Friday. But it was difficult to tell if Ryan’s senior leftie was ever feeling the pressure.

Track and field: Ryan's Stuchell earns trip to UIL state meet

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.

Baseball: Wildcats beat Raiders 5-2 to set up showdown for playoff spot

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.

Baseball: Ryan, Guyer face must-win finale

The playoff scenario that Ryan faced Wednesday against Guyer was simple — win and you’re in. Still, the Raiders had just enough cushion in the standings should things go sour.