Ryan boys coach Robert Lamon said his team prepared in the best way it could in its District 5-6A bi-district playoff match against one of the toughest teams in the country — McKinney Boyd.
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.
For Ryan’s Cade Kennedy, jetting around the basepaths used to feel effortless. Not once did he second-guess stealing a base last year, and when the Raiders needed him to stretch for a double, he was already rounding first.
AUSTIN — No race in swimming is more dependent on a good start than the 50-meter freestyle, where half a second is the difference between winning and not qualifying for the event finals.
Don’t judge Austin Pyrch by where he placed at regionals. A closer look shows that Pyrch, a Ryan senior, boasts the fourth-fastest time in the state in the 50-yard freestyle heading into the state swimming and diving meet today at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
Tucked away in a corner on Ryan softball coach Aimee Foutch’s desk is a DVD of Ryan’s 2007 Class 4A state final loss to Boerne. The video is kept inside the same package it was mailed in and rarely sees the light of day. Foutch has never watched it.
Like many Denton-area recruits, Ryan’s David Bolisomi didn’t get much sleep Tuesday night in anticipation of national signing day. The mammoth offensive tackle said he stayed up until 3 a.m. watching ESPNU but didn’t skip a beat when he woke up before dawn to head in for his big day.
With only five games left and just a handful of District 5-6A wins under its belt, Ryan hasn’t had a lot to brag about this season. One thing is for certain, though: When the Raiders win, they win big.
The Denton Broncos swim team, led by a pair of freshmen, Janna Herron and Seth Hermann, grabbed second place finishes in the boys and girls divisions at the District 6-5A Swim and Dive Championships in Grapevine on Saturday and will have contestants in 19 events to the UIL Class 5A regionals in two weeks in Mansfield.
Three years ago, Tyrus Johnson was sitting in the stands at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin watching Ryan take on Houston Yates in the Class 4A state semifinals. His older brother Sam was a starter for...
Tyrus Johnson wasn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of having to eat his words when he guaranteed this week that Ryan would beat Keller Central on Tuesday, but just for good measure, he made sure to back up what he said on the court. The 6-3 freshman guard poured in a game-high 24 points — 14 in the first half — and Ryan held Central to four points in the fourth quarter on its way to a dominating 71-33 win at Billy Ryan Gym.
Guyer went from doing everything it could to just keep the score close early in Friday’s District 5-6A showdown with Ryan to flat-out burying its crosstown rival in the second half en route to a 51-31 win.
The Iron Bridge Classic boys soccer tournament has gone through several changes since it was started by Guyer coach Cody Schroeder in the 2007 season. When the ninth annual event kicks off today, it will see perhaps the biggest change yet in a big development for the Denton school district, as it will feature all three DISD high schools for the first time.
Ryan came into Friday trailing Keller by one game in the District 5-6A standings. A win would have made quite the statement for the Lady Raiders who, midway through the fourth quarter, looked well on their way to knocking off the district’s only unbeaten team.
There likely was a small part of Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet that really wanted to soak in the Raiders’ first district win in more than two seasons on Tuesday. The victory was long overdue for a tradition-rich program that isn’t far removed from its last state tournament appearance.
The Guyer Wildcats won their first game as a member of District 5-6A, defeating Keller Fossil Ridge 82-37 on Friday behind Sean Choate’s 26 points.
SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.
The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.
Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.
On Thursday night, before Ryan and Guyer had even taken the field at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders received bad news when they were eliminated from postseason contention. Friday night was no better for Ryan thanks to a dominant display by the Wildcats, who cruised to a 52-7 win against their crosstown foe.
When Guyer and Ryan renew their crosstown rivalry tonight, one team will look to wrap up a dominating run in District 5-6A before turning its attention to the postseason. The other will play for nothing more than pride.
Ryan needs just about everything to go its way this week to make the playoffs for a 15th straight year, beginning tonight when the Raiders will watch for the outcome of a game that could end their postseason hopes before they even take the field Friday against Guyer.