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.
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.