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Baseball: Former Ryan star Austin Jackson traded to Cubs

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Ryan standout Austin Jackson is on the move again.

Sanders, Ryan blast Rockwall in opener

ROCKWALL — Since suffering a season-ending knee injury late last season, Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has been waiting for the chance to show what he can do. Before that injury, he showed flashes of...

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Football: Raiders focused

Tyreke Davis had barely made it out the back door of the Ryan fieldhouse this week when he was met with several playful jeers from his teammates, who were just starting to warm up for afternoon practice.

Volleyball: Big runs propel Ryan to easy win

It was clear very early in Tuesday’s match that Ryan’s offense was on point. Wichita Falls did little to stand in the way.


Football: Ryan gets one key test

Ryan will visit Grapevine tonight for its lone scrimmage of the fall. But as excited as the Raiders are to go toe-to-toe with another team, all eyes are on next week’s season opener at Rockwall.


Football: Ryan ‘sharp’ in first practice

Ryan coach Dave Henigan wasn’t sure which one of his players was the first to walk through the door to the field house on Monday.

Volleyball: Ryan tops Little Elm in four sets to open season

LITTLE ELM — Ryan’s match at Little Elm on Monday turned out to be a stereotypical season opener.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

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...

Football: Ryan seeks new playoff run

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.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

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.

Volleyball: Ryan to host fundraiser tournament

To create buzz for the coming season, Ryan is heading outdoors to play volleyball.

Baseball: Blue Jays sign former Ryan star Knight

With about 10 rounds left in last week’s first-year player draft, former Ryan standout Nash Knight was starting to believe he wouldn’t get his chance to play professional baseball.

Former Ryan start drafted third time

Hearing his name called during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has never gotten old for former Ryan standout Adam Choplick.

Football: Raiders return to scrimmage scene

Ryan’s first spring scrimmage in nearly a decade went off without a hitch Thursday. Coach Dave Henigan saw what he wanted from several positions of concern, nobody got hurt and the Raiders were off the field in 30 minutes.


Track and field: Vaulting to the top

When Ryan’s Avery Stuchell competes in the pole vault this weekend at the UIL Class 6A state track and field meet in Austin, those going against the relative newcomer may not have as big an advantage as one would think.

Track and field: Denton relay foursome collects regional title

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.

Water polo: Guyer places fourth in state water polo tourney

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.

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NFL: Raiders take Edwards Jr. in NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. had it all when he arrived at Ryan midway through his high school career — from size to speed to a drive to succeed.

Track and Field: Ryan’s Stuchell earns state meet berth

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.

Track and Field: Raider relay teams continue to dominate

Jordan Murray isn’t the only one who has been looking at Ryan track coach Janson Head a bit sideways at practice.

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Football: Edwards leads trio of local hopefuls in 2015 NFL Draft

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.

Football: Ryan makes return to spring practices

For a long time, Ryan has been one of those programs that doesn’t participate in spring football. Now the Raiders will, but that doesn’t mean spring ball is here to stay.

Nicholas Gay named Ryan volleyball coach

Nicholas Gay has been a head coach for two volleyball programs and does not know what it’s like to miss the playoffs. Now he takes over a Ryan team that he says can — and will — regain its winning form.

Softball: Ryan eliminated from race despite win

Ryan was a long shot to make the playoffs entering Wednesday’s District 5-6A game against Keller Fossil Ridge. The Lady Raiders’ ensuing win — an impressive 3-0 decision at Tina Minke Field — kept those slim hopes alive.

Baseball: Ryan hits wasted in loss to Keller

Despite outhitting first-place Keller, Ryan committed six errors and fell behind early in a 4-1 District 5-6A loss Wednesday.

Volleyball: Ryan’s Cindy Williams set to retire

Longtime Ryan volleyball coach Cindy Williams confirmed her retirement Monday, ending a coaching career that spanned 37 years and included stops at Pilot Point and Whitesboro.

Baseball: Ryan pounds Panthers for second district win

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.

Motor sports: Ryan grad making second lap of Sprint Cup career

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.’

Tennis: Guyer’s Roberts qualifies for regionals

Guyer’s Brooke Roberts overcame a late loss Friday at the District 5-6A tennis tournament to finish second overall, beating teammate Nathalie Wetherington 6-4, 6-3 in a playback match to qualify for the regional tournament.

Softball: Starkey tosses one-hitter to beat Ryan

Whatever control issues Guyer ace Shayne Starkey had been dealing with lately were absent Wednesday — just like Ryan’s bats.

Boys soccer: McKinney Boyd too much for Ryan boys

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.

Girls soccer: Plano West edges Lady Raiders in playoff opener

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.

Soccer: Playoff spots long overdue for Ryan girls, boys

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.


Softball: Ryan loses late lead

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.

Baseball: Ryan’s own

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.


Soccer: Ryan clinches playoff berth

In soccer, one goal can make all the difference. The Ryan Raiders’ Isacc Barcenas used his boot to lift his team to a road victory against crosstown rival Guyer 1-0 on Friday night.

Baseball: Slower Kennedy still valuable to Raiders

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.


Girls soccer: Tight match

Ryan notched a 1-0 win against crosstown rival Guyer on Friday to close the regular season and now must find a way to keep its momentum heading into a playoff opener that’s two weeks away.


Soccer: On to playoffs

With its first playoff berth since 2012 already wrapped up, Ryan had very little on the line in Tuesday’s District 5-6A clash with Justin Northwest. That didn’t stop the Lady Raiders from making a statement.

Baseball: Ryan focused on wins, offense

After a two-year run that saw Ryan struggle mightily against perhaps the top pitching prospects the state had to offer, the Raiders begin this season expecting an immediate uptick in their offense.


Ryan grad Edwards could get to make Romo feel old

There probably isn’t a player in this year’s NFL draft who knows more about the Cowboys than former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. The Florida State defensive end grew up around the club. He’s been to...

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Swimming: Pyrch’s flinch bounces him from state meet

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.


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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.

Softball: Ryan opens with three victories

LITTLE ELM — The Ryan Lady Raiders softball team opened the 2015 season Thursday with three impressive wins at the Little Elm tournament.

Softball: Ryan leans on youth for return to glory days

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.


Boy's basketball: Clean sweep

Ryan had a chance to steal another District 5-6A win with some last-second heroics on Tuesday. Guyer had other ideas and, thanks to a rare miss by the suddenly red-hot Raiders, put an end to its rivals’ late-season playoff push.


Girl's basketball: Guyer girls give Ryan trouble

Guyer coach Andrea Robinson will take a 24-point win any night of the week, but on Tuesday night, she said she will not always be happy with one.

Swimming: Ryan’s Pyrch headed to state

Ryan’s Austin Pyrch is headed to Austin and the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships after his performance Saturday at the Class 6A Region 2 meet in Lewisville.


Football: Ryan’s Bolisomi makes it official with Horned Frogs

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.

Basketball: Ryan boys crush Fossil Ridge in lopsided win

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.