Girls basketball: Denton hires Ryan’s Taylor as head coach

After eight years at Ryan as an assistant coach, Erin Taylor has been selected as Denton’s next head girls basketball coach, replacing the retiring Dennis Krishka.

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Ryan senior Marti Gay signs a national letter of intent to play tennis at University of Virginia-Wise. Gay reached the regional quarterfinals as a sophomore and is ranked in the top 10 of Ryan’s graduating class. Also pictured is coach Christopher Brown.

Track and field: Raiders cruise to area title

COPPELL — Ryan will not have to worry about a lack of representation at next week’s UIL Class 5A Region I meet at Texas Tech.

Baseball: A season first

When Ryan sophomore Manny Torralba stepped on home plate on Friday night, the home fans and team were able to celebrate something for the first time this season.

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Softball: One last time

As the long introductions were rattled off Tuesday night at Tina Minke Field, Ryan senior Carol Raabe was waiting to wake up.

Track and field: Cross ready to lead Raiders

It only takes a quick glance during warm-ups to see what makes Ryan junior Terell Cross a little different from his track and field peers.

Softball: Ryan blows seven-run lead, chance for 5-5A win

The feeling after Ryan’s softball game Tuesday night was a feeling the Lady Raiders knew all too well.

Track and field: Ryan boys win District 5-5A title

CARROLLTON — The Ryan Raiders took their first step toward advancing to May’s state track and field meet Thursday when they claimed the District 5-5A team championship at Hebron.

Baseball roundup: McMann shines as Liberty run-rules TCA

ADDISON — Connor McMann pitched a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts, and Hunter Griffith had three RBIs as Liberty Christian run-ruled Addison Trinity Christian 10-0 on Friday.

Baseball: Fishing 5-5A's rough waters

When Ryan junior Ryan Burks is peering down from the pitching mound toward the plate, there is a certain serenity he is seeking.

Track and field: Football players among seniors leading Raiders to district track meet

Before the Ryan boys stepped outside for track and field practice Monday afternoon, sophomore Ken McLaurin asked coach Janson Head if they were still on for the yearly dinner before the district meet.

Softball: Hebron tops Lady Raiders

Ryan had a four-run lead over Hebron through five innings on Tuesday and looked well on the way to notching its first District 5-5A win.

Baseball: Raiders fall to Jags twice

It wasn’t hard to see why Flower Mound’s quartet of pitchers will be headed to big-time colleges in the near future.

Softball/baseball roundup: Lady Falcons blank Denton; Ryan falls to Marcus

CORINTH — Leading 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake Dallas erupted for eight runs in the frame to earn a 10-0 run-rule victory over Denton Friday.

Track and field: Raiders’ 800 relay comes up big in Austin

Ryan head boys track and field coach Janson Head conceded that the talent pool in Austin this past weekend was stronger than it will be in a few weeks for the Class 5A state track and field meet.

Track and field: Thompson wins 110 hurdles

AUSTIN — Ryan’s boys 800-meter relay team and Argyle senior Reese Thompson were two of the area’s top performers on the final day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Baseball: Missed chances burn Ryan

Ryan had early chances in Friday night’s game to get some runs across against Coppell. In the first three innings, Ryan’s offense walked back to the dugout with a runner stranded 60 feet away from home.

Track and field: Ryan, Guyer relay teams make final

AUSTIN — Both the Ryan and Guyer boys 800 relay teams qualified for the Division II final during Friday’s prelimaries at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Softball: Ryan struggles continue

The patience that Ryan coach Aimee Foutch has for her young team appears limitless, but lack of production at the plate and mounting errors have the Lady Raiders facing an uphill climb in a loaded District 5-5A.

Track and field: Area athletes head to Austin

Several local track and field athletes will descend upon Austin this weekend for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas.

Girls soccer: Lady Raiders make progress

Senior Kat Knabe kept looking at the clock last Friday night, waiting for the final buzzer to sound in Ryan’s season finale.

Baseball roundup: Ryan falls to 0-4 in district

LEWISVILLE — After Ryan tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Lewisville picked up a 4-3 walk-off win against the Raiders on Friday night to keep Ryan winless in District 5-5A play.

Baseball notebook: Raiders seek to improve

Before Ryan’s baseball team stepped onto the field for Thursday’s practice, coach Bret Warnack called one of the players into his office.

Softball: Ryan showing confidence heading into District 5-5A play

After the first tournament of the season, things weren’t looking great for Ryan’s softball team. The Lady Raiders took a trip south for the Bryan/College Station tournament, and they came back with one win and five losses. Since that point, things are looking a lot better.

Baseball: Marcus one-hits Raiders

For the first two innings of Ryan’s game Friday night, the Raiders were staying within striking distance of one of Class 5A’s best baseball teams.

Track and field: Williams chasing Ryan record in 200

By the time Ryan was in the midst of its football playoff run last fall, Cameron Williams already had been taken off the roster.

Boys basketball: Ponder loads up 9-2A team

Judging by the way Ponder’s boys basketball season ended over the weekend in Austin, it’s no surprise to see the way the Lions were represented on the District 9-2A all-district team that was released Monday.

Football: Tolleson named to take over Ryan’s defense

The man who commanded Ryan’s defense for the last 14 years decided it was time to vacate his office. His replacement will slide down the hall in the Ryan fieldhouse into the empty space, hoping to continue the Raiders’ tradition of playing good defense.

Baseball: Raiders ready for 5-5A play

As Ryan team members swatted away low tosses inside the team’s hitting shed on Monday morning, Ryan head coach Bret Warnack stepped away from his work in the back of the shed.

Track & field: Ryan boys win meet in Mesquite

The Ryan boys continued their stellar season with another first-place finish.

Baseball: Liberty beats Ryan, earns split at tourney

FRISCO — Liberty Christian split it’s final two games in the Tournament of Champions Saturday, topping Ryan 4-1 and falling to Lucas Lovejoy 7-5.

Girls soccer: Ryan falls to Lewisville

There weren’t many scoring chances to speak of in Friday night’s District 5-5A game between Ryan and visiting Lewisville.

Roundup: Pilot Point’s Gallaway tosses no-hitter

PILOT POINT — Preslee Gallaway pitched a no-hitter as Pilot Point defeated Sunnyvale 3-0 on Friday in District 12-2A action.

Soccer: Playoff berths up for grabs

Argyle boys head coach Daniel Lundy concedes that his team put itself in its current situation.

Girls basketball: Districts release 2013-14 teams

Fresh off its run to the girls basketball state tournament, Argyle landed a few notable players on the 10-3A all-district team.

Girls soccer: Ryan offense finds spark in 5-5A play

FLOWER MOUND — Brian Beddow’s first season as Ryan’s girls soccer coach continues to be a struggle, but he can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Girls basketball: Coffey to call state tournament games

There was a time when Robb Coffey’s voice wasn’t as deep, powerful or pleasant on the microphone.

Softball roundup: Ryan wins four

Ryan had a big day Saturday in the Tina Minke Memorial Tournament, winning four straight games after losing their first game of the day to Trophy Club Nelson 11-3.

Football: Ex-Ryan standout returns home

Jordan Richmond, a former Ryan standout who began his career at Texas A&M, has transferred to North Texas.

Baseball/softball: Several tourneys begin today

Days of preparation by booster clubs and coaches at local high schools will be rewarded today. Denton and Argyle’s baseball fields will serve as two of the five sites for the Russell Athletic North Texas Classic, while Ryan and Liberty Christian will be the host schools for the James Taylor Classic. In softball, Ryan will play host to the Tina Minke Tournament.

Football: Ryan players named to all-state squad

BRYAN — Allen junior quarterback Kyler Murray and Cedar Hill defensive lineman Xavier Washington are the players of the year on the 63rd annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state team.

Boys soccer: Lewisville shuts out Raiders

Three District 5-5A games, all losses, and not a single goal scored. It’s a harsh reality for Ryan, whose 2-0 loss to previously winless Lewisville on Friday has the Raiders fighting an uphill battle very early in the district schedule.

Basketball notebook: Denton seeks consecutive playoff berths

On Saturday, the Denton boys will be looking for that final play, the strong finish that was lacking in Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Trophy Club Nelson, when the Broncos were a few plays away from wrapping up District 5-4A’s final playoff berth.

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Football: Henigan named new head coach at Ryan

For years, Dave Henigan could be spotted in the Ryan football fieldhouse. He can be found on the team portraits hanging on the walls, his brief stint as Ryan’s offensive coordinator cemented in pictures from the Raiders’ rise to one of the state’s best football programs.

Football: Finalist for Ryan head post to be presented

The finalist for the vacant Ryan head football coach and athletic director positions will be presented at tonight’s school board meeting, Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence said Monday.

Basketball/soccer roundup: Marcus routs Raiders

FLOWER MOUND — The Ryan boys fell to 0-9 in District 5-5A with a 58-27 loss at Flower Mound Marcus on Friday night.

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Football: Linemen lead Raiders off to college

Commitment-related tension building over the last few weeks was nowhere to be found around Ryan’s football fieldhouse Wednesday morning.

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Football: Heard headlines group of area players signing with colleges

It’s been a long time coming for Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard. Despite a few bumps in the road, the senior is set to sign his national letter of intent today to play college football for Texas, where he committed to following his sophomore season before he was a two-time state champion.

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Football: Ryan, Guyer reunited in 6A

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — For the last couple of weeks, Joey Florence has tried to adjust to his new life as the Denton school district athletic director. After 14 years of success as Ryan’s head coach, he’s coming across new firsts in his new position, and Monday was no different.

Basketball: Coppell rolls past Raiders

The Ryan boys basketball team has been able to play well in spurts over the last couple of games. Against Coppell on Friday night, the Raiders once again showed lengthy periods that signaled the improvement the team has made this season.