Football: Rockwall spoils Ryan’s hopes for a debut victory

Ryan knew what it needed to accomplish if it wanted to pick up a win against Rockwall on Friday night. For most of the contest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders contained Rockwall’s high-powered offense. But three big plays — all of which ended in points for Rockwall — stifled hopes of a glorious debut for many of Ryan’s players and coaches.

Football: Ryan plays on without seniors, Florence

The moments before the first game of the season will be different for everybody in Ryan’s locker room tonight.

Video: Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, who will make his first varsity start this Friday in the season-opener against Rockwall.

Volleyball roundup: Ryan, Calvary perform well at tournaments

GAINESVILLE — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed third place in this weekend’s NCTC Invitational on Saturday after winning two of three matches on the day.Ryan (9-5) defeated Whitesboro 19-25, 25-12, 25-18...

Football: Sanders shines as Ryan starter

A two-play stretch in Friday night’s scrimmage between Ryan and Grapevine offered a glimpse into what the season could be like for Ryan freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Raiders sweep Denison

DENISON — The Ryan Lady Raiders claimed a sweep of host Denison on Friday, winning 25-22, 25-15, 25-21.

Football: Denton teams head into final tuneups

Over the years, Guyer coach John Walsh has tested his relatively young program against some of the most tradition-rich teams in the state.

Football: Raiders ‘better’ after scrimmage

The referees may have thrown their arms upward to signal touchdowns Friday night, but the scoreboard didn’t change in Ryan’s scrimmage against North Crowley.

Football notebook: Ryan to scrimmage Panthers

Ryan coach Dave Henigan knows his depth chart looks a little murky with the season opener against Rockwall looming Aug. 29.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Football: Williams leaves Southern Miss

A week before J.T. Williams signed his letter of intent to play at Southern Mississippi, the Ryan defensive tackle’s college plans were still murky.

Football: ‘Good to be back’

The Ryan football team gathered around coach Dave Henigan on the practice field Monday morning before the day got hotter and the task got longer.

Local volleyball teams face changing landscape

A strong argument could have been made last year that Argyle’s volleyball team was the second-best in all of Class 3A.

Football: Midnight practice on tap for some as workouts begin

Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.

Baseball: Jackson traded to M’s

Ryan grad Austin Jackson was part of a blockbuster, three-team trade that brought former Cy Young winner David Price to the AL Central leading Tigers. Jackson was traded to the Seattle Mariners as part of the deal.

Football: Mean Green standout Patrick Cobbs added to Ryan staff

Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.

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Baseball: ‘All the potential’

ARLINGTON — Each time Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson went to the plate Tuesday night against the Rangers, there was a consistency to his routine.

Water polo: Denton teams await UIL decision

When the Denton school district’s water polo program was created in 1999, coach Chris Cullen and his teams struggled, to say the least.

Baseball: White Sox draft Ryan alum Choplick

Adam Choplick knew what it felt like to be chosen in baseball’s first-year player draft. Right after the left-handed pitcher graduated from Ryan and before he started playing for Oklahoma, he was taken in the 2011 draft.

Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet set for Monday

Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.

Track and field: Ryan emerges with bronze in 800 relay

AUSTIN — In a star-studded field for the Class 5A boys 800-meter relay on Saturday night at the UIL state track and field meet, Ryan head coach Janson Head knew his team would need to have everything go right to get a chance at a medal.

Track and field: Steady nerves

In the sweltering Texas summer heat, Ryan junior Maurice Gordon could feel his mustache moving. The heat, combined with Gordon’s nerves before his track events, unsettled Gordon more than usual prior to one of his events during a summer track meet. Gordon’s lack of food or liquids before the event had him thinking his facial hair was shuffling around his face.

Key cogs to join Florence at DISD

Two of the men who helped build Ryan’s football program will be joining their former boss in his new endeavor.

Soccer: Alspach named 11-4A MVP

A year removed from winning the Class 4A state championship, the Guyer girls soccer team fell short of repeating in 2014 but still was well represented on the All-District 11-4A team.

Track and field: Guyer girls win regional track crown

Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.

Track and field: Norton wins 3,200, earns state berth

Guyer’s Devin Norton became the first local athlete to punch a ticket to next week’s UIL state track and field meet, winning the girls 3,200 meters at the Class 4A Region I meet at Abilene’s McMurry University on Friday.

Baseball roundup: Liberty rallies past Covenant

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian erupted for six runs over its final two at-bats Friday as the Warriors defeated Colleyville Covenant 7-4.

Track & field: Tough regional competition awaits Ryan

A few of Ryan’s track and field athletes were focused on boys coach Janson Head’s computer, ignoring the awards from the previous weekend’s area meet. For a few minutes Monday morning, everybody was fixated on Head’s weekend project — a compilation of the top times from around the state.

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.

Wise choice

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.