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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Wave runner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Basketball: Ryan wastes chance

Ryan had another golden opportunity Tuesday to perhaps inch itself into the playoff conversation by knocking off one of three teams that came into the night tied for the top spot in District 5-6A.

Swimming: Denton schools lead swim meets

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.

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Boys basketball: Ryan freshmen out to prove future is now

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...

Basketball: Confident Johnson leads Ryan to victory

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.

Boys basketball: Fire the next weapon

The Ryan boys basketball team picked a perfect night to try to score an upset over crosstown rival Guyer and dig itself out of an early hole in district play.

Girls basketball: Guyer uses strong half to bury Ryan

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.

Swimming: Guyer sweeps DISD meet team titles

The Guyer, Ryan and Denton swim teams got their final tuneup before next week’s district meets Thursday night at the Denton ISD Championships, and the Guyer Wildcats swept the boys and girls team titles.

Boys soccer: Denton only area team to prevail

Denton’s boys soccer team defeated Prosper 1-0 on Friday on the second day of the Iron Bridge Classic in Denton.

Boys soccer: All three DISD teams to take on Iron Bridge

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.

Basketball: Controversy averted

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.

Boys basketball: Raiders move on after end of skid

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.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Basketball roundup: Guyer wins District 5-6A debut

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.

Girls basketball: Defense makes offense for Ryan

Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson scoreless for about six minutes in the second quarter on Tuesday and, throughout the night, created countless turnovers in what was shaping up to be a one-sided District 5-6A game.

Basketball roundup: Lions move into tourney final

DECATUR — Ponder routed tournament host Decatur 71-45 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game, to be held at 7 p.m. today.

Girls basketball: Ryan blasts Lady Coyotes

It’s too soon to tell just how much Tuesday’s win against Anna will help Ryan in its District 5-6A opener on Friday, but considering it’s been a few years since the Lady Raiders went into district on such a high note, they’ll take it.

Basketball roundup: Ryan finishes third in Sanger tournament

SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.

Basketball roundup: Ryan, Liberty prevail at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.

Basketball roundup: Area quartet win at Sanger tourney

SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Volleyball: Hill, Keenan named district MVPs

Emily Hill had several goals entering her junior season at Guyer, and the outside hitter nailed one of them by finishing the regular season as the kills leader among Class 6A players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Basketball roundup: Lady Raiders rout Fort Worth Southwest

The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.