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I am so excited to be a part of the WHNT News 19 Sports team all the way from the Texas panhandle, where I covered, among other sports, high school football. It's the single most important aspect of life to sports fans in west Texas!

However, as much as the folks in the Lone Star State need their high school football, nothing compares to the passion and desire people in our state demand for their Alabama and Auburn coverage. I can say with great confidence the sports team here at WHNT News 19 will be your best source for everything that relates to the Tigers and Crimson Tide.

After graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, I got my "big break" as a news reporter at KFDA in Amarillo. This job allowed for me to eventually move into a sports career and the rest is history!

While football is my passion, I also have a great love for many other sports. In fact, slicing my driver in to the woods, air balling layups, and getting my skis crossed up on the slopes are common activities you can find me doing in my spare time.

While I believe football is more than just a game, it still pales in comparison to the importance of family and friends in my life. My mother, father and sister are without a doubt the backbone of my existence and I owe all my successes to them.

Please do not hesitate to send me an email if there is a cool sports story going on in your town! Because after all, this whole TV news thing isn't about me, it's about you! Email me at ryan.cody@whnt.com.

One of my favorite quotes: "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." - Walter Cronkite

Recent Articles
  • Two Buzzer Beaters and Three Overtimes. East Defeats West Limestone in County Semis, and the Austin Boys Beat Florence

    Ardmore, Ala. – (WHNT) The rivalry makes this one important regardless, but East and West Limestone turned in one of the better games of the season Friday night. Jaylyn Johnson’s buzzer beating three in overtime forced a second OT for the Lady Indians. In the third extra frame it was Kayla Carter of West who hit a shot as time expired to send the game into a 3rd OT. East Limestone pulled away after that to earn a spot in […]

  • Havoc Falls 4-2, But Raises Money for “Remarkable Rylan”

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The tough season continues for Huntsville continues as Louisiana handed the Havoc a 6th straight loss. There is definitely silver lining in the loss though. The team, along with the Alabama Chivers helped raise more than $2,000 for a little girl named Rylan. The money will help her family pay for expenses involved with her battle against Rett syndrome.

  • Lauderdale County Girls Set State Record With 73rd Consecutive Win

    Florence, Ala. – (al.com)Someone grab a pencil and eraser for the folks at the Alabama High School Athletic Association, because it’s time for a new entry in the record book. Lauderdale County pulled away in the fourth quarter to set the AHSAA girls state mark for consecutive wins at 73 with a 69-48 victory over Central-Florence in the second round of the county tournament tonight at Rogers High. Athens’ girls won 72 straight between 2001-03, capturing two 5A state titles during […]

  • Inaugural Marvin Stone Classic

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The story of Marvin Stone ended tragically with his passing in 2008. At the time, Stone was playing professionally in Saudi Arabia. The ending may have been sad for basketball fans in the Tennessee Valley, but the life of Marvin Stone is worth celebrating. That’s why a tournament tipped off in his honor in Huntsville.The Marvin Stone Classic featured several instantly classic games Monday at Spragins Hall. Click the link above for scores and highlights from a […]

  • Kerryon Johnson Named Mr. Football, Stiefel & Anderson Honored

    Montgomery, Ala. – (AHSAA) Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy became the 33rd recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football Award Wednesday at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon.  The Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association hosted the annual luncheon attended by more than 250 coaches, administrators and family members of the 48 finalists at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery. Johnson, a multi-talented,  6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back, helped the Mustangs go 14-1 […]

  • Two Milestones and an Upset: Busy Night of Night School Hoops

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) James Clemens head boys basketball coach Danny Petty earned his 700th career victory Tuesday night. His Jets defeated Athens 52-37. Down the road in Lauderdale County, the lady tigers ran their win streak to 70 games. They are now two wins shy of tying the state record for consecutive girls’ victories. Meanwhile over in new Hope, four Indians scored in double figures to lead their team over 6th ranked Geraldine 74-72.

  • Huntsville’s Keith Butler Promoted to Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator

    Pittsburgh, Penn. (al.com) Keith Butler is the new defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL team announced on Tuesday. Butler is a former football standout at Lee High School in Huntsville. Butler is replacing Dick LeBeau, who resigned on Saturday after 11 seasons as the Steelers’ defensive coordinator. to continue reading this story on al.com click here 

  • Inside the Helmet: Bellamy Wears the #HavocHockeyCam

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) It’s one of the toughest sports known to man. Hockey combines the elegance of figure skating with the aggression of football, and only a few can play at a high level. The Huntsville Havoc is in the midst of a brutally difficult stretch in team history. Losing 18 of their last 20 games, most of which by one goal. Most teams would stop playing hard after that, but Corey Bellamy continues to bring the intensity by […]

  • Havoc Wins It’s First Road Game of the Season

    Knoxville, Tenn. – (WHNT) The Huntsville Havoc notched it’s first road victory of the season Thursday night in Knoxville. The 4-2 win is the team’s first of this calendar year and snaps a four game losing streak. It is just the first of three to be played this weekend between the Havoc and Ice Bears.

  • Auburn’s Kris Frost Deciding Not to Enter NFL Draft, “We have some unfinished business.”

    Auburn, Ala. – (WHNT) Kris Frost is coming back for one more season on the plains. The Auburn linebacker confirmed his plans to auburntigers.com Thursday. Frost finished third on the team in tackles last season with 87 and joins fellow junior LB Cassanova McKinzy by deciding to stay one more season. “I’m excited to come back and I feel like we have some unfinished business and I feel like we can win a championship, Frost said about his reason for […]

  • Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon reportedly leaving Alabama for NFL draft

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (al.com) The list of Alabama early exits is growing. All-American receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon will join Landon Collins in leaving Alabama for the NFL draft,ESPN reported Thursday afternoon. A formal announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Tuscaloosa. Cooper is one of the top prospects as a top-10 pick following his record-breaking year. The third-place finisher in Heisman Trophy voting is the No. 1 receiver in the draft, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, […]

  • Havoc Down, But Not Out Heading Into Big Weekend

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The Havoc comes into this weekend’s three game series with Knoxville, having lost 16 of it’s last 17 games. The team sits in last place and seems to have a new roster every weekend. Despite all that, they are just 14 points out of the final playoff spot with multiple games left against every team in the league. “Just need to keep our heads in the right place,” Left Wing Corey Bellamy said Wednesday at practice. […]


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