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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
  • UAH Throttles UNA in GSC Tournament Opener

    HUNTSVILLE | Behind a terrific performance from sophomore Seab Webster, the UAH men’s basketball team on Tuesday night dominated North Alabama at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall by a 97-79 score to move on to the GSC Tournament semifinals on Friday evening in Birmingham. UAH improves to 21-8 with the win, while UNA’s season finishes at 13-16. UAH will face Union on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Pete Hanna Center on the campus of Samford University. The Chargers fed the […]

  • State Semifinal Action on Thursday From Birmingham

    Birmingham, Ala. – (WHNT) Five area teams were in action Thursday hoping to punch their tickets to the state championship game on Saturday. Below are recaps of each team game involving teams from North Alabama courtesy of the AHSAA.   Class 6A Girls Semifinals Homewood 66, Austin 40 The Lady Patriots clinched their first-ever berth in the Class 6A girls state basketball finals with a strong second-half finish to beat Austin 66-40. Homewood (29-4), coached by JoVanka Ward, outscored Austin […]

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    One Hour Delay for Thursday’s State Basketball Games at the BJCC

    Birmingham, Ala. – (WHNT) Thursday’s games at the BJCC are being delayed one hour according to the AHSAA. Games scheduled for the Birmingham Crossplex will begin at the normal time. Thursday Schedule – BJCC Legacy Arena 10:00 a.m.      Homewood vs. Austin (6A Girls Semi-Finals) 11:30 a.m.      Homewood vs. Lee-Huntsville (6A Boys Semi-Finals) 1 p.m.             Shades Valley vs. Blount (6A Girls Semi-Finals) 2:30 p.m.        Woodlawn vs. Carver-Montgomery (6A Boys Semi-Finals) 4:00 p.m.        Hazel Green vs. Jeff Davis (7A Girls Semi-Finals) 5:30 […]

  • Tuesday’s Action from the AHSAA Finals

    Birmingham, Ala. – (WHNT) Teams from North Alabama were a perfect 6-0 Tuesday inside Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Below are some short recaps of the games courtesy of the AHSAA. Westminster Christian 41, Straughn 37    Westminster Christian (21-11) handed veteran coach Ronnie Stapler the 699th win of his high school coaching career Tuesday night with a 41-37 victory over Straughn in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 4A boys state tournament. Playing the semifinals for the first time in […]

  • Day One at the AHSAA Finals

    Class 1A Girls Semifinals Keith 52, Decatur Heritage 34    The Lady Bears (26-5) advanced to the AHSAA Class 1A girls’ state basketball finals with a defensive effort. Coach Cecil Williams’ girls limited Decatur Heritage to 14 points in the first half and out-scored the Eagles 20-10 in the fourth quarter to move into the championship game for the second year in a row. Harriet Winchester scored 20 points and passed out five assists to pace Keith.  Zykia Pettway also […]

  • Decatur Heritage Won’t Let Winter Weather Slow Down Its Pursuit of a Championship

    Decatur, Ala. – (WHNT) It’s not everyday you qualify for the state semifinals and for Decatur Heritage it’s been a long time coming. The weather forecast predicted an 11:00 a.m. start to the snow for Decatur and it’s surrounding area so Lady Eagles head coach Paula Armstrong knew she could get her team on the court in the early morning. School was closed Friday, but time is too precious to waste with just three days before the 1A girls state […]

  • Complete Schedule of the AHSAA Basketball Finals in Birmingham

    AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Feb. 23-Feb. 28, Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham   MONDAY, FEB. 23 Class 1A Girls Decatur Heritage (23-5) vs. Keith (27-5), 9 a.m. Spring Garden (32-2) vs. Brantley (27-2), noon Class 1A Boys Phillips (26-5) vs. Sunshine (27-4), 10:30 a.m. Sacred Heart (24-8) vs. A.L. Johnson (14-4), 1:30 p.m.   Class 2A Girls Red Bay (23-9) vs. Holy Spirit (24-2), 3 p.m. Section (22-6) vs. Geneva County (23-8), 6 p.m. Class 2A Boys Tanner (13-13) vs. LaFayette […]

  • Jack Doss, Johnson End Butler’s Dream in Final Season

    Jacksonville, Al – (WHNT) The outcome of Thursday’s Northeast regional final between Johnson and Butler became apparent from the opening tip. John Petty threw down one his signature dunks which set the tone for a 20 point victory over the Rebels. The loss likely marks an end to one of the most successful boys basketball programs in Alabama history. Butler has six state championships to it’s name with five coming under the direction of Jack Doss in the early 2000’s. […]

  • Five Area Teams Advance to State on Wednesday

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Class 1A Central Regional Finals Sunshine 84, Akron 54 (Sunshine (27-4) is Central Qualifier Northwest Regional Finals Phillips 55, South Lamar 52 4 OT  (Phillips (26-5) is Northwest Qualifier) South Regional Finals A.L. Johnson 72, Georgiana 68 (A.L. Johnson (14-4) is South Qualifier) Northeast Regional Finals Sacred Heart 65, Talladega County Central 54 (Sacred Heart (24-8) is Northeast Qualifier)   Class 2A Central Regional Finals LaFayette 61, Francis Marion 54 (LaFayette (23-5) is Central Qualifier Northwest […]

  • Six Area Teams Punch Tickets to State Tuesday

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Class 1A Northwest Regional Finals Phillips 55, South Lamar 52 4 OT  (Phillips (26-5) is Northwest Qualifier) Northeast Regional Finals Sacred Heart 65, Talladega County Central 54 (Sacred Heart (24-8) is Northeast Qualifier) Class 2A Northwest Regional Finals Tanner (13-13) 47,  Altamont 41 (Northwest Qualifer) Northeast Regional Finals Vincent 51, Fyffe 45 (Vincent (22-9) is Northeast Qualifier Class 3A Northwest Regional Finals Madison Academy vs. Winfield (23-7), Wednesday, Feb. 18, 3:15 p.m. (revised) Northeast Regional Finals […]

  • Monday’s Regional Action From Wallace State and Jacksonville State

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Class 1A Central Regional Finals Akron vs. Sunshine (23-4), Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Northwest Regional Finals Phillips (24-5) vs. South Lamar, Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. South Regional Finals A.L. Johnson vs. Georgiana, Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Northeast Regional Finals Sacred Heart (23-8) vs. Talladega County Central (21-10), Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.   Class 2A Central Regional Finals LaFayette vs. Francis Marion, Wed., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.   Northwest Regional Finals Tanner (13-13) […]

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    Tuesday’s Regional Final Action Delayed One Hour at Wallace State and Jacksonville State

    Hanceville, Ala. – (WHNT) The threat for winter weather on Monday night in to Tuesday morning has delayed regional  basketball tournament action by one hour. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced the decision Monday evening. Below is an adjusted schedule of the regional finals at Wallace State and Jacksonville State. Northeast Regional Adjusted Tuesday Schedule 10:00 a.m.:  7A Girls Championship   Gadsden City vs. Huntsville 11:45 a.m. : 7A Boys Championship   Mountain Brook vs. Gadsden City 1:30 p.m. :   2A Girls […]


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