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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
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    (al.com) Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams has been diagnosed with papillary type 2 cancer and will undergo kidney surgery, the NFL team announced on Monday afternoon. The former Alabama standout was trying to come back from two seasons wrecked by knee injuries when he ran into his latest health setback. “Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this,” Williams said in a statement released by the Seahawks. “I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a […]

  • Arab Wrestling Celebrates Dynasty

    Arab, Ala. (WHNT) In sports, the word “dynsasty” represents a prolonged period of dominance by one team or program. The Arab wrestling team certainly fits the definition. The Knights have won four state championships and finished 2nd three times over an 11 year span. This past weekend, coaches wrestlers, and administrators came together for a celebration of excellence. Senator Clay Scofield was also there with a proclamation from the Governor. “Arab high school wrestling is hereby declared a dynasty for […]

  • Madison Academy Travels to Montgomery With History in Mind

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Playing baseball in Montgomery is nothing new to Madison Academy. The Mustangs are making their 2nd straight trip to state and third in the last four years. This trip however, comes with a little extra pressure. “The only time we talk about it is when someone in the media asks us about it, “ head coach Mike Good said before one of the team’s final practices this week. “You guys tend to be more focused on it […]

  • Shoals Christian Wins 1A State Baseball Championship

    MONTGOMERY  — Senior pitcher Josh Vardeman scattered eight hits, allowed one earned run and struck out eight as Shoals Christian beat Brantley 6-4 in game two of the AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship series Wednesday as the Flame won the 2015 state championship. Vardeman (8-1) threw only 90 pitches walking only one. Shoals Christian (23-8) trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning but rallied for one run to pull to 4-3. Coach Jason Anderson’s Flame then […]

  • Three East Limestone Football Players Sign Scholarships

    Athens, Ala. (WHNT) The future is now for three former East Limestone football players. Alvin Hopkins, Blake Tucker and Jameson Anderson singed letters of intent Monday morning to play college ball. All three players are heading north for school which is tough to do for someone who’s lived in Limestone County their entire life. These boys have a positive attitude and are excited for the future. Click on the video to hear what they had to say about the decision.

  • AHSAA Softball Finals Schedule

    Montgomery, Ala (WHNT) Here is the schedule for the 2015 AHSAA Softball Finals CLASS 7A Hewitt-Trussville vs. Enterprise, Wed., 10 a.m. Sparkman vs. Theodore, Wed., 10 a.m. Central-Phenix City vs. Thompson, Wed., 11:30 a.m. Baker vs. Buckhorn, Wed., 11:30 a.m. Championship game: Thurs., 5:30 p.m. CLASS 6A Chelsea vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Fri., noon Southside-Gadsden vs. Daphne, Fri., noon Wetumpka vs. Oxford, Fri., noon Saraland vs. Cullman, Fri., noon Championship game: Sat., 5:30 p.m. CLASS 5A Hayden vs. Shelby County, Thurs., 10:30 a.m. […]

  • Fort Payne Wins the 6A State Soccer Title, and a busy day in High School Sports

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) AHSAA playoffs come fast and furious this time of year in North Alabama. Soccer teams are playing for state championships at John Hunt Park. Dozens of softball teams try to punch their tickets to Montgomery at the Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex and baseball semifinals continue across the state. It is one of the busiest weekend for high school sports all year long and here is a quick look at the action from Saturday.  

  • Luke Beasley & Melaina Hissam Win Awards for Athletes of the Year

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Tom Perkins set the stage, Inky Johnson tore it down and two local athletes brought home the hardware. An inspirational evening ended with smiles all around at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The 13th annual Huntsville Hospital Sports Center TOC Sports Athlete of the Year Banquet was Tuesday night. Bob Jones senior Melaina Hissam won the award for female athlete of the year, but clearly she’s more than athletic. “It’s encouraging to keep going that even though […]

  • Titans Players Happy With Mariota, Angry With Having 2nd Pick

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) Fans who came out to the Academy Sports in Madison Monday night had to wait a little longer than expected for their Titans. The usually on-time bus tour was running about 30 minutes late. The tardiness is a great sign for the team and fan base. The two stops prior in Columbia Tennessee and Florence Alabama ran late because of an overwhelming amount of support. Titans radio play-by-play announcer Mike Keith called it the “Mariota Effect.” Tennessee […]

  • Biloxi Shuckers in Midst of 55 Game Road Trip

    Huntsville, Ala (WHNT) A messy breakup between Huntsville and stars has led to some tension between fans and the newly named Biloxi Shuckers. The rift is heightened by the fact 15 games are being played in Huntsville this month as the new stadium awaits completion. As awkward as this whole thing is for Huntsville, it even more challenging for players who have to spend nearly half the season on a road trip. “Taking everything that you own with you everywhere,” […]

  • Huntsville Native Trey Flowers Drafted in the 4th Round by New England

    Harvest, Ala. –  (WHNT) Jacqueline Flowers nearly ran out of gas as she rushed home from work Saturday morning. The only thing on her mind was hugging her son Trey after one of the biggest moments in his life. “I know he works hard and he is so deserving of everything he is getting.” He’s getting an opportunity to live out his dream of playing in the National Football League. Trey and his family waited anxiously through the first three […]

  • “I’ve Always Wanted to Achieve this Dream.” Trey Flowers Goes Back to His Roots as NFL Draft Approaches

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) It’s not always easy to get noticed when you grow up in a house with 10 brothers and sisters. This weekend however, Trey Flowers has the spotlight. The former Columbia Eagle turned Arkansas Razorback is back home with his family one day before the NFL Draft. “We’re going to cook a little bit. Throw something on the grill, Mom is going to cook the macaroni and cheese I like. It’s going to be a family gathering,” Flowers […]


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