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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

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    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) The SEC West race always seems to take shape during the first week of Novemember. Alabama and LSU once again meet as top ten teams with SEC and National Championship implications on the line. The Tide and Tigers will play for the 80th time with Alabama leading 49-25-5, dating back to the 1895 season. Seven of the last ten match ups have been decided by a touchdown or less with four overtime games mixed in that time […]

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    Auburn Falls to Ole Miss in this Week’s SEC Report

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Auburn drops to 1-4 in the SEC after yet another tough loss at home. Laquon Treadwell caught a touchdown pass with 10 minutes to go which held up as the winning score. The Rebels control their own destiny in the west while Florida’s win over Georgia gives the Gators an inside track to Atlanta in the east. Click on the video player above to see all the scores from around the SEC.  


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    Huntsville & Grissom Punch Tickets to State

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) The North Super Regionals began Thursday morning with 7A action from the Von Braun Center. Huntsville High defeated Hazel Green 3-0 to advance in the single elimination round. Grissom then took care of Bob Jones 3-0 to punch their ticket to Birmingham. Click on the video player above for the highlights.

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    Chase Lancaster Brings Versatility to West Limestone Offense

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    AHSAA Approves Pitch Count Rule for High School Baseball

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    A new legacy of Randolph Raider Football

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    Gabe Ozio Leading by Example, A Vicious and Punishing Example

    Gurley, Ala. (WHNT) Madison County running back Gabe Ozio is the Tigers quiet leader in the locker room. Put a helmet on the senior though, and he transforms into a violent runner who is hoping you try and get in the way. “I have some speed, but I like to get behind my pads and run into people,” Ozio said during an early morning practice this week. His head coach Scott Peavey agrees. “If he needs to be violent, he […]

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    “Big” Deonte Brown Receives “Small” All-America Jersey

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