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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
  • Youth Outduels Experience in Playoff at Spirit of America Golf Classic

    Decatur, Ala. (WHNT) Jimmy Reist still has the best parking space at Burningtree Country Club, but he would trade it in for another shot at the back nine Sunday. The 52-year old Hartselle resident has won the Club Championship 7 out of the last 8 years, but never the Spirit of America. His latest disappointment came Sunday in a playoff against two golfers 30 years his junior. Henderson State golfer Brice Howard prevailed with a par on the second playoff […]

  • UNA Bass Fishing Team Wins Cabela’s School of the Year Title

    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) The UNA bass fishing takes the title of Cabela’s School of the Year for a second consecutive season. School of the Year is the most prestigious honor in the world of collegiate bass fishing. The Lions team is made up of over 40 members who helped earn enough points throughout the school year to top every other collegiate team in the nation. Here are the top ten in this year’s final standings, 1 University of North Alabama […]

  • Reggie Ragland to Represent Alabama at SEC Media Days

    Hoover, Ala. (WHNT) Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland will be one of Alabama’s player representatives at SEC Media Days this July. It’s the third consecutive summer that the Tennessee Valley will be represented in Hoover. Last season Columbia graduate Trey Flowers made the trip with Arkansas, and former Madison Academy standout Jordan Matthews represented Vanderbilt in 2013. To this I say… Ragland is a graduate of Bob Jones High School in Madison. The Conference announced one representative from each of it’s 14 […]

  • Spirit of America Golf Classic: Round One

    Decatur, Ala. (WHNT) Four players are tied atop the leader board after round one of at the 48th Annual Spirit of America Golf Classic. Round two begins Friday morning at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur. Here are the updated standings. 48TH DAIKIN SPIRIT OF AMERICA Rank   Player Name                      Rd 1                                                                                                                Total 1   Howard, Brice                        69                                                                                                                    69 1   Eyster, Taylor                        69                                                                                                                    69 1   O’Toole, John – Michael          69                                                                                                                    69 1   Reist, Jimmy                          69                                                                                                                    69 5   Brown, Clark                          70                                                                                                                    70 5   Crouch, […]

  • New Hope’s Chris Russell Signs Baseball Scholarship

    New Hope, Ala. (WHNT) Former New Hope catcher Chris Russell signed a baseball scholarship with Faulkner University this week. As a senior, Russell batted .325 and threw up 27 of 29 base runners attempting to steal. Click on the video player above to watch Chris sign his National Letter of Intent.

  • The ‘Knockerball’ Craze Comes to Alabama

    Huntsville, Ala. – It might look absolutely ridiculous, but don’t knock it until you try it. “It’s like soccer and football mixed. Like the two greatest sports put together,” Tyler Clemens said after a night inside his bubble. Participants strap into an inflatable orb, and launch themselves at each other in ways which seem to have no regard for human life. Looks can be deceiving, though. “It’s safe even though it looks scary,” Knockerball Huntsville owner Jeremy Gleason told WHNT News […]

  • Levi Randolph to Compete for Spot on Two NBA Teams This Summer

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (WHNT) Former Bob Jones and University of Alabama basketball player Levi Randolph has been invited to a pair of NBA camps this Summer. Randolph will compete for spots with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the Orlando Summer League before flying to Las Vegas and playing with the Utah Jazz. The 6-5, 208 pound guard was named SEC scholar athlete of the year during his senior season at Alabama, as well as earning second-team All-SEC honors. During the 2014-2015 […]

  • Young Racing Prodigies Make Noise at Fort Payne Motor Speedway

    Fyffe, Ala. (WHNT) Racing fans in Dekalb County know all about J.T. and Sam Seawright. Not only are the two brothers a force to be reckoned with on the track, but they’re the youngest racers at Fort Payne Motor Speedway. In some cases, their competition is 20-30 years older. “It is kind of fun when you beat them because they all get mad when they can’t outrun me,” Sam said before a late June race in Fyffe. At 11 years old, […]

  • Sparkman Out to Prove It’s a Team on the Rise

    Normal, Ala. (WHNT) Gatorade baths are generally reserved for championship moments, but the Senators are making an exception. Sparkman defeated Guntersville 20-15 Thursday at the Alabama A&M 7-on-7 tournament at Louis Crews Stadium. After several disappointing seasons in Harvest, the Senators are making strides towards consistency under second year head coach Chris Cagle. “There are highs and lows in life and highs and lows within a ballgame, today we had some highs and lows but put it together at the […]

  • Kids “Learning the Fast Break” this week at AAMU Basketball Camp

    Normal, Ala. (WHNT) Willie Hayes is dropping his college whistle this week to teach the fast break to kids at his annual Bulldog Basketball Camp. Coach wore a WHNT News 19 microphone for a few minutes to give us a glimpse in to his technique. Click on the video player above to hear what the former point guard is telling our kids.

  • Jacksonville State and Southern Miss Team Up for Satellite Camp in Huntsville

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) The satellite camp debate probably seems like a joke to John Grass and Todd Monken. The tow coaches from Jacksonville State and Southern Miss are teaming up this week for a duel school satellite camp tour across Alabama. The Gamecocks and Golden Eagles are competing for many of the same players, but feel like they can help the kids by putting their differences aside. “If you put your egos down you will get a lot more players, […]

  • AYSO Section 5 Games Come to Huntsville

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) A major soccer tournament is in Huntsville this weekend. The AYSO Section 5 games feature teams from all over the southeast. Teams range from age levels U10 to U19 . The older age brackets are using a round-robin points style format to determine a champion. Awards take place Saturday evening after after the 6:00 games.


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