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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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  • Arab With Big Lead in 6A After Day One at State Wrestling Meet

    Huntsville, Ala. – (AHSAA) Arab built a resounding lead in Class 6A and Leeds held a slim 5.5-point margin in the Class 1A-5A after day one of the AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center Thursday. The Green Wave scored 68.5 points with Madison County second with 63. Rounding out the Top 10 were Ohatchee (49), St. James (47.5), Cleburne County (46), Weaver (45), Dora (41), Hayden (38.5), Helena (36) and Fultondale (30). Arab’s Knights, the Class 5A […]

  • Bobby Wallace, Lions Will Try Something New When Spring Practice Opens February 16th

    FLORENCE — Bobby Wallace and his University of North Alabama football squad will open 2015 Spring Drills on Monday, February 16 with one of the largest group of returning players in school history. The Lions return 59 lettermen, including 15 starters, from a squad that went 9-2 last season, won a share of the Gulf South Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The 59 returning lettermen for […]

  • Regional Basketball Schedule

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) dozens of teams from the North Alabama area are playing regional games this week at either Wallace State or Jacksonville State. Below is a schedule of games from the first round of the Northwest and Northeast Regionals. High School Basketball Regionals  Thursday Wallace State – Northwest 9:00 am – Sparkman vs. Hoover – girls 10:30 am – Sparkman vs. Tuscaloosa Co. – boys 12:00 pm – Thompson vs. Hazel Green – girls 1:30 pm – Hoover […]

  • Thursday Boy’s Action from the Sub-Regionals

    Huntsville, Ala – (WHNT) All tickets to Hanceville and Jacksonville are punched and here is how each team reached their regional rounds. Class 1A Northeast Game 9: Sacred Heart 68, Winterboro 60 Game 11: Skyline 71, Coosa Christian 46 Game 10: Talladega County Central 62, Ragland 29 Game 12: Cedar Bluff 74, Woodville 37 Northwest Game 13: Phillips 61, Marion County 42 Game 15: R.A. Hubbard 67, Lynn 41 Game 14: South Lamar 76, Covenant Christian 55 Game 16: Decatur Heritage […]

  • Austin Qualifies Five Wrestlers for State in Program’s Second Year

    Decatur, Ala. – (WHNT) There wasn’t much expected of the Black bears wresting team this season and that’s not a knock on those who wear orange and black. Austin was entering just it’s second year of varsity wrestling and several athletes were only picking up the sport for the first time. A few months later, five members of the team are heading to the state tournament. The odds are stacked against Austin this week, but head coach Jason Simmons has […]

  • Girls Northeast and Northwest Regional Pairings

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Regional action begins Thursday from Hanceville and Jacksonville. Below is a list of the match-ups and times. Class 1A Northwest Regional Decatur Heritage vs. Hackleburg, Friday, 3 p.m. R.A. Hubbard vs. Berry, Friday, 6 p.m. Northeast Regional Woodville vs. Appalachian, Friday, 3 p.m. Spring Garden vs. Talladega County Central, Friday, 6 p.m.   Class 2A Northwest Regional Tanner vs. Red Bay, Thursday, 3 p.m. Cold Springs vs. Phil Campbell, Thursday, 6 p.m. Northeast Regional Section vs. Cleveland, […]

  • Girls Sub-Regional Highlights and Scores

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  • Friday’s High School Area Finals

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  • Best of Signing Day 2015

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Signing Day is a special time for athletes all over the country and especially here in the Tennessee Valley. North Alabama is a hot bed for college football recruiting and that was never more apparent than on Wednesday. The hard truth about signing day for local sportscasters is we can’t be everywhere. Tough decisions need to be made on which signings to be at and how to handle the coverage.  Luckily at WHNT News 19, our […]

  • Chargers Tied for First in the GSC After 75-68 Win Over Lee

    HUNTSVILLE | Avenging an earlier loss, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team had five players score in double figures in picking up a 75-68 victory over visiting Lee on Thursday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers improve to 16-6 (11-5 Gulf South Conference), while Lee slips to 11-10 (6-10 GSC). With both West Georgia and Shorter losing on Thursday night, the Chargers are once again in a three-way tie for first in the GSC […]

  • Butler Avoids Final Game and JPPII Senior Makes Gym Erupt in Area Round

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) -  When the basketball season is over, Butler High School will never play a game again. The Rebels are one of the most successful boys teams in state history having won five championships under then head coach Jack Doss. This particular group hasn’t had the best season, but came through when it counted Thursday with an upset of #7 Madison County. The Rebels will live to play at least two more games as the win secured a […]


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