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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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  • Alabama Softball to Play MTSU in Decatur to Honor Priceville Native Danielle Richard

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  • UAH Wins 2015 Gulf South Conference Tournament Championship

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  • ABA Senior Charity Showcase Basketball Games This Saturday at Huntsville High

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  • Indianapolis Colts Invite Nick Marshall for Workout

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Just a few weeks after working out at the NFL combine, Nick Marshall is going back to Indianapolis. A source close to Marshall confirms he has a workout scheduled with the Colts on Saturday. It is not clear what position will be looking for Marshall to test at, but most scouts believe he will play defensive back in the league. Gus Malzahn says he will support Marshall no matter what position he plays, but thinks he […]

  • Chargers to Face Union Friday in GSC Semifinals

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  • UAH Throttles UNA in GSC Tournament Opener

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  • State Semifinal Action on Thursday From Birmingham

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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 […]

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