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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
  • Guntersville Takes Undefeated Record Into the Second Round

    Guntersville, Ala. – (WHNT) For the first time since 1955, the wildcats take an undefeated record into the second round of the playoffs. Guntersville put a major emphasis and being 10-0 at seasons end, but now head coach Lance Reese is talking about a championship. “It’s a big accomplishment, but the playoffs are kind of a new season so we are pleased with what we did during the regular season but now our focus is on the playoffs.” There are […]

  • Local Athletes Take Advantage of Early Signing Period

    Huntsville, Alabama – (WHNT) The signing day everybody knows about happens in early February, but for all sports except football there are two signing periods. One of which began Wednesday across the Tennessee Valley. Several local athletes inked their national letters of intent and here is just a short list of the ones who did. Zach Harting – Louisville Swimming Dalton Barkley – UAH Basketball Ethan Stair – Mercer Basketball Chloe Long – Jacksonville State Basketball Rayven Pearson – Jacksonville […]

  • Alabama Players Discuss Win Over LSU With Ryan Cody

    Baton Rouge, LA – (WHNT) Comeback wins in death valley are becoming a routine thing for the Crimson Tide these days. Just minutes after Alabama’s latest win over LSU, several players shared their thoughts on the game. Here is a small portion of their conversations with Sports Director Ryan Cody.

  • Death Valley Awaits Alabama

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) LSU head coach Les Miles once said, Death Valley is a place “where opponents dreams come to die.” If that statement is true, Alabama’s dreams of a national championship are hanging in the balance. This week coach Miles called upon his rowdy fan base one more time to help send the Tide home upset. “We’ll look forward to getting to Tiger stadium and allowing that fan base to rock the place, make a lot of noise. […]

  • Alabama Moves Up a Spot in College Football Playoff Rankings, Auburn remains at Three

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – (al.com) The second week of the College Football Playoff rankings prompted considerably less fanfare Tuesday evening. Alabama was idle last week, but edged up one spot to No. 5. Last week’s No. 4 Ole Miss, which beat Alabama 23-17 on Oct. 4, lost its second straight game Saturday when Auburn came to Oxford. The Rebels dropped to No. 11 after falling 35-31 to Auburn and 10-7 at LSU a week earlier. LSU, ranked 19th a week ago, […]

  • Thursday Night Week 11 Prep Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Several high school football teams traditionally play their final regular season game one night early. The advantages are obvious. First of all, it gives playoff teams an extra day to heal up and game plan for their opening round match up. The second advantage has to do with scouting as it gives coaches a chance to attend other games on Friday night. This season, even more teams decided to play Thursday to avoid a Halloween kickoff. […]

  • State Championship Volleyball

    Birmingham, Ala. – (WHNT) 14 teams entered Thursday with a shot at winning a state volleyball championship. For the first time ever, seven blue trophies were handed out at the Crossplex. Here are your winners: 1A – Athens Bible 2A – Addison 3A – Bayside Academy 4A – Danville 5A – St. Paul’s 6A – John Carrol 7A – Mountain Brook

  • Star athletes return to Huntsville for John Stallworth’s Leaders and Legends Round Table

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Franco Harris, Steve Largent and Maragert Hoelzer did not blink an eye when John Stallworth asked them for help. Two Hall of Fame football players and an Olympic gold medalist came to Huntsville Tuesday for the 3rd annual Leaders and Legends Round Table. The John Stallworth foundation is always looking for ways to reach out to young athletes and students in the community. This event is just one more example of the foundation’s work. Click on […]

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    State Volleyball Championships Begin Wednesday

    Birmingham, Ala. – (AHSAA)The 44th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships commences Wednesday morning at the 4,000-seat Birmingham CrossPlex with 56 schools competing for seven individual classification state championships. It marks the first event for the AHSAA to crown seven state champions. The AHSAA hosted its first state tournament in 1971 with only one division. Bradshaw of Florence won the first three titles before McGill-Toolen grabbed its first of 19 in 1974. Competition in the single-elimination tournament […]

  • Ragland, Randolph and Deaton Making Bob Jones Proud

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) Bob Jones High School is no stranger to athletic success. Some of the best athletes in the state walk those halls every morning, and several former Patriots are now walking campus at The University of Alabama. Reggie Ragland recorded first first career interception Saturday against Texas A&M. A few days later, Levi Randolph was voted unanimously as captain of the Crimson Tide men’s basketball team. As if that’s not enough for one high school in Madison, […]

  • Tyler Gurley Leading Tigers By Example

    Gurley, Ala. – (WHNT) By nature, a quarterback is usually the vocal leader on any offense. Tyler Gurley may be an exception, but that’s no knock on his ability. “He just doesn’t say much and has been quiet his whole career,” Madison County head coach Scott Peavey said. “He had a huge interception for us in the state semifinals as a sophomore. He just put his head and the ball down and walked off the field like it was supposed […]

  • High School Volleyball: 4A – 6A Area Round

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The area round is here for Alabama high school volleyball teams in class 4A- 6A. Here is a list of scores from across the state. CLASS 4A Area 1 at UMS-Wright Semifinals: W.S. Neal 3, Satsuma 1 Finals: UMS-Wright 3, W.S. Neal 0 Area 2 at Straughn Semifinals: Straughn 3, Ashford 0 Andalusia 3, Headland 0 Finals: Straughn 3, Andalusia 0 Area 3 at Monroe County Semifinals: Thomasville 3, Clarke County 0 Finals: Monroe County 3, […]

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