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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
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    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) One of the oldest futbol clubs in the world’s most popular league is visiting six U.S. cities this month to recruit. Two coaches from Stoke City FC were in Huntsville this weekend to evaluate possible talent for their developmental team in England. Jimmy Ball and one other assistant with the club coached up a few dozen members of the Huntsville Futbol Club. “We think there is a lot of talent over here, so they sent us over […]

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    Randolph Boys Soccer Team Featured on NFHS Network Top Plays

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) The dramatic finish to another Randolph State Championship season is featured on the NFHS website. Each week the online High School Sports Network ranks five top plays from across the nation. Fisher Lucas’ goal with 37 seconds left in regulation made the list at number three. To watch the internet broadcast, click here.

  • Until the Bitter End: David Weible is the Last Stars Fan to Leave Joe Davis Stadium

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  • Cotton Row Course Record Stands, but Hundreds Set Personal Bests

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  • Defying the Odds: Derek Zambon Trains for Cotton Row with Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Former Alabama DL Jesse Williams Diagnosed with Cancer

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  • Arab Wrestling Celebrates Dynasty

    Arab, Ala. (WHNT) In sports, the word “dynsasty” represents a prolonged period of dominance by one team or program. The Arab wrestling team certainly fits the definition. The Knights have won four state championships and finished 2nd three times over an 11 year span. This past weekend, coaches wrestlers, and administrators came together for a celebration of excellence. Senator Clay Scofield was also there with a proclamation from the Governor. “Arab high school wrestling is hereby declared a dynasty for […]

  • Madison Academy Travels to Montgomery With History in Mind

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Playing baseball in Montgomery is nothing new to Madison Academy. The Mustangs are making their 2nd straight trip to state and third in the last four years. This trip however, comes with a little extra pressure. “The only time we talk about it is when someone in the media asks us about it, “ head coach Mike Good said before one of the team’s final practices this week. “You guys tend to be more focused on it […]

  • Shoals Christian Wins 1A State Baseball Championship

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  • Three East Limestone Football Players Sign Scholarships

    Athens, Ala. (WHNT) The future is now for three former East Limestone football players. Alvin Hopkins, Blake Tucker and Jameson Anderson singed letters of intent Monday morning to play college ball. All three players are heading north for school which is tough to do for someone who’s lived in Limestone County their entire life. These boys have a positive attitude and are excited for the future. Click on the video to hear what they had to say about the decision.

  • AHSAA Softball Finals Schedule

    Montgomery, Ala (WHNT) Here is the schedule for the 2015 AHSAA Softball Finals CLASS 7A Hewitt-Trussville vs. Enterprise, Wed., 10 a.m. Sparkman vs. Theodore, Wed., 10 a.m. Central-Phenix City vs. Thompson, Wed., 11:30 a.m. Baker vs. Buckhorn, Wed., 11:30 a.m. Championship game: Thurs., 5:30 p.m. CLASS 6A Chelsea vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Fri., noon Southside-Gadsden vs. Daphne, Fri., noon Wetumpka vs. Oxford, Fri., noon Saraland vs. Cullman, Fri., noon Championship game: Sat., 5:30 p.m. CLASS 5A Hayden vs. Shelby County, Thurs., 10:30 a.m. […]

  • Fort Payne Wins the 6A State Soccer Title, and a busy day in High School Sports

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) AHSAA playoffs come fast and furious this time of year in North Alabama. Soccer teams are playing for state championships at John Hunt Park. Dozens of softball teams try to punch their tickets to Montgomery at the Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex and baseball semifinals continue across the state. It is one of the busiest weekend for high school sports all year long and here is a quick look at the action from Saturday.  


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