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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
  • Decatur Heritage Won’t Let Winter Weather Slow Down Its Pursuit of a Championship

    Decatur, Ala. – (WHNT) It’s not everyday you qualify for the state semifinals and for Decatur Heritage it’s been a long time coming. The weather forecast predicted an 11:00 a.m. start to the snow for Decatur and it’s surrounding area so Lady Eagles head coach Paula Armstrong knew she could get her team on the court in the early morning. School was closed Friday, but time is too precious to waste with just three days before the 1A girls state […]

  • Complete Schedule of the AHSAA Basketball Finals in Birmingham

    AHSAA State Basketball Tournament Feb. 23-Feb. 28, Legacy Arena, BJCC, Birmingham   MONDAY, FEB. 23 Class 1A Girls Decatur Heritage (23-5) vs. Keith (27-5), 9 a.m. Spring Garden (32-2) vs. Brantley (27-2), noon Class 1A Boys Phillips (26-5) vs. Sunshine (27-4), 10:30 a.m. Sacred Heart (24-8) vs. A.L. Johnson (14-4), 1:30 p.m.   Class 2A Girls Red Bay (23-9) vs. Holy Spirit (24-2), 3 p.m. Section (22-6) vs. Geneva County (23-8), 6 p.m. Class 2A Boys Tanner (13-13) vs. LaFayette […]

  • Jack Doss, Johnson End Butler’s Dream in Final Season

    Jacksonville, Al – (WHNT) The outcome of Thursday’s Northeast regional final between Johnson and Butler became apparent from the opening tip. John Petty threw down one his signature dunks which set the tone for a 20 point victory over the Rebels. The loss likely marks an end to one of the most successful boys basketball programs in Alabama history. Butler has six state championships to it’s name with five coming under the direction of Jack Doss in the early 2000’s. […]

  • Five Area Teams Advance to State on Wednesday

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Class 1A Central Regional Finals Sunshine 84, Akron 54 (Sunshine (27-4) is Central Qualifier Northwest Regional Finals Phillips 55, South Lamar 52 4 OT  (Phillips (26-5) is Northwest Qualifier) South Regional Finals A.L. Johnson 72, Georgiana 68 (A.L. Johnson (14-4) is South Qualifier) Northeast Regional Finals Sacred Heart 65, Talladega County Central 54 (Sacred Heart (24-8) is Northeast Qualifier)   Class 2A Central Regional Finals LaFayette 61, Francis Marion 54 (LaFayette (23-5) is Central Qualifier Northwest […]

  • Six Area Teams Punch Tickets to State Tuesday

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Class 1A Northwest Regional Finals Phillips 55, South Lamar 52 4 OT  (Phillips (26-5) is Northwest Qualifier) Northeast Regional Finals Sacred Heart 65, Talladega County Central 54 (Sacred Heart (24-8) is Northeast Qualifier) Class 2A Northwest Regional Finals Tanner (13-13) 47,  Altamont 41 (Northwest Qualifer) Northeast Regional Finals Vincent 51, Fyffe 45 (Vincent (22-9) is Northeast Qualifier Class 3A Northwest Regional Finals Madison Academy vs. Winfield (23-7), Wednesday, Feb. 18, 3:15 p.m. (revised) Northeast Regional Finals […]

  • Monday’s Regional Action From Wallace State and Jacksonville State

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Class 1A Central Regional Finals Akron vs. Sunshine (23-4), Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Northwest Regional Finals Phillips (24-5) vs. South Lamar, Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. South Regional Finals A.L. Johnson vs. Georgiana, Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Northeast Regional Finals Sacred Heart (23-8) vs. Talladega County Central (21-10), Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.   Class 2A Central Regional Finals LaFayette vs. Francis Marion, Wed., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.   Northwest Regional Finals Tanner (13-13) […]

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    Tuesday’s Regional Final Action Delayed One Hour at Wallace State and Jacksonville State

    Hanceville, Ala. – (WHNT) The threat for winter weather on Monday night in to Tuesday morning has delayed regional  basketball tournament action by one hour. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced the decision Monday evening. Below is an adjusted schedule of the regional finals at Wallace State and Jacksonville State. Northeast Regional Adjusted Tuesday Schedule 10:00 a.m.:  7A Girls Championship   Gadsden City vs. Huntsville 11:45 a.m. : 7A Boys Championship   Mountain Brook vs. Gadsden City 1:30 p.m. :   2A Girls […]

  • Butler Playing Like Every Game is the Last, and it Might Be

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) The last few seasons have not been up to Butler boys basketball standards. A proud program with six state championships to it’s name has slipped in to mediocrity as the clock ticks down to it’s final hours. Most expect Butler to close for good this Spring, which would also mean the end to it’s athletic programs. Just weeks ago, it looked like the boys basketball team would be ending it’s run early as well. The Rebels […]

  • Friday’s Action from the NE & NW Basketball Regionals

    AHSAA Boys Regional Tournaments Friday’s Results Class 1A Central Regional Akron 62, Notasulga 43 Sunshine 70, Loachapoka 32 Finals Akron vs. Sunshine, Wed., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Northwest Regional Phillips 78, R.A. Hubbard 42 South Lamar 60, Decatur Heritage 27 Finals Phillips vs. South Lamar, Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. South Regional A.L. Johnson 74, Fruitdale 65 Georgiana 94, Chickasaw 71 Finals A.L. Johnson vs. Georgiana, Tues., Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Northeast Regional Sacred Heart 76, Skyline 46 Talladega County […]

  • 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 […]

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