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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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    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.  

  • Luke Beasley & Melaina Hissam Win Awards for Athletes of the Year

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Tom Perkins set the stage, Inky Johnson tore it down and two local athletes brought home the hardware. An inspirational evening ended with smiles all around at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The 13th annual Huntsville Hospital Sports Center TOC Sports Athlete of the Year Banquet was Tuesday night. Bob Jones senior Melaina Hissam won the award for female athlete of the year, but clearly she’s more than athletic. “It’s encouraging to keep going that even though […]

  • Titans Players Happy With Mariota, Angry With Having 2nd Pick

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  • Biloxi Shuckers in Midst of 55 Game Road Trip

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  • Huntsville Native Trey Flowers Drafted in the 4th Round by New England

    Harvest, Ala. –  (WHNT) Jacqueline Flowers nearly ran out of gas as she rushed home from work Saturday morning. The only thing on her mind was hugging her son Trey after one of the biggest moments in his life. “I know he works hard and he is so deserving of everything he is getting.” He’s getting an opportunity to live out his dream of playing in the National Football League. Trey and his family waited anxiously through the first three […]

  • “I’ve Always Wanted to Achieve this Dream.” Trey Flowers Goes Back to His Roots as NFL Draft Approaches

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) It’s not always easy to get noticed when you grow up in a house with 10 brothers and sisters. This weekend however, Trey Flowers has the spotlight. The former Columbia Eagle turned Arkansas Razorback is back home with his family one day before the NFL Draft. “We’re going to cook a little bit. Throw something on the grill, Mom is going to cook the macaroni and cheese I like. It’s going to be a family gathering,” Flowers […]

  • The Secret to Success: Mitch Hill Turns Around AAMU Baseball Program

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  • Gerron Scissum Signs With Virginia Commonwealth

    Huntsville, (al.com) Shaka Smart may have left Virginia Commonwealth, but the Rams still managed to snag a big recruit from Alabama. Lee-Huntsville senior 6-foot-7 forward Gerron Scissumsigned with with VCU this afternoon. The three-star recruit had previously announced on Twitter that he would make his decision today, but didn’t hint at which school he would choose. He told AL.com earlier this month that he had narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Murray State, Louisiana Tech and Maryland. To continue reading this […]

  • Bitter High School Rivals Meet on the Golf Course

    Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) Grissom and Huntsville have of the fiercest golf rivalries in North Alabama. The last few years, these two teams have competed in a match-play style round for the “Predator Cup.” The two battled once again on Thursday at Hampton Cove for local bragging rights. The Grissom boys retained their cup on a tiebreaker. Both teams won 2 matches and split the fifth match, but Grissom owned a larger margin of victory.  According to Huntsville head coach Clifford Pate, […]

  • Everett Lanier Signs With Birmingham Southern

    Hazel Green, Ala (WHNT) Everett Lanier said it’s been a dream to quote his favorite rapper J. Cole and then sign to play college football. Lanier turned his dream into a reality Wednesday afternoon. The 220 pound bruiser of a running back signed on the dotted line with Birmingham Southern. “Regional, great school, they run the football and I run the football for a living so that’s it. Great academics and running the ball, it’s what I love to do.” […]

  • Bob Jones Senior Anna Gierow Signs Track Scholarship with Auburn

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) Anna Gierow has always been an Auburn fan, and now she’s an Auburn student-athlete. Gierow signed a partial track scholarship Wednesday morning at Bob Jones High School.  “My whole family went to auburn and who can’t love auburn?” The two sport athlete at Bob Jones always thought soccer was her ticket to college, but it turns out track is the better option. “They said that I looked like an antelope when I run,” Gierow recalls about her coach’s […]


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