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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
  • Fort Payne eyes state championship

    Fort Payne, Ala. (WHNT) – “I’m playing for that blue trophy and I really think we can do it,” Fort Payne senior QB Allen Smith said after a Fort Payne intersquad scrimmage last week. Smith and the rest of the seniors wearing black and gold believe they can make it happen as one of the smallest schools in 6A. Paul Ellis knows the expectations are always high for his Wildcats. Ellis knows the people in Fort Payne love their football and […]

  • Valley Head Goes from “The Hunter” to “The Hunted”

    Valley Head, Ala. (WHNT) – This time last season, the Wildcats practiced as a team under the radar. This August, Valley Head is on everybody’s list to win football games. Class 1A Region 7 is wide open and after a 9-2 campaign in 2013, folks in DeKalb County are asking, “Why not Valley Head?” “Last year it was kind of like we want to win the region and this year we need to set our goals even higher to make it […]

  • The New Look Butler Rebels

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) There is nowhere to go but up for the Butler football team in 2014. The Rebels, who are coming off an 0-10 season have a new coach and a new attitude. Cedric Jackson is the new man in charge and his first challenge is changing the culture of losing in his locker room. “Just getting them to understand that football is serious,” Jackson said when asked about the hardest part of his new gig. “Not just […]

  • Patriots are Ready to Play “Bob Jones Fast”

    Madison, Ala. – (WHNT) Just spend a few minutes at Bob Jones football practice and you will know what brand of football the Patriots are selling. “We do it fast,” head coach Kevin Rose told WHNT News 19’s Chase Horn this week at Practice. “Number one we’re going to get the call fast, line up fast and play fast period. Everything we do, we expect to be done at 100 miles per hour and play at a different speed than […]

  • James Clemens Soaring on Wings of First Senior Class

    Madison, Ala. – (WHNT) Two years ago, James Clemens High School opened it’s doors for the first time. Two weeks before that, a small group of 10th graders put on a Jets practice uniform for the first time and now that class is the first group of seniors in school history. The program is taking strides to become competitive in 2014 and if they can, it will be because of that group of pioneers. No matter how the season shakes […]

  • Golden Eagles Ready to Soar With Freshman QB

    Athens, Ala. – (WHNT) Allen Creasy knows all about strong armed quarterbacks. Philip and Stephen Rivers each took plays from the Athens head coach in high school. The Golden Eagles will rely on another strong arm this season, but that arm is attached to a freshman. “He has good size, good strength. He throws the ball very well it’s just that he hasn’t played at the speed he’s going to have to play at.” There are several talented running backs […]

  • Experience is Key for Brooks in 2014

    Killen, Ala. – (WHNT) There wasn’t much expected of the Lions in 2013, but Brooks still made the playoffs. Jerry Hill always seems to find a way to get the most out of his team in Killen, and he is expecting big things this year. “We’ve got some good hard nosed kids who are very coach-able,” Hill said before practice this week. He’s most excited about opening up the offensive playbook this season with experience coming back. “We were sort of […]

  • State Championship or Bust for Florence

    Florence, Ala. – (WHNT) The goal is simple for new head coach J.B. Wallace and his Florence Falcons football team. Reaching that goal however is far more complicated. The 2014 Falcons are entering the season with a state championship in mind and anything else is a failure. “If we don’t get a state championship ring, it is a bust,” linebacker Keaton Anderson said this week on the field at Braly stadium.  “Right now that’s all we think about, a blue […]

  • Randolph Raiders Ready for 5A Football

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) For all the unknowns going into this football season at Randolph, one thing is certain. It will be difficult adjusting to the competition level in class 5A. Raiders head coach Eddie Guth is ready for the challenge and wants his team to prepare like everything is normal. “It’s a great honor to be competing at the 5A level in the state of Alabama.  With that our competition is going to become tougher and tougher, but right […]

  • Tanner Rebuilds While Looking for 3rd Straight Championship

    Tanner, Ala. – (WHNT) The remarkable run of two consecutive state championships is in the Tanner Rattlers rear view mirror. Now head coach Laron White and his team are eyeing a third and their work cut out for them. Getting back to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2014 is going to take some great performances from some new faces, particularly across the offensive and defensive lines. Baltizar Rubio  Shamaud Baker and Seth Townsend each started both ways on the line and losing […]

  • The Huntsville Panthers Are One Team with One Dream

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) No shame in losing to the eventual state champions especially when that team is Hoover, but Huntsville High is not okay with anything short of the title in 2014. Coach Sharp and the gang are practicing under the motto, “one team, one dream” this Fall and the message is simple. “We’re one team and the dream is obviously state and the idea behind it is if the entire team doesn’t have the same goal it’s useless,” […]

  • Grissom Football is Changing the Culture With Family

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) When Eddie Stewart took over the Grissom football program, he knew there would be tough times ahead. Stewart is not new to the team, spending the last few years as the Tigers Defensive Coordinator and is well aware of the recent struggles. 0-10 was the record last season, but that is in the past. “No where to go but up for us, and we are definitely heading in that direction already and we haven’t played a […]


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