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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
  • Hughes High School Names Stadium After Gus Malzahn

    HUGHES, Arkansas — It’s not often Gus Malzahn is moved to tears. The Auburn coach, in a rare moment of his emotions getting the better of him, admitted to tearing up a bit while speaking to a gathering of about 20 former players at Hughes (Ark.) High on Monday. Our news partners at al.com were along for the trip. The coach was here to meet with his former team, which finished the 1994 season as the state runner-up in Class 2A. It’s the […]

  • Stars Clinch First Half Title, Playoff Berth

    Jackson, Tenn – (WHNT) The Huntsville stars won the first half North Division championship Monday night despite losing in a rain shortened game to Jackson. Birmingham sealed the deal by defeating Tennessee 10-5, marking the Stars first Southern League Playoff berth since 2009. The division championship ensures Huntsville’s tenure in the rocket city will last at least one more playoff series. If nothing else the team will host at least one game in that first round series, and if they […]

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    Alabama Softball Advances to National Championship Series

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – In a matchup of the NCAA Tournament’s top two seeds, it was second-seeded Alabama that came out on top Sunday, winning its ninth-straight Women’s College World Series game with a 2-0 shutout over Oregon to advance to the WCWS championship series for the second time in three years. Timely hits again proved the difference in Alabama’s (53-11) two-run victory, with Jaclyn Traina (26-3) shutting down the Oregon (56-9-1) offense, limiting the Ducks to just four hits while […]

  • Jordan Matthews Gets Rookie Card

    Los Angeles, Cal. – (WHNT) What a few weeks for North Alabama native Jordan Matthews. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Matthews in the 2nd round of this year’s NFL draft before inking him to a multi-million dollar contract. Then just a few days later, Matthews suited up for a photo shoot which gives his a real rookie card. Click on the video player above to hear why this is a dream come true for the former Madison Academy Mustang.

  • Beast of the Valley Competition Raises $2,500 for Scholarships

    Madison, Ala – (WHNT) The 2nd annual “Beast of the Valley” competition at Crossfit Nomad in Madison was even bigger than the first. Organizers capped the number of athletes at 80 to keep things moving at a reasonable pace. The good news with all the extra interest was an increase in not only competition, but fundraising. Lee Thompson, President of the Huntsville, Madison County Auburn club says they raised more than $2,500 in scholarship money for local students attending Auburn. Obviously […]

  • Alabama Baseball Stays Alive With 6-5 Win Over FSU

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Alabama starting pitcher Justin Kamplain threw eight innings and the Crimson Tide held on in the ninth inning to defeat the Florida State Seminoles, 6-5, in the Tallahassee Regional elimination game on Saturday afternoon from Dick Howser Stadium.  “For Justin (Kamplain), it was one of his best starts all year and he did a great job keeping them off balance,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We showed life offensively, particularly against (Luke) Weaver who is a very […]

  • Rocket City LAX Blast

    Huntsville, Ala. – (WHNT) In a football town, Lacrosse is making noise. dozen of teams from across the country are in Huntsville this weekend participating in the Rocket City LAX blast. North Alabama is also represented with our squad aptly named The Huntsville Arsenal. The event started on Saturday and continues all day Sunday at Merrimack park.

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    Traina Leads Crimson Tide Softball Past Kentucky

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Alabama softball team beat Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky 2-0 on day two of the Women’s College World Series being held in Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Crimson Tide goes to 52-11 on the year while the Wildcats drop to 50-18.  Senior All-American Jaclyn Traina picked up the win for Alabama in the pitching circle, pushing her record to 25-3 on the season, while Kelsey Nunley took the loss for Kentucky, falling […]

  • Bradley in Uniform to Watch Stars Sweep Smokies

    Huntsville, Ala. – Andy Moye threw six shutout innings leading the Huntsville Stars to a 5-1 win Friday night over the Tennessee Smokies at Joe Davis Stadium.  With the Stars win, they completed a five game series sweep over the Smokies. Moye, who improved to 1-0 gave up just one hit in his six innings.  It was a two out double to Anthony Giansanti. The Stars got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning against Smokies starter Julio Rodrigue(1-1).  Mitch […]

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    Alabama Baseball to Face FSU, Jameis Winston Saturday

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After falling to the No. 3 seeded Kennesaw State Owls, 1-0, on Friday, the Alabama Crimson Tide (34-23) takes on the Florida State Seminoles in game two of the Tallahassee Regional on Saturday at noon at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida State (43-16) suffered a 7-0 loss to the fourth-seeded Georgia Southern Eagles, as GSU starter Sam Howard threw a complete-game two-hit shutout. The elimination game between Alabama and Florida State will be available on ESPN3.com, with Joe Davis […]

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    Alabama Softball Beats Oklahoma in WCWS

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Alabama softball team beat Oklahoma, 6-2 on day one of the Women’s College World Series being held in Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Crimson Tide goes to 51-11 on the year while the Sooners drop to 50-12.  It marks the third straight WCWS appearance (2011, 2012 and 2014) in which Alabama has won its opening game.  After trading runs in the first two innings, Oklahoma went up 2-1 in the top […]

  • Florence LB Keaton Anderson Commits to Alabama

    Florence, Ala. – (WHNT) 3-Star linebacker prospect Keaton Anderson used twitter to commit to Nick Saban and Alabama Thursday night. Keaton, who made 119 tackles at Florence during his junior season is rated as a 3-star recruit. He becomes the Tide’s 17th commitment for the 2015 class and 5th from the state of Alabama.