Ryan Students recently went back to school. Here are the pics of their first day!
The 99th season of high school football at Ryan is slated to begin tomorrow night (Friday) when the Snyder Cyclones invade the Bob Givens Sports Complex.
Kickoff for the season opener for both teams is set for 7:30 p.m.
This will be the earliest season opener in school history as the contest is part of Zero Week in high school football in Oklahoma.
Teams can elect to start the season one week early and forego a second scrimmage date. The advantage is teams that play during Zero Week will have a week off during the regular season.
Snyder ended the Cowboys’ season a year ago at Ryan as the Cyclones took advantage of numerous Ryan turnovers to post a 38-8 victory.
It was the first year returning to the playoffs for Ryan after a two-year absence and the Cowboys of first-year head coach Tony Tomberlin are looking to improve on last season’s 6-5 record.
Tomberlin will be taking over for long-time head coach Stan Mueggenborg after serving as an assistant for the veteran coach the past 12 years.
The outlook for the Cowboys for 2018 is guarded. The coaching staff faces the tall task of replacing six of eight starters on the defensive side of the ball.
However, quarterback Grayson Tomberlin returns for his sophomore campaign after starting all 11 games a year ago as a freshman.
Joining Tomberlin, last season’s district newcomer of the year, in the backfield will be talented senior and all-district running back Skyler Parkhill.
Both players will give Ryan a solid nucleus from which to build on offense.
Tomberlin finished last season with 638 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He also threw for 731 yards on 44 completions and 12 touchdown passes.
Parkhill was the second leading rusher last season with 620 yards on 93 carries and five rushing touchdowns.
The Cowboys will feature a freshman in the backfield with Caleb Ferrin expected to start at the other running back position.
Kalen Weldon will return at one end for the Cowboys and Andrew Villerreal will move from the backfield to the other end position.
Two seniors, Sam Brown and Justin Williams, along with sophomore Trey Bryant will be counted on to try to open up running lanes for the backs and give Tomberlin time to find receivers.
The Cowboys will feature a bit more wide-open attack with more spread offense and implementing the pistol formation.
Defensively, things are a bit unsettled. Not only will there be six new starters, but coming out of last week’s scrimmage, there are still some battles going on for starting positions.
Pacen Wiest and Bryant are battling for a starting role at nose guard and the defensive end positions are still up for grabs in the 3-2 defense.
The defense will need to mature quickly as Snyder, the Cowboys’ first opponent, will bring a potent offensive attack that will feature one of the state’s top sprinters in Trevor Evans. He was the state champion in Class A in the 400 meters and the runner up in the 100 meters last spring.
“I would say at this point the offense is a step ahead of the defense,” Tomberlin noted heading into this week’s final few days of practice.
“On defense we are still trying to figure some things out,” Tomberlin said.
Tomberlin was not particularly pleased with the Cowboys’ scrimmage with Maud last week.
“We have a lot of improving to do, but we will watch film and we will get better,” said Tomberlin.
“We are looking forward to some things and we are trying to get some excitement back in the program. The kids’ attitudes are good and we are lifting every day and they are getting stronger,” Tomberlin added.
Snyder will provide a tough challenge for the Cowboys’ season opener. The Cyclones are picked fourth District B-3, but ahead of them are Carnegie, Alex and Cyril – all top 15 teams in the preseason.
Tomberlin will be assisted by first-year coach Austin Masoner.
Oklahoma Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ORRC), located in Stillwater, has completed processing scholarships to Oklahoma farm and rural students who graduated from high school this spring. Of the 248 applications received, 168 scholarships totaling $75,400 were approved to assist students entering college or a technical school in Oklahoma. ORRC began its scholarship program in 1968 and a cumulative total of over $3.7 million has been awarded to students.
Oklahoma Rural Rehabilitation Corporation is a non-profit corporation established by the federal government in 1934 to assist farmers and rural communities.
The corporation has been self-sustaining since then by investing in loans to assist farmers and ranchers. Profits from these loans have been used for the scholarship program,
a community development grant program, grants to the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program and other programs to assist farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
The ORRC is assisted with its scholarship program by the USDA Farm Service and USDA Rural Development Agencies, as well as various participating banks. We at ORRC would like to extend sincere thanks to these agencies for their participation in organizing the collection of applications and distribution of scholarship funds.
Dawson is also Salutatorian of this year’s senior class of Ryan High School.
His plans are to attend Southeastern at Durant and major in Occupational Safety.
He knew he wanted to go to Durant once he visited the campus. He loves the campus and the community.
Some of his favorite memories include the times he participated in sports.
Playing football for his dad (Tony Tomberlin is one of the high school football coaches and Tomberlin is also the Ryan principal).
Fishing is his favorite hobby. He and Tate have found time to enjoy the sport together.
He considers fishing a great pastime.
When he’s not fishing he enjoys lifting weights.
A few of his accomplishments in High School were FFA, Beta, Co-Salutatorian, Co-MVP of District in Football, selected to 8-man All-Star Game, Southern 8 Conference, All-Star in Basketball.
The subjects he really enjoyed in high school were math and history.
He enjoyed being a part of the Beta Club and FFA.
Dawson also liked the times he spent working with Coach Mueggenborg.
Forrest Gump is his favorite movie.
Rock and hip hop are the styles of music he prefers.
Dawson is a nice and courteous young man.
He exudes a quiet subtle confidence that will serve him well in the future.
It will be interesting to watch his future unfold. We wish him all the good that life has to offer.
This summer he will be working at the high school. It’s a job he has enjoyed over the past few summers.
He really looks forward to beginning his college career.
He loves anything mechanical and working with his hands.
When he is not fishing or hunting, he loves working on the ranch and staying busy.
Tate will be going to SWOSU in Weatherford in the fall and majoring in Engineering Technology. Perhaps he will be working for Boeing or some aeronautical company.
Some of his fondest memories comes from time he spent with his friends and playing sports.
One of his favorite memories is the time Joseph Martin passed a basketball across court to J.D. who made the winning basket against Waurika.
When it comes to hunting, he really enjoys hunting deer. He even has a recipe he got from Tyler Garrett to make a really great deer jerkey.
His favorite music is heavy metal.
He loves the movie The Green Mile. He also likes scary movies.
The only book he really enjoys reading is the Bible.
His favorite color is powder blue.
He looks forward to getting started at Weatherford. He wants to show up two weeks in advance so he can go ahead and get to work. He plans on working his way through school.
Just a few of his accomplishments include Valedictorian, 8-man All-Star, Beta, FFA, Offensive Lineman of the year, NTHS.
His favorite subjects in school include all maths and physics.
He really loves math.
Tate is a strapping young man who conducts himself as a gentleman.
His future is bright. It will be neat to see what he does down the road.
His love of life and ability to converse with others will take him far.
We wish him all the best!
She is Co-Salutatorian of the Ryan Senior Class.
Cara loves to sing and perform with her guitar. She performed at this year’s graduation.
She will attend USAO in Chickasha this fall and major in Deaf Education. She loves working with children.
She originally wanted to be an interpreter for the hearing impaired.
Cara and Mackenzie Lewis will room together at USAO.
As long as she is involved in early childhood education she says she will be happy.
The thought of being an influence on children and helping them grow and learn inspires her.
She not only wants to connect with her future students she wants to have a positive impact on the parents of her students as well.
Some of her favorite memories include the times she spent in Spanish class and the discussions they would have.
Cara took two years of Spanish while attending Ryan.
Her accomplishments in High School were Beta President; Perfect Attendance; Co-Salutatorian.
She is an avid reader and will read just about anything.
Her favorite subjects in school was English and literature.
She loves all kinds of music except for various types of country music.
Cara is excited about school in the fall and being room mates with Mackenzie.
She loves to baby sit. She will do that for the rest of the summer.
Cara has a quiet thoughtful demeanor.
Her communication skills and ability to connect with others will take her far.
It will be neat to see the influence she has on future generations.
May all her dreams come true.
Her mother, Carol, a second grade teacher at Ryan has served as her inspiration to become an educator.
Mackenzie will attend USAO in Chickasha this fall and begin her journey towards a degree in Elementary Education.
There are many things she enjoyed while attending Ryan, but what she loved the most was sports.
She participated in basketball, softball, and track.
One of this year’s Salutatorians—Cara Williams, will be rooming with Mackenzie at USAO.
Another one of her favorite memories from growing up in Ryan is that she had her mom as her teacher.
She’s a quiet, unassuming, thoughtful person with a constant smile.
When she is not deeply involved in reading a book of science fiction, she enjoys drawing (she drew the artwork for her mother’s Christmas card this past year).
She also enjoys playing basketball, listening to rock music, and binge watching shows on Netflix.
One of her favorite subjects in school was history.
Although she doesn’t admit it, she is also a very good writer.
Her favorite color is purple.
Just a few her accomplishments in high school are as follows: Beta, Co-Valedictorian, Southern 8 conference All- Star in Basketball, Southern 8 All-Conference Fastpitch softball, VYPE top 100 Oklahoma Basketball Players.
When she graduates from USAO she says she would be willing to teach in Ryan if her mother is still there.
Over all she has a positive attitude and friendliness that will take her far in life.
We look forward to seeing where her hard work takes her.
We wish her only the best in her future endeavors.
Due to generous donations, the Terral Alumni Association awarded three $2,500 scholarship this year. The scholarship recipients for 2018 are:
In addition, Mason Martin received the first Don Johnson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Mason will be a Senior at Oklahoma State University in the fall, majoring in Agribusiness and Agricultural Communication – dual degree.
Donald Wayne Johnson (January 1, 1929 – December 1, 2016) was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was born in Duncan, attended school at Terral, and was a 1947 graduate of Bowie High School in Bowie, TX. This scholarship was established by his daughter, Anda Johnson, of Baton Rouge.
Waurika and Ryan have both held graduation ceremonies for their Kindergarten classes.
This is just the beginning for these future leaders in Jefferson County.
The graduation edition for the High School Seniors will be out at the end of this month in the May 31st edition.