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.
A special thank you goes out to the Ringling Eagle for their much appreciated help with compiling these results, also thanks to the OSU Extension Office of Jefferson County for getting these statistics to the newspapers in a very timely manner. Everyone’s help is appreciated.
More pictures will be added this week!
Hollis Dickey Award Winners
Red Angus: Class 1: Laken Deboard, Ryan 4-H, Res Breed Champion; Class 2: Laken Deboard, Ryan 4-H, Breed Champion, Res. Grand Champion
Hereford: Randi Linton, Ryan FFA, Breed Champion
Mini Hereford: Class 1: Lakin Howard, Ringling 4-H, Res Breed Champion; Class 2: Caitlyn Ramsey, Waurika 4-H, Breed Champion
Shorthorn: Braden Jackson, Ringling FFA, Breed Champion, Grand Champion
Maine: Dalee Barrick, Waurika FFA, Breed Champion
Commercial: Rance Howard, Ringling 4-H, Res Breed Champion; Michael Gore, Ryan FFA, Breed Champion
Angus: Lakin Howard, Ringling 4-H, Res Breed Champion; Cody Ramsey, Waurika 4-H, Breed Champion
STERLING – It was a short stay at the Class B District Tournament for the Ryan Cowboy baseball squad, but it came as no surprise as the Cowboys closed out the season at 0-11 – the first known winless season in school history.
Last Thursday the Cowboys were pounded by Sterling, 15-0, in the first game of the tourney and then fell in a heart-breaker to Big Pasture, 5-4, in games played here.
Sterling pitcher Lane Reynolds battled control problems early but settled down to toss a one-hitter for the Tigers.
In the top of the first inning the Cowboys put two runners on via two free passes, but ended the inning without a score.
The Tigers also took advantage of Ryan pitcher Andrew Villerreal’s lack of control in the bottom of the first inning.
After one out, three consecutive Tigers walked. Eventually the Tigers scored four runs on a two-run triple by Matas Puccio and a Cowboy miscue.
The Cowboys got a leadoff walk in the top of the second and Pacen Wiest got the only hit of the game for the Cowboys but a base runner mishap contributed to the Cowboys failing to score in the inning.
Sterling added four more runs in the bottom of the second. A single, a walk and a hit batsman to lead off the inning was followed by a two-run single by Reynolds. A fielder’s choice and another singled scored the other two runs.
Reynolds then settled into a groove for the Tigers and retired seven straight Cowboys.
Sterling padded the lead in the bottom of the third adding five runs to take a 13-0 lead.
The Cowboys tried to extend the game in the top of the fifth when Trey Bryant walked and Gunner Phillips was hit by a pitch, but the Cowboys could not come up with the key hit.
In the second game with Big Pasture, the Rangers opened the contest with a walk, a stolen base, a wild pitch and a passed ball to score one run.
The Cowboys quickly took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Travis Fristoe led off with a double and after one out, Grayson Tomberlin launched a bomb over the left field fence to give the Cowboys a 2-1 lead.
The Cowboys added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Fristoe’s two-out single and two errors on the play helped the Cowboys get a run to extend the lead to 3-1.
That came after the first of two lightning delays.
In the top of the sixth inning after the second lightning delay and a brief rain shower, the Rangers mounted a three-run uprising to seize the lead at 4-3. Two errors, two singles, a hit batsman and three stolen bases produced the three runs.
In the bottom of the sixth inning the Cowboys tied the game. Carson Cooper led off with a walk and Wiest was hit by a pitch. Cooper was later thrown out trying to steal third.
An error put Fristoe on base and Wiest scored on a fielder’s choice by Phillips.
A pair of strikeouts ended the inning as the Cowboys left three runners on base. Ryan stranded 11 runners throughout the contest.
In the top of the seventh, the Rangers scored as Harley Clem led off with a single and scored on Caleb Thompson’s double. This turned out to be the winning run for the Rangers.
In the bottom of the inning, Skyler Wickware led off with a single and eventually stole second, but the next three Ryan batters went down on strikes and the game ended.
Tomberlin, who pitched effectively through most of the game, took the loss for the Cowboys. He finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
Tomberlin and Fristoe led the Cowboys at the plate as each had two hits. Tomberlin finished with two runs batted in.
Sterling came back to win the district title with a pair of wins over Big Pasture. The Tigers defeated the Rangers, 15-0, on Thursday and then secured the district crown last Friday with another 15-0 victory.
SEASON-ENDING NOTES: The home run by Tomberlin was his first of the season and the only home run hit this season by a Cowboy….Three Big Pasture pitchers struck out 12 Cowboys during the game – the third most strikeouts by a Cowboy team in a single game in school history…The Cowboys have now lost eight straight district tournament games to seven different teams….The Cowboys were directed by Tony Roberts and he was the third coach in three seasons for the Cowboy nine….The 11 strikeouts by Tomberlin ties for the fifth most in school history behind Coby Martin’s 16 strikeouts in a 10-inning contest against Ringling in 2010, Jason Smith’s 13 strikeouts against Byers, Texas in 1994 and Preston McCarty’s and Denver Overstreet’s 12 strike outs in 1949 and 2011, respectively….The 11 games played is the fewest number of games played since 1961 when Ryan finished 6-2 on the season….The 2019 campaign was marred by inclement weather and play eligibility problems….In an earlier game against Waurika where the Eagles mauled the Cowboys, 35-1, three school records were broken….The 35 runs by the Eagles are the most ever by an opponent breaking the old mark of 28 set by Tipton in a 1952 regional tournament game….The 31 earned runs in the game is a new school mark for most earned runs allowed…Waurika collected 23 hits in the game breaking the old record of 22 hits by Whitesboro in a regional tourney game in 2011.
Waurika and Ryan recently held their annual FCCLA Banquets.
Waurika FCCLA Banquet
The Annual FCCLA Awards Banquet was held on April 17.This year’s banquet theme was “It’s a Shore Thing” and followed a nautical theme.Tables were decorated with a variety of nautical items, a lighthouse mural and nautical flags were hung, and a “Seas the Day” bulletin board completed the scene. Following a meal with fish donated by Bill’s Catfish, members and their guests enjoyed a slide show which highlighted activities carried out by FCCLA this year.Adviser Suzy Bruner presented awards to members and Senior Brooklyn Sampley presented the FCCLA “Salutes” Award to Principal Nat Lunn as a show of thanks for the support he has shown the group.
Awards were given to:
Pres. – Nicole Burton
VP of Service-Hope Cummings
VP of Fundraising-Brooklyn Sampley
Treasurer- Brooklyn Barnes
Sec. – Braden Woods
Reporter – Hannah Owens
Historian – Gabi Torrez
FCCLA Competitive Events
Mallory Adkins – Creed Speaking, 2nd place district
Kaytlyn Williams – New member Facts Test, 2nd place district
Hope Cummings and Brooklyn Barnes – Illustrated Talk over “Mean Girls”, 2nd place district
Brooklyn Sampley – Focus on Children over nutrition, 3rd place regionals
Top Salesman, Tom Watt
1st year member Trinity Barnes sold $306.50.
Top Salesman, Cookie Dough
Jr. Hayden Brown sold $208.
Top Five Members
The Top Five Member award is decided by the participation points that are kept throughout the year.
Mallory Adkins – 1st yr member
Trinity Barnes-1st yr member
Landry Forsyth – 1st year member
Grace Hill -1st yr member
Kaytlyn Williams – 1st year member
The FCCLA Service Award is presented to a member who has earned more points by participating in service projects than any other member.
8th grader Kaytlyn Williams
Kamie Gilmore (1st yr member)
Reagan McKelroy (1st yr member)
Brooklyn Sampley (3rd yr member)
Braden Woods (5 yr member)
Ryan FCCLA Banquet
Ryan elected their new officers for 2018-2019: Laken DeBoard, Holland Carter, Haley Poage, Keylee Switzer, Juliett Spangler, Tawny Vanover, Lilly York, and Emilee Martin
They also recognized fundraisers top sellers: Haley Poage, Emilee Lowry, & Liberti Sewell
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.