High School: Denton Ryan

Denton Ryan's quest ends in 4A state semis

March, 9, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – It was a fun ride.

Denton Ryan’s quest for a Class 4A state championship was railroaded by the juggernaut that is Houston Yates, as the Raiders fell, 87-67, to the Lions in a 4A semifinal Thursday night.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comDenton Ryan's improbable run for a 4A championship ended with a loss to Houston Yates in the state semifinals.
Twelve seconds into the game, Yates’ Clyde Santee drained a 3-pointer. That bucket turned into a 26-15 lead, which eventually turned into a much worse problem for Ryan. By halftime, Yates was cruising, 46-25.

“They got hot early, hitting seven 3s in the first 10 minutes. It was not a good thing for us,” Ryan coach Bryce Overstreet said. “I felt like in the second quarter, we didn’t make the best decisions in transition.

“Their length affected us. We haven’t seen a team this year that possesses an amount of length they have at every position.”

For a while, Ryan (23-12) showed the fight that turned a third-place team out of District 4-4A into the Region I champion. The Raiders’ Marcus Holcomb hit a 3-pointer with roughly 6:30 remaining to trim Yates’ lead to 46-36.

But Yates (33-5) turned on its jets in the fourth quarter and managed to pull away with the play of Clyde Santee, J.C. Washington and Oregon signee Damyean Dotson, in addition to strong defensive play. Ryan’s dream season -- one that included its last three wins by a total of seven points -- was over.

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“We knew we had to play four good quarters to be in [the finals] on Saturday,” Yates coach Greg Wise said. “The intensity was there. We knew they only played six or seven guys, and we wanted to make sure we got to them from the beginning.”

Dotson led Yates with 26 points and made 7 of 13 from the 3-point line. Dotson added six rebounds and four assists. Santee had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Washington added a double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Holcomb led Ryan with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting. UTSA football signee Trey Mohair added 19 points but made 6 of only 21 attempts. Sam Johnson finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Yates, looking to win its third championship in four years, will face Kimball on Saturday afternoon.

Damon Sayles covers Midlands recruiting for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at dsaylesespn@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DamonSayles

Preview: Boys basketball state semfinal games

March, 7, 2012

CLASS 3A: Argyle (29-8) vs. Lubbock Estacado (27-7), 2 p.m.

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Road to Austin: Argyle defeated Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins in the Region II championship game behind Connor York’s 18 points. The Eagles had no trouble dispatching Texarkana Pleasant Grove 49-30 in the semifinal round of the tournament. Lucas Lovejoy provided Argyle’s toughest playoff test to date, a 40-37 Eagles win in a regional quarterfinal. After receiving a bye in the opening round, Argyle defeated Dallas Madison in the area round 43-29. Estacado punched its ticket to Austin with a 56-46 win over Abilene Wylie in the Region I finals. In the semifinal round, Estacado breezed past Alvarado 75-59 and had an easy time in the regional quarterfinals with Seminole, 79-60. After a bye in the opening round, Estacado opened its postseason with a 79-47 thumping of Clint.

Argyle: Strong leadership from senior captains Clarke Overlander, Connor York and Andrew Resch has helped the Eagles get past the regional quarterfinal round that has proved a stumbling block in the past. When opponents concentrate too much on the 6-foot-5 Overlander, a North Texas signee, York from the outside and Resch from the inside can make them pay. Junior point guard Zach Dickerson plays a big role with his defense and ball handling.

Estacado: The Matadors are making their fourth appearance in the state tournament and first since winning the title in 2010. A win over Argyle will put Estacado in the state finals for the third time in four years. Ryheim Hunter, a 6-foot-0 senior guard, scored 19 points in the regional title game. Ti Russell, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, was named the regional tournament MVP.

--Randy Jennings

CLASS 4A: Dallas Kimball (32-5) vs. San Antonio Heights (34-2), 7 p.m.

Road to Austin: Kimball survived a gantlet of the Metroplex’s best basketball talent to punch its ticket to the state tournament. After knocking out area-ranked Dallas Hillcrest, Highland Park and Dallas Woodrow Wilson in order, the Knights took out Manor 85-76 in the regional semifinal. Kimball finally topped South Oak Cliff in its third try this season, 84-63 in the regional final.

Alamo Heights: Heights is making its fifth state tournament appearance – its first since 1991. As a team, Alamo Heights averages 63.4 points per game, 21 of which come from leading scorer Jeffrey Rodewald. Heights, featuring 6-foot-8 centers Evan Boland and Shelby Lane, will have the height advantage over Kimball.

Kimball: The Knights are making their ninth appearance in the state tournament, returning in 2012 as defending 4A state champions. Despite losing eight seniors from last year’s title team, Kimball returns championship MVP Shannon Lilly and features 2012 transfer Keith Frazier, the No. 14 national recruit for the Class of 2013. Frazier is Kimball’s go-to scorer, averaging 21 points per game. Frazier has the range to hit any shot and can score on dribble penetration. Kimball’s big men had suffered some minor bangs and bruises through the final games of the playoffs but should be good to go after a week’s rest.

--Travis L. Brown

CLASS 4A: Denton Ryan (23-11) vs. Houston Yates (32-5), 8:30 p.m.

Road to Austin: After handily defeating two west Texas teams to open the playoffs, Ryan has pulled off three narrow and somewhat shocking upsets over Little Elm (61-59), Fort Worth Trimble Tech (58-56) and Fort Worth Arlington Heights (71-68).

Denton Ryan: Making its first appearance in the state tournament since winning the 4A title in 2000, Ryan has gone a run that few saw coming despite using just six players during the postseason. Point guard Trey Mohair is leading the way, scoring 27 points per game in the playoffs, and the team has given up more than 60 points just once during the postseason.

Houston Yates: With its relentless full-court press, Yates returns to the state tournament for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Yates has scored 104 points per game in the playoffs and is led by guard Damyean Dotson, an Oregon signee.

--Jeff Andrews


CLASS 5A: Flower Mound Marcus (32-2) vs. Garland Naaman Forest (29-7), 8:30 p.m.

Road to Austin: Marcus cruised past Mansfield Timberview in the regional quarterfinal before hanging on to beat North Crowley 66-55. In the highly anticipated final against South Grand Prairie, Marcus Smart blocked a last-second shot to advance in a defensive 39-38 win. Naaman Forest squeaked by College Station A&M Consolidated and Conroe Woodlands College Park before upsetting DeSoto 56-49 on the way to Austin.

Marcus: Most folks around the state are already aware of Smart, one of the top players in the nation. He's led this team to Austin three years in a row. This season, he's had a lot of help from sharpshooter Phil Forte, versatile big man Nick Banyard and a very good defense. They're giving up just 45 points per game in the playoffs.

Naaman Forest: Demarcus Holland is a very athletic guard who should keep Marcus Smart busy. The bigger challenge against Naaman Forest is getting past their 6-foot-11 shot-blocking machine, Prince Ibeh. To upset Marcus, the Rangers will need the big man to have a big game on the other end of the court. He has been quiet in the playoffs on offense.

--David Stein
Denton Ryan point guard Trey Mohair was surrounded by quality scorers during the first three years of his career.

His job was simple -- find which one was open and get them the ball.

But Ryan (23-11) found itself without a complementary scorer to go with its stellar point guard this season, so head coach Bryce Overstreet asked him to carry the load offensively.

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In response, Mohair blossomed into one of the area's most potent offensive weapons, and he's carried Ryan on a shocking run to its first state tournament appearance since winning the Class 4A title in 2000.

"This is the first time he's been asked to do as much as he's doing," Overstreet said. "This year it's not as much about him deferring. It's more about him taking on the load and scoring more for us."

A four-year starter, Mohair has always had a natural instinct for the point position, earning him a starting spot as a freshman on a talented and experienced 2008-09 team.

And until this year, he's had a star senior to dish the ball to. His freshman year, it was district MVP Colby Jones. The next year, it was forward Bud Sasser, now a receiver at Missouri. Last year it was post Adam Choplick, who's on baseball scholarship at Oklahoma.

Now a senior himself and with no go-to option, Mohair is left holding the ball instead of passing it, and that's worked out just fine.

His shooting has improved dramatically, particularly from behind the arc where he's shooting 44 percent. Overstreet estimated that he shot about 27 percent from 3-point range last year.

He averaged 12 points per game last season. This year he averaged 22 points per game in district play, and he's averaging 27 points per game in the playoffs.

And he's scoring at the right time, too. In the regional semifinals against heavily favored Fort Worth Trimble Tech last weekend, Mohair went coast-to-coast on the final play of the game to sink a layup at the buzzer to give Ryan a 58-56 win.

"You get to the playoffs and it's win or go home," Overstreet said. "With him being a senior and a four-year starter, he's invested a lot in this program. He doesn't want it to end and that's how he's playing."

While Ryan's supporting cast isn't counted on to do the bulk of the scoring, it is playing good defense and rebounding well, a staple of Overstreet's teams since he took over as head coach for the late Richard Scofield in 2003-04.

The Raiders have given up 60 points or more just once in the postseason, and they're forcing close to 20 turnovers per game.

"I think those two things [defense and rebounding] right there allow us to get out in transition and utilize the guard skills we possess," Overstreet said.

That aspect of Ryan's game will be especially important against Houston Yates in Thursday's 4A state semifinal matchup. Yates employs a relentless full-court press, which it used to win back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010.

It's particularly good at wearing down opponents as Yates can play up to nine or 10 players. With Ryan using only six players in the playoffs, it will have to do its best to limit Yates' second chances.

"You're not going to be able to dictate tempo," Overstreet said. "They are exceptional at what they do. You have to play in a way that gives yourself high-percentage scoring opportunities and making it as tough on them as possible."

UIL boys state basketball tournament pairings

March, 4, 2012
Class 1A Division I Semifinals
  • Clarksville (30-5) 55, Olton (27-9) 35
  • Mumford (37-0) 73, Kerens (24-9) 49
Class 3A Semifinals Class 4A Semifinals FRIDAY
Class 2A Semifinals
  • Brock (30-7) 60, San Antonio Cole (31-6) 55
  • White Oak (36-1) 67, Idalou (30-6) 45
Class 1A Division II Semifinals
  • Graford (28-9) 74, Lenorah Grady (30-6) 63
  • Calvert (26-7) 76, Roxton (29-7) 54
Class 5A Semifinals SATURDAY'S FINALS
Denton Ryan was an afterthought going into the playoffs after finishing third in District 4-4A behind Little Elm and The Colony.

Now the Raiders are a win away from their first state tournament berth since winning state in 2000.

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Trey Mohair hit a layup at the buzzer to give Ryan a second consecutive stunning upset, this time a 58-56 win over Fort Worth Trimble Tech on Friday.

Ryan advances to play Fort Worth Arlington Heights at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Coliseum in Snyder.

"It had to have spun on the rim for 30 or 40 seconds it seems like before it dropped," said Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet, who is enjoying a career year with Ryan.

Ryan held a seven-point lead with 39 seconds remaining before Trimble Tech connected on a 3-pointer and a four-point play to tie the score in stunning fashion.

On the final play of the game, Mohair, who continued his scorching pace in the playoffs with 28 points, went coast-to-coast and split two defenders to sink the winning bucket.

Fort Worth ISD has two shots at 4A Reg. I title

February, 29, 2012

(At Snyder’s The Coliseum)


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4 p.m.: Denton Ryan vs. Fort Worth Trimble Tech

6 p.m.: Wolfforth Frenship vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights


2 p.m.: Semifinal winners


Fort Worth Trimble Tech (29-4): The District 6-4A champion defeated Aledo in bi-district 61-39; Mansfield Summit in area 65-44; Waco University in regional quarterfinals 78-50.

Denton Ryan (21-11): The District 4-4A third-place finisher defeated Canyon Randall in bi-district 61-48; El Paso Riverside in area 70-51; Little Elm in regional quarterfinals 61-59.

Fort Worth Arlington Heights (23-9): The District 6-4A runner-up defeated Keller Timber Creek in bi-district 69-44; Arlington Seguin in area 59-56; Fort Worth Southwest in regional quarterfinals 62-50.

Wolfforth Frenship (30-3): The District 3-4A champion defeated Wichita Falls in bi-district 88-75; El Paso Bowie in area 57-38; The Colony in regional quarterfinals 55-52.


Fort Worth Trimble Tech: Charles Hill (6-3, Sr. G), bound for TCU, is the team's leading scorer in the playoffs (16.7); Jal Deng (6-4, Sr. P) is the leading rebounder.

Denton Ryan: Trey Mohair (5-11 Sr. G) is the team's leading scorer (18.1). Trey Cook (6-0 Sr. G) is the top rebounder (5.4).

Fort Worth Arlington Heights: Justin Hemphill (6-4, Jr. F) is the team's leading scorer in the playoffs (14.7); Travis Williams (6-3, Sr. F) is the second-leading playoff scorer (12.3).

Wolfforth Frenship: Michael Grant (6-4, Jr. P/F) is the team’s leading scorer in the playoffs (17.3); Colton Hendrix (6-0, Sr. G) is second in playoff scoring (14.3).


Fort Worth Trimble Tech: Lost to The Colony 69-53 in a regional semifinal.

Denton Ryan: Lost to Fort Worth Arlington Heights 63-52 in a regional semifinal.

Fort Worth Arlington Heights: Lost to La Marque 72-61 in a state semifinal.

Wolfforth Frenship: Lost to Denton Ryan 66-42 in a regional quarterfinal.

FW Trimble Tech moves into regional tourney

February, 29, 2012
Fort Worth Trimble Tech continued its run through the 4A boys playoffs Tuesday with a 78-50 win over Waco University in the regional quarterfinal.

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Trimble Tech standout and TCU commit Charles Hill led his team with 20 points, including several big slams.

Trimble Tech must now travel again, this time to Snyder's The Coliseum to face Denton Ryan in the regional semifinals Friday at 4 p.m.

While Hill said he was excited to advance, it is just one more step towards the ultimate prize.

"We still have to get to state," Hill told ESPNDallas.com via twitter. "I would like to get a taste of Austin."

What we got right: Irving MacArthur and Dallas Lincoln never faltered throughout the season, as both were in the No. 1 spot every week. The entire 5A poll remained the same from last week.

What we got wrong: Not much. Waxahachie earned its way into the final regular-season 4A poll with votes from all participants.

Say hello to: 5A - Nobody; 4A - Waxahachie

Say goodbye to: 5A - Nobody; 4A - Denton Ryan

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Denton Ryan celebrates one of its best classes

February, 1, 2012
DENTON, Texas – Denton Ryan coach Joey Florence would have been happy with one signee. After seeing eight players sign national letters of intent Wednesday, he was beaming.

The Raiders had what Florence called “one of the best classes in a long time,” and the scholarships were proof. Led by the nation’s top-ranked player in five-star defensive end Mario Edwards, Ryan opened national signing day with a productive morning ceremony in the Ryan athletics facility.

“We’ve been fortunate at Ryan to have strong classes come through, and this is definitely one of the strongest classes,” Florence said. “It’s good and bad emotions for me: good that their getting scholarships they worked so hard to get and bad because they’re not playing for me anymore. You have mixed emotions, but you’re excited for them.”

Edwards signed with Florida State, while offensive lineman Jordan Williams and defensive end Dominique Banks signed with Missouri and Baylor, respectively. All-purpose athlete Trey Mohair signed with UTSA and will play FBS football next season, as the Roadrunners will move to the WAC.

Cornerback Cedric Harris signed with Colorado State-Pueblo, receiver Sterling Fuggett signed with Evangel (Mo.) University, and offensive lineman Tevin McCray signed with Trinity Valley Community College. Additionally, linebacker Alex De La Torre signed with Texas, and linebacker Jordan Richmond signed with Texas A&M.

De La Torre and Richmond were not in attendance Wednesday. De La Torre graduated in December and is taking classes at Texas. Richmond was in Austin preparing for the 2012 International Bowl, pitting USA’s top under-19 players against top players in the world.

Mario Edwards ties the knot with Florida State

February, 1, 2012

DENTON, Texas -- At 8:10 a.m. CT, Mario Edwards Jr. met pen to paper. The Under Armour All-American signed his national letter of intent to Florida State. Edwards then did something that he felt he hadn't done in weeks.

He smiled.

It's hard to smile when you're stressed out, and Edwards -- like hundreds of other high-profile high school athletes -- went through a stressful recruiting process that included phone calls from recruiters at all hours of the night, repeated text messaging from random media representatives and messages from fans trying to sway him from Florida State by way of Facebook and Twitter.

Early Wednesday morning, Edwards' stress level came to a minimum. The nation's top-ranked player officially was a Seminole.

"I couldn't sleep. I woke up at 3 [a.m.], then 5," said Edwards, proudly wearing a black Florida State sweatshirt and a garnet Seminoles ball cap. "It's a big relief. I can finally enjoy my senior year of high school and prepare myself for the next level."

Read the full story here.

Wylie duo among locals headed down to Baylor

February, 1, 2012
Local recruits are flocking to Baylor on national signing day.

As of 9:30 Wednesday morning, the Bears had announced the signing of 20 recruits, eight of them from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Bears have received signed letters of intent from two Wylie players, DB Terrell Burt and OL Kyle Fuller.

Also headed down I-35 to Waco are Denton Ryan DL Dominique Banks, Richardson Pearce WR Corey Coleman, Hebron WR Kiante' Griffin, Euless Trinity LB Brian Nance, McKinney Boyd DE Jamal Palmer and Garland QB Seth Russell.

Ryan's Mario Edwards talks about being No. 1

January, 29, 2012
Denton Ryan's Marion Edwards Jr. talks about the recruiting process and what it's like being the nation's top-ranked recruit.

The Colony rallies to slip by rival Denton Ryan

January, 27, 2012
THE COLONY, Texas -- Deciphering where The Colony has an advantage over Denton Ryan takes merely a glance at the two teams standing next to each other.

Three members of The Colony's front court -- Zach DeLay, Antoine Burrell and Damion McIntosh -- stand at least a head taller than any member of the Raiders, who got smaller over the offseason while their District 4-4A competitors got bigger.

Despite the disadvantage, Ryan held its own in the paint and built a healthy lead through three quarters Friday, but The Colony's big men broke out in the fourth en route to a 57-55 win in a physical, foul-filled game that featured 13 lead changes.

The win keeps The Colony (26-4, 7-1 in 4-4A) within striking distance of first-place Little Elm. Ryan (15-10, 5-3) still has a strong hold on a playoff spot, but its district title hopes take a hit with the loss.

"They came out really hot," DeLay said of Ryan. "We just had to play defense. That was the object. We got back in it and won."

With the game tied at 55, The Colony guard Kendall Jones sank two of three free throws with three seconds left in the game to give the Cougars the win. It was a thrilling conclusion to a back-and-forth final frame that began with Ryan nursing a five-point lead and both teams already in the bonus.

But the lead quickly vanished as the Cougar forwards found a rhythm, powering The Colony on a 10-0 run before Ryan point guard Trey Mohair, who finished with a game-high 27 points, drilled a 3-pointer from well behind the arc to tie the game at 46.

The game went on to be tied at 48 and 50, and a Burrell putback tied it at 55 with less than two minutes remaining.
Ryan looked like it might hold the ball for the rest of the game to take a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, but an ugly pass gave The Colony the ball with 18 seconds left before Jones was fouled taking 3-pointer with three seconds left.

He sank the first and third attempts to give the Cougars a lead. By that point, Mohair had fouled out of the game, and the Raiders didn't get much of a shot off at the buzzer.

"We quit settling for outside jump shots and started going inside to our strengths," said The Colony head coach Cleve Ryan, who's father Billy is Denton Ryan's namesake. "Our big guys inside, that's where we score."

Burrell and Bobby White led The Colony with 14 points apiece.

LeDay and McIntosh, who transferred to The Colony from Dallas Skyline and Little Elm, respectively, both finished with 11 points. While their final stats aren't terribly impressive, their presence on the court is. Ryan had a hard time even getting a shot off on the paint at times, and they absorbed all of Ryan's attention defensively.

The Raiders did a good job of slowing them down early, particularly forward Sam Johnson, who played an extremely physical game in the paint, but eventually Ryan wore down.

"We just kept on attacking," DeLay said. "We kept attacking hard. That's what our coach tells us to do."

Ogden has Denton Ryan girls on top in 4-4A

January, 25, 2012
Denton Ryan is no stranger to standout point guards, and this season is no different.

This year, the Lady Raiders boast a surging Teana Ogden, a junior who is already getting noticed on the recruiting trail.

Her evaluation on ESPN HS describes her as an "ultra quick point guard with great hands and great court vision." Her statistics certainly back that up.

Ogden averages 19 points, five rebounds and four assists per game, making her one of the most well-rounded guards in the area.

And she's lifting her team in the process. Ryan (17-8, 7-1) is now in sole possession of first place in District 4-4A following its 54-42 win over long-time rival Wichita Falls Rider, and looks poised to make another deep run in the playoffs.

The Lady Raiders should be as battle tested as any 4A team in the area by the time the playoffs roll around. In addition to playing in a competitive district, Ryan's nondistrict schedule was laced with elite 5A opponents, including Irving MacArthur, DeSoto, Lewisville and Duncanville.

Ryan reached the third round of the playoffs each of the last two years.
Mario Edwards Jr. decided his first decision was the right one.

After months of waffling on his original commitment to Florida State, the Denton Ryan standout confirmed that he'd stick with Seminoles on his Twitter account.

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Edwards, widely considered the best prospect in the nation, committed to Florida State last spring but shopped around this fall, considering Texas, LSU and Oklahoma. Edwards' father, Mario Edwards Sr., played at Florida State prior to his pro tenure with the Cowboys.

The defensive end wrapped up his storied high school career with another stellar season this year. He finished 2011 with 28 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and a safety.

He earned back-to-back 4A defensive player of the year honors from ESPNDallas.com and helped lead Denton Ryan to the state-title game in 2010.