Report: Javy Guerra picked up by the Chicago White Sox

It didn’t take long for Ryan graduate Javy Guerra to find a new home in the majors.

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Ryan grad Javy Guerra designated for assignment by Dodgers

Ryan graduate Javy Guerra was designated for assignment on Sunday night, according to MLB.com. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)

Major League Baseball’s opening day is only a couple of weeks away, but Ryan alumnus Javy Guerra was dealt some pretty bad news on Sunday.

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Former Guyer, Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart declares for NFL draft

Oklahoma State wide receiver Josh Stewart, a former Guyer standout, celebrates his first-quarter touchdown in the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri at AT&T Stadium on Friday. Stewart, a junior, declared Tuesday for the NFL draft this spring. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Josh Stewart has heard a lot of opinions about his NFL draft prospects recently, but on Tuesday he said the only one that matters is his own as he officially declared for the upcoming NFL draft following his junior season at Oklahoma State.

Stewart played his final college game on Friday in the Cotton Bowl at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and scored a 40-yard touchdown before leaving late in the game with a concussion.

On Tuesday, he had hired an agent and declared for the draft, more than week prior to the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare. He is the 17th underclassman wide receiver to declare for the draft. Last year, 29 receivers were selected over the three-day, seven-round draft.

“I’ve talked with a lot of people, and everyone has their own opinions and at the end of the day it had to be for me and my family,” Stewart said. “That’s what I felt would be best and the decision I’d be happy with. That’s really all that matters, and that’s what it came down to. I’m willing to take whatever comes. I’m excited for the chance to live out my dream. It’s going to be a good journey.”

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Two Denton ISD DEs shined in bowls

 

Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and Oklahoma State defensive Jimmy Bean both starred in their respective bowl games. Edwards graduated from Ryan, while Bean graduated from Guyer. (Denton Record-Chronicle illustration/Ben Baby)

While watching Florida State come from behind and beat Auburn in a thriller for the final BCS championship before we head to playoff system (rejoice!), it hit me.

There’s a pretty solid chance that in two years we could have two high draft picks in Denton ISD products, who just happen to play the same position.

You see, I covered the Cotton Bowl on Friday and saw former Guyer standout Jimmy Bean dominate a tough Missouri offensive line. Then, of course, on Monday night everyone watched former Ryan standout Mario Edwards turn in an equally dominant effort against Auburn to earn himself a national championship.

In fact, the numbers are eerily similar.

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Edwards Jr. helps Florida State win BCS title, brings spotlight to Ryan again

After signing with Florida State in 2012, Ryan graduate Mario Edwards Jr. helped the Seminoles win their third national championship on Monday night. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)

On Monday night in the BCS National Championship game, Florida State sophomore defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. came up with a performance that shouldn’t shock people around here.

In Florida State’s 34-31 win over Auburn for the Seminoles’ third national title, Edwards racked up six tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.

The Mississippi native joins defensive end Jarvis Moss (Florida, 2007) defensive tackle Derek Lokey (Texas, 2006) and Ishie Oduegwu (Texas, 2006) as former Ryan players to win a national championship.

It was only fitting that Edwards put Ryan in the spotlight in one of the biggest sporting events of the year.

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Ryan-ex Mario Edwards Jr. to play in tonight’s BCS title game

Florida State sophomore defensive end and Ryan graduate Mario Edwards will start for the No. 1 Seminoles in tonight's BCS National Championship game. (Steve Cannon/Associated Press)

Last week, former area high school football standouts headlined the Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri.

But on the final day of the college football season, another area standout will play a prominent role in the most prominent game of the season.

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Mario Edwards’ first college fumble recovery is a TD

Around Denton, people are quite familiar with Mario Edwards Jr. The 2012 Ryan graduate was a PARADE All-America selection and awarded the USA TODAY Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Edwards feasted on opposing offenses during his two years at Ryan before enrolling at Florida State.

Tonight against No.3 Clemson, Edwards recovered the first fumble of his collegiate career and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown in tonight’s game featuring two Top 5 teams (see below).

 

 

 

Ex-Lake Dallas QB Franklin named starter at Mizzou

Former Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin was tabbed as the starter for Missouri this season. (Associated Press)

News broke on Thursday night that former Lake Dallas standout and current Missouri senior James Franklin will be starting for the Tigers in 2013.

In 2012, Franklin completed 59.4 percent of his passes, threw for 1,562 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Franklin battled through injuries last season and was knocked out of two games he started.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said on Twitter last night that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed his decision about two weeks before the season starts on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

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Guyer-ex Ramacher switching positions for Cowboys

Guyer linebacker Dominic Ramacher (14), shown here in a 2011 file photo, tackles a Cedar Hill running back in a game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Heading into his senior season at Guyer back in 2011, Dominic Ramacher had already gone from being the Wildcats’ backup quarterback behind J.W. Walsh to being a tight end/H-back type player that was without a doubt the key behind the engine that was the Wildcats’ potent rushing attack.

But that year, his final one with Guyer, Ramacher switched to middle linebacker to replace three-year starter Blake Terry, who had moved on with graduation the prior year.

Now, Ramacher is at Oklahoma State with Walsh and other former Guyer standouts Josh Stewart and Jimmy Bean, and on Thursday Ramacher switched positions once again. The move was first reported by The Oklahoman on Sunday.

The redshirt freshman will move from fullback, where he’s buried behind experienced players, to linebacker after approaching his coaches about the possible move recently.

“My whole life I have played defense — and linebacker specifically — so I have always had a defensive mind and instincts,” Ramacher said after practice on Tuesday. “When I was recruited here as an athlete they weren’t sure what I was going to do and they felt I could help more as fullback. I helped the best I could but I thought the best thing for me was to be a linebacker. I went to Coach Singleton [running backs coach] to make sure it was okay and then I went to [defensive coordinator] Coach Spencer.”

Ramacher, who’s currently listed at 6-3, 230 pounds, racked up 95 tackles as a senior at Guyer to go with a sack, four pass break-ups and three interceptions. He also moved back to offense and played both ways in the postseason before Guyer was defeated by Mansfield in the area round.

Ramacher was highly rated coming out of high school and was ranked the No. 27 tight end in the nation by Scout and the No. 26 “athlete” in the nation by Rivals.

Now, he believes he’s in a place where he can get on the field faster and better help the Cowboys.

“I am picking it up really fast,” Ramacher said. “I feel like it’s all coming back to me and it’s going to be good.”

How to get Lokeystrong

Here are the Lokeystrong bracelets mention in Sunday's story about Ryan assistant football coach Eric Lokey's second bout with kidney cancer. (From Debi Lokey's Instagram account)

After people read Sunday’s story in the paper and online on Ryan assistant football coach Eric Lokey and his second bout with cancer, my phone rang about how people can get one of these Lokeystrong bracelets pictured above.

So, I called Debi Lokey, Eric’s wife and the supplier of the orange wrist accessories, and got some answers. Here’s how to become Lokeystrong.

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