Ryan’s Austin Jackson gets traded from Detroit to Seattle, leaves field mid-inning to a standing ovation

The MLB trade deadline has passed, and Ryan grad Austin Jackson was one of the ones one the move.

Jackson was shipped from the Detroit Tigers to the Seattle Mariners as a pawn in a three-team trade that sent Tampa Bays Rays pitcher David Price to Detroit right before the 3 p.m. CST deadline. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade.

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On-field rivals J.W. Walsh, OU’s Trevor Knight spend time together off the field

Former Guyer standout and current Oklahoma State junior quarterback J.W. Walsh spent time with Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight earlier this week. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

It’s one thing to be friends with your rival. But when the two gentlemen in question are the respective quarterbacks at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, it’s a different ballgame.

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North Texas standout Patrick Cobbs joins staff at Ryan

Former North Texas standout running back Patrick Cobbs will join the Ryan football coaching staff this fall. (DRC file photo)

One of North Texas’ greatest football players will be returning to Denton this fall.

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Ryan-ex Mario Edwards Jr. named to Bednarik Award watch list

Florida State junior defensive end Mario Edwards was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday afternoon by the Maxwell Football Club. (Stephen Morris/Associated Press)

Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.

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Denton-ex Hunter Dozier promoted to Double-A

Hunter Dozier has continued to make his ascent up the minor-league ranks before I can get my morning cup of coffee.

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Ramacher leaving football, Oklahoma State

 

Former Guyer standout Dominic Ramacher, second from left, has chosen to leave the Oklahoma State football program. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

What used to be four is down to two in terms of former Guyer football players who signed with Oklahoma State. J.W. Walsh is set to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, and Jimmy Bean is looking to have a breakout year in his second season to start at defensive end.

But Josh Stewart left the program a year early to enter the NFL draft, later signing as a free agent with Tennessee before tearing his Achilles tendon and being released, and now Dominic Ramacher, who signed with the Cowboys the year after the aforementioned three, is leaving the program and the school to pursue other opportunities.

Ramacher was the hidden gem of the 2010 team’s potent offense as an H-back who was a punishing blocker in Guyer’s running game before moving to middle linebacker in 2011 and becoming an all-district performer. He signed with OSU as a fullback, redshirted and moved to defense last season and was a contributor on special teams.

Ramacher announced the decision on his Facebook page, saying he’s quitting football and leaving Stillwater, but still plans to go to school and get a degree in audio production.

Talking to folks at Oklahoma State, as well as Guyer coach John Walsh, it sounded like Ramacher had a shot at competing for a starting linebacker spot in 2014, but college football is a big-time commitment and it’s easy to see how it would be a huge weight on one’s shoulders.

Ramacher always came across as a kid with much more on his mind than football, and it’s always been obvious he’s a very bright kid who could be successful in a variety of arenas. You just hope, for his sake, it’s not a decision he might regret years down the road. Judging by his words, it seems like it was well thought out, though. Best of luck to him.

Lake Dallas ex-Dalyn Williams makes CFPA Watch List

Former Lake Dallas standout and current Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams was named to the College Football Performance Awards Watch List on Sunday. (DRC file photo)

Former Lake Dallas standout Dalyn Williams will have a few extra eyes on him when the college football season starts in a few months.

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Mishap proves a tease for former Argyle standout

Jay Gonzales (6) is greeted at home plate after hitting a grand slam in a playoff win over Lovejoy in this 2010 file photo. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

There are several area players who could be drafted in this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, which began on Thursday night with Rounds 1 and 2 and continued on Friday with Round 3-10. So far, none of them have been selected.

One player who wasn’t up for selection was former Argyle standout Jay Gonzales. You remember Gonzales as one of the area’s most feared hitters who graduated in 2012 along with current Yankees prospect Austin Aune. Gonzales has spent the year battling a shoulder injury as a DH for Midland College, which has had a great season in the Junior College ranks.

But for a second on Friday afternoon, Gonzales thought he might be joining Aune in the pro baseball ranks when it appeared the Baltimore Orioles had selected him.

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MLB draft begins tonight

Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick, a former Ryan standout, throws against TCU last month in Fort Worth. (Associated Press)

The MLB First-Year Player Draft begins tonight at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, and with 40 rounds the list of potential draft picks is a long one.

There are a few local players who could be chosen this year — former area players who have gone on to successful college careers, as well as a current high school player who is set to pitch for Argyle tonight in the Class 3A state title game in Austin.

A look at the local potential picks, in order of probability of being drafted:

Adam Choplick, LHP, Oklahoma (Ryan HS) — The folks at prospectdigest.com suggest Choplick will be a third- or fourth-round selection after a season in which he became the Sooners’ ace in a down year for the program, although one analyst ranks him No. 40 among all the prospects in the draft and as a second-round selection. The thing with Choplick is his potential and ceiling. Who wouldn’t want to take a chance on a 6-8, hard-throwing lefty? Choplick is exactly that, as he averaged 9.46 K/9 innings this year after a second Tommy John surgery as a freshman from which he seems to be fully recovered. He was originally drafted in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school, but opted to go to college. Guess here is that if he’s not chosen by the eighth or ninth round, he’ll head back to OU for his senior season and give it another run next year. If he falls past the 10th round, don’t expect to see him drafted at all.

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Ryan-ex Zach Voight moves up in White Sox organization

After a couple of stagnant years in the Chicago White Sox organization, Zach Voight is making his way up the ranks.

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