Ryan Johnston
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Senior Writer
Ryan is a senior communications major and journalism and Latin American studies minor at Wake Forest. Ryan enjoys skiing, playing pickup basketball and reading aloud his favorite tweets to the staff of the Old Gold & Black on production nights, prompted or unprompted. Ryan is grateful to the Old Gold & Black for the journalistic and career opportunities that the newspaper has provided him throughout his time at Wake Forest.
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ARTICLES BY Ryan Johnston
Four Years of Reporting on Wake Forest Sports
Sports · By

When I first began as a reporter for the Old Gold & Black, I was largely unfamiliar with Wake Forest athletics and vastly inexperienced with journalism as a field.

December 15, 2017
Demon Deacons take down Fighting Illini
Sports · By

The Wake Forest men’s basketball team captured their third win of the young season on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in an 80-73 win over Illinois at LJVM Coliseum.

December 3, 2017
Demon Deacons down Hoyas at Spry Stadium
Sports · By

The No. 24 ranked Wake Forest women’s soccer team has moved on to the second round of the NCAA Championship with a win over No. 15 ranked Georgetown on Friday, Nov. 10 at Spry Stadium.

November 17, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: Isla Bint
Sports · By

Isla Bint is a sophomore goalkeeper from Whangarel, New Zealand. Bint represented New Zealand at the 2014 Youth Olympics, and her future at Wake Forest looks increasingly bright.

November 10, 2017
Deacons seek vengeance against Cardinals
News · By

It’s not often that the Wake Forest football team, representing the smallest school in the Power-5 conferences, makes national headlines for its play on the field.

October 26, 2017
Men’s basketball aims to improve upon last year’s success
Sports · By

Fresh off of their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010, the 2017-18 Wake Forest men’s basketball team has had their taste of March Madness — but they want more.

October 19, 2017
Demon Deacons axed by Seminoles, fall to 4-1
Sports · By

Wake Forest entered their matchup against No. 25 Florida State this past Saturday, Sept. 30 seeking their first 5-0 record since 2006, when they last won the ACC Championship.

October 6, 2017
Demon Deacons drop Tigers as ACC play ramps up
Volleyball · By

With a 3-1 victory over Clemson last Sunday, Sept. 24, the Wake Forest women’s volleyball team moved to 9-5 for the season and matched their win total from all of last year just 14 matches into the season.

September 28, 2017
Wake Forest takes down Pittsburgh at home
Sports · By

The Wake Forest men’s soccer team picked up two solid wins this past week over High Point and Pittsburgh, solidifying their No. 4 national ranking and moving to a 7-0-1 record on the year.

September 21, 2017
Deacon field hockey tops Ohio State, North Carolina
Sports · By

After beginning the season 1-3, the No. 19 ranked Wake Forest field hockey team has rebounded successfully with two crucial wins over No. 4 North Carolina and No. 23 Ohio State in the past week.

September 14, 2017
Football team faces challenging second half of season
Sports · By

Wake Forest has a relatively simple six-game stretch to start the season, but their bowl dreams will be decided in the season’s second half.

September 7, 2017
Demon Deacon football predictions for 2017
Sports · By

Coming off of their most successful season since 2011, the Wake Forest football team will face high expectations as they begin their 2017-18 season and look to get off to the same 4-0 start that propelled them to a 7-6 season and a thrilling 34-26 win over Temple in the Military Bowl. 

September 1, 2017
Anna Gustin: Japanese
Life · By

For Anna Gustin, the study of Japanese at  Wake Forest was about much more than simply learning a language.

April 27, 2017
Margie Feng: French
Life · By

Initially, Margie Feng simply wanted to be able to speak to her grandfather, a French professor in China, in French.

April 27, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: Men’s golf Head Coach Jerry Haas
Sports · By

Head Coach Jerry Haas has the Wake Forest men’s golf team playing its best golf at the best time of the year. With the end of the regular season near and ACC Championship play approaching, the No. 8 ranked Demon Deacons look poised for a deep postseason run led by the great leadership of Coach […]

April 20, 2017
Spotlight: Robert Heppenstall
Track · By

Standout sophomore Robert Heppenstall has proven himself to be a rising star on the track for both Wake Forest and his home country of Canada.

April 13, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: Jonathan Pryor
Sports · By

Senior outfielder and leadoff hitter Jonathan Pryor opens up about life on the No. 24 ranked Diamond Deacs.

March 30, 2017
Deacons drop Yellow Jackets, fall to Fighting Irish
Sports · By

Despite strong play from sophomores John Collins and Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest went .500 against two ACC foes.

February 10, 2017
Spotlight: Hunter Roberts
Track · By

Senior sprinter and hurdler Hunter Roberts has her eyes set on breaking school records before she graduates, but her legacy at Wake Forest will reach far beyond the track.

February 10, 2017
Deacon Spotlight: men’s soccer Head Coach Bobby Muuss
Sports · By

Wake Forest men’s soccer Head Coach Bobby Muuss led the Demon Deacons to the National Championship game last season and is excited to compete at a high level next season as well.

February 3, 2017
Sawvel steps in as defensive coordinator
Sports · By

The Wake Forest football team is coming off of it’s best and most newsworthy season in at least five years, and the roller coaster doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon for head Coach Dave Clawson and the rest of the program. 

January 26, 2017
Deacons look to build during Spring season
Sports · By

Until the 2014 season, Wake Forest women’s soccer head coach Tony da Luz had not missed an NCAA Tournament as the sideline leader of the Demon Deacons.

January 20, 2017
Four takeaways from win over Hurricanes
Sports · By

Four lessons learned from the Wake Forest Demon Deacon’s win over the Miami Hurricanes:

January 20, 2017
Football finishes tumultuous season as champions
Sports · By

As the smallest school in the Power Five conferences, it’s not often that the Wake Forest football program makes national headlines.

January 12, 2017
Wake Forest beats Temple 34-26
Sports · By

Though the game didn’t start the way the Deacons wanted, it certainly finished in a favorable way. Wake Forest overcame a mid-game injury to starting quarterback John Wolford to take down the No. 23 Temple Owls on Dec. 27 and become the 2016 Military Bowl Champions.

December 27, 2016