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Dick Risenhoover

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Dick Risenhoover was born in Childress and lived most of his early years at Center, a community east of Childress. Dick played freshman basketball at the University of Texas, then went into the service where he coached and played on the baseball team. Returning to the University of Texas, he played on the 1950 Longhorn National Championship baseball team. Dick returned to Childress in 1950 to teach and coach and became the head basketball coach in 1954. Under his guidance, Childress won the district basketball championship six of the next seven years. In 1957, Dick moved to Amarillo and worked at KGNC radio and television, where he became the "Voice of the Gold Sox" and served as color man for Warren Hasse on WTSU football games. Dick moved to Dallas in 1970 and immediately fell into Super Bowl coverage with the Dallas Cowboys, doing some pre-season Cowboy games and the Texas/Oklahoma TV game one year. Later when the Texas Rangers went to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, he did the TV game the first year, then went on to the network, where he became the "Voice of the Texas Rangers." In 1974, Dick became the 31st honoree and the first sportscaster installed in the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. Dick died of cancer on the opening day of the Texas Rangers in 1978.

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dick risenhoover award winners

The Dick Risenhoover Award honors a person who received national sports recognition during the year.

1979
Dory Funk and Terry Funk
Wrestling

1980
Warren Hasse
Broadcaster

1981
Kenny King
Football

1982
Bob "Pappy" Watson
Broadcaster

1983
Mike Hargrove
Baseball

1984
Carl Birdsong
Football

1985
John Ayers
Football

1986
Carmen Wynn
Basketball

1987
Chad Fox
Gymnast

1988
Putt Powell
Sports Columnist

1989
Amy Aikman
Tri-Athlete

1990
Kim Hudson
Volleyball

1991
Ray Franks
Sports Publisher

1992
William Thomas
Football

1993
Krista Kirkland-Gerlich
Basketball

1994
Brad Bryant
Golf

1995
Zach Thomas
Football

1996
Alex O'Brien
Tennis

1997
Natasha Taylor
Basketball

1998
Brandon Slay
Wrestling

1999
Sarah Butler
Volleyball

2000
Brandon Slay
Wrestling

2001
Brandon Wolfram
Basketball

2002
Gerald Myers
Texas Tech

2003
Joe Lombard
Basketball

2004
Mike Scroggins
Bowling

2005
Ryan Palmer
Golf

2006
Marsha Sharp
Basketball

2007
Joe Lombard
Basketball

2008
Jeremy and Caleb Campbell
Perryton

2009
Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr.
Horse Racing

2010
Ryan Palmer
Golf

2011
Will Lowe
Rodeo

2012
Nick Jones
Track

2013
Michael Cobbins
Basketball

2014
Michael Stigler
Track

2015
Mike Scroggins
Bowling

2016
Parker Bridwell
Baseball

2017
Jan Barker
Volleyball

2018
Heston Kjerstad
Baseball

2019
Norman Grimes Jr.
Track

2021
Brad Wieck
Baseball

2022
Tucker Davidson
Baseball

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