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June 18, 2014

Remembering Richard Durrett

Mentor, friend and DFW sports staple will be sorely missed

By CLINT FOSTER

The Dallas-Fort Worth sports world suffered a devastating loss Tuesday with the sudden passing of Richard Durrett. He was only 38.

Locals will remember Richard as the Texas Rangers' beat writer for ESPN Dallas – a job he performed with outstanding skill and dedication. But he was so much more than that. 

Richard was a devoted father, husband and Christian. He was truly one of the kindest, most endearing individuals you would ever meet, who took a genuine interest in every person he came in contact with.

The DFW sports media has been littered with kind words, tributes and stories about Richard and every word is true.

To me, he was a treasured mentor and friend to whom I owe my career.

When I first met Richard, I was about halfway through my time as a broadcast journalism student at TCU and, frankly, was beginning to wonder if I was in the right field. I knew I had a passion for sports and entertaining, but let's just say after "passing" my first few journalism classes I wasn't sure if I actually had the ability to be a sports writer.

As an adjunct professor in one of my classes at his alma mater, Richard not only encouraged me, having only just met me, he believed in me and set me down a path to success in the business. 

While I was wondering if I should even focus on writing, Richard suggested I apply for an internship with ESPN Dallas. When I got the job, I was both ecstatic and a bit stunned. What followed was one of the most memorable summers of my entire life under Richard's tutelage.

I spent virtually every day during the summer of 2012 with Richard, my fellow interns and Mike Peasley at the Ballpark in Arlington, with the exception of a few special assignments.

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  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season

    By CLINT FOSTER

    Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.

    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

    Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.

    The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.

    I can think of at least 10.

    So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August

    Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg Something in the water

    Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hooks and Slices 7/11

    In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach

    MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet

    TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets

    Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.

    July 3, 2014

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