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If only they could have played then

It is great to see former Warrior female athletes getting the recognition they deserve. This year’s Warrior Hall of Fame class of six inductees, three of which were very deserving females, made me wonder if girls in my class of 1951 had had the opportunity to compete inter-scholastically, who might be Hall of Fame candidates.

I know from watching noontime contests between teams from various physical education classes and also competing  against them at noon a few times, that there were girls that had athletic talents.

A program was in place where girls could receive some recognition for their athletic participation. Points were awarded for each sports activity that the girls participated in.

The sports that were recognized for points in my senior year were volleyball, basketball, ring tennis, baseball, tennis and archery.

When a girl earned 200 points she was eligible to join the “GAP,” which was the Girls Athletic Association. When 600 points were achieved, the girl was eligible to join “GAC,” the Girls Athletic Club. At this level the girls were awarded a Block D, which was similar to the award the boys got for participation for the sports recognized at the time, which were football, basketball, baseball, and track. A boy could receive four letter awards in one year.

I remember one girl in my graduating class who had a lot of athletic talent. That was Carol Nielsen. Every time I watched an event Carol was there and demonstrating excellent ability.

I may have been impressed more by Carol since I had been a teammate of her brother, Leonard, in both basketball and baseball, and he was an excellent player.

There were many other fine female athletes at the time in all classes. It is just too bad they didn’t have the opportunity the girls do now. If they would have, I know that girls from that era would be joining boys from that era in the Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school’s football coach for a number of years.

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