During the years that I have been associated with Del Norte athletics since returning to Crescent City in 1980, I have been really impressed with the quality of the young people who have been a part of the Warrior athletic programs.
Not just with their ability to compete, but with the great character that they show over and over. This goes for both the boys and girls programs.
This is why I enjoy the privilege I have to write about so many of these individuals. Dylan Ridgley, a 1992 graduate, is one of those special people. When Dylan entered Del Norte in the fall of 1988 he immediately made his presence known as a running back on the freshman team. As a sophomore he continued to show great improvement.
When he moved to the varsity in his junior year he became the Warriors’ leading ball carrier. As a senior this humble young man had a 1,000-yard rushing season. This is a mark running backs strive for.
I still remember watching Dylan in a game at Yreka where he took the ball off left tackle and ran about 80 yards for a touchdown, turning a close game to the Warriors’ favor and helping the Del Norte squad defeat a good Yreka football team. After each football season Dylan took his talents to the basketball court, where he was again a valuable talent.
After graduating from Del Norte, Dylan moved to Sacramento and attended Sacramento State University for a period of time. He then returned to Crescent City, where he attended the local College of the Redwoods.
Dylan has shared his football talents by coaching the high school freshman football team and coaching in the local youth football programs. It is always great to see young men of Dylan’s character volunteering to work with our youth.
We have so many like him that really make the local programs special. Dylan and Dion have three great kids. Camryn, a Warrior junior, has been a starting pitcher for the girls softball team since she was a freshman.
She is also a talented singer and many times has thrilled local fans by singing the National Anthem at Warrior sporting events. Jordan, 14, is in the 8th grade at Redwood and also looks like a future Warrior talent. Colton is 7 and I am sure will someday also thrill Warrior fans.
Dylan now runs his own real estate appraisal business, Accurate Appraisals, and knowing this former Warrior like I do, he will always do a great job. He, Dion and their kids are another of our great Warrior families.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.