One thing I always enjoy is looking back at some of the great teammates I had the privilege of playing Warrior sports with.
It seems the older I get the more treasured these memories become.
A 1950 graduate, Sonny May, is one of those special people. While at Del Norte Sonny played both football and baseball.
It was on the baseball field where Sonny really excelled. He was the corner anchor on two Warrior championship baseball teams. The 1949 and 1950 teams were the first of three straight championships.
Sonny was our third baseman and we were always glad to see balls hit his way, he was like a human vacuum cleaner where ground balls were concerned. He also had a cannon for an arm and balls hit to him were outs. He was also a strong hitter, with lots of power.
During summers while in high school we both enjoyed playing for the Crescent City Blues, a team that was sponsored by Vaughn Pyke, a real supporter of Del Norte youth athletics. After graduation we both played for the old Crescent City Merchants baseball team.
Sonny again was the solid third baseman. Don Morgan of fudgsicle fame and Sonny were and still are the best of friends. They did many things together and they would be the first to tell you there were some things that they should not have done.
They decided one Christmas Day to go for a walk on the jetty, something we are supposed to know not to do. They got out a ways and a wave caught them and washed them both into the ocean. This has cost more than one Del Norter his or her life.
Fortunately both Don and Sonny were strong swimmers and very athletic and were able to survive, only losing their watches. Both men felt very fortunate and know why the sign says “DANGER don’t walk on the jetty.”
Sonny and wife Margene now live in Woodburn Ore. I am really hoping that Sonny is going to be at the upcoming class reunion so we can relive old times. He was a lot of fun.
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 football head coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.