When former Triplicate sports editor Bill Choy talked me into writing a column, I had no idea how much fun I would have doing them.
I also had forgotten (almost) how long I have been a Warrior or Warrior fan until I attended a Del Norte High School girls basketball game this year and watched the great-granddaughter of one of my former teammates playing for the Warrior varsity team.
Regin Loftin is a starter for the girls varsity team as a freshman and is just starting a Warrior career that is going to be fun to watch.
Regin’s great-grandfather, Bill, was a 1950 Warrior graduate who moved to Del Norte his senior year and was an excellent basketball and baseball player.
Bill played first base for the 1950 Warrior baseball team that went undefeated and won its second straight league championship.
After graduation Bill took his baseball talents to the Crescent City Merchants team, where he became a good second baseman. After graduation, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Joan McNamara, and started a family of four boys.
I wish I had known all of them, but I did get to know Bill Jr., who became an outstanding Warrior basketball player.
While I was Del Norte’s athletic director, Bill Jr. was hired to coach the freshman boys basketball team and did an excellent job.
Then, while I was coaching football at Del Norte, I had the privilege of coaching Reggie Loftin. Reggie became an excellent defensive back and a young man I have great respect for.
Reggie is also Regin’s father, and Reggie’s dad is the son of Mike Loftin, one of Bill and Joan’s four boys. Reggie became the third generation of excellent Warrior athletes.
I also had the privilege of coaching another of Bill and Joan’s grandsons, Kyle, while I was coaching baseball. Kyle was an outstanding catcher. He also excelled in basketball.
With Regin, we now have the fourth generation of Loftins competing for the Warriors, and they have all been fun to watch.
I really look forward to cheering for this talented young lady as she continues her Warrior career.
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.