During the years that I was out of Del Norte County while coaching in the Southern California desert, during the 1960s and 1970s, there were a lot of outstanding athletes who wore the blue and gold of the Warriors.
Some of these I have gotten to know since returning to Crescent City, but many I have just heard stories about.
Bill Young, a 1962 graduate, is one that I never got to know personally, but I have heard what an outstanding athlete he was. Bill was a three-sport competitor while a Warrior playing football basketball and track.
He was a good end in football, playing for coach Tex Gatlin, but it was on the basketball court he made a name for himself. Bill played for the Warrior lightweights as a freshman, then became a real mainstay for the varsity during his sophomore, junior and senior years.
During his senior year he helped the Warriors win a share of the league championship. They shared the title with Fortuna. Bill scored 40 points in one game and had a season total of 446 points.
Due to his outstanding play he received many honors. He was selected to the league coaches all-star team, he was selected player of the week by the San Francisco Examiner and was selected to the All North Coast Section team.
In talking to Bill’s high school coach, Hall of Famer Wally Maciel, it was a treat to hear his comments. He said Bill was a man among boys and was great to coach. He had a great work ethic and was just plain tough.
Bill was a great teammate and with all his talent was still a team player. Besides being a great scorer he was also a good rebounder, the kind of young man that makes coaching such a joy.
I really wish I had known him, but sadly he passed away at a young age. He is a former Warrior that old Warrior fans will always remember.
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.