The older I get the more fun it is to look back at Warrior athletics that were going on at Del Norte High School while I was still a student at Crescent Elk.
Some of those memories involve students that I had the privilege of getting to know personally since my dad was a teacher and coach at Del Norte at that time.
Don Reinemer, a 1947 DNHS graduate, was one of those special Warriors. Dan was an excellent three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball, and was good at all of them.
In football he was an excellent running back, playing his junior year under coach Kruger and his senior year under Phil Crawford. Don was part of the group that brought 11-man football back to Del Norte after a seven-year layoff.
He played his first three years of basketball as a lightweight, helping the Warrior lightweights to a second place finish in the league as a junior. His size dictated his playing lightweight as a junior, not his ability. He was an outstanding basketball player.
If you were to look at the red and white Warrior blanket that once hung in the Warrior gym and now hangs in the Historical Society museum, you would see “1947 basketball Don Reinemer.”
When basketball ended Don took to the baseball field, where he was a member of the team coached by my dad in 1947.
Don was also very active in other school activities. He was the vice president of his senior class and held other class offices during his earlier years. He was also an excellent student in the classroom, regularly appearing on the honor roll. He was always a very active member of the “D” Club, which was a very active student group doing a lot to make the school a better place.
I will always remember Don not only for his athletic achievements but also for the respect that he showed me and others who were not Warriors yet but were headed that way. He is a great Warrior memory.