Old Warriors like myself are always extra happy when we get a win over the Eureka Loggers. It was extra special when a week ago Thursday our 2014 Warriors took on the favored Loggers, I know in recent years it is not unusual for a Warrior team to beat Eureka, but it has not always been that way.
I have attended Del Norte basketball games for many years and Thursday night was the first time I can remember beating Eureka three times on the same night. The Warrior freshman team started the night by defeating the Logger freshman in a close game. That was followed by our JV doing the same thing, then our varsity put on a show that will long be remembered by beating the favored Loggers by about 20 points.
When I was a Warrior from 1947 to 1951, victories over Eureka in any sport were very scarce. In football we lost every game during my four years. In basketball the lightweights did not get a win during that four year period either.
It was not until Jan. 10, 1950, that the Warrior varsity finally beat Eureka 39-29 in the old gym at the old high school. This was cause for a great Warrior celebration as most people could not remember the last Warrior basketball victory over Eureka.
It was Coach Chuck DeAutremont’s first year leading the Warriors. The team only played 12 games and had an 8-4 record. The four losses all came at away games with South Fork, Hoopa, Fortuna and Eureka playing the spoilers.
The Warriors starting five included two seniors, Don Morgan and Ray Early; one junior, John Fraser; and two sophomores, Lee Templeton and Rod Griffin. These two sophomores provided the nucleus for a Warrior basketball championship when they were seniors.
The rest of the 1950 group were seniors Hank Smith, Louis Fowler, Bill Loftin and juniors Bob Templeton and Leon Morgan. This was a fun group and a group that got things started to where victories over the Loggers are now more common, but old timers still look at them as very special.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports.