As a former Warrior player, former Warrior coach and now an avid Warrior fan, it is always exciting when names of players from the past that I had the privilege of working with come up and spark really pleasant memories.
When I see the name Ron Gastineau, I immediately think championship football. Ron is a 1984 Del Norte High School graduate who was an excellent athlete while wearing the Blue and Gold of the Warriors. I think championship football because Ron was an important member of the 1982 Warrior football team that won the first league championship in 20 years and was the first football team from Del Norte to make it to the Northcoast Section playoffs.
The Warriors lost that game on a stormy night in Santa Rosa to the team that went on to win the section championship. In Ron’s senior year he continued to show his outstanding play on the line and his leadership caused his teammates to elect him one of the captains of the football team. Ron was also one of those who took his talents from the football field to the gym as soon as football season ended.