My favorite Warrior memories come when I can write about former teammates who are still in the area. Leonard Nielsen is one of those.
When I started my freshman year in 1947, Len was a junior. When lightweight basketball practice started, he had already completed a full season in the program. It was a pleasure to have this class young man to look up to.
After two years as a lightweight he moved up to the varsity as a senior, where he joined Harry Trehearne, Dick Turner and Don Morgan as the Warriors had an exciting 8-7 winning season. The team was led by coach Brick Bralich, who was only here for the one year.
Len also took his athletic talents to the Warrior baseball field. In school he was involved in many student activities. During the first semester of his senior year he served as student body senior president. He served as editor of the Crest Union, which was the school newspaper. In 1947 Leonard, along with his cousin Gordon Miller, was selected to attend the World Boy Scout Jamboree in France. In 1948 he was selected to attend Boys State in Sacramento.
In 1949, Leonard and his good friend John Fraser painted a 1931 Model A Ford bright yellow and took off cross country for New York.