It is really fun to write about the 1958 Warrior football team.
This was the year I taught sixth grade at Smith River Elementary School, so I got to see all the Warrior home games. To make it even better I volunteered to work the chain crew, so I always had the best seat in the house.
This was a team that featured Danny Sousa at the quarterback position and Drew Roberts as the Warriors’ greatest pass receiver.
We fans sometimes forget that those skill people are only successful when the line gives them protection.
Senior left guard Ron Schweikl was an outstanding offensive lineman. Ron started his Del Norte football career as a freshman playing on the JV team. As a sophomore he moved to the varsity, where he got to work under offensive line coach Mel Hurd.
Mel was an excellent line coach who really knew how to teach football fundamentals. In my freshman year at Humboldt I got to play with Mel, who was in his senior season. He was a tough nut.
As a junior, Ron continued his outstanding play at the guard position and received all-league honors at the season’s end. As a senior on the 1958 Warrior team, Ron’s toughness helped the Warriors finish a close second in league play. Ron again received all-league recognition for his excellent play.
After football season ended, Ron would take his athletic skills to the basketball court, where he played varsity for three years. In his junior year the Warriors placed a close second again in the league.
When spring came Ron put away his gym shoes and put on his cleats and headed to the baseball diamond, where he again played three years on the varsity as the catcher.
Along with being involved with sports, Ron was active in other school activities. He held class offices, was active in the Lettermen’s Club and as a senior held the position of judge on the student court.
This three-sport Warrior was a real pleasure to follow, and old Del Norte fans will well remember the excitement that he brought to the sports he played.
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.