Back in the early 1980s, former Warrior coach Tex Gatlin was given the chance to pick what would have been his Dream Team of the ’50s. This was a group he wished he could have all on the same team.
I have often fantasized what it would have been like to be able to put my select group together from the 1980s and dream about how many games they could have won. I have written about many standouts from the period who would have been on that mythical team. Steve Young, a 1984 Del Norte graduate, would definitely have been in that select group.
Steve was a solid defensive lineman earning a starting position as a sophomore. He anchored the center of the defensive line when the 1982 Warriors won the league championship. He went on to an even better season in 1983, when he won a White Star for his defensive line play.
Steve was just a hard-nosed, tough young man that was hard to move. You could tell that good things were coming for Warrior football when Steve was a freshman. The 1980 junior varsity team coached by Brian Ferguson finished second in the league and Coach Ferguson correctly predicted that in two years the varsity would win the championship, which they did.
When football season ended Steve took his athletic skills to the wrestling mat, where he was again outstanding. In both his junior and senior years Steve won his weight class, earning him all- league honors. In his senior year he took things a step higher, advancing to the California State Finals that were held in San Jose.
Having had the privilege of being one of Steve’s coaches, I can say he was one of those special young men who make the coaching profession such a rewarding experience. Warrior fans still see this modest young man attending Warrior sporting events, supporting the youth of our community.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.