In last week’s column I wrote about some of the things Bill Sullivan did as a Del Norte Warrior and as an Oregon State Beaver football player.
While a Warrior Bill also excelled on both the basketball court and on the baseball field. He was noted for his excellent passing ability. You had to always be aware because the ball may be coming to you. He was an all-league White Star in both his junior and senior years.
In baseball he helped Wally Maciel’s Warrior baseball team with the league championship during his senior year. When he turned out he told coach Maciel that he was a catcher. In talking to Wally he said Bill was alright as a catcher, but because of his strong throwing arm all his throws were going into center field where he was outstanding.
His .400 batting average played a big part in the Warrior drive to the championship. Bill was again selected as an all- league White Star winner. This made him a first team all-league selection in all three of the sports he played in his senior year, football, basketball, and baseball.
Bill was not only active in sports but also was involved in other school activities. Because of his great character and outstanding leadership qualities he was selected to attend the annual Boys State convention in our state capitol.
After graduating from college Bill returned to Crescent City and went to work with his parents, Dee and Leo Sullivan at their Baker and Stanton Furniture store. When his parents retired, Bill took over and operated the store until his retirement.
Bill always had time to work with our youth. For several years he volunteered his services coaching the St. Joseph’s school basketball team. In 1980 he helped restart the Del Norte Youth Football program and served as their president for a period of time.
During my tenure as Warrior coach I had Bill as one of my assistants. He did an excellent job working with our junior varsity squad.
Bill and his wife Karen have been married 40 years and have two sons, Mike and Joe, both of whom were good Warrior athletes.
We can look forward to more Sullivan’s as both Mike and Joe have young ones. Bill, like his parents and his kids, has been a valuable part of Warrior history both on and off the field.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, 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.