It’s hard to look back at Del Norte High Warrior basketball from the distant past without reading or hearing the name Clyde Stowers.
Clyde was a 1938 Del Norte High graduate. During his undergraduate years he excelled in both basketball and baseball.
By present standards you wouldn’t picture him as the typical basketball standout. He was well under six feet in height, but he was quick and an outstanding shooter. During his junior and senior years he played forward on Warrior teams coached by Ed Frazer.
During those years he was the Warriors top scorer. In one 1938 contest against Hoopa, Clyde put up 37 points. This was during a time when most high scorers only amassed 12 to 14 points.
It was unusual to have a player score as many as 20. As I looked back at box scores from around the league I only found one other time during the season where someone in the league scored as many as 20 points.
The 1938 league scoring title was won by Clyde. He was selected to the first team all- league team. The other four on this all-league group were Brick Bralich of Arcata, Jack Mozzini of Eureka, George Halkides of Eureka, and Cambell Miller of Ferndale.
This would have been a great time to make all-league as they were honored at a dinner at the Big 4 Inn in Arcata, which was my all time favorite place to eat. Many locals will also remember that Brick Bralich later became head coach here at Del Norte for one year. I played my first year of football at Del Norte for Coach Bralich.
Clyde was also a standout on the baseball field. He played mostly at shortstop or third base for the Warriors. He was an excellent defensive player and also a good hitter. It was not unusual for him to get multiple hits in a game.
It was a treat for me to know Clyde as a great former Warrior and a great Warrior supporter.
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.