When I look back at this former Warrior, there are really fun things to write about.
First, this standout basketball and baseball player played for two of my favorite coaches. When Bill Richardson was at Crescent Elk my dad was his coach and when he went to Del Norte High, Wally Maciel had Bill all four years in both basketball and baseball. Wally will always be one of my favorite people.
Bill was an unusual basketball player in that his size allowed him to play lightweight basketball all four years. He made all-league in basketball during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He could have played heavyweight during his senior year but really enjoyed playing for Wally.
When basketball season ended Bill took to the baseball diamond, where he again played on the varsity for four years. He was an outstanding infielder playing shortstop and second base. Coach Maciel said Bill had the fastest hands on any athlete he ever coached.
His baseball talents earned him all-league during his sophomore, junior and senior years. After graduation Bill went on to Santa Rosa Junior College, where he played two more years of baseball as an outstanding infielder in that program. After Santa Rosa, Bill stayed in the area and played one year for the Santa Rosa Rose Buds, a professional farm team.
Bill was much more than just an athlete. While at Del Norte he was involved in many student activities such as student government and organizations such as the “D” club, which was the varsity lettermen’s club.
Being in the class of 1959 meant that he was a member of the first class to graduate from the new high school. Bill also holds an honor that no other Warrior graduate can ever claim: Bill was elected senior class president of his senior class. First class. First president. This can only happen once.
While at Santa Rosa Bill got married and they had a daughter. This started the trek back to Crescent City. Bill first moved to Redding but when his dad Warren developed health problems Bill returned to Crescent City to be nearby.
I had the privilege of getting to know Bill while playing golf with him a few years ago in the twilight league at Kings Valley, He was fun and a class act through and through.
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.