My junior year as a Warrior was my last year wearing the old red and white that Del Norte athletes wore before changing to the present blue and gold.
It was also the senior year of former Warrior Don Morgan, class of 1950.
During my first three years, Don and I had become close friends, as well as Warrior teammates. Thus the start of the fudgesicle story.
Don loved his fudgesicle ice cream bars. We were both playing on the varsity basketball team, and before practice most days Don and I would shoot baskets for the treat.
Don was an excellent shot; in fact he led the league in scoring, but I was determined to beat him. By season’s end I was in debt to him for about 50 of those tasty treats.
Before I could ever pay off my debt, Don moved to Klamath Falls. He attended college there and moved to Washington state after graduation. We have always remained in contact and, two to three years ago, we got to talking about the fudgesicles and decided that since it had been at least 50 years since the debt was incurred that the interest on the debt that I owed him was about 500 fudgesicles by now.
One day I bought two dozen fudgesicles and put them in my freezer. Each time I would eat one I would call Don and tell him that, since he wasn't here, I was eating his debt. We have had a lot of good laughs over this.
During our recent vacation in Washington state, we heard that Don was in a rehab facility recovering from a fall and some heart problems.
On our way home, we stopped to visit Don and I took him a fudgesicle. It brought us a lot of laughs and was a real fun way to end our visit with my favorite teammate.
He still has the laugh that he is famous for. I am happy to say that since our visit at the rehab center, Don has been released and is doing better.
Old Warrior fans will remember Don as an All-League performer for the Warriors in football, basketball and baseball.
Last year Don was inducted into the Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame. My Warrior memory bank is full of Don Morgan memories. He is a special friend and was a great teammate.
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 football head coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.