If you were to ask norma people what the four seasons of the year are, they would most likely say, summer, winter, spring and fall.
If you were to ask me while I was growing up I would have said, football, basketball, baseball and hunting. My favorite season was whatever the present one was. Since it is now baseball season, this makes baseball my favorite so I am writing about baseball.
The 1950 Warrior baseball season was really special as the Warriors won the league title for the second of what would be three straight league crowns. The starting lineup for that team consisted of five seniors and four juniors.
One of those five seniors was Louie Fowler. Louie was the smallest player on the team, but the only thing small about Louie was his physical stature. He had a fierce competitive spirit that made him an outstanding shortstop on that team. He teamed with fellow senior Ken Kellis to make the center of the infield really solid.
Louie was not only an excellent baseball player, but also was a standout on the basketball court. Because of his physical size he was able to play on the lightweight team during his first three years, then moved to the heavyweight team as senior where he again performed well. He had the fun of playing for first-year head coach Chuck DeAntremont.
Louie did not limit himself to just the athletic arena, but was very active in many different school activities. He was active in the “D” club, which was one of the most active groups on the campus. During his senior year Louie was on the Crestonian, which was the school newspaper. Louie also served on the student council both his junior and senior years. During his junior year he was elected class president for the second semester.
Since these activities did not keep him busy enough, he also played in the school band and the school orchestra. Through all of this he was an excellent student. He was a very special teammate and was one I really respected.
You knew that no matter what happened he was going to be positive and have a happy smile on his face. Louie now lives in the Medford area and his Warrior teammates are always excited when they have a chance to visit with him. I know I am.
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.