From 1946 to 1951, Warrior fans were treated to a lot of exciting times by the Morgan brothers –– Don and Leon.
Don was a 1950 graduate that earned varsity letters for four years in football, basketball and baseball and one year in track. Brother Leon, a 1951 graduate, earned varsity letters for four years in basketball and baseball and threeyears in football. Leon, like me, was only 14 as a freshman so we could not play varsity football.
Let us fast forward to the 1970s, when again, Warrior fans were treated to a lot of excitement by another pair of Morgan brothers. Stacy, a 1978 graduate, and Rowdy, a 1979 graduate. These were the sons of Leon and his wife, the former Colleen Hughes, who was also a Warrior graduate. Some time ago, I wrote about Stacy, who was an outstanding three-sport athlete.
Rowdy, the younger of the two, made his mark in football as an outstanding offensive lineman. When talking to Stacy a short time ago, he said that he liked to get behind Rowdy and throw passes to Danny Blackburn, son of longtime Warriors radio voice Chuck Blackburn.
Rowdy was voted the Warriors outstanding offensive lineman during his senior season. Rowdy also took his talents to the baseball diamond, where he played pitcher, catcher and wherever he was needed.
After graduation from Del Norte, Rowdy first went to Shasta College, then to Chico State University. After Chico, he attended La Verne College in Southern California, where he received his first master’s degree. After La Verne, Rowdy went to Portland State, where he received his second master’s degree. Rowdy now works as a counselor for a school in Grants Pass.
In the early 1980s, Rowdy returned to Crescent City and married his high school sweetheart Janice Schrock. They settled in the Grants Pass area, where both are teachers. Rowdy and Janice have two boys, Nolan and Page, who were both outstanding athletes at Grants Pass High School. Too bad they were not Warriors, as the Morgan-brother act could have continued to thrill Warrior fans. Both Nolan and Page have recently finished successful athletic careers at Shasta where they were teammates of several former Warrior athletes.
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.