When Del Norte High athletes from the 1960s are talked about, one of the names that always comes up is Mike Colton.
Mike is a 1968 Warrior graduate that left his mark on the football field, the basketball court and on the baseball diamond.
Mike started his Warrior career as a member of Del Norte High’s first undefeated junior varsity football team. The 1964 team coached by longtime coach Dale Thomas posted eight wins, scoring 246 points to the opponents’ 45.
After two seasons on the JV squad, Mike moved to the varsity team for his junior and senior years, and during his senior year he was selected first-team all-HDN League. At the end of his senior year Mike was selected the outstanding senior male athlete and received the Case-McGilvary Award for that honor.
After graduation Mike went to College of the Redwoods hoping to continue his baseball career, but an injury kept him from playing at CR.
After a short time at Shasta College following his departure from CR, Mike went to Tuscon, Ariz., to play on a semi-pro team that played against professional teams during spring training. He hoped for a professional tryout, but that didn’t work out.
Mike then moved to Portland, Ore., to try out with the Portland Mavericks.
When that didn’t work out he returned to Crescent City and went to work with his parents running what is now America Best Motel. He did that for many years until the motel sold. Mike kept himself active playing slow-pitch softball. I had the privilege of watching him play and he sure could hit with power. He was fun to watch.
Mike married Terri (Hartwick) Colton, longtime leader of the girls Warrior Drill team. They have two beautiful girls, Courtney and Caitlyn. This is a couple that I respect greatly for the contributions they continue to make for our youth.
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.