We are into another Warrior basketball season, a time that always excites our local fans. At this time of the year it is fun to look back at some of the former Warrior standouts that have played on our local courts.
Brandon Bieber is one of those. Brandon is a 1995 graduate of Del Norte. While in high school he played four years of basketball. He was a member of some of the Kurt Burrows-coached teams that dominated the league for a decade.
Brandon not only had the height but also possessed excellent athletic ability.
These were talents that took him to the next level. After graduating from high school he attended Cuesta College in San Lois Obispo, where he continued his basketball career.
After two good years at Cuesta he transferred to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. There he continued to show his excellence on the basketball court. These talents took him to Australia, where he continued his career playing professionally for the Shepparton Gators for a year.
When the 9/11 attack occurred in New York, the pull of the U.S. brought Brandon back to the mainland. He returned to the University of Alaska and completed his degree.
When talking to Brandon, he said his one year playing basketball professionally was a great experience. This gave him the opportunity to visit parts of the world he would never have been able to see otherwise.
After completing his degree, like many former Warriors he returned to Crescent City, where he works for Custom Construction, a building contracting business started by his father Leroy Bieber, who is a former teacher and coach at Del Norte.
Brandon married another former Warrior standout athlete, Angelina Countess. They are expecting their first future Warrior in March, so we can look forward to more Bieber Warriors in the future.
This is a great young part of the Warrior family; we wish them the best.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, 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.