We called her Tag and she was fun to watch on the basketball court.
A 1982 Del Norte High graduate, Terri Fulton started making her mark as a Warrior hoopster as soon as she entered high school in the fall of 1978. When basketball season started she immediately earned a starting guard position on the JV team coached by Cindy Shellabarger.
It was not surprising to see her have immediate success since she had been playing basketball since the second grade. When basketball season ended in her freshman year she played softball for one season, but the basketball court was where she was the happiest.
When basketball season started in Terri’s sophomore year she became a starting guard on the varsity squad. This is a position she held for the remainder or her high school career.
I was lucky because I came back to Del Norte in the fall of 1980 and as athletic director I got to watch Terri during her junior and senior years. During these two seasons Chuck Blackburn was her coach.
During her junior year Terri led the team in scoring, averaging over 12 points a game. She was named MVP of the Eagle Point tournament and also earned All League honors in the Humboldt Del Norte league. This level of play continued through her senior year, when she was the leading scorer for the team from her guard position and was a White Star winner when All League selections were made.
When I asked Terri what she enjoyed most about playing for the Warriors, she said “the great relationship all the girls had with each other. They were all friends and really cared about their teammates.”
The other thing that she really enjoyed was playing for coach Chuck Blackburn. She said Chuck not only taught you how to play basketball, but more important he taught values that made you a better person, lessons that you would take with you the rest of your life. When she talked about Chuck you could really tell the respect she has for this long-time Warrior coach.
After graduation, Terri stayed in Crescent City and took her talents to the gym, again coaching the Warrior freshman girls team for two years under head coach Pablo Lorenzi. Terri is the mother of two daughters, Alicia and Ashley, and grandmother of two, one girl and one boy. She still lives and works locally and you can regularly see her cheerful face at Shop Smart.
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.