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Warrior Memories: The way it was at DN

Ihope that everyone reading this column has had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know I sure did.

I spent my two weeks of vacation on Whidbey Island in Washington state visiting my wife’s side of the family. Now I am back to doing something else I really enjoy –– writing about the Warriors.

Just before the Christmas break I was substitute teaching at the high school. This is something I really enjoy. If anyone has any questions about the character of the vast majority of our youth, you only have to be around Del Norte High School students for a short time. I find that most are polite and respectful and a real joy to work with.

While I was in class a young lady asked me how Del Norte differed now from when I went to school. I told them that girls had to wear skirts and sweaters or dresses to come to school, no pants allowed. The other shocker was when they found out a boy and girl could not even hold hands in the hall.

On the sports side, the biggest difference was there were no interscholastic sports for girls, only  intramurals. The league was also different as there were seven schools, Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Hoopa, Ferndale, Del Norte and South Fork. South Fork only competed in basketball. There was no St. Bernard’s or McKinleyville back then.

Schools only played football, basketball, baseball, track and a limited tennis schedule. Hoopa, Ferndale, and Del Norte had 400 or fewer students, while Eureka had about three times that amount, so it was really time to celebrate when one of the smaller schools defeated Eureka.

As I look back I really appreciate my time as a Warrior and for the most part present-day students are happy to be Warriors too. We all know there is still lots of room for improvement in our schools but with the great students, teachers and coaches, as well as our fine administrators, along with the wonderful people of our community, we are going to make our schools even better.

This is a great place to be. I’m looking forward to what 2012 will bring.

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.


needed to meet this gentleman as he was someone I would really have enjoyed coaching. How right Jim was.

Tim was a multi-sport athlete while a Warrior, but football was his specialty. He was involved in the basketball and track programs during his first three years at Del Norte. He was part of the Warrior football program all four years.

During his first three years Tim was a running back and a good one. He was one of the fastest players in the league. In Tim’s senior year he moved to wide receiver and instantly became the top receiver in the league in yards per catch. He was one reception short of having the most catches of any receiver in the league.

The top receiver caught 36 passes for 410 yards total; Tim caught 35 passes for 771 yards total. In this coach’s mind, there is no question which of these players he would rather have.

Tim was also an outstanding kick returner. At the season’s end, Tim earned a White Star, which meant he was selected first team all Humboldt Del Norte League. He was also voted by his teammates as their most valuable player and also selected as the most outstanding offensive player.

I had the chance to talk to Stacy Morgan, who was the quarterback throwing passes to Tim. He said that “Tim really made me look a lot better than I was.”

Stacy was the White Star quarterback for the league. What really impressed me about Stacy’s comments was when he said that while Tim was a great player, he was an even greater teammate. He would go out of his way to make every player on the team feel “important.”

This is a character trait that every coach loves to have in a team’s top athlete. I know why coach Costello said that I would love to coach this guy.

When talking to Tim, he said that he went to work in the construction industry the day after graduation, which is something he does to this day. In 1988 Tim started his own business, Tim Haban construction, a business he still operates.

Tim is married and has two daughters, one in college and one in the veterinary business. As I sat and talked to Tim there was a sparkle in his eyes and a smile on his face that just made you feel good. I think I would have not only liked to coach him, I would have liked to play on the gridiron with him. He was enjoyable to talk to.

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.

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