When I hear the name Mattz, I always think about baseball. So many from my generation who played baseball have so many fond memories about Ray Mattz and the influence he had on our baseball experiences.
Ray has to be considered one of the greatest Warrior fans ever, as well as one of the great Warrior athletes from the past. Ray passed his talents along to two super sons, Kenny, who I wrote about a short time ago, and Donnie, who I have the pleasure of writing about now.
Donnie was a 1966 graduate. True to the Mattz name, Donnie took his talents to the baseball diamond, where he played for legendary Warrior coach Wally Macial.
After graduating from Del Norte, Donnie, like many young men of that era, was drafted into the Army. When he got out of the Army in 1969 he enrolled at College of the Redwoods. It was while working as a security guard at a CR, Shasta, college football game, a game won by CR to advance it to state, that he first became aware of the attractive young lady keeping stats for Shasta. A few years later he finally met and married this same pretty stat keeper. Donnie and wife Dee have three great sons, Donnie, Doug and Dennis.
Donnie’s real interest in sports and his dedication to our youth kept him involved with the Warriors. He has worked as a coach in both softball and the girls basketball programs. Most Warrior fans best know Donnie for all the years he teamed with Chuck Blackburn, the Voice of the Warriors, to bring football and basketball games to local fans via the radio.
While Donnie is retired from radio broadcasting, he still has the Mattz Warrior blood running in his veins, and you can still see him at most Warrior athletic events. I feel privileged to be able to call Donnie and Dee friends. They are a valued part of the Warrior family.
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.