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Warrior Memories: When rain thwarted hoops

Being as interested as I am in Del Norte High School sports, it is fun to look back and see what they were like a long time ago.

(My friends say it was a long time ago that I was playing as a Warrior, but to me it does not seem all that far back.)

I was at the Historical Society Museum the other day, doing research for another story I want to write, when I saw a 1915 Warrior yearbook. I did not expect there to be an athletic section, but to my surprise there were two pages.

There was no football, so basketball was the sport of greatest interest. Since there were no schools close enough to play, there were no interscholastic games played, so an intramural league was formed.

Each class formed a team. The freshmen and the sophomores were the most serious. Back then Del Norte did not have a gym so all the games were played outdoors.

The freshmen and sophomore set up a three-game schedule. The first game was won by the freshmen by the score of 8-4. In the second game the sophomores turned the table and won 4-2.

This set up the third game for the frosh-soph championship. The freshmen came back in a high-scoring game and won 18-7. This meant the freshman were to meet the seniors for the school championship, but the game never played because of rain.

The other sports that were played on a intramural basis were track and tennis. The girls tried to form teams of freshmen and seniors to play the sophomore and junior team in basketball, but rain canceled this competition too.

It was fun to see how far back Warrior sports go. The story I went to write will have to wait until next week.

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.

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