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Warrior memories: A voice from the past

By Dick Trone

I was listening to the present voice of the Del Norte High Warriors—Chuck Blackburn—broadcasting a basketball game from Yreka when I started thinking about the first time I heard a Warrior game broadcast.

I was a senior in high school playing basketball for the varsity team. We learned that the local radio station was going to tape the game and broadcast it at a later time and Jerry Clausen was to be the announcer.

Jerry was another of the great long time Warrior supporters. He wasn't long time at that time and was still a young man. We were all glad that Jerry was the broadcaster and that the tape would be played later, because we could go home and listen to the game to make sure he was saying nice things about us. He always did. This was not Jerry's first venture into Warrior sports. Jerry and his older brother Don were both graduates of Ferndale High School, where they were both student athletes and competed against Del Norte.

After moving to Crescent City, the two of them officiated a lot of Del Norte High School games. Jerry also had a sports show on the radio station where he reported on local sports activities and interviewed local sports participants, coaches and players. To keep himself busy he also had a car dealership. This did not keep him away from sports involvement.

He did the announcing at the high school football games for years. I know he did this for a long time because he was doing it when I left the area in 1958 to finish my masters degree, followed by 19 years of coaching in southern California and he was still doing it when I returned to coach at Del Norte in 1980. Jerry continued until health reasons forced him to stop. I remember in 1981 we were scheduled to play Fortuna in our final game of the season. A violent storm hit during the junior varsity game with winds so sharp that some lights were blown off the poles. The JV game was called off and the varsity contest postponed until the next day. Power was lost and the teams were gathered in the gym.

Jerry was one of the first people into the gym with offers to help find places for the players and officials to stay. He was just that kind of special person. Jerry married a Del Norte graduate by the name of Barbara Brunk. Barbara was a long time teacher and administrator in the Del Norte District. She was another person that did a lot for the Crescent City youth and still lives in Gasquet.

The other half of the Clausen duo is probably remembered by most as the long time member of Congress from northern California. I remember Don though as a pitcher for the old Crescent City Merchants baseball team. Don was the ace of the Merchant staff for several years. I had the privilege of being the catcher in the last game Don pitched for the Merchants. It was against the Scotia team in the old Redwood league. We played in a cow pasture type field in Weott since the Scotia field had been destroyed by a flood. Just another fond memory from Crescent City sports past.

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. Currently, he is head coach of the South Coast Storm semi-pro football team, formerly called the Siskiyou Savages.

 


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