Editor’s note: Due to space constraints, the Warrior Memories column originally scheduled for last Saturday appears today.
Today I’m continuing my occasional look back at female athletes who demonstrated their ability before the state finally recognized that girls deserved the same types of interscholastic activities as boys had been offered for years.
When you consider that boys’ competition goes clear back to the 1920s or earlier and girls’ competition was not recognized by the state until the 1970s, you realize how unfair it was for a long, long time.
I am sure that 1949 graduate Helen Waterman would be an outstanding athlete in today’s type of competition. I can remember watching Helen participate in lunchtime competition between physical education classes.
During her sophomore year she was on the fourth period PE championship basketball team and the fourth period volleyball team that finished second. She had earned her 100 points for GAA early and by her junior year had the 600 points necessary to become a member of GAC, the girls athletic club and received her block “D” letter.
Helen was also very active in many other student activities. She regularly held class offices and during her senior year was a student body officer both semesters. She also worked on the Crestonian, which was the school newspaper, and was part of the yearbook staff.
Helen also had acting talents and was part of the cast for the senior play, “Great Caesar’s Ghost.” Helen was also part of the girls sextet, a group of girls that sang together for two years.
The five other girls were Joan Sandergard, Val Pyke, Darlene Nelson, Merijane Schaffer and Evelyn Curtis.
Helen and her husband still live in Del Norte County, where they are surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Helen loves spending her time with family and her horses.
This multi-talented former Warrior brings back a lot of fun memories and makes me wonder how many White Stars she would win if competing now.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school’s football coach for a number of years.