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A fond look back at Warrior sports

Editors Note: Starting this week, Dick Trone will begin writing 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 Siskyiou Savages semi-pro football team.

Having been a part of the Warrior family for longer than I like to remember, it's fun to look back at what makes Del Norte High School sports so special.

I graduated from here in 1951, so I had the privilege of being a part of the old red and white Warriors and the present Blue and Gold teams.

The change in school colors came between my junior and senior years.

As a junior, I wore a red and white uniform and as a senior my uniform was blue and gold.

I was never quite sure why the change was made, but one story has it since two other members of the Humboldt-Del Norte League wore red and white a change was needed. Hoopa and Ferndale both still wear those colors.

The league back in that time looked much different than it does now. Del Norte, Eureka, Arcata, Ferndale, Fortuna and Hoopa made up the league for football. South Fork was a part of the league for basketball but did not start playing football until some time later.

There was no St. Bernard's or McKinleyville in those days. Everybody played everyone else. There was no big side and little side.

As might be expected in those days, since Eureka was three to four times larger than anyone else in the league, they regularly ended at the top of the standings in all sports.

It was time for celebration when someone from the smaller group could pull off an upset. During the next few weeks I am going to look back in time at some of the players, coaches, fans and teams that have always made this a very special place. One part of the Warrior history that can never be ignored is the great fan support that DNHS teams have always had.

This is not just for the home games where the locals have always filled the stands, but also wherever the team plays. Many times when we play away, there will be almost as many Warrior fans as there are home folk.

Since we have just started another football season, a look at our football beginnings is a fun place to start. This journey through Warrior history has this old Warrior excited.

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