The Del Norte High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at halftime of the Warrior football game Sept. 6. There is one former coach and five former athletes.
• Tex Gatlin coached at Del Norte from 1950 until his retirement. From 1950 until 1966, Tex was the varsity football coach. He also served as head varsity basketball coach for many years.
Tex joined the Warriors after completing a very successful athletic career at Southern Oregon University, where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball. Tex was much more than just an outstanding coach on the field; he also impacted the lives of many of his charges off the field.
• Ston Yackamouih, a 1957 graduate, was a three-sport athlete who gave Del Norte fans a lot to cheer about. He played football, basketball and baseball. In football he was outstanding on both sides of the ball. He was an excellent defensive back and was also a smart, talented quarterback who was able to lead the gridders to a victory over Eureka. On the basketball court he was a sure ball handler and an outstanding shooter. His natural athletic talents also served him well on the baseball diamond.
• Bob Case, a 1966 graduate, was a three-sport competitor using his talents on the football field, basketball court and baseball field. Bob started his career early: As a sixth-grader he went to Salt Lake City to participate in the National Pentathlon Championships for elementary students. There he competed in both track events and basketball skill events. Bob was able to compete in track during his senior year. At the end of Bob’s senior year he was voted the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete and received the Case McGilvary award. This award is still given but is now called the Case, McGilvary, Clausen award in honor of what Gordon Case, Jim McGilvary and Jerry Clausen did to support Warrior sports.
• Colleen Suva, a 1973 graduate, is one of those women who was an outstanding athlete but did not have the opportunity to display her real talents as most sports for girls were not recognized by the California Interscholastic Federation until the late-1970s. Colleen did show her talents in track, gymnastics and as a cheerleader. She also helped the juniors win the annual Powder Puff football games. Colleen had two brothers who were outstanding athletes, but John and Marty both agree that their sister is the best athlete in the family.
• Leticia Alcala, a 1983 graduate, demonstrated outstanding talent on both the basketball court and the softball field. She was a regular on the basketball court for her whole Warrior career. As a senior, Leti was one of best softball pitchers in the league. She was fun to watch in both venues.
• Khalilah Terry, a 1994 graduate, played volleyball and basketball for the Warriors. During her freshman and sophomore years she played JV under coach Kathleen Anderson. She moved to the varsity as a junior, where she was a big part of two straight Big 5 championships. Khalilah could really jump and was great at kills. She was also an excellent student, keeping a 3.0-plus grade point average while competing.
On the night of Sept. 6, come out and enjoy a great football game as the Warriors play McKinleyville and welcome this special group into the Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime.
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.