The name Loftin has been a part of Warrior history for the last 64 years.
I had the privilege of playing football, basketball and baseball with the first Bill Loftin in 1950. When Bill married another Warrior graduate, Joan McNamara, it started a line of excellent Warriors that has carried through to the present season.
Their son Bill Loftin, a 1975 graduate, was an outstanding athlete on both the football field and on the basketball court. As the quarterback for the varsity football team in his senior year, playing for first-year head coach Jim Costello, he led the team to its first-ever win over Crater High School.
In one game against Arcata he threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to spark a 21-14 victory. During the contest he threw for 212 yards, 196 of which went to senior flanker Kevin Thomas, which was a school record.
Bill received All League recognition for his performances. When football ended Bill took to the basketball court, where he again was outstanding. The team posted the best win-loss record to that date of 22-10 and its second straight league championship.
Bill, along with his teammate, Bill Lund, received first team league honors.
When I was the Warriors’ athletic director, I had the privilege of hiring Bill Loftin to coach the Warrior freshman team and he did an excellent job. I was sorry to see him leave the area, he is the type of classy young man you like to see working with our youths.
After Bill left, the Loftin name still keeps showing up in Warrior athletics, thanks to the offspring of two of Bill’s brothers, Mike and Jim, who I had the privilege of coaching. Kyle is Jim’s son and Reggie is Mike’s son.
Reggie’s daughter Regin, a Warrior sophomore, is really making a mark in girls sports. As a freshman she was a starter for three varsity sports: volleyball, basketball and softball, and this year as a sophomore she continues that record.
Warrior fans get to look forward to more years of the Loftin name as we watch this young lady complete her Warrior career. It is a pleasure to watch Regin continue the Loftin legacy in sports.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports.