By Dick Trone

I have had a lot of fun looking at memories from Del Norte County's sports past and have a lot more to share in the future.

This week I want to jump to the present to recognize a very special person. During my more than 40 years as an athlete and a coach I have had the privilege of playing for and working with a number of excellent coaches. Del Norte High School now has one of the best I have ever been associated with. Head varsity football coach Lewis Nova has qualities that make him much more than wins and loses.

All too often a coach is evaluated by the number of wins he puts on the board. Coach Nova puts a lot of them up there. Hehas the highest win percentage of any football coach in Warrior history. This is not what makes him so special. The emphasis that Lewis puts on character, academics and doing things right all the time is more important. I had Coach Nova on my staff as an assistant when I was head coach and then later worked for him as one of his assistants.

I remember when Louie was still teaching at the high school and I was one of his assistants. I would go to school during lunch time to meet with him. He would always be in his classroom with the door open and the room would be full of students.

They were not all athletes. Louie had equal time for whoever wants help. He is one of those special people that should be in a classroom. Anyone that had him as a teacher or coachcomes out a better person.

Last week, I attended the awards program where people were gathered to honor the Warrior football success. Three straight Big 5 Conference championships is special.Playing for the section championship was special. While our team did not win the championship on the field they did win a championship that is equally impressive.

Every season the California Interscholastic Federation gives a championship pennant to the team that has the highest cumulative grade point average. This Warrior team won that crown. That deservesa special thanks to Louie, his staff and the Warrior parents that all share in this honor. To maintain a grade point average of 3.3+ with all the time spent in the weight room and on the practice field requires a lot of discipline on the part ofour young men. Thank you Louie and his coaching staff. They consist of Blaine Lopez, Fritz Baldwin, Joe Baugh, Mike Zeck, Jeremy Lacy, Troy Wakefield and Bob Hadfield, Also, thank you to all the Warrior parents.

I am proud of all of you and feel honored to be a part of the Warrior family.

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.