Warrior Memories: The story behind the Redwood Rockettes

Steve Chittock

For years, Del Norte High Warriors fans have been entertained at football and basketball games by the Redwood Rockettes.

This group of young ladies work hours and hours to perfect the routines that we all enjoy so much. This girls' drill program was started years ago by Warrior legend Dee Sullivan. Dee did so much during her teaching career to improve the opportunities for our girls to become involved in sports and other types of positive activities.

During the years the program has had a lot of leaders, but none has given more of herself than Teri Colton. Teri is a 1981 Del Norte High School graduate.

In high school she was always active in both drill and dance programs. During her time on the drill team they were very successful in some of the top drill team competitions in the state. She was captain of the team.

After graduating she still had a strong interest in the drill program

and what it could do for the young women who took advantage of this

opportunity.

In 1986 Teri took over leadership of the Rockettes and for the past 23

years has been a real inspiration for hundreds of our young ladies.

Teri gives another Terri a lot of credit for the inspiration she has.

Terri Shellabarger was the drill adviser when Teri Hartwick Colton was

in school, and Teri credits her with keeping her in school and

recognizing how important it is for young girls to develop a positive

self image and keep their grades up.

Teri not only devotes time to her high school but also devotes a lot of

time to Jaycees youth activities. She is the co-chairman of their

cheerleading activities. Teri and husband Mike have two girls of their

own, plus she is stepmother of three.

Staying involved in their activities keeps the family busy. I am really

impressed by Teri's great attitude. She says after all these years she

can't imagine giving up any of her activities. She feels the positive

feedback she receives from girls she has helped is worth more than can

be imagined.

With everything else she does she still has time to work for the Yurok

Tribe. They have her part time, but the Warrior family has her full

time and for that we say thanks, Teri, you are really appreciated.

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.

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