When I look back at this former Warrior, there are really fun things to write about.
First, this standout basketball and baseball player played for two of my favorite coaches. When Bill Richardson was at Crescent Elk my dad was his coach and when he went to Del Norte High, Wally Maciel had Bill all four years in both basketball and baseball. Wally will always be one of my favorite people.
Bill was an unusual basketball player in that his size allowed him to play lightweight basketball all four years. He made all-league in basketball during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He could have played heavyweight during his senior year but really enjoyed playing for Wally.
When basketball season ended Bill took to the baseball diamond, where
he again played on the varsity for four years. He was an outstanding
infielder playing shortstop and second base. Coach Maciel said Bill had
the fastest hands on any athlete he ever coached.
His baseball talents earned him all-league during his sophomore,
junior and senior years. After graduation Bill went on to Santa Rosa
Junior College, where he played two more years of baseball as an
outstanding infielder in that program. After Santa Rosa, Bill stayed in
the area and played one year for the Santa Rosa Rose Buds, a
professional farm team.
Bill was much more than just an athlete. While at Del Norte he was
involved in many student activities such as student government and
organizations such as the "D" club, which was the varsity lettermen's
Being in the class of 1959 meant that he was a member of the first
class to graduate from the new high school. Bill also holds an honor
that no other Warrior graduate can ever claim: Bill was elected senior
class president of his senior class. First class. First president. This
can only happen once.
While at Santa Rosa Bill got married and they had a daughter. This
started the trek back to Crescent City. Bill first moved to Redding but
when his dad Warren developed health problems Bill returned to Crescent
City to be nearby.
I had the privilege of getting to know Bill while playing golf with
him a few years ago in the twilight league at Kings Valley, He was fun
and a class act through and through.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte
High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors and
graduated in 1951, 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.