Warrior Memories: The way it was at DN

Dick Trone

Ihope that everyone reading this column has had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know I sure did.

I spent my two weeks of vacation on Whidbey Island in Washington state visiting my wife's side of the family. Now I am back to doing something else I really enjoy andndash;andndash; writing about the Warriors.

Just before the Christmas break I was substitute teaching at the high school. This is something I really enjoy. If anyone has any questions about the character of the vast majority of our youth, you only have to be around Del Norte High School students for a short time. I find that most are polite and respectful and a real joy to work with.

While I was in class a young lady asked me how Del Norte differed now

from when I went to school. I told them that girls had to wear skirts

and sweaters or dresses to come to school, no pants allowed. The other

shocker was when they found out a boy and girl could not even hold hands

in the hall.

On the sports side, the biggest difference was there were no

interscholastic sports for girls, only intramurals. The league was also

different as there were seven schools, Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Hoopa,

Ferndale, Del Norte and South Fork. South Fork only competed in

basketball. There was no St. Bernard's or McKinleyville back then.

Schools only played football, basketball, baseball, track and a

limited tennis schedule. Hoopa, Ferndale, and Del Norte had 400 or fewer

students, while Eureka had about three times that amount, so it was

really time to celebrate when one of the smaller schools defeated

Eureka.

As I look back I really appreciate my time as a Warrior and for the

most part present-day students are happy to be Warriors too. We all know

there is still lots of room for improvement in our schools but with the

great students, teachers and coaches, as well as our fine

administrators, along with the wonderful people of our community, we are

going to make our schools even better.

This is a great place to be. I'm looking forward to what 2012 will

bring.

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.

needed to meet this gentleman as he was someone I would really have

enjoyed coaching. How right Jim was.

Tim was a multi-sport athlete while a Warrior, but football was his

specialty. He was involved in the basketball and track programs during

his first three years at Del Norte. He was part of the Warrior football

program all four years.

During his first three years Tim was a running back and a good one.

He was one of the fastest players in the league. In Tim's senior year he

moved to wide receiver and instantly became the top receiver in the

league in yards per catch. He was one reception short of having the most

catches of any receiver in the league.

The top receiver caught 36 passes for 410 yards total; Tim caught 35

passes for 771 yards total. In this coach's mind, there is no question

which of these players he would rather have.

Tim was also an outstanding kick returner. At the season's end, Tim

earned a White Star, which meant he was selected first team all Humboldt

Del Norte League. He was also voted by his teammates as their most

valuable player and also selected as the most outstanding offensive

player.

I had the chance to talk to Stacy Morgan, who was the quarterback

throwing passes to Tim. He said that "Tim really made me look a lot

better than I was."

Stacy was the White Star quarterback for the league. What really

impressed me about Stacy's comments was when he said that while Tim was a

great player, he was an even greater teammate. He would go out of his

way to make every player on the team feel "important."

This is a character trait that every coach loves to have in a team's

top athlete. I know why coach Costello said that I would love to coach

this guy.

When talking to Tim, he said that he went to work in the construction

industry the day after graduation, which is something he does to this

day. In 1988 Tim started his own business, Tim Haban construction, a

business he still operates.

Tim is married and has two daughters, one in college and one in the

veterinary business. As I sat and talked to Tim there was a sparkle in

his eyes and a smile on his face that just made you feel good. I think I

would have not only liked to coach him, I would have liked to play on

the gridiron with him. He was enjoyable to talk to.

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.

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