Warrior Memories: She excelled in the infancy of girls’ sports

Dick Trone

Writing this week's column brings back a lot of great memories from my Warrior days.

Barbara Babich, a 1949 Del Norte High School graduate, is another of those female athletes that never had the opportunity to really showcase her athletic talents like our present girls.

There were no interscholastic sports for girls back then, so she didn't have the chance to put on the red and white of the 1949 Warriors and perform before a gym full of loyal fans as Del Norte girls get to do now.

Barbara was very active in the sports that were offered during physical education class time and during games played at lunch time. She played volleyball and basketball and was good at both.

She was a member of both the GAA (Girls Athletic Association) and

GAC, which was the group of girls that had achieved success in the

sports offered. This group was the equivalent of the "D" club, which was

the boys varsity letterman club.

Barbara was also very active in many student body activities. She was

regularly a member of the student council. She was class president

during her junior year, rally club president during her senior year, and

president of the California Scholarship Federation during her senior

year.

One of my fondest memories of Barbara was sitting next to her in the

Warrior band. She was a senior, I was a sophomore, and we both played

the baritone horn. It was really fun; she could make her horn really

toot.

After graduating from Del Norte, Barbara went on to the University of

California, Santa Barbara, where she received her college degree. She

also continued to play the baritone in the UCSB band.

After graduation from Santa Barbara, Barbara returned to Crescent

City and went to work at the high school as a counselor. In this

position she had a positive influence on hundreds of Warrior students.

When I returned to Del Norte in 1980, I had the opportunity to work

with Barbara for several years and really came to appreciate what she

did for Del Norte High students. She was a sincere, caring person whom

students could trust.

Barbara is now enjoying retirement on the Babich family ranch, where

she enjoys her gardening. She still has that cheerful smile that has

aways made her special. Every time I see her, I remember how much fun I

had as a member of Warrior band, getting to know this great gal.

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 football head coach at Del Norte High for a

number of years before retiring.

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