This year three talented and deserving young ladies were inducted into the Del Norte High School Hall of Fame.

Colleen Suva, Leti Alcela and Khalilah Terry were all Warrior graduates of 1970 or later. It was not until the early 1970s that the California Interscholastic Federation finally recognized that girls deserved the right to have regular inter-school athletic competition, exactly the same as the boys.

Up to that point girls had been limited to some competition between classes at school, with maybe one or two play days scheduled with the schools in the boys league.

Coaches and fans came to realize that girls could be girls and outstanding athletes as well. It is great now to go to a girls athletic contest and see excited fans filling the stands and cheering these young athletes.

I can think back to my days as a Warrior in the late 1940s and early '50s and wonder how many of my female classmates would have liked to have had the opportunity to participate in athletics and be given the chance to compete against each other and receive the type of recognition that females receive today.

I can remember in my senior year at Del Norte when the girls championship basketball team, which was made up of their physical education class, challenged the boys to a contest to be played at lunchtime.

The game had to be played by the girls rules of that time. Each team would have six players on the court. Three players would stay on the offensive end and three would stay on the defensive end.Offensive players were not allowed to cross center court onto the defensive side and visa versa.

I don't remember who won, but the game was really different. It was fun but I am sure glad times have changed. It is now great to see females at all levels of competition.

I now consider myself a No. 1 fan of female sports. If you haven't attended a girls contest give it a try, you will find they are exciting to watch.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school's football coach for a number of years.