One of my favorite pastimes as a former Warrior coach is to look back at past players position-by-position and try to pick my dream team.
When I look at the tight end position one name always pops up and that is Nick Baker.
Nick is a 1986 Del Norte graduate that had the size, speed and
excellent hands that made him an outstanding player at his position. I
can still see him making great catches on throws from quarterback Blaine
He was especially good in our hurry up offense as he always appeared
to know where the first down marker was and where the areas were in the
defensive secondary. Nick also played four years in the Warrior
After high school graduation Nick first went to Santa Rosa Junior
College where he completed his AA degree. He long had a real interest in
photography. This interest led him to Brooks Institute of photography
in Santa Barbara where he earned his BA.
After college graduation Nick returned to Crescent City and went to
work for The Triplicate. He really enjoyed being able to photograph
Warrior sports as well as other student activities. He worked in this
position for about four years. The urge to wander struck and Nick moved
to a photography job with a newspaper in Florida and said he really
enjoyed his time in Florida.
While there he won several honors on both the state and national
level for his photography work. He was present at a meeting in Florida
to photograph President George W. Bush when 9/11 occurred and was able
to photograph the president at the exact instant he was being informed
of this horrendous incident. It is something he will always remember.
After four years in Florida the urge to return to California got the
best of him. He returned and took a position with a newspaper in
Paradise where he worked until deciding to become a correctional
officer. He now works at the California State Prison, Sacramento, a job
he really enjoys.
Nick is still looking for that special girl that can get him to say
'I do.' For the right girl he will be a great catch as he is a real
quality young man, one I am proud to have worked with.
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