Warrior Memories: Warrior Harry Trehearne

By Dick Trone March 20, 2009 10:12 am
Before the 1964 tsunami if you were to walk down the old Second Street, you would find on the corner of 2nd and I Trehearne Department Store. The owners of this store had a son who was an excellent basketball player. In those days if we had a player that was 6 foot 2, we figured we had a big one. Harry Trehearne was a 1949 Warrior graduate.

Harry was about 6-foot-6 with a lot of agility for a big man. In those days the Warriors did not play the extensive schedule that teams play now. During the 1948-49 season the team only played 14 games.

The league consisted of seven teams, Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Ferndale, Hoopa, South Fork, and Del Norte. Every school was played home and home, which accounted for 12 games, and Brookings was played in the only non-league games. The team was coached by Brick Bralich, who was only the coach here for one year. The team finished the season with an 8-6 record.

One of the losses was to our friends from north of the border. The  league record of 7-5 included a big win over the Eureka Loggers. Back then when you beat Eureka it was time for the entire community to celebrate, and celebrate it did.

I was playing lightweight basketball at the time and I remember well the exciting games. South Fork High School won the league that year but the Warriors were able to beat them on our home court, giving them their only league loss. The games back then were all played in what is now the rec gym at the old high school. It was always totally packed and bedlam reigned in those close quarters.

 Harry Trehearne was voted the outstanding player on that team. He was also an excellent tennis player and was the leader of the Warrior tennis team. After he graduated he worked locally for a period of time, then moved to Eureka, where he opened a tire business that he operated until his retirement. Harry and his wife had a son, Roland, who Warrior fans that attend football and basketball games see on a regular  basis. He is one of the top football and basketball officials in the association and makes regular appearances here.

Harry passed away a few years ago and those of us who knew him miss him. He was fun to be around.

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 retiring.