Warrior Memories: The story behind the Redwood Rockettes

By Dick Trone May 22, 2009 06:47 am
For years, Del Norte High Warriors fans have been entertained at football and basketball games by the Redwood Rockettes.

This group of young ladies work hours and hours to perfect the routines that we all enjoy so much. This girls’ drill program was started years ago by Warrior legend Dee Sullivan. Dee did so much during her teaching career to improve the opportunities for our girls to become involved in sports and other types of positive activities.

During the years the program has had a lot of leaders, but none has given more of herself than Teri Colton. Teri is a 1981 Del Norte High School graduate.

In high school she was always active in both drill and dance programs. During her time on the drill team they were very successful in some of the top drill team competitions in the state. She was captain of the team.

After graduating she still had a strong interest in the drill program and what it could do for the young women who took advantage of this opportunity.

In 1986 Teri took over leadership of the Rockettes and for the past 23 years has been a real inspiration for hundreds of our young ladies.

Teri gives another Terri a lot of credit for the inspiration she has.

 Terri Shellabarger was the drill adviser when Teri Hartwick Colton was in school, and Teri credits her with keeping her in school and recognizing how important it is for young girls to develop a positive self image and keep their grades up.

Teri not only devotes time to her high school but also devotes a lot of time to Jaycees youth activities. She is the co-chairman of their cheerleading activities. Teri and husband Mike have two girls of their own, plus she is stepmother of three.

Staying involved in their activities keeps the family busy. I am really impressed by Teri’s great attitude. She says after all these years she can’t imagine giving up any of her activities. She feels the positive feedback she receives from girls she has helped is worth more than can be imagined.

With everything else she does she still has time to work for the Yurok Tribe. They have her part time, but the Warrior family has her full time and for that we say thanks, Teri, you are really appreciated.

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.