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

By Dick Trone May 21, 2012 05:12 pm

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.