Honoring Coach Rocha

The stadium chair of former Fortuna High girls basketball coach Yvonne Rocha appears at every home game for the Lady Huskies this season. Rocha pushed local girls basketball to new heights as she introduced and promoted camps and tournaments for girls, creating the Fortuna Huskyette Basketball Tournament in 1973, which was later changed to the Yvonne Rocha Girls Basketball Tournament, in her honor. Rocha coached girls basketball for 26 years and guided her Huskies to a HDN championship in the 1971-72 season. It would be the first of eight straight championships for the Lady Huskies, six of those years her teams went unbeaten locally. From there the Huskies placed high in NCS postseason play, capturing at section title and runner-up in the Northern California Championships. In recognition of her accomplishments, Yvonne was awarded the California Association of High School Basketball Coaches, "Basketball Coach of the Year" for 1979, later earning girls coach of the year District 8 honors by the National High School Coaches Association. Though Rocha passed away in November of 2012, one of her final requests was that she could be courtside watching the Lady Huskies play this season; former player Janet (Weed) Harwood has brought Rocha's chair to each game. Rocha's legacy lives on as daughters of two of her star players play on the junior varsity team this season, Harwood's daughter Morgan plays point guard for the team and Pyper Daniels, daughter of Audra (Uselton) Daniels, plays wing for the JV Lady Huskies.