By Jake Schwab
With the alumni celebration of former students of all decades Friday evening, everyone is once again reminded of the wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barnes.
RiverScene Magazine got a chance to talk with Lee and Millie Barnes about the new field, as well as what it felt like for them to be back celebrating the Fighting Knights.
Lee Barnes was clear in stating the kids should be honored for the work they put in on the field, as there would be no sports without players. He said he wants the kids to be remembered with this celebration, as they are the ones the field was made for.
Lee Barnes explained how he, over the years, has seen many former players of his as well as students go on to do terrific things in life and make names for themselves whether it had to do with athletics or not.
Lee Barnes went on to say how joyous he was to reacquaint with his former players and reminisce on the days when he was at the helm of many undefeated teams, providing them with leadership and strategies that kept the team always going.
When asked who he thought would win (if we couldn’t have already guessed the former legend of a coach’s answer) Lee Barnes said he knew the Knights would end up victorious.
When asked what his favorite memory had been over the years, Lee Barnes said the year where the team had gone undefeated, which unfortunately also resulted in his least favorite memory of that same team losing their first playoff game.
Regardless, Lee Barnes will be remembered for his coaching abilities, and his ability to rally a team.
His wife Millie Barnes had also explained to me the hardships the team used to face on the road, as well as sometimes at home. She explained how there used to be no road to Parker and travel required alternate routes and longer trips for the team. She also said Donkey Trail was the only real way to get there.
Millie Barnes shed light on how wonderful the fans were. She went on to say, “The bleachers were always full, whether the game was at home or away. The fans, they followed the team everywhere and attended every game. Lake Havasu has been a great city, we came here in 1969 and have had a great school since year one with a great community behind it.”
Lee and Millie Barnes, both former teachers of math (Lee) as well as history and P.E. (Millie), had many nice things to say about not only Lake Havasu High School, but more importantly, they also reflected on why Lake Havasu City is a place that brought them the wonderful memories they share today.
Here are highlight photos from the Golden Shovel game including alumni photos.