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Senior Profile: Del Horno finds family with Yellowjackets
Life hasn't always been easy for Williams High senior Edgar Del Horno.
His parents split up when he was young and, in fifth grade, he and his younger sister, Nathalie, were taken from their mother and placed in a foster home.
For two years they lived in foster homes in Salem, Ore., before moving to Colusa County to live with their uncles. Edgar went to live in Williams while Nathalie moved in with a different uncle in Arbuckle.
Then, last year, Nathalie moved in with Edgar and their uncle, Juan Flores, in Williams.
"It's been more comforting not having to live with the idea of what would it be like to be with family," Del Horno said. "They've been really supportive as well."
Through it all, Del Horno has kept in touch with his mother, Maria Alejandra Flores.
"I'm still close with my mom, we talk on the phone and stuff — she's actually in Mexico," Del Horno said. "We still have that bond, that connection, and I've gone to see her a few times. I don't think we've ever had a closer connection before."
When he arrived in Williams in seventh grade, he found community, and on the Yellowjackets' athletic teams he found another family.
He joined the football team as a freshman and, as a senior, Del Horno was a standout defensive end, sacking opposing quarterbacks eight times.
His play on the defensive side of the ball helped the program improve from a 2-8 record during his junior season to a 5-6 record and a playoff berth during his senior year.
"They're like a second family for me, football and basketball, I can always count on them," Del Horno said. "Anything I have on my mind I can let them know and they won't judge."
Del Horno started playing basketball as a sophomore and by the start of his senior season he was one of the first players off the bench.
In recent weeks, he worked his way into more playing time, and last week when a knee injury took down fellow senior Ismael Larios, even more playing time came his way.
"With a lot of injuries, I've had to play a bigger role," he said. "At the start of the year, I didn't really expect to play as big of a role as I'm playing now."
All the injuries came at a bad time, just as Mid-Valley League play started, but Del Horno expects the team to find its chemistry again and challenge every team in league.
"We're getting to a point where we know what to do as a team and how to get things done on the court," he said.
After high school, Del Horno plans on attending Butte College to get an associates degree in law enforcement before pursuing a career as a police officer.
"I used to actually be really scared of police officers when I was little but I want to help the community," he said. "I want to be able to provide a safe environment for people. I want to give back to the community just the way they have given to me."
CONTACT Kirk Barron at 749-4789