Most current Del Norters know Jay Sarina as the county’s administrative officer.
I prefer to think of Jay wearing the blue and gold of the Del Norte Warriors and performing on the football field and basketball court or the baseball diamond with the stands full of loyal fans yelling for him.
The 1982 Del Norte High School graduate was an excellent three-sport performer for the Warriors.
When Jay entered high school in the fall of 1978 he took to the football field and became the quarterback for the JV team, a position he held for two years.
When football season ended Jay headed to the gym for basketball. While a sophomore on the JV basketball team, he was voted most valuable player.
With the end of basketball season Jay would grab his spikes and head to the baseball diamond. As a freshman he pitched for the JV team, then moved to the varsity in his final three seasons and was an outstanding pitcher for the Warriors.
Ken Morris, Jay’s coach during his junior year, rated him as one of the best pitchers in the league with a 3.45 earned-run average.
As a junior and senior on the varsity basketball team, Jay was a huge part of the Warriors winning the league championship during his senior year and moving on to the North Coast Section playoffs.
After graduating high school, Jay worked for a period of time in a lumber mill in Southern California. A couple of years later he enrolled at Chico State University.
After receiving his degree, Jay returned to Crescent City, where he worked in engineering at Pelican Bay for a time. He also worked for the county Recreation Department, running the basketball and baseball leagues.
Jay also coached the high school varsity baseball team for two years. I was athletic director at the time, and he did an excellent job.
In 1990, Jay went to work for the county in administration and advanced to the county’s chief administrative officer. This is a true measure of this young man’s character.
Jay and his beautiful wife, Rachael, have a 6-year-old daughter Emma. Emma is now playing T-ball and Jay is there helping.
When talking to Jay I am not sure who is having more fun, Emma or her dad. Just knowing the kind of person he is, I know Mr. Sarina will be helping our youth for a long time.
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.