Last week I wrote about Christy Vanderpool’s mom, Belinda, who was an outstanding female Warrior.
Christy was a 1998 graduate of Del Norte and was also a multi-talented young lady. While a Warrior, Christy played four years of volleyball, three years of basketball and four years of softball. She was good at all of them, but volleyball was her favorite.
Christy was a three-year varsity starter for Debbie Lorenzi’s volleyball team and was a White Star winner in both her junior and senior years. Debbie said “Christy was great to coach, she was never late or never missed a practice.”
She was an outstanding middle-hitter and the best middle blocker that Debbie has had during her long career as the Warrior coach. She said that Christy was a humble, shy young lady and they had to work hard on her to be more aggressive; she didn’t like to draw to much attention to herself.
As a pitcher in softball, she was outstanding. Coach Pablo Loronzi feels she was one of the best-ever Warrior pitchers. In fact, while Christy was at Chico State University, the college tried to get her to join its softball program as a pitcher.
After graduation from Del Norte, Christy first went to Chico State, where she had a good freshman year on the volleyball court as middle blocker, setting a record for blocks. After her freshman year at Chico, she transferred to Butte College, where she played two more years of volleyball.
At Butte, Christy made junior college All-American as a middle blocker. After two years at Butte, Christy went back to Chico, but because of knee problems did not continue playing.
She graduated from Chico and for three years worked as the sales representative for Kleen Kanteen, which was an environmentally safe bottling company. After three years at Kleen Kanteen, Christy and her husband moved to Fremont, Calif., where her husband went to work for Homeland Security. They still live in Fremont.
We Warriors wish Christy and her husband the very best.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.