Preparation for this column was a real special treat. I went to a Del Norte High School softball practice to interview Delores Markussen and found that they were warming up for a game against the junior varsity team from McKinleyville.
I not only got to have a great talk with this young lady, I also watched her JV team beat the Panthers 17-8.
I was impressed with the way she worked with this group of freshman and sophomore girls. Delores is another of our local graduates that makes sure she has time from her busy schedule to work with our youth.
She is the mother of three and also a full time Head Start teacher. She is in her fourth year assisting head varsity coach Jackie Heuberger in the softball program. Her first two years, the Warriors did not have a junior varsity program, so she assisted Jackie with the varsity. After two years and a lot of hard work they were able to put together a JV program and now Delores has the title of head JV coach.
One of the things that really impressed me as I watched her team play was how much better our girls looked in the fundementals than the Panthers. When I asked Delores how she got started in softball, she said “my mother played and I was always there when I was little, so I just kind of grew up with the game.”
She also credits Jackie for teaching her a lot about coaching. Delores also coaches volleyball at Crescent Elk, which is another demand on her time, but she says she loves it.
Because of her exposure coaching volleyball at the elementary level, the Humboldt- Del Norte League Volleyball officials association talked her into becoming an official at the high school level.
She said she just finished her rookie year in that capacity and is looking forward to next year. The fact that she works with many elementary girls at Crescent Elk has helped her at the high school. She knows many of the girls before they reach the high school softball program.
Delores obvious ability to communicate with her team and the enthusiasm and respect they showed toward her, tell me that with our softball program in the hands of Heuberger and Markussen we can look forward to a lot more exciting games in the future.
They are two classy young ladies.
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.