When I had my dream come true and I was able to come back to Del Norte High School in the fall of 1980 as a coach and athletic director, I got here just in time to watch 1982 graduate Dawn Bellatti thrill Warrior fans during her junior and senior seasons.
Dawn was an outstanding three-sport athlete. In the fall she would take her talents to the volleyball court, in the winter she took to the basketball courts and in the spring she would take to the track.
As a freshman Dawn started her Warrior career right away as a member of the JV volleyball team.
The volleyball program was coached by Sharon Wold and assisted by Cindy Shellabarger. Sharon was the coach that started the volleyball program.
As a sophomore Dawn was again a solid member of the JV squad. As a junior she played on the varsity team during what was to be coach Wold’s last season as she turned the program over to Debbie Musch, who was coaching the JV team.
In Dawn’s senior year playing for Debbie she was selected the Most Valuable Player.
Dawn started her basketball career the same way, playing JV before moving to the varsity squad in her junior year playing for longtime coach Chuck Blackburn.
Chuck has high praise for Dawn’s outstanding defensive play, which helped the Warriors defeat Eureka in a close game 52-51.
As a senior she continued her outstanding play on the basketball court.
Dawn started her track career as a freshman and developed into one of the Humboldt-Del Norte League’s top hurdlers. She was fun to watch in this event.
With everything else that Dawn did, she still had time to be a member of the Redwood Rockettes, Del Norte High School’s outstanding drill team. This group regularly preforms at home games and local events, also competing in large events and performing at 49ers games during halftime.
Dawn still lives in Crescent City, where she continues to be a supporter of the Blue and Gold. Through all the years that I have known Dawn, I have never seen her without a beautiful smile on her face, which always reminds me of what a special Warrior she is.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school’s football coach for a number of years.