Since girls sports have become such an important part of the Warrior athletic scene, Del Norte has had a number of very gifted female athletes.
Megan McMillan, a 1998 graduate, has to rate as one of the very best ever as she was a true three-sport athlete. While a Warrior she played volleyball and basketball, and was a standout track competitor. In volleyball she was selected first-team all Humboldt Del Norte League in her sophomore, junior and senior years.
She was selected the league Most Valuable Player in both her junior and senior years. Megan helped the Warriors to three straight league championships and as a senior led the team to the third round of the Northcoast Section Playoffs, before eventually losing to the team that won the section title. The Warriors were able to defeat the champions in one game, which was the only game that team lost all year.
Debbie Lorenzi, who was Megan’s coach, could not praise her high enough. She never missed a practice, was a true team leader and was the most competitive girl Lorenzi ever coached. She was a real delight to work with.
When volleyball season ended Megan hit the basketball court with the same intensity. She was again selected to the conference first team in her sophomore, junior and senior years, and as a senior was selected the league’s MVP. While playing under coach Marc Slayton, Megan helped the team win the prestigious Orland basketball tourney.
When basketball ended she hit the track, where again she was outstanding. She won conference White Stars in the 100 meters, 300 meters, and the long jump events. She competed at the Meet of Champions in Berkeley and just missed qualifying for the state meet.
Megan’s standout volleyball skills earned her an athletic scholarship to Oregon State University, where she played four years for the Beavers. She graduated from Oregon State, then went to John Hopkins University, where she obtained her degree in nursing.
After working on the East Coast for a period of time Megan has returned to Crescent City where she now works locally as a nurse. While back East this talented young lady found time to successfully compete in a number of triathlons.
Megan was inducted into Del Norte High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame last October, an honor very well deserved.
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 head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.