In 1981 the Del Norte High Warrior varsity volleyball team came under the direction of a new head coach.
Debbie Lorenzi took the reins and in her second year Kathleen Anderson joined the staff as the junior varsity coach. When Kathleen came to practice an 8-year-old daughter named Jennifer also came.
Jennifer became a fixture at volleyball practice and by the time she started her freshman year, she was a skilled player that moved into the starting lineup on the varsity squad as a freshman.
For the next four years she was a mainstay on the Warriors championship teams. She was a regular all-league selection. Following her junior year Jennifer wanted to develop her skill to an even higher level.
She was looking to play for one of the volleyball club teams that played year round so Jennifer and her mother moved to San Luis Obispo, where she could play for one of the top junior club teams in the country. While at San Luis Obispo the team traveled to participate in the Junior Olympics finals in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The squad proved to be a top team, winning the Junior Olympic National Championship. Immediately after their final game they flew back to California to participate in another national tournament at Davis.
With very little rest they finished second at Davis and became recognized as one of the top teams in the nation.
Jennifer returned to Crescent City to play for the Warriors for her senior season.
She again helped the DNHS squad continue their league dominance.
When Jennifer graduated with the class of 1993, she received an athletic scholarship to play for the Buffaloes of the University of Colorado in the Big 12 conference.
She graduated from Colorado after a successful volleyball career and returned to Crescent City where she joined Debbie Lorenzi’s staff.
Debbie said she really appreciated her presence because she was a great help in preparing Kristin Murray and Petra Lorenzi for college. After a couple of years coaching Jennifer married. Now, she and her husband have two young ones. Besides being a mom she is also a full time teacher at a charter school. She is another of our former Warrior family that keeps working with our youth in a very positive way.
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.