When this old Warrior returned to Del Norte High School as an athletic director, dean of students and football coach in September 1980, an outstanding young lady was also starting her Warrior career.
Leslie Epperson — daughter of Kathleen Anderson, who became an outstanding Warrior volleyball coach working with Debbie Musch Lorenzi — started what would become an outstanding career on the volleyball and basketball courts.
As a freshman she became a vital part of the Warrior JV team that went undefeated, under the leadership of Debbie Musch, as she was known then. Debbie at that time was coaching her last year at the JV level before moving up to varsity the next year, following the retirement of Sharon Wold, who had gotten the volleyball program at Del Norte going.
Warrior fans will always cherish the 21 straight Humboldt/Del Norte League volleyball championships run that started under Debbie’s leadership.
As a sophomore, Leslie was a starter on the JV team and received the leadership award for her outstanding contributions.
As a junior playing on the 1982 volleyball team, she was a part of the Warriors first-ever HDN volleyball championship.
As a senior, Leslie continued her outstanding play and was rewarded with First Team All Humboldt Del Norte League honors.
When volleyball season would end, Leslie would take her athletic talents to the basketball court, where she was again outstanding. She played for the JV and varsity squads. As a senior Leslie received the Lady Warrior award for her outstanding Warrior career.
After graduating from Del Norte, Leslie went on to Sacramento State, where she graduated. She is now married with a daughter in high school who is also an excellent volleyball player.
Leslie is and has always been a class young lady who was fun to watch as a Warrior.
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 before retiring.