This is the final column about the 2014 Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
Aug. 30, when the Warriors play their first football game and Del Norte welcomes 2001 graduate Holly Gutierrez into the Del Norte Athletic Hall of Fame, is fast approaching. This talented young lady demonstrated the potential to be outstanding in four sports, volleyball, soccer, basketball and softball.
She played junior varsity volleyball in her freshman year and showed great potential as a volleyball player. Since volleyball and soccer take place at the same time and since Holly had demonstrated real ability as a soccer player, she was forced to make a choice in her sophomore year. Holly chose soccer and immediately became a real force in the program, and as a junior became the leading scorer with 15 goals that year.
On the basketball court as a freshman playing for coach Mike Sullivan she helped the team to a second-place finish in the Orville tournament. She moved to varsity as a sophomore where she had three great seasons. As a junior playing for coach Marc Slayton she helped the team to a 6-2 league record and a 19-8 overall record, taking the team on to the North Coast Section playoffs.
When basketball was over Holly would take off to the softball field where she had a four year varsity career.
In talking to some of her coaches they felt she was such a talented young lady she was going to excel at whatever sport she chose. Holly gave Warrior fans a lot to cheer about. This is a well-deserved honor for this special young lady as she is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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.