By Dick Trone
A new chapter entered the Warrior sports book in September of 1974. Girls volleyball became an official California Interscholastic Federation sport at Del Norte High School. A girls team under the direction of head coach Sharon Wold took the court for the first time that September. Sharon controlled the Warriors through the 1980 season, setting the stage for an amazing 24-year run by her replacement, Debbie Musch Lorenzi.
Starting with the 1989 season, she won the league 16 straight times until her retirement in 2004. Debbie was not content to stay retired though, so she came back this past season to coach the Warriors junior varsity. Guess what, the junior Varsity team just won the JV league championship.
It's often been said in coaching circles that having talented athletes can make you look good. Debbie often had some talented players, but no matter what her talent level was, she won. I once heard Bear Bryant say at a football coaching clinic, andquot;I can take my team and beat yours, or take your team and beat mine.andquot;
Debbie is that kind of coach. She proved over and over that hard work, team play and sound fundamentals can take you a long way.
When Debbie retired, the head coaching duties were taken over by two of her former players. The first year the team had co-head coaches. Jennifer Anderson Larson and Meagan Ferguson Curtis. Their team continued the tradition by extending the championship streak to 17. After that season, Jennifer left to raise her family. Meagan continued, and during her two years she has continued the Warrior tradition, stretching the championship win streak to 19.
The Warriors have had a number of girls go on to very successful college careers.
Jennifer Anderson played four years for the University of Colorado. Megan McMillan played four years for Oregon State University.
Jessica Murray played four years for the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. Meagan Ferguson Curtis went to Chico State in her preparation to take overthe Warriors and continue their tradition. Petra Lorenzi, Pablo and Debbie's daughter, is presently playing for the University of South Carolina where she is team captain.
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. Currently, he is head coach of the South Coast Storm semi-pro football team, formerly called the Siskiyou Savages.