When I read the article in the Triplicate written by Gina Zottola about the Visitor Center and the Visitor Bureau I could not help but look back to when this beautiful young lady was performing for the Lady Warriors.
It is always a treat to talk to former Warrior grads that have returned to Crescent City and are making a significant impact on the community I like so much.
When Gina entered Del Norte High School as a freshman right away she started showing her athletic talents. As a member of the JV volleyball team she was selected by the coaches as the Most Improved Player. She went from the volleyball court to the basketball arena, something she continued to do her entire high school career.
Since I was the athletic director at the time I had the privilege of
watching Gina all four years in both sports. I am not sure which one she
was best at because she was good at both. You knew you were always
going to get a great effort whenever she was on the court.
She was an important part of the great run our volleyball team had in
which it won 21 straight league championships. As a junior she helped
our girls basketball team to a very successful season in which it made
the section playoffs. As a senior playing on a championship volleyball
team she received recognition on the All-HDN volleyball squad.
After graduation Gina went to Cabrillo College in Southern California
for two years, but a serious knee injury cut short her volleyball
After one of four operations on the same knee, Gina was able to start
playing beach volleyball. She was so good at this that she was asked to
join the pro beach volleyball tour. She did this for two years until
another knee injury cut her career short. She says this experience was
one of the most fun times of her life.
Four surgeries on the same knee finally convinced her to try
something else. She went to work for eight years as a stockbroker for
Morgan Stanley. She said this was not nearly as much fun as beach
Gina returned to Crescent City about five years ago and first went to
work for a short time for the school district. She was then offered the
position she now holds as executive director of the Crescent City-Del
Norte County Chamber of Commerce. We could not have made a better choice
as this warm, outgoing young lady makes you feel welcome the instant
you start talking to her. She is a very special former Warrior.
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 football head coach at Del Norte High for a
number of years before retiring.