Warrior Memories: Gina Zottola excelled at everything

Dick Trone

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

career there.

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

volleyball.

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.

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