Warrior Memories: Gina Zottola excelled at everything

By Dick Trone March 12, 2012 04:53 pm

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.