Year after year, Weston Nielsen grew.
Everyone could see that maturation, but it was most evident on the volleyball court for Corona del Mar High. Sea Kings' Coach Steve Conti watched with fascination a boy turn into a young man, a quiet role player turn into a vocal leader.
It was easy to notice during Nielsen's senior year.
"He matured just as much physically as he did mentally," Conti said of his star 6-foot-5 outside hitter. "He also developed into a strong leader. You don't see guys really develop both physically and mentally like that. It was really neat to see him step up in that leadership role. He did a great job of making everyone feel a part of the team."
Nielsen, bound for UC Santa Barbara in the fall, also found success as the top player in the Newport-Mesa area. He is the Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year.