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TENNIS 1974-'77
All Tri-Valley League, 1974-'77
Team Captain
Lead team to CIF Finals 1977

Santa Barbara City College
Conference Player of the Year
Number one singles and doubles

Fresno State University
Number one singles

TRACK & FIELD 1975-'77
Discus School Record - 105’ 2”


Award winning body builder


    Debbie Lipson Ekola is the first woman to be inducted into the Carpinteria High School Warrior Hall of Fame. Debbie earned eight varsity letters for the Warriors: four in tennis, three in track and field, and one in gymnastics.

Debbie's accomplishments on the tennis court began when she was a freshman on the varsity team. That year she was named All Tri-Valley League and was a CIF quarterfinalist. As a sophomore she was a CIF qualifier and, again, All Tri-Valley League. Debbie was chosen Most Valuable Player her junior year and earned additional All TVL honors. Her senior year Debbie was a CIF qualifier and captain of her team. In track and field that year Debbie set the school record in the discus, with a throw of 105' 2". Debbie’s fondest memory of her years as a Warrior athlete was participating in the tennis CIF finals with her mother as coach and her sisters on the team.

As a member of the SBCC tennis team, Debbie was Western State Conference Player of the Year and undefeated #1 player in singles and doubles two years in a row (1980-1981). Debbie was the #1 player at Fresno State, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education.

The Lipson family moved to Carpinteria in February of 1969. She is the daughter of Louella Parsons and Albert Lipson. Her two sisters are Sherrie McIntyre and Leslie Gralewski. Debbie and her husband Pete have three sons: Jared, Jordan, and Spencer. She is an award-winning body builder and has been a physical education instructor at SBCC for 18 years; she is also an aerobics instructor for Gold's Gym and the City of Carpinteria.