Lady Tritons’ State Title, Winter Athletes, Honored at All-School Assembly

Nick Bumgardner, Editor-in-Chief, Online Tritonian

On Thursday, NDA gathered in the Triton Center to celebrate the girls basketball team’s Division 2 state title.

In March, the Lady Tritons capped off a 29-1 season, including a perfect conference record, with a win over Pewaukee at the Resch Center.

The win made it back-to-back state titles and head coach Sara Rohde’s fourth all-time.

Thursday’s assembly featured Lady Tritons’ public address announcer, Mike McKenna, as the MC.

He introduced each member of the team, including the coaching staff, to the applause of students.

Both President Tom Kiely and outgoing Principal Patrick Browne spoke to the team’s success and dedication through the season.

Mayor Eric Genrich, NDA class of 1998, was also present.

After a brief speech, he declared Thursday “Notre Dame Academy Tritons Girls Basketball Day” in the city of Green Bay and lit the Bart Star Bridge with Triton colors on Friday night.

The girls basketball presentation culminated with a speech from Rhode, who at the end of the month was named AP Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in the state of Wisconsin, her second time winning the award.

Her emotional speech reflected on her team’s success, their desire to repeat as state champions, and a motivating Charles Woodson quote.

The school also took time to recognize other winter teams, athletes, and staff, as well as the NDA pep band, who performed throughout the course of the assembly.

Senior basketball standouts Chris Mitchell and Sarah Hardwick were unveiled as NDA’s second and sixth all-time scorers, respectively.

The NDA dance team, who competed in the National Contest of Champions last month in Florida, were acknowledged for their national title in pom, third place finish in open jazz, and fourth place finish in hip hop.

Senior Joey Bonadonna, sports editor for The Tritonian, received the 2021 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s Radio Play-by-Play Student Announcer of the Year Award for his work with the Triton Sports Network.

Lastly, strength coach and physical education teacher AJ Giovanetti received recognition for being voted Coach of the Year in the National High School Strength Coaches Association.

Click through the gallery below for more picture’s from Thursday’s assembly: