Celebration of Champions Held for State Champion Girls Basketball, Boys Hockey, Ice Bears


Lily Arkens, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The Celebration of Champions took place in the Triton Center on Friday, April 28, in the NDA Triton Center. 

Mayor Eric Genrich of Green Bay attended the event alongside Mike McKenna, announcer for Girls and Boys Soccer and Girls and Boys Basketball, and two representatives from the WIAA. 

Coaches and staff that attended this celebration included Bay Area Ice Bears head coach, Joe Gerarden; boys hockey head coach, Cory McCracken; hockey equipment manager, Jim Guinn; girls basketball head coach Sara Rohde and her assistant coaches Eliza Campbell and Tim McHugh. 

Administration at the event included President Tom Kiley and Principal Andrea Hearden.

The event started with Genrich giving the City Council  proclamation naming April 28 Notre Dame Academy Girls Basketball and Boys Hockey Day in the city of Green Bay. 

“This proclamation celebrates the three-peat of girls basketball and the perfect record of hockey,” said Genrich. 

“I think dynasty is the word for that,” said Hearden, commenting on the three-peat of girls basketball.

Gerarden talked about creating a winning culture through all the different schools involved with the Ice Bears. 

“Addison (Dahl) scored a goal in the 3-0 victory as a freshman,” said McKenna. 

The Girls Tennis Team received the WIAA State Sportsmanship Award while the boys basketball squad received recognition for its regional title.

Boys hockey’s accomplishments included an undefeated season, a 7.6 GPA team average, and a 138/37 goals for and goals against ratio. 

“The switch over there that turns the lights on in this gym is where we trained all summer to make this happen,” said McCracken. 

McCracken expressed his appreciation to the student fans and described the NDA pep band as “amazing.”

“At the sectional game against Bay Port and just having a moment where you think the game isn’t gonna go as planned, and then listening to the band play the school song really changed the atmosphere,” said McCracken.

Team Captain Michael McIntee spoke for the team and said he  is happy to call his team his brothers. 

Coach Rohde, the AP Coach of the Year in Wisconsin, shared how she was most proud of the unselfishness of her team and emphasized that was something that stood out along with their ability to defend and stop. 

At the end of the celebration, McKenna recognized Trista Fayta, Gracie Grzeck and Emmett Lawton as leading scorers whose names will go up on the Triton Center wall.. 

Lawton sits at number two for boys. Fayta sits at number five and Grzeck sits at number three for girls.

“Do as these teams have done with excellence,” said President Tom Kiley.