Congratulations to Idalis Miranda '17 (Waterbury) and Nevya Vermette '17 (Wolcott) who signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division III Basketball at Clark University and Simmons College, respectively.
Idalis, a point guard, enjoyed a landmark athletic career on the Girls' Varsity Basketball team. In her junior year, she was a state semi-finalist, scored 216 points and named All Brass Team. In her senior year, she was a state finalist, scored 283 points and was named All-NVL and All-City. She was honored as New Haven Tap-off Club All Area Team. She has a total of 1384 career points, 499 at Holy Cross and 885 at Chase Collegiate.
Nevya also had many successes in her high school years. She scored two points and four rebounds per game.
Idalis and Nevya both started playing basketball at a very young age. "My dad had my sisters and I try out every sport," said Idalis. "We narrowed it down to basketball." Both have played for approximately thirteen years.
Both, along with the rest of the Girls' Varsity Basketball team, have seen numerous successes. Recently, they played in Finals at Mohegan Sun against Daniel Hand High School after an extremely strong season.
"It was really cool to experience something that not everyone experiences," said Nevya. "We got to play on the Mohegan Sun court."
"We had a great team," said Idalis. "We have such a strong bond. We are more of a family than a team."
"Idalis was the heart and soul of our team," said coach, Frank Lombardo '85. "She brought intensity and toughness each day. Her unselfish behavior provided other girls in the program with someone to emulate. She has been extremely successful at Holy Cross, and I am sure she will be very successful at Clark."
In her time at Holy Cross, Idalis has learned many lessons. However, one stands out above the rest. "Put all of your differences aside and focus on one goal," she said.
"Coach Lombardo is tough," said Nevya. "He will get in your face. He will make you laugh and cry. He really cares about us and how we are doing in school; not just on the courts. Not every coach is like that."
Mr. Lomardo returned Nevya's sentiments. He describes her as a "very dedicated player. Her hard work and passion for the game enabled her to be an important part of team."