Basketball standout Nicolette D’Itria and the Division 3 state championship St. Mary’s High School (Lynn) team were honored by the MIAA during a ceremony Friday at the Tony Conigliaro Gymnasium.
D’Itria was a starting player for the Spartans, who compiled a 25-2 record and won the state semifinal game at the TD Garden. Due to the coronavirus, all state championship basketball games were canceled and St. Mary’s was declared state co-champion at the time.
MIAA Associate Executive Director Richard Pearson traveled to Lynn to present the state championship trophy and medallions to Coach Jeff Newhall and the team. Pearson noted that the trophy reads “state champions” after the MIAA decided to proclaim each state finalist a “champion” as opposed to a co-champion.
Coach Newhall said that D’Itria, one of the top players in the area, was instrumental in the team’s success this season.
“Nicolette had an outstanding junior season,” said Newhall. “I attribute the continuing advancement in her basketball skills to the hard work and commitment to the sport that she makes in the off-season,” said Newhall. “I look forward to Nicolette returning to our team this winter and being a senior captain. She is an excellent student and will have a number of options for college.”
Nicolette is playing for the MCW Stars AAU team this summer. The team, which is sponsored by Michael Carter-Williams of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, is heading to Tennessee for a tournament this weekend.
Former Ipswich girls basketball coach Mandy Zagarowski, who is the mother of Michael Carter-Williams, and Jesus Rodriguez are the coaches of the Stars.
D’Itria, a 5-foot-6-inch guard and consensus 2020-21 All-Scholastic candidate, is a highly regarded college basketball prospect. Middlebury, UMass Dartmouth, Hartwick, Bates, Babson, Colby and Stonehill have D’Itria on their radar. Nicolette is the daughter of St. Mary’s High School boys basketball assistant coach Mike D’Itria and Tami D’Itria of Revere.