On May 30, Grade 12 Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School student Natalie Vigna, retired her Titans’ basketball jersey to sign with the University of Guelph Gryphons’ Women’s Basketball team.
But while basketball will be a big focus of her post-secondary career, Vigna intends to put the same amount of effort into her academics with her admittance into the Biomedical Sciences program.
It’s part of what solidified her decision to attend Guelph – learning that the athletes were able to balance their studies with sports.
“They have really good intensity and they are a really good family. Everyone on the team was so nice and they will make my transition really easy,” she said.
That same intensity is what Gryphon’s Coach Mark Walton found in Vigna during the recruitment process.
“We need some tough Hamilton area kids and Natalie is one of those kids,” he said.
For Bishop Tonnos Coach Joe Mataseje, watching one of his players move on to play university ball couldn’t be more rewarding.
“Natalie has been an outstanding student and integral player at Bishop Tonnos over her four years here.”
“Sometimes things are just right, and this is right. Coach Walton is one of the best coaches in the whole country. It’s going to work.”