Although Tina Gonyea excelled in three sports at Platt High School in Meriden, basketball was her favorite. As a guard, Gonyea was an All-Conference selection her sophomore, junior and senior years, and was the team captain and a Hartford Courant All-State selection during both her junior and senior years. She holds the honor of being the first female in Platt High School history to score 1,000 points, to be named to the Hartford Courant All-State Team, and to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
As a result of her athletic prowess at Platt, Gonyea was mentioned in High School Sports Magazine in 1986 for being a Connecticut senior who completed an “All-State hat trick” by being named All-State in three sports -- soccer, basketball, and softball.
Gonyea continued her basketball career at Keene State College in New Hampshire. During her tenure there, she helped her team to two ECAC Division II championships (1988, 1989) and consecutive NCAA Division I,II, III Team 3-Point Shooting Titles. Individually, Gonyea was a two-time NECC All-Conference selection (1989,1990), scored 1,195 total career points, and holds records for total career assists and steals. She also still holds records in assists per season (159) and steals per game (8). Gonyea’s fondest basketball memory occurred when she sunk a 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock to defeat the University of Bridgeport 69-68 and win the 1988 Division II ECAC Championship.