In her four years at Stoneham High, Diana
Uva excelled in multiple sports. Whether it was on the diamond, field or
court, Uva, better known as “UV” by her teammates, provided a tremendous
work ethic as well as leadership. She received two varsity letters in
field hockey and softball and collected four letters in basketball.
Playing defense for most of her junior season in field hockey, Uva
was moved to forward for the last three games. Despite not having much
experience at the new position, Uva was able to overcome the change,
scoring two goals in the final three games. Her field hockey coach,
Cynthia Carbone, once said, “Diana Uva added a new dimension to the game
of field hockey.” She was the only Spartan selected to the Middlesex
Field Hockey All Star team in 1983.
Uva’s ability to lead was
recognized by her peers as she was named a three sport co-captain her
senior year. Always determined to strive to be the best, Uva received
three coaches awards for field hockey, basketball, and softball for her
desire and hustle. In addition, Uva also received the Stoneham High
School Varsity Club Award for Outstanding Varsity Athlete, the Booster
Club Varsity Letter Award, and received the School Blanket for female
athlete of her class. Uva was named to the Field Hockey Honorable
Mention team in 1984.
Her senior season was capped off with a
no-hit, seven strikeout performance versus Belmont High, which was
labeled as being “the premier pitching effort by a Stoneham girl since
the organization of the Middlesex League.” In addition to her dominance
on the mound, Diana produced at the plate as well. In her senior year,
she batted .328 with 13 RBI’s with 20 runs scored. Her patience at the
plate accumulated for 11 walks as well.
While her statistics
alone left a legacy on the field and court for Uva, she will always be
remembered as someone who did it the right way. Her character
exemplified the true meaning of a student-athlete as she never lost
sight that she was not only representing her teammates but also
representing her family.
Diana is currently a medical secretary.
She resides in Wakefield, MA, with her husband Richard and their three
children, Jessica, Gina, and Matthew.