Pennsylvania doesn’t name a scholastic ‘player of the year’ in the field hockey. But if it did, Palmyra’s Katie Dembrowski would certainly be in the running for the award.
After all, being the best player on the best team in the state has got to count for something.
On Saturday afternoon at Whitehall-Coplay school district’s Zephyr Sports Complex, Katie D. closed out a marvelous high school career with a state championship. Although it was a co-championship necessitated by Palmyra’s one-all draw with Penn Manor, it was clear on that day who was the best player on the field – and team for that matter.
On a corner play midway through the second half, Dembrowski set up teammate Kiley Gallagher for the Cougars’ lone goal. It was a nifty little shuffle pass to her left that created space for Gallagher to drive one home.
Earlier in the season, Dembrowski, who concluded her senior campaign as the Cougars’ second leading scorer, from her midfield position, was honored as the Mid-Penn Keystone Division’s ‘Co-Player of the Year’. Dembrowski, who has committed to a full ride to Division One Penn State, is also recognized as one of the top scholastic performers in the country.
– Jeff Falk