BY JEFF FALK
What’s the difference between a Cougar and a Nittany Lion? It’s simply the territory in which they prowl.
All Katie Dembrowski has really done is decided to change the area in which she will ply her field hockey trade. One expects the transition to be a smooth one.
Dembrowski recently chose to take her considerable field hockey skills from Palmyra to State College, when she verbally committed to the Penn State University’s field hockey program. Dembrowski, a junior three-sport star, will join the Nittany Lions in 2015.
A midfielder, Dembrowski netted 12 goals and 16 assists for Palmyra during the 2013 fall campaign. To this point of her career, Dembrowski has collected 22 goals and 37 assists.
Dembrowski was recently honored as a National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association national all-american. As a freshman and sophomore, Katie D earned all-state recognition.
Dembrowski, who plans to major in kinesiology with an emphasis on physical therapy, also considered athletic grant-in-aid offers from other Division One programs Ohio State, Michigan State and Wake Forest, among others.
A key ball handler and defender for the Palmyra girls’ basketball team, Dembrowski is currently sidelined with a radial fracture of her left wrist sustained in the field hockey team’s season-ending loss in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA postseason in November. This spring, Dembrowski teamed with Maria Tukis, Miranda Salvo and Olivia Farabaugh to win the gold medal in the Class AA 3200-meter relay, at the PIAA Track and Field championships at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
During the fall season, Dembrowski led the Cougars to a two-loss campaign and yet another District Three Class AA championship. Dembrowski joins a long line of former Cougars who have gone on to play the sport of field hockey at Division One colleges.
In fact, no scholastic program in Lebanon County has sent more student-athletes on to the next level than Palmyra field hockey.