NEW CASTLE —
As much as she might hate to admit it, Katy DeMedal knows who to thank for much of her athletic success.
The former Katy Killmer always tagged along with her older brother, Rob, and his friends to play sports and ultimately was included in most of their athletic ventures.
“I hate to say this, but I have to thank him for everything,” DeMedal said of her brother, who went on to a successful athletic career at Westminster College. “I always played backyard basketball with him and his friends. He toughened me up and got me prepared. He wasn’t easy on me.
“Sports were all I did. That what I wanted to do in my spare time. Whenever it was nice out, we played outside and I loved it. I got better with time.”
ENTERING THE HALL
DeMedal had to break out momentos from her playing days at Wilmington High and Westminster College when first was notified of her induction into the Lawrence County Historical Society Sports Hall of Fame.
“I started panicking,” she said with a chuckle. “Men can remember everything about their sports careers and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. I had to dig out my scrapbooks.”
The 51-year-old mother of three will join 11 other inductees on May 4 when they enter the hall of fame at the New Englander.
“It’s an honor,” said the New Wilmington resident, who with her husband, Bob, are the parents of Liz, Jake and Spencer, all former or current athletic standouts at Wilmington High. “I started to think about my kids. They’re everywhere, so it’s not going to be easy getting them all here for the ceremony to share it with them, but the rest of my family will be there. It’ll be nice to have them there.”