2022

Sports Legend

Katie Medina, Class of 2008

Katie Medina may have graduated from Hamburg 14 years ago, but this past spring her name was again in the spotlight at the end of the high school basketball season.  That’s because Katie’s Hamburg career points record of 1,114 for a female basketball player had just been broken. She is one of only 4 girls who are in the prestigious 1,000-point club at Hamburg. Yet when she had to choose which sport she would play in college, Katie chose to play softball.

During her sports career at Hamburg, Katie played soccer, basketball and softball. In soccer she was named All-ECIC; on the court, she was named All-ECIC, All-WNY and All-ECIC player of the year 2 years in a row, topping it off with a Section VI title.  On the diamond, Katie was named to the All-ECIC team 3 years in a row, player of the year, and All-WNY.  Despite her personal accolades, one of Katie’s favorite memories from her high school career, was the softball team making the first ever sectionals in school history. Katie was an All-WNY Scholar Athlete as well.

At the end of her high school career, she had to make the difficult decision of choosing what sport she would play in college. She had many Division 1 offers to play basketball or softball, and one school, George Mason, wanted Katie to play both basketball and softball. However, she never got to make the decision herself! Diagnosed with sports induced acid reflux during her Senior year, doctors told her that she should not continue playing basketball. So, the decision to play softball was made for her due to health concerns. Once it was determined that softball was the choice, she decided to play at the Division I level with Canisius College, where she was a four-year starter and part of a MAAC championship. Katie graduated with a bachelor’s in English and a master’s degree in Sports Administration.

Katie is in mortgage operations with Haus Capital Corporation. This past July she got married to Jenna Yates, and they make their home in West Seneca with their two dogs.