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PSU softball player wins award named for Lower Dauphin grad who passed away from cancer

Posted 6/26/19

The Penn State Harrisburg softball team named Nina Bruno the inaugural winner of the Courtney Pollock Award.

The award is a tribute to Courtney Pollock, who graduated from Lower Dauphin High …

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PSU softball player wins award named for Lower Dauphin grad who passed away from cancer

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The Penn State Harrisburg softball team named Nina Bruno the inaugural winner of the Courtney Pollock Award.

The award is a tribute to Courtney Pollock, who graduated from Lower Dauphin High School in 1999 where she played softball and field hockey and volunteered in the community. She graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and went on to teach and coach in the Lower Dauphin and Central Dauphin school districts.

Pollock passed away from cancer in June 2013.

The award will be given annually, according to the school, to “the senior who reminds her teammates why they play and love the game of softball! She works hard, is a fighter, and never gives up. Her drive and dedication is an inspiration to all!”

“Receiving an award that embodies the legacy of Courtney Pollock is truly an honor. It means a great deal to me. My senior year has been my best year yet, and I will forever be grateful I got to spend it with such an amazing group of girls and coaches,” said Bruno, a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School.

Bruno, a senior, took over as the team’s starter at shortstop, recording 71 put-outs and 52 assists in the recent season. Bruno also had her best season at the plate, setting career highs in batting average at .273, hits with 27, and doubles with 7, and she led the team with four home runs.

Bruno hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the Lions’ matchup with Penn State Berks. She also delivered a walk off single in a win over Gwynedd Mercy.

“Nina is Penn State Harrisburg softball,” said head coach Tonya Dengler. “She represents every quality we hold dear as a program. She is driven and competitive yet humble; kind, caring and thoughtful. She is a selfless, hardworking person and player who leads her teammates by example. Just being around her makes you want to become a better version of yourself. I am proud and honored to have coached her and to have been a small part of her amazing story.”

Bruno balances a busy life off the field. She is a mom to her daughter Avery, who can regularly be seen cheering her on from the stands. Bruno also excels in cross-fit, competing in various competitions.

“Thank you to my coaches, teammates, and family for all of your love and support throughout these years. I will never forget the great memories Penn State Harrisburg has given me,” she said.

Pollock was the daughter of Douglas W. Pollock, a Penn State alumnus and collegiate athlete. The Douglas W. Pollock Foundation made a $750,000 donation to support the college's athletics and the naming of the field and softball complex.