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Eidle, Kilroy, and Landis Continuing Their Athletic Careers
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-04-22

Carly Eidle, Field Hockey

            Carly Eidle tried not to dwell on her lack of playing time during her senior

Carly Eidle

season on Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team. Instead, she celebrated the success of her team.

            "It was a great season," Eidle said. "I'm grateful for the experience."

            Though her playing time was limited, the goalkeeper decided to continue with the sport in college. At Wilkes University, Eidle is expected to compete for playing time under new coach Katherine Bowie.

            "The new coach will be very excited to have Carly," Indians head coach Jamie Warren said.

            Eidle, who will major in pharmacy at the private Division III school in Wilkes Barre, decided to continue playing after visiting the college. During a meeting with some players and coaches, she felt the same dynamic as on her high school team.

            "I knew I definitely wanted to keep playing," Eidle said. "And I realized this was the team for me."

            According to Warren, Eidle's presence helped the Indians make a deep postseason run in the fall. The coach said the goalkeeper provided invaluable leadership as a captain.

            "Carly really cared about her teammates," Warren said. "She got it in her head that the team is most important, and she understood that her contributions were valuable."

 

David Kilroy, Baseball

            Hitting in the middle of the order, David Kilroy said his top priority was

David Kilroy

helping the Upper Perkiomen's baseball team win. For two seasons, he relied on his confidence to do his best.

            Kilroy has accepted a scholarship to continue his career at Mansfield University. The left-handed hitter expects to receive significant playing time as part of a rebuilding program under a new head coach.

            "I will do my best to help the team win," he said.

            The player will rely on significant size and strength, according to Indians head coach Frank Mercon. However, he said Kilroy's greatest asset will continue to be his work ethic.

            "That's where Dave is going to separate himself," Mercon said. "He's very dedicated. He comes from a great family. He's an excellent teammate."

            Kilroy, who made his varsity debut during the middle of his freshman season, started for two years at first base for the Tribe. He said he started to feel comfortable towards the end of his sophomore season.

            The player considers offense his strength. Kilroy said he likes to stretch doubles into triples and surprise opponents by stealing bases.

            On defense, Kilroy has worked hard to improve his defense as a first baseman. Mercon called him an ideal target.

            "I don't miss much," Kilroy said. "You've got to be a ball hawk."

 

Hanna Landis, Soccer

            Hannah Landis, of Red Hill, capped an impressive career with the Upper Perkiomen girls soccer team by qualifying for the Pioneer Athletic Conference

Hannah Landis

playoffs. She called it the highlight of a four-year run.

            "The team had a great relationship," Landis said. "So we played for each other. That made things a whole lot easier."

            Head coach Mike Freed called Landis the key player in the team's appearance in the District One Class 3A playoffs. The coach described her as the ultimate security blanket and a calming influence for the defenders.

            "The defenders knew that if they decide to take a risk, and make a mistake, Hannah would be there to clean up the mess," Freed said. "In all my years of coaching, she is the best goalie I've ever had with the ball at her feet."

            A three-year starter for the Tribe, Landis will continue her career at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre in the fall. According to Freed, the player has a legitimate chance to earn significant playing time as a freshman.

            "The [Wilkes head coach] will like her poise," the high school coach said. "Her leadership will come to fore really quickly. Her presence certainly made a difference to us."

            Landis – who was named first-team All Frontier Division as a senior and a junior, as well as second-team as a sophomore – considered playing at a Division II school. West Chester showed significant interest, according to Freed.

            However, the player chose Wilkes because of its nursing program and a solid soccer team, in that order.

            "I always knew Wilkes would be my fit," she said. "I want academics to be my top priority."


 

 

 

 

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