Carolynne Kahl has been making plays in field hockey, basketball and soccer since her freshman year, becoming one of the most accomplished threesport athletes in Berks in the process.Kahl, a 5-8, 18-year-old was a scoring threat from the forward position in all three of her sports. In field hockey, she finished her high school career at Tulpehocken by scoring 50 goals and dishing out 37 assists.
In basketball as a senior, Kahl averaged 17 points per game, set a school record for 3- point shots made in a season, averaged just under eight rebounds a game and led the team with 4.3 assists per game.
Also, she became just the third player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career, finishing with 1,037.
However, soccer is Kahl's favorite sport. She has scored a school record 76 career goals (and counting), shattering the former school record of 34 goals. Furthermore, she has earned all-division status for three straight years and is hoping to make all-county this season.
In her sophomore and junior years, Kahl and the Lady Trojans advanced to the district semifinals where they lost both times to Lancaster Catholic.
This season, the two wins over Hamburg were important in the hunt for the Berks III title. Tulpy won easily by scores of 5- 0 and 3-0 to relegate the Hawks to second place. Kahl tallied a goal in each game.
Unfortunately, there was a small rough patch for Tulpy throughout the year.
Altough they handled most opponents with ease, there were a few occasions where they didn't play up to their potential. One of these games that the Trojans wish they had back occurred against Wyomissing.
"We lost to Wyo, 2-0," Kahl said. "We played them on their small turf field because it was raining or the snow was melting. I hope we play them again (in the district playoffs because I think the outcome would be different)."
In the county quarterfinals, another Kahl, Carolynne's sister Lydia, a freshman, came up big, heading in the only goal to beat Conrad Weiser 1-0. The Scouts had been the Trojans' nemesis the last two years, beating them in the quarterfinals each time.
In the first round of the District 3-AA Tournament on May 14, Tulpy, the No. 6 seed, beat No. 27 Greencastle Antrim, 5-2, behind the Kahl sister act. Carolynne had two goals and two assists, and Lydia delivered two goals, too.
"We had a bunch of chances," Kahl said. "I had a number of crosses that were either deflected or cleared."
"It's a lot of fun playing with Lydia. We click although we yell at each other sometimes."
Lydia is a starter in field hockey and soccer and saw action in basketball.
"We accomplished about the same as freshmen," said Kahl, who only started playing field hockey as a freshman. " She's better in field hockey than I am because she has the technical side. Lydia started playing in Junior High and is in the Futures program."
The Trojans finished third in highly competitive Berks III in field hockey, but in districts they shocked Palmyra, the defending state champs, 3-2, in overtime.
In field hockey, Kahl was named allcounty and Honorable Mention allstate as a junior after leading the county in scoring. As a senior, she was named all-division and second team all-state.
In basketball, Kahl scored her 1,000th point against Bible Babtist, capping a career in which she earned all-division status three straight years. Tulpy went on to win its first district game in around seven years by defeating Camp Hill this winter.
Kahl has come a long way in basketball. As a freshman, she deferred to her older teammates.
"I was more shy and very intimidated by the upperclassmen, so I passed to them (instead of shooting)," said Kahl. Kahl eventually became a leader herself, captaining the basketball and field hockey teams with others in her junior and senior seasons. She was one of the soccer captains this spring.
So, who was the biggest influence on Kahl's athletic career?
"My parents, Tim and Robin, encouraged and helped me along the way," Kahl said. "They've always been supportive in good times and bad."
Now that her time in high school is coming to a close, Kahl was faced with the difficult decision as to which sport she would pursue in college. She has the ability to play any sport she chooses at the collegiate level, but she likely won't be able to participate in more than one.
After much thought, she finally decided it would be her favorite sport that she would pursue. This fall, Kahl will continue her soccer career at Kutztown University (KU) where she plans to major in elementary or secondary education.
After her soccer career at KU is over, Kahl would like to give back to her favorite sport by becoming a high school soccer coach. However, right now, she has a lot more soccer ability waiting to emerge.
Nils Groten is a freelance writer and correspondent to the Hamburg Area Item. He can be contacted via e-mail through the sports editor at at firstname.lastname@example.org