A year ago, Kailey Wolfe was about to continue her long commitment to soccer as a Century sophomore. But before the season started, Wolfe decided she'd like a different challenge and switched to field hockey.
Now, the 16-year-old junior is the leading scorer for the No. 7 Knights' field hockey team with 14 goals.
"Kailey is a hard worker," Century coach Terry Duryea said. "She wants to do well for the team, her parents and myself. She makes sure she is not the one who receives all the recognition, by always thanking and acknowledging the team for passing her the ball and giving her so many opportunities to finish.
"She is very quick on her feet and has a quick shot, and I am glad she made the switch from soccer to field hockey as a sophomore. I'm pleased with her dedication and effort each and every game."
Wolfe also carries a 3.9 GPA.
How long had you played soccer and why did you decide to make a change?
I've been playing soccer since pre-school. My sister, Lindsay, who is a senior, plays soccer, too. But I'm really independent and wanted to try something new for myself. I wanted to try something in which I had room to grow.
Do you miss playing with your sister?
We're very different personalities. I'm more ambitious and career- and goal-oriented. She's more social and people-friendly. We're very different people. But we still play lacrosse together, and in lacrosse we do well working together. We don't have problems on the field. We work everything out.
Was it difficult to make the transition from soccer to field hockey?
It's interesting. I've been playing lacrosse for nine years. A lot of what happens in lacrosse happens in the air, while field hockey is on the ground. But lacrosse is all about catching and passing and precision. Field hockey also requires the hand-eye coordination, and I'm working on my stick skills to improve my precision and ball movement.
The difficult part was that I didn't know any rules. And I still don't know all of them. But all the girls on the team and my coach were great about helping me. It's a very particular sport and it's a challenge, you know. I definitely have a lot to work on with my stick skills.
You're the team's leading scorer with 14 goals. Does that surprise you?
It does surprise me in some ways. I didn't see myself being such a threat to other teams. I think my athletic ability carries over. And I play for such a great team with great midfielders, too. Without them, it wouldn't be happening.
Were you a goal scorer in soccer?
I was more versatile in soccer. I played different positions, but I didn't have strong foot skills and it didn't come to me as easily. With lacrosse and field hockey, I find I work a lot more at improving my skills because I love both of them so much. It wasn't like that in soccer.
I admire the stick skills of my teammates — Allison Remenapp, Casey McCorkell and Alice Mercer. They're all really good. What I have and the keys to my scoring is my speed and hand-eye coordination.
You mentioned that you are goal-oriented, what goals do you have for this season?
I want to be a well-rounded player on the team. I'd like to do more than just scoring. I'd like to be able to assist. To do that, I have to work on my moves and my stick skills.
Besides sports, do you have other interests?
I'm an ambitious person. I love knowing where I'm going. I'm going to major in engineering, I think. And with that in mind, I'm taking engineering courses at the Carroll County Career and Tech Center in Westminster.
How did you find out engineering was your future?
I had an 8th grade project in which I researched engineering. It seemed like something I'd love to do. I'm thinking electrical engineering. It has a lot to do with computer engineering and projects, building programs, constructing something that will be used in everyday life. I can't explain it very well, but it's hands-on problem solving.
With regular classes and your engineering classes and sports, do you have time for any other activities?
I'm on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics executive board here at school and a member of the Varsity Club.
Do you plan to play sports when you go to college?
I'm starting to make college visits now. I want to play Division I lacrosse. So, I'm looking for a D-I lacrosse school that also has a good engineering program. I'm just beginning to find out who might be interested in me. I'm trying to figure it all out.
Is there a school you would really like to go to?
The dream would be Penn State. But that's not working out so well right now. They haven't expressed interest in me.
If you were putting together an ad to attract the attention of a school, what would you say about yourself?
My strong points are my athleticism, my speed and my first step doing a move is very strong. I'm very coachable and I'm willing to adapt. And, I'm a hard worker.