By Dylan Kleintop, Student Reporter
Kayla Murren is the female athlete of the month for November. She was chosen by women's soccer coach Ubaldo Murrillo for her efforts both on and off the field.
Murren is an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) major with a 3.6 GPA. A native of Mount Joy, Pa., she graduated from Donegal High School, where she threw javelin and played volleyball, as well as varsity soccer.
“Handling my time between sports and school can get quite difficult. For a few weeks, I would go from soccer practice to basketball practice,” said Murren.
Murren had five goals and five assists for the year. She was an important part in the Lady Knights' success this season.
“I think the season went very well and everyone worked hard,” said Murren. “I am so excited to play again next year and keep working on improving our record.”
Murren can now be seen on the basketball court, playing for the Central Penn women's team.
By Greg Colburn, Communications Coordinator
Senior Dylan Kleintop is the male athlete of the month for November. The midfielder started every game, playing a key role in the men’s soccer team second consecutive winning season, according to Coach Doug Fisher.
“His unique ability to consistently neutralize the best playmaker on the opposing team while distributing quality, opportunistic passes to our offense was invaluable,” says Fisher. “He was our most consistent player in 2018.”
In addition to his stout defense, Kleintop contributed offensively with four assists.
He’s a graduate of Lehighton High School (Carbon County) where he played varsity soccer for four years. His love of the game is based on the idea of teamwork.
“Soccer players are for one another,” says Kleintop. “A win is based on the performance of the entire team––not the individual.”
The business administration major holds a 3.03 GPA and enjoys video games, such as Fortnight and FIFA, when he’s not in the classroom or on the soccer field. He serves as secretary for the Knightly News Club and writes frequently for Student Central and Central Station.
Asked why he chose Central Penn, he says, “I liked that it was small. Everyone knows each other. Plus my mom came here.” His mother, Sherri, graduated in 1992 with a degree in court reporting.