Kellina Yarrish is one of the most-decorated athletes ever to walk the halls at Honesdale High School. A three-sport star who earned 12 varsity letters, Yarrish is continuing her field hockey career at Keystone College. So far this fall, Kellina has a hat trick and a game-winning goal in overtime.
Less than six months ago, Kellina Yarrish was confronted by several tough decisions.
On the heels of winning 12 varsity letters at Honesdale High School, Kellina had begun what seemed to be a promising athletic career at East Stroudsburg University. However, after just one year, she’d lost the drive to compete and felt adrift in a sea of humanity at the big state school.
Yarrish abandoned her beloved field hockey and contemplated a different path in life.
As it turns out, a change of scenery made all the difference in the world. Kellina transferred to Keystone College late this summer and has been smiling ever since.
“I absolutely love it here,” Yarrish told TWI Sports. “I never really felt comfortable at ESU. It was too big for me. Keystone reminds me of high school. It’s small and everybody knows everybody else.”
The first order of business once she arrived in Factoryville was to locate the women’s field hockey office. Keystone was hip deep in plans to revive its program after a 20-year hiatus and the staff welcomed Kellina with open arms.
Head Coach Kacy Manning knew of Yarrish through her association with Lackawanna Trail and ESU. Keystone’s newest coach and newest player hit it off immediately.
“Coach Manning is awesome,” Kellina said. “She drives us really hard, but she’s also very sweet and understanding. She helps us work around our class schedules and jobs.”
Thus far, Keystone’s comeback field hockey season has been a rousing success.
On August 31st, Coach Manning’s squad took the field for its debut against Bryn Mawr. The Giants surrendered two early goals, but staged a furious second half rally en route to a 3-2 overtime win.
“That was amazing,” Kellina said. “We only have 13 girls on the whole team and I don’t think any of us thought we’d win our very first game. But, we did and it was sweet!”
While team success came quickly, individual accomplishments weren’t far behind. Yarrish is playing in the midfield, but is among the team leaders in scoring. She already has four goals and three assists.
On September 14th, Kellina posted a hat trick in Keystone’s 6-0 rout of Rosemont College. Four days earlier, she’d hammered home the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory at Wells College.
Kellina Yarrish is a junior majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Ed. After graduation, she hopes to return to Honesdale and teach in the Wayne Highlands School District.
TWI Sports and Dave’s Super Duper salute Kellina as our latest Athlete of the Week.