Upper Perkiomen college commitments: Casola, Flack, Fryer, Junk, Kendra, Whary

Ryan Casola – Soccer – King’s College
Ryan Casola, seated center, with Upper Perk coach Kyle Fisher, seated left. Also joining Ryan for the event were, from left, grandparents John and Penny Gallagher, Zach Bush, brother, Karen Bush, mother and Kylee Casola, sister
Position: Attacking Midfielder
College Choice: King’s College
Parents: Karen Bush and Kevin Casola
Major Athletic Honors:varsity starter since freshman year
Academic/community service: Student Council, FBLA and Environmental Conservation Committee, various community service projects through high school
College Major: Environmental science
Other schools in the mix: Arcadia, Colorado Mesa
Why did you choose this school? “I chose this school because of the Environmental Engineering program along with the soccer program. They also offer a good study abroad program.”
Expectations for upcoming freshman season: “I am hopeful that I will be able to bring something to my team that will help better the team.”
Reflections on high school career: “Even though the record did not reflect it, the program has been moving in the right direction onto a winning record.”
Hope Flack – Lacrosse – Liberty University
Hope Flack, seated right, joined by brother Hunter Flack, seated left, and parents Michael and Susan Flack. Susan Flack is also the head lacrosse coach at Upper Perk.
Position: Midfield
Club Affiliation: Dynamite Lacrosse
Parents: Michael and Susan Flack
Major Athletic Honors
2017: First team All-Frontier and All-PAC; PAC All Academic team
2016: Second team All-Frontier
Academic/community service: Peer tutor, Academy Scholar, Community service projects at elementary school and through the Upper Perkiomen Chamber of Commerce
Why did you choose this school? “I liked the location, general atmosphere and the lacrosse team and coaches at Liberty. I have wanted to go to Liberty as long as I can remember.”
Expectations for upcoming season: “This season I want our lacrosse team to make districts and PAC (playoffs). I also hope to score my 200th goal.”
Reflections on high school career: “High school lacrosse has had a huge impact on me. I loved scoring my 100th goal with my fellow teammates, and have enjoyed playing in the PAC semifinals and all of the team bonding.”
Cole Fryer – Football – East Stroudsburg
Cole Fryer, flanked by parents Kathy and Jim Fryer, and joined by brother Logan Fryer (standing)
Position: Long snapper
College Choice: East Stroudsburg
Parents: Kathy and Jim Fryer
Major Athletic Honors: 2017 second team All-PAC OL and DL
College Major: Elementary Education
Other schools under consideration: Mount Union, McDaniel
Why did you choose this school? “Great program, awesome coaching staff.”
Expectations for upcoming freshman season: “I want to get better as a snapper and contribute to the team.”
Reflections on high school career: “I have no regrets. My friends and I put Upper Perk back on the map which was our plan since we were little.”
Other comments (thank you): “I just want to thank my parents for letting me follow my dreams, my coaches for always believing in me and my friends for always supporting me.”
Upper Perk Coach Tom Hontz: “Cole will not only bring his skills as a long snapper to ESU, but he also will bring great leadership qualities and be a tremendous teammate. ESU got both a great player and a great individual.”
Cameron Junk – Swimming – Bloomsburg
Cameron Junk, left, and Upper Perk swimming coach Brien Kalnoski
Events: Sprint free, distance free
Major Athletic Honors
Cross country: team captain (2016, 2017); state qualifier, All-Area (Mercury) 2nd team
Swimming: team captain (2017-18), part of the UP record holding 200 medley relay team
College major: Business or Broadcasting
Other school under consideration: York College
Why did you choose this school? “Bloomsburg has an amazing program that will push me to my limits. Bloomsburg also offers an awesome business program and broadcasting classes that appeal to me and offer something I may want to do with the rest of my life.”
Expectations for upcoming freshman season: “I would like to be an awesome addition to the Bloomburg swim team and possibly be a point scorer.”
Reflections on high school career: “I wouldn’t change a single thing about my high school career. I worked my tail off at every practice and learned from the worst times. It has made me who I am today.”
Ryan Kendra – Basketball – York College
Ryan Kendra, seated center, flanked by Lisa Kendra (mother) and Cole Kendra (brother) and joined by Upper Perk head coach Jared Krupp (standing left) and Frank Kendra (father, standing right)
Position: Guard
Parents: Frank and Lisa Kendra
Major Athletic Awards: First team All-PAC two straight years; Leading scorer in UP program history
College Major: Business
Why did you choose this school? “I liked York because of how welcoming they were. It’s a good basketball program, nice campus and my dad went there.”
Expectations for upcoming freshman year: “To help the team off the bench and help them win.”
Reflections on high school career: “I had a most memorable career and would not change anything. I had great teammates, coaches and support.”
Tyler Whary – Football – Kutztown
Tyler Whary, seated between parents Maryellen and Jeff Whary, and joined by brother Luke Whary
Position: Linebacker
Parents: Jeff and Maryellen Whary
Major Athletic Honors: 1st team All-Area (Mercury) and All-PAC, 2-way PAC Player of the Year; Honorable mention All Southeastern PA
Academic/community service: High honor roll
College major: Business Management
Other schools under consideration: Shippensburg, Bloomsburg
Why did you choose this school? “I loved everything about the culture and the campus. The coaches were very welcoming and seemed like they really wanted me to be a part of the team.”
Expectations for upcoming freshman season: “I hope to go in and become a much better player and compete every day.”
Reflections on high school career: “I think it was a huge accomplishment to help turn around the football tradition at Upper Perk and to put UP football back on the map.”
Other comments (thank you): “I want to thank my coaches, parents and teammates for helping me get to this point.”
UP Coach Tom Hontz:  “I am very proud of Tyler’s decision. As one of the best players to come through the Upper Perk program – this could not have been an easy choice. I’m certain he will continue his commitment to excellence at the next level and continue to make Upper Perk proud.”