After The Whistle: Parkside’s Keeley Block
SALISBURY, Md. – Parkside’s Keeley Block was just named to the first team all conference list for field hockey this past fall. This honor coming same calendar year that she made the list for girls lacrosse as a sophomore.
The Ram has been a star on the field, and when you find out about her and her family’s backstory, her success comes as no surprise.
“A lot of times when I was at Salisbury, or when I was head coach at St. Mary’s college, she was at practice from when she was born,” said Jayme Block, Keeley’s dad.
On the field from day one, for Parkside junior Keeley Block sports has been a big part of her life from the very beginning. And that has led her to great success.
“I love it. I just like playing it, and I feel like home when I’m on the field. It’s kind of like a safe place for me, where I can just let out my emotions kind of, by like hitting people,” Block said as she began to laugh.
It helps when both of your parents are Salisbury University legends, like her parents. Megan was a field hockey and softball star, and a member of the school hall of fame in both, and Jayme is a member of the 1994 and 1995 national champion lacrosse teams.
“We always joked that she definitely got her genes from her mom,” Jayme joked. “Megan’s unbelievable, she’s in the hall of fame at Salisbury. She was a two-sport athlete, all american in both sports.”
Having coaches like that in the household can be an amazing resource, but when she’s not on the field the University of Penn commit can be found in the gym working to take her game to the next level.
“She’s driven,” Jayme said. “She’s done it in the classroom, she’ll do it in the backyard, she’ll do it by herself, get on the wall.”
The next level will take Block to Philadelphia, to play lacrosse for the Quakers.
“I just fell in love with it, I guess. The coaches are awesome, the girls are awesome,” Keeley said, talking about her impressions of the University of Pennsylvania.
Keeley says she hopes to study a form of science in college.