Pine-Richland lineman Kline signs with California (Pa.)
By Jerry Clark
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Although California (Pa.) has acquired the services of a solid offensive lineman in Pine-Richland's Patrick Kline, they are getting a well-rounded individual, as well.
Kline had several football scholarship offers but felt Cal U was the best fit for him.
“I saw the previous success, and once I met with the coaches, I knew it was the school for me,” Kline said. “I will major in business or biology and minor in a foreign language.”
Kline started his sophomore year as a center and defensive lineman and credited coach Clair Altemus with coaching him up and getting him in touch with several schools.
“We have excellent line coaches,” he said. “My run blocking improved. So did my footwork. Those things made me more of a sellable player.”
Kline doubles as a wrestler for the Rams, and he said his work on the mat helped him better use his hands and be a little quicker on his feet. He was able to win a section title this season.
His accomplishments on the mat have extended beyond wins and losses: Kline participated in a program called Wrestling Buddies, where he works with special-needs children.
“That is one of the greatest things in the world, it is so much fun to see the kids go out and sweat a little,” he said. “It is one of my favorite things. We take the kids and help them warm up and then spar with them. Nothing serious, just enough to get them active.”
Kline's versatility stems back to his work in football.
During his junior year, he earned All-Section honorable mention as a center despite only playing three games there at the end of the season after moving from a different position to help the team fill a need.
Kline will be missed at Pine-Richland for the way he protected quarterbacks and running backs.
He also will be missed by his wrestling teammates, but perhaps those he extended his good will and time toward will miss him the most.
“I miss being part of a team right now,” Kline said. “You get used to seeing the same guys every day, but now that the season is over, people are busy with other things.”
Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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