By: Matt Rothman
It is always exciting to see siblings have incredible athletic careers, and for Chris and Emily Kahler, their relationship makes it even more special — and competitive.
“I can tell you there isn’t another person that has my back more than her in any situation it may be, and I thank the Lord every day for her and all she does for me,” Chris said.” I would say between both of us. It’s crazy how competitive we are.”
Chris, two years older than Emily, graduated from Coral Springs Charter in 2020 and is attending George Washington University while Emily is a senior on the CSC varsity soccer team. Both live in Ridgeview in Coral Springs with their parents Al and Tammy.
Chris was a member of the varsity baseball team for three seasons, where he went 10-2 and pitched to an ERA of 2.22. He struck out 131 strikeouts in 94.2 innings and recorded a pair of saves under Head Coach Charlie Fine.
Then, in his first year in college, he matched his saves total from high school and added a pair of wins against VCU and St. Louis. He says the most significant adjustment was the transition from a starter to a reliever. Kahler pitched multiple times a week for the first time in his career, working exceptionally well with his teammates.
“I didn’t realize that the brotherhood up there was that tight,” Kahler said. “I mean, some of those guys have become my tightest friends, and it all came through this past year.
Currently, Kahler is preparing for the start of the season in two months. He has some things mechanically he wants to improve on but feels like year two can be a big one.
For Emily, she is finishing up her senior season on the CSC varsity soccer team. She has scored 25 goals and has registered 63 points during her three-year varsity career.
Despite only playing in the fall, Kahler has worked hard training three to four times a week for the soccer season. While she has the numbers to play at the next level, Kahler says she will not be playing soccer in college.
“Seeing what my brother goes through and the sacrifices he has had to make every day for baseball has shown me that I just want to experience the normal college life without athletics,” Emily said.
Emily will be back in action with the Panthers on Monday, January 3, against Pompano Beach High School. CSC is currently 10-2-1 this season.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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