RIDGELY — Four more North Caroline High School student-athletes signed their letters of intent Wednesday, May 1, to become college student-athletes.
Three-time state champion Emily Lewis signed with Mount St. Mary’s University to run track. State wrestling champion Ryan Bauer will join the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team. Joey Bildstein signed to play football at Salisbury University. Tucker Stevens committed to play football at Stevenson University.
“All four of these athletes have had fantastic careers throughout their time here,” North Caroline Athletic Director Nash Ireland said at the May 1 signing day ceremony. “They have been fantastic kids, fantastic athletes. North Caroline will always be here to support you in any way. We are very excited for you.”
The four new signees give the Bulldogs 11 students committed to play college athletics next season.
“We are really proud of the students,” North Caroline Principal Matt Spiker said during the signing day ceremony. “All the signings speak to our coaching, teachers, academic programs as well as our athletic programs. They have excelled in the classroom just as much as they have excelled in athletics, which is why they have been accepted into the colleges that they have. They have put in a lot of hard work.
“We’ve had a lot of recent success in athletics and it all starts in the farm systems, the youth leagues,” Spiker added. “The kids come up and received great coaching from dedicated volunteers. That early instruction builds a solid foundation for the kids.”
Lewis plans to study physical therapy at Mount St. Mary’s University. She won state titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles during the 2018 Class 2A outdoor track and field championships. She won her third career state title during the 2019 Class 2A state indoor track and field championships in February.
“It means a lot to win multiple state champions,” she said at signing day. “I’m proud of all of us. We all have great teammates. We push each other in practice, and do what we have to do together.
“It is awesome having the coaches we have here,” she added. “Our track coaches do a lot for us. It means a lot having their support. We are lucky to have the support system we have in the school system and our families.”
Bauer will pursue a degree in landscaping at Pennsylvania College of Technology. He capped a 40-1 senior season by pinning River Hill’s William Henrickson in 2 minutes, 55 seconds to win the 132-pound weight class state championship in March. Bauer also started on the varsity football team.
“It is neat being at a school with so many other state champions,” Bauer said at the signing day ceremony. “I’m looking forward to wrestling in college. I enjoyed wrestling here. I had a lot of support from so many.”
Bildstein will pursue an elementary education degree at Salisbury University. He helped the Bulldogs’ football team to a 10-0 regular season in 2018. He rushed for 14 touchdowns as a senior.
“It is good to know I come from a good group of people,” he said at signing day. “We appreciate all the praise.”
At North Caroline, Bildstein was in the Teacher Academy of Maryland. He has interned for more than 84 hours at Ridgely Elementary in fifth grade with Diane Karek. He is a member of Educators Rising, and was part of a team that competed nationally in Orlando.
He said one of the major lessons he learned is the importance of the relationship he has with young children.
Stevens plans to major in psychology. He started on defense for the North Caroline football team.
“All the sports are strong here,” he said. “I enjoyed my times at North Caroline. You build a lot of great relationships. The coaches are great. They really encourage us.”