2018 county male and fe­male ath­letes of the year

Se­nior is a head­liner for base­ball, foot­ball teams at NCHS

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID INSLEY dins­[email protected]­dem.com com­bined. Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @SDBaysideSpots.

RIDGELY — Will Man­ship will wrap up his fourth an­nual tour of the Bay­side Con­fer­ence in the spring, but along the way, this two-sport star has turned plenty of heads.

A base­ball and foot­ball player for more than a decade, he was a mem­ber of the Caro­line County In­ter­me­di­ate Lit­tle League base­ball, age 11-13 team which won the first-ever state tour­na­ment held in that bracket in 2013, Man­ship has con­tin­ued his suc­cess­ful work in base­ball ever since.

A var­sity mid­dle in­fielder who hit nearly .500 last sea­son on the base­ball di­a­mond, Man­ship, now a se­nior at North Caro­line, has made plenty of noise on the grid­iron as well.

If he’s not in the of­fen­sive back­field, he’s an out­side line­backer. On spe­cial teams, he’s the kicker. On open­ing night of 2017, his two touch­downs and six point-af­ter kicks, ac­count­ing for 18 to­tal points n his team’s 44-0 rout of Park­side High, gave him per­son­ally as many points scored as Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester, Colonel Richard­son, James M. Ben­nett, Kent County, Snow Hill, Wash­ing­ton, and Wi­comico High schools — seven of the 13 Bay­side Con­fer­ence teams — He con­tin­ued his scor­ing all sea­son, as the Bull­dogs went 10-0 to make the play­offs for the sec­ond of three times in a foursea­son span.

Be­fore the 2018 base­ball sea­son, Man­ship’s coach, Joe Bild­stein, said, “Will’s gonna be an im­por­tant part of things for us. He can hit, he can run, and he can play the field. He’s a solid ath­lete.”

A ca­reer .400 hitter so far in var­sity base­ball, Man­ship had a su­perla­tive stat line last spring. Bat­ting .481 with 21 RBIs, nine dou­bles, three triples, and a pair of home runs, Man­ship was all but im­pos­si­ble to put out on the bases, go­ing 21 for 21 at steal at­tempts. De­spite play­ing short and sec­ond all sea­son — the two busiest spots that don’t re­quire a chest pro­tec­tor — he made just two er­rors all sea­son, post­ing a .966 field­ing av­er­age.

In 2018 alone, Man­ship was named First Team All-Mid-Shore by the Star Demo­crat, first-team All-Bay­side by the con­fer­ence’s coaches, was his team’s Most Valu­able Player, and played for the Team Mary­land Fu­tures team, took part in the Mary­land Cup base­ball game, and was a mem­ber of the Mary­land Big 26 and Mary­land Clas­sic teams, too.

“Will, Joe [Bild­stein] and Tyler [Bauer] are go­ing to be huge for us this year,” North Caro­line head foot­ball coach James McCormick said be­fore the 2018 foot­ball sea­son. “They all go at it as hard as any­one I know.”

True to form, Man­ship was at it again on the foot­ball field in 2018, scor­ing a dozen more touch­downs and kick­ing over 50 suc­cess­ful PATs, again help­ing the team run the ta­ble and make the play­offs; the Bull­dogs reached the Class 2A East re­gional fi­nal in Novem­ber, the sec­ond time in four sea­sons.

De­fen­sively, Man­ship was a force as well last au­tumn, notch­ing 25.5 tack­les, in­clud­ing seven for a loss. He notched two sacks, three pass de­flec­tions, and forced a fum­ble as well, as North Caro­line went 11-1 on the sea­son.

What will 2019 bring for Man­ship? It’s not very hard to pre­dict. A four-year var­sity starter and cap­tain since his sopho­more sea­son, he has al­ready been named a Pre­sea­son All-State base­ball player by coaches here in Mary­land, and a Pre­sea­son All-Amer­i­can by the Na­tional High School Base­ball Coaches’ As­so­ci­a­tion. The Bull­dogs open the base­ball sea­son March 21 at 4 p.m. at home against Stephen De­catur.

For all his ef­forts and ac­com­plish­ments, Will Man­ship has been named the first ever Caro­line Times-Record County Male Ath­lete of the Year, for the year 2018. He is the youngest son of Becky and Vince Man­ship of Den­ton; his older brother, Brice, also went to North Caro­line High, grad­u­at­ing in 2012.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Caro­line’s Will Man­ship (2) was one of the lead­ing scor­ers for the foot­ball team over the last two sea­sons, scor­ing as a run­ning back and place kicker.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line’s Will Man­ship rips a two-run dou­ble to cen­ter dur­ing a game at North Dorch­ester High last April.

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A se­nior at North Caro­line High, Will Man­ship is a force on both the base­ball di­a­mond and the grid­iron. He has been named the Caro­line Times-Record Male Ath­lete of the Year for 2018.

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