PASO ROBLES — In front of an auditorium filled with friends, family, administrators and coaches, Benjamin Premenko, Victor Rodriguez, Dylan Lewis and Will Stroud put ink to paper on National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon.
Premenko, who moved to Paso Robles before his freshman year from Texas, was a two-year soccer player for the Bearcats who experienced a terrible injury his sophomore year and was forced to miss the entire season. Premenko returned his junior year and put together a great season but decided not to play in his senior campaign. Premenko signed his Letter of Intent to play soccer at the Division 1 University Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla.
Victor Rodriguez was a two-year captain for the Bearcats soccer team and was instrumental in leading the team to the playoffs each of the past three seasons. Rodriguez will be staying close to home as he signed his Letter of Intent to play goalie for the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Dylan Lewis transferred to Paso Robles in his junior year from Central High School in Fresno and made an immediate impact on the team. Last season, Lewis batted over .400 and was also named first team all-league, all-conference, and all-CIF as he helped the Bearcats get one win away from playing for a CIF Title. Lewis is also transferring back closer to home as he signed his letter with Fresno Pacific University.
Will Stroud played varsity baseball for the Bearcats all four of the years that he was in high school. Stroud tore his ACL his sophomore year, which limited what he was able to do athletically as far as playing sports like football and basketball, which helped him focus on baseball. Stroud also earned first-team all-league and all-county offers last year and will be playing baseball for Azusa Pacific next year.
During the signing, each of the player’s coaches and parents took the stage to talk a little about the athletes before Athletic Director Anthony Morales ended the ceremony giving the athletes a piece of advice to take with them in life saying, “Follow your successes with more success and follow your failures with change.”