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Spotlight: MHS’ Pat Mirandy

July 4, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Pat Mirandy has been selected as one of the Wetzel Chronicle's "Spotlight Athlete of the Week."

It takes a special type of athlete to spend the largest part of their summer working to improve their athletic ability and stay in great physical shape. Magnolia High School has certainly had its share of quality athletes over the years, and from all indications, many more are on the way.

This past week we took a look at one of Magnolia's upcoming seniors and what we saw was a very hard-working and dedicated individual who is willing to go over and above to get the job done. Pat Mirandy is that individual. Most recently, he was chosen to the West Virginia First Team All-State Class-A baseball team as an outfielder.

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Magnolia incoming senior Pat Mirandy has been tabbed to be featured in today’s Wetzel Chronicle “Spotlight Athlete of the Week.”

Mirandy has been playing baseball competitively since the third grade and has been a starter and letterman for the Blue Eagles since his freshman year. He has received several awards for his play including first team All-Valley, All-OVAC, and at the present time, is playing on New Martinsville's Post 28 American Legion baseball team.

He will openly tell you baseball is his favorite sport, and if he were to further his athletic career following high school, it would be as a baseball player. However, as is the case with most good athletes, he excels in other sports as well and stands out in his class academically.

"Pat Mirandy is a fine example of what it takes to be a quality high school athlete. He works hard to stay conditioned; he's smart, and it is like having a coach on the field. His ability to run the football and his strong arm and passing accuracy will make him a huge part of our offense this coming year. I am excited to have him on our team. He has matured very well over the past couple years, and of course, he has great speed," said Magnolia Football Head Coach Doc Chapman.

At this year's state track meet, Mirandy demonstrated some of his speed as he was part of the gold winning 4x400 team that lifted them to the State Class A Championship. "I was excited about winning the state as a team and bringing home gold in the 400 relay," said Mirandy. "This summer, I plan on spending a week on vacation at the beach in Florida. When I get back it will be back to the weight room and more workouts. I hope to improve my speed and strength, and I will continue to work on my baseball game."

This year, Mirandy will be one of the teams captains for the second straight season. He will be playing quarterback for the Blue Eagles and will provide the team with a threat to score every time he handles the ball. He will also handle the kicking and punting chores.

Mirandy is a first class athlete, a first class person, and a scholar as well. He is a soft-spoken young man with a big heart and a proven winner. Great things lie in store for him in his future. He is uncertain at this point on where he wants to go to college, but it is certainly in his plans. He's hopeful to land a baseball scholarship. He is hoping to become a physician's assistant or have a career in sports management. If you see Pat out and about, wish him well and make plans to go watch him play. It will be well worth the price of admission.



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