STEUBENVILLE - Looking back on a successful senior baseball season, one moment stands out to Steubenville Catholic Central graduate Steve Mihalyo.
"Probably winning the sectional vs. Toronto," he said. "Especially after the year before when we lost the barnburner in extra innings. It felt good to come in and beat them in the sectional championship this year."
Now Mihalyo will look to make winning memories at the collegiate level, signing with West Virginia's Davis and Elkins College to continue his academic and athletic careers.
OFF TO DAVIS AND ELKINS — Central’s Steve Mihalyo signs to continue his academic and athletic careers at Davis and Elkins College flanked by his parents Steve and Sue Mihalyo. Also in attendance are Central head baseball coach Don Young, Athletic Director and head football coach Steve Daley, and principal Rich Wilinski.
-- Fred Younce
"They were on me the most," said Mihalyo. "They were with me through the whole process.
"I've been talking to their athletic director for a while and it's a really nice school. I'm excited to play baseball down there."
Said Central head coach Don Young, who also coached Mihalyo in 2011 on the Steubenville Legion Post 33 team, of the decision, "I think it will be a good fit. Steve is a young senior. I think his best days are still ahead of him. I've said that for years."
The choice to become a Senator wasn't cut and dry for Mihalyo, who had two other schools on his list.
"I went back and forth with Davis and Elkins, Wheeling Jesuit and Waynesburg, but when it came down to it Davis and Elkins gave me the best offer," he said.
Mihalyo, who will play middle infield in college, has a great deal of respect from his former coach. Mainly because he is always ready to step on the diamond and play hard for his team.
"Probably one word sums up Steve for us, and we talk to the kids about this all the time, and that is Steve competes," said Young. "He's not the biggest guy, not the most talented, but Steve competes.
"Any situation we put him in he is ready. He played for us last summer on the Legion team and we saw it then too.
"He competed every opportunity he had. I think that's probably the biggest thing to say about Steve is he competes."
Mihalyo credits coaches, past and present, for helping along his journey toward playing in college.
"Coach Young has helped me with a lot of things," he said. "(Former Central baseball) Coach (Frank) Spence before him, (Post 33) coach (Mark) Stacy, (Central assistant baseball) coach (Joe) Colabella, and (Central assistant baseball) coach (Jeff) Moziejko all helped me develop as a player."