Ty Comer: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week May 9

By: Andy Rives Email
By: Andy Rives Email

At Page County High School, Ty Comer has made just about every all-district, all region and all state team possible.

While he's doing all that on the field, he's achieving that same level of excellence in the classroom.

Ty knows his success on the diamond isn't defined by his failures.

"A baseball game is a game of failures. You can fail seven out of 10 times and still be considered one of the greatest hitters of all time. You don't have to be perfect with everything you do," said Ty.

Though he's not perfect, he's still leading the way.

"As a teammate, he is the leader, not necessarily the yay rah-rah kind of guy, but he's the one that will really pick someone up when they're down. A guy makes a mistake, he'll insist just get your head up, play through this turn the page let's move on," said Jim Burke, Ty's baseball coach.

Ty described his leadership style.

"You gotta lead by example first of all. You gotta know when to talk to somebody and when to leave them alone, but you gotta always keep your teammates in it,” said Ty.

Ty carries that mindset as an all state athlete into the classroom where he hits the books hard enough for a 3.79 GPA.

"I think he's just such a well-rounded young man. Part of the deal with Ty is he's so focused on what he's doing: academics, sports, community service, whatever it is. He gives it his all," said Jenny Brown, Ty's US government teacher.

"At some point in all of our lives, we've all been told that we can't make it anymore or that we have to hang up the cleats and when you do, you've always gotta have that background of good academics and good school work," said Ty.

Ty won't be hanging up his cleats any time soon. He will be moving on to play baseball right here in the Commonwealth.

"So next year I plan on attending Ferrum College and majoring in communications and I'm also going to play baseball there as well."

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