ANDREWS – Andrews junior Tiffany Holloway plays multiple sports for the Wildcats.
While that is not unusual for the Smoky Mountain Conference school, she has also excelled in them.
Holloway was on the all-conference team in volleyball and basketball – she averaged a Western North Carolina-best 12.3 rebounds per game in the latter.
In the spring, she plays first base for the softball team as well as throws the shot put and discus for the track team. She is also part of the 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams.
Recently at a meet in Murphy, Holloway threw the shotput 41 feet 6 inches, which is a school record.
“I guess I’ve always been athletic and wanted to succeed and I love sports,” Holloway said. “I really don’t like to lose. I just push myself harder and try to be the very best I can and beat what I did last time.”
Beating her previous mark was what drove Holloway to her record-setting throw in Murphy.
“This girl’s been close to me that year, and she threw close to me,” she said. “I didn’t want her to beat me.”
So, she hoped for the best.
“I just threw it really hard,” she said.
Holloway said this is her first year participating in running events and she noticed something new.
“I really worked hard this year and pushed myself and started to like running,” she said.
Andrews girls track coach Shanna Mustin said Holloway stands out in multiple areas.
“She is definitely unique,” Mustin said. “As a freshman, I told her you can pretty much choose what sport you want to play in college based on your size and athletic ability. She definitely stands out. I will probably teach a handful like her in my career.”
Mustin noticed Holloway’s leadership qualities, too.
“She is a leader because she works hard, not only in track practice, but in PE,” she said.
Holloway encourages others and notices a benefit in that practice.
“If you encourage your teammates, they’ll encourage you back.”
While the spring sports season is close to ending, Holloway is already looking toward her senior year.
“I look forward to next year and trying to do better next year also,” she said. “I’m going to try to win states.”