Matt Shifflett: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week January 16


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- When the game is on the line, Harrisonburg High School's Matt Shifflett is ready to handle the pressure.

"You have two minutes, you know, two minute drill. This is the last inning. This is the last free throw. You gotta make it to win, to tie. Just being ready for it. Just realizing you've got a challenge and you've just gotta face it," said Matt.

"Kid plays hard, works hard, and he wins you know. Kid's just a winner. He finds a way to play his best at everything," said Chris Thurman, Matt's football coach.

Matt also makes a habit of doing his best in the classroom. He plays three sports for the Blue Streaks and still finds the time to maintain his 4.1 GPA.

"I think it's just the drive to be successful. You know, you want to go. You want to have a good job, a good family. You want to be able to provide. You want to be able to just be successful," said Matt.

"He really is like the dream kid. That's what I kinda hope, you know, he stands out as a role model, and you hope that all your other students can live up to that," said Mallory Cromer, Matt's marketing teacher.

"Most guys would like to have, if they had a boy, would like to have someone like Matt. I have a daughter, and it would be nice, to one day, she would find a guy like Matt who's hard-working, who's honest, who does all the right things," said Kevin Tysinger, Matt's baseball coach.

Next year, Matt is planning on staying close to home.

"I plan on attending JMU and majoring in accounting and possibly minoring in criminal justice, and then maybe going to law school after," said Matt.


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