FLATTERY ALWAYS ON THE GO

Gaels’ four-sport standout makes sure her time is always well spent

—Messenger file photo

Megan Flattery shoots for St. Edmond earlier this season against Bishop Garrigan in the Gael gym.

—Messenger file photo Megan Flattery shoots for St. Edmond earlier this season against Bishop Garrigan in the Gael gym.

Megan Flattery comes from an active family both in and out of the sports world.

Some would assume the senior stays involved in as much as possible out of obligation. Flattery was always encouraged to stay busy, but never forced to continue the legacy her brothers helped to establish at St. Edmond.

”I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it,” said Flattery, a four-sport standout. ”I’ve had to learn through the years how to handle my time and balance things out, without over-extending myself. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t be involved in so many things if I didn’t enjoy it.”

Flattery is currently a captain for the Gael girls basketball squad. She embraced the same role on the volleyball team this past fall, and will move on to track in the spring and softball in the summer to conclude her decorated prep career.

Flattery’s older brothers include Andy, Tim, Neil and Joey. The five siblings have helped dominate the area and state’s athletic scene for well over a decade now, combining with their cousins to form one of the most ubiquitous and formidable athletic names in Iowa high school sports history.

”I definitely feel the pressure at times; I hear ‘oh, you can do this — you’re a Flattery’ a lot,” said Megan, who carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.9. ”But I choose to take it as a compliment. Growing up, it was so much fun to watch my brothers and cousins compete and have success. They helped to set the standard. It made me want to experience some of the things they did.”

Flattery calls basketball her favorite sport, though track is a ”close second.” She is currently averaging 11.6 points and over seven rebounds per contest for the Gaels on the hardwood.

”I know our record may not completely reflect it (St. Edmond is currently 3-6 overall), but I’ve seen such improvement and growth with our younger players versus just a year ago,” said Flattery, one of just two seniors on the squad. ”I hope we can win a few more conference games down the stretch and show (tangibly in the standings) that we’re truly getting better, because we are.

”People have always said I’m more of a leader by example, but being a senior, I’ve tried to become more vocal this year, too. (Gael assistant) Coach (David) Barwin has really encouraged and helped me in that area of my game.”

Flattery has turned in Top-10 performances individually five times at state track in three different events: the 400, 800, and high jump. She has also been an all-North Central Conference selection in volleyball and softball.

”It really depends on the season I’m in,” said Flattery, who is on track to graduate with 16 varsity letters. ”I love the competitiveness of basketball — you can let loose and get after it. But I’ve been fortunate to experience quite a bit of success in track, and of course, I really like to win.”

Flattery plans on attending Iowa State University next year, majoring in marketing. In addition to her athletic achievements, Flattery is active in the St. Edmond choir and musicals, while serving as the vice president of her class. She is also a National Honor Society, National Council on Youth Leadership, and Respect Life member.

TIMEOUT WITH MEGAN FLATTERY

Vacation destination: Bora Bora.

People I would like to have dinner with: Mary Mother of Jesus, Kate Middleton and my grandma and grandpa Flattery.

It would surprise people that I: had time to go to France last summer.

My sports role model: my brothers.

My everyday role model: my parents.

I can’t go a day without: singing.

Nickname: Megs.

Superstition: always wearing white Nike socks.

Most heated rivalry: Manson NW Webster.

Favorite road trip: state track at Drake Stadium.

What are you listening to right now? Coldplay.

Favorites…

Team: Iowa State Cyclones.

Class: Human Anatomy.

Movie: Legally Blonde.

Book: The Da Vinci Code.

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