Gael senior Flattery earns all-state status
Six area players make first team
Erin Flattery embraced each and every opportunity to suit up for St. Edmond this summer.
Flattery, a multi-sport Gael, was rewarded by being named by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association to the Class 1A all-state third team this week.
After having track taken away due to a knee injury, Flattery focused on making sure she would get to help St. Edmond one more time on the diamond.
“All season long, I knew in the back of my mind that this could have easily been stripped away from me,” Flattery said. “With that on my mind, I think it was easy to play like I had nothing to lose.
“I’m just really happy you don’t need an ACL to play softball.”
Flattery, a senior, led SEHS with a .450 batting average. She also had 18 RBI, 15 steals, a home run, three triples, eight doubles, scored 18 runs and had a .663 slugging percentage.
“It’s so exciting to have my name listed among so many talented individuals,” Flattery said. “One thing I know for sure is that I couldn’t have done it on my own. I can’t thank my family, teammates and Coach (Nick) Clark enough for pushing me and believing in me every step of the way.”
Flattery, who earlier earned a spot on the all-North Central Conference team, was also tabbed to the IGCA Northwest all-district squad.
Webster City’s Kelly Stoakes made an impact in her first season with the Lynx, resulting in a spot on the 4A second team. Stoakes also was an all-district selection.
In 3A, Humboldt’s Ellie Jacobson was named to the first team. Teammate Carlie Thompson made the third.
Jacobson, Thompson and Mady Lange earned all-district status as well.
Algona, which reached the state tournament for the first time in school history, had Kameryn Etherington on the 3A first team and Nicole Smidt on the third. Etherington was also all-district.
Jacobson ranked second in 3A with 323 strikeouts, and Etherington was seventh with 211.
Molly Schany and Brielle Madden of Emmetsburg were honored in 2A, with Schany making the first team and Madden the third. Abbie Schany was honorable mention. The trio made all-district.
North Union’s Maddie Rolling landed on the 2A second team, with Hope Steinberger earning honorable-mention status. Steinberger, along with South Central Calhoun’s Madison Jones, were all-district.
Three players from 1A fourth-place finisher Newell-Fonda and three more from 1A state qualifier Bishop Garrigan were named all-state.
For the Mustangs, sisters Olivia and Ella Larsen made the first team, with Bailey Sievers on the third. All three were all-district performers.
Ella Larsen finished atop the 1A leaderboard in RBI with 60, and Olivia Larsen had the most hits with 67 and steals with 58.
Mackenzie Meister was a first teamer, Madison Meister second and Amanda Miller the third for the Golden Bears. The three were also all-district honorees.
Newell-Fonda’s Courtney (Vaughn) Darrow — a Fort Dodge Senior High grad — and Bishop Garrigan’s Wendi Meister were named coaches of the year for their respective districts.