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Megan Flynn

Member of the CDSWOY Class of 2020
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Written by Ken Schott, The Daily Gazette Associate Sports Writer

As Megan Flynn was preparing for her freshman season with the Sage women’s basketball team in 2016-17, she was feeling some discomfort in her right foot.

It turned out that the Hoosick Falls High School graduate had broken it. 

That could have set her college playing career back.

Probably should’ve.

It didn’t.

Instead, Flynn produced a stellar career, one that now includes being honored as one of the three college nominees for the inaugural Capital District Sports Women of the Year, for which 10 high school athletes are also being recognized.

Flynn is appreciative of being a recipient.

“It’s an indescribable feeling,” Flynn said. “I knew that the award had started last year. I heard about it mid-season, not that I was in the running or being considered. I thought, ‘Wow, this is really awesome.’ My coach called me with the news, and my jaw kind of dropped because it’s something you don’t think of yourself as a contender for.”

Flynn, though, developed into a double-digit scorer during her college career, and always excelled away from it. Flynn has been active in community service, including Chomper’s Reading Program, Humane Society, Halloween 5K, Centennial 5K, Sage Engaged, Sage SAAC Toys for Tots, Thanksgiving food drives, Make-a-Wish Santa Letters, MS Walk and the Breast Cancer Walk.

Academically, she had a 3.99 grade-point average as an undergraduate majoring in business administration. She completed her undergraduate degree early. She currently has a 4.0 GPA as she pursues a masters’ degree in business administration. She’s a seven-time member of Sage’s Dean’s List, and was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and the Academic All-America NCAA Division III Team.

On the basketball court, Flynn missed most of her freshman season after having surgery to repair the break.

“I did summer league with the team,” Flynn said. “I was really excited. Coach [Allison Coleman] was excited about me. She had high expectations, as I did myself. She told me I had a lot of potential. I was super excited to come into the season and prove myself.

“It was before the season, and I was having pain in my foot. Turns out I broke it. .?.?. I eventually needed surgery. I missed three-quarters of my freshman season. I ended up coming back in the second semester. It was kind of on and off because I wasn’t completely healed.”

But after averaging 7.8 points per game her sophomore year, Flynn’s game took off. She averaged 12.5 ppg her junior season, and then had a team-leading 13.6 ppg this past season.

“Our team usually, after the season, does pick-up [basketball], and then we do it in the summertime, too, in a local league,” Flynn said. “I think once I was able to play my team during the summer in pick-up leading into next season, I felt really comfortable. I was getting back to where I was before the injury had happened, and I knew I could still make an impact and play my game.”

This article appeared in the 2020 CDSWOY Awards Program on August 18, 2020.

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