David Flattery understands full well what it's like to compete for St. Edmond.
Flattery has been around athletics for as long as he can remember, watching countless relatives take to the gridiron, the hardwood, the diamond and every other kind of venue you can think of.
Now, as he continues through his senior season, Flattery is preparing to leave his mark on the St. Edmond history books.
"When I was an underclassmen, I always looked up to all the (older) guys because they were the ones setting an example," Flattery said. "Now, as a senior, you are put in a position to set that example.
"It's important that we show the underclassmen what it takes to succeed."
Following a football season in which Flattery helped lead the Gaels to the second round of the state playoffs, he is preparing to embark on another challenge - helping get SEHS back to the state basketball finals.
People I would like to have dinner with: God, Grandpa Flattery and Joe Mauer.
My sports role model:
My everyday role model: my mom.
Superstition: wearing the same undershirt for every game.
Most heated rivalry:
Favorite road trip: Wells Fargo Arena.
What are you listening to right now? Maroon5.
Team: Minnesota Twins.
Movie: Happy Gilmore.
Magazine: Harry Potter.
Flattery will be counted on to help replace departed starters Nick Clark and Neil Flattery after averaging 11 points and 6.5 rebounds a year ago. He also is the top returner in assists and steals.
"Losing Nick and Neil is tough, but we have people that can step up," Flattery said. "We're going to miss the seniors, but I think we'll have a good team again (this year)."
For his three-year career, Flattery has tallied 516 points in 74 games, grabbed 292 rebounds, dished out 224 assists and swiped 55 steals. He is also shooting 43-percent from the field.
St. Edmond advanced to the Class 1A state title game last year, falling to Mount Vernon, 48-45. Flattery had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds and team-best four assists in the contest.
"I am going to remember most from football was all of the great times we had, and the bonding experiences," Flattery said. "And of course winning playoff games."
Flattery was the full-time quarterback each of the past two seasons for St. Edmond, leading them to a pair of playoff berths. He finished his career third in total touchdown passes (19), seventh in yards (1,407), ninth in attempts (186) and tied for ninth in completions (80). His 17.6 career average per completion was tied for second-best in school history, while his 18.7 average per completion this past year was the third-best single season mark.
Along with his duties under center, Flattery was also a punter, sporting a 46.4 average per kick. He was recently named the Iowa Newspaper Association all-state first team punter for 1A.
Flattery will play golf, run track and baseball later this year in the green and white. On the diamond, he is a career .430 hitter with two home runs, 90 RBI, and sports a pitching record of 14-5 with 198 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.85.
Flattery earned 2A first team Iowa Baseball Coaches Association honors last season.
The multi-talented athlete also ran the lead-leg on the state runner-up 4x800-meter relay this past spring, helping St. Edmond earn a second place finish in the team standings.
As for future plans, Flattery plans to play baseball at the collegiate level.