Rockland Sports Legend To Be Recognized! Special K Gets Her Day.

February 3, 2014

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946744_10200795845273839_368353055_nSports scientists were at odds as to what the outcome of mixing two Rockland Sports families together would be in the 1980′s as the Cina and Flynn families came together to procreate. Both families had their pictures, names and faces plastered all over the   trophy cases in the storied halls of Rockland High School .  Football, basketball, baseball, you name the sport, and for decades, there was a prominent, well-known high school athlete named Cina or Flynn on the roster.  Fast forward to 1993. Punky Brewster was the most popular kid on TV and Keri “Special K” Flynn was already dominating in Rockland girls’ youth  basketball. The scrappy little sixth kerigrader would show up late for the game without her uniform, often in jeans, and take right to the parquet to wreak havoc on the basketball court. She had already mastered the lay up and the free throw and would end up winning every game she played in, often outscoring the entire other team by herself.  All the while, a young high school coach for the Rockland Lady Bulldogs had her sights set on Flynn and picked her for varsity the moment she became eligible in the eighth grade.  Maddy Lannin took all kinds of heat for  picking a junior-high schooler to play on varsity over  two seniors who tried out; but she stuck to her guns and the the rest is sports history.  Lannin instilled discipline, character and work ethic in the young player, culminating in the greatest sports success story in Rockland history.  Flynn got her first 1000 point season as a sophomore and then did the impossible by scoring two thousand points in one season. They took the State championship and won the accolades of every major news publication in the region. Flynn had shattered every high school record in Rockland, and she hadn’t even yet caught her stride. From RHS, Flynn went on to play college basketball and after a stellar college career became the first Rockland high school athlete to play pro basketball.  Flynn tore up the court in the European league, winning award after award over a four-year pro career.

320974_4967349976922_1813714120_nMore than a decade had passed when Rocklandnews.com readers began to mention many current athletes having their names  etched in the historic parquet floor.  It was then brought to our attention that Keri “Special K” Flynn was never given that honor and as the premier Rockland High School athlete of all times, she deserved  a place of prominence in the hallowed Bulldog gym.  Rockland High School Athletic Director, and former Bulldog heart throb, Gary “Graz” Graziano, couldn’t have agreed with us more and got the ball rolling for Keri Flynn Night, keri1February 18th in the high school gym.  It promises to be a star- studded event with a who’s who list of Rockland athletes in attendance.  Names like Climo, Dickson, Connors, and Flynn, Cina, “Air” Worden, Davidson, McKinley, Frazier, Sangster, Lannin, Fisher and Patton along with dozens of others will stand in witness as the number 22 is raised into the rafters of Rockvegas High to take its permanent  place in infamy.

 

Brenda and Eddy of the Banner Irish pub will host a reception in Flynn’s honor at their pub directly following the dedication.  Keri’s  fans are asked to bring in boxes of Special K cereal to be donated to the food pantry in Flynn’s honor after a photo op with boxes.

 

Rocklandnews.com salutes our great athletes and joins the town of Rockland in forever honoring this once-in-a-lifetime super athlete who calls our humble town her hometown.

 

Congratulations, Keri!  Know that you are loved and admired by so many in this town and your hard work and accomplishment will never be forgotten.

From all of us at Rocklandnews.com, the Banner Irish Pub, and the Rockland Public School system we implore all residents to attend the ceremony on February 18th at the high school and the Banner.

 

Just have a look at this impressive resume:

Sports Resume

 

High School

 

Rockland High School,  Rockland, MA

Team Member November 1995-March 2000 Team Captain- Three Years

 

On the Varsity team for 5 years 1995-2000

Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic 4 years

Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic 4 years

Boston Globe All Scholastic 4 years and Super team 2 years

Boston Herald All Scholastic 4 years and Dream Team 2 years

Scored 1000 Point as a Sophomore

Scored 2000 Point as a Senior

Rockland All-Time Leading Scorer with 2,405 Points

Massachusetts Player of the Year

Rockland High School shirt was nominated to hang in the Women’s Basketball Hall of fame for a year in Tennessee

Won a State Championship

My name was mentioned in numerous books and magazines

Was third leading scorer in Massachusetts behind Rebecca Lobo and Sarah Bein for many years.

Scored a school record of 47 points in a game

Was on both Channel 5 News and channel 56 news

Conference Player of the Year for 2 years

All Star team 4 years

Worked Mayflower Basketball camp 1999-2003

 

College

 

Bentley University , Waltham, MA

Team Member August 2000-May 2004, Team Captain-August 2003-May 2004

 

Assisted in leading the team to the Final Four of the NCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball Championships and various other conference and tournament wins

Set numerous school records including highest scoring guard ever with 17.8 ppg at BC & all-time three point record. Scored 101 Three pointers in a season.

2002-2004 First Team all conference.;

NE-10 conference player of the week various weeks, 2003& 2004

NE-10 player of the year-2003;

All-American honorable mention-2003

NCAA Northeast Region Most Outstanding Player; 2003

ECAC Div. II Player of the Year, 2003

All ECAC Div. II First Team

Div. II Bulletin First Team All-America,

NCAA Div. II Championship All-Tournament Team

Div. II Daktronics All-Northeast Region Player of the Year 2003

All-American Second Team

Scored most points by a Bentley player in a single season 640 points.

Named player of the year by the basketball hall of fame in 2003

Involved in working Bentley camps 2000-2006

 

Professional

 

DAS/Delf & Urago Olmetto-Rezzato Basketball Teams -Holland, Netherlands,&Brescia, Italy

Team member in Holland 2006-2007, Team member in Italy 2007-2008​​​​

Averaged 21 Points Per Game in Italy

Player of the year in Italian conference

Lead Italian team to championship

Selected to all conference all-star team

Semi-fluent in Italian.

Excellent team leader

Adapted to language barriers and multiple learning styles to improve team chemistry, capabilities and strategy.

Averaged 17 Points Per Game in Holland.

Support coaches and owners in providing basketball lesson for underprivileged youth; serve as a role model for the youth in the area in Holland and Italy, provided kids with the knowledge and the skills needed to excel as student-athletes, Adapted to the language barrier and motivated youth to achieve goals, while also prioritizing and strategizing how to win games, interacted with the greatest degree of professionalism and personal integrity, appearances involvingyouth related activities, appeared at multiple youth games and practices.

 

 

Semi Professional

 

Boston Bombers – Boston, MA

Team member 2012

 

 

Coaching

 

Rockland High School – Varsity Assistant 2005

Holland 2006 – Coach

AAU Mass Wildcats – Shared Head Coach 2009-2011

Duxbury High School – Varsity Assistant 2011-Present

 

I provided guidance and discipline for members of the teams while working with other coaches to increase athletes’ skills. I assisted other coaches during practice running drills, coached youth during games, and shared personal experiences and challenges with kids at practices, team dinners, and team outings and was available at any time if needed. I motivated young kids to achieve their goals as well as to be respectful young athletes off the court as well as on.