Padua's Mallon - WDEL Athlete of the Week
By Sean Greene Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:11pm
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks with Meg Mallon
The era of multi-sport high school athletes seems to be waning, but don't tell that to Padua's Meg Mallon.
Mallon, 2nd team all-state in basketball this winter, has been a critical piece of the soccer team's ascent to No. 3 in the nation in this week's national coaches poll.
Meg gave up swimming and Irish dancing before high school, but said she couldn't become a one-sport specialist.
"I couldn't give up basketball or soccer it's a big part of me, I love my teams, and I love playing."
That said, Meg says does have a favorite between her two high school varsity sports.
"Basketball is fun, but when I come to soccer, I know we're going to get it done, I know we're going to win. I'm looking forward to another state championship.
Mallon stepped onto the pitch as a freshman with the Pandas, and scored her first career goal in just her third game.
Ever since, she's proven to be a quality playmaker with the skills to find the back of the net when called upon.
Meg plans to play club soccer while entering the athletic training field at Delaware and says its a way to pay back the help she's gotten in her career.
"I've gotten injured a lot in the past. My shoulder's recently popped out a couple of times. I feel like when I go to (Physical Therapy) and I connect with all of those trainers, I really could see myself doing it and helping other athletes like me."
Meg says her two favorite classes at Padua have been philosophy and television production.
"I do like being on the camera sometimes, and I like being behind the scenes."
Meg, who has also participated in the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Delaware, has hardly behind the scenes in her high school career.
She's an excellent example of someone who can make the most of being busy over several high school seasons, and says she looks forward to getting back to Irish dancing and swimming in the future.
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