FORT WAYNE – Megan Felger is so supportive of her sport – gymnastics – that sometimes her coaches see her cheering on the other teams and wonder, facetiously, if shes really competitive enough.
But the cheerleading, leadership spirit in Felger is an integral part of the success of the Carroll gymnastics team, which has put up the 13th-best score in the state, 105.7, heading into todays sectional at Concordia.
Shes just so friendly. Shes just a joy, laid back, and she doesnt let anything bother her. Shes very encouraging to the other teammates, Chargers coach Rosemary Scheele said.
Felger, a senior, is one of two Carroll gymnasts, along with Morgan Moehle, who will compete in the all-around at Concordia. Felger has scored as high as 35.5 this season – the 34th-best score in the state – while Moehle had 34.45.
The Concordia Sectional is competitive, as it has state champion and second-ranked Bishop Dwenger, 15th-ranked Carroll and always strong Northrop, Snider and Homestead.
As in any meet, the key for the Chargers will be making sure that they dont let mistakes drag them down. Thats where Felgers positive attitude comes in.
Even if Im not having one of my best days, I try to go out there and make everyone else happy and laugh, and I just encourage them and say, Hey, youre doing OK, because if the team isnt happy then were not going to perform the best that we can, Felger said.
We need to be feeling the best that we can. If somebody has an off meet or falls, I like to say, Hey, shake it off. Weve got other events and were still doing fine.
Felgers scores are integral to the team, so sometimes she has to follow her own advice and not get bogged down in obsessing over some small error.
The team is what comes first, she said. You want to do well individually, but at the end of the day, its for your team.
Felgers best event is probably the vault and she does sometimes find herself having to shake off mistakes; shes been doing the same vault for years, always wanting to perfect it.
Sometimes Ill get a block on it, and I wont flip them (correctly), or I wont do it the best that I know that I can, she said. I want to make it the best that I can before I move on.
The Chargers have a strong team with Carrie Ferguson, Briley Hogle, Kendall Isenbarger, Sydney Ulrey and Chelsea Fischer.
They need to finish in the top three to advance beyond tonight.
This is a team that just gets along so well, Scheele said. We dont have any conflicts. Theyre all friends. Its a gymnastics family and they support each other. They help each other. Its really nice and its been a pleasure with them this year, and hopefully they can continue and get through sectionals and go further.
Concordia, 5:30 p.m.
Teams: Carroll, Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers, Concordia, North Side, Northrop, Snider, South Side, Wayne, Heritage, Homestead
Wawasee, 11 a.m.
Teams: Angola, DeKalb, East Noble, Elkhart Central, Hamilton, Lakeland, Plymouth, Tippecanoe Valley, Warsaw, Wawasee, West Noble
Muncie Central, TBA
Teams: Cowan, Huntington North, Jay County, Marion, Muncie Central, Muncie Southside, Southwood, Turkey Run