Sweet 16: Feller joins Lady Griz
May 7, 2012
Sonya Rogers had her last official assist as a Lady Griz when she set up Mandy Morales for a second-half 3-pointer in Montana's NCAA tournament game against Pittsburgh in March 2009. Katie Edwards' final assist -- setting up Tamara Guardipee -- came at Weber State three years earlier, in 2006.
Rogers and Edwards, both of whom joined the program out of Lewistown, Mont., are done contributing on the court for the Lady Griz, but their influence remains.
McCalle Feller, also of Lewistown, has been accepted to the University of Montana and will join the Lady Griz next season as a freshman non-scholarship player.
"When I was little I remember watching Sonya and Katie play for Montana, and I knew from the start that I wanted to be a Lady Griz just like them," Feller said.
Feller is a two-time Class A high jump champion and was an all-state volleyball player on Fergus High's state championship team last fall, but it was the opportunity to play for coach Robin Selvig and the Lady Griz that drove Feller's decision to turn down scholarship offers to compete elsewhere.
"I had other scholarship offers, but I decided that my dream of playing basketball at Montana was worth more than any scholarship," she said.
"I am excited to work with the coaching staff. When they coached me at their summer camp, I could feel myself getting better. I am ready to learn from them and play with an extremely talented group of girls."
Feller, a 5-10 guard, averaged 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds last winter for the Golden Eagles and earned all-state honors. She was a three-time all-conference selection and finished her career as FHS's No. 2 career scorer behind Edwards.
Feller will join Montana's now five-player incoming freshman class and give Montana a plump roster of 16 next winter. Selvig signed four players to National Letters of Intent last November: Shanae Gilham of Bozeman, Mont.; Molly Klinker of Fairfield, Mont.; DJ Reinhardt of Missoula, Mont.; and Rachel Staudacher of Bothell, Wash.
"McCalle is a very good basketball player. She's athletic and has really good skills, and she's a great kid and student," Selvig said.
"Having a team of 16 makes the organization of practice a little tougher, but we love to be able to provide McCalle an opportunity. We're excited she is going to be part of our team."
Feller will also compete for the Montana track and field program next winter and spring. She won the high jump and finished second in the javelin at the last two Class A state meets and has career bests of 5-6 in the high jump and 130-6 in the javelin.
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