Fort Defiance celebrates Megan Good's success
Behind every sports star is a humble beginning.
Five years before she was beating Michigan in the NCAA Regionals for James Madison, Megan Good was pitching for the Fort Defiance Indians.
"Freshman year on, I remember thinking I've never seen a more fluid and coordinated athlete," longtime Fort Defiance High School athletic trainer Becky Anhold, who taught and helped Good during her four years at the school, said.
"We knew that Megan was good," Athletic Director Mark Mace, whose first year with the school was Good's senior year of high school, said. "We also knew how special she is."
Good played volleyball, basketball and softball at Fort. Many at the school thought she would play volleyball in college. Her volleyball jersey is retired at the school.
Anhold tells WHSV that no matter what sport she was playing, Good "was a natural."
While the Dukes won their game in Michigan, fueled by Good's stellar play in the circle and at the dish, there was plenty of buzz at Fort Defiance. Due to weather, the games were postponed from Sunday to Monday, and were played during the school day.
"I saw several of our coaches walking through the hallway carrying their laptops watching the game as they were going from place to place," Anhold said.
Mace was at a Fort tennis match, quietly listening to the game on his phone.
"We were listening to the last inning on edge, waiting for that strikeout."
With every strikeout, win and accomplishment, Good is not only making those who watched her grow proud but is also inspiring the next generation.
"I've been inspired by her ever since I was little," Fort Defiance softball freshman pitcher and outfielder Lilian Berry said. Just by going here and going to a D-1 college and just how much she works at it."
Berry hopes to follow in Good's footsteps and play for a division I college program as well.
And while many in the Valley will root for Good in the NCAA Super Regionals, her biggest cheering section will probably be her old stomping grounds.
"We're very excited. I know Friday night at 9 p.m. a lot of people in Fort Defiance will be tuned in watching them take on UCLA," Mace said.