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Mesa Named NJCAA Betty Jo Graber
Female Athlete of the Year

The 2005 NJCAA Betty Jo Graber Female Student Athlete of the Year is sophomore softball standout Chelsie Mesa of Phoenix College in Phoenix , Ariz. She is the second selection out of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC). Track and Field standout Yuliana Perez was the 2002 Betty Jo Graber selection.

The 2005 Phoenix College Athlete- and ACCAC Player-of-the-Year, Mesa excels both in the classroom and on the field, She finished with a 3.57 grade point average and was twice named an NJCAA All-American. Mesa is a member of the back-to-back NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship team and was named the national tournament MVP both years. She finished the 2005 campaign hitting .513 (11th nationally) with 75 RBI (second nationally) and 13 home runs (fifth nationally).

A native of Phoenix ( Ariz. ), Mesa is a two-time first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American, a two-time-ACCAC first-team All-Conference selection and a two-time Region 1 All-Region selection.

Phoenix College Head Coach Heniz Mueller had this to say about Mesa, “The best athlete that I have ever coached at any level. She is a five-tool player and exemplifies what women’s softball is all about. Great eye-hand coordination, great arm and great speed. She knows the game and uses her talents to the max. On top of all that, she is a great student and wonderful person.”

Mesa has received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona.

Betty Jo Graber spent 35 years advancing opportunities for women in NJCAA athletics. Along with a successful basketball coaching career at Weatherford College, she was also the Region V Women's Director, the NJCAA Women's Basketball Committee Chair and a founding member of the NJCAA Women's Division. Graber is member of the inaugural class inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Tennessee. Graber was the perfect model of hard work, discipline, ethics and excellence in community college athletics. This award is given annually to the NJCAA Student-Athlete that best exhibits these traits.

PAST BETTY JO GRABER AWARD RECIPIENTS

Year

Name
Sport(s)
College; City, State
1992-1993
Carey Burton
Volleyball
Barton County Community College ; Great Bend , Kan.
1993-1994
Nema Corey
Slow Pitch Softball
Meridian Community College ; Meridian , Miss.
1994-1995
Kay Mannebach
Cross Country & Track
Colby Community College ; Colby , Kan.
1995-1996
Tricia Ferrin
Basketball
Utah Valley State College; Orem , Utah
1996-1997
Nicole Weed
Fast Pitch Softball
Daytona Beach Community College ; Daytona Beach , Fla.
1997-1998
Kaunda Kay Williams
Basketball
Gulf Coast Community College ; Panama City , Fla.
1998-1999
Yalika "Boo" Barnes
Basketball
Trinity Valley Community College ; Athens , Texas
1999-2000
Devra Viekant
Cross Country & Track
Utah Valley State College; Orem , Utah
2000-2001
Stephanie Martin
Volleyball
College of Southern Idaho ; Twin Falls , Idaho
2001-2002
Yuliana Perez
Track and Field
Pima Community College ; Tucson , Ariz.
2002-2003
Natashia Morehead
Basketball
Gulf Coast Community College ; Panama City , Fla.
2003-2004
Heidi Brooks
Basketball & Softball
Corning Community College ; Corning , N.Y.
2004-2005
Chelsie Mesa
Softball
Phoenix College ; Phoenix , Ariz.

 

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