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Chelsie Mesa Receives 2005 Betty Jo Graber Award

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

The 2005 Phoenix College Athlete- and ACCAC Player-of-the-Year, Mesa exceled 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 was 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 was 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 completed her career at the University of Arizona where she helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA National Championship in 2006 and 2007.




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