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NFCA Names 2001 Diamond Sports Catchers Of The Year

COLUMBIA, MO -- Stacey Nuveman of UCLA has been named NFCA Diamond Sports Division I Catcher of the Year for 2001. Nuveman is one of 10 catchers honored by Diamond Sports, the NFCA’s Official Protective Equipment.

Diamond Sports sponsors the catcher of the year awards for high school and college members of the NFCA. Awards are presented in the following categories: NCAA (Divisions I, II and III), NAIA, NJCAA (Divisions I, II and III), Cal JC, NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) and high school.

The 2001 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year awards were determined by divisional committees made up of NFCA member coaches. Each player was named first-team All-America in her respective division. The winners, by division:

Stacey Nuveman, UCLA - NCAA Division I

Nuveman, a junior from LaVerne, California, batted .440 with 19 home runs and 73 RBI to lead UCLA to the runner-up spot in the 2001 Women's College World Series. She led the Pac-10 in three offensive categories -- batting average (.440), slugging percentage (.873) and on-base percentage (.615) --and was in the top five in five other categories. She was charged with only three errors in 398 chances. Nuveman, a member of the 2000 USA Olympic Softball Team, was also the Diamond Sports Division I Catcher of the Year in 1999. Head Coach: Sue Enquist.

Blake Baskin, Kennesaw State (GA) - NCAA Division II

Baskin, a senior from Cantonment, Florida, hit .395 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI for the Owls as Kennesaw State continued its dominance of the Division II award (Kennesaw’s Audra Thomas was the honoree in 1999 and 2000.). In 274 fielding chances, Baskin committed only three errors. Head Coach: Scott Whitlock.

Annie Van Wetzinga, Central College (IA) - NCAA Division III

Van Wetzinga, a senior from Bettendorf, Iowa, batted .381 with three home runs and 32 RBI. A two-time Division III All-American, Van Wetzinga threw out 64 percent of the base runners who tried to steal against her last year and picked off 23 base runners the last two seasons. Head Coach: George Wares.

Ame Clapsaddle, Union University (TN) - NAIA

Clapsaddle, a junior from Manchester, Tennessee, hit .395 with 25 doubles, 10 home runs and 71 RBI. She committed only one error in 519 chances. She led Union to a third-place finish at NAIA nationals and to the National Christian College Athletic Association championship, earning first team NCCAA All-American honors. Head Coach: Brian Dunn.

Adriana Garcia, Arizona Western College - NJCAA Division I

Garcia, a sophomore from Riverside, California, batted .448 with six home runs and 68 RBI and had a fielding percentage of.991. She threw out 29 base runners attempting to steal. Garcia will continue her softball career at Arizona State University. Head Coach: Pam Stone.

Katie Cobos, Phoenix College (AZ) - NJCAA Division II

Cobos, a freshman from Phoenix, led her team to the NJCAA Division II championship with a .391 batting average and 21 stolen bases and committed only one error. She was named First Team All-Region Division II and was also named to the all-tournament team at NJCAA Division II Nationals. Head Coach: Heinz Mueller.

Trish Halvorsen, Dawson Community College (MT) - NJCAA Division III

Halvorsen, a sophomore from Billings, Montana, is a two-time team MVP who set school single-season records for home runs (eight), doubles (12) and RBI (51) this year. She threw out 22 base runners attempitng to steal. She was named to the All-Tournament team at NJCAA Division III Nationals and also earned All- District C (regions 9 and 13B) first team honors. Head Coach: Bill LaFond.

Rachel Sherman, West Valley College - Cal JC

Sherman, a freshman from Saratoga, California, helped West Valley to a 39-4 regular season record and the No. 1 seed in the North Region. She hit 10 home runs and had 57 RBI and was named to the North All-State team. Head Coach: Les Hearn.

Cassie Kocker, Lower Columbia College (WA) - NWAACC

Kocker, a freshman from Vancouver, Washington, batted .443 with a team-leading 36 runs scored along with three home runs and 33 RBI. She was named to the NWAACC All-Tournament team as Lower Columbia (41-7) won its third straight championship. Head Coach: Tim Mackin.

Annie Dell'Aria, Bishop O'Connell High School, Fairfax, VA - High School

Dell'Aria batted .490 with 45 RBI and a.792 slugging percentage as Bishop O'Connell (27-4) won its eighth straight Virginia Independent Schools (VISSA) state championship. She threw out 12 of the 13 base runners who attempted to steal against her and picked off eight more. She was first team All-Met (Washington, D. C.) and first team All-State (VISSA). She will attend Notre Dame. Head Coach: Tommy Orndorff.