Humboldt State softball player Chrissy Stalf, a graduate of Freedom High, has been named the 2012-13 California Collegiate Athletic Association Female Athlete of the Year for 2012-13.

The award is voted on by the 12-member institutions' Sports Information Directors during their annual spring meeting.

Stalf had an outstanding season and made a major impact for the Lumberjacks at the conference, regional and national levels.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Daktronics named Stalf to their respective All-America teams after leading Humboldt State to its first NCAA Division II Championship appearance since winning the national title in 2008.

Stalf, who is only the second Humboldt State athlete to be named the CCAA Athlete of the Year, concluded her senior campaign with a conference-high .854 slugging percentage. She also led the conference in on base percentage (.538), runs scored (71), walks (53), and a record-breaking 28 home runs.

Stalf's stellar season landed her a place in numerous prominent record books. Her Division II leading, 28 home runs brought her career total to 57 placing her at the top of the all-time home run list both at the institutional level and at the conference level.

In addition to breaking the CCAA single-season record, which she set during her sophomore year, Stalf tied the NCAA single-season home run record.


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The CCAA's Most Valuable Player, Stalf was also tabbed the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year and the NFCA West Region Player of the Year.

Academically, the Lumberjacks' first baseman was named to the Capital-One All-District and Capital-One All-American teams.

The Oakley native is the fourth softball player to be tabbed the CCAA's top female athlete and only the second from Humboldt State, Lizzy Prescott, a Castro Valley native and Moreau Catholic High graduate who received the award in 2007-08.

Stalf was part of Freedom's North Coast Section Division I championship team as a senior in 2008. She helped the Falcons win three Bay Valley Athletic League titles and was named All-BVAL as a senior.

Chico State's J. Patrick Smith, a track and cross country star from Santa Barbara, was the CCAA's Male Athlete of the Year.