The 2006 Jayhawk West softball All-Conference teams were announced on Monday by Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) officials. The Seward County Community College softball team had seven players earn Jayhawk West All-Conference honors including sophomores, Kati Jo Gabaldon (outfielder) and Becky Holland (pitcher) who received Second Team All-Conference accolades.

Other Lady Saints that received recognition were sophomores, Allison Bellar (first base), Sarah Wittwer (pitcher) and freshmen, Sarah Venegas (utility player), Meisha Patterson (shortstop) and Haley Martin (outfield) who earned Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk West.

There was a tie in Conference Coach of the Year as Jayhawk West Conference champion, Butler C.C. Head Coach, Doug Chance, shared the award with Carl Adams, the Head Coach from Colby Community College. Colby’s Amanda Bell was named Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and Butler’s Kelli Sigler, was voted as the Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

Kati Jo Gabaldon (Belen, N.M.) is having a fine season and has improved her statistics and her skills since her freshman year when she was named Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and First Team All-Conference, although, this season she received a Second Team All-Conference selection. This season, Gabaldon is batting .376 (56-for-149) with 43 runs scored, 15 doubles, 15 home runs with 58 RBI. Gabaldon’s home run and RBI totals rank her 11th and 16th in America (NJCAA) respectively.

Becky Holland (Sublette, Kan.) has shattered every Seward County pitching record in her two seasons in Liberal. As a freshman, Holland received Second Team All-Conference recognition and this season makes a return appearance to the All-Conference list. Holland is currently 16-9 with a team-best 2.42 earned run average (ERA) while collecting 79 strikeouts in 159 innings pitched.

Allison Bellar (Lubbock, Texas) is an Honorable Mention pick at first base and is also a two-time selection being named to the First Team in 2005. Bellar this season is batting .320 (49-for-153) with 28 runs scored, 15 doubles, six home runs and 33 RBI.

Sarah Wittwer (Grand Junction, Colo.) is once again one of the top hurlers in the Jayhawk West being named Honorable Mention All-Conference. In 2005, Wittwer’s freshman campaign she was a First Team pick. This season, Wittwer is 15-6 with a 2.72 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 123.1 innings pitched.

Sarah Venegas (Artesia, N.M.) has made an immediate impact at the plate for the Lady Saints in her first season in the Jayhawk West Conference. She was awarded for her prowess at the plate with an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection. Venegas has spent the entire season near the top of the batting leaders for Seward County. Currently the utility player is batting .374 (58-for-155) with 34 runs scored, 14 doubles, three home runs and 32 RBI.

Meisha Patterson (Dumas, Texas) is one of the top athletes in the Conference this year and her ability has shown as her complete game earned her a spot on the All-Conference Honorable Mention list. Patterson is batting .388 (59-for-152) with 42 runs scored, five doubles, five triples, two home runs, 18 stolen bases and 23 RBI. Patterson’s speed and power combination makes her a rare commodity in junior college softball.

Haley Martin (Borger, Texas) has appeared in 52 games for SCCC during her freshman season. Martin earned Honorable Mention All-Conference this season by hitting .329 (47-for-143) with 31 runs scored, 15 sacrifices and 14 RBI. Martin is Seward County’s every day centerfielder and middle of the batting order left handed hitter.