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Balko up for Lowe's Senior Class award
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 04, 2008
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KANSAS CITYˇ?Arizona senior catcher Callista Balko has been named a candidate for the Loweˇ?s Senior CLASS Award honoring NCAA Division I student-athletes for their competitive focus on all aspects of the collegiate student-athlete experience.


The ˇ?CLASSˇ± is an acronym for ˇ?celebrating loyalty and achievement for staying in school,ˇ± as the award initially was aimed in 2001 at college basketball seniors who chose to forego professional opportunities to complete their athletic eligibility and pursue a degree.? Since that time, NCAA corporate partner Loweˇ?s has expanded the award to include seven other NCAA sports.


2008 will be the second year for the softball division. Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe won the inaugural honor in 2007.


Balko, who turns 22 next month, is a senior from Tucson majoring in history with a business minor. She is among 30 candidates for the award. A national media committee will pare the list to 10 finalists late this month, for a subsequent nationwide vote including coaches, media and fans. The award winner is to be recognized at the NCAA Womenˇ?s College World Series in Oklahoma City.


She is among three Pac-10 players nominated, along with Anjelica Selden of UCLA and Jackie Vasquez of Arizona State.


Sportscaster Dick Enberg conceived the idea of an award in 2001 in response to the trend for menˇ?s basketball players to leave school early for the NBA. It later was expanded to include menˇ?s hockey, menˇ?s lacrosse, baseball, softball and menˇ?s and womenˇ?s soccer programs.


2008 Loweˇ?s Senior CLASS Nominees:


Callista Balko, Arizona catcher

Beth Boden, Tenneessee Tech shortstop

Sara Cerrone, Stony Brook outfielder

Jessica Chrabaszc, Delaware State first baseman

Jessica DePippo, Long Island catcher

Pam Dreslinski, Hosftra shortstop

Sara Dyer, Tulsa first baseman

Lauren Eckermann, Oklahoma pitcher

Jamie Fitzpatrick, Kent State first baseman

Lorena Floccari, Saint Louis pitcher

Rachel Folden, Marshall catcher

Shelly Madick, Harvard pitcher

Tiffany McDonald, Florida State pitcher

Aileen Morales, Georgia Tech infielder

Katya Muller, North Texas shortstop

Tiffany Prager, Alabama outfielder

Lauren Proctor, Massachusetts outfielder

Amanda Renth, Missouri first baseman

Megan Rhodes, Tennessee pitcher

Amanda Scarborough, Texas A&M pitcher/1B

Anjelica Selden, UCLA pitcher

Dana Shepherd, UMBC infielder

Shannon Stacy, Portland State outfielder

Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech pitcher

Jessica Toochck, kent State shortstop

Allison Vallas, Bowling Green State infielder

Jackie Vasquez, Arizona State outfielder

Sandy Vojik, DePaul utility player

Andrea Appia, Valparaiso pitcher