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West Valley Softball Standout Tessa Lindberg signs to Trinidad State College

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 7:31 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Tessa Lindberg is a gamer. Whether quarterbacking the West Valley flag football team or anchoring the softball program on the field and at the plate, Lindberg is one of those athletes that instills fear in opponents.

While Lindberg’s ability on the gridiron is eye-catching, it is her talent on the diamond that is taking her to the next level, signing a National Letter of Intent to play softball for Trinidad State College, a Division I Junior College (NJCAA) in Colorado.

“This is a kid who eats, breathes, sleeps softball,” said West Valley softball coach Teresa Rose. “She has that tenacity, she is very competitive and has a natural ability for softball.”

Lindberg, a Railbelt All-Conference member, has a lethal bat, a quick glove and an arm that was displayed in both softball and flag football. Rose and Lindberg’s comp softball coach Liz Sewell both simply described Lindberg simply as an ‘athlete’.

“Since the age of 12 I have witnessed Tessa exude attributes of a collegiate athlete,” Sewell said, who coached Lindberg for four years with the North Stars. “She has a work ethic that is evident and undeniable, she gracefully receives and applies feedback. She is the player that goes the extra mile, takes extra reps and welcomes adversity.”

“She’s built like an athlete,” added Rose, who was able to coach Lindberg for one season at West Valley. “When I saw her in the warmups in preseason, I was like, ‘okay, she definitely catches your eye.”

As talented and skilled as she is on the field, it is her maturity, dedication and leadership that has her equipped to excel at the next level.

“Tessa is a phenomenal softball player, but most of all, an amazing human being,” said Sewell. “She is responsible, conscientious, caring and warm. Her love of the game, as well as her respect and support in teammates is evident on and off the field.”

“She is a really good mentor for all the younger girls and taking the time to coach them when most didn’t have the patience to do so,” added Rose. “In preseason conditioning, Coach Malik Jones always looked to her to set the example for everybody and even though you could tell she hated every minute of it, she always pushed through and she always gave it her all and I really respect that. She is really good at leading by example.”

Lindberg joins a Trinidad State College program that went 34-14 during the 2021 season and hit 108 home runs, the most in the conference and Region IX DI NJCAA Softball. The Trojans are led by 15-year head coach Steve Swazo, who has over 400 wins while at the school.

The North Stars have produced a number of collegiate athletes, including six current players and over a dozen former college softball players.

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