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November 9, 2000

Belmont and Kelliher receive academic honors

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Two members of the Plymouth State College football team were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and on the field.

Senior Chris Belmont (Campton, N.H.), and junior Chris Kelliher (Goffstown, N.H.) were named to the 2000 Verizon District I All-America Football Team (College Division). The two are now eligible for selection to the National Academic All-America Football squad.

Belmont, a physical education major, maintains a 3.51 grade point average. He received the Verizon honor for the third straight season, while Kelliher, who has a 3.79 grade point as a business management major, was selected for the second time.

As a tri-captain and starter at center for the Panthers, Belmont has been a leader on the PSC interior line. His on-the-field accolades include being selected to Don Hansen's Football Gazette All East Region Third Team (1998 & 1999), ECAC All-New England Second team (1998 &1999), and All-Freedom Football Conference (1998 2nd team, 1999 1st team), AFCA "Good Works" Team (1998 & 1999). He helped the team to ECAC post-season berths in '97, '98 and '99. Off the field, Belmont is involved with SafeWalk, a volunteer area Escort service and he is President of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity where he is commited to doing much community service.

Kelliher has received numerous academic honors. He was named United States Academic Scholar-Athlete (1999), the U.S. Army Reserve National Freshman Scholar-Athlete (1999), Outstanding PSC Student of Business (1998), Plymouth Scholar Grant, PSC Academic Achievement Award, and for two years has had the highest grade point average on the football team. A starting linebacker, Kelliher has been selected to the FFC Honor Roll three times this season, and was twice named FFC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 16 and Oct. 30). He ranks second in FFC in tackles (100), fourth in tackles for loss (12), and fourth in fumbles forced and recovered (4).

PSC will play its final regular season game this Saturday (Nov. 11) against WPI at Currier Field at 12:00 p.m.

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