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Two PSU Basketball players earn All-Conference honors

              PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two Plymouth State University basketball players were recognized for their outstanding seasons Tuesday when they were named to the 2009-10 Little East Conference All-Star teams.

              Senior Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H./Bow) and junior Amanda Kania (Manchester, N.H./West) both represented Plymouth State as All-LEC Second Team selections.  Chergey earns his first Little East post-season honor since his selection to the LEC All-Rookie team in 2006-07, and Kania, also a former All-Rookie Team pick, receives All-LEC Second Team accolades for the second straight year.  The men's and women's all-conference teams were announced after voting by the league's head coaches. 

              In addition, the Panther women's team was voted to receive the Little East Conference Team Sportsmanship Award.

              The announcements come a day before both Panther teams will host Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament first-round games Wednesday in a doubleheader at Foley Gymnasium.  The sixth-seeded Panther women (15-10) will host third-seeded Endicott College at 5:30 p.m., and the third-seeded Panther men (16-10) will host sixth-seeded Husson College at 7:30 p.m.

Amanda Kania                A 5'11" forward, Kania (right) ranks fourth in the LEC in scoring with 14.4 points per game and ninth in rebounding at 6.7 per contest.  She had three double-doubles this year, with a season-high 26 points in a win over Castleton and 12 rebounds in a victory over Rhode Island College.  She was a top three-point threat, making 42 baskets from long range, including five in a game in wins over Castleton and Keene State.

              Kania ranked fourth in the LEC this season in three-point field goals made and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (32.8).  She is also one of the top free throw shooters in the conference, ranking fourth by making 80.8 percent from the line (59-of-73).

Mike Chergey               A 6'6" forward, Chergey (left) ranks ninth in the LEC in scoring with 13.9 points per game. He scored in double figures in 21 of his 25 games, reaching at least 20 points five times.  He's a strong shooter for the Panthers, making over 50 percent from the field (148-of-291, .509) and 38.6 percent from three-point range (34-of-88).

              Another highlight of Chergey's season was scoring career point number 1000 on the same night as classmate and teammate Jason O'Keefe (Everett, Mass.) on Jan.  24 in a win at Southern Maine, becoming the 23rd and 24th men's players in school history to reach the coveted milestone.

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