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February 26, 2011

Little East announces 25th Anniversary Basketball Teams

Five Panthers named to prestigious quarter-century squads

              NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – As part of its Silver Anniversary celebration, the Little East Conference 25th Anniversary Men's and Women’s Basketball Teams were announced Saturday afternoon following the 2011 LEC Basketball Championship games, and five former Plymouth State University student-athletes were recognized.

              Each team, which included 25 student-athletes and one coach, was voted upon by LEC athletic administrators and coaches. The highly-decorated teams are highlighted by 19 men’s and 14 women’s Player of the Year award winners, including 14 multiple honorees, and 12 Rookie of the Year award recipients.

              To be considered for the 25th anniversary teams, a student-athlete must have met the following criteria: a conference player of the year award winner, and/or a two- time All-Little East, first-team selection. The student-athletes that earned All-Little East, first-team honors during its first two years as a conference-sponsored sport were also placed on the ballot.

              The five Plymouth State selections have all been inducted into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame.  The men’s honorees include Moses Jean-Pierre (Cambridge, Mass., who played for the Panthers from 1990-94), Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, Mass., 1995-99) and Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine, 2001-05), while the women’s representatives are Courtney Albert (Hudson, N.H., 1999-03) and Jenn Pelletier (Derry, N.H., 1999-03).

              Initially formed in 1986 as a six-team men's and women's basketball conference, the Little East Conference has since grown to its present eight-school membership, sponsoring championship play in 19 intercollegiate athletics: baseball; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's cross country; field hockey; men's and women's lacrosse; men's and women's soccer; softball; women's swimming; men's and women's tennis; men's and women's indoor track; men's and women's outdoor track and women's volleyball. The 2010-11 academic years marks the 25th anniversary for the Little East Conference. 

                 
Moses Jean-Pierre   Adam DeChristopher    Courtney Albert    Jenn Pelletier     Nick Pelotte
                 
         
Men's LEC 25th Anniversary Team   Women's LEC 25th Anniversary Team
         
Brice Assie Western Connecticut   Courtney Albert Plymouth State 
Bobby Bailey Rhode Island College    Joanna Brown Southern Maine 
Tony Barros UMass Boston    Allison Coleman Eastern Connecticut
Tim Bonsant Southern Maine    Jo-Ann D'Alessandro Rhode Island College 
Jeff Bowers Southern Maine    Claudia DeFaria Rhode Island College 
DaQuan Brooks Western Connecticut   Diana Duff Southern Maine 
Alex Butler Rhode Island College    Eileen Fenton UMass Boston 
Chris Coates Keene State   Shannon Flowers Western Connecticut
Adam DeChristopher Plymouth State   Robin Gaby Eastern Connecticut
Marvin Evans Western Connecticut   Allison Gagnon Southern Maine 
Mike Fennessy Southern Maine    Andreen Gilpen UMass Boston 
Paul Hart UMass Dartmouth    Stacey Kent Southern Maine 
Steve Haynes UMass Dartmouth    Bernice Laferriere Eastern Connecticut
Marques Houtman UMass Dartmouth    Cathy Lanni Rhode Island College 
Moses Jean-Pierre Plymouth State    Tracy Libby Southern Maine 
Tyler Kathan Keene State    Nancy Love Southern Maine 
Kevin Kolek UMass Dartmouth    Ashley Marble Southern Maine 
Aaron Lee UMass Dartmouth    Amy Matthews Western Connecticut
Stefan Pagios UMass Dartmouth    Ashley McFetridge Eastern Connecticut
Amigo Panniaqua UMass Boston    Jenn Pelletier Plymouth State 
Nick Pelotte Plymouth State    Julie Plant  Southern Maine 
Waldemar Sender UMass Dartmouth    Megan Myles Southern Maine 
Troy Smith Rhode Island College    Wendy Rogers Eastern Connecticut
Dave Stantial Keene State    Melissa Teel Western Connecticut
Rich Vega  Eastern Connecticut   Jen Zabek Eastern Connecticut
Coach      Coach   
Brian Baptiste UMass Dartmouth    Gary Fifield Southern Maine 

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