Two Panthers Earn Academic Honors

November 15th, 1999 by Adam

By Student Assistant Sean Kelly

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Two members of the Plymouth State College football team were recognized for their achievements in the classroom.
Junior Chris Belmont (Campton, NH), and sophomore Chris Kelliher (Goffstown, NH) were named to the 1999 GTE 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 3.49 grade point average. He received the GTE honor for the second straight season, while Kelliher, who has a 3.79 grade point as a business management major, was selected for the first time.

In addition to his academic achievements, Belmont has been honored for his work in the community by being selected to the American Football Coaches Association “Good Works Team”. He is President of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, where he organized both a blood donation day and a food and toiletries drive for the homeless.

A starter for the last three seasons, Belmont has been a rock at center for the Panthers. His on-the-field accolades include being selected to Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All East Region Third Team, ECAC All-New England Second team, and All-Freedom Football Conference Second Team, all in the ‘98 campaign.

Kelliher has received numerous academic honors. He was named United States Academic Scholar-Athlete (1999), and the U.S. Army Reserve National Freshman Scholar-Athlete (1999).

His success in the classroom carries over to the football field. Kelliher leads the team with 85 tackles at linebacker for a Panther defense that has posted three consecutive shutouts. He has earned honors from both the ECAC and Freedom Football Conference this season. The week of 9/26 he was named the FFC Defensive Player of the Week and twice he was placed on the FFC New England Honor Roll.

The pair will play in ECAC New England Championship game when their Panther team takes on Salve Regina this Saturday (Nov. 20) at Currier Field. Kickoff is at 12:00 .