Bonds on ECAC first team

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Saint Michael’s Col­lege (Vt.) men’s basketball ju­nior Matt Bonds, a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Ac­co­keek, added to his postseason honors on Tues­day by land­ing on the East­ern Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Di­vi­sion II All-Star first team, be­com­ing the first Pur­ple Knight to do so in 15 years.

As one of 10 play­ers to claim an ECAC honor, Bonds earned his sec­ond award for his break­out ju­nior sea­son, hav­ing also nabbed a North­east-10 Con­fer­ence All-Con­fer­ence third-team place­ment.

Bonds recorded dou­ble-digit scor­ing in 24 of 26 games while grab­bing at least eight boards 25 times. He turned in ca­reer highs in scor­ing (16.2), re­bound­ing (12.3), of­fen­sive boards (4.3), as­sists (44) and blocks (12) while ty­ing his best in steals (18).

Bonds, who leads Di­vi­sion II in of­fen­sive re­bound­ing while plac­ing sec­ond in re­bound­ing and ty­ing for sec­ond in dou­ble-dou­bles (19), is first in the re­gion in re­bound­ing and of­fen­sive re­bound­ing while ty­ing for the top spot in dou­ble-dou­bles. He is also third in the North­east-10 in free throw at­tempts per game, 10th in free throw makes per con­test and 14th in scor­ing. Since of­fen­sive re­bounds be­gan be­ing tracked in 1992-93, Bonds has been the only Pur­ple Knight with 100 in a sea­son, with 107 last win­ter and 111 this year.

Bonds’ 19 dou­ble-dou­bles are the most by a Pur­ple Knight since com­plete re­bound­ing fig­ures be­came avail­able in 1981-82. Bonds be­came the sev­enth Pur­ple Knight with 400 points and 300 re­bounds in a sea­son, and his 27 ca­reer dou­ble-dou­bles tie for the most in the pro­gram since 1981-82. Bonds placed 10th in school his­tory with 320 boards this win­ter, the most since Ken John­son (346) in 1975-76, and he also passed Peter Cra­gan (769) to take over 10th in pro­gram his­tory with 780 ca­reer car­oms. Bonds en­ters his se­nior year with 959 points.

The Pur­ple Knights ended the year 7-19 over­all and 5-16 in the North­east-10, go­ing 5-7 fol­low­ing a 2-12 start.

Saint Michael’s Col­lege (Vt.)

Thomas makes AMCC team

The Al­legheny Moun­tain Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence an­nounced its 2015-2016 Win­ter All-Sports­man­ship Team to kick off the na­tional NCAA Di­vi­sion III Week, and it in­cluded five Penn State Al­toona (Pa.) stu­dent-ath­letes.

Among them is women’s bowler Jas­mine Thomas, a Thomas Stone High School grad­u­ate from Pom­fret.

All teams that com­pete for an AMCC cham­pi­onship select one mem­ber from their ros­ter who dis­plays good sports­man­ship through­out the sea­son to be a mem­ber of the All-Sports­man­ship Team. These in­di­vid­u­als are se­lected by vote of their team­mates.

The stu­dent-ath­lete se­lected by each team must con­sis­tently demon­strate a high level of eth­i­cal con­duct, re­spect, and fair play in both prac­tice and com­pe­ti­tion, whether on the side­lines or as an ac­tive com­peti­tor. Such sports­man­ship shall be ev­i­dent to­ward team­mates, coaches, op­po­nents, of­fi­cials, and fans. The player must also serve as a pos­i­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive of school spirit when a spec­ta­tor at other teams’ sport­ing events.

Penn State Al­toona (Pa.)

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