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A pair of State Fair men’s basketball players and one Lady Roadrunner have been named to the NJCAA Division I All-American team.


Sophomore guard Kevin Punter was named first-team All-American with sophomore guard Joe Thomasson on the third-team.


Antoinette Taylor was named to the NJCAA Division I women’s first-team.


Punter, a 6-4 guard from New York, led the Roadrunners in scoring this season with 20.3 points per game. Throughout the year, he shot 57.1 percent from the field and made 82.7 percent of his free throws.


In 21 of the 32 games he played, he scored more than 20 points. He was held to less than 10 just once. He scored a season-high 32 in a win over MSU-West Plains.


Punter was also named Region 16 player of the year.


Thomasson, a 6-4 guard from Dayton, Ohio, averaged 17.4 points per game this season. He led the team with 6.2 assists per game. After opening the season with a 31-point performance against Kankakee, Thomasson topped the 20-point mark 11 more times, including both of State Fair’s NJCAA Tournament games. He scored 29 in an overtime win over Shelton State and 21 in a second-round loss to Chipola.


Taylor, a 5-6 guard from Gary, Ind., led the Lady Roadrunners in scoring this season, averaging 15.4 points per game She also shot 42.3 percent from the field and a team-high 75.3 percent from the free throw line. She led the team with 3.4 assists per game.


Throughout the season, Taylor was a consistent scorer, reaching double figures in all but four games and scoring 20 or more nine times. She scored 29 points in a Nov. 29 game at Southern Idaho.


She was also named Region 16 player of the year.


Punter and Thomasson follow in the foot-steps of Kenny Chery, an All-American honorable mention last season. Taylor is the first Lady Roadrunner named to the All-American team since Ariel Easton in 2012.

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