4 Bellefonte athletes sign LOI to play in college

CHRIS MORELLI/LH Express Bellefonte had four student-athletes sign letters of intent to play at the next level on Wednesday evening. From left are Seth Shuey (UPJ-baseball), Bobby Marsh (Florida Atlantic-baseball), Lexi Rogers (James Madison University-softball) and Zach Swanger (Garrett College-baseball).

BELLEFONTE — For four Bellefonte student-athletes, it was a very special week.

On Wednesday evening at the the high school cafeteria, a quartet of student-athletes signed their letters of intent to play at the next level. Three signed for baseball and one for softball.

Seniors Bobby Marsh, Lexi Rogers, Seth Shuey and Zach Swanger savored a moment in the spotlight with their families at the ceremony.

Marsh, a standout on the diamond for the Red Raiders, is headed to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, to play baseball. There, he will major in exercise science.

“I’d just like to say thanks to my mom and dad, as well as the coaches behind me,” Marsh said, “and all the teammates who helped me along the way. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

According to perfectgame.org, the 6-foot-3 Marsh is the sixth-ranked overall player in Pennsylvania.

Lexi Rogers was the lone female to sign a letter of intent during the ceremony. The senior is, arguably, the best pitcher in the history of Bellefonte softball. She’s headed to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. There she will study kinesiology.

Rogers, a four-year starter for the Raiders, has won two district titles — 2018 and 2019. The Raiders did not play in 2020 as the PIAA canceled all spring sports.

“I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates for always pushing me to be the best that I can be,” Rogers said.

Family played an important role in her development, Rogers said.

“I’d like to thank my dad for pushing me to help get me to the next level. And my mom, for sacrificing, to help me be where I am,” Rogers said.

Seth Shuey is staying closer to home. He’s headed to play baseball at Pitt-Johnstown. There, he will major in business and enterprise.

Shuey is a standout in baseball, but also plays football for the Red Raiders.

“I would just like to thank everybody who has helped me along the way. Especially my parents and my coaches. I know I would not be here today if it weren’t for them. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to continue to my academic and athletic career at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown,” Shuey said.

He said that UPJ stood out.

“I know they have a good athletic program, as well as good academics. I really liked the campus there,” Shuey said.

Zach Swanger, another baseball standout, is headed to Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. There, he will play baseball and major in either criminal justice or physical therapy.

Swanger, at 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, can play both third base and first base.

“I would to thank my family and friends, my teammates and coaches. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” Swanger said. “My dad couldn’t make it tonight, but I owe a lot of thanks to him. I’m excited to see where my future leads.”

Bellefonte athletic director Deb Moore said the ceremony was a great way to celebrate the student-athletes who missed out on the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

“It’s a real feather in the cap of these kids. They didn’t have a season last year and that was a little rough on them,” Moore said. “But they stayed with it, stuck through it and they’re very good academically. Being so good on the field is really a tribute to them. They were resilient and we are very happy for them.”


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