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Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame to honor Penn State Fayette scholar-athletes

Shannon Ardabell and Zachary Rockwell
From left, Penn State Fayette scholar-athletes Shannon Ardabell and Zachary Rockwell. (Photo by Susan Brimo-Cox.)
6/13/2011 —

The Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame will honor two Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus scholar-athletes for their hard work and dedication both on the field and in the classroom. Shannon Ardabell and Zachary Rockwell will be recognized at this year’s Sports Hall of Fame ceremony on June 25.

Ardabell, a senior softball player and administration of justice major, started her academic career at Shippensburg University, but transferred to Penn State Fayette in 2009. Before her transfer, Ardabell excelled at Rugby and won the 2008 Women’s Rugby National Championship at Shippensburg. Even though Penn State Fayette did not have a rugby team, Ardabell found another outlet for her love of sports.

“When I transferred to Fayette, I was upset that there wasn’t a rugby team,” she explains. “But then I was introduced to the softball team. I felt right at home, and I was able to make many friendships and belong to a team that I am proud of.”

Ardabell started 17 games in left field for the Lady Roaring Lions in 2011, hitting .250. She was second on the team with 11 RBI, and drew a team-high eight walks.

Her academic success earned her recognition on the PSUAC Academic Honor Roll and as a USCAA Academic All-American. Ardabell is also a 2006 Uniontown High School Graduate, where she lettered in basketball, softball and track.

Rockwell, a golfer and 2011 graduate with an associate degree in electrical engineering technology, led the Roaring Lions golf program to its best season ever. His individual performances included tournament titles at the Penn State Mont Alto Invitational and the Penn State New Kensington Tournament. Rockwell capped his individual accomplishments with a third place finish at the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference Championships and an eighth place finish at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships. Rockwell averaged 77.5 in six tournament rounds in 2010.

“What really was most enjoyable about the competition was the friendships and meeting new people,” says Rockwell about his tournament experience.

Success on the golf course did not stop Rockwell from excelling in the classroom, as he carried a 3.93 cumulative GPA, and earned acceptance into the Pi Sigma Phi Honor Society at Penn State Fayette. His academic achievements earned him spots on the PSUAC Academic Honor Roll and USCAA Academic All-American team.

Rockwell is a 2004 graduate of Uniontown High School where he lettered in golf.

Ardabell, Rockwell and other area scholar athletes will be recognized at the 2011 Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony on Saturday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Penn State Fayette’s Community Center.

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