This year’s The Daily & Sunday Review Male Athlete of the Year is a three-sport standout.
But, the way he got to three sports is a bit different.
Rogers didn’t play one sport each season like many athletes. Instead, he was a two-sport athlete in the fall with football and soccer. And, he followed that up in the winter when he scored his 1,000th career point and led the Troy basketball team.
For Rogers, getting named the athlete of the year is special.
“It means a lot, it’s always great to be recognized for our accomplishments,” Rogers said. “It feels really good to put in all that hard work and dedication and time and it feels great.
“There are so many great athletes in the district and so many kids that go out for sports, and going to college to play sports, and it feels great to be recognized among them.”
Rogers also plans to play in college as he plans to play basketball at Penn College.
For Rogers, everything this year started in the fall. Soccer has been a key sport for Rogers his entire high school career.
“It wasn’t the best,” Rogers said of soccer season. “We were decent, we probably could have been better, but it still went okay.”
Things were a bit different this year for Rogers as he was one of the seniors and leaders on the soccer team.
“It was definitely a big difference from the last few years,” Rogers said. “A lot more on your shoulders trying to lead the team and trying to show them what to do and it’s a lot harder than in the past.”
Rogers took on that leadership role in soccer, and in football he made some adjustments to.
The All-Region kicker became a player that was used in other aspects of the game this year.
“It was definitely more fun,” Rogers said. “It was challenging learning all the routes and everything for receiver, but it was more fun than just kicking.”
Rogers first touchdown as a receiver came at the perfect time, in the district playoffs against Wellsboro. Earlier in the year Wellsboro beat Troy 36-8, but Troy avenged the loss in districts with a 38-32 win, keyed by Rogers first score.
“It was great, that first one coming in the district game, it felt good to get that,” Rogers said. “It definitely made me feel better that I felt like I was doing more playing wide receiver instead of just kicking for one point.
“Since we lost to them during the regular season and to score that touchdown and win, it felt great.”
In the winter, all eyes were on Rogers when Troy took the court.
Rogers was the focal point all season long for the Trojans, and after an injury sidelined freshman Ty Barrett, a majority of the scoring load fell fully on the senior’s shoulders.
“It was a lot different, it was challenging this year having all those young guys to support around me and trying to lead them the best I could,” Rogers said.
While teams were keying on Rogers, he still found ways to lead the Trojans, and that helped him hit 1,000 career points this year.
“It was definitely special this year to get that 1,000th point,” Rogers said. “Everything we did this year, all my teammates and coaches helping me out, I definitely couldn’t have done this alone.
“Going into this year I talked to my coach and we knew exactly how many points I needed and that was my goal this year was to get that and all my teammates and coaches and everybody supported me and helped me with that so it was pretty special.”
It was also special for Rogers to spend his senior basketball season with his younger brother Robert on the team.
“That’s been pretty fun,” Seldon said. “I’m definitely going to miss that next year. He’s a good basketball player and I’m going to miss that.
“Having him there for my senior season made it better.”
For Rogers there were a lot of memories this year, and a lot of success which helped lead to him being the athlete of the year.