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Riggi Commits to Alfred University

Posted Tuesday, May 01, 2012 by Philip Torregrosa
Sachem East senior Anthony Riggi has committed to attend and play football at Alfred University in the fall. 

Riggi, the starting quarterback for East this past season, helped lead East to its best season in school history, as the team made it to the county semifinals.

"Anthony is a great story of hard work paying off," East JV coach James Dee said.

Riggi didn't start a game until 10th grade for the JV squad. He decided to play on the JV team in 11th grade and was "emerging into a solid QB" before he broke his collar bone, Dee said. 

"He defied the odds and came back to start the last two games of the season in which he threw for over 250 yards and gained valuable experience," Dee said of Riggi.

As for this past season? Riggi collected the most single season wins as a varsity starter in school history and led the team to its first ever playoff victory against West Islip.

"His completion to Ryan Dippel on 4th and 8 was one of the biggest plays in the program's history," Dee said. "He has a bright future on and off the field."

Here's a short Q&A with Alfred-bound Riggi:

Why did you decide on Alfred?

I chose Alfred University because they offered me an opportunity to play football at the next level. After visiting the campus and meeting the football team, really helped me with my decision. They were all so welcoming. But the most important reason I chose Alfred University was because one of my coaches made me realize that I will never get this opportunity to play college football again. Coach had a huge impact on my decision. We both know how much I really love the game.

What will you miss about your time at Sachem?

Sachem East will always be my home, the place I will come back to forever, just to watch the football games. I will definitely miss my whole team, the players, coaching staff and especially our fans! Every single person played a role in our season. In my opinion, we had the most team chemistry in the league. We are just all best friends on the field. It didn't matter if we fought outside of the field because as soon as we stepped onto that football field...we were all a family. That's the biggest thing about Sachem East football I'm going to miss, family. The bond we all had for each other and I just feel that nothing will ever compare to that.

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