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Somers' Three-Sport Athlete Works Hard to Achieve Goals

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Graham Roediger attacks from behind the cage during a lacrosse game last season.
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Somers senior Graham Roediger is an attackman on the boys lacrosse team. He was also on the soccer and wrestling squads.

How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and how did you get started?

I first started playing lacrosse when I was 5. My brother was at a camp and I joined in. I instantly fell in love with it.

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You wrestle, play soccer and play lacrosse. What’s it like being a three-sport athlete?

Being a three-sport athlete is very demanding. You always have to be getting after it day in and day out. The countless hours of hard work are all worth it if you’re able to achieve your goals.

What was it like winning a state championship with the soccer team in the fall?

Being able to contribute and be a part of such a magical run is something I’m really proud of. Also doing it with all my best friends, having the time of our lives all season is something that I’ll truly cherish and really miss.

What has it been like being a senior on these teams? How have you led them?

Being a senior is a lot of fun, but also is a responsibility. All of the underclassmen look up to you. I just try to show them that it’s supposed to be fun, and to enjoy the ride.

What accomplishments have you been most proud of in your senior year?

Winning a state title would have to take the cake, but I’m also proud of how well I have done in my wrestling career finishing with 99 career wins, three-time all league, two-time all county and all section. I fell short, but I’m looking to bounce back by having a huge spring season in lax.

What are the team’s goals and what are some of your personal goals for lacrosse season?

The goal is always a section title. We have the personnel to make some noise this year for sure. I hope to have 75 points and to always leave it all on the field.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

For soccer, Super Smash Bros. gets us pumped pregame. For wrestling, a good feast on pretty much anything after weigh-ins. For lax, the post win locker room dance party is always lit.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My whole family. There is always so much support in everything that I do. From competing with cousins and siblings constantly in countless games, to my parents always cheering maybe a little too loud at my games. I’m truly grateful for them.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I’m a part of the best dodgeball team to ever be assembled in M5GD.

Do you plan on continuing to play on a varsity team in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school?

I do wish to continue playing lacrosse in college. I have yet to decide on what college, but I am taking a postgraduate year at Trinity Pawling.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I’m not completely sure but I’ve been thinking about finance or business.

Who are your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Tom Brady although I hate the Patriots. His will to win and ability to perform under pressure is ridiculous. The Pittsburgh Steelers are my favorite team.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I just have one huge fire playlist and I just press shuffle, but some Paris could definitely pump me up.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

If I were able to shape shift into anything.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would love to be able to visit Ireland. The golf would be amazing and I feel as if a lot of good memories would be made.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

I usually get a Froggy’s (Deli) sandwich before a game or my mom gives me some PB&J’s.

Best place to eat around Somers and why?

You really can’t go wrong with Froggy’s, but a good bagel at Bobo’s (Cafe) is nice.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I prefer Twitter because it’s less filtered, and is more frequently updated.

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the athletics program and why should they go out for the team?

Everyone should try out for a sport. Even if you would never play, being a part of a team and making new friendships that could last a lifetime, is something nobody should miss out on. Also representing Somers is something that I’ve always been proud to do.

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