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Springville-Griffith Institute senior Sean Barry signed a letter on Thursday, May 23, announcing his plans to attend Alfred State College and play football for the Pioneers next fall. Barry’s family and coach Rob Valenti joined him for the signing ceremony at the school library. Front row (from left) Sean’s mother Deanna Barry, Sean Barry and his father Mauri Barry. Standing: his sister Megan and grandmother Dawn.

By Sam Wilson

Senior Sean Barry made his plans for the Fall of 2019 official May 23, signing his letter to attend Alfred State College, where he plans to play for the Pioneers’ football team.
At Alfred State, Barry plans to study Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).
Barry made an impressive return to the football field in 2018, his senior year, after missing his 10th and 11th grade seasons with knee injuries. Joining the varsity team for one game as an eighth grader, he’s the first-ever SGI player to be part of five varsity seasons. As a freshman, he started at outside linebacker for a team that went undefeated in the regular season.
As a senior, Barry led the Griffins’ defense with 116 tackles (25 for loss) and marked 4.5 sacks, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery. He had the team’s first 100-tackle season in 15 years.
Barry also had 30 catches for 341 yards (three touchdowns), setting school records for most catches in a game (eight) and in a season. He had 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.
He finished his career with six touchdowns (three rushing and three receiving), 209 tackles (29 for loss) and eight sacks.