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December 21, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: New book chronicles Beverly sports

There’s a great stocking stuffer for all Panther fans looking for something special. Joel Richardson has a new book out which is available now called Beverly Athletics Fall 2013. It is available by mail order on Amazon for $15 including tax, and after the new year will also be at Beverly High and Todd’s Sporting Goods.

Richardson, a former track star at Beverly High and Williams College, came up with the idea because the Panthers always have such good teams, and he felt the book would make a nice remembrance for the athletes. He picked the right season to feature because Beverly had some outstanding teams and plenty of exciting athletes to feature.

“Fortunately, Mike Rollins was already taking an encyclopedic number of photos of these teams, so I hooked up with him to choose from his collection,” said Richardson. “I think I got some great shots. There are color pictures of each team as well as a team photo that (AD) James Coffey and Linda Zambouras provided.”

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Nick Marraffa of Danvers has been accepted early decision at Wesleyan University, and the St. John’s Prep inside linebacker intends to play football there. Nick’s father, Bob, was a star on the gridiron for the Eagles when Fred Glatz was the coach, and his two older brothers played for Jim O’Leary. Bob graduated in 2008 and went on to play at Hobart. The following year Jack got his diploma and decided to attend Union although he didn’t play there.

“Both my parents went to Wesleyan, and at first I didn’t want to go there for that reason, but after visiting last summer I knew that was my first choice. It has one of the nicest campuses around, and I really liked the coaches. I always knew I wanted to play at a NESCAC school. Tufts and Middlebury were also on my list. I’m not sure what I want to study yet. I’ll figure that out later but I’m very happy to know where I’m going to be,” said Nick Marraffa.

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