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April 5, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Murphy helping to hope those who suffer from same concussions he did

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“I want to give back to the school; leave my mark in a positive way,” Murphy said of Endicott. “I can’t do it on the field, but I want to bring the Impact Test and raise awareness of head injuries. Right now I’m focusing on academics because speaking long term almost all athletes go into a profession not sports.

“(NFL Player Agent) Sean Stellato (of Peabody) has invited me to set up an information table at his big book signing event in Salem (at the Hawthorne Hotel) this summer to give me a forum for my project. I’ve also talked to Prep coaches (Brian) St. Pierre and (Jameson) Pelkey about working with the offensive and defensive linemen later this summer.”

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Peabody High head softball coach Butch Melanaphy has added two highly qualified assistants: Vin Grifoni is the new assistant coach, and his daughter Michelle Melanaphy will be a volunteer coach.

Michelle Melanaphy is a former two-year captain and star for the Tanners who went on to excel at Salem State. There, she was a four-year starter, two-year captain and two-time MASCAC All-Conference who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.83 GPA in 2012. She played a big role in the Vikings’ league championships in 2010 and 2012, and is now a registered nurse.

Grifoni has been involved in coaching softball at all levels, from Peabody Youth Softball to AAU with the Mass Wildcats, and is also an ASA umpire. He coached the Salem State women’s club hockey team and Endicott women and was a fast pitch player on the USAF men’s team.

The Tanners will be looking to return to the playoffs this season.

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.

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