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September 27, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Former Prep standouts enjoying the rugby life at Vermont


“Rugby is a game of discipline, and only consistent hard work is going to set a team apart,” said Smerczynski, who played both football and rugby at St. John’s. “We have a lot of fun, but we also work hard.”


Kathryn Perrone, daughter-in-law of former Salem High football coach and Salem State baseball coach Ken Perrone, is an author who has written two romance novels with a paranormal twist.

Her latest, “Gull Harbor,” was released in Kindle format by Wildrose Press and has done well after making its debut on Kindle select free days back in February. The book shot up to the No. 1 spot in the fantasy romance category on Day 4 and was on the bestseller list for 19 consecutive weeks. The reviews have been very good, and the book is also available in paperback at

Perrone, who writes under the name Kathryn Knight, wants to create stories that people can enjoy and lose themselves in for a few hours.

She is married to Chris Perrone, who threw the winning touchdown pass to Dave Bean for Danvers High in the last minute of a Thanksgiving Day victory over Gloucester in 1984. The couple met in graduate school at the University of Maryland, and now make their home on Cape Cod.

“I’ve had a passion for reading novels as long as I can remember,” said the author, who is currently working on a book for young adults. “That love of reading combined with my imagination led to making up stories. Romance novels are the most popular in terms of sales, and while I always enjoy a happy ending I like to create some conflict and suspense.

“I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories, so that’s how I came up with my ideas. I have a background in marketing, which also helps because digital formats are changing overnight.

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