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October 5, 2012

Jean DePlacido column: Prep's Moore overcame accident to become football standout

Jean Deplacido
The Salem News

---- — Alex Moore is a big part of St. John’s Prep’s success on the football field, but four years ago a serious accident nearly ended his athletic career. Moore, a senior captain, has 4.51 speed in the 40 yard dash and plays in the backfield, at receiver, and in the secondary on defense.

Moore (6’, 195 lbs.) and junior Jonathan Thomas give the 3-1 Eagles an incredible double threat to spark the running game. The duo combined for 355 yards rushing and four TD’s in the 27-12 victory at Brockton last weekend. Moore, who is from Boxford, is just as outstanding in the classroom as on the gridiron with a 4.05 GPA and SAT score of 1860.

From the time he was a young boy he has wanted to play for the Fighting Irish, and Notre Dame remains one of the schools at the top of his list. But Moore’s dreams almost came to a tragic end in June of 2008 when he was seriously injured in an ATV accident in a wooded area. Moore suffered such severe injuries to his head and arms he had to spend over a month at Shriner’s Hospital in Boston where doctors were concerned that the infection in his arm might result in amputation.

“I flipped over and got caught under the ATV,” said Moore. “I slid for a while, and tore my arms open right down to the bone. Doctors thought something must have gone through my arm. They said they had never seen anything like it. You could take a flashlight and see right through to the other side.

“They treated the injuries like burns, and I made a pretty fast recovery. When (Masco Youth) football started in late August I was back playing even though I was still bandaged up. I love football, and I’ll play any position, but I really love defense. In college I want to get time on the field so I’ll play anywhere I can to help the team. I think I’m stronger defensively.”

Moore is looking at Harvard, Penn, Brown, Colby, and Holy Cross. Before the season began ESPN High School rated him the best defensive back in the state.

“Our defense as a whole is very fast this season,” said Moore, who had a 70-yard touchdown run against the Boxers last week. “We’re a physical team, and we all love to hit. Offensively we’re getting great blocking up front from James Fagan, Dom Hooven, Jake Palmer – the whole line is opening up big holes for me and Jonny.

“We worked very hard in the off season to get where we are, and we want to go all the way to the Super Bowl. We were there two years ago (lost to Everett), and we had some great senior leaders on that team. Now we’re seniors and want to follow in their footsteps and teach the younger kids.”

As far as college is concerned Moore is not going to rush things. He knows he definitely wants to keep playing football and is looking for the best fit both academically and football wise. With his grades and football talent he has a wide variety of options.

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Tomorrow at Lakeview Golf Course in Wenham a fund raiser for Rachael Mackey will be begin at 2 p.m. The Hole in One Challenge is sponsored by Steve Vesey. For $40 a shot participants have a chance to win five thousand dollars if they make a hole in one on the par 3, 124 yard hole. There will also be 50/50 raffles and a cookout to help Mackey with further treatment expenses. The 28-year old Danvers native, has been battling a benign but dangerous brain tumor, and recently underwent her second surgery to remove a large mass.

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Stephanie Ciampa of Peabody was named College Hockey America Goalie of the Week. The Mercyhurst senior got the nod to start against RIT and posted a 7-0 shutout. Ciampa, who played at Pingree before transferring to Tabor Academy, has been the Lakers’ backup goalie to Hillary Pattenden, the NCAA’s all-time winningest goaltender. The Lakers are ranked No. 9 nationally.

Last season Ciampa, who has a save percentage of .921, was named to the CHA Academic All-Star team. She held the highest GPA in the league at her position with a 3.755 average. Athletes must post a 3.0 GPA or highest during the academic period when their team competes.

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