5 questions with Wallkill’s Chelsea Murphy

We know Wallkill’s Chelsea Murphy is tough: Witness her performance during the girls’ basketball season.

She played most of the season with a bruised hip and could often be seen limping up the court. Murphy’s hip became inflamed and she said she experienced painful tendinitis down to her knee. She’s also selfless.

Two years ago, she moved from shortstop to center field, never playing the position before. A year later, she was a Varsity845 first-team all-star. This season, it was back to shortstop for Murphy, before last week when she was moved to center to solidify Wallkill’s defense out there.
Of course, Murphy went with it.

1. How did you manage to stick it out during basketball season? “I just knew that my team needed me. I did it for my team. I knew it was a good year and I didn’t want to miss out. It was painful, but definitely worth it.”

2. How tough was is sitting out the start of the softball season (she missed three weeks)? “I definitely was a lot harder than I thought it would me. I couldn’t throw a ball, I couldn’t do anything. I just had to stand there. It was torture.”

3. Where do you get your toughness from? “My dad. He’s definitely dealt with a lot of injuries. He was in motocross and he broke his arm and his nose. I’ve seen him deal with some injuries.”

4. How do you like your new, old role on the team? “I’ll do anything the team needs me to do. I don’t care. I’ll pitch, play the outfield, play shortstop. Anything to help the team. I played shortstop my whole life. But I like center field a little more now. But I’m good with shortstop. I’ve played it all my life.”

5. Your best play ever in center? “My freshman year. There was a single hit against Marlboro in the MHAL playoffs. I threw it to Lisa Bouffard and she threw it home to get Emily McDonough at the plate. It saved the game.”

JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ

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