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Local residents inducted into Salem State Athletic Hall of Fame

Posted by Ryan Mooney  October 19, 2012 01:25 PM

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Salem State inducted seven former students into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on October 12. From left to right: Kelli Reardon, of Kettering, Ohio; Ainsley and Lara Bruni, of Gloucester (accepting on behalf of their father, the late Peter Bruni); Elizabeth Bonafanti, of Wilmington, N.C.; Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey, Terri Niles, of Salem; Ken Perrone, of Danvers; and Mark Rowell, of Marshfield.

Terri Niles, of Salem, Ken Perrone, of Danvers, and Joseph "Skip" Arvilla and Peter Bruni, both of Gloucester, were inducted into Salem State's Athletic Hall of Fame along with three others in a ceremony on October 12.

Niles was one of the most prolific scorers in the history of Salem State's vaunted women's basketball program that won 38 combined Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference championships (22 regular season and 16 postseason titles), and made 24 NCAA Division III postseason tournament appearances over the last three decades.

Niles finished with a career 1,542 points, won the MASCAC Player of the Year award in 1997, and played on four NCAA tournament teams, including the Lady Vikings squads that made it to the Sweet 16 in 1996 and the Final Four in 1999. Niles holds the Lady Vikings records for three-pointers made in a game (11) and in a season (86). She graduated in 2000.

Perrone coached the university's baseball team for 30 years, retiring at the end of the 2012 season as the all-time winingest coach in Salem State history with a career record of 674-394-5. During his tenure, Salem State baseball teams were selected for post-season tournament play 24 times, and won five MASCAC titles.

Arvilla and Bruni, both deceased, were posthumously inducted. Bruni's daughters, Ainsley and Lara, accepted the award on his behalf.

Arvilla is one of only six Salem State hockey players to tally 150 career points, and he set the mark for most goals in a season with 26 in 1968, a record which he shares with Matt Gallo, who matched it in 1995. The University awards the Joseph "Skip" Arvilla III Memorial Award to the team's leading scorer at the end of each season.

Bruni was Salem State's second All-American golfer, a member of two MASCAC championship teams, and competed in three New England State College championships and two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championships. He was also a varsity basketball player.

Also inducted were Mark Rowell, of Marshfield, Kelli Reardon, of Kettering, Ohio, and Elizabeth Bonafanti, of Wilmington, N.C.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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