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Salem Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:05 am

One of the top three-sport athletes in recent area history, a near perfect student-athlete and a linebacker who’d “take your head off and break your ribs on the way by” are among the five new inductees into the Salem-Woodbury Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be Friday evening at the Atkinson Country Club. For more information contact Athletic Director Dave Rozumek at 603-893-7089 or

The hall of fame biographies are based on information supplied by the school and Eagle-Tribune archives.

Erin (Reusch) Bickford

Class of 2004

The 5-1 Reusch was a captain, three-year starter and four-year letterman in both field hockey and softball, winning two Class L titles in the former and three in the latter. She was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star and N.H. co-Division 1 MVP in field hockey as a senior. Reusch also competed in winter track.

She attended Maine on a field hockey scholarship and won numerous athletic honors, including being named second-team All-America East Conference. A co-captain who started three years for the Black Bears, Reusch earned near perfect grades (3.98 GPA) in Orono.

Joe Fitzsimons

Class of 2000

As a senior, the 160-pounder went 45-2, won the Class L, Meet of Champions and New England titles, and led the Blue Devils to an unbeaten dual-meet season.

He was named Salem’s top winter athlete and won the school’s student-scholar award. He also was a winner at Meet of Champions as a junior to help Salem to the overall title. He went 132-33 in his Salem career.

At Roger Williams, the three-time captain set the school record with 139 career wins (139-30 record) en route to earning All-New England honors all four years. The two-time Academic All-American is a Marine Corps reservist and served in Iraq.

Gary Malisos

Class of 1994

Football coach Todd Seastedt colorfully described the 6-0, 195-pound Eagle-Tribune All-Star linebacker this way: “He’ll take your head off and break your ribs on the way by.”

Malisos led the Blue Devils in tackles two straight years and as a senior was named Salem’s top male athlete of the fall. He captained the N.H. Shrine team his senior year.

He placed third at the indoor New Englands in track as a senior with a throw of 51-8 in the shot put. He also earned Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors that season. Malisos also won Meet of Champions that winter (49-6 1/2) and the Class L title that spring (48-11).

He starred for the Springfield College football team, earning second-team all-Freedom Conference honors one year and earning team defensive MVP honors as a senior. He was also tri-captain as a senior.

Pat Halligan

Class of 2006

“The Hammer” won the Eagle-Tribune’s Max Bishop Award as a junior, symbolic of the top three-sport athlete from our area’s 23 schools.

The 6-0, 235-pounder was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star that fall in his first year playing organized football. The fullback/linebacker made 67 tackles and rushed 94 times for 702 yards. He led the area with 34 goals in hockey en route to Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors. In the spring he batted .319 and drove in 22 runs to help Salem reach the Class L baseball finals.

As a senior he was named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in hockey for the third time (he finished with a Salem record 89 career goals) and rushed for 892 yards and scored 15 TDs to repeat as an Eagle-Tribune football all-star. He batted .305 with 15 runs and 14 RBIs.

He was edged out for the Bishop Award, which would have made him the only two-time winner in the award’s now 24-year history.

Halligan’s father, Mike, is in the Salem Hall of Fame for his track (school record 195-7 in the javelin in 1975) and football (earned scholarship to UNH) prowess.

Kathleeen (Ralph) Caredeo

Class of 1981

Kathleen was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in basketball in 1981, when she averaged 13 points a game with a monster 32-point performance in one game. She was captain and team MVP and also excelled in track and in the band.

Caredeo has continued to be a force in the Salem community, generously giving her time to support youth football, basketball and baseball. In 2010, she was one of 29 Merrimack Valley women leaders honored by the YWCA of Greater Lawrence at its Tribute to Women awards ceremony.


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