Charleroi to honor fourth Hall of Fame class Friday
By Bruce Wald
Published: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
The fourth Charleroi All-Sports Hall of Fame Class will be honored during the pregame activities of the Cougars' home game this Friday night against East Allegheny High School.
The induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at the Cougars' new on-campus football facility.
Seven athletes comprise this year's induction class. In alphabetical order that are Nicole Bosley Bednarski, the late George "Beans" Chacko, Tim Cunningham, Jimmy Edwards, Bob "Moose" Hodgson, Stan "Nunnie" Milchovich, and Robbie Uhlman.
A 1997 Charleroi graduate and star soccer player, Bosley Bednarski was inducted into Washington and Jefferson College's Hall of Fame on Sept. 9.
During her scholastic career, Bosley scored 117 career goals and led the WPIAL in scoring in 1996 with WPIAL single-season record 54 goals at that time. In college she scored 61 career goals with 35 assists for 157 points.
An end for the football team in the mid 1920s who also competed in basketball and track, Chacko went on to play football at Duquesne University.
He was the top player off the bench on Charleroi's 1925-26 basketball team that won the Mon Valley Sectional title. He then taught 30 years at Charleroi where he was a legendary junior high football and basketball coach. The junior high football teams he coached went 78-11 in 16 years with eight perfect seasons. The basketball teams compiled a brilliant 355-58 cumulative record over 19 years with 10 section crowns and three Junior WPPIAL titles. He also had a 95-29 record coaching the varsity baseball team. He passed away in 1963 and was inducted into the MMVASHOF in 1976.
Cunningham was coached by Hodgson and starred in football, baseball and basketball. He was an all-conference tight end and continued his academic and football careers at NCAA Division I-AA Indiana State University, in Terre Haut, IN. He was a member of the Sycamores' 1984 team that went 9-3 overall and lost in triple overtime to Middle Tennessee State in the NCAA playoffs, 42-41.Cunningham played briefly with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.
Edwards was a dominant 167-pound wrestler and running back for the Cougars. In 1982 he was a perfect 24-0 and won a WPIAL Class AA individual championship under the auspices of head coach Lee Hall. He finished his scholastic wrestling career with an 84-4 overall record. He was a teammate of Cunningham's on the football field and gained over 1,000 yards during both the 1980 and 1981 seasons with 44 total touchdowns. Edwards also received the Leslie Morgan Award in 1981 and was part of Charleroi's fifth Football Hall of Fame Class in 1990,
Hodgson was a halfback on Charleroi's 1959 undefeated team and was part of the "Dream Backfield" which consisted of quarterback Gary Hogan, Hodgson, halfback Paul Strelick and fullback Mickey Bitsko. Coached by 1967 Mid-Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame inductee Robert James "Rab" Currie, the 1959 Cougars capped their undefeated season (11-0) by upsetting heavily-favored and unbeaten Aliquippa High School in the Class AA title game contested at Pitt Stadium, 13-12. Hodgson would go to spend 33 years as a Charleroi football coach, including 20 as the head coach from 1978 through 1997.
Milchovich is a 1953 Charleroi graduate and he was a multi-letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball and also excelled in football and baseball at the collegiate level. A retired longtime teacher, coach and then education and athletic administrator, Milchovich was a basketball official for many years and founded the Charleroi Football Hall of Fame. He has also played on world championship senior softball teams as well as earning countless medals in a variety of Senior Games competitions
Uhlman was a three-sport star for Charleroi, excelling in football, basketball, and track and field. He is a 1978 Charleroi graduate and as a running back he rushed for over 1,000 yards his 1977 senior season. That season also marked the final year Charleroi football was coached by Currie. Uhlman was also a 1,000-point career scorer for the Cougars' boys' basketball team.
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