Charleroi to induct 9 into Hall of Fame
Nine members of the Class of 2013 will be inducted into the Charleroi Area High School Hall of Fame before Friday night's Interstate Conference contest with Washington.
Set to be honored Friday are Fran “Cheech” Celaschi, Dick Kujawski, Lew Rawls, brothers Martin and Mike Matyas, Bill Wagner, Debbie Fallenstine, Gary Hogan and John “Hoss” Hostetler.
Charleroi Athletic Director Bill Wiltz said the HOF committee debated for a while before coming up with, “a class I'm sure every Cougar will be proud of.”
“We hit a few different eras with this class,” he said. “We were happy with the outcome.”
• Celaschi (Class of 1956), was a two-sport star at Charleroi who went on to be a captain of California State College's baseball team. He returned to Charleroi as the school's baseball coach and held the post for 27 years, winning over 300 games and 13 section titles. He also coached football at Charleroi for 16 years.
• Kujawski (Class of '66) was a three-time all-conference football player and made All-WPIAL twice and first team all-state as a senior. He was also nominated to play in the Big 33 Classic.
• Rawls (Class of '68) was a star in football and track for the Cougars, but it was football where he made his mark as a three-time Mon Valley All-Star and a participant in the Big 33 Classic. He was also named The Valley Independent Football MVP.
• Martin Matyas (Class of '71) was a three-time all-conference football player and went on to Indiana State (Terre Haute), where was an All-American defensive tackle. He currently serves as Charleroi's track coach.
• Mike Matyas (Class of '71) was a standout in football, track and wrestling. He also played football at Indiana State with his brother and was a team captain with the Sycamores.
• Wagner (Class of '97) was a four-year starter in basketball and amassed 1,463 points to stand atop the school's all-time scoring list. He twice was named All-Section and was dubbed Player of the Year once.
• Fallenstine (Class of '79) was the first girl in Washington County history to score 1,000 career points in high school, finishing with 1,264. She also played basketball at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. She returned to Charleroi as an assistant girls' basketball coach.
• Hogan (Class of '60) was the quarterback of Charleroi's 1959 WPIAL championship football team and later went on to play at Purdue University. A multi-sport star at Charleroi, he was inducted into the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
• Hostetler (Class of '63) was also inducted into the Mid Mon Valley Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2011. As a receiver during his high school days, he caught 50 passes for 700 yards and nine touchdowns for the Cougars and helped lead Charleroi to the Big 6 title his senior year. An honorable mention all-state selection, he was picked to play in the Big 33 Classic, along with teammate Stan Kemp. He also starred in basketball at Charleroi before going on to play football at Clemson, where he was a three-year starter.
The inductees will be honored on the field at 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. kickoff.
A post-game reception will be held at the River House in Charleroi. The reception is open to the public.
The Charleroi Hall of Fame committee is composed of Stan Milchovich, Bruno Pappasergi, Ruth Corrin, Kevin Lee, Jack Jacobs and Wiltz.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.