1998 Inductees

Jon Albitz 

Wilkinsburg High School:  1956 graduate



Slippery Rock University:  three-time State Champion 220 low hurdles, captained 1st wrestling team 

International Competitions:  US Olympic Trials decathlon 1963, Pan American games alternate 1963 

Coaching Career:  basketball, track, volleyball, wrestling and soccer Penn Hills and Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 

Inductions:  Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame 

Eddie Biedenbach 


 Edgewood High School:

BASKETBALL:  lettered three years, two league championships, ALL State

FOOTBALL:  lettered two years, quarterback/linebacker 

North Carolina State:  basketball, three year starter for Everett Case and Press Maravich, two time All-ACC, three ACC championship game appearances and one championship 

National Basketball Association: LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns one year 

Coaching Career:  Assistant to Norm Sloan NC State, recruited players such as Tom Burleson, Monty Towe, and David Thompson; Head Coach Davidson, three years; Head Coach UNC Asheville, 1st place finish 11-3 in league, earned Eddie Coach of the Year Big South Conference 1997 

Jack Cassidy 

East Pittsburgh High School:  1957 graduate

FOOTBALL:  four year letter earner, defensive end/tackle/quarterback/wide receiver/punter/kick-off/punt returner, Captain two years; member of All-Opponent football team for several schools

BASKETBALL:  four year letter earner, scored over 1000 points, Captain two years, leading scorer two years, leading rebounder three years, Co-captain 1956 WPIAL Championship team and PIAA State Finalist team, All-Section 16B two years, All WPIAL Honorable Mention 1956, 3rd team All State 1856, MVP East Pittsburgh Invitational Tourney and All Tournament team 1957 

Jack turned down several scholarship offers; became Chief of Police in East Pittsburgh 

 Charley Feeney 


Newspaper Career; began as 15 year old messenger, after war Long Island Press and Long Island Start Journal, covered MLB New York Giants 1951-57, Yankees 1958-61 shared coverage 1962-63 full-time, Pittsburgh Post -Gazette hired by Al Abrams to cover Pirates 1966-86 

Service:  US Navy 1942-46 

Inductions:  Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1990, Writers Hall of Fame Cooperstown, NY 1997- Charley’s friend and neighbor, Elroy Face, former Pirate, threw a part in Charley’s honor; Charley said it was the first time a player ever threw a party for a sportswriter 

Dennis Hyland 

North Braddock Scott High School: 1964 graduate

FOOTBALL:  three year starter, quarterback, Co-captain senior year

BASKETBALL:  Co-captain senior year


Outstanding Senior Athlete 

Slippery Rock:  football quarterback and Co-captain junior and senior years, set pashing and rushing records 

Running:  competed in over 12 marathons 

Golf:  won two 1st Flight Golf Championships at Edgewood Country Club 

Coaching Career:  baseball and wrestling, Penn Hills 

Bill Lohr 

Pitcairn High School:  1928 graduate

FOOTBALL:  four years

BASKETBALL:  four years

TRACK:  two years 

Penn State University:  football and baseball three years, starting quarterback 1932 

Professional Baseball:  during 1930’s, teams from New York, South Carolina, Western Pennsylvania 

Coaching Career:  football, basketball and Athletic Director at Pitcairn High School, Scottdale and Wilkinsburg High School 

Sports Administration:  Secretary, treasurer Foothills Football Conference 17 years, Secretary WPIAL Basketball and BASEBALL Committee ten years, Secretary WPIAL 1963-73, First Executive Secretary three years 

Official:  football 30 years, basketball 18 years, baseball one year, track 20 years 

Involvement in organized sports 51 straight years; name Senior Athlete of the Year at Churchill Country Club 

Chuck Milcic 

Westinghouse Memorial High School:  1968 graduate

FOOTBALL:  lettered three years, senior year 1st Team All-Conference

TRACK AND FIELD:  lettered three years 

University of Miami:  football, starting offensive lineman 1970 

Waynesburg:  football, District 18 NAIA All- Conference 1st Team 1972 

Professional Football:  1973-76

National Football League Washington Redskins and Houston Oilers, World Football League Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Bell, Mid-Atlantic League Pittsburgh Ironmen 

Coaching Career:  Head Coach girls varsity and Junior  High track and field coach  and Assistant Varsity football coach East Allegheny High School , Assistant Franklin Regional, offensive/defensive line Gateway High School 

Charles Morrissey

Native of Monroeville  

Lakeland College: football, gained 2,113 yards scored 127 points, established or tied 11 records, All-Wisconsin Small College football team by United Press International two of four years, consistently among top small college rushers in the nation, Captain 1964, MVP 1962 and 1964, jersey #32 retired by school 1965 

National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers:  signed contract 1965 to play for Buddy Parker 

Central States Football League:  returned to Wisconsin 1966 to coach/player Sheboygan Redwings, George Colton Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership 1972 

Inductions:  Lakeland College Hall of Fame 1972 

Mark O’Toole 

Gateway High School:

FOOTBALL:  quarterback under Pete Antimarino, two year starter, team record 20-2, won West Penn Conference, WPIAL Championship, #1 in state 1972, senior year WPIAL MVP, Dapper Dan Athlete of the Year, Pennsylvania Big 33 All Star, Post Gazzete All Star, two year All Conference, 2nd Team All State, Sunkist High School All American  Honorable Mention

BASKETBALL:  All Conference 1972 

University of Pittsburgh:  football defensive back/special teams, Sugar Bowl and National Champions 1976 

Other Sports:  competitive baseball, tennis and golf, running and lifting weights 

Michael O’Toole 

Born in Homestead, Pennsylvania 

Braddock High School:  1936 graduate

FOOTBALL: two year letterman 

Appalachian State University:  football scholarship, lettered four years, All Conference Team 1940 and 1941 

National Football League:  Contacted by New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, entered service instead

Service:  US Navy, four years US Naval Air Corps

Coaching Career:  football and basketball Braddock School District 

Official Career:  PIAA football and basketball 1953-60, Jr. WPIAL Decision Committee, Chairman of Football Committee 

Honors:  Man of the Year Monroeville Dapper Dan 1973, Man of the Year Gateway Boosters 1976 

Retired from Gateway School District in 1982 after 35 years of service in public education 

Mark Rutkowski 

Braddock High School:  1959 graduate

FOOTBALL:  three year starter, quarterback, played for Chuck Klausing, record breaking unbeaten streak for Braddock, senior year Outstanding Player WPIAL, All-State, played in Big 33 game 

Dartmouth:  football scholarship (transferred after one year to University of Dayton- 1964 graduate) 

Lawrence “Deuce” Skurcenski 


North Braddock Scott graduate 

Attended high school and college athletic events since 1954 

Attended/kept game statistics on 7,188 basketball and 2,489 football events 1954-time of induction, gaining widespread media recognition; Deuce quotes as saying, “ I get more press than a drycleaner”, drove hundreds of miles to watch games, official scorekeeper at WPIAL championships since 1987, scorer at Dapper Dan Roundball Classic in Pittsburgh 1955-82; known by NBA, NCAA and NAIA coaches and officials throughout the country, corresponds with and reports game information to more than 20 newspapers and area TV stations, featured on radio and TV and newspaper stories