Robert Kordish is a 1951 graduate of Portville Central School. As a senior, Bob was captain of a football team that went 7-1 and basketball team that won the Cattaraugus County Class B championship.
In basketball, Bob was a three-time unanimous selection to the Times Herald Cattaraugus County Class A-B All-Star Team in 1949, 50 and 51. He broke Portville’s individual scoring record with 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting in a 70-57 win over Cuba in February 1951. He also pulled down a school-record 28 rebounds in the game. In addition, he broke Portville’s single-season scoring record as a senior with 261 points. Bob finished his basketball career with 534 points.
In football, Bob played tackle and tight end, and was a three-time Alle-Catt all-star (Second Team in 1948, First Team in 1949, honorable mention in 1950.) The highlight game of his football career was during his junior season, when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 13-0 win over Cuba. Bob also played baseball for 4 years.
Academically, Bob also shined as president of Student Council and the Senior Class. He was inducted into the Portville Chapter of the National Honor Society in 1951, went to Boys’ State for 3 years, played in the PCS band for four years, and was a coach for the Portville Hornets Basketball team.
After graduation from high school, he continued his basketball career at Colgate, where he was a Dean’s List student and majored in mathematics.
In August of 1956, Bob married fellow Portville grad Carol Miller. He was a longtime employee of Eastman Kodak Company where he was appointed manager, EEO and Central Industrial Relations Resources for the Kodak Apparatus Division (KAD). Robert and his wife raised 3 children and reside in Hilton, New York.
The late David Waugh graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, in 1983. While at Kent Roosevelt, he excelled in football, wrestling, and track. He was selected 2nd team defense in the Akron Beacon Journal All Metro League and was the second leading tackler his senior year in football. Follow graduation, Dave attended Slippery Rock University and was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. He graduated from college in 1987.
Mr. Waugh started teaching at Portville in 1994. After teaching Special Education for several years, Dave landed in 6th grade, where he remained until the time of his untimely death in 2017. It is also where he joined the Ecology Camp team, which he coordinated for 9 years.
Dave also coached the following sports while a teacher at Portville:
Modified / JV Wrestling for 24yrs; JV/Assistant Varsity Football for 24yrs; and Morning Strength / Conditioning for 15yrs.
Earlier this evening, Portville Central School’s Fitness Center was dedicated and renamed the Waugh Fitness Center to honor his memory.
The way Dave went about his work in teaching and coaching is what made him special. His effort and integrity was second-to-none. No one dealt more directly with “the truth” of an issue, an effort, a result, or an intention better than Dave Waugh. The relationships he built in Portville will last forever.
The Portville Community can never be the same without Dave, but we will forever be better because we had him. Portville Central School can never be the same without Dave. But, we ARE a better school because we had him. The students and student-athletes of PCS are the greatest benefactors. They will make anywhere their lives take them better because of the influence Dave had on their lives.
Dave was married to Shelley, and together they have 3 children – Ben, Matt and Maggie.
Jamie Moses is a 1994 graduate of Portville Central School.
Jamie played football for 4 years, basketball for 4 years, baseball for 4 years, and track for 2 years. He was the captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams in senior year.
His high school athletic honors include WNY Division 8 All Star as Football quarterback and deep back; Expressway Conference All-Star in Baseball and Basketball and MVP of the conference in Basketball; Big 30 All Star in Basketball; Cattaraugus County All Star in Baseball; 1993-94 Cattaraugus County Athlete of the Year and WHDL Athlete of the Year. Jamie was also named to the Western New York All-Academic Football Team and was a member of the National Honor Society.
After graduating from high school, Jamie attended St. Bonaventure University where he was a member of the Division 1 Men’s Basketball team. He was also captain of the team his senior year. After graduating from Bona’s in 1999, Jamie played professional baseball in Belgium for the Brasschaat Braves.
Jamie received his MBA from Cornell University where he was a Roy H. Park Fellow, which afforded him 2 years of full tuition and a stipend. This award is given only to Cornell MBA students who demonstrate outstanding leadership.
Currently, Jamie is the Chief Financial Officer of Berkshire Bank in Massachusetts. He lives in Farmington, Connecticut with his wife, Erin Ross Moses, and their children, James, Ella and Andrew. He is the Treasurer of the Farmington Little League and Treasurer of the Stanley Whitman House Museum of Early American History.
In reflecting on his years at PCS, the blood, sweat, tears and thrills experienced as an athlete here will forever be some of his fondest memories. He believes he was lucky to have such great teammates and friends, and the lessons learned on the field and court undoubtedly helped make all of them better husbands, fathers, and men. Jamie is extremely proud to be a Portville Central School graduate!
RONALD J. MCMAHON
Ron McMahon grew up in Baldwin, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. While in school, Ron played basketball for 6 years.
After graduating from Baldwin High School in 1974, with a class of nearly 900 students, Ron attended Clarion State College, where he was a graduate assistant Men’s Basketball coach. Mr. McMahon began teaching and coaching at Portville Central School in 1979. He coached JV Boys’ Basketball for 6 years with a record of 61 and 42; Varsity Boys’ Track for 3 years; Boys’ Golf for 9 years, winning the Alle-Catt League in 1985 with an 18-2 record, and Varsity Girls’ Basketball for 3 years.
In 1988, Coach McMahon became the Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach, a position he would hold for 13 years, compiling 11 straight winning seasons. During his tenure as the Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach, he had a record of 190 wins and 95 losses, for a winning percentage of 67%, best of any coach in PCS boys’ basketball history. His teams won the Expressway League 6 out of the 9 years it was in existence. Also, his teams were named NYS Scholar Athlete teams for 10 years, and in 2000, his team won the Section VI title with a record of 22-2, the most wins for a team in the history of Portville Boys’ Basketball. In that same year, he was also named Big 30 Coach of the Year.
After retiring from coaching in 2001 in order to follow his son’s basketball career at the University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford, he “came out of retirement” for the 2005-06 basketball season to assist Coach Jean Bantelman with the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team. That team’s record was 20-5 and they, too, won the Sectional title that year. Ron’s son, Jeff, was on the sectional winning team in 2000, and his daughter, Kellie, was on the sectional winning team in 2006. He says that, without a doubt, helping to coach his children to those titles were the two biggest thrills in his coaching career.
In reflecting on his career, after retiring in 2011, Ron stated, “It was an honor to both teach and coach at P.C.S. for 32 years. To the thousands of students that I have taught and the athletes that I have coached, this was a dream fulfilled. Thanks for the memories.”
In March of 2011, Ron was inducted into the Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame. Ron and his wife, Coralie still reside in Portville.
FRANCIS “TONY” WILSON
Tony Wilson was a member of the Portville Central School Class of 1943.
While a student here, Tony participated in football, basketball and baseball. He was a football player for Coach Latimer and their teams went undefeated in 27 consecutive games. Their football team won the Tri-County championship 4 years in a row, winning every game. The 1942 team, for which Tony was a captain, was especially monstrous, out-scoring the other squads 242-13.
Tony was captain of the basketball team in 1942. He was known for his good consistent footwork and set shots. He was also a member of band and choir.
When Tony returned from the war, he helped his parents run Wilson’s Fruit Market and took over the business from them. He married and started a family and has lived in Portville all his life. In 1967, Tony became the Postmaster of the Portville United State Post Office. While raising his family he enjoyed playing softball in the local tavern leagues.
Tony was a Portville Sports Booster for many years and coordinated many spaghetti dinners for the PCS football team at the end of their season. Tony was a volunteer coach with Bud Fenton and he continued with the PCS football team in the Coach Bob Connell’s regime. Tony was Bob’s right hand man, spending countless hours helping him at practices, scouting games with him, reviewing films, designing plays and spotting the defenses for the team up in the press box. Tony was also a member of the Big 30 Football Committee for numerous years nominating players for the Big 30 player of the week award.
Tony was a referee for the local high school teams. He officiated high school football and basketball games and umpired high school baseball games. He also was a basketball official at the collegiate level, officiating many St Bonaventure games. During his officiating career, Tony was an IAABO member and held the position of interpreter. Tony was awarded the IAABO Life Time Achievement Award. He was a member of the committee that started the IAABO Classic Basketball Tournaments held at St Bonaventure over 40 years ago. This tournament continues to this day.
Tony is a life member of the Portville American Legion Post #814 and a life member of the Portville Fire Department.
At the age of 93, Tony still talks about various teams he was on and speaks fondly of his past coaches and all of the PCS athletes that he worked with throughout his years at PCS.
Tony states his greatest accomplishment was dedicating his life to service. His service to his country in WWII, serving in the Coast Guard. His service to his community running his local store, donating food and produce to local families. His service to the United States Post Office by being postmaster for 20 years. Even during the 1972 flood, Tony had to leave his home and family to assure that the mail in the Portville US Post Office stayed secure. His service to the youth of Portville, volunteering many hours on the gridiron with them, using his status as a referee to make them better players and helping his fellow coaches with whatever they needed, including his hot pepper sandwiches after scouting cold October games, while sitting at the table using salt/pepper shakers and kitchen utensils to design plays! Most importantly, his service to his family.
Mr. Wilson left high school at the age of 17 to join the Coast Guard and was unable to graduate with his class. Upon returning from World War II in 1946, he did the work to earn his GED. Under New York State’s Operation Recognition, Superintendent Tom Simon is here to recognize Tony’s devotion and sacrifice as a World War II Veteran. At this time, we proudly present Mr. Tony Wilson with an official Portville Central School High School Diploma!! Congratulations, Tony!!!
INGA WENKE WELTY
Inga Wenke Welty graduated from Portville Central School in 1993. While at PCS, Inga was involved
In Soccer, where she was a 3-yr starter at center-midfielder, Inga was a 3-time Cattaraugus County All-Star (Soph, Junior, Senior years), Expressway Conference All-Star in the inaugural year of the Expressway Conference; was selected to play in the All-WNY Senior All-Star Soccer Game at Canisius College; was one of the Big 30’s top scorers her senior season; and was a member of the Cattaraugus County League Champions her senior year.
In Basketball, where she was a 4-year starter as Point Guard, 2-time Big 30 Basketball All-Star her Junior and Senior years, Expressway Conference MVP her Senior year, inaugural year of the Expressway Conference; 4-time Cattaraugus County All-Star; 3-time IAABO Tourney All-Star; was selected to play in the Ronald McDonald Senior All-Star Basketball Game at Buff State; was part of the Section VI Champion & Regional Championship team her Junior year; and played in the NYS Final Four in Glens Falls that year as well.
Inga’s Career Team Record in basketball was 77-12 for a percentage of 86%. She scored over 800 career points and in the two seasons (Jr & Sr) statistics were kept, she amassed 222 assists, 189 steals, and 168 rebounds, while shooting 46% from the field.
In Softball, where she was a Catcher & Shortstop. She was a 5-time Cattaraugus County All-Star; Expressway Conference All-Star her Senior year; and was selected to play in the All-WNY Senior All-Star Softball Game in Buffalo.
Inga’s Career Team Record was 72-27 for a percentage of 72%, with a Batting Average 46%. She had 155 hits with 27 doubles, 20 triples, and 11 homeruns. She also stole over 100 bases and recorded over 130 RBI’s.
Inga’s other high school athletic achievements included being named the 1993 Cattaraugus County Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
While in high school, she was also involved in the following:
- -National Honor Society (Secretary)
- -Student Council (Secretary)
- -Yearbook Editor
- -Junior Alumni Medal recipient
- -High Honor-Roll every MP all four years of HS
Inga graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. In 1998, Inga was hired as a teacher at Portville Central School. While here, she has coached the following:
- -JV Softball – 1 season
- -Varsity Softball – 4 seasons
- -Modified Boys Soccer – 3 seasons
- -Modified Girls Soccer – 1 seasons
- -Modified Girls Basketball – 4 seasons
- -JV Girls Basketball – 8 seasons
- -Varsity Girls Basketball – 9 seasons so far! (over 100 victories)
Following graduation, Inga also achieved the following:
- -Founder and director of the Michele Foss Bartholomew Scholarship Fund that has awarded $84,000 to area female seniors going on to college after graduation
- -Director of Panther Hoop School (basketball camp) for area youth for the past 14 years
- -Commissioner of the Olean Women’s Softball League and Director of the Olean City Cup Tournament
Inga states that, “it was a privilege and an honor to wear maroon and white. I was fortunate to be on some extremely successful winning teams with talented teammates. I was also lucky to have been influenced by coaches such as Ray DeLand, Linda Larder, Bob George, Ken Woodruff, and Chuck Hild. These people not only taught what it takes to be successful in competition, but also lessons regarding the importance of academics and being respectful young women. I hope when all the former and current players I have coached reflect upon their high school athletic career, they feel as though I’ve instilled those same philosophies.
I am most proud of the Lady Panthers that call me “mom”….my daughters, Kayla, Karly, Mia, and Mallory. Their love for athletics is immeasurable and the joy that Larry and I get out of watching them compete in a Portville uniform is rewarding. They truly are our greatest blessings and we could not imagine raising them anywhere but here!”