His athletic career started at Washington Junior High School (1937-1940) where he performed on the football and basketball squads who won three straight City League crowns. He also ran track and in his final season of 1940 was recognized as the city's finest all-around performer.
Among his teammates on the basketball squad was Lyle Parkhurst, one of the original 10 inductees of the Hall of Fame back in 1982. Pischera went to Jamestown High School where he earned letters in basketball, football and track from 1940-1943.
Nicknamed "Bisky," Pischera was the first at the school to initiate the one-hand push shot for both field goals and free throws and made the varsity as a sophomore. He averaged 14 points for the late coach Rolland Taft one year en route to Lake Shore League First Team honors.