About this series
Coming up with a short list and then ranking the 10 greatest athletes in the history of each YAIAA high school was a daunting task. For sure, there is no scientific approach. But after two years of interviews, research and roundtable discussions, we are presenting as fair an attempt as possible to create an objective list on a decidedly subjective topic.
OUR CRITERIA: 1. The only accomplishments considered were those achieved while competing in high school varsity athletics. If an athlete earned a college scholarship, that was also factored in. 2. Accomplishments outside the setting of high school varsity sports and accomplishments after high school were not taken into account. 3. Athletes who attended more than one local high school were only evaluated at the school where they had the most varsity success. 4. Female athletes were rated by how they dominated their own sports not how they would fare going head-to-head against male athletes.

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HONORABLE MENTION

Josh Redding, 1996: He never played football until his freshman year of high school but developed into a dominating offensive lineman. He was a second-team all-state pick as a senior and earned a scholarship to Virginia Tech. He also was a good enough heavyweight wrestler to earn honorable mention all-league status. He was decent at the shot put but this was his true track and field highlight: The 285-pound senior stunned spectators by running a quarter mile in less than 60 seconds during a season-ending relay.

Shelly Lobach, 2007: A three-sport star who was best known for her field hockey skills. She was a three-time Daily Record field hockey all-star and was named the YAIAA's Division I Player of the Year as a senior.

Cameron Throckmorton is one to watch at South Western.
Cameron Throckmorton is one to watch at South Western. (Submitted)
As a track and field junior, she qualified for districts in the 400 meters and also won a district title in the 1,600 meter relay. In basketball, she was a first-team YAIAA all-star guard as a senior, making a school-record 129 steals (5.4 per game) and averaging 13.1 points. She was a second-team all-star pick as a junior.

Stacie Bowman Johnson, 1981: She was good enough in basketball to score 1,233 career points (second-best among females) and good enough in field hockey to earn a Division I scholarship to Northern Illinois University. She also ran sprints and did the high jump in track and field.

Andrew Kern, 2001: The three-sport star earned most of his headlines on the football field where he was a dangerous running back, receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner - scoring touchdowns all four ways as a senior. He was the Daily Record Player of the Year and earned a scholarship to Division I-AA James Madison University. He was an all-star point guard in basketball and standout sprinter in track and field.

Gene Gobrecht, 1983: He won two district wrestling titles and finished second in the PIAA Tournament as a 138-pound senior. His 110-14 career record included a 30-1 junior season. He also was a standout linebacker and field goal kicker on the football team, hitting a 34-yarder with seven seconds left to beat Delone Catholic. He earned a Division I wrestling scholarship to Shippensburg.

TWO TO WATCH

Twins Carissa and Cameron Throckmorton were dominant last year as freshmen. In softball, Carissa hit .515 with two home runs and was a standout pitcher and shortstop. In wrestling, Cameron won a district title, finished fourth at states and earned a 40-3 record.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

Catie Hare ('05) won two district titles in the 100 meters and had a second-place finish at states in that event. She ran track at Pitt.

Mike Andreas ('01) was 8-0 as a senior pitcher and earned a baseball scholarship to Georgia Tech.

Katie Davis ('02), a softball star, was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year at Fordham.

Carissa Throckmorton is one to watch at South Western.
Carissa Throckmorton is one to watch at South Western. (Submitted)
She set seven records there, including career home runs.

Kyle Wildasin ('01) set a school record for career pitching appearances at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a Division I school.

Ashley Lobach ('02) played in the 2005 Division III national title field hockey game for Messiah College.

Krista Meckley ('99) won a national championship in field hockey at the University of Michigan in 2001. It was the first women's national team title in school history.