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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1. Meredith Cox, 2006

The two-time PIAA Class AA Player of the Year, Cox won three consecutive PIAA championships and reached the state semifinals her senior year. She scored 2,097 points over her tremendous career at Delone, making her by far the most prolific scorer in school history among both boys and girls. More importantly, she made the players around her better, sparked a trio of state titles and came within two games of a fourth crown before losing to eventual champion York Catholic in the semifinals. During all four years on the varsity squad, Cox earned all-state honors from the Associated Press and was awarded a scholarship to play at Georgetown, where she played in 27 games and averaged 5.8 points per game as a sophomore last season.

Meredith Cox was named Delone Catholic’s greatest athlete.
Meredith Cox was named Delone Catholic's greatest athlete. (Submitted)

2. Tony Koontz, 1984

The two-time PIAA Class AA wrestling gold medalist was more than just a winner - he was dominant in his triumphs. Setting a District 3 record for career falls with 84, Koontz steamrolled to two state titles at heavyweight, also finishing second in the state during his freshman season and sixth his sophomore year. Before moving on to wrestle at Northern Iowa after graduation, Koontz wrapped up his high school career with a 119-3 record for a ridiculous .9754 winning percentage.

3. John Gastley, 1959

Racking up a total of nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball, Gastley did it all for the Squires. He is remembered most vividly as a standout running back, averaging an impressive 7.1 yards per carry and finishing his career with 2,330 yards on the ground. Gastley also scored 35 career touchdowns for the Squires and did enough on the field to earn a spot on the football team at Villanova University.

4. Maggie Borden, 2003

In the fall, Borden was a standout volleyball player, earning third-team all-state honors by the Associated Press her senior season and helping the Squires qualify for the 2003 PIAA tournament. Her biggest impact, however, came in spring on the track where she was a three-time PIAA champion in the Class AA 400 meters. Borden also picked up the bronze medal in the 200 meters her senior year and qualified to compete in five different events at the state meet. Her efforts helped earn her a track scholarship at Division II Lock Haven University, where she earned a PSAC title in the 400.

5. Mark Lookenbill, 1988

A standout in both basketball and football, Lookenbill was at his best on the gridiron, compiling a barely believable 6,438 all-purpose yards for the Squires. The first running back in York or Adams County to compile more than 4,000 yards on the ground, Lookenbill finished with a total of 4,078.

Meredith Cox of Delone shoots over another player in 2003.
Meredith Cox of Delone shoots over another player in 2003. (Daily Record / Sunday News - Bil Bowden)
He also had a nose for the end zone, scoring 64 touchdowns during his time at Delone, including 32 during his senior season. Lookenbill played well enough for the Squires to earn a spot on the Lehigh University football team, where he played for four years.

6. Joe Kotula, 2002

Leading the Squires to success in both football and baseball, Kotula was an all-star quarterback and am elite third baseman who played well enough to get a spot on the baseball squad at Division I Mount St. Mary's. Kotula made three appearances on the YAIAA All-Star team for baseball, hit .424 his junior year, finished his career with more than 100 hits, and helped Delone reach the PIAA quarterfinals.

Meredith Cox of Delone is seen playing basketball in 2003.
Meredith Cox of Delone is seen playing basketball in 2003. (Daily Record / Sunday News - Bil Bowden)
In football, Kotula was a first-team all-star signal caller that led the Squires to a perfect 10-0 season before losing in the district semifinals. During his junior year, Kotula threw for 706 yards and six touchdowns.

7. Craig Staub, 1989

Part of a PIAA title-winning basketball team, Staub was a contributor in the post who stepped up in the clutch, scoring 27 points and pulling down 22 rebounds in that state championship victory. His primary sport, however, was football, where he played defensive tackle and was named the Blue Mountain League Defensive Player of the Year in 1988. He was also first team all-BML in '87 and '88, picking up Associated Press all-state honors during his senior season as well. Staub went on to play football at Division I-AA William & Mary where he was a first-team All-American at defensive tackle.

8. John Dopson, 1982

The most highly-regarded baseball player in school history, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Dopson was a hard-throwing right-hander who was named All-Patriot News first team in 1982 and finished in a three-way tie for runner-up in Player of the Year voting. Dopson showed enough talent at Delone for the Montreal Expos to select him with the first pick in the second round of the 1982 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut in 1985 and played for three different organizations until his final season in 1994, finishing his pro career with a 30-47 record and a 4.27 ERA.

9. Janell Smith, 1995

As a basketball standout, the 5-foot-8 forward scored 1,745 points and led the Squires to the second round of the PIAA Class AA tournament her senior year. She averaged just less than 16 points per game over her career and went on to be a two-sport star at Millersville. That other sport was softball, as Smith was a consistent .500 hitter for all four years on the varsity team at Delone. During her senior season, Smith hit for a .660 average, blasted eight home runs for the second consecutive season, drove in 49 RBIs and was named a first-team YAIAA shortstop. Over her final three years playing softball for Delone the Squires compiled a 49-12 record.

10. Tom Conrad, 1975

Described as explosive and the kind of player who could shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, Conrad led the Squires to the Central Penn Catholic League title his senior year. The guard left Delone as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,216 points and is still second all-time among the boys. His skills on the court helped earn him a Division I basketball scholarship to Old Dominion University.