HONORABLE MENTIONSThese five stellar athletes from Littlestown just missed the cut for our top-10 list and have earned "Honorable Mention" status:
Kevin Harner ('78): He excelled in football, basketball and baseball and led the Thunderbolts to the 1978 Blue Mountain League football crown - setting a school scoring record and leading the league in scoring that season. In baseball, he set a then-school record with a .534 batting average.
Randy Reynolds ('71): As a senior, Reynolds was a member of the 1970 BML football champs, then was on the 1971 championship baseball team. The Adams County Hall of Famer also played basketball and ended up being drafted by the Texas Rangers, spending three years in Double-A ball.
Brett Stoops ('05): At 5-foot-8, Stoops was considered an undersized running back but was good enough to be named all-state as a senior after rushing 284 times for 1,482 yards and 20 touchdowns. That same season, he caught 31 passes for 402 yards and five more scores. Also in 2004, he was named the YAIAA Division III Player of the Year. A solid hitter and pitcher, Stoops was an all-star in baseball and played basketball as a junior. He is now a student-athlete at Shippensburg University.
Jenelle Timmins ('96): She was a two-time YAIAA Division II softball player of year and a terrific pitcher on a YAIAA championship team her junior year. She led the basketball team with 9.7 points per game as senior. Timmins was good in field hockey as well, earning all-star accolades as a senior.
Joe Weaver ('86): A three-year starter in football, Weaver was a top running back who could catch the ball, was a great return man and played safety. At one point, he ran track, then moved on to baseball before earning a football scholarship at William & Mary after receiving looks from both Penn State and Tennessee.
ONE TO WATCHNate Topper, a junior, had a great baseball season last spring as a sophomore.
The first baseman/pitcher was named team MVP in his first varsity season after hitting .403 with six doubles, a homer and 27 RBIs for the Bolts. Blessed with a keen understanding of the game, he also worked as an effective right-handed pitcher, going 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA. He's also the kicker for the Bolts' football team.
OTHER NOTABLE NAMES
Littlestown, like every school in the YAIAA, has more than just 15 great athletes in its history. We couldn't possibly name them all.
Here are some facts and trivia about other great athletes who attended Littlestown over the years and made a name for themselves in high school or in later years.
· Mike Anderson ('03) had one of Littlestown's best wrestling careers, winning the District 3 Class AA championship at 119 pounds in 2003. He was a two-time state runner-up - at 119 as a senior and 112 as a junior. He went 39-2 as a senior and capped his outstanding career at 120-21.
· Gene Appler ('61) is an Adams County Hall of Famer who excelled in all sports and made the Big 33 game in 1960. He was one of three Littlestown grads who went on to play at Catawba College, where he is also in the school's Hall of Fame.
· Darrell Crabbs Jr. ('95) was good in three sports. He played tight end and defensive end in football, was a solid jumper
in track and scored 1,015 career points in basketball - his best sport.
· Mandy Crabbs ('00) had a phenomenal senior season in basketball with 420 points, 63 steals, 244 rebounds and 41 assists. The two-time all-star had 1,065 career points. She was also a volleyball all-star and played softball for three seasons. She went on to York College, scored 1,000 points there and is the Spartans' all-time leading rebounder.
· Ron Crouse ('59) was a terrific football player who was recruited by Tennessee but ultimately went to Catawba. He still holds three of Catawba's punting records, including highest season average (44.7 yards) and career average (41.2).
· Russell "Possum" Dehoff ('41) was a multisport athlete before it was the norm. He lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball at Littlestown before the Thunderbolts had a football team.
· Scott Dutterer ('83) played quarterback in football for three seasons, basketball for another three seasons and was a four-year pitcher and shortstop in baseball. He earned 11 varsity letters.
· David "Duke" Gartrell ('99) is the Littlestown boys' basketball all-time leading scorer with 1,427 points. An all-star as a senior, he was the league's second-leading scorer with a 21.0 points-per-game average and 73 3-pointers. He shot 81.6 percent from the free-throw line as a senior. The all-star continued his basketball career at Edinboro. He was also a baseball player for the Bolts.
· Benji Hartlaub would have graduated from Littlestown in 1993 but was killed in a car wreck after a basketball game during his senior year. He was also a standout quarterback in football and shortstop in baseball for Littlestown.
· Matt Henry ('88) started two seasons at tailback in football, played basketball and competed in the javelin and high jump in track and field. He has since become a top local amateur golfer, although he did not compete in that sport in high school.
· Branden Lippy ('02) was likely the best girls' basketball player in Thunderbolt history and holds the career points mark with 1,710. She was a two-time player of the year and went on to play at Millersville.
· Kelly Oaster ('96) was quite a standout on the softball diamond for coach Carole Dutterer. She was a four-year starter and hit .341 with 15 RBIs as a freshman, .358 with 24 RBIs as a sophomore and .477 with 24 RBIs in her junior season.
· Dusty Reynolds ('95) was a three-time all-star pitcher and catcher in baseball. He hit .361 as a senior. He was also a standout golfer and was a solid basketball player.
· Warren Robertson ('77) played three sports - football, wrestling and track - and was great on both lines in football. He was a standout wrestler, finishing second in states as a junior and third in states as a senior at 167 pounds. He also threw the javelin.
· Robert "Bob" Weaver ('42) was a fierce competitor, playing soccer, baseball and basketball before Littlestown had football. He went on to play minor-league baseball. The Adams County Sports Hall of Fame inductee won 21 straight games with Erie in 1951, a minor-league record. He is a member of the Adams County Sports Hall of Fame.
· Danine Yealy ('90) scored 1,068 points in basketball, but softball was her better sport. She was a four-year letterwinner at shortstop and catcher and hit .418, .346 and .418 during her final three years.
· Darbye Yealy ('94) was a four-year letterwinner in softball, where she played center field, shortstop and catcher, hitting an impressive .571, .463 and .478 in her final three seasons. She drove in 100 runs in her career.