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 MENTIONS

Kenny Fritchman, 1979: He is known best for his legendary 66-point performance in a double-overtime victory as a senior - still the league record for a game. He scored 1,306 points in three varsity seasons before playing for Elizabethtown College. He also was a standout soccer goalie as a senior and played in the district tennis tournament - even though Eastern didn't have a team.

Tracy Strausbaugh Myers, 1984: The three-sport star was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball who holds school records for most points (36) and rebounds in a game (22). She also held school track records for years in the 100, 200 and 400 and even was a standout field hockey player.

Eastern’s Andrew Nicholas is one athlete to watch.
Eastern's Andrew Nicholas is one athlete to watch. (Daily Record/Sunday News - File)
Clarion recruited her for basketball and Millersville for track and field.

Marcy Spahr Osterberg, 1991: She was the school's all-time leading female basketball scorer with 1,462 points, despite missing the last few games of her career with a blown-out knee. She also was a standout hurdler in track and field. She earned a basketball scholarship to Division II power Bentley College in Massachusetts.

Barre Ritz, 1955: The two-sport star led the league in basketball scoring at Wrightsville High as a junior (22.4 points per game) and earned all-state recognition as a senior in Eastern's inaugural season. He scored 1,088 career points between the two schools. In baseball, the catcher, shortstop and pitcher fired a no-hitter but was known more for skipping the end of his senior year to report to the Kansas City Athletics' minor league system.

Carol Forry Roth, 1985: The senior won district and state titles - and set a state record - in the 100 meter hurdles. She won a district title as a junior and her 14.9 in the 100 hurdles is still a YAIAA Track and Field Championships record. She even was a good enough long jumper to qualify for the PIAA Championships as a senior. She earned a track and field scholarship to West Chester.

ONE TO WATCH

Sophomore Andrew Nicholas was a first-year star on the basketball court last winter. The 6-foot-6 frosh averaged 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

DID YOU KNOW?

Leonard "Red" Bock ('47, Wrightsville) went on to play outfield in the Philadelphia Athletics organization.

Bob Courtwright ('81), Mike Sollenberger ('87), Aaron Mackley ('92) and Jimmy Bair ('00) all won district wrestling titles.

Rod Crumbling ('85) won district and state golf titles as a senior and was recruited by Penn State.

Emily Grossnickle ('90) was district and state discus titles as a senior. She also won a district title as a sophomore and was the YAIAA champ as a freshman.

Libby Haas ('03) was the YAIAA and district high jump champ as a junior and senior.

Gordie Kauffman ('80) was the school MVP in golf, basketball and baseball as a senior. He is now a PIAA basketball official.

Mike Kraft ('08) was a two-time all-state volleyball pick who chose football in college, playing quarterback at Division II Bloomsburg University.

Joe Lyle ('74) and Jeremy Klunk ('00) were all-state soccer picks.

Jason Malone, 1994 averaged 18.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior, helping him finish with 1,324 points for his career, No. 3 on the school's boys list.

Jeff Shirey ('83) won a district cross country title before winning district and state titles in the 3200 meters his senior year.

Jen Smith ('98) is the women's head basketball coach at Division II Lock Haven University and Danny Young ('96) is the head coach at Division III Juniata College.

Katie Vican ('06) is the school's second all-time leading female basketball scorer with 1,313 points and was a star high jumper on the track and field team. She went on to play basketball for NAIA Northwood University in Florida.