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

Krystal Baker ('08): The track and field star won district titles in the triple jump as a junior and senior and finished third in the state as a senior. She also was a standout high jumper and pole vaulter and earned six career PIAA medals.

Paula Keller Bamford ('97): She was the team MVP in cross country and a Mid-Penn all-star in both basketball and track and field as a hurdler. She averaged around 20 points per game as a senior and was recruited by Division II colleges for both basketball and track, choosing basketball at Millersville University.

Jon Hade ('05): He earned all-league honors as a quarterback but had even more success wrestling. As a senior, he won sectional and district titles at 160 pounds and was a state runner-up with 40 victories. He also was a good sprinter on the track and field team. He accepted a football scholarship to Shippensburg University.

Matt Stambaugh ('92): The running back ran for more yards in a season (2,209) than anyone in school history and is third-best all-time (3,048). He was the Blue Mountain League's offensive player of the year and earned all-state recognition. He also was a standout hurdler and sprinter who qualified for districts and states in both.

Jay Weaver ('92): The quarterback/free safety in football and forward in basketball was recruited by Division II colleges in both sports. He is one of only two boys in school history to score 1,000 career points (1,056) in basketball. He also was a track and field standout, running sprints but excelling at the 110 hurdles, in which he finished third at districts and qualified for states.

ONE TO WATCH

Senior Derek Schmelyun enjoyed a stellar season last winter on the wrestling mat, going 46-5 overall. He won a Class AA district title at 135 pounds and finished third in the state.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

Jack Cashman ('68) ran for 275 yards in one football game and still holds the record for the longest interception return in school history (100-plus yards). He also earned a second-place finish in the 100 meters at the district track meet.

Shannon Holtzinger ('00) won a district title in the long jump as a junior and a district title in the triple jump as a senior.

Kari Kover ('04) is the school's all-time leading basketball scorer (1,292 points) and earned a scholarship to Millersville.

Bryce Marshall ('07) is the school's all-time leader in wrestling victories (158), won two district titles and finished as high as fourth at states. He wrestles at Division II Shippensburg.

Rickey Schmelyun ('06) won Class AA district and state titles at 140 pounds with a perfect 42-0 record as a senior. As a junior, he won sectional and district titles and finished third at states. He earned a scholarship to Division I Bloomsburg.

Brian Weaver ('87) won district pole vault titles as a junior and senior and won a state title as a senior with a record-breaking vault of (14-7 1/2).