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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. Mark Banks, 1986

The state title-winning wrestler also was a premier running back and linebacker. He began his career at York Suburban but truly starred for the Spartans, and he is one of only three four-time PIAA wrestling medallists in league history. He finished second in the state as a junior and earned a state title in Class AAA as a 155-pound senior. He won three district titles. In football, he earned honorable mention all-state honors. "He was devastating. He was something to behold," said former football coach Gene Fake. "In the summer he delivered newspapers, jogged two miles and then came to football practice." He was recruited by wrestling powers Oklahoma State, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan but ended up at Bloomsburg before transferring to West Virginia.

2. Rod Gladfelter, 1976

He was a star pitcher and quarterback - and a whole lot more for the Spartans. In football, he also was a standout cornerback, kicker and punter on a team that began with only 28 varsity players and ended the season with 22. Gladfelter threw for about 1,300 yards as a senior and ran for 900 more. He added eight interceptions on defense and earned all-county honors and a scholarship to Liberty University in Virginia. He was a UPI honorable mention all-state pick. In baseball, he was a top-grade center fielder and a hard-throwing pitcher who earned some interest from major-league scouts.

3. George Motley, 1978

The football and track and field star also was a pretty good point guard in basketball. In football, he set school records in returning kicks and punts and was an all-league pick as a running back and slot receiver as a junior and senior. He also was a standout runner in the 100 yards, 220 yards and the 440 relay, earning district and state bids in both individual events. He was aggressively recruited for football and track by Division II schools like Shippensburg. He did not attend college.

4. Robbie Banks, 1985

He was a star in football, wrestling and track and field. In wrestling, he was a two-time PIAA finalist and a district runner-up at 155 pounds. He also was a standout running back and defensive back.

5. Mark Landis, 1982

As a senior, he earned a league title in the shot put and finished second in districts in the discus. He still holds school records in both events. He also was a standout football lineman who earned a scholarship to Bloomsburg University.

6. Ron Zeager, 1982

The basketball star led the league in scoring as a senior and is the school's all-time leader in points (1,229). He tore knee ligaments at the end of his senior basketball season and recruiters from Lock Haven and Pitt-Johnstown backed away. The star pitcher and first baseman also missed his senior baseball season. He played basketball at York College.

7. Jerome Mathison, 1976

The wrestling star won a sectional title at 167 pounds and finished third in districts as a senior. But he was probably better known on the football field. The all-league linebacker was recruited by the likes of Liberty and Pitt but did not go to college. "He was so intense that I had to cut down pregame talks," said Gene Fake, his football coach. "The snot would be coming out of his nose, and he'd be grinding his teeth. I'd say, 'You can't play like a Tasmanian she-devil, you have to have your wits.' Opposing coaches used to say to me, 'Fake, don't ever send Mathison out again for the coin toss.' He must have put the fear of God into opposing players."

8. Kirk Strausbaugh, 1982

The three-sport star was best in football, where he was a UPI honorable mention all-state running back. He also was a standout baseball and basketball player.

9. Wali Dickson, 1994

He received league all-star recognition as a football defensive back, a basketball point guard and as a jumper on the track and field team. He may have been best as a triple jumper, where he was undefeated in league dual meets as a junior and senior. He received a partial scholarship to play football at West Chester.

10. Saladin Dickson, 1991

He was good in basketball but even better in track and field. The league all-star in basketball averaged about 14 points per game as a senior and was known for his jumping ability and dunking, even at only 5-foot-10. In the spring he was undefeated in the triple jump during the dual meet season as a junior and senior. He finished third in districts as a senior and qualified for states.