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. Mark Phillips, 2000


The hard-throwing left-hander was a first-team high school All-America pick by USA Today and was the Pennsylvania Player of the Year. He was drafted ninth overall in the 2000 Major League Baseball draft and signed with San Diego for $2.2 million. During his senior season, Phillips went 8-2 with two no-hitters and a 0.74 ERA, striking out 132 batters in only 662/3 innings and leading Hanover to a District 3 Class A championship. For his high school career, his 97-mph fastball helped him to a 23-9 record with a 1.23 ERA and 380 strikeouts in 2101/3 innings. Phillips was also a contributor on the basketball team and the starting quarterback on the football team. He stands fourth in school history in completion yards for a single season, going 73-of-143 for 1,094 yards in 1999. He went 112-of-259 for 1,697 yards and 19 touchdowns over his career.

2. Josh Henson, 1997


A state champion in wrestling and one of the top running backs in Hanover football history, Henson was also a standout on the diamond with a .490 average and five triples his junior year. He graduated with a then-YAIAA record for wrestling wins, finishing his career with a 137-14 record, and set a Hanover record for victories. After finishing third in the PIAA tournament in the 145-pound class in 1996, Henson brought home gold at 160 in 1997. Henson was also a tremendous running back, leading his team to a perfect 18-0 record in league play during his junior and senior seasons and a second-place finish in the 1995 District 3 Class A tournament. He rushed for a school-record 1,209 yards during his senior season in 1996.

3. Joe Henson, 1997


Teaming up with his brother, Henson was the starting quarterback on those two successful football teams, helping the Nighthawks pick up a pair of YAIAA Division II titles. Although he was not as strong a baseball player as Josh, Joe did him one better in wrestling, earning two of the school's four PIAA wrestling championships. His 1996 and 1997 gold medals both came in the 140-pound class. He had a better wrestling winning percentage than his brother but is still two victories shy of Josh on Hanover's all-time win list, finishing his career with a 135-13 mark.

4. Gary Mayfield, 2004


He was a contributor at wide receiver for the Hanover football team, but Mayfield made his biggest mark on the mat. Graduating with a District 3 record for pins, Mayfield was a four-time PIAA tournament qualifier, winning the gold medal at 112 pounds his senior season. He is one of only nine wrestlers in District 3 history to win four gold medals, and he holds the Hanover record for victories and winning percentage, compiling a 165-12 mark.

5. Betsy Witman, 1983


Before going on to play Division I basketball at James Madison University, Witman scored more points than any other Hanover player of either gender. She still holds the school scoring record with 1,404 points and also pulled down more than 1,000 rebounds. She led the Nighthawks to the league title as a junior, scoring 26 points in the first half alone. In 2000, the York Sunday News ranked Witman as one of the five best girls' basketball players in the county's history. Witman also competed in track and field, excelling in the high jump and long jump.


6. Bob Forry, 1956


A strong athlete across the board, Forry was a successful football, basketball and baseball player. Serving as Hanover's quarterback and kicker, Forry is still the school's record-holder for career scoring with 257 points. Forry is also seventh in career rushing yards with 2,012, second in touchdowns with 36 and second in career passing yards (1,817). Forry gained all-state recognition in both basketball and football in 1954-55 and 1955-56 and was the South Penn scoring champion in 1955.

7. Floyd Becker, 1941


Becker was a major force on the ground for what was then known as Eichelberger High School, setting school football records in almost every offensive category. Almost 70 years later, he still ranks ninth in school history for career rushing with 1,704 yards and is seventh in touchdowns with 29. He shares the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game, getting into the end zone five times during a game in 1939 and then repeating the feat the next year.

8. Bud Musselman, 1945


A scoring machine for Hanover more than 60 years ago, the running back still holds the school record for single-season rushing touchdowns (22) and career rushing touchdowns (39). Tied for second in total points for his career with 246, Musselman scored four touchdowns in two separate games in 1944, the only player in school history to achieve such a feat during the same season.


9. Mike Miller, 1987


Excelling in both football and wrestling, Miller is Hanover's career leader in receptions with 63 and receiving yards with 1,089, despite playing only two seasons. Miller is also second in touchdown receptions with 11. On the mat, Miller compiled a 62-20-2 career record and placed fifth in the 1987 PIAA tournament at heavyweight.


10. Tom Newcome, 1978


Putting up some stellar numbers at quarterback, Newcome went 81-of-185 over his career and still stands ninth in school history in completions and 10th in touchdown passes (12). Newcome had even more success as a wrestler, finishing second in the 1978 PIAA tournament in the 132-pound class. He had a career mark of 65-8 on the mat.