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

These five athletes from Hanover High just missed the cut for our top-10 list and have earned "Honorable Mention" status:

Tyke Conover ('96): On the football field, he averaged 6.1 yards per carry as a running back and scored 16 touchdowns during Hanover's stellar 1995 campaign. On the wrestling mat, he compiled a career record of 120-21 and picked up a silver medal at the 1996 PIAA tournament.

Pat Klinedinst ('86): A football player and a wrestler for the Nighthawks, Klinedinst racked up a record of 70-19-2 on the mat. In his senior season, he became the fifth Hanover wrestler to place in the PIAA tournament, finishing in fifth place at 145 pounds.

Kevin O'Brien ('68): The first 1,000-point scorer in Hanover history, O'Brien's name remains at the top of the boys' basketball all-time scorers list. Over the course of his career, O'Brien poured in 1,194 points for the Nighthawks before there was a 3-point line to aid him.

Norm Palmer ('57): Still holding the career rushing record more than a half-century after graduating from the school, Palmer finished with 2,270 yards. He also scored 32 touchdowns on the ground, good enough for third-most in school history. In 1955, Palmer set a school record with 1,048 yards for the season.

Floyd "Whitey" Rightmire ('49): A running back during the 1940s, Rightmire is tied with Bud Musselman for second in career scoring with 246 points. In 1948 alone he scored 16 touchdowns and kicked 22 PATs for 118 points.

One to watch

Junior Brandon Renoll already has an all-star baseball season to his credit. In 2008, he batted .439 with a team-high 17 RBIs as Hanover reached the District 3 semis. As a pitcher, Renoll had 80 strikeouts in 62Ò innings.

Other notable names

   --- Ashley Beans ('05) excelled in the classroom as well as the softball diamond at a level rarely seen. She was named Hanover's salutatorian by finishing second in her class academically and hitting .593 with 43 runs scored her senior season to help earn her a spot on the squad at Division I Bucknell University.
   --- Al "Jack" Bemiller ('55) was little more than a 6-foot-3, 173-pound project in high school, but the center went on to star for an undefeated Syracuse team that won the Cotton Bowl. He had a noteworthy career in the American Football League with the Buffalo Bills.
   --- Jeff Duncan ('64) set a school record for rushing yards in a season (1,099) that lasted for 22 years before Corey Hahn broke the mark by only 25 yards. Duncan's total is still third-best in school history.
   --- Ralph Hartlaub ('54) won a district wrestling title his senior season and went on to become a high school wrestling official who was still active in 2008 and is known for his patented "slap and roll maneuver" to call a fall.
   --- Jim Heilman ('61) earned a spot on the Big 33 football all-star team during his senior year and played baseball well enough to secure a professional contract and spend some time in the minor leagues. He ended up abruptly retiring to enter the business world and become a women's clothing designer.
   --- Hugh "Lefty" Hoke ('26) scored three touchdowns, including a 50-yard punt return, to help Hanover defeat Elizabethtown, 61-7, on Nov. 11, 1925, and clinch the first winning football season in school history.
   --- Chelsea Kehr ('08) won two consecutive YAIAA Division III Player of the Year honors in softball, pitching the Nighthawks to their first playoff victory in six years and wrapping up her career with 42 victories.
   --- Tom Lyster ('77), in addition to having an impact on the Hanover football and baseball teams, had a ton of success on the mat and was the first Nighthawk wrestler to place at the PIAA tournament. After helping Hanover with the District 3 Class AA team title, Lyster finished third in the PIAA competition in the 185-pound class.
   --- Dave Rodman ('57) was the first Hanover football player to be named to the Big 33 All-Star team as a defensive end and went on to become a captain in the Air Force. He was killed in action while serving in Vietnam.