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

Chris Arendt ('79) played three sports, including football, in which the 6-foot-6, 210-pounder went on to play at Duke University. He was also a track standout and still holds the shot put record at the school, with a toss of 53-foot-5. Also played basketball.

Jason Jarvis ('97) was named the 1996 Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for what is believed to be a YAIAA single-season record of 2,197 yards his senior season. He was no slouch the year before, running for 1,176 yards. He was a solid sprinter on the track team, particularly in the 400 and on relay teams.

Missy Richstein ('90), a three-sport athlete, qualified for districts in the hurdles, sprints, long jump and triple jump for the Colonials. She was also all-Blue Mountain League in basketball, the sport she went on to play at Gettysburg College, and was a solid field hockey player.

John Summers ('66) averaged 16.5 points-per-game as a senior basketball player and, although New Oxford didn't have football then, Summers ended up playing football at Alma College (Mich.) after a stint in the Marine Corps. He was a solid contributor on the track team as well.

April Yantis ('94) did a lot in her time at New Oxford, including being a star volleyball player, the sport in which she became a two-time all-state and three-time all-District 3 player after setting single-season and career records in kills and blocks. She was also a track all-star as a senior in the sprints and triple jump, plus played basketball. She went on to play volleyball at Drexel and is an assistant coach at Auburn.

ONE TO WATCH

Jordan Jenkins, who will graduate in 2009, is one of the biggest track and cross country stars the school has ever had. As a junior, she was named athlete of the year in both sports and recently placed second at the 2008 District 3 AAA cross country meet and 20th at states. She has earned a full scholarship to run at North Carolina State.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

   --- Jared Adams ('97) posted 108 career wins on the wrestling mat and still holds the single-season record in takedowns with 142 in 1997 and had 334 for his career. His younger brother, Justin Adams ('93), also garnered 108 victories.
   --- Wayne Beaver ('82) posted a career wrestling mark of 86-19-2, which is eighth in school history. He went 26-3 as a junior, winning both the sectional and District 3 championships before placing third at states.
   --- Kelly Barnes ('98) was a solid three-sport athlete. The three-time track all-star was a member of the Colonials' record 400-meter relay team. She was an all-star in basketball and was a very good volleyball player. She went to Millersville for track.
   --- Craig Dettinburn ('79) was an outstanding football player who rushed for 1,555 yards as a senior in 1977.
   --- Leslie Honaker, ('89) is high on the school's basketball scoring list with 1,448 career points and was very good in volleyball.
   --- Kody Kibler ('07) got overlooked in football because he was a blocking back for the Smith brothers. He was also a standout linebacker, a pitcher and shortstop in baseball and a basketball player.
   --- Gloria Krug ('49) was an early standout in three girls' sports long before it was the norm. The Adams County Hall of Fame inductee played basketball, softball and field hockey and went on to play sports at (then) West Chester State Teacher's College.
   --- Angie McFarland ('01) only went out for track and field, but the four-time all-star was terrific at it. In fact, she still owns school records in the shot put and discus. She moved on to Bucknell for track.
   --- Amy Mowery ('08) was the best swimmer the school has had to date, holding seven school records and earning two all-star nods. Outside the water, she scored seven goals and added 14 assists as a senior in field hockey. 
   --- Kelly Myers ('83) was a standout basketball player and a terrific jumper for the Colonial track team. She is tied for school record in high jump (5-5).
   --- Travis O'Brien ('97) was a two-time Super 24 quarterback selection in football, his sport at Shippensburg. He was also a three-time all-state honorable mention in volleyball and played basketball.
   --- Alex Ramos ('99), a speedster, was an all-star in both football and track. Despite tearing his ACL during his senior year of football, Ramos still made it back for track season. He holds the school record in the 100 meters. He ran track at Shippensburg University and now teaches and coaches at Chambersburg High School.
   --- Tiff Rosewag ('07) is the school record-holder in the 100 (12.46), 200 (25.75) triple jump (37-10) and long jump (17-8). The three-time track all-star won the 2006 District 3 title in long jump only a few weeks after jumping as an injury replacement.
   --- Alex Smith ('07) completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns and also rushed for 809 yards and 11 more scores as a senior. Plus, he was a very capable pitcher for the Colonial baseball team.
   --- Adam Smith ('07) rushed for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior on a football team that finished 11-2 and made it to the District 3 Class AAA semifinals.
   --- Ryan Wall ('93) played in both the YAIAA and Blue Mountain League. His total of 3,163 career rushing yards is among the tops in the area. "I know one thing -- he made you a good coach," then-coach Gardy Lawrence said.
   --- Jason Warner ('00) was an all-conference receiver in two seasons and a great sprinter for the track team. He went to Susquehanna for track and now coaches at New Oxford.
   --- Jason Zinn ('99) posted a record of 110-24 in a four-year wrestling career and was an all-star after his 28-7 senior season and 29-2 junior campaign.
   --- Steve Zinn ('00) is the Ox's school record-holding wrestler with 120 wins (120-27) and is also tied for No. 1 in career pins with 59. The multiple-season all-star went 30-5 at 112 pounds as a senior, when he placed third at districts and reached the state quarterfinals.