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. Courtney Davidson O'Brien, 2000

She is New Oxford's all-time leading scorer in basketball with 1,783 career points. As a senior, she led the league in scoring at 23.8 points per game. An outstanding shooter, she also topped her team in rebounding with 218 boards and assists with 56. The 2000 player of the year was also an all-star as a junior and sophomore. She was also a player of the year and three-time all-star in softball and was a standout volleyball player. She earned 11 varsity letters for the Colonials before heading to the Naval Academy, where she became the Midshipmen's all-time leading scorer.

2. Ryan Anderson, 2003

A three-sport all-star, Anderson dominated the diamond for the Colonial baseball team. The two-time all-star set school records for games played (81) and games started (79) and finished his high school career with 93 hits, second most in New Oxford history. He hit .406 with a .750 slugging percentage as a senior. In football, Anderson was the coaches' player of year in 2002, a year after being named a defensive all-star in 2001. His 89 wins on the wrestling mat place him seventh in New Oxford history. He went on to play both football and baseball at Dickinson College.

3. Carrie Timmins, 1999

The talented guard - who could either drive to the hoop or drain 3-pointers - helped lead New Oxford to two straight YAIAA Division II titles. Timmins was player of the year as a senior and an all-star every season. She averaged 17.2 points and dished 110 assists during her senior year and earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Delaware, where she played for four years. She was an all-star as a catcher in softball as well.

4. Erik Harris, 2008

In track and field, Harris was a District 3 champ and silver medallist in the long jump as a junior and holds the school record leap of 23-foot-1. As a senior he earned a bronze and states and silver at districts. He was YAIAA champ in the long and triple jumps. He was very good in football, with 30 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. He had 28 catches for 469 yards as a junior and is now on the football roster at California University of Pennsylvania. He also played basketball.

5. Brandon Horick, 1997

The fierce competitor was a true all-star in every sport - football, basketball and baseball. He was New Oxford's leader in career hits after starting all 79 games in his career, which he finished with a .388 batting average, a .526 on-base percentage, 61 RBIs and 37 stolen bases. He could drill 3-pointers in basketball and was a standout wide receiver in football. He is the girls' basketball coach at New Oxford.

6. Bob Topper, 1996

He was one of four Colonial wrestlers to top the 100-win plateau, posting a 105-31 career mark. The two-time wrestler of the year won the 171-pound District 3 Class AAA title as a junior and placed fourth in states as a senior after setting a school single-season mark with 34 wins. He wrestled at Division I Clarion. He was a football all-star at tight end and a distance runner on the track team.

7. John Harner, 1965

He was the best boys' basketball player in coach Jake Diviney's 30-plus seasons at the helm, totaling 1,507 points - an amazing number of points before the 3-point line and in a time when freshmen rarely played. He was also a very good pitcher and player on the baseball team. He played basketball at East Stroudsburg.

8. Tom O'Brien, 2005

O'Brien was the all-state setter for the volleyball team that won a state championship his senior year and was also the player of the year his junior season. He started at quarterback on the football team for two seasons and threw for 1,364 yards as a senior and 1,101 as a junior while running the option. He also played basketball. Went to East Stroudsburg.

9. Elaine 'Bink' Wolf, 1987

The small forward got the most out of her basketball career, scoring 1,432 points in four years while playing before the3-point line. She was Blue Mountain League player of the year for the 1987 team that won the District 3 championship. She was a three-year starter in softball, a sport in which she was known as a great hitter and shortstop.

10. Whitney Davidson, 2004

Although sometimes overshadowed by her older sister, Courtney, Whitney Davidson was also a top-notch athlete. She was an all-star in basketball, averaged 18.1 points per game as a senior and totaled 1,267 points for her career. She was also a stellar outside hitter on the volleyball team and, as a senior, was a third-team all-state selection. She also played softball.