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. Chris May, 1997

He was a standout in four sports and truly one of the best around in two - football and baseball. The wide receiver earned second-team all-state honors, earned a spot on the Big 33 team and received a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland despite missing part of his senior season with a broken collarbone. His best sport, though, might have been baseball. The pitcher/shortstop received interest from pro scouts before deciding to play Division I baseball and Division I-AA football at the University of Pennsylvania. He also was an all-league basketball player and an impressive sprinter and discus thrower who medaled in districts and states.

2. Erin Bushey, 1999

She was a star at everything she did, from earning a Division¤I soccer scholarship to scoring more than 1,000 career points in basketball to winning a district gold medal in track and field. In soccer, she was a Mid-Penn all-star - while playing on the boys' team - and earned a scholarship to N.C. State. In basketball, the shooting guard scored 1,269 points. In track and field, she won a district title in the 800 meters as a junior and also was a member of the state gold medal-winning 1,600-meter relay team.

3. Joey Wagner, 2005

He was the first athlete in school history to win back-to-back state gold medals, doing his work in the 400 meters. As a senior, he set personal-best times in winning the YAIAA meet, districts and then states. He went on to run for Robert Morris University. He also was a standout wide receiver in the fall.

4. Kermit Jacoby, 1960

The star running back made the prestigious Big 33 team in football and was a district champ in the low hurdles in track and field. He also was a standout broad jumper.

5. Ed Utz, 1946

He won Class B district and state gold medals in the 100- and 220-yard dashes, and his 100-yard school record of 10.1 seconds stood for decades. He tied a state record in the event. He also lettered in football and basketball. He went to Shippensburg University for track and field.

6. Barry Jacoby, 1967

The star running back was named to the Big 33 team and earned a scholarship to Gettysburg College. He also was a sprinter and jumper in the spring, helping the mile relay team finish second in the state.

7. Dick Dull, 1963

He was a track and field star and also a decent basketball player. The long jumper, pole vaulter and hurdler made his name throwing the javelin, winning districts twice and states once - as a sophomore. Ligament damage in his elbow ruined his junior season, but he came back as a senior to finish second in the state. He was recruited by Penn State and Wake Forest but accepted a track and field scholarship to the University of Maryland.

8. John Oyler, 1968

The track star started by winning Blue Mountain League titles in the 100-yard and 440-yard dashes and a district title in the 440 as a sophomore. The senior won district and state titles in the 440 and in the mile relay - his school record in the 440 standing for 37 years. He turned down scholarships to Penn State and Tennessee to run for Princeton.

9. Jake Showers, 2005

The tight end/defensive end was recruited hardest by Division II football schools but earned bigger offers - Penn State, Maryland, Lock Haven, Edinboro - in wrestling. He was a two-time district wrestling champ at 215 pounds. He set a school record with a 42-4 season and is second with 132 career victories.

10. Shaine Leggett, 2000

The wrestler boasted a combined 79-3 record as a junior and senior with two district silver medals, two regional titles and a state title at 103 pounds. He carried a 70-match win streak into the district finals of his senior season and finished with a 133-12 career record. He also won four sectional championships. He earned a scholarship to Division I Edinboro University.