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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Penny Erisman Ferency ('87) was a state champion discus thrower and also was a three-year starter on YAIAA championship basketball and volleyball teams. She played Division I basketball and track and field at Lafayette College.
Brad Lloyd ('84) won two district wrestling titles and finished third in states as a senior at 145 pounds. He finished with a 106-11-1 all-time record and is a member of the District 3 Wrestling Hall of Fame. In baseball, he led the team to a county championship as a senior. He earned a wrestling scholarship to Lock Haven.
Bobby Orwig ('75), an undersized three-sport star, was a four-year varsity starter at shortstop and went on to earn a baseball scholarship at Penn State. In basketball, the 5-foot-8, 150-pound guard scored 1,051 career points. He also was the starting quarterback and an all-league defensive back in football.
John Pitzer ('64) had a monster senior season running the football in the tough, Lancaster-based Conference of Roses. He broke school records with 20 touchdowns and 1,374 rushing yards, the latter mark standing for years. He chose a scholarship to Rutgers over Wake Forest and others. He also was a hard-hitting center fielder and catcher, leading his team to three county titles.
Meggan Quinn ('06) was a four-year basketball star who earned first team all-state honors in Class AAAA as a senior, averaging 19.5 points per game. She finished with 2,044 career points - the most in school history and fourth-highest total by a female in YAIAA history. She earned a scholarship to Penn State.
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Todd Maciejewski, a senior, was a standout punter and receiver on the football field and expects to lead the Lions' basketball team this winter. He averaged 14 points a game last season to lead Red Lion.
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Eric Albright ('05) was a district wrestling champ before making a name for himself at the University of Virginia - and later transferring to Pitt. He was 87-26 in three years at UVA was named the ACC freshman of the year.
Chris Albright ('08) was a three-time district wrestling champ and finished second in the state as a 145-pound senior. He will wrestle with his older brother at Pitt.
Matt Dennish ('04) set the 800-meter school record (1:54.7) at the YAIAA championships. He finished second at districts in the 1,600 meters and earned a track scholarship to East Carolina University.
Debbie Baer Fiske ('88) scored more than 1,400 career points and earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Connecticut.
Dan Goodyear ('74) won two district titles and a state title in the high jump. He earned a track and field scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.
Bill Grim ('62) was a star receiver in football but chose baseball after high school, signing on as a shortstop in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Austin Gunder ('06) was named the league's MVP at defensive end, but it was his play at tight end that earned him a scholarship to Stanford.
Henry "Hinkey" Haines ('16) went on to win a World Series with the New York Yankees as a backup outfielder and a football championship with the New York Giants as a running back/quarterback.
Travis Hake ('94) was a 27th-round draft choice of the Milwaukee Brewers long before he became a fan-favorite infielder with the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers.
Becky Meyers Hively ('92) became a two-time co-captain on the Towson University basketball team after helping lead the Lions to a Class AAAA district title. The third baseman was offered a softball scholarship to Towson but chose basketball.
Paul Holland ('75) still rushed for more than 2,000 career yards even though he was overshadowed by teammate Scott Fitzkee. Holland's devastating blocking and inside running helped key a 35-game winning streak.
Eddie Kiser ('06) broke 11 school records as a receiver, defensive back and returner for the football team but may have been ever better in track and field. He finished second in districts and in the state in the 400 meters and was fourth at districts in the triple jump - winning both at the league championships. He went on to play both sports at East Stroudsburg University.
Heather Moul Kitching ('94) won a state title in the 800 meters but also ran competitively at any distance from 100 meters to two miles.
Denise Babinchak Mehl ('80) is a member of the Gettysburg College hall of fame after captaining the basketball and volleyball teams and starring in softball. The senior basketball player was named conference MVP as well as a Division III All-American.
Arthur Ness ('33) was a star sprinter whose 100-yard dash school record stood for 40 years.
Jim Newcomer ('84) was a tower in the paint and scored 1,278 career basketball points before playing for Penn State.
Robert Overmiller ('69) won the county title game in baseball with a home run and an RBI single and then was drafted in the 12th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Dale Shellenberger ('48) was a standout in basketball and baseball but was best in football, where he scored 20 touchdowns as a senior before playing for Lebanon Valley College.