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

Dale McPhearson ('60): McPhearson, a long-distance runner, didn't lose a one-mile race his entire senior year, which included county, district and state titles. He also won a county title in the half-mile and was a top-five finisher at districts. As a junior, he tied for first at the county meet in the half-mile and finished fourth at districts, helping the Rams win a team title. He was recruited to run by Penn State but ended up at Millersville.

Chris Pomraning ('02): The heavyweight wrestler, Pomraning won more than 100 career matches, including the first district title and first state medal in school history. He was 35-11 as a junior with a district title and 37-6 as a senior, finishing fourth at the PIAA Class AA championships.

Kennard-Dale senior Rhoda Marsteller is already one of the top softball pitchers in YAIAA history.
Kennard-Dale senior Rhoda Marsteller is already one of the top softball pitchers in YAIAA history. (Submitted)

Stacy Scofield ('99): She was a three-time YAIAA player of the year as a softball pitcher and was also a solid basketball player. As a senior, she won 17 games with a 1.27 ERA while leading the team with a .434 batting average and 21 RBIs. She earned a Division I scholarship to

St. Francis College in Loretto.

Kelly Bragg Shaffer ('84): She is the school's all-time leading female basketball scorer with 1,410 points and also was a standout field hockey goalie and a thrower on the track and field team. She was recruited by Division II schools for basketball but attended Harford Community College in Maryland.

Cecil Shirey ('54): Shirey, a basketball and track and field star, earned a scholarship for both sports to the University of Delaware. The 6-foot-4 post player averaged more than 20 points per game throughout his senior season. In track and field, he starred in the 100- and 220-yard dashes, but was best in the broad jump, where he won county and district titles.

ONE TO WATCH

Rhoda Marsteller, a senior, is already one of the top softball pitchers in YAIAA history and is a good basketball player, too. She is the league's two-time co-player of the year in Division II in softball, racking up 13 victories and an ERA below 0.40 both years. She struck out 171 batters as a sophomore and hit .509 as a junior. She has earned a full scholarship to pitch for Division I Binghamton University.

OTHER NOTABLE NAMES

Aaron Eaton ('95) led his basketball team to a county title by scoring 13.1 points per game as a senior and 1,236 for his career.

Amy Eaton ('97) is the No. 2 female basketball scorer in school history (1,360 points) and was the YAIAA player of the year as a senior, leading her team to its first state tournament appearance. She also threw the discus and the javelin and ran the 400 meters for the track team.

John Harkins ('46, Delta) won a district title in the 440-yard dash as a sophomore but didn't go to the state meet in State College because of gas rationing during War World II. He turned down a scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh to run the 440 for Gettysburg College.

Brandon Marousek ('07) ran for a school-record 3,264 yards, pushing the Rams to their first winning football season in 34 years.

Charlie Parker ('03) was a basketball star at Millersville University, twice being named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Athlete of the Year. He was a fifth-round pick of the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League recently before being cut.

Cassie Scofield ('01) was a two-time all-star catcher in the YAIAA. As a senior, she allowed only one stolen base without a passed ball and hit .342. She went on to play at Division I St. Francis College (Pa.).

Ed Smith ('70) was a star sprinter and running back/safety/returner who once scored five touchdowns in a game.

Glenn Snodgrass ('63) earned league player of the year honors in basketball as a senior. He scored 1,050 career points in only three years.