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. Bill Butler, 1979

The legendary track and field man also was an all-county wide receiver and a top-scoring point guard. He still is regarded at the top pole vaulter in YAIAA history and holds the league meet record of 14 feet, 6 inches nearly 30 years later. He won back-to-back Class AA state titles in that event, setting a state record each time. The 6-foot-4 senior helped the Rams to a state team title, winning not only the pole vault but the intermediate hurdles and finishing third in the high hurdles. He won district gold medals in both hurdle events. His best scholastic vault was a 15-0 in winning the high school division of the prestigious Penn Relays. He also won a state decathlon competition. He received a scholarship to the University of Georgia before transferring to Maryland.

2. Bob Schnetzka, 1963

The all-county point guard in basketball also was a legend in track and field. His specialty was the long jump, an event in which he was No. 2 in the state as a junior and set a district meet record as a senior (22-6¾). He finished third in the long jump in states as a senior. He also was a standout sprinter who held the school 100-yard record for years. He still holds the school's long jump mark 45 years later. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Maryland.

3. Adam Miller, 1993

He owned the YAIAA's all-time boys' basketball scoring record (2,236 points) for 15 years and helped lead a most unexpected program revival. Who could have imagined him carrying the downtrodden Rams to a district title and beyond? He earned a Division I scholarship to the University of Delaware.

4. Todd Shenk, 1979

He was a dominating basketball scorer inside (1,013 career points) and dominating weight man in track and field. In basketball, he was the league's second-leading scorer as a senior (23.2 points per game) and an all-county pick. In track and field, he set a league record in the discus, then finished second at districts and states as a senior - helping the Rams win a state track team title. He was third in districts in the shot put and still owns the school record in the discus and shot. He made the Penn State track team as a walk-on before earning a scholarship.

5. John Gemmill, 1974

The star in football and basketball star quarterbacked the Rams to a 7-1 record as a senior, passing for about 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. His best sport, though, was basketball. He held the school career scoring mark for nearly 20 years (1,346 points). He averaged more than 20 points a game as a junior and senior and went on to play at Penn State-Altoona.

6. Charles Ecker, 1958

He was the first in school history - and one of the first in county history - to score 1,000 career points in basketball. But he may have been just as good in football and baseball. Though Millersville and Shippensburg recruited him as a quarterback, he ended up playing basketball and baseball, in which he was an outstanding pitcher, at York College.

7. Kari John, 2002

She scored 1,106 career points in basketball but might have been even better in soccer. The two-time YAIAA all-star scored goals in bunches for the Rams as a senior, highlighted by a three-goal game against Dover and five vs. York Catholic. She earned a soccer scholarship to Millersville.

8. Jon Grey, 2006

The cross country and track star chose the University of Oklahoma over Kentucky. As a cross country senior, he dominated the YAIAA meet, was second at districts and eighth at states. In track, he smashed the league's 10-year-old championship meet record in the 3,200 meters by 7.8 seconds (at 9:21.1) and also took gold in the 1,600. Also as a senior, he was second in the 3,200 at districts and third at states.

9. Sam Anderson, 1963

He was a first-team all-county offensive lineman who earned a full ride to the University of Richmond, a Division I-A school at the time. He picked the Spiders over an offer from the University of Maryland and other offers. He also earned all-county recognition as a forward in basketball. 

10. Christa Shelley Craig, 1992

She was a YAIAA all-star in field hockey, softball and basketball. She was a four-year varsity starter in basketball (scoring 846 career points) and softball (the league's hardest-throwing pitcher). She was recruited by Division II schools for basketball and softball, deciding on Shippensburg for softball.