Recently, I heard of your "Ten Best Bolts" listing for the top Littlestown High School athletes. I was flabbergasted to discover James DeGroft, '94, was left off the list nor given an honorable mention.
As James' partner, I reviewed my old newspapers clippings, many from the York Daily Record waxing eloquently about his adeptness in football and track.
I'm not sure who you interviewed or gathered for roundtable discussions, but I wonder about your methodology.
I felt an obligation to your readers, and to an honorable man and athlete, to provide highlights from his career:
DeGroft set four LHS track records, breaking Neal Lippy's 20-year, District III pole vault record (Lippy was No. 10 on your list). DeGroft's vault won the Class AA title, qualifying him for the PIAA championships.
DeGroft broke Lippy's record with the historic pole Lippy used two decades before. Other records DeGroft set were the 100-meter dash, 100 relay and discus, with him winning the YAIAA discus title.
Several YDR reporters described James as "outstanding," "a naturally gifted athlete," and "a dominating force."
As a linebacker, the YDR named him Defense Player of the Year and atop the Super 24, having 113 tackles, 51/2 sacks and six quarterback hurries.
Also an offensive guard, punter and kicker, James scored 37 points, placing him in the top 1993 YAIAA scorers. He also played in the War of the Roses game.
A three-season athlete, he also advanced to wrestling Districts in 1994.
DeGroft was named Class of 1994's co-Male Athlete of the Year, an honor he holds dearly, moreso than any of the YAIAA honors rolls or Player or Athlete of the Week titles he was given.
If you ever decide to update your list, I ask this all be taken into account by simply reviewing your own newspaper archives.
DR. NICOLE P. ROOP