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 Boyle, 1980

The three-sport star earned a baseball scholarship to the University of South Carolina as a catcher. At Catholic, he was a four-year varsity baseball starter and hit over .500 as a freshman and a junior. In football, he was a three-year starter and all-county performer at defensive end/tight end and received scholarship interest from Division II colleges. "On defense he would line up and when the ball was snapped he would beat down the tackle and collapse the whole left side of the line," said former teammate Jimmy Forjan Jr. "He was so mean in football, unblockable..." Boyle also was a key member of Catholic's 1979 state championship basketball team as a bruising forward and earned all-league basketball honors as a senior.

2. Bill Khayat, 1991

Football was his top sport, but he also starred in basketball and baseball. As a football senior, he caught 41 passes for 605 yards and also was a standout linebacker and kicker. He earned first-team all-state honors, was named to the Big 33 team and the Irish retired his No. 30 jersey. He also earned a full scholarship to Duke University. In basketball, he was a standout defender who started at center on the 1990 state title team and the 1991 district title team. In baseball, he earned all-county honors twice at catcher, batting .422 in 1990 and .469 in 1991.

3. Mike Keesey, 1964

He probably is known best for his basketball career, where he was a 1,000-point scorer and earned all-state recognition. But he may have been just as good in baseball, where the star center fielder was scouted by the Detroit Tigers coming out of high school. He ended up going to Georgetown on a basketball scholarship, choosing over Duquesne, Detroit and others. Duke University recruited him for both sports.

4. Bruce Arians, 1970

The football star also was a force in basketball and baseball, though he ended up leaving school midway through his senior year. He graduated from William Penn, where he played his final baseball season. "Probably the best athlete I coached," said Paul Borsa, YC's longtime football coach. "The best all-around athlete. He could do everything. He could have picked up a ping pong paddle and won a state championship." Arians was a standout quarterback, linebacker and punter at York Catholic. He went to Virginia Tech as a quarterback and a first baseman.

5. Jim Forjan Jr., 1980

A basketball and football star. He led the Irish to two state basketball titles (1978-79) and averaged 20 points a game in the state playoffs in '79. The Irish were gunning for a third-straight title when he went down in the fifth game with a season-ending knee injury - the only thing that kept him from 1,000 career points.

Megan Stewart
Megan Stewart was a three-sport star at York Catholic. (Submitted)
He was an all-state player and still earned a full scholarship to Penn State despite the injury. He also was a standout quarterback and safety, starting for three years and earning all-league honors after his junior season.

6. Dana Boyle Noll, 1981

She fought through injuries to star in basketball and track and field. The standout discus thrower won a Class AA state title as a senior and district titles in her junior and senior seasons. She was the first from York Catholic to win a District 3 track and field title, breaking the district record in the discus as a senior (129-2). In basketball, she was the center on the girls 1979 Class A state championship basketball team, averaging about 15 points and 15 rebounds per game. Though she played only half of her junior basketball season because of mononucleosis and missed her senior season with a knee injury, she still earned a basketball scholarship to the University of South Carolina. "She didn't play like a girl. She was like Moses Malone," said Irish basketball star Jimmy Forjan, Jr. "Nobody could stop her inside."

7. Brian Pearl, 1991

He was the first male basketball player in the league to score 2,000 career points. The point guard led the Irish to three district titles and a state championship at the Class AAA level and earned a Division I scholarship to the University of Delaware. His great defense, ball handling and passing were often overshadowed by his prolific scoring. "An incredibly hard worker," said Mike Keesey, his coach. "He had better than average ability, but he certainly didn't have the quickness of a lot of great athletes. He made himself into a great basketball player."

8. Megan Stewart, 2007

The three-sport star gained her fame in basketball. She is the school's No. 2 all-time female scorer with 1,778 (two points behind teammate Amanda Weaver) and also was a star defender and floor leader. As a senior, she averaged 15.5 points and nearly five steals per game while earning first team all-state honors and helping lead the Irish to an undefeated season and second-straight state title in Class AA. She earned second-team all-state honors as a junior and accepted a scholarship to Division II West Chester. She also was an all-star soccer defender and a standout setter on a volleyball team that advanced to the state quarterfinals.

9. Tony Iati, 1978

He scored more than 1,000 points in only two years of varsity basketball and was the point guard on the 1978 Class AA state title team - the first Irish team to win a PIAA title. He was a first team all-state pick when there was only one first team chosen for the entire state. He also earned high school All-America honors and chose a scholarship to Division I Iona College with head coach Jim Valvano over Georgia Tech, St. Joseph's and others. "He was the cornerstone of our success," said former Irish coach Gary Markle. "Nobody distributed the ball better, handled it better."

10. Kelly Rhein, 2008

The two-sport star helped lead the Irish to three-straight state titles and a 60-game winning streak - believed to be the longest in state girls' basketball history. Her combination of height, speed and strength was unmatched defensively - anywhere in the state, at any class level. She averaged 9.1 rebounds, 3 steals and 3.3 assists per game as a senior and played her best offensively in the playoffs. And she was even better in volleyball, where she was a two-time all-state performer and earned a scholarship to the University of Virginia. In basketball, "She only blocked one or two a game, but she changed 15 shots along the way because of the two she got," said Kevin Bankos, her coach. "Those things went unnoticed, the way she changed the game inside."