Neil Barnes (’93) just missed the cut for the Dallastown Area High School top 10 greatest athletes and made the honorable mention list.
Neil Barnes ('93) just missed the cut for the Dallastown Area High School top 10 greatest athletes and made the honorable mention list. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Bil Bowden)


These five fantastic athletes from Dallastown High just missed the cut for our top-10 list and have earned "Honorable Mention" status:

Neil Barnes ('93): Won a state wrestling title as a 160-pound senior with a 39-0 record. Was 109-17-1 for his career and earned back-to-back freestyle All-America honors. He chose a Division I scholarship to Lock Haven over Pitt and Penn State. Member of the District 3 Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Connie Blouse ('78): Was the second female in league history to score 1,000 career basketball points (1,007) and helped her team win three-straight YCIAA titles. Went on to play basketball at Edinboro before transferring to West Virginia.

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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Was a field hockey standout, holding the school record of 47 goals for 20 years.

Wayne Hershey ('67): The 6-foot-4 basketball center was the YCIAA player of the year as a senior and earned all-county honors three straight years. He scored 1,356 career points and earned a scholarship to the University of Baltimore. Was also a superb high jumper.

Bill Rutecki ('76): Is still the school's all-time leading male basketball scorer with 1,616 points. Was a three-time league all-star and the YCIAA player of the year as a senior and earned a scholarship to Lehigh University. Was slso a baseball standout.

Josh Weaver ('98): Set YAIAA swimming records in the 100 free, 100 backstroke, 200 IM and in the 400 relay. Was a three-time silver medalist at states in the 100 back. Earned a scholarship to Penn State.


Emily Ballantyne, who is a senior this fall at Dallastown, was the YAIAA Division I cross country runner of the year last fall and finished seventh at districts.

She also finished second in the 3,200 meters at the YAIAA Track and Field Championships.


Dallastown has enjoyed one of the great swimming traditions in YAIAA history.

Dallastown’s Emily Ballantyne was the 2007 York Daily Record/Sunday News YAIAA Div. I varsity girls’ cross-country runner of the year and made
Dallastown's Emily Ballantyne was the 2007 York Daily Record/Sunday News YAIAA Div. I varsity girls' cross-country runner of the year and made the 'one to watch' list as part of the Dallastown Greatest Athletes project. (Submitted)
There are too many, really, for all to earn their due, but here are the credentials for some of the best not mentioned elsewhere.

Scott Conley ('90): At one time he owned all eight individual records on the boys' board. He still owns school records in the 200 IM, the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. He earned a scholarship to the University of Arizona.

Beth Roeder Zimmerman ('84): The swimming star won districts three times in the 100 butterfly and finished second in the state as a sophomore. She earned all-state honors in the 100 fly and the 200 freestyle as a junior. She earned a scholarship to Bloomsburg.

Reggie Shearer ('02): The three-time swimmer of the year won three-straight 50 freestyle league titles and two district titles. He still holds district records in the 50 and 100 freestyle. He earned two All-America honors and swam at West Chester.

Christina Tillotson Sheets ('95): She might have won multiple district and state titles in the 100 breast stroke and 200 IM - instead of silvers - if she didn't have to compete against Wilson's Kristy Kowal, who went on to star in the Olympics.

Megan Tracy ('97): The two-time All-America swimmer never lost a backstroke race in the league or at districts. She earned a state silver medal in the 100 backstroke. She swam at Clarion.

Elin Westrick ('92): She was a 4.0 student and the league's co-swimmer of the year with Tillotson as a senior. The two-time All-American won a district title in the 50 free and went on to star at Cornell University.

And, of course, Whitney Metzler Krosse ('96): She finished eighth in the 400-meter individual medley at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She, however, never swam for Dallastown's school team.


Joe Aiken ('80) won four events - the long jump, triple jump, high jump and 110 hurdles - at the league track and field championships as a senior.

Tim Barkdoll ('86) was second in the state cross country meet and won district and state track and field titles in the two-mile as a senior. He was recruited by Penn State and Bucknell but jumped at the chance to run for the Naval Academy.

Dave Gable ('82) was a four-time wrestling sectional champ and the first in school history to win 100 matches. He was an All-American at Franklin & Marshall College.

Ron Gaynor ('78) went from a walk-on quarterback at West Chester to signing preseason free-agent contracts with the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.

Brian Good ('01) won YAIAA titles as a sophomore, junior and senior in the long jump and triple jump. He won a district title in the long jump as a junior. He competed for Division I Seton Hall before transferring to Millersville.

Keith Hamberger ('71) unexpectedly earned the starting quarterback role because of a team injury - and then did well enough to earn a scholarship to Virginia Tech.

Billy Heird ('06) won a Class AAA district tennis title as a senior and finished second in the state. He went on to play at Division I Longwood University in Virginia.

Sam Jamison ('64) led his basketball team in scoring for three years and ended with more than 900 career points. He also led the baseball team in hitting as a senior and starred in cross country.

Oliver Merrill ('85) is the last boys' tennis player to win three league titles.

Chad McGowan ('04) became the first basketball All-American at York College - then did it again as a senior.

Sarah McGowan ('06) scored 1,361 career points in basketball, earning a Division I scholarship to Connecticut's Quinnipiac College. She also was starred in field hockey and soccer.

John Moore ('84) was the YCIAA's basketball player of the year as a senior and earned a scholarship to Mount St. Mary's, a Division II school at the time.

Tom Nicholson's ('88) league-best 78 3-pointers stood as a single-season record until 1999.

Mark Noll ('83) won a state wrestling title at 126 pounds. He wrestled at Franklin & Marshall College.

Cindy Phillips ('81) scored more than 1,000 career points in high school and became Towson University's all-time leading scorer in only three seasons.

Rick Rutecki ('77) led the YCIAA in basketball scoring as a senior and piled up 1,436 career points - third in school history. Played college ball for Columbia.

Sarah Ryan ('96) won four gold medals at the YAIAA title meet (100, 200, long jump, 400 relay). She went on to win district and state titles in the long jump, setting a school record at states (18-9).

Dana Schnell ('94) is the second-leading female basketball scorer in school history (1,412 points) and earned a Division I scholarship to Radford.

Jim Smith ('63) won gold medals at counties, districts and states in the 440-yard dash.

Levi Strayer ('98) was the YAIAA's Division I soccer player of the year as a junior and senior. He also was named a high school All-American and earned a scholarship to James Madison University.

Justin Terhune ('05) is the school's all-time leader in wrestling victories with 126, including two district titles and a state title loss during a 36-1 senior season. He wrestled at Drexel University.