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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If you d like to comment or offer a differing opinion on this list, we d love to hear from you. Each Sunday, we ll present your feedback on opinions on page 2 of the York Sunday News sports section - The Rundown. E-mail your thoughts to Sports Editor Chris Otto at cotto@ydr.com or mail them to: Greatest Athletes, c/o Chris Otto, 1891 Loucks Road, York 17408.

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This is a sampling of the feedback we received from last Tuesday's first installment of "The Greatest Athletes," our 22-week series on the greatest athletes in the history of every YAIAA school.

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I enjoyed reading your greatest Dallastown athletes. This is a very interesting series and I'll look forward to next Tuesday's paper.

The 10 best Wildcats omitted the only team sport to have won a state title at Dallastown - tennis! Billy Heird led that team to a state team victory and a doubles state title with Andrew Holmes in 2004.

You had Billy Heird listed in the other notable athletes. However, I have to respectfully disagree, as he was the top tennis player on the only Dallastown state championship team.


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You missed two girls' soccer standouts.

Lindsay Weller (Class of 2005) was player of the year in both basketball and soccer her senior year (incredibly rare in this age of specialization). She was all-state in soccer, four-time all-county in soccer and is playing basketball at West Chester.

Jess Scerbo (Class of 2004) was a two-time soccer player of the year, was all-state and earned a Division I scholarship to Jacksonville State.

I was fortunate enough to coach both of these athletes in high school soccer. For as talented as they were athletically, they are even better people personally - bright, humble and full of energy.


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Troy Broadbent was a 1990 graduate of Dallastown and a soccer standout.

He was the 1989 YCIAA player of the year and member of the 1989 YCIAA champions. He was named to the NSCAA Pennsylvania All-State team and was an NSCAA All-American.

He was named Dallastown's 1989 athlete of the year.

And he earned a soccer scholarship to Division I Radford University.


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I'd like to weigh in on the debate about the 10 best Wildcats. As a former girls' volleyball high school and club coach, I certainly have seen quite a few players and I coached Shannon Bortner (No. 5 on the top 10 list).

When I look back at girls' volleyball, there are two names that immediately are missing - Kristin Hershey and Brandy Workinger. No doubt that Shannon Bortner belongs there, but as players of the same era, both Brandy and Kristin belong on that list.

Earning a college scholarship was a factor used to determine the list. What was failed to be factored into the equation are kids that declined scholarships, like Kristin and Brandy.

They chose to attend Juniata College, where they both excelled academically and athletically - earning at least four first-team All-America honors between them.

If you're thinking "Juniata is just Division III," you obviously have never seen them play. Why is it that so many people seem to think that playing Division I is an adequate metric for measuring success? As a former Juniata volleyball player, we played many Division I schools and I can tell you that title alone does not make them competitive. There are kids sitting the bench at Juniata that could easily walk into a Division I school and play. It's not all about the money.


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Carl Snyder, who graduated in 1971 (the same year as Keith Hamberger), was a state high jump champion. He went Navy after school.


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The following are anonymous comments about the series posted on our Web site, www.inyork.com/ydr:

· How is Josh Weaver only an honorable mention? The guy was an approximately 10-time All-American, a 10-time YAIAA champion, four-time YAIAA swimmer of the year, fourth place as a freshman in the 100 backstroke, third as a sophomore, second as a junior and senior. Weaver never lost a race in the 100 backstroke in four years. He still holds school records in the 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay. These stats alone are better than any one person ranked in the top 10. Josh is arguably the best swimmer to ever come through York County (Donnie Berger being the other).

· I swam with Josh in high school and ... I was wondering why he wasn't one of the 10 best either. Not to say the other athletes weren't great, but he is better than some of the others mentioned. Dallastown had a fantastic swim team for many years ... and still does.

· If you didn't spend so much time in a pool you would have noticed the real athletes in the wresting room! D-town is the house that Gable build!

· What about John Gemmill?

· Thanks, Frank, for selecting the Ruteckis (Bill and Rick), who represent the 1976 basketball champs! What a group of characters. Thanks for the memories Dollar, Pistol, Jinx, Deacon, Grinch, Ralph, Chub, Chin, Duke, Dick Weed and Bobby.

· York Daily Record needs to evaluate this whole ranking system. And needs to let us know who is submitting these ridiculous results. You need to ask the athletes who actually competed with these people. That is least biased way to get your ranking or listing of athletes.

Sports Editor's note: In response to that last comment - 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. And, for sure, the lists we are presenting are just one opinion. In most cases, however, we have done more than two years of research and interviews with athletic directors, coaches and players. We are presenting as fair an attempt as possible to create an objective list on a decidedly subjective topic. - CHRIS OTTO