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. John Sprenkle ('69)

The state's best in football and wrestling also was an accomplished hurdler in track and field. The two-way football tackle earned a Division I-A scholarship to Virginia Tech after helping the Bulldogs win back-to-back YAIAA titles. He also was the captain of the Big 33 football team. In wrestling, he went undefeated as a senior and won a state heavyweight title (when you had to win districts to even make the state tournament). He earned honorable mention All-America honors in wrestling, had scholarship offers from Big Ten schools and owned a 55-6 career record. He also was a standout at the shot, discus and low-hurdles in track and field. As a junior, he was undefeated in the 180-yard low hurdles until losing at districts.

John Sprenkle, named the greatest athlete in West York Bulldogs history, starred in footbal, wrestling and track and field.
John Sprenkle, named the greatest athlete in West York Bulldogs history, starred in footbal, wrestling and track and field. (Submitted)

2. Chris Shaffer ('94)

He was a four-sport star who ended up choosing baseball over football in college. He was a soccer standout and a starter on a Division II champion basketball team. But he was most valuable as a kicker in football and a shortstop in baseball. He kicked a 47-yard field goal as a junior, which helped him gain recruiting interest from West Virginia, Rutgers and Miami. But his best sport was baseball, where he hit .552 as a senior and was drafted in the 17th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Instead, he accepted a full scholarship to play at East Carolina University.

3. Russell Stoner ('89)

A standout in football, basketball and volleyball. He was a two-time Division II football player of the year and the leader of the 1988 District 3 Class AA champions. He rushed for 2,027 career yards, caught 49 passes for 607 yards and scored 42 touchdowns. He had 15 career interceptions at defensive back. He went on to play Division I-AA football at the Towson University. "He was, without a doubt, the best athlete I ever coached in football in 16 years," said John Sprenkle.

4. Mark Brenneman ('70)

The starting center and defensive tackle helped lead his football team to two YAIAA titles. He was a first-team Associated Press All-State pick as a senior and was named to the Big 33 team. He earned a scholarship to Notre Dame. He also set West York records throwing the shot put and discus and qualified for the district meet in both events as a senior.

5. Fred Kerr ('55)

He was arguably the most dominating long distance runner of his time - while also starring in football and wrestling. He won back-to-back Class B state titles in the half-mile and mile events, setting a state record in the mile as a senior (4:22.4). He also won four-straight district titles in the mile and three titles in the half-mile. He won both events all four years at the county meet. He earned a track scholarship to Penn State. In football, he was a co-captain and two-year starter at linebacker and running back. And he even was the top-seeded wrestler at districts as a junior.

6. Keith Zimmerman ('73)

He was a football and a basketball star who was a league MVP as a senior quarterback and linebacker, scoring 17 rushing touchdowns. He earned a football scholarship to Penn State. He was a 15 points-per-game scorer in basketball and was named to the league all-star team twice. He also was a starting first baseman on the baseball team as a sophomore and junior.

7. Parrish Petry ('81)

He is the school's all-time leading basketball scorer (1,359

points), including a stunning 707 points as a senior guard.

Parrish Petry is West York’s all-time leading basketball scorer and was a standout quarterback and safety on the football team.
Parrish Petry is West York's all-time leading basketball scorer and was a standout quarterback and safety on the football team. (Submitted)
He was a standout quarterback and safety on the football team, earning all-league honors on defense. He also was an all-star shortstop on the baseball team. He played basketball at Shippensburg.

8. Bill Luckenbaugh ('69)

He won a state wrestling title in the 127-pound weight class as a senior - and lost another state title with seven seconds left as a junior. He finished 69-5 in his career, the school's all-time leader in winning percentage (.932). He was named a first-team All-American by Wrestling USA Magazine and is a member of the District III Wrestling Hall of Fame. He wrestled at East Stroudsburg University.

9. Trent Kline ('03)

The four-year starting catcher and four-time YAIAA all-star earned a baseball scholarship to the University of North Carolina. He batted .460 with 23 stolen bases as a Bulldog senior and was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He also was the starting quarterback on the football team and a starter on the basketball team.

10. Angie Bowie ('89)

The sprinting star won district and state gold medals in the 400 meters as a senior. She began her career by winning district gold medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters as a freshman and sophomore. She qualified for the state meet as a freshman in four events (100, 200, 400, 400 relay). She still holds the YAIAA League Meet record in the 100 meters (12.10) - set as a freshman. She earned a track scholarship to Syracuse University.