Rob Estep made the honorable mention list of greatest Bulldog athletes.
Rob Estep made the honorable mention list of greatest Bulldog athletes. (Submitted)


These five dandy athletes from West York just missed the cut for our top-10 list and have earned "Honorable Mention" status:

Tim Ebersole ('79): The football, basketball and baseball star earned a scholarship to play quarterback at Shippensburg University. He threw for more than 1,000 yards as a senior and was named co-player of the year in the league. He also was a three-year starter in basketball and played catcher in baseball.

Rob Estep ('07): He was a YAIAA player of the year in football and basketball. The

quarterback was the league's leading passer, completing 125 passes for more than 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. In basketball, he helped to lead the Bulldogs to a YAIAA title and their first District 3 title.

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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Marlyn "Curly" Holtzapple ('50): The baseball star also was a pretty good quarterback and basketball scorer, averaging about 18 points per game as a senior. But baseball is where he made his name. He hit over .400 playing shortstop and led his team to a league title as a senior. He signed with the St. Louis Browns organization.

Rodney King ('05): He was a three-time YAIAA swimmer of the year. He won district and PIAA gold medals in the 200 and 500 freestyle events as a senior as well as earning high school All-America status. He earned a swimming scholarship to West Chester.

Dana Luckenbaugh ('65): The first York County wrestler to win a state title (112 pounds), finished with a career record of 56-6-1.


Brandon Real, a senior, was a standout sprinter in the spring, finishing fourth in the 100 meters at the YAIAA track and field championships. But he was even better in football last fall. The running back averaged nearly nine yards per carry. He totaled 1,379 rushing yards and scored 17 touchdowns and returned two kickoffs and a punt for scores.


West York, like every school in the YAIAA, has more than just 15 great athletes in its history.

Brandon Real, a senior, was a standout sprinter in the spring and is ’one to watch’ at West York.
Brandon Real, a senior, was a standout sprinter in the spring and is 'one to watch' at West York. (Submitted)
We couldn't possibly name them all.

But here is a small collection of interesting facts about other outstanding athletes who attend West York Area High School and made a name for themselves in high school or in later years.

· Glenn Amsbaugh ('63) is the only four-time sectional wrestling winner in school history.

· John Bowser ('42) won three district titles in wrestling and lost in the PIAA finals as a junior in the 112-pound weight class.

· Matt Cotton ('97) earned second-team all-state honors in volleyball and scored 1,016 career points in basketball.

· Julia Haynes ('82) was one of the top all-around female athletes in school history, starring as a prolific field hockey goal scorer, a basketball player and a standout jumper and relay runner in track and field.

· Tom Heckard ('80) earned all-county honors as a defensive end in football and as a pitcher in baseball. He played both sports at Brown University and also played a year in the Yankees' organization.

· Wayne Hoffman ('69) intercepted two passes, returned two kickoffs for TDs and ran for a third score against York Catholic as a senior. He scored a combined 38 TDs as a junior and senior.

· Art "Zeno" Lentz ('46) led the Eastern Professional Basketball League in scoring in 1950 with the York Pros.

Cookie McIntyre is another notable West York athlete.
Cookie McIntyre is another notable West York athlete. (Submitted)
He earned $35 a game, big money at the time.

· Bill Luckenbaugh ('69) won a Division II national title at 150 pounds as a senior at East Stroudsburg University. He was the second seed in the Division I Wrestling Championships.

· Chad Luckenbaugh ('97) holds the school record for wrestling victories (126-16) and is the only Bulldog wrestler with three PIAA medals.

· Courtney "Cookie" McIntyre ('07) won a Class AA state gold medal in the 100 butterfly as a senior and placed third in the 100 breaststroke.

· Brian Nachtigal ('00) won YAIAA, district and state tennis singles titles as a senior.

· Kevin Stover ('85) won a district title in cross country and two in track and field - in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.

· Will Thornton ('99), who played just one year of soccer for the Bulldogs after transferring from the Christian School of York, went on to win a national title at the University of Connecticut as a starting defender.

· Tom Toggas ('83) won a national prep championship at Blair Academy and then won three Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association titles at Lehigh University.

· Lowell David Wakeland ('52) was a powerful, compact running back who was named to the Wigwam Wisemen All-America team based in Oklahoma City.