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.
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.
ONE TO WATCH
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.
OTHER NOTABLE NAMES
West York, like every school in the YAIAA, has more than just 15 great athletes in its history.
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.
· 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.