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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Amanda McKim, 2007: She became the school's all-time leading female basketball scorer (1,536 points) and rebounder (836) despite missing the final month of her junior season with a knee injury. She averaged 17 points per game as a senior, earned third-team all-state honors and accepted a scholarship to Division I Moorhead State University.

Jimmy Shaw, 2002: The football lineman was a third-team Associated Press all-state pick. He also was a two-time, first-team all-league choice and helped the Rockets reach the Class AAA District 3 title game as a senior. He earned a full scholarship to Division I Rice University in Houston before transferring to Penn State.

Randy Cozzens, 1981: He looked like a center at 6-foot-4 but played like a guard, leading the Rockets to the YCIAA title game as a junior. He averaged 24 points per game as a senior and finished his career with 1,167. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds for his career. He went on to play at West Point.

Jim Senft, 1976: He earned all-county honors in three sports as a senior - football, basketball and baseball. The three-year starter in basketball averaged 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game over his career. He was an option quarterback on the football team who combined to pass and run for more than 1,000 yards as a senior. He earned recruiting attention from schools like Wake Forest, who wanted him to attend a prep school for a year, but he attended the University of Delaware instead.

Zach Toomey, 2002: The track and field all-star also dominated as a lineman and earned a football scholarship to East Stroudsburg University. He was a three-time YAIAA track and field all-star who won league and district shot put titles as a senior and was fourth in the PIAA. He still holds the YAIAA Championship records in the discus (163-4) and shot (55-7).


Maxine Bentzel, a rising junior, won the 300 meter hurdles at the YAIAA Track and Field Championships this spring.


Gary Miller (1961) not only was the league's best in the shot put and discus, winning district titles as a senior, but also averaged 13.6 points and about 11 rebounds per game over three basketball seasons.

Tom Uffelman (1957) set county basketball records for foul shots (making 22 in one game) and for most points in a season (472).

George Smith (1963) scored 56 points in a game vs. West York and led the league in scoring as a senior.

Jeff Palmer (1975) earned a mention in Sports Illustrated for pitching a perfect game and hitting for the cycle, including a grand slam home run, in a rout of Northeastern.

Dana Diller (1983) led her team to a county basketball title, is the school's No.

Maxine Bentzel is one Spring Grove Rocket to watch.
Maxine Bentzel is one Spring Grove Rocket to watch. (Submitted)
2 career female scorer (1,220 points) and earned a scholarship to American University.

Doug Heimbach (1984) won a district wrestling title at 155 pounds and was a good enough linebacker and running back to make the Penn State football team as a walk-on.

Missy Wolfe (1988) played basketball at Division II power Bentley (Mass.) College where she started at point guard as a freshman and led her team to the Division II Final Four.

Whitney Myers won two YAIAA golf titles, a district title and finished second in the state before leaving school after her sophomore year in 2002. She attended the David Leadbetter's Junior Golf Academy in Florida before playing for the University of Florida.

Eric Fringer (1994) earned the top league swimming times in four events as a senior - the 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. He also won the top YAIAA medal at states that year, a silver in the 100 free, his fifth event.

Kyle Sprenkle (2004) was fourth in states in wrestling in the 275-pound weight class. His 123 career victories is second-best in school history.

Doug Wakeland (1976) was an all-league star running back and safety who earned honorable mention Big 33 honors and was recruited by Virginia Tech and others.