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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Chad Gentzler, 1987: In football, the senior tailback led the league in touchdowns (25) but earned all-county honors at linebacker. He set a school record for rushing yards in a game (233) vs. York Suburban. In wrestling, he finished third in districts and fourth at states as a 167-pound junior. As a senior, he was 34-1 at 185 pounds, winning districts and losing in the state title match. He earned a Division I wrestling scholarship to powerhouse Lock Haven.

Shane Melhorn, 2005: He was a star in football, swimming and baseball. He was a two-time YAIAA all-star center fielder, hitting .458 as a senior. In swimming, he won district and state gold medals on the 200 medley relay team and also was a standout in the 50 freestyle and backstroke. He went on to play baseball at junior college power Potomac State in West Virginia.

John Kuhn, 2000: He was the YAIAA discus and shot put champ as a senior. But football is where he truly made his name, becoming the school's No. 3 all-time leading rusher (2,242 yards) and earning league all-star status at linebacker. He earned a football scholarship to Shippensburg.

Brian Roberts, 1989: The speedy wide receiver also was one of the best hurdlers of his time. In football, he scored 13 touchdowns and earned all-league and second-team all-state honors as a senior. He was small (5-foot-9, 155 pounds) but still received a scholarship to Western Carolina University for football (Division I-AA) and track and field (Division I-A). As a hurdler, he dominated the YCIAA in the 110 and 300 meter events and still holds the league meet record in the 300 hurdles (37.80) after 18 years. As a senior, he was a district champ in the 300 and finished third in the state.

Ryan Reinert, 1990: He was a two-time all-county selection in both football and baseball. As a football senior he earned first-team all-league honors at linebacker and second-team honors at running back. He also earned a partial scholarship to play at Division I-AA Fordham University. In baseball, the senior was named YCIAA Player of Year after hitting .500 (29-of-58), leading the league in RBIs (24) and earned run average as a pitcher (0.81).


Vaughn Hebron, a senior, is a standout running back won the league rushing title last fall and is only about 260 yards away from becoming school career record holder. He also is a talented sprinter who finished fourth in the 300 hurdles in the YAIAA Track and Field Championships last spring.


Derek Faulkner (1986) became the YCIAA's all-time leading passer with 4,411 yards as a 5-foot-10, 140-pound quarterback.

Rhonda Funk Zortman (1990) was a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that won three state swimming titles. She earned a scholarship to West Virginia University.

Mike Shue (1993) is the Lock Haven University men's basketball leader in career points (1,716), points in a game (46) and free throws made in a game (17).

David Baskwill (1977) is the only track and field state title winner in school history, winning the two mile. He went on to run long distance for Penn State.

Wayne Jacobs (1967) arguably was the league's top golfer for four-straight years. He finished second in the state as a junior and won a state title as a senior. He earned a partical golf scholarship to the University of Houston.

Ron Sanger (1990) was a second-team, all-state tight end, finishing behind future Penn State star Kyle Brady.

Fred Miller (1951) played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Browns organization.

Lisa Shermyer Byerts (1977) is still the school career record holder in field hockey goals. She also was a league singles tennis champ.

Thad Gross (1991) not only was the school's all-time leading rusher in football (2,381 yards) for 17 years, he won a league pole vault title and advanced to districts in wrestling at 189 pounds.

Colt Zarilla (2008) is a league all-star as a quarterback, a basketball scorer (1,010 career points) and a baseball pitcher.

Dale Bievenour (1959) helped lead his West Chester College soccer team to a national title. 

Jon Rubritz (2007), as a junior, won the Class AA PIAA Championship in the 200 freestyle, finished third in the 100 butterfly and was a member of the bronze-winning 200 medley relay team - all on the same day.