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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If you d like to comment or offer a differing opinion on this list, we d love to hear from you. Each Sunday, we ll present your feedback on opinions on page 2 of the York Sunday News sports section - The Rundown. E-mail your thoughts to Sports Editor Chris Otto at cotto@ydr.com or mail them to: Greatest Athletes, c/o Chris Otto, 1891 Loucks Road, York 17408.

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This is some of the feedback we received from last Tuesday's fifth installment of "The Greatest Athletes," our 22-week series on the greatest athletes in the history of each YAIAA school.

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As a Dover High graduate, I agree with most of your choices on the Dover all-time greats list. Mike Wilt is the greatest athlete to have gone to Dover.

However, I am puzzled as to why Keith Wiley (1986) was left off the list completely. Not even an honorable mention? He was the most exciting football player I had ever seen at Dover.

He had all the tools to be a Division I prospect and was recruited by most Division I schools on the East Coast. Not only was he one of the best football players in the state, but he was all-county in basketball and a standout sprinter in track.

I am thinking this was just an oversight on your part, because he is definitely one of the top 10 athletes Dover has ever produced.

Chad Gentzler not being in the top 10 and just an honorable mention is also an oversight in my opinion. He was an amazing athlete as well.

I understand this list is always going to be controversial, but if you look at Wiley's stats, you will agree that this guy was slighted by not being on your list.


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John Kuhn broke 28 Division II records at Shippensburg. Has a Super Bowl ring while playing for the Steelers and last I heard was playing for Green Bay. Just thought that needed to be said!


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Just a little additional info on one of the other notable names. Ron Sanger was a varsity player for three of his four years at Dover High. He was a YCIAA first team tight end his junior year, while Mike Wilt was second-team quarterback.

During his junior year, he was the leading receiver for the YCIAA with 38 catches for 590 yards and five touchdowns. He was also an honorable mention for the all-state team.

During his senior year, he was nominated to the Big 33 game, was an all-county tight end, was named to the mid-state top-100 team and was Dover's most valuable receiver, as well as team captain.

During his senior year, he was scouted by many big-name schools, such as UCLA, Penn State and Maryland. He received a handwritten letter from the head coach of James Madison University that states, "After watching Ronnie play, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the best tight end in eastern Pa., and that includes Kyle Brady."

Sanger also set records in many track and field events that still stand at Dover High School today.

This is just a small touch of the excellence that this man exuded during his years at Dover High School. He played many sports, to the fullest, and should be acknowledged for this.

Not sure where or from who you received your lack of information on the gentleman, but they were a bit vague.


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It doesn't seem natural to mention Dover High School or Dover sports from 1984-1988 without mentioning the Wiley boys or Santoses, who were all two- and three-sport athletes who helped change the face of Dover football, track and basketball. Not only tremendous athletes, but leaders on and off the field.


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Are soccer players included in the greatest athletes? I believe these two brothers definitely need to be recognized - Brian and Mark May. These two brothers were first-team all-state in their senior year for soccer.

Brian May is a 1989 Dover graduate. He led York County in scoring his sophomore year in soccer. He made all-county his sophomore, junior and senior years. He played for Lock Haven University. He played semi-pro soccer in Harrisburg.

He played varsity basketball his junior and senior years. His senior year, he lead his team in 3-point field goals and that was the first team from Dover to go to states.

Mark May is a 1991 graduate of Dover. He was all-county for soccer his junior and senior years. He was Division I MVP his senior year. His senior year, he made the Capital Region Keystone Games team. He also was a varsity wrestler his junior and senior years and advanced to districts.


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I want to commend you on a great job you have done with your top-10 lists thus far. Though I am not from this area originally, I am an avid high school sports fan and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about some of the history of the local athletes. I am sure it was a long and sometimes thankless task.

I would like to add two more athletes from Dover to the list that I feel are deserving of mentioning.

Wendy Hutchinson: In cross country she was a three-time county and three-time district medalist and medaled at states as a senior. On the track, she holds school records in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters and is a member of the school and county record-holding 4x400 relay team.

She has been the county champion in the 800 meters, 3,200 meters and was a member of the 4x400 relay team, the district champion in the 800 meters, a member of the 4x400 relay and placed fifth at states in the 800. She was also the starting point guard on her basketball team for three years. She is currently running cross country and track at LaSalle University.

Eryn Spangler: She holds the school record in the 400 meters and is also a key member of the school and county record-holding 4x400 relay team. She is the two-time county champion in the 400 and was a member of the county champion 4x400 relay team, a two-time district medal winner in the 400, as well as a member of the district champion 4x400 relay team and placed fifth as a junior and fourth as a senior at states in the 400.

She was also a starting forward for her basketball team for three years and played volleyball. She is now running track for the University of Maryland.


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I agree that Mike Wilt was the best athlete at Dover! The guy was pure gold!


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I applaud your selection of the 10 greatest athletes in Dover High School history, believing it to be a very accurate assessment.

I'm a graduate of the school and have witnessed nine of the 10 compete in high school athletics on many occasions. The only one I didn't have the opportunity to see is Harry Little. He was, however, my gym teacher throughout high school and was obviously extremely athletic - his overall coordination was phenomenal even decades after graduating.

I've enjoyed playing pick-up basketball with Mike Wilt, Aaron Cochran and Kelly Raber, and also had the opportunity to play in flag football leagues with Mike and Kelly.

Keith Shermyer and Keith Smith were older and heroes of mine. I watched Keith Shermyer play soccer and baseball. He was an exceptional baseball player.

I watched Keith Smith wrestle and play football. I haven't seen a wrestler since who so completely dominated his opponents.

I followed Shaun Smith's fantastic wrestling career from the stands.

The female athletes were enormously talented and accomplished their swimming exploits under the tutelage of coach George Zimmerman. My sister swam with Andrea Wentzel and I therefore witnessed many swim meets. Andrea's combination of size and athleticism was extremely impressive.

However, what I believe is the most impressive thing about these 10 individuals is their accomplishments as human beings. They have been a credit to the school, as well as the community. It makes me feel good to be a graduate of Dover Area High School.