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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Dana Gingerich, 2003: Holding the record for career victories at Delone with 131, the wrestler picked up a gold medal at the 2003 PIAA Class AA tournament in the 130-pound class despite finishing second in both the District 3 and the Southeast Regional competitions. Earning YAIAA Division II Wrestler of the Year honors in 2003, Gingerich compiled a 40-3 record en route to his state title, one of only three in the school's history.

Eric O'Brien, 2004: The YAIAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, O'Brien was a two-way lineman for the Squires who could block just as well as tackle, earning a spot on the Associated Press all-state first team on offense.

Chris Hartmann is one Delone Catholic athlete to watch.
Chris Hartmann is one Delone Catholic athlete to watch. (Submitted)
During his senior season, O'Brien anchored a defense that allowed an average of only five points per game. Also a basketball player, O'Brien went on to play football at William & Mary.

Mike "Moon" Sunday, 1969: A three-sport star, Sunday played football, basketball and baseball for Delone and was named to the Big 33 team in football during his senior year. He was the quarterback and leader of a 1968 football team that many consider the best in school history. Sunday and the Squires outscored opponents 333-53 that season en route to a perfect 10-0 record.

Becky Timmons, 1991: Scoring more points than any Delone basketball player before her, Timmons wrapped up her career with 1,673 points and led Delone to the PIAA Class AA championship game during her senior season. As a 5-foot-9 forward, Timmons was both a deadly outside shooter and strong ballhandler who went on to play Division I basketball at Manhattan College.

Mike Zinn, 2001: The school's all-time leading scorer in boys' basketball, Zinn finished his high school career with a total of 1,555 points. During his senior season, Zinn averaged 16.9 points per game, sank 42 3-pointers and shot 83.3 percent from the foul line to help the Squires finish second in the District 3 Class AA tournament and reach the second round of the PIAA tournament.


Chris Hartmann, a 6-foot-6 senior, is one of the most talented basketball players ever to put on the Delone uniform. Leading the Squires to a perfect 14-0 record in Division II, Hartmann averaged 20.1 points a game and picked up AP all-state honors on the Class AA third-team.


Pat Flaherty, 1974: Was an All-American while playing for Division II East Stroudsburg in college and was hired as an offensive line coach for the NFL's New York Giants in 2004, picking up a Super Bowl ring in February.

Andy O'Brien, 1999: Set the York College men's basketball all-time scoring mark in 2003, tallying 2,001 points in 101 contests and averaging 23.6 points per game during his senior season to lead the Capital Athletic Conference in scoring. He was named to the CAC first-team three times while playing for the Spartans.

Christy Orndorff, 1991: Is one of the most accomplished volleyball players in Juniata College history, wrapping up her career with the school record for career digs (1,488) and earning first-team NCAA Division III All-America honors in 1994. She also left the school second in career kills (1,962), third in service aces (308) and fifth in hitting percentage.

Jim "Beetle" Roth, 1965: Was the first basketball player in school history to crack the 1,000-point mark, wrapping up his high school career with 1,080 points.

Kristin Schneider, 1989: Earned Female Athlete of the Year honors at Division II Millersville in 1994 after wrapping up her basketball career with more than 1,000 points and setting the school record for three-point field goals. She went into coaching after graduating, spending eight seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level at Xavier and Vanderbilt.

Pat Staub, 1972: Spent time in both the Canadian Football League and the United States Football League playing tackle, earning a spot on the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders in 1982 and then the USFL's Boston Breakers in 1983. At Delone, he was named to the Big 33 team during his senior season.

Autumn Staub, 1995: Earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 1998 Big South volleyball tournament while playing for Coastal Carolina, helping the Chanticleers win the title to qualify for the NCAA Division I tournament. She racked up more than 400 kills that season to lead her team.

Steph Vial, 2003: Finished her volleyball career at Gettysburg University in 2006 as the career leading in digs, surpassing the old mark of 1,704. At Delone, she earned 11 varsity letters and a state gold medal with the girls' basketball team.

Jim Zinn, 2000: Earned Freedom Conference Player of the Year honors at Division III DeSales in 2004 and then quickly moved into the coaching realm, taking a boys' varsity head coaching position at New Oxford before the 2005-06 season. Zinn is still at the helm at New Oxford and helped the Colonials earn a spot in the District 3 Class AAA tournament.