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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1. Donna McLain Vitacco, 1980

She arguably was the most dominating female track and field athlete the league has ever known - certainly the best distance runner. She won six PIAA gold medals in track and one in cross country. She earned four-straight District 3 titles in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs on her way to becoming a high school All-American. She even won three YCIAA titles in the 800 meters. Amazingly, she still holds the Class AA district and state meet records in the 1600 meters (4:52.03) and just had her 3200 state record broken this spring (10:33.01) after 28 years. She even won two cross country national titles in high school. She earned a track and field scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

Donna Vitacco was named Eastern’s top athlete.
Donna Vitacco was named Eastern's top athlete. (Submitted)
Jon Witman, 1991

The powerful running back was a first-team all-state pick and a Super Prep All-American. He rushed for 3,300 career yards and earned a scholarship to Penn State. He also won a Class AA state title in the long jump.

3. Dana Johns, 2002

Basketball may have been the best sport for this 5-foot-1½-inch point guard. She earned YAIAA Division I Player of the Year honors as a senior, averaging 14.8 points, 4.2 steals, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. She scored 1,180 points in her career and went on to play at Franklin & Marshall College. But the best part? She also was a star in volleyball, softball and soccer in high school.

4. Jon Raab, 1988

He led his basketball team to two-straight District 3 titles and advanced to the PIAA title game as a senior. He was an all-state pick and scored 1,680 career points, the most in school history and No. 6 on the all-time YAIAA chart for boys. He earned a Division I basketball scholarship to Drexel University.

5. Justin Seitz, 1999

He is the second all-time leading basketball scorer in school history with 1,488 points. As a senior, he was named the Daily Record Player of the Year and led the YAIAA in scoring at 23.3 points per game. He earned a scholarship to Division II Lock Haven University. He also was a standout catcher and shortstop in baseball, earning all-league honors as a senior with a .354 batting average.

6. Jason Seitz, 1995

He enjoyed a stunning senior basketball season, averaging 27.8 points per game on his way to 1,232 for his career. He also led the Golden Knights in steals and assists as a senior and earned a scholarship to Millersville University. He was an all-star infielder in baseball, hitting .385 as a senior.

7. Tracy Sollenberger Bair, 1990

The star long-distance runner was a three-time district champ in the 1600 meters and two-time district champ in cross country. She also was part of the state-winning 3200 meter relay team as a senior and the district-winning 3200 relay team as a junior. She was the YAIAA champ in the 800 meters for four years and the league cross country champ for three.

8. Jen Smith, 1998

She scored 1,236 points on the basketball court, third-best in school history among females and went on to play at Millersville. She also was the YAIAA champ in the javelin as a junior and a senior and finished third at districts. She still holds the school record in the javelin.

9. Danny Young, 1996

She was a league all-star pitcher and shortstop in softball and was the YAIAA Player of the Year in basketball. She scored 1,065 points for her career and is the career leader in steals (375). She also was a star field hockey player, leading the league with 16 goals from the right wing as a senior. She went to Juniata College to play field hockey and basketball.

10. Megan Fogle, 2004

She scored 1,065 career points in basketball. In track and field, she was the YAIAA champ in the long jump (16'11") and finished second in districts (17'4") as a senior. She broke long-standing school records in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and set a school-record long jump at the Dallastown Invitation (17'9½"). She went on to play basketball for Division II Shippensburg University.