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. Darren Oswald, 1994

The dominating running back and linebacker also was a star basketball player and sprinter. He was a 200-pound, punishing football runner, piling up 1,946 yards in his senior season and 3,573 for his career - both second-best in school history. He was a member of the prestigious Big 33 team and went on to play at Penn State. In basketball, he averaged more than 10 points and 10 rebounds a game as a senior. In track and field, he qualified for the PIAA championships in four events as a junior - the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 relay and 1,600 relay. He finished fifth in the state in the 200 as a senior.

2. Joe Lerew, 1974

He definitely had a golden arm.

Darren Oswald was a standout football, basketball and track star at Bermudian Springs High School
Darren Oswald was a standout football, basketball and track star at Bermudian Springs High School (Submitted)
He still holds the school record for most passing yards in a game (340) and a season (1,615) and was recruited by the likes of Navy and South Carolina. In baseball, the hard-throwing right-hander was scouted by the Baltimore Orioles but decided to play baseball and football at Ivy League Cornell University. In basketball, he just missed scoring 1,000 career points (992) because an injury caused him to miss the first four games of his senior season.

3. Luther Green, 1999

The school's all-time leading rusher (4,264 yards) earned all-state honors and also helped lead his team to a district title. He earned all-conference honors in the Mid-Penn as senior safety, too. He ran for 306 yards in one game as a senior. He earned scholarship offers from Division I-AA schools, ultimately choosing Rhode Island. He was a three-year starter in basketball and also a standout sprinter and long jumper, anchoring the 400 relay team to second-place finishes in districts and states.

4. Tony Miller, 1985

The fullback/middle linebacker was a four-year varsity starter who earned scholarship offers from Syracuse, West Virginia and others before choosing Division I-AA Lafayette. The heavyweight also won a district wrestling title as a senior and medaled at states. He ran sprints and threw the shot put in the spring but was best at the 110 hurdles, where he tied a school record.

5. Charlie Green, 1970

The big, speedy running back averaged more than 200 yards a game his senior season. It earned him a spot on the prestigious Big 33 team and a scholarship offer to Arizona State. "I never had anyone run like Charlie," said former coach Neil Hickoff, who also led teams at Central Dauphin East and Carlisle.

6. Trevor Byers, 1986

The standout running back and linebacker won a state wrestling title as a 119-pound senior with a 36-1 record. He also was a district runner-up twice and was 93-10 for his career. He was recruited by Pitt, Clarion, Penn State and others but chose Division I Millersville. He was recruited by Division III schools for football and also was a four-year starting infielder in spring baseball.

7. John Lerew, 1969

He still is the school's all-time leading boys' basketball scorer (1,141 points) and also was a standout offensive and defensive end on the football team. He played football at Cornell University.

8. Kristin Brown, 2003

The swimming star won a state title in the 100 freestyle as a junior and won state titles in the 100 and 50 free as senior. She also won several district titles along the way. She earned a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.

9. Jason Myers, 1999

The school's all-time leading passer (3,338 yards) earned All-Mid-Penn honors and helped lead the Eagles to a district title. A broken arm ruined his chance at 1,000 career basketball points, but he still was a three-year starter and all-league pick as a junior. In baseball, the third baseman and pitcher earned all-league honors three times and hit around .450 as a junior. Temple offered him a combination football/baseball scholarship, but he choose Division II baseball power Ashland University in Ohio.

10. Billy Aiello, 1981

He lost in the final seconds of a state-title wrestling match as a senior - his only defeat of the season at 155 pounds. But he still won three district titles and earned a scholarship to Division I Lock Haven. He also was standout linebacker in football and good enough at throwing the discus to qualify for districts.