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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Joe Coradetti ('69): The team captain in football and basketball was a star jumper in track and field. As a senior he set a district record in the long jump (23-4¾) and finished second in the triple jump. He was recruited by Navy, Gettysburg and Slippery Rock but went to Juniata College for football and track and field.

John Johnston ('85): The wrestling star was undefeated as a senior, winning district and state titles at 138 pounds. As a junior, he was second in districts and finished 25-3. He chose Franklin & Marshall College - Division I in wrestling - over offers from Syracuse, Shippensburg and others. He also was the starting second baseman for the Canners in the spring.

Chris Marshall ('94): The senior wrestler went undefeated (33-0) at 125 pounds, winning district and state titles in his only year at the school. He earned a scholarship to Division I Clarion University.

Brian Pitzer ('96): He is one of only nine wrestlers in District 3 history to win four district titles. He went on to finish second in the state as a junior and sixth as a senior at 152 pounds. He earned a Division I scholarship to Bucknell University.

Ben Wilson ('92): He was best known as a star basketball guard (1,215 career points) but also was a standout high jumper. The senior won a Blue Mountain League high jump title, took second at districts and fifth at states. He played one year of football, earning all-league honors at receiver and defensive back.


Senior running back Parker Showers led the Canners to the district playoffs this year by rushing for 1,480 yards and 24 touchdowns. He took over the starting spot last year and scored 12 touchdowns - nine on the ground.


Donnie Asper ('95) set school records for a quarterback with a 93-yard run from scrimmage and with 1,236 passing yards in a season. He wrestled and played baseball at Ursinus College and now works for the FBI.

Dave Gorman ('72) quarterbacked his team to a Blue Mountain League title but was a bigger star in track and field. He won districts and finished second in the state as a pole vaulter - his 14-foot-6 vault is still a school record. He also finished second at districts in the long jump and fourth at states. He went on to set West Chester's collegiate vault record of 15-3.

Brock Grim ('07) averaged 19 points per game as a junior and 20 per game as a senior and is the school's all-time leading basketball scorer with 1,633 points.

Dani Johnston ('93) just missed scoring 1,000 career basketball points at point guard and went on to bigger things in field hockey at Bucknell University, where she won all-league honors twice.

Mike McGlaughlin ('71) was a two-time sectional wrestling champ who earned a 70-7-2 record and a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts.

Arthur Miller ('61) won sectional, district and

regional wrestling titles before finishing third in the state at 133 pounds.

Evan Moore ('07) led his soccer team to a division title and earned player of the year honors in the YAIAA, as well as all-state recognition.

Twin sisters Joy Motter Weikert and Jill Motter Stoner ('89) were district doubles tennis champs for three years, state runners-up as juniors and state champs as seniors. They went to Shippensburg University on partial scholarships.

Bruce Parker ('61) won district and state titles in the pole vault.

Emily Pitzer ('97), a standout 400-meter runner, led her 1,600-meter relay team to district and state gold medals.

Ann Grim Showers ('80) was a two-time field hockey All-American at Lock Haven University.

Bill Sterrett ('68) earned honorable mention Big 33 honors as a lineman before playing at West Point. The heavyweight wrestler also was a standout in the spring, winning a league title and setting a school record in the discus.

Tim Taylor ('89) was a 6-foot-6 basketball star who graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,516 points), rebounder and shot blocker. He earned a scholarship to Shippensburg. He also was a do-everything guy in track and field, excelling in the high jump, triple jump and relays.