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. Laura Carroll Beveridge, 1978

She was good at basketball but made history in track and field. It started during her sophomore year, when she finished second in the long jump and fourth in the 220-yard dash at the PIAA meet. Her junior year, though, was something to behold. She won district gold medals in the triple jump and long jump and truly shined at the PIAA meet. She won the state team title - by herself - by setting state records in the 440-yard dash (56.0) and the triple jump (38-¾) and finishing second in the 220 and third in the long jump. As a senior, she set a district record in the 440-yard dash (56.34) and won state gold in the long jump (19-3). She was a Junior Olympic participant and earned a track and field scholarship to Temple University. She was a three-year basketball starter, too.

2. Rob Keller, 1986

He was good enough at basketball and volleyball to be offered Division I scholarships in both. In basketball, he was a 6-foot-5 center known for his jumping ability and scoring - he's still the school's all-time male leader with 1,252 points. He was offered Division I scholarships by Drexel, Duquesne and others, but most knew he was sticking with volleyball. He led the Panthers to a state volleyball title as a junior and accepted a scholarship to Pepperdine University over USC, UCLA and Penn State. He was regarded as one of the top high school volleyball players in the nation.

3. Jim Rife, 1965

The two-sport legend led his basketball team to a league title and led the league in scoring (27.4 points per game). In baseball, he played catcher, was the league's top hitter as a senior and was scouted by several major-league teams. He decided to go to Lebanon Valley College but quickly changed his mind and signed with the Boston Red Sox.

4. Brad Senft, 1976

He blended power and speed in football to run for 3,354 yards, a league record that stood for 21 years. He made the Big 33 team and his 33 touchdowns as a senior set a league record. He was a second-team all-state pick and played defensive end at the University of Maryland. He also was a starting basketball player as a senior and a standout runner on the track team, excelling at the 220- and 440-yard distances.

5. Kris McGhee, 1999

She is the school's all-time leading basketball scorer - male or female - with 1,392 points. She averaged 13.3 points per game as a senior in leading the Panthers to a District 3 Class AAAA title. She earned a scholarship to St. Bonaventure University. But that was only part of her talent. She also was a track star through her junior year, winning the 800 meters at the league meet and teaming with twin sister, Kim, to win the 3,200 relay. She also was a standout volleyball player.

In 2006, Laura Carroll Beveridge retired as a detective first class after 20 years with the York City Police Department. (File photo)

6. Steph Frysinger, 1999

A three-sport standout who accepted a basketball scholarship to Drexel University. She was the all-around leader of the Panthers' district title team, averaging 12.7 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists per game as a senior. She scored 1,105 for her career, even though her main duty was running the offense, not scoring. She also was a softball all-star and an excellent volleyball player.

7. Matt Debes, 1998

The dominating pitcher and hitter in baseball also was a star running back. His fastball hit 90 mph, and he struck out 73 batters in only 47 innings with a 1.18 earned-run average as a junior. He was offered full scholarships to George Washington and St. Joseph's universities but ended up at Penn State. In football, he was second in the YAIAA in rushing as a senior (1,546 yards, 7.9 per carry).

8. Brad Freeman, 1980

The do-it-all athlete was best as a cross country runner in the fall and a middle distance runner in the spring. He was undefeated in dual meets in the 400 meters and 800 meters as a junior and senior. He won a district title in the 800 and earned a track and field scholarship to the University of Georgia, choosing it over Penn State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Arizona and others. He also was a varsity starter in football, volleyball and basketball.

9. Ian Campbell, 1995

The track and field star won a state gold medal in the 110 hurdles and District 3 golds in the 110 and 300 hurdle events as a senior. He truly ruled the YAIAA meet, though, winning four events - 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and the 1,600 relay. He still holds the YAIAA track and field championships record in the 110 hurdles (14.20). He ran for Dartmouth College.

10. Jeff Johnson, 1983

Known as one of the best volleyball players ever from the area, he helped lead his team to a state title as a junior. The setter was a three-time all-state selection and earned a scholarship to Penn State. He also was a three-year varsity starter in basketball.