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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John Gentzler ('64): The running back/linebacker won back-to-back league rushing titles and led his team to a YCIAA championship. He also was a standout wrestler. He earned a football scholarship to Salem College, an NAIAA school in West Virginia.

Kim McGhee ('99): She enjoyed a breakout senior season on the basketball court (team-leading 14 points per game, league-leading 84 percent free throw shooter) to finish with 1,032 for her career. She helped her twin sister, Kris, lead the Panthers to a District 3 title while earning a scholarship to Division I Wagner University. In track and field, she ran a leg of the YAIAA-winning 3,200-meter relay team and finished fourth in the 1,600.

Travis Motley ('00): He became the YAIAA's all-time passing leader with 4,837 yards and 47 touchdowns and earned a scholarship to Division II Mansfield University. He also was a star safety and schools such as Alabama, Florida, Pitt and Penn State offered him a chance to walk-on as a defensive player. He quarterbacked the Panthers to a YAIAA Division I title and their first Class AAA district playoff appearance in nine years. He also was a standout basketball player.

Mack Poet ('47, North York): He was one of the best track and field weight men of his era, winning back-to-back Class B state titles in the discus and a state title in the shot put as a senior. He set District 3 records in both events as a senior - his 47-½ shot put broke a 10-year mark.

Gene Snyder ('49, North York): He was a star left-handed pitcher who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent. Though he signed with the Phillies, he saw his only major-league action as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. He pitched in 11 games and went 1-1 with a 5.47 ERA that year for the Dodgers. Armed with a stunning curveball, he was famous for striking out 31 batters in a 14-inning American Legion state playoff victory. He also was a standout basketball player. When Snyder died in 1996, York County baseball long-timer Marlyn 'Curly' Holtzapple said: "Gene was a super guy. (I) remember him as a terrific competitor who probably had one of the best curveballs ever by a lefty. If his control wasn't a problem, he might have had a long, long career in the big leagues."


Junior linebacker/tight end Kyle Baublitz is becoming one of the YAIAA's most sought-after college football prospects in recent memory. Already, he is 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds and has scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Pitt and West Virginia. And ace recruiter Larry Johnson is keeping tabs on him for Penn State.


Matt Baker ('86) excelled in football, basketball and volleyball but probably made more of a name for himself after high school as a successful quarterback for Temple University.

Malynda Beck ('06) was a two-time all-state soccer player who also was a three-year starter in basketball and played tennis in the fall.

Ewin Jenkins ('98) won a state championship in the Class AAA triple jump (47 feet, 7 inches) and finished second at districts (46 feet) despite a late-season hamstring injury.

Jim Kohr ('85) earned a full tennis scholarship to the University of North Texas.

Rob Leite ('98) won YAIAA and district championships in the triple jump (46 feet, 9 inches) and also finished fifth in the state in the long jump.

Danny Miller ('49, North York) won a state title in the shot put and a district title in the broad jump.

Linda Myers ('65) finished fifth in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in archery and won a world championship the following year in France. She was in contention to make the 1980 Olympic team before the American boycott was announced. She became the first female inducted into the York County Sports Hall of Fame.

George Parthmer ('97) earned all-state volleyball honors and was a two-time YAIAA Player of the Year.

Larry Slenker ('75) helped lead his basketball team to a league title, scoring 46 points in one game. More impressive was his spring work as an all-state volleyball player and a star pitcher on the baseball team.

Mary Jane Snyder ('57) captained a county championship volleyball team but earned greater honors at West Chester University throwing the javelin.

Eugene "Herb" Suereth ('45, North York) won a Class B district 100-yard dash title in track and was scouted by the St. Louis Browns as an outfielder.