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.

Your turn
If you d like to comment or offer a differing opinion on this list, we d love to hear from you. Each Sunday, we ll present your feedback on opinions on page 2 of the York Sunday News sports section - The Rundown. E-mail your thoughts to Sports Editor Chris Otto at cotto@ydr.com or mail them to: Greatest Athletes, c/o Chris Otto, 1891 Loucks Road, York 17408.

Read more
Check out the full series

1. Ben Murphy, 1986

He was a three-sport star for the Trojans, truly making his name on the football field, where he racked up a school-record 2,587 rushing yards in four seasons. He also started on defense beginning in his freshman year and intercepted 23 passes during his career. As a senior he was both an all-star running back and defensive player of the year. He was a standout baseball player, starting in the outfield, then moving behind the plate, while hitting for average and power (12 career home runs). He also set a then-school mark for career assists (289) on the basketball court and topped 500 points.

2. Whitney Peach, 1999

Peach dominated two sports. She was a two-time PIAA Class AA sprint champion in the pool, winning the 50 and 100 freestyles. The following spring, Peach was the YAIAA Division B girls' track athlete of the year, thanks to multiple YAIAA titles, a silver in the 400 run at districts and a fourth-place medal at the state track meet.

3. Cameron Van Tassell, 1994

He was a two-sport star who was very good at a third as well. Volleyball was his main game and - at 6-foot-3 - it fit him perfectly, and he earned All-America status. His other big sport was football, in which he started at quarterback and was an all-star as a senior, although it is said he might have been better on defense. Plus, he was a strong rebounder on the basketball court.

4. Don Berger, 1982

He was likely the most impressive swimmer from a school filled with great swimmers. Until last season, he held the school record in every freestyle event, and he is in the Trojans' top 10 in everything but backstroke. In 1982, Berger set a state record in the 200 free that stood for nearly 20 years. He earned a full scholarship to Alabama and is possibly the best boys' swimmer the YAIAA has known to date.

5. Lisa Nagorny, 2000

She won gold at states in the 1,600 run and district gold in the 3,200 as a senior - the same school year in which she was the District 3 cross country champ. The previous spring, she won districts in both the 800 and 1,600, finishing second at states in the latter. She held the YAIAA record in the 3,200 until spring of 2008. She went on to run at Duke before heading to the Navy.

6. Allie Koblitz, 2003

Koblitz scored an impressive 1,020 points during her basketball career, capped with an all-star nod as a senior - but that wasn't her best sport. She was the YAIAA Division II soccer player of the year that same year, following her 2002 all-star campaign as a junior. Koblitz scored 43 goals in her soccer career and was also a good volleyball player.

7. Yvonne Heinrich, 1980

She absolutely dominated the track scene as a three-time state champion in the high jump. In fact, her jump of 5-10½ remained a state record for 18 years and - nearly 30 years later - is still the YAIAA record. The leap was the fifth best in the nation that year. She also used that jumping ability as a good rebounder on the Trojans' basketball team.

8. Sean Nagorny, 1999

He was a three-time District 3 champ in both the 1,600-and 3,200-meter runs and was the district cross country victor as a senior. He placed in the top five at states three times and was the school record holder in the 1,600 and 3,200, as well. He earned a scholarship to Wake Forest.

9. Brooke Davis, 1996

She was a player of the year in two sports as a senior - basketball and track. She was a multiple-time all-star in both sports, scoring 1,110 points on the basketball court and winning district gold in the Class AA high jump and 100 hurdles. She then finished second in the high jump and third in 100 hurdles at the state meet.

10. Rod Albright, 1963

He notched an impressive 2,403 rushing yards as a tough fullback on the team that won 23 straight games over a three-year period. As a senior in 1962-63, he scored 130 points on the football field and was a solid basketball player.