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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Rebecca Arugunes Bailey ('95) won three PIAA Class AA sprint titles in the 100 meters (1993-95) and a fourth in the 200. She earned a scholarship to George Mason University. She set Irish school records in the 100 meters (11.96 second), the 200 (25.2) and the long jump (17 feet, 1 inch).

Bill Campbell ('49) was a three-year starter in football and basketball, whose controversial 40-foot shot at the buzzer won the Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic title in 1948 - the school's first state title. As a quarterback, he earned a football scholarship to Villanova, and he also was a standout pitcher for the Irish.

Jacob Iati ('08) followed his older brother, Jon, as an unmatched pull-up jump shooter and scorer. He scored more than any other player in YAIAA history: 2,388 points. He was an all-state player all four years, including first-team selections as a junior and senior, when he scored 22 points a game. He led the Irish to the state finals as a freshman and to a district title as a junior, and he earned a Division I scholarship to High Point.

Jon Iati ('03), a four-year varsity basketball starter, didn't score quite as much as his younger brother but also played fewer games. His 2,216 career points are still No. 3 in YAIAA history and he also holds the school record for points in a game (56). He earned a Division I scholarship to the University of Albany.

Amanda Weaver ('07) is the school's all-time leading female basketball scorer despite missing more than half of her sophomore season with a knee injury. She finished with 1,780 points. She helped the Irish to back-to-back state titles. She also was a standout volleyball player (honorable mention all-state honors) before injuring her knee. She earned a Division I-A basketball scholarship to Hartford.


Tenth-grader Kady Schrann has been a two-sport wonder so far, earning first-team all-state honors in basketball as a freshman and finishing second in districts in cross country as a sophomore. She led the Irish state title basketball team in scoring last year at 13.7 points per game.


Joe Borsa II ('73) won back-to-back state wrestling titles at 180 pounds in the Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association, posting a combined 65-1 record in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He went on to earn Division III All-America status at York College.

Dick Bowman ('54) was a four-year starter at running back - but was best known for his punting. That got him recruited by Wake Forest, Wisconsin and others, but he ultimately chose Delaware over Villanova.

Matt Brown ('75) became an honorable mention All-America basketball player at Army for a young, up-and-coming coach named Mike Krzyzewski.

Blaine Claiborne ('93) was a fantastic pull-up jump shooter who scored 1,242 career points in basketball and was a talented receiver/defensive back in football. He played basketball for Millersville University.

Pat Clark ('59) went on to become the co-captain of the Lehigh University football team.

Mark Dearborn ('78) earned a track and field scholarship to St. Joseph's University as a high jumper but grew three inches and became a basketball star in college. The team captain was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers in the ninth round of the NBA draft.

Keith Dowling ('87) did win a state title in the 3,200 meters but went on to much bigger things: He made the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1996 and 2004 and the Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters in 1996.

Laverne "Worm" Godfrey ('52) was recruited by the likes of Penn State and North Carolina for football as a running back/quarterback and also earned second-team all-state honors in basketball.

Ronnie Holland ('86), a 6-foot-1 girls' basketball star, scored 1,576 points despite being blind in her left eye. She held the girls' school scoring record for 20 years.

Kahsan Jenkins ('90) was a 6-foot-4 rebounding and shot-blocking machine who helped win two state titles and is still the school's No. 4 all-time male scorer (1,450 points).

Matt Johnson ('83) led the Irish to a district football title before earning a starting defensive tackle spot on Penn State's national title team in 1986.

Ron Johnson ('98) was a standout defensive end at Shippensburg University before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003, appearing in three games. He also was the first overall pick in the free-agent phase of the 2005 NFL Europe draft by the Hamburg Sea Devils.

Walt Keffer Sr. ('55) was the first Irish basketball player to break the 1,000-point barrier and earned a scholarship to LaSalle. However, the standout quarterback broke his knee during his senior football season and was never the same.

Mary Leedy ('81) won a state basketball title and scored 1,349 points for the Irish before scoring 1,020 more at the University of Scranton. There, she led the Lady Royals to a 31-1 record and Division III national title as a senior.

Jeff Miller ('74) averaged 22.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game as a senior and scored 1,389 for his career. He earned a scholarship to play at Penn State.

Garyl Moore ('94) won a state gold medal in the high jump and still holds the YAIAA Track and Field championships record (6-9).

Bill Samuelson ('69) was a starting linebacker, offensive lineman and kicker for West Virginia University.

Benny Stewart ('48) went to Villanova University on a basketball scholarship where he was a starter for a top 10 team.

John Watson ('61) earned second-team all-state honors and a Division I scholarship to the University of Detroit. He went on to become the business school dean at St. Bonaventure University.