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. Lauren Beckley, 2006

She is the YAIAA's all-time leading point scorer in girls' basketball with 2,258 points from 2002-2006. She led the Green Knights to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA playoffs in 2006. Was also a first team all-star in volleyball her senior season. She is currently at Shippensburg University, where she is arguably becoming the best female basketball player in school history. Last year she became just the third Lady Raider to be named as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American. She is already a two-time All-PSAC Western Division First Team selection, as she has amassed more than 1,000 points in two seasons at Ship.

Lauren Beckley is the greatest athlete in the history of Fairfield High athletics.
Lauren Beckley is the greatest athlete in the history of Fairfield High athletics. (Submitted)
She led the Lady Raiders in scoring, rebounding and steals as a freshman and won the PSAC Western Division Rookie of the Year Award in 2007.

2. Amy Roth, 1997

She was a seven-time PIAA gold medalist swimmer who swam as an independent because the Green Knights didn't have a swim team. Roth made it to states all four years of high school in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. She set state records in 1996 and again in 1997 in the 100-yard backstroke. Roth also set record times in the 200 individual medley in 1995 and 1996. She received All-America honors from 1995-1997.

3. Jake Kern, 2007

He totaled 170 career points in soccer, scoring 30 goals alone in his senior season. As a senior, he was a YAIAA all-star in both soccer and baseball, where he was one of the Green Knights' top hitters. Currently at Grove City College where he led the team in points with 14 as a freshman.

4. Don Herring, 1980

Part of a dominating boys' soccer run by the Green Knights that saw them capture four straight South Penn Soccer League Championships from 1977-80. Was a member of the 1979 Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team. Scored 104 points during his scholastic career.

5. Kristi Swartz, 1999

She was a member of the Green Knights' Mid-Penn Colonial Division field hockey championship team in 1995 and went on to compile 146 points in that sports during her scholastic career. Went on to play field hockey at Mansfield University, where she was the school's Fall Female Athlete of the Year in 2001 and helped lead the team to its first ECAC field hockey title.

6. Angie Borne, 2000

She won the District 3 title in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior in the spring of 1999. She qualified for the state competition in that same event from 1998 through 2000. She also qualified for states in the 100-meter hurdles in1999. Went on to run track and field at York College.

7. Clyde McClain, 1975

The current coach of the Fairfield boys' soccer team, McClain was quite a player in his day as well. He was named to the prestigious Pennsylvania all-state team in 1975. As a coach, McClain led the Green Knights to the semifinals of the District 3 Class A tournament last year.

8. Jeremy Corsa, 2008

As a senior in the fall of 2007, he was the YAIAA Division III co-player of the year, leading the Knights with 29 goals and 15 assists. He had two hat tricks during his senior year on his way to totaling 121 career points.

9. Andy Winebrenner, 2002

He finished his boys' basketball career with 1,929 points, which still ranks sixth all-time among players from their York and Adams counties. He is the leading all-time boys' scorer from Adams County. As a junior, was the key member of the Green Knights' 2001 Class A state finalists, piling up 25 points and 10 rebounds in Fairfield's PIAA title-game loss to Kennedy Christian.

10. James Radunske, 1981

He was the school's first PIAA track and field place-winner with a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in 1981. At the District 3 meet that season, he finished second in both the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles.