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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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These 10 standout athletes from William Penn just missed the cut for our top-10 list, earning "Honorable Mention." Athletes are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked:

   --- Ron Brillhart ('66): A four-year state qualifier, he won two individual state swimming gold medals in the 200 individual medley. At one time, he held the district, regional and state records for his premier event. He earned All-America honors in all four seasons, posting All-America times on nine different occasions -- including the fourth fastest time in the country in his premier event. He won the 200 IM state title in his sophomore and junior years, setting the state record (2:03.2) and then matching the exact time a year later. He placed third in the 200 IM as a senior and swam a leg of the gold-medal winning 400 free relay team. As a freshman, he placed second in the 100 breast and third in the 200 IM. As a junior, he placed third in the 400 free. He received a swimming scholarship to Wisconsin and finished his swimming career at the University of Maryland.

   --- Senford "Sonny" Folckomer ('57): A three-sport star, he stood out with shifty moves and blazing speed on the gridiron. "He has to be considered one of the five best running backs in school history," longtime assistant football coach Dave Graybill said. Folckomer earned a scholarship to the University of North Carolina and earned an invitation to the Big 33. Sports Illustrated called him a "tricky halfback" for the Tar Heels in 1959. The William Penn football team went 6-4 his senior year, and the basketball team went 16-7. He also played a pivotal role on the track team, running the lead leg of the 880-yard relay team that placed first in District 3 and eighth in the state. The relay team's victory helped William Penn win the school's first district team title in 1956.

   --- Tim Kearse (1977): He collected one gold medal and two second-place finishes in the district track meet to help clinch the second team title in school history. He placed fifth in the state in the 120-yard high hurdles. His best sport was football, though. A scrambler, he quarterbacked the Bearcats to their second and final Central Penn League title in 1976, going 8-1. He played receiver as a junior and returned to that position at San Jose State. Drafted by the San Diego Chargers and USFL Oakland Invaders, he played three games for the Indianapolis Colts in 1987. He became a coach in the Canadian Football League.

   --- Renette Kirton ('93): She placed third in the state in the 100 meters her senior year. She set a league record in the 200 meters that stood for 13 years. She also placed second in the league in the 100 and the 400 that same year. During her career, she won three league titles in the 200 and two league titles in the 100. She earned YDR first-team all-league honors in volleyball and played basketball. She ran track at the University of Maryland.

   --- Thomas Muldrow ('66): A rare athlete, he excelled in wrestling without concentrating solely on the winter sport. He won the 180-pound District 3 wrestling championship his senior year. He was also a "tremendous running back" according to longtime assistant coach Dave Graybill. Muldrow helped the football team post a 7-3 mark his senior year, playing defensive back. He also ran track. A former York City police officer, he retired in 2004.

   --- Robert Sahms ('69): He won the state title in the 100 butterfly during his final three years of high school, including record-setting performances as a junior and senior. He placed fourth in the state as a freshman and won four district titles. He swam on two 400 free relay teams that won state titles, and he swam on one 200 medley relay team that won state gold -- finishing his career with six state gold medals. He swam for the only school he ever applied to -- Elizabethtown College -- and earned All-America honors twice. He became the athletic dean and swimming coach at Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island. 

   --- Tony Sexton ('67): The type of athlete who seemingly could play any sport, he continues to be remembered as one of the top running backs in school history. He earned an invitation to play in the Big 33 and a scholarship to Cincinnati. He played guard on the basketball team, where he stood out as a defensive player who could score when needed. He also played volleyball. He served as an assistant football coach at Rice University from 1976-83.

   --- Knowledge Timmons ('05): He won three state titles in track and two silver medals. He also earned a bronze with a 400-meter relay team. He placed second in the 100 as a senior, pulling up lame with a pulled hamstring, and the injury forced him to pull out of the 200 -- an event he won as a sophomore and a junior. He also lost a photo finish in the 100 as a sophomore. He owns the league record in the 200 (21.40 seconds). In football, Timmons struggled as coaches tried him at different positions. He thrived under the guidance of head man Matt Ortega as a senior. Timmons excelled at defensive back, laying out receivers and often making the spectacular play. Recruited by Connecticut, South Carolina and West Virginia, he chose to attend Penn State -- where he plays football and ran track.

   --- Eddie Tuleya ('38): Longtime Daily Record sports editor and columnist Jim Hubley considered him the school's best all-around athlete during that era. He played three sports: baseball, basketball and volleyball. The baseball team went 3-4 his senior year, but major league scouts identified him as a left-handed pitching talent, and the St. Louis Browns offered him a contract. Tuleya turned down the Browns so he could attend a prep school, York Collegiate Institute, on scholarship. From there, he earned a scholarship to Penn State and played on the college baseball team. He never enjoyed a professional baseball career after suffering a serious ankle injury in World War II. His junior basketball team placed second in the Central Pennsylvania League. He also played on two volleyball teams (1937, 1938) that won district titles. The 1937 team placed third in the state. He returned to his alma mater to coach baseball before becoming a history professor at Millersville University. He died in November.

   --- Reuben Washington ('61): He may have been the best wrestler in school history. He won the 180-pound District 3 championships as a junior and senior. He won the Southeast Regional title as a senior and bowed out in the state semifinals -- losing in overtime. On top of that, he also played baseball and was a standout football player. He earned a wrestling scholarship to Lincoln University. He has been in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon in the Rochester, N.Y., area since 1980.