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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   David Anstine ('69): He placed in the top five in the state in his specialty event -- the 100-yard breaststroke -- each of his four years. He won the state championship his junior year, he placed second as a sophomore, he placed third as a senior, and he placed fourth as a freshman. He also swam a leg on the state gold medal 200 medley relay team as a senior. He won the YMCA national championships in the 100 breast and placed second in the 200. He swam at Elizabethtown College. He works as a chemist in Marietta, Ga.
   Lewis Atwater III: He ran the leadoff leg for the 400-meter relay team that set the league record that still stands. The relay team placed second in the state his sophomore year. On the football field, he attracted the attention of colleges before his junior year because he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash. But he collapsed from a cerebral hemorrhage on the field during the season-opening football game against C.D. East on Sept. 9, 1989. He died after lingering in a coma for 28 days. He was a 17-year-old junior.
   Wilmot Banks ('55): He was a co-captain on the football team his junior and senior years. His junior year, the team went 9-1 and won the first football title in school history. The Bearcats would not win another league title until 1976. He earned all-state football honors. He also participated in track.
   Will Beatty ('04): A defensive lineman and tight end for the football team, he also played an important reserve role for the basketball team, pulling down key rebounds for the league champs during a run to the Class AAAA state semifinals. He also participated in the throwing events in track. He earned a football scholarship to UConn and should be selected in the NFL Draft.
   Neil Beck ('69): He swam a leg on the 200-medley relay team that won state gold his senior year. The relay team recorded the top time in the nation. He attended the United States Naval Academy. A former Navy pilot, he now works as a commercial pilot.
   Tom Benner ('50): He burst onto the scene in swimming when he won the 100 free as a 15-year-old sophomore and placed third in the 50 free. He placed second in both events as a junior. He capped his career by setting the state record in the 200 free. He also helped the 200-free relay team win gold. He held several YMCA pool records at the time of his graduation.
   Woody Bennett ('74): He was one of those rare athletes that improved long after high school. He played split end and defensive end for the Bearcats, earning a scholarship to Miami. He went on to play fullback for two Super Bowl teams.
   William Billet ('52): One of William Penn's most accomplished wrestlers, he lost just two matches during his final two years of high school. He won the 95-pound district title as a junior and the 112-pound district title as a senior. Back when Pennsylvania crowned only 11 state champions, he won the Southeastern Regional title as a senior. He lost in the state semifinals.
   John Binder ('58): He won the 100 backstroke state title as a senior. He placed second in the 100 back as a junior.
   Joy Boileau ('76): Began riding horses in high school, and she became a regular Penn National jockey in 1984.
   Donnie Bones ('76): Graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1981 with the all-time scoring title, and he ranked in the top five in steals. He has since been passed in both categories, but no ESU player has topped his record of 760 career field goals.
   Lonny Bones ('58): Key member of the league championship basketball team his senior year. He would go on to serve as co-captain at York Junior College, helping the team to a state junior college championship in 1959.
   Jan Bortner ('71): Won the singles tennis state championship as a senior. He received a scholarship to play at Penn State. He eventually became Penn State's head tennis coach. 
   Safiyyah Bashir ('97): Earned YDR Division II Softball Player of the Year honors her senior year. She batted .578, clubbed 10 homers and played catcher. She earned YDR basketball honors, averaging 10 points per game for a team that lost in the first round of the state tournament. At Millersville University, she earned PSAC East Division women's basketball player of the year honors.
   James Breyer ('55): A standout in three sports, he captained the basketball team and was one of the team's top scorers from the guard position. He had a nose for the end zone as the football team's quarterback. His senior year, the Bearcats became the first William Penn team since 1944 to beat Lancaster. He also played baseball.
   Dave Brown ('73): Just a sophomore, he came off the bench as the sixth man to spell the five starting seniors on the 1971 District 3 title team. A former upperclassman remembers him as long, lanky but smooth. He is one of only 11 boys to score 1,000 points at William Penn, and the 6-foot-8 center earned all-state honors as a senior. His senior year, the Bearcats were one of only two teams to defeat a Reading team that included Stu Jackson and reached the state finals. The Sunday News named him the starting center for the basketball team honoring the first 40 years of the YAIAA. He also played first base and pitched for the baseball team. He earned a basketball scholarship to Clemson.
   Lou Brown ('49): He served as the football and basketball team captains. An offensive threat at end in football, he earned his biggest success in basketball. A smooth, steady and cool ball-handler, he set the standard for all the York guards that followed him. He was the floor leader on William Penn's storied teams of 1948 and 1949, and the second-leading scorer on the team. His team reached the state semifinals his junior year and the state finals his senior year. He played basketball in college for Virginia State with Bearcats teammate Dave Ritter. His biggest accomplishment, however, may have been inspiring the younger generation of athletes in York.
   James Buckingham ('33): A member of the January graduating class, he played football and basketball in high school. He played four years of basketball and three years of football at Swarthmore College, and later became a senior judge in York County courts, retiring in 1985.
   Hank Buckingham ('02): He was the first athlete at the school to earn 16 varsity letters. He lettered all four years in soccer, football, swimming and track.
   Art Carr ('54): Played on the basketball team that lost to Chambersburg in the 1954 District 3 finals.
   Vince Carr ('62): One of the best all-around basketball players at William Penn.
   Brad Carr ('74): He played linebacker and guard, a standout athlete on a team that included future NFL player Woody Bennett. He played in the Big 33 Game that featured Joe Montana. He earned a scholarship to Maryland. Named All-ACC in 1976, the Steelers drafted him but he played in the Canadian Football League. He also played basketball.
   Tom Chantiles ('36): Known as a wild man, he refused to play football with a helmet. Finding a loophole in the rules, he often tossed off his soft leather helmet after entering games at guard because he felt it got in his way. The state eventually enacted a rule that forced players to wear helmets at all times. He played football at Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College, and chose to attend USC after receiving 19 scholarship offers. He played two games for the Detroit Lions in 1942, before being drafted by the Army. Injured during World War II, he never again played football.
   Hank Claiborne ('68): He ran track and cross country. He also starred at fullback for the football team.
   Loretta Claiborne ('72): One of the students responsible for starting the girls' high school track team, she was pressured by students to quit because she was not like them. Known as the most accomplished Special Olympian in the world, ESPN presented her with the ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage in 1996. She had a Disney television movie made about her life.
   Don Cockley ('25): Played two years of varsity basketball, and captained the first district title team in school history during his senior season. William Penn basketball would not win another district championship until 1948 -- when he coached the team. Cockley also played tackle in football and ran track one season. He is best known for returning to school to coach the boys' basketball team from 1945-64, compiling a 309-124 record. One of his teams (1949) reached the state final, three more teams advanced to the state semifinals and five teams won district titles during his tenure.
   Norman Coleman ('92): Played running back in high school, compiling decent numbers (819 yards, 10 touchdowns) in the Bearcats' triple-option offense. He averaged an eye-popping 7.9 yards per carry. He ran the 100, 200 and 400-meter relay in track. He started at running back at Delaware in his second year on campus.
   April Collier ('99): One of the best all-around female basketball players in the school's history, she scored 1,116 points as a guard. "She could just do everything: drive, shoot, distribute and defend," former coach Charlie Sexton said. "And she made a bundle of steals." She also earned league honorable mention in softball.
   Kia Cooper ('84): The cornerstone for the Bearcats' only district championship team in girls' hoops. A 6-foot-1 post player, she helped the Bearcats compile a team-record 28 victories on the way to the Class AAAA state semifinals. She led the league in scoring as a junior with 21.8 points per game. She scored 1,200 points and played at American University.
   John deBarbadillo: The legendary swimming coach taught himself to swim in the Codorus Creek. He dropped out of school after his junior year, but he would go on to teach an estimated 50,000 people to swim during a 45-year career as swimming instructor at the York YMCA.
   Tony Dennis ('06): He won three league titles, placing first in the 100 and 200. He also ran a leg of the 400-meter relay. He placed second in the 200 and third in the 100 at the District 3 meet his senior year. He also placed fourth in the state in the 200. He earned a bronze medal at the state meet his sophomore year when he ran a leg of the 400 relay. He missed a year at William Penn when his family moved to Florida.
   Harry Densil ('53): He earned first-team all-state honors for his play at guard.
   Jacob Devers ('05): He weighed 120 pounds during his high school days, but he stood out in three sports. He played quarterback in football, played forward in basketball and played shortstop in baseball. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1909 and became a four-star general -- serving the country during World War II. He died in 1979 at the age of 92.
   Ty Doleman ('86): He scored 1,114 points in basketball, and his team won the league title his senior year. He averaged 23.5 points per game during a career at Division II Johnstown. He became a Harlem Globetrotter.
   Scott Doll ('93): William Penn's all-time leading scorer with 1,272 points. He led the Bearcats to back-to-back state playoff appearances. He also starred in baseball, capable of registering double-digit strikeout performances on the mound and ripping key hits. Longtime West York baseball coach Terry Bupp once said Doll seemed like he was "half the team." He played basketball at Alvernia.
   Peter Dorm ('83): He owned four league track records (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400-meter relay, 1,600 relay) when he graduated. He also set the District 3 record in the 300 hurdles. He earned three district medals his senior year, winning the 300 hurdles and long jump. He also placed second in the 110 hurdles. He placed second in the state in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles. He won four events in the league as a junior, and placed in the top five in both hurdles events at the district meet.
   Nichelle Dowling ('98): She earned all-star honors in track and basketball. She won the 100 and long jump at the league meet and ran a leg on the 400-meter relay team that won the championship. She won a district title in the long jump and placed fifth in the 100. An outside shooting threat in basketball, she hit 32 shots from behind the arc her senior season.
   Bill Fry ('60): An all-state basketball player who starred on two standout teams. The Bearcats reached the state semifinals his senior year and they reached the District 3 final his junior season. Considered 20 years ahead of his time as a ballhandler, Fry could pass the ball behind his back. He helped pace the team in scoring in the playoffs despite hurting his ankle before the district final in 1960. He led the team in scoring as a junior and senior, and he led the Central Pennsylvania League in scoring as a senior.
   Greg Gaskins ('07): Played offensive line and earned a football scholarship to Pitt. He earned all-state honors.
   Tobin "Toby" Gerhart ('67): Played tennis, but earned his biggest honors in swimming. Won the 200 free state title as a junior and placed third in the event as a senior. He won a pair of relay gold medals as a member of the 400 free relay team in 1966 and '67. He swam at Harvard and now works as an orthopedic surgeon.
   Jim Gingerich ('66): A three-year state qualifier in swimming, he helped several relay teams earn state medals, including the first 400 free relay team to win state gold in PIAA history. He earned an individual silver medal in the 50-yard free his senior year. He swam at Elizabethtown College, and was named an All-American. He later coached standout Spring Grove swimmer Michele King, and he currently serves as the athletic director at Delone Catholic.
   Rodger Goodling ('54): He played two years of varsity football and basketball. In basketball, he helped his team reach the District 3 finals and post a 20-win season. He played basketball for York Junior College and Lock Haven, and he became a coach that won more than 100 high school games at Harrisburg's William Penn and more than 200 victories at Shippensburg University.
   Crail Gordon ('76): Placed third in the state in the 100-yard backstroke. Swam at the University of Maryland. He became a cyclist and currently lives in Lancaster County.
   Dave Graybill ('53): Lettered in both football and track for three seasons. He attended Gettysburg College. He is best remembered, though, for almost 40 years of coaching football at William Penn.
   Pam Hasty ('85): Key member of the District 3 title team in 1984 that reached the Class AAAA state semifinals in basketball. She became the third girl in school history to score 1,000 points, but she was also an excellent defensive player.
   Morgan Hein ('42): Tied for first in the state in the 100 backstroke as a senior. He swam on the 150-yard medley relay team that set national marks in 1942, but did not win the state title. He swam on the 150 medley relay team that won the state title and set national marks his junior year.
   India Henderson ('89): Named one of the top 40 players in the YAIAA's first 40 years according to the Sunday News in 2000. Henderson averaged double-figures in scoring as a junior and senior. A 5-foot-9 guard, she was recruited by several Division I schools, including the United States Military Academy and Seton Hall. She chose to attend St. Joe's.
   Barry Holmes ('67): He played offensive line, and he earned first-team all-state honors as a linebacker. He also played basketball, and had the ability to score.
   Al Howard ('76): Able to drive to the paint or post up, he scored 1,019 points.
   Donald Houseal ('36): Member of the Bearcats' first swimming team in 1935. He won the state diving title his junior and senior years. He also won the national diving title as junior. He returned to the school to coach four state title teams before stepping down after the 1963 team won the state championship. He retired from teaching after the 1978 school year.
   Jeremiha Hunter ('06): He played for the Bearcats as a freshman, but transferred to Manheim Central for his sophomore and junior seasons. A star running back and linebacker, he graduated from Harrisburg High and accepted a football scholarship to Iowa.
   Ronn Jenkins ('61): Placed third at District 3 meet in diving. He graduated from West Chester University in 1965 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has coached West Chester diving teams for more than 20 years and served as an Olympic Diving Officials Coordinator.
   William "Scoop" Johnson ('49): The center for the 1949 state final team and the 1948 state semifinal team. A good rebounder, he played basketball at Virginia Union.
   Gregg Jones ('71): A three-sport athlete, he stood out on the basketball court -- earning second-team Associated Press All-State honors his senior year. The leading scorer on the District 3 title team his senior year, he averaged 18.6 points at the forward position. He played football one year, and he was a high jumper and sprinter in track. He played basketball at Cheyney for legendary coach John Chaney.
   Tony Jones ('75): A three-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball and track), he attended Bloomsburg University and won the Pennsylvania Sports Athletic Conference 100-yard title in 1978. No Bloomsburg athlete has won the title since. He has been a track coach and motivational force at William Penn, starting in 1983.
   Tom Keesey ('37): A three-year varsity basketball player in high school, he played on William Penn's best teams of the 1930s. He played basketball at Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College, where he set a national junior college record by scoring 501 points in 33 games in 1939.
   Annette Kennedy ('78): First female in York County to score 1,000 points, and she did it before girls switched to the smaller basketball that is used today. Only two girls in school history have scored more than her 1,255 points.
   Vernon "Bo" Kent ('77): Won a pair of district titles -- long jump and high jump -- to help Bearcats win the second team title in school history. He placed second in the state in the long jump. Competed in track at the University of Maryland.
   Ellsworth Kissinger ('53): Played quarterback for three seasons, including a sophomore season when he was pressed into action in the first game because of an injury to the starting quarterback. He led his senior team to an 8-2 record and earned honorable mention all-state. He played three years of baseball and one year of basketball. Recruited by Maryland, Miami and Pitt for football, he accepted a scholarship to USC. He quarterbacked the Trojans to a victory against Notre Dame in 1955.
   Jack Klingaman ('65): He won back-to-back sectional titles in wrestling, placing first at 145 as a junior and first at 154 as a senior. He was undefeated in dual meets for his final two years of school. He was also the center on the football team.
   Bruce Koller ('62): A back-row player on the volleyball team, Koller and his wife Barb became volleyball coaches at Central York. The Kollers' teams won state titles, and they were both enshrined in the York Area Sports Hall of Fame.
   Alex Kubik ('49): Played tackle in football. Wrestling at 185 pounds, he lost in the District 3 finals in 1949.
   Eugene Lauer ('41): Swam on a pair of state gold relay teams, and helped the 150-yard medley relay team set national scholastic marks.
   George "Jorge" MacMillan ('61): A football co-captain, he stands out as one of the best lineman in school history. He earned all-state honors and played in the Big 33. He also played basketball and volleyball.
   Doris McNeil: Before the age of girls' interscholastic sports, McNeil played intramural sports. She earned a scholarship at Tuskeegee Institute, where she played basketball and tennis. She became the head girls' basketball coach at William Penn in 1980 and led the team to the state semifinals in 1984.
   J.D. Martin ('67):He played on the offensive line that blocked for running back Tony Sexton. He also played baseball. He was named the head football coach at William Penn in 1991 on an interim basis, becoming the first minority to be named a head football coach in county history. He currently coaches York Catholic.
   Jim Massam ('63): Four-year state qualifier, he won two individual state gold medals, two relay state gold medals and one individual state silver medal. He also placed in the top six in two other events at state. He won the 100 back as junior and senior, and set the state record as a junior. He was a member of the 200 medley state title teams as a junior and senior. Earned a scholarship to Rutgers, and then entered the Navy.
   Linda Mescan ('78): She was the first area female golfer to win district and state titles, and she sank a hole-in-one while winning the district title. She won the WYCAGA Amateur one year and finished second to Connie Shorb another year. She also played basketball. She earned a golf scholarship to North Carolina. She played golf professionally and became a teaching pro.
   John Mirtz ('58): Ran track and played football, but he excelled in swimming. He won the 50 free gold for William Penn's state title team in 1958. He also was a member of the 200 free state-winning relay team.
   Shakayla Mitchell ('07): She scored 50 points in a game against West York and scored 1,178 points in her career.
   Joe Montouth ('83): He is the leading rusher in William Penn history, compiling 2,850 yards. He was named the YDR Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and named to the YDR first-team offense as a senior. His junior year, he rushed for 1,405 yards and 19 TDs, including six in one game against Hanover. And despite being the focus of every opposing defense his senior year, he still managed to notch scoring runs of 50 or more yards four times. In track, he won the league title in the long jump and he ran on the 400-meter relay team that set the league record. He earned a football scholarship to NAIA Salem College in West Virginia.
   Richard Muldrow ('07): Played offensive line at William Penn and earned a football scholarship to Rutgers. He played basketball and graduated from York Country Day.
   Walt Muldrow ('71): Named to the starting five when the Sunday News ranked the top 40 players in the 40-year history of the YAIAA in 2000. Not known for scoring, he still averaged 15 points per game in a difficult Central Pennsylvania League. His senior year the team won the District 3 championship and went 22-2. "He was the best all-around I saw, if I had to pick a guy to start a team, he would be the first guy I picked," Charlie Sexton said.
   Dave Myers ('77): Played basketball but he stood out on the diamond. He earned a scholarship to Temple University, where he played when the Seattle Mariners drafted him in the 13th round of the 1981 amateur draft. During an eight-year minor league career, he played infield and once batted .328 at Double-A Chattanooga. After he retired, he became a longtime coach in the Mariners' system -- including a stint with the major league club.
   Rod Nixon ('62): Earned all-state recognition in football, where he played defensive end and tight end. He also joined the track and volleyball teams.
   Greg Orr ('75): One of the cornerstones for a Bearcats team that went 8-1-1 and dominated because of his play on defense. He earned first-team all-state honors as a senior.
   Steve Orr ('80): Undersized at 5-foot-8, he dunked on 7-foot-1 Sam Bowie. A playmaker, he created steals and could finish off the fast break. He graduated with the all-time scoring mark for the Bearcats, won a district title and led his team to the state semifinals.
   Doug Owen ('65): Won the 200 free in state-record time as a junior, and he won the title again as a senior. He placed fourth in the 100 free as a junior. He attended West Chester University and served as the aquatics director at the York YMCA.
   Richard Potts ('43): He went undefeated in the 100 free his senior year. He swam on championship relay teams, and helped one relay team set a national scholastic mark when he was a junior.
   Andre Powell ('87): An all-state and Big 33 linebacker, he compiled a season's worth of statistics despite missing parts of three games. He earned a scholarship to Penn State after recording 64 solo tackles, three interceptions and two blocked kicks. Slowed by injuries in Happy Valley, the Dolphins drafted him and he played in the NFL with the New York Giants.
   Keenan Preston ('71): The rebounding leader on the 1971 district title team, Preston was a 6-foot-4 center. He averaged 15 points a game and was named one of the top 40 players in the league's first 40 years. Recruited by Pitt, Temple and Villanova, he chose to play for Penn State. He returned to William Penn to coach boys' basketball from 1983 to 1995, winning a district title and leading the team to the state quarterfinals during his final full season at the helm of the Bearcats.
   Ken Raffensberger: A left-handed pitcher, he never played for William Penn because the school went 16 years without a baseball team. Baseball returned to York in 1936, but by then it was too late for Raffensberger. He left high school after his junior year and played for American Legion Post 127 -- winning district, region and state titles with the team in 1934. He played for New Freedom in the York-Adams County League in 1935. The Cardinals signed him in 1937, and he appeared in the majors in 1939. He threw four one-hitters and 31 shutouts during a 15-year major league career. His pro career ended with the York White Roses in 1955. Rookie Brooks Robinson was one of his teammates.
   Dave Ritter ('49): He was the leading scorer for the 1949 Bearcats basketball team that reached the state finals. He played at Virginia State with high school teammate Lou Brown.
   James Ritter ('49): Played on the storied basketball teams that won back-to-back district titles and reached the state semifinals in 1948 and '49. He kicked and played end on the football team and ran track.
   Jason Roscoe ('99): He played cornerback and running back in football, rushing for 1,414 yards and 16 TDs his senior year. He also played guard in basketball, starting as a sophomore. He played basketball and football at Mansfield University.
   Ciara Rossum ('04): She placed sixth in the 100 at the state meet. She won the 100 and 200 at the league meet, tying the league mark (12.1) in the 100. She also ran a leg of the 400-meter relay team that placed third. She also played volleyball.
   Jim Rowe ('62): He played split end and kicker in football, earning UPI first-team all-state honors as a senior. He was named a Central Penn All-Star for two seasons, including the year the Bearcats went 7-2-1. He earned a football scholarship to Maryland. He played basketball when the Bearcats challenged for several Central Penn League titles. He also played volleyball.
   Shona Sandlin ('98): Dominated the hurdles, winning the league's 300 hurdles title and finishing second in the 100 her senior year. She went on to win the 300 district title and place fifth in the 100. She placed fifth in the state in the 300 hurdles. And despite never playing basketball before ninth grade, she developed into a quality player. Ran track at Manhattan College.
   Mike Schaeberle ('59): Won and set state records in the 100 breast as a junior and senior. He also won two state gold medals on relay teams. Swam at the University of Maryland and placed second in four events at the ACC championships. He became a swim coach at Alfred University (N.Y.).
   Tom Schaeberle ('69): Won the 100 breast in state-record time as a senior. Placed second in the breast as a junior and fifth as a sophomore. He also swam on the 200 medley relay team that won state gold his senior year. He won the YMCA national championships in the 200 breast and placed second in the 100 breast. He swam at the University of Maryland, winning four ACC championships. Attended graduate school at the University of Penn and started Shiloh Veterinary Hospital. He returned to the area to coach swimming with Bill Schmidt at the YMCA for many years.
   Bill Sexton ('62): A 6-foot-4 center, he scored 1,035 points during a three-year career as a starting center. The Bearcats won a league title his senior year, and they won league and district titles his sophomore year. He earned second-team UPI all-state honors by scoring 378 points in 25 games as a senior. Attended Detroit on scholarship and played for the Harlem Globetrotters briefly.
   Charlie Sexton ('59): Won the Central Pennsylvania League second-half title for William Penn by sinking a 35-foot shot at the buzzer in a 50-49 victory against Steelton. A member of back-to-back district final teams ('58 and '59). The 1958 team won the district title and the 1959 team won 20 games. He entered the Air Force and played basketball in Turkey during his time in the service. He served as a basketball head coach and assistant coach at the school for several seasons.
   Earl Shaffer ('35): He did not play high school sports, but he returned from World War II bothered by the death of a childhood friend at Iwo Jima. The events inspired him to hike the entire 2,158-mile Appalachian Trail from start to finish in 1948 -- becoming the trail's first solo hiker. He completed the trail again on the 50th anniversary of his initial hike, becoming the oldest hiker -- at age 79 -- to complete the trail. Older hikers have since completed the trek.
   Ronald Simpson ('99): The coaches' choice for defensive player of the year in football, he played offensive and defensive line. He played football at Western Maryland College.
   Terry Slonaker ('58): Won the 100 fly in state record time as a senior. He placed second in the 100 breast as a junior on a state title team. The swimming team won the state title his junior and senior seasons.
   Bob Sohl: He never graduated from William Penn, leaving school after his sophomore season to attend Mercersburg Academy -- a swimming powerhouse and prep school located near Chambersburg. As a sophomore, he swam against teammate and national record holder Bill Schmidt in the breaststroke, and placed fourth in the state that season. Originally a member of William Penn's Class of 1944, he went on to place third in the U.S. Trials in 1948. He earned a bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke at the 1948 Olympics.
   Denny Stock ('67): Played basketball, baseball and football. Probably best remembered as a quarterback. He played defensive back at Lehigh University.
   Charlie Strack ('51): Won the 1950 state golf championship as a senior, topping the field in a 54-hole tournament at Penn State. He helped William Penn complete its first undefeated regular season in its 14th season in the Central Penn League, and the team went on to win a district title. Strack earned a scholarship to Wake Forest, where he played as his team's No. 1 golfer in 1952-53. College teammates included Arnold Palmer.
   Sam Sutton ('97): He averaged 17.5 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior, leading the Bearcats to a league title and the district semifinals. He became the first William Penn boys' basketball player to earn a Division I scholarship in 24 years. He attended St. Francis for one year before transferring to Towson University. He works as the athletic director and boys' basketball coach at New Hope Academy in York.
   Chantel Tremitiere ('87): She stood only 5-foot-5, but she could play basketball. Tremitiere averaged an incredible 13 assists a game and scored 17 points per game as a senior. She earned a scholarship to Auburn, and she played for three NCAA championships during her career. Drafted by Sacramento Monarchs, she became the first woman from York or Adams counties to reach the WNBA.
   Sandie Walker ('01): A three-sport athlete, she stood out on the basketball court and scored 1,030 points. She earned a basketball scholarship to attend Richmond. She also played volleyball and ran track.
   Ron Warner ('58): One of the best basketball players in school history, and he played during some of the school's glory days. Awarded all-state honors, he helped the Bearcats reach the state semifinals in 1958. Key member for a team that set the team scoring record, netting 105 points in a win against Warwick in district semifinals. He earned All-American honorable mention while playing for Gettysburg College -- and was enshrined in the school's athletic hall of fame.
   Robert Washington ('65): He played football, but stood out in wrestling. He won a sectional championship in 1965 at 154 pounds and advanced to the District 3 final.
   John Watkins ('54): First-team all-state, he co-captained William Penn's first football championship team. The team lost its only game to Lancaster in the season finale to finish 9-1. The Bearcats would not win another Central Penn title in football until 1976. He played offensive and defensive end. He also lettered in track.
   Joe Watkins ('59): A standout running back in football. He also competed in track.
   Jim Watkins ('62): A standout running back, the Bearcats went 7-3 his senior year. He also competed in track.
   Bridgit Wetzler ('95): She topped 1,000 points for her career and led the league in scoring in 1994 -- averaging 18 points per game. She earned YDR first-team league all-star honors in volleyball and played softball. She earned a partial basketball scholarship to Division II Lenoir-Rhyne College.
   Charles Wolf ('10): He stood out in three sports. He played tackle and fullback in football. He played center on the basketball team. And he ran the 100-yard dash in track. He probably would have been remembered as the best athlete of his era had he not been teammates with "Haps" Benfer, one of the school's best football and basketball players. York College's basketball court is named in his honor.
   Monica Woodyard ('81): She set the league record in the 400 meters her senior year, and placed first in the 200 and 400 relay. She placed second in the 400, and placed third in the 200 in the district.