Red Lion’s Scott Fitzkee ranks as York/Adams Greatest Athlete

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Red Lion’s Scott Fitzkee has been named the greatest prep athlete in York and Adams counties history. Background posts: Story answers much about great athlete Hinkey Haines, including origin of his nickname and Central York High School’s Laura Beveridge: ‘I certainly have not forgotten her’ and York athlete series: ‘Arguably the best girls’ volleyball player the area has ever seen’.
The votes are in, and former three-sport Red Lion star Scott Fitzkee reigns as York/Adams’ Greatest Athlete, as put forth by the York Daily Record/Sunday News. (For the top 25, click here.)
Readers placed Fitzkee, who went on to play football at Penn State and the NFL, at the top of their list, as did YDR/YN sportswriters Frank Bodani, Steve Navaroli and Sean McLernon. (Jim Seip listed him at third.)
Here is the vote of the readers:


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Scott Fitzkee regularly appears in his home county at celebrity golf tournaments. Here, he enjoys a massage at the Outdoor Country Club in 2005.
1. Scott Fitzkee, Red Lion
2. Mike Wilt, Dover
3. Randy Edsall, Susquehannock
4. Doug King, Northeastern
5. Joey Wildasin, South Western
6. Jon Witman, Eastern York
7. John Sprenkle, West York
8. Chris Doleman, William Penn
9. Bill Schmidt, William Penn
10 (tie). Bill Khayat, York Catholic
10 (tie). Jen German, Dallastown
12. Mark Banks, York County Tech
13. Hal Brown, William Penn
14 (tie). Butch Wynegar, Red Lion
14 (tie). Bob Forry, Hanover
14 (tie). Meredith Cox, Delone Catholic
17. Donna McLain Vitacco, Eastern
18. Mike Keesey, York Catholic
19. Danny Smith, Red Lion
20. Jeff Johnson, Central York
21 (tie). Mike Spangler, South Western
21 (tie). Bill Groft, William Penn
21 (tie). John Gastley, Delone Catholic
24 (tie). Rob Rinehart, Susquehannock
24 (tie). Chris May, Biglerville
For full coverage of the voting, click here.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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3 Responses to Red Lion’s Scott Fitzkee ranks as York/Adams Greatest Athlete

  1. Jackie Penn Cochran says:

    I always thought my son Aaron was one the most best Athletes in York County. He played team ball, He played the game of football to win, not jjust to make a name for himself. He always thought of the the games as we play as a team not as one person. He never said a bad word about anyone and he always had something good to say about everyone. He bought a lot of joy and happiness to alot of people.

  2. keith a. oberdick says:

    Chris Doleman was easily the best athlete on this list, his bust appears in Canton Ohio and that says it all…I wish people would get there head out of their a–

    • Jim McClure says:

      Keith, good point. Not sure this is the case with Chris, but some athletes blossomed post-high school. Green Bay Packer John Kuhn wasn’t named Dover’s best athlete, and he wasn’t the leading rusher in Dover history. But look at him now. Having said that, Chris Doleman would have to be York County’s most accomplished athlete in the past 50 years, supported by the Hall of Fame vote.

      Thanks for weighing in./Jim

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