9 While the Danville football team returned a good part of its roster from a successful 2011 season, the Ironmen and coach Jim Keiser entered 2012 knowing they were going to have to replace one of the best athletes in the history of the school in Andrew Andreychik, The Daily Item’s 2011-12 Male Athlete of Year, and the teams’ three-year starter at quarterback.
The Ironmen were able to overcome any question marks thanks to a stellar defense and strong play from new quarterback Weston Baylor. Anchored by all-state players Eric Haney and Cale Rice, Danville’s defense did not allow an opponent to score more than 21 points in any game until a season-ending loss to eventual state champion Wyomissing.
Danville finished the surprising season 11-3, winning its second HAC-I title in three seasons and its first District 4 title since 1999.
10 While No. 10 on our list, this one was 18 years in the making. On the final day of April, four days shy of the 18th anniversary of Selinsgrove’s girls track & field team’s last win over Lewisburg, Marissa Heddings, Kayla Swartz, Brianna Carnathan and Courtney McCartney helped the Seals take down Lewisburg again. The Seals won 93-57, ending the Green Dragons’ win streak at 147 consecutive meets. The streak lasted 6,573 days and started six years before the Selinsgrove boys team compiled a 158-meet winning streak.
Selinsgrove completed an unbeaten season and captured its first Heartland Athletic Conference Division I championship.