Kenny Boyd was a high school All-American track athlete, winning four gold medals in the state track championship, making him the “Pride of Frederick High School.” He continued his skills, becoming an All- Eastern College selection at Boston University and later a member of the NBA New Orleans Jazz team.
Bernard “Lefty” Kreh is respected throughout the United States and the world for his expert knowledge and skill as a fisherman, author of articles and books, and innovative techniques in fly . An athlete, coach, sportsman, Lefty was the longtime outdoor editor for the Baltimore Sun.
Lefty passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Read about his life here.
The organizer, coach, and promoter of the Ijamsville baseball team, Charles “Judge” Moylan was a legend in area baseball because of his love of the game. He was even acknowledged by Sports Illustrated for his 50 years in baseball. He was a gentleman and a friend to all who were privileged to know him.
A gifted athlete signed by the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates, Frank Six elected to remain at home and played semi-pro baseball with the Frederick Hustlers. Six ranks as one of the most outstanding Frederick County batting and fielding players of all time.
Considered by many to be the greatest tackle to ever play semi-pro football in the history of Frederick County, Ray Steele was equally talented as a baseball manager and player and was a quiet man, respected by athletes and spectators alike.
Maynard Summers was considered by many to be Frederick County’s answer to Jim Thorpe, as he single- handedly won the 1927 State High School Track Championship for Frederick. An Olympic trials semi- finalist at the 1932 Los Angeles tryouts, he was an inspiration and legend to area youth for all times.
Athlete, coach, teacher, supervisor, and college professor, Dr. Warren Evans was a national figure and a truly unique individual whose outdoor education program became his trademark.
Chuck Foreman was a high school and collegiate All- American, a post-season MVP selection, NFL Rookie of the Year, and an All-Pro Super Bowl participant with the Minnesota Vikings. He was an inspiration to the youth of America.
One of the most successful jockeys of recent times, Phil Grove had 2,500 winners between 1966 and 1981, an average of 200 winners a year—eight times that of the leading rider at the Charlestown, West Virginia, race track. It was an outstanding achievement by an outstanding man.
A noteworthy high school and collegiate player who advanced to the professional ranks with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals, Bob Maddox was the “Pride of Governor Thomas Johnson High School and Frostburg State Teachers’ College.”
Emmitsburg high school athlete and University of Maryland varsity participant in four sports, Pershing Mondorf earned an All-American ranking in soccer and in football. He was a professional athlete, long-time coach and promoter of athletes.
Outstanding collegiate player and member of the NBA Philadelphia Warriors, Jim Phelan won a NCAA National Championship and was named NCAA Coach of the Year while he was a coach at Mount St. Mary’s. His 25 years of winning basketball teams at the “Mount” made him a legend in his own time.
Homer Brooks was an athlete, teacher, and coach whose ability to develop game strategy, decipher, and successfully counter his opponents’ tactics ranks him as the winningest coach in Frederick county history over a 25-year period. He coached state basketball championship teams in 1957 and 1967.
The most famous softball pitcher in Frederick County history, Max Kehne was a member of the Maryland Softball Hall of Fame, a World Series participant, an area promoter of sports, and a highly respected and influential member of the Frederick City Board of Aldermen.
An international, national, state and area champion rifle shot, whose skill and dedication to the sport has become legendary, Lucille Ponton was a truly remarkable athlete.
Dorsey Shipley was a promoter whose interest and dear love of sports provided the leadership and sponsorship of numerous teams in a variety of sports over a 30-year span. He was an inspiration to all who were privileged to know him.
Archie Stimmel was an area standout as a pitcher who became Frederick County’s first major league baseball player, advancing from sandlot play to three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, 1900–1903. He was the “Pride of Woodsboro.”
A remarkably gifted athlete known for his basketball and baseball exploits as a high school, armed services, and area semi-pro participant, Ron Tyeryar was the best of his day.
Austin Angleberger was a tireless promoter of athletics during a lifetime of participation as a player, coach, manager, and official. Frederick County profited from his dedicated and influential commitment to the development of semi-pro baseball, football, and basketball.
An all-around high school athlete and collegiate participant who turned his interest in athletics towards area sports as a competitor, manager, and influential promoter of youth, young adult, and adult programs, Bob Marendt was a highly respected member of the athletic community.
Jack Molesworth was a gifted teacher, coach, and administrator whose philosophy, interpretation, and application of athletics became a positive force in the establishment of a strong and equitable code of ethics throughout the state of Maryland.
A talented soccer and track athlete while at the University of Maryland, Hal Moser combined coaching techniques with a dynamic personality into an outstanding coaching career spanning 25 years of service in the areas of track, football, soccer, golf, and officiating.
Carl Snook was Frederick County’s own Ben Hogan. For decades he was a perennial area champion and East Coast golf participant. He was noted for his classic style, consistent putting, and performance under pressure. Snook was an inspiration to all those who were privileged to play the game with or against him.
An outstanding marksman who developed state, national, and international individual and team championship performances, Colonel James E. Bartgis was a dedicated, unselfish, and skillful organizer of programs such as hunter safety, marksmanship, and conservation, involving thousands of youth and adults during his distinguished career spanning 50 years of community service.
One of this nation’s leading harness racing drivers having won over 1,500 races in a career spanning 35 years of competing as an owner, trainer and driver. The pride of Frederick County.
Unquestionably the most talented basketball player of his time, Jim Houck was respected by players, fans, and coaches alike for his great natural talent and showmanship. Throughout his life he was known as a defender of the human spirit and counselor to the less fortunate.
An area baseball standout who rose through the ranks as a high school player, minor league participant and major league catcher. Advanced with the Washington Senators as a scout and farm director, continued on with the Texas Rangers and most recently was appointed Vice President and General Manager with the Seattle Mariners. An inspiration to area players and fans alike.
Sherwood MacKenzie graduated to the major leagues as a member of the Chicago Cubs after being discovered as one of the area’s great baseball players. He managed and played in the minor leagues before returning home to finish his career with the Frederick Hustlers.
George May, Sr.
Unquestionably an outstanding and distinguished promoter of athletics for youth and adults alike, George May, Sr., was highly respected by his peers for the development and leadership he displayed for more than 25 years with the midget Football League and Little League programs.
The “Walter Johnson” of area baseball for two decades, Harvey McCutcheon compiled an outstanding lifetime won–lost record of 900% and an average of one strikeout per inning while representing Point of Rocks and the Charlestown American Legion. He was a truly remarkable athlete.
John “Jumbo” Bowers played freshman football at Villanova University, scoring seven touchdowns as the team’s leading running back. While representing Frederick’s semi-pro team, he scored four touchdowns a game on five occasions. He was a “60-Minute Man,” never missing a game in 10 years and helping build a 49–10 team record. Bowers was also a starting member of the famed Shipley’s Celtics basketball team that won 113 and lost only 14 games during the 1930s.
Frank Fraley began his baseball career as a member of the Thurmont High School team. He continued his pitching and winning ways at Blue Ridge College, where his fast ball, slants, and curves earned him a reputation as a gifted athlete. After a short stint in the Frederick County league, he advanced to the Class D Professional Blue Ridge League. Then he moved on to a Cleveland Indians farm club, which led him to a tryout with the Baltimore Orioles. Returning to Frederick, he finished his career as a member of the Hustlers, leading them as state champions and winning two games in Wichita, Kansas, at the Nationals in 1941.
Dale Ramsburg got his start in local Little League and Babe Ruth competition. He graduated from Frederick High School as an outstanding all-around athlete, entered West Virginia University on a baseball scholarship, playing short stop and third base, graduated, and signed with the Minnesota Twins, playing “A” ball in the Midwestern League. He returned to WVU as an assistant baseball coach in 1965, then assumed the head coaching job in 1968.
Donald B. Rice
Donald B. Rice possessed the ability to totally commit himself physically and mentally to the task of winning. A member of the Frederick Hustlers baseball team that won the Maryland state championship and advanced to Wichita, Kansas, in 1941 for the National playoffs, Rice was considered by his teammates to be a key player in his role as a pitcher and hitter from 1939 to 1950.
Richard “Dick” Smith was a Walkersville native, beginning his career in 1950 as a Little League pitcher, completing an 18-game winning season. While a high school student, he lettered in soccer, basketball, and baseball all four years, winning county, regional, and state honors. Recruited by 14 of the then 16 major league baseball teams, he signed a $100,000 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. After he developed arm problems, he stayed with the Phillies system as a baseball executive and general manager in the farm system during the 1960’s.
Calvin Eugene Snowden was a multi-talented athlete, ranked by all who played with or against him as the greatest athlete of his day. Snowden led Lincoln High School to a state basketball championship and runner-up position at the state track meet. He was an outstanding offensive tackle with the Frederick Falcons, being named All League twice.
Warner “Mike” Brittain was known locally as the father of Frederick County football, through his leadership as a coach and promoter of sports. The Frederick Seneca Football Team was founded in the early 1940s. This program helped to reinstitute football at Frederick High School in 1946, following a 24-year absence dating back to 1923. Brittain was the complete coach, treating his athletes with respect and understanding, which fostered lifetime values. He was a valued community leader, devoted coach, and friend to all who were privileged to work with him.
Unquestionably the dominant force in women’s duck pin bowling in the area over a 27-year period from1950 to 1977, Lucy Englebrecht was the 12th-ranked duck pin bowler in the United States in 1969. She was twice cited by the National Bowling Congress, in 1968 and 1973, for outstanding performances in league and tournament participation. She was ranked number one in Washington County for eight consecutive years, establishing records in set and individual point totals. And she was five times a finalist in the bowling proprietors’ Association of America’s Prestigious Champions, holding a remarkable record by an equally remarkable lady.
An all-around athlete at Brunswick High School, electing to pursue a career in baseball following graduation in 1935, Carl McQuillen joined the Washington Senator Farm System in Orlando, Florida, playing Class D ball for three years. He joined the New York Yankee organization in 1942, moving from Class B to AA ball with Kansas City. He became a player-manager in the North Carolina Tobacco League in 1947 and continued to manage and play through 1952 with several minor league teams, including the Canadian League, making all-star team status numerous times. McQuillen was respected by his peers and spectators alike for his athletic skill and his ability to handle people.
A truly unselfish and dedicated man who provided a lifetime of leadership and inspiration as a baseball promoter for the town of Brunswick, Lee “Babo” Merriman usually preferred to work behind the scenes as coach, promoter, grounds keeper, etc., until his death in 1967. Brunswick showed its appreciation by dedicating the Babe Ruth Park in his name. Few individuals ever command such love and respect from their hometown. He led a lifestyle worthy of emulation by young and old alike.
A talented player, coach, major league scout, and baseball organizer spanning a career of more than four decades, Joe Price was a member of the Frederick Hustlers team that won state championships and competed for the national title in Wichita, Kansas, in 1941. A highly respected official of basketball, track, football, and baseball at all levels, including Babe Ruth League, American Legion, high school, semi-pro, and community college programs, he was truly a man for all seasons.
A Frederick High School 1923 standout in four sports, M. J. Grove made Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University while competing in track and playing varsity baseball three years, averaging .385 in 1929. Grove won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University and played on the 1930 Oxford lacrosse team which won the Flannery Cup, symbolic of the International Championship. After serving as a Navy lieutenant commander during World War II, he went on to serve the University of Texas as an investment specialist until his retirement. He was true example of a scholar athlete.
A multi-talented athlete at Frederick High School, quarterbacking the Cadets to their first-ever Tri-State title, Ron Hart also started on the basketball team and was a baseball standout; played on the 1963 fourth-place Babe Ruth World Series County All-Star Team; led the county American Legion State Championship Team, pitching and playing shortstop with a .440 average; and signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1966, playing five years in their farm system. He now serves youth leagues, and is a dedicated, team-oriented athlete.
Maxine Murray coached and pioneered numerous sports during an outstanding 25-year career as a physical education teacher in Frederick County; guided Walkersville High School’s tennis team to eight consecutive undefeated seasons, five MVAL titles, and four district state championships; and gained the respect of her peers while serving as an officer, committee member, and official with professional organizations on a county, regional, and state level. She was truly a unique individual worthy of emulation.
Atlee “Bud” Radcliffe had six decades of tennis excellence, beginning as a talented youth player, progressing on to Washington and Lee University and then into the masters level. He won his first tournament in 1935 and continued winning into the 1980s. He was a nationally ranked doubles player with his partner Hall of Fame cohort Lloyd “Slugger” Rice. An organizer and charter member of the Frederick Tennis Club, Western Maryland Patrons, and the Tuscarora Club, Radcliffe was a community leader, serving as a volunteer with more than a dozen agencies. He was a remarkable athlete and an inspiration to players of all ages.
A distinguished football player at Frederick High School and Morgan College, Clarence “Motts” Thomas was presented with the Unsung Lineman Award in college for his quickness and aggressive play. As head coach of Bowie State in 1975, he led his team to being recognized as Maryland College Team of the Year. He moved on to Williams College, but returned to his alma mater in 1979 by the Washington Touchdown Club and then coached at Pomona College in California. Thomas authored several articles for professional journals.
Don Boyer was a standout high school and collegiate track man at Frederick High School and the University of Maryland. As a coach, he was always a step ahead of other area coaches, developing numerous league, county, regional, and state individual and team champions in cross-country, indoor, and outdoor track. A technically sound innovator whose ability to motivate earned him the respect of his peers, athletes, and opponents alike during a remarkable20- year career at Middletown High School (as of 1987) , Boyer attained a national rank as a master level competitor while developing a youth program, the Knight Striders. He was truly an outstanding coach.
Fred Burgee was an all-around prep school athlete who achieved All American status as a football lineman for Western Maryland College, and was an Interstate All-League selection with the champion Frederick Falcons. After college, Burgee continued his involvement in athletics, coaching football, basketball, and tennis at Frederick High School. He started varsity wrestling at Thomas Johnson and Frederick High Schools, winning several county and league championships. A courageous competitor, he was considered by many to be the most remarkable sports figure in county history; he possessed those qualities that heroes are made of.
Lease Bussard earned membership in the Western Maryland College Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding intercollegiate participation as a member and captain of the varsity tennis team. He achieved national recognition with a runner-up finish to North Carolina in the singles and doubles matches of the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships. Bussard also was a member of the varsity soccer and basketball teams. He dominated area play throughout the1930s, winning city and county titles, and state invitational and open championships as a single and doubles player. A highly respected civic leader in many capacities, he served unselfishly for the welfare of all people. He was an athlete and a gentleman.
Unquestionably this area’s most remarkable master’s level athlete, Don Leatherman earned national rank as a marathoner, triathlete, and swimmer at age 70. He was a winner of five gold medals at the 1973 Maryland Senior Olympics and a member of the YMCA National Championship Masters swim team. Leatherman was determined by Johns Hopkins University to be the most physically fit participant in their study of endurance from among 100 athletes of all ages. An organizer and charter member of the Frederick Steeplechasers, Leatherman was an inspiration for aspiring athletes of all ages.
Athlete, coach, official, and promoter of sports during a 50-year career in athletics, Luther Murray was an all-around athlete at Frederick High School, competing in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He continued his basketball participation in the service at the 1945 Armed Forces Olympics in Japan. Returning home, Murray played for the Fairchild Aircraft AAU touring team, as well as for several area soccer and baseball teams. He officiated county basketball and soccer for more than 20 years and served as the sports director at Fort Detrick and Fort Ritchie while coaching from 1953 to 1973. Murray provided the community with a lifetime of dedicated service.
Ron Engle was a basketball and baseball standout at Frederick High School, following participation in Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion baseball, he pitched for Potomac State College and Shepherd College. Engle became a highly successful basketball coach at Middletown High School, winning 320 games over a 21-year period. He was selected Coach of the Year in 1973, 1979, and 1988, while winning 10 MVAL titles. He was voted State Athletic Director of the Year in 1984. Many times Engle has been a guest speaker at area basketball camps. He is respected for his professionalism, coaching, and organizational skills.
A gifted athlete at Frederick High School, leading the basketball team to the 1957 state championship, Charles Keller III accepted a scholarship to the University of Maryland, but left college his sophomore year to sign with the New York Yankees. He played AAA baseball and was voted runner-up Minor League Player of the Year in 1961, leading the league with a .350 batting average, most doubles and triples, the second most home runs and RBIs while a member of the All-Star team with AA Binghamton, N.Y. Keller retired from baseball in 1961, following back surgery. Keller was gifted, productive, and a gentleman.
Anne Poffenberger- Renninger was voted best all-around athlete at Walkersville High School as a member of the basketball, tennis, and volleyball championship teams. Demonstrating those qualities that lift athletes to greatness, she competed with the Frederick Track Club, gaining national rank in the 400, 800, and 1500 events. A University of Maryland standout in basketball, track, and tennis, she was a leading scorer and rebounder in 1974 as team captain. Poffenberger-Renninger coached at George Washington University, William & Mary College, and the University of Maryland. In addition, she coached and served as athletic director at Sidwell Friends Academy of Washington, D.C.
At an early age, Wayne Rhoderick showed promise as a golfer. Over the years, he has compiled a record unequalled by any area competitor on an amateur level: He was ranked No. 1 as a member of the John Hopkins University team and won 16 area club championships, playing at V.F.W, Holly Hills, and Eaglehead Country Clubs. He has qualified for many successive years for Maryland State Amateur match play; was a holder of the V.F.W. Club record at 63; was selected as a member of the Walker Cup Team; and was a winner of more than 100 tournaments during a spectacular career. Rhoderick was modest, talented, and dedicated.