A talented varsity baseball and basketball player at Frederick High School, upon graduation Harold “Sonny” Blank joined the U.S. Navy, competing for four years in armed services athletics. He returned home to officiate basketball over the next 25 years with IAABO. His expertise earned him collegiate- and state-level assignments. During the same period, he coached the FSK Post 11 baseball team to several state titles and a trip to the Connie Mack World Series in 1988. Blank’s team compiled a 375–142 record. His coaching always demonstrated a commitment to excellence.