On the evening of January 2nd 1909, for the first time, eight students from Frederick High School took to the basketball court at the Frederick Y.M.C.A. to play the local Young Men’s Christian Association team. The boys high school team dressed in all black tank tops, white shorts, and black and white striped socks consisted of C.H. Hendrickson, Earl Zeigler, David Johnson, Earl Hargett, A. Quynn, Edward Thomas, Ames Hendrickson, along with Scholl Hersperger who served as the teams captain and coach.
During that nights contest Earl Zeigler was credited with scoring the first FHS basket of the game, thus the first in Frederick High School history. The Cadets would fall to the YMCA 12 to 15, in a game The Baltimore Sun refereed to as “exciting”. Despite the defeat, the eight students that night were the seed that would grow into one of Maryland’s most storied high school basketball programs 110 years later.
The 1909 team would finish their inaugural season with a 5-7 record, their first win coming on January 21st against The Business High School of Washington, D.C. From that first win the boys basketball program at Frederick High School would go on to win 25 county, 16 conference, and 15 district/regional titles. Not to mention taking home six state championship crowns, in the teams ten state final appearances.
Frederick High School will hold a 110 year anniversary celebration at their game verse North Hagerstown on January 2nd, 2019 at the Sabre Center. FHS would like to invite back all former Cadet varsity boys basketball players to be recognized during halftime of the contest. Alumni players who will be in attendance are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 1st, 2019.
More details about the celebration will be released in the weeks leading up to the game. A facebook event page will be set up for the game and basketball alumni are asked to add themselves to the FHS Basketball Alumni Facebook Group page at the following link.