The recent departure of five players from Frederick High School’s girls varsity basketball team triggered an inquiry by Frederick County Public Schools officials. FCPS didn’t reveal if any action resulted from the inquiry.

“The inquiry has been completed,” FCPS Executive Director of Public Affairs Daryl A. Boffman wrote in an email to The Frederick News-Post. “The FHS girls varsity basketball team is moving forward with their season.”

Since their win over Urbana on Feb. 4, the Cadets lost seniors Rhiana Hall, Saniya Dorsey and Kamara Barnes; sophomore Yanessa Boyd; and freshman Yanniah Boyd.

The loss of so many players, several of them starters, has dealt a blow to one of the state’s most successful girls basketball programs. Frederick has won three straight state titles, and it was forced to fold its junior varsity team so those players could fill all of the vacancies on the varsity roster.

In an email, Boffman wrote that Frederick High’s principal, Dr. David Franceschina, thought it was important to inquire about the exodus of players from the school’s varsity girls basketball team.

“Conversations have taken place with the coach and players to understand the basis for the departures,” Boffman wrote. “Because FCPS offers athletic programs for the benefit of our students and as with any program, we take it seriously when a group of students decide to discontinue participation in a successful program.”

The Cadets are coached by Ashley Bush. Boffman wouldn’t reveal specifics about the inquiry.

“Please understand that conversations with our coaching staff are considered confidential,” he wrote.

Frederick has continued to win after losing the five players, remaining a power in Frederick County. The Cadets earned a spot in the Central Maryland Conference championship game by clinching the CMC Spires title with a win over Linganore on Thursday.

(13) comments

Shasha50

My daughter was in the program and it isn't what everyone thinks it is and the Principal was right to investigate. I removed my daughter from the program and she was a honor roll student throughout her 4 years of high school. It finally took a New Principal to come in and make changes, but there is more work to be done even though she was let go. But I don't think they realize that it starts with the Head person there. It's the way that she runs the program

mtroutman

Coach Ashley Bush is a great Leader and coach who cares about ALL of her players and the community. A relentless Frederick County community service activist and education advocate. She is a leader who is revered by many and hated by others who dislike the dominant and dignified excellent program led by an African American woman! As a leader, you have to make unpopular decisions sometimes for the betterment of the whole as you see it. If the players/families don't like it, then respectfully they should leave. That does not warrant a good old fashion Frederick County mob scouring the FHS girls basketball program looking for dirt to harm Coach Bush; it's petty and typical when you have a Person of Color with great success.

mtroutman

Coach Ashley Bush is a great Leader and coach who cares about ALL of her players and the community. A relentless frederick County community service activist and education advocate. She is a Leader who his revered by many and hated by others who dislike the dominant and dignified excellent program led by an African American woman!

ArmyRN

The Coach has left the program but I’m sure it wasn’t because of her concern for the players! This has nothing to do with Race

Rondul

The ball never lies

bradg

FCPS and the lack of accountability for ADs and coaches is alarming. The head of athletics fears confrontation and taking any action. Frederick, Middletown, TJ, Linganore and others will follow until someone actually does their job properly and for the right reasons.

Repo

5 removed themselves soooooooo clearly they aren’t the issue and winning is not everything besides FCPS is just to cover up the truth

threecents

Coach Bush was in some controversy last year and with her teams' amazing successes, we would just like some information to assure us that the kids are being treated properly.

Repo

If any time you have to questions anything something is usually wrong

threecents

The principal should come to some sort of public conclusion. Until then the rumors will be very distracting for the whole school.

JJMcBeef

I would assume that it has something to do with academic eligibility...as it coincides with the grading period. That is just a total guess.

Repo

Those kids all have a 4.0 grades never issue

DickD

My thoughts too, but if so, why would the Principal want to investigate?

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