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.