Fred W. Ryland of R.D. 1, Daisytown,
a meritorious service award honoree, was born in Bentleyville and played
center on the Bentleyville High School basketball team. He won gold
medals in the high jump and discus in the Washington County track meet.
He later received a degree from what was then California Teachers
College, where he continued his athletic career, and started baseball at
Bentleyville High and the Little League program in Bentleyville, later
becoming active in Bronco League.
He played for several years for Marianna in the Fayette County League
with former major league pitcher Harry Gumbert as a teammate.
He entered umpiring school in Florida after service in World War II as a
Navy physical fitness instructor, and was offered a Class B minor league
contract but declined because of his duties as a teacher at Bentleyville
High. He umpired Washington County games for many years.
Ryland coached basketball at Bentleyville for 20 years, winning five
section titles and retired after 45 years as a teacher in Washington
County, including 40 at Bentleyville. He served at one time as a scout
for the San Francisco Giants and was instrumental in building
Bentleyville's Caramel Park, where he has served on the board of
directors for 27 years.