Fred graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1967 after having earned 8 letters in basketball, football and baseball. In basketball, the 6’ 3” guard earned 3 varsity letters and played without the benefit of the 3-point shot, nevertheless scoring a career 938 points with 356 points his senior Fred Leeyear and 328 as a junior. He earned All Ho’N honors in both his junior and senior years and co-captained the Warriors to a 1966-67 record of 14-5. He was named All-Northwest and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior, which gained him a scholarship to Mankato State. In football, Fred was the leading scorer for the undefeated 1966 Ho’N champions with 44 points on 5 TD receptions and 14 extra point kicks. As a tight-end, he caught 17 passes for 277 yards and also handled the kick-off duties. He was First Team All Ho’N and named to the second team Eau Claire Leader All-Northwest team. In baseball, the 3-year letter winner helped lead the Warriors to 2 Ho’N championships in 1965 and 1966. In 1966, the left-handed hitting power-hitter hit 5 home runs in 6 games, a school record, and ended the season with 6. Fred received All Ho’N accolades in both his junior and senior years. In addition, he played four years of Class A American Legion Baseball for Post 87 of Rice Lake. In the field, he played center field and had the ability to quickly get to the ball and possessed a strong arm. As a result of his success in baseball, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds major league baseball team in 1967. In the fall of 1967, Fred suffered a leg injury while trying out for the Mankato State football team that prevented him from playing any further competitive sports. He briefly played amateur league baseball and fastpitch softball in Rice Lake and then chose the U.S. Army as a career. He passed away at the age of 55 in March of 2003.