Battle of the Brandywine

at the Downingtown Alumni Sports Complex

2018 Battle of the Brandywine Honoree: Len Fredericks

This year marks 50 years that Len Fredericks, our public address announcer, has been working for the Downingtown Area School District.  He began in 1968 as a math teacher at the Downingtown Junior High School, ending his career at the Ninth Grade Center after 31 years and later working part time in administration and announcing.

In the 1970's, he began announcing at junior high football games and then, in 1981, following in the footsteps of outstanding stadium announcers Doug Wolf and Don Ficca, Len began announcing at the high school games.  Len has been the announcer at 316 home DHS, Downingtown East, and Downingtown West games, missing only 4 games due to scheduling conflicts.  During his career, he has been the announcer for games at Coatesville, 3 Valor Bowl games, 2 East-West All-Star games and 3 state semifinal games for the P.I.A.A.   In addition, he is the public address announcer for West Chester University football, as well as Women's and Men's basketball.

Quoting Len regarding his career, "I was privileged to serve these years with 8 superintendents, 9 principals, 5 athletic directors, and 7 head coaches, all of whom have been supportive and helpful."

Len remembers the 3 most exciting games as:

  1. The District 1 final between DHS and Plymouth-Whitemarsh in 1996 – a 39-36 Whippet victory that lead to the State Championship;
  2. The 2009 playoff game between Downingtown East and Penncrest- a thrilling 49-48 Cougar win; 
  3. The Eastern final in 2017 when St. Joe's Prep edged Coatesville 53-49.

Other special memories include climbing the ladder to get to the top floor of the press box at the old stadium and, of course, Thanksgiving football games, which morphed into these Battle of the Brandywine games of today.

 Len has a brother, John, who teaches in Atlanta.  Len enjoys all Philadelphia sports, and collects records, Lionel trains, and Christmas ornaments and memorabilia. Known as a "Christmas nut", Len can always tell you the number of days until the holiday. (P.S. it is 74)

Congratulations Len Fredericks and thank you all that you have done for the students at Downingtown. 

The Battle of the Brandywine was begun in 2009. This is the game played between the Downingtown EAST Cougars and the Downingtown WEST Whippets. The first “battle” honored Herbert Lee for his tireless work with the Alumni Association. After the first year, the home team and booster club began choosing an honoree. The Winner of the game takes home the coveted “Herbert Lee Trophy” to display in their school for the year. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAST SCORES & HONOREES)




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Established in 1884, Downingtown Area High School Alumni Association is one of the Oldest Active Public High School Alumni Associations in the country!