Tulalip Heritage Hawks Regional Champions: Advance to State Championships in Spokane

Brandon Jones swats a shot from Wilbur-Creston. Shawn Sanchey with the rebound.

Brandon Jones swats a shot from Wilbur-Creston. Shawn Sanchey with the rebound. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

By Andrew Gobin, Tulalip News

The WIAA Regional Championship game held at Everett Community College February 28th was the final qualifying game for the State Championships in Spokane. The Tulalip Heritage Hawks took the Regional Championship Title over the Wilbur-Creston Wildcats, with a final score of 81-64 Tulalip. This loser-out game advances the Hawks to State, where they will play the Neah Bay Red Devils.

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks have said all year that this was their year to return to state, and bring home the championship title from Spokane. In recent years, they have come close, losing to their rivals, the Lummi Blackhawks, stopping their dreams of taking state just short of the championships. The Hawks have had an incredible season, currently ranked second in the state class, with an overall 26 wins and one loss to rival Lummi Blackhawks earlier in the season. Heritage defeated Lummi three more times since, including one game for the District Championship.

Ayrik Miranda with his signature three pointer.

Ayrik Miranda with his signature three pointer. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

On Thursday, March 6th, Tulalip Heritage Hawks will face the Neah Bay Red Devils for the first game of the State Championships in Spokane. Tulalip defeated Neah Bay at the Tri-District Championship game 68-66, so this first game will be an intense rematch.

Keanu Hamilton fouled on the lay up. He made the basket, and both his foul shots.

Keanu Hamilton fouled on the lay up. He made the basket, and both his foul shots. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Andrew Gobin is a reporter with the See-Yaht-Sub, a publication of the Tulalip Tribes Communications Department.
Email: agobin@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov
Phone: (360) 716.4188

Hawks Win Tri-District Championship: On to regionals, 1 game away from the State Championships.

By Andrew Gobin

Tulalip Heritage Hawks kept the audience on their toes cheering for the win over Neah Bay Red Devils February 22nd, taking the Tri-District Title 68-66. Jolene Fryberg, mother of starting senior Shawn Sanchey, said the game was nauseatingly intense, with the outcome uncertain until the final shot.

Hawks play at regionals at Everett Community College on February 28th. They are one win away from the state championships tournament.

Heritage Hawks  21 15 10 12 —68

Neah Bay Red Devils  14 14 25 14 —66

Shawn Sanchey led the Hawks with 18 points scored, Brandon Jones 8, Bradely fryberg 10, Robert Miles 2, Keanu Hamilton 16, Willy Enick 4, Ayrik Miranda 9.

Hawks advance to Tri-District Championships after a smashing game against the Lions, winning 86-55.

Anthony McLean with a lay up late in the fourth quarter.

Anthony McLean with a lay up late in the fourth quarter. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

By Andrew Gobin, Tulalip News

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks continue to blaze through the district  championships undefeated. Tonight’s intense game was an exhilarating win as the Hawks triumphed over the Shorewood Christian Lions 86-55, advancing on to the Tri-District Championship game next week.

Robert Miles Jr with the rebound.

Robert Miles Jr with the rebound. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

By the end of the first quarter, the Hawks were already leading the Lions strong at 30-10, dominating the rest of the game staying ahead of the Lions by double the points. In the fourth quarter, the Lions started their assault on the Hawks, but could not get past their defense.

Bradley Fryberg with the save, he sprinted to the hoop for a lay up after this move.

Bradley Fryberg with the save, he sprinted to the hoop for a lay up after this move. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Dontae Jones – 4, Brandon Jones – 8, Bradley Fryberg – 9, Ayrik Miranda – 2, Trevor Fryberg – 3, Robert Miles Jr. – 19, Shawn Sanchey – 19, Keanu Hamilton – 20, Anthony McLean – 2.

Tulalip: 30, 22, 15, 19 Final 86
Shorewood: 10, 14, 14, 17 Final 55

Tri-District Game 2: Tulalip Hawks to play Shorewood Lions

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks will play Shorewood Christian Lions today at 3:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon Christian High School. This is the second tri-district game for district one 1B champions, the Heritage Hawks, who stand 23-1 for the season, undefeated in the post season, and are second seed for the 1B class ranking.

Catch live updates on Tulalip News Facebook page.

Tulalip Heritage defeats Mt. Rainier Lutheran

Dontae Jones with the rebound for Tulalip.

Dontae Jones with the rebound for Tulalip. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

By Andrew Gobin, Tulalip News

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks crushed the Mt. Rainier Lutheran Hawks at tonight’s game at Heritage High School in the first tri-district championship game. Both teams opened strong, keeping up with one another. Then in the last minutes of the first quarter, Tulalip pulled away, building on a 7 point lead that ended in a win by nearly 20 points, 76-48 Tulalip.

Shawn Sanchey drives to the hoop for a lay up, passing Rainier defense. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Shawn Sanchey drives to the hoop for a lay up, passing Rainier defense. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

The win was hard earned. Tempers flared in the first quarter, leading to taunting fouls on both teams. The second quarter they tightened up, playing a clean game with minimal fouls. It seemed like the tables might have turned with Rainier sinking nothing but three pointers, but the hawks pushed on, relentlessly driving the ball to the hoop. The third quarter was all about the fouls with both teams showing signs of fatigue, lacking precision in the execution of plays, scored 71-47 Tulalip.

Rainier fouled Brandon Jones causing him to hit the court hard in the 3rd quarter. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Rainier fouled Brandon Jones causing him to hit the court hard in the 3rd quarter. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Both teams played hard, showing their fatigue in the fourth quarter. The starters, who had played the entire game, were pulled on both teams, as the fresh players took the court. Alan Enick scored an amazing three pointer in the final minutes of the game, further sealing the win for Tulalip.

Tulalip: 22, 17, 32, 5 Total 76
Rainier: 15, 9, 23, 1 Total 48

Dontae Jones 5, Brandon Jones 8, Bradley Fryberg 19, Robert Miles Jr. 12, Shawn Sanchey 9, Keanu Hamilton 20, Alan Enick 3.

Andrew Gobin is a reporter with the See-Yaht-Sub, a publication of the Tulalip Tribes Communications Department.
Email: agobin@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov
Phone: (360) 716.4188

District One 1B Champions: Tulalip Heritage Hawks advance to Tri-districts

Tulalip Heritage Hawks win District One 1B Championship. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Tulalip Heritage Hawks win District One 1B Championship. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Article and photos by Andrew Gobin, Tulalip News

After a great season the Tulalip Heritage Hawks dominate the District One 1B Championships, taking home the second trophy for Tulalip. Facing rival Blackhawks from Lummi in the final game, Tulalip played an intense game. The Hawks only lost one game this season, their first game this season against the Lummi Blackhawks.

The first game of the championship series was to be played against Providence Classical Christian February 8th, but was forfeit by Providence Classical advancing Heritage to the winner’s bracket. Game two pitted the Hawks against Grace Academy on February 11th, with the Hawks leading the game by 10 points, winning 61-48.

February 13th was game three, the final game for the championship title, was by far the most intense. The Hawks held a narrow lead throughout the game, and at times there was a fear of losing that lead. Driven by last year’s upset at this very game, the Hawks were not about to let their lead go without a fight.

Brandon Jones with a rebound for Tulalip. This led to a 3 point shot, maintaining their lead.

Brandon Jones with a rebound for Tulalip. This led to a 3 point shot, maintaining their lead. Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Lummi won the tip off, then ten seconds into the game Bradley Fryberg with an amazing steal from the top of the key, ran the ball down the court for a lay up. Two points and Tulalip was in the lead. You can catch the replay on the Tulalip News Facebook page. The teams met as equals on the court, returning shot for shot keeping them neck and neck. It was a game decided by fouls, as are every rivalry game between the Hawks and the Blackhawks. The last three games of last year, including the championship upset, were lost within 2 points. This year, the Hawks prevailed, winning the title of District One 1B champions, advancing them on to Tri-Districts and hopefully the State Championships.

Senior Shawn Sachey said, “This is a great feeling. We worked hard as a team, Lummi was a hard team to beat, but we won. We have a good chance of going to state, but we’ll see. We haven’t played anyone from over the mountains yet.”

Brandon Jones, also a senior, said, “The game went excellent. Scoring first gave us a lot of momentum. I just want to thank God for the win.”

New addition to the team, sophomore Ayrik Miranda, said, “We came out with intensity, andwe kept that through the game.”

Head Coach Marlin Fryberg Jr. was very pleased with the way the team played, attributing the success of the game to crucial time outs he used to refocus his players.

“Anytime we lost momentum, I called a time out and regrouped the boys. We really played the way we wanted to, the way we practiced. The last four minutes of the game, three of their starters were on the bench. But it was really the foul shots, especially those last foul shots, that sealed the win.”

This is the second time the Tulalip Heritage Hawks have won the district championships, advancing to tri-districts starting February 18th.

For game times, stats, photos, and updates, checkout Tulalip News on Facebook or tulalipnews.com. Watch the games live on tulaliptv.com.

Andrew Gobin is a reporter with the See-Yaht-Sub, a publication of the Tulalip Tribes Communications Department.
Email: agobin@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov
Phone: (360) 716.4188

Hawks tip-off against Shoreline Christian at 7:30 tonight

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By Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Tonight, Tulalip Heritage Hawks  play against the Crusaders at Shoreline Christian High School. Last year the Hawks won a regular season game  against Shoreline 58-17. Meeting them again at districts, the Hawks won 67-40.

Shoreline will be looking to redeem themselves after a devastating defeat early in the season, losing again to the Hawks in the first round of districts.

Hawks dominate first three opening games of the season

Heritage Senior Shawn Sanchey  with the tip-off over Yakima Tribal.Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Heritage Senior Shawn Sanchey with the tip-off over Yakima Tribal.
Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Heritage Boys have a promising start

By Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Tulalip − Heritage High School Basketball is off to a great season start, winning 84-59 against Yakima, first time rivals this season. The last of a three home game series which opened this year’s season, the Heritage Hawks played an intense game with tension on the court and in the audience. With the December 7th win, the Hawks season continues with a 3-0 streak.

“It was a good experience to play other natives from across the mountains,” said senior Shawn Sanchey.

Shawn Sanchey cuts in for a lay up.

Shawn Sanchey cuts in for a lay up.
Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

This was the first year Heritage has played Yakima, adding a new rival to the 1B circuit. In the past the only rival school was Lummi.

Junior Anthony Mclean said, “It was a good game to learn from.”

This game closes out the first week of basketball games for Heritage, who stands undefeated winning against Cedar Park Christian/Mountlake Terrace Lions 64-50, a close game with Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes at 56-52, and Saturday’s game against Yakima Tribal won 84-59. Key players to watch named from these three games are #21 Robert Miles Jr., #24 Keanu Hamilton, and #20 Payton Comenote.

“We play as a team. Play as a team and win as a team,” said Hamilton. After the win against Yakima.

Keanu Hamilton Stacks Yakima Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

Keanu Hamilton Stacks Yakima
Andrew Gobin/Tulalip News

“The boys played an excellent game, they continue to improve with each one. As we continue on we will practice hard and continue to build the team,” said Cyrus Fryberg, assistant coach for the Heritage Hawks.

Heritage Basketball games have been gaining an audience, with so many at the Yakima game the bleachers were packed. Some of the notable audience members were tribal elder Ray Moses, former school board member Don Hatch Jr., former coach Leon Enick, Hank Williams, Marysville School District Superintendent Dr. Becky Berg, and longtime education advocate Dale Jones.

“It means a lot to see the elders come to watch. Teatmus (Ray Moses) even comes to the practices and will talk to the boys, and give them support,” said head coach Marlin Fryberg.

Tulalip Heritage Hawks have opened the season strong, and will continue to show strength as they strive for the State Championship. The next rival game will be round two against Yakima Tribal on December 21st.