Heritage Hawks soar in season opener

Photo/Micheal Rios
Photo/Micheal Rios


By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News

Coming off a very successful 26-1 season last year that saw the Hawks win a league championship, a district championship, and a tri-district championship, the expectations have been raised for our basketball program. It will be difficult to repeat the success of last year though, especially after losing so many senior players from last year’s team, most notably Northwest 1B League’s most valuable player Keanu Hamilton who is currently playing for Everett Community College.

This year’s Hawks team will consist of seniors Jesse Louie, Dontae Jones, Anthony McLean, Trevor Fryberg and Ayrik Miranda, along with juniors Robert Miles and Willy Enick. Coaches Marlin Fryberg and Cyrus “Bubba” Fryberg have both retained their coaching positions from last season.

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks boys basketball team kicked off their 2014-2015 season with a home opener vs. the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks junior varsity team. The game would be a true testament to the skill and strategy of both players and coaches as the Hawks only dressed five players for the game, meaning there would be no substitutions and in the event a player fouled out the Hawks would be forced to play a man down. Prior to tip-off, coaches Fryberg stressed playing smart, hard-nosed defense, while being patient and focused on executing the offense.

In the opening quarter the Hawks shot a lowly 4 for 15 from the field for only 9 points, however junior standout Robert Miles scored 7 points in the quarter to keep the score close at 9-10. The Hawks made a point of emphasis to move the ball on the offensive end in the 2nd quarter. Spreading the floor and passing to the open man allowed the Hawks to catch fire. Jesse Louie and Willy Enick each had 3 assists in the quarter, while the team connecting on 8 of 10 shots from the field. However, the extra focus on offense didn’t carry over to the defensive end. The MP Tomahawks were shooting uncontested 3-pointers and jump shots, seemingly at will against the lackadaisical Hawks team defense. Luckily, for the Hawks, the Tomahawks were struggling to knock down their outside shots and the Hawks led the game 30-26 after the 2nd quarter.

During halftime the five Hawk players were visibly exhausted from playing the entire first half without any substitutions. The halftime intermission allowed them to get a rest, rehydrate, and go over second half adjustments. Coaches Marlin and Bubba Fryberg emphasized the lazy defense the Hawks had played in the first half, pointing out the game would not be close if the Hawks played the tough, aggressive style defense they are known for. Bottom line, the Hawks needed to pick up their defensive intensity to pull out the win.


Photo/Micheal Rios
Photo/Micheal Rios


Message received. The Hawks came out of halftime and played their style of aggressive defense. They trapped the Tomahawk ball handlers, jumped the passing lanes, and hustled to every loose ball and rebound. Meanwhile Jesse Louie and Robert Miles attacked the basket at every opportunity, producing high efficient shots. The Hawks started the 3rd quarter on 9-2 run that led to a Tomahawk timeout, but the Tomahawk adjustments from that timeout didn’t work. The Hawks continued their relentless play and scored 14 unanswered points, putting them up 53-28. With 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, both teams traded a pair of buckets. In all, the 3rd quarter saw the Hawks outscore the MP Tomahawks 27-6 and enter the 4th quarter with a 57-32 lead.

The Hawks continued executing their offense to start the 4th quarter, and held a 66-40 lead with 4:21 left to play. With a Hawks victory clearly in sight the disadvantages of no bench players reared its ugly head. With 1:51 to play Trevor Fryberg fouled out of the game, forcing the Hawks to play 4-on-5. The MP Tomahawks, having the one man advantage, went on a 14-4 run from that point. Having built a 26 point lead the Hawks were easily able to overcome their lack of roster depth on this day. When the final game buzzer sounded the Hawks won their season opener 70-54.

Coach Bubba Fryberg said after the game, “That third quarter was the difference in the game. We put the pressure on high, we trapped, and everyone was moving. That’s the key. When we play defensively and everyone is moving we are going to be tough to beat. When we get a few more bodies here, a couple more kids get their grades up, then we are on the move. We are going to get better as we go.”


Photo/Micheal Rios
Photo/Micheal Rios


Key to the game: The Hawks dominant 27-6 3rd quarter.

Play of the game: In the 2nd quarter, Robert Miles pulled down a defensive rebound, went coast to coast, and drove through two Tomahawk defenders for a layup.

Coach’s corner: The Hawks need to cut down on turnovers. Had 23 tonight, including 10 in the 4th quarter.

Hawks end season with win over Bruins, 82-60

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

MARYSVILLE – Tulalip Heritage Hawks took the field at Quil Ceda Stadium today in their last regular game of the season against the Clallam Bay Bruins, 82-60.

Taking the field for the first time since the October 24, Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, the Hawks returned to their home field, which is shared with MP’s Tomahawks, to end their season with an amazing display of skill and sportsmanship.

Hawks take easy win over Loggers, 49-0

Heritage Hawks defensive end #20 Willy Enick sets to make a tackle
Photo/ Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

MARYSVILLE – The game winner had been decided with eight minutes remaining in the second quarter during the Tulalip Heritage Hawks varsity football game against the Crescent Bay Loggers, 49-0, played on Saturday, October 4.

Hawks offense played a majority of the game as a result of the Hawks incredible defense, which prevented the Loggers from advancing past the 40-yard line. But in a surprising move, the Loggers, coached by Darrell Yount, discontinued the game in the second quarter with 8:21 remaining, making it the quickest win thus far in the season for the Hawks.

Robert Miles Jr. led the Hawks with four touchdowns and Ayrik Miranda threw for three touchdown passes.

Heritage Hawks   43 6 – 49

Crescent Bay   0  0 – 0

You can watch all Heritage Hawks home games on Tulalip TV or online at www.tulaliptv.com.


Brandi N. Montreuil: 360-913-5402; bmontreuil@tulalipnews.com




Hawks take season opener win over Evergreen Lutheran, 56-46

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News

TULALIP –  Heritage Hawks welcomed the 2014-15-varsity football season Saturday with a win over Evergreen Lutheran Eagles, 56-46.

The Hawks, who added eight new players this season, battled the Eagles through fumbles, turnovers, and a few hard calls by the referees, before taking the win with a 10-point lead. The return of  Robert Miles Jr., and the addition of fullback Jessie Louie, who combined to rush for 329 yards and 8 touchdowns, boosted the Hawks offense.

Tulalip Heritage 24  12  14  6 -56

Evergreen Lutheran 8  14  16  8 -46

Heritage senior sets his sights high

Alan Enick (Center) Clutching the trophy for the district championship title.
Alan Enick (Center) Clutching the trophy for the district championship title.

By Andrew Gobin, Tulalip News

After four years with the Tulalip Heritage Hawks, Alan Enick will be graduating. He is one of four seniors that the Hawks will lose this year, after an extraordinary season that ended in upset at the State Championships in March of this year. Alan plans to attend either Northwest Indian College or Everett Community College this fall, and intends to transfer to the University of Washington Bothell.

Alan’s parents, Leon and Annie Enick, have always encouraged him to do well in school and pursue education. After a presentation from the University of Washington Bothell, Alan set his sights on a degree in either business or sports medicine.

He is an excellent student, with his principle Shelly Lacy commending his high attendance record. She said he is always at school, and is always working hard. Alan enjoys art class, particularly beading. He finds it to be relaxing. As a student athlete, he has taken advantage of weightlifting classes and P.E. to better his game. Alan’s parents are very supportive, encouraging him to make good choices. Like every teen, he faces peer pressure to try drugs or to drink underage, though he is proud to say he has never done either. He attributes his strength in overcoming peer pressure to discussions with his father about the importance of good life choices.

Recently, Alan attended a lecture that Tulalip Councilwoman Deborah Parker gave about the Violence Against Women Act, and expounded on some of the issues facing tribes today. Inspired to act from this lecture, Alan is also considering pursuing a degree in Tribal Law.


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