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Foster Football 2011 | AT A GLANCE

BULLDOGS: AT A GLANCE • COACH: Jim Sutrick, third year • LAST YEAR: 4-3 in Seamount League, fourth place, 7-4 overall • OFFENSE: Two-back • RETURNING STARTERS (OFFENSE): WR Gabe Gutierrez, sr., 6-1/195; FB Dario Bosiljkic, sr., 5-10/170; RB Cedric Cooper, jr., 5-8/180; OT Morya Breland, sr., 6-2/205; OT Edgar Brambila, jr., 6-3/295. • DEFENSE: Oklahoma 5-2 • RETURNING STARTERS (DEFENSE): MLB Micah Breland, jr., 6-1/200; MLB Ian Buckmaster, sr., 5-9/185; OLB Morya Breland, sr., 6-2/205; S Gabe Gutierrez, sr., 6-1/195; CB Delvin Brown, sr., 6-0/170; CB Avery Wilcox, sr., 5-10/160.


Foster High’s Buckmaster hitting on an opportunity | FOOTBALL PREVIEW 2011

He always has taken pleasure in delivering the big hit. This fall on the Foster High gridiron, Ian Buckmaster will be doubling up his pleasure. The senior who is more known for wreaking havoc as a middle linebacker on the defensive side of the ball will be taking center stage on offense, where Buckmaster will be taking snaps as quarterback for the first time since his freshman season. It’s a shift in responsibility that the blue-collar Buckmaster has taken in stride.


Foster’s Gutierrez evolved into three-sport standout | MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

He began the school year with a bang, and ended it in the same way. In between, Foster High’s Gabe Gutierrez excelled on the football field, basketball court, and the baseball diamond. The senior-to-be transformed himself from a very good athlete, one who can thrive in virtually any setting regardless of the odds, to one of the finest at the Class 2A Tukwila High School. In the fall on the football field, Gutierrez shifted from quarterback to wide receiver for the Bulldogs and quickly became one of the Seamount League’s deadliest offensive weapons. In the winter on the basketball court, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound standout did a little bit of everything for the Bulldogs, overcoming an early season ankle sprain to serve as an offensive spark plug and a defensive stopper. In the spring on the baseball diamond, Gutierrez didn’t slow down, instead he continued the pace, this time as the ace of Foster’s pitching staff, where he relished each and every opportunity to bring the heat.


Foster High boys ready for a bright future | Boys Soccer

The Foster High boys soccer team scratched the surface this spring. But rest assured, the boys in purple and white have yet to reach their full potential. And when considering what the Bulldogs accomplished during March, April, and May, there’s now considerably more to be excited about with the future on the horizon.

SOCCER: Mohamed Mohamud cashes in on second chance

Mohamed Mohamud cashed in on his second chance. Mohamud, 21, spent 14 years in a Kenyan refugee camp dreaming of one day playing soccer professionally in America. Mohamud gave it his best shot on Jan. 29-30, during an open tryout for the Seattle Sounders at Starfire Sports Complex, but fell just short. Not too short, however. While trying out for the Sounders, Mohamud's ability on the soccer pitch caught the eye of a representative from the Washington Crossfire, formerly known as the Seattle Wolves. Based in Everett, the team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs made big strides in winter season, future bright

The end result wasn’t what the Foster High boys basketball team had envisioned. But make no mistake, the Bulldogs grew by leaps and bounds during the winter season. So much so, in fact, that the Bulldogs have reason to believe in a future with limitless potential. A future that, given the relative youth of this season’s team, very well could include multiple state appearances. Foster entered the season having graduated 90 percent of its scoring punch and with nearly an entirely new starting rotation. Adding to the sea of change is the fact that the Bulldogs transitioned from a half-court, slow-down offense into an up-tempo, run-and-gun style of play.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster falls to Kingston, braces for West Central District tournament

The Foster High boys basketball team was done in by a cold first quarter Saturday, Feb. 12 in a seeding game against Kingston. Sam Byers scored 21 points and Zane Ravenholt added 14 more, leading the Buccaneers past the Bulldogs 64-56. Kingston bolted out to a 21-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Something special emerging at Foster

The building blocks are in place, and the ascension for the Foster High girls basketball team has fully begun. Now it’s a question of how far these girls can go. Armed with capable shooters, lock-down defenders and a cast of players who have bought into second-year coach Richard Lewis’ team-first philosophy, the Bulldogs (14-6) entered the postseason this week with their eyes firmly focused on a single goal. That goal is the state tournament, which will be held from March 3-5 at the SunDome in Yakima.

WRESTLING: Foster enjoys strong showing at sub-regional tournament

The Foster High wrestling team enjoyed a breakthrough on Feb. 5 during the Class 2A sub-regional tournament. Behind a pair of standout performances, one by 103-pounder Ryan Keo and the other by 112-pounder William Wilburn, the Bulldogs brought home a solid third-place finish with 151 points.

SOUNDERS: Mohamed Mohamud playing waiting game after tryouts

Mohamed Mohamud gave it his all. Now the 21-year-old Somalian native is playing the waiting game. Representing the Tukwila-based East African Youth Sports organization, Mohamud was one of roughly 21 hopefuls who tried out for the Seattle Sounders on Jan. 29-30 at Starfire Sports Complex. "I was just focusing on all my dreams," Mohamud said Tuesday night. "I had dreamt about (the tryout) a couple of nights in a row that I was going to wear a Sounders jersey. When I went there that morning, it was incredible. It was like, 'How are you going to prove it to all these people?' I told myself I had to do it."

BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster hangs on, grabs pivotal win over Kennedy

The Foster High boys basketball team continued its surge Tuesday night at Kennedy Catholic. In a showdown between two of the Seamount League's top teams, the Bulldogs used a balanced scoring attack led by the 18 points of Hussein Hersi to turn back the Lancers 71-68.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Benevides delivers season high in win over Tyee

Talk about rising to the occasion.Foster High's Bianca Benevides did just that Wednesday night in a Seamount League girls basketball game against Tyee, a showdown… Continue reading

Tukwila player and former refugee to try out for Seattle Sounders

An ongoing civil war forced him from his Somali home and into a Kenyan refugee camp. But it didn’t steal his soccer dreams. For 14 years, he lived with 10 others in a hut smaller than a studio apartment and had to walk 10 miles without shoes to get running water. But it didn’t steal his soccer dreams. Cultural and language barriers have been a daily struggle since he came to America five years ago. But it hasn’t stolen his soccer dreams. If anything, Mohamed Mohamud’s resolve — his dream of a better life and one day playing soccer professionally — has only been strengthened. That dream began at the refugee camp in Hagadera, Kenya, where Mohamud’s soccer skills began to take shape. On Jan. 29-30 at Starfire Sports Complex, Mohamud’s dream could be realized, when he represents the Somali Soccer Stars, of the Tukwila-based East African Youth Sports organization, during a tryout for the Seattle Sounders.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster picks up two wins, braces for pivotal week in Seamount League play

The Foster High boys basketball team showed some resilience last week during the Les Schwab Christmas Classic, which was held at Kennedy High Dec. 28-30.The… Continue reading

BOYS BASKETBALL: Fourth-quarter run helps Foster put away Evergreen

A slow start turned into a big finish for the Foster High boys basketball team Friday, Dec. 17. Leading Evergreen 41-40 entering the final quarter of play, the Bulldogs turned up the heat.

BOYS BASKETBALL: New style, same results for Foster

The question is as simple as it is complex. How does a boys basketball team that advanced to state for the fourth time in a row last year — a team with a strong history of success — replace it’s top two scorers? Specifically, how does a team that averaged 56 points per game a year ago replace roughly 32 of those, and still find a way to win?

BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster opens season with consecutive wins

The Foster High boys basketball team continued its hot start to the season Wednesday night. Adem Suta delivered a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, as the Bulldogs throttled Tyee 78-43 in the Seamount League opener for both teams.

GOLF: Powerful swing propels Foster High’s Ross

Foster High's Jonathan Ross was stuck in golf limbo with too much time on his hands and a state berth at stake. Should he go for the green? Or should he play it safe? Waiting for his tee time on a short par-5 at Fort Lewis' Eagles Pride Golf Course during last fall’s district qualifier, the dilemma played out in Ross' mind like the final scene from the movie “Tin Cup.” "I had a lot of time to think about what I was doing," said Ross, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior with light-tower power and a swing to match. "There was a big backup. Instead of getting up there and doing it, I had a lot of time to think about it." As the time passed, the pressure built upon the shoulders of Ross, who began playing golf competitively as a freshman and ascended quickly enough to advance to the state tournament as a sophomore. Now, he was looking for back-to-back berths. But the conundrum remained.

FOOTBALL: Foster wins again, off to best start since 2003

The beat continued for the Foster High football team on Friday, Sept. 17. Behind a huge performance by running back Cedric Cooper, the Bulldogs rolled over Highline 41-14 in its Seamount League opener. Cooper rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries. He ran for two 4-yard touchdowns, one from 5-yards out and broke free for a 20-yard scoring run in the second quarter.

VOLLEYBALL: Foster’s Tapealava setting up for success

It was a hard drive to the hoop. Something Lesieli Tapealava had done a thousand times before. This time, however, it was different. Instead of finding the hoop, Tapealava was met by a pair of defenders, both of whom sent her crashing to the court.