Fall sports have finally come to a close for Foster. From the swimmers starting a program, to junior Yohana Salzano making the state meet, it was a great year.
Football, soccer and volleyball teams played postseason games. Athletes in swim and cross country also made postseason meets.
Read on for a sport-by-sport breakdown of how the 2011 fall season went for each team.
The Bulldogs finished the season with the Seamount’s top overall 2A seed and advanced to the district tournament.
There Foster (9-8 overall, 9-5 Seamount) fell to Sequim in the first round. In the second round, Olympic beat Foster 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-21) to end the Bulldogs’ season.
Foster finished league play 7-2 after a 2-3 start. In the Bulldogs’ regular season finale, a 3-1 win against Renton, Sahara Hill had 16 kills and 16 digs. Lesieli Tapealava had 10 kills and 31 assists. Veronica Sun had four aces. Aba Monkah had 11 kills and Enuica Serafica had 12.
Junior Yohana Salzano led the way for the Foster cross-country team this season. Salzano made it all the way to the 2A state meet Nov. 5, where she placed ninth. Salzano ran a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds, her best of the season.
At the Westside Classic district meet Oct. 29, Salzano placed eighth. Michel Banos finished in 40th in the girls race. On the boys side, freshman Yohanes Beyene came in 70th, while junior Aven Zemo took 73rd.
Salzano and Beyene also led the way at the sub-district meet Oct. 22. Salzano took fourth, while Beyene placed 33rd. Salzano earned first team all-Seamount honors for her strong season.
Foster finished the season with a 52-45 win over Fife in a South Puget Sound League/Seamount crossover playoff game Nov. 4.
The Bulldogs (4-6 overall, 2-4 Seamount) finish the season in fifth place in the Seamount.
Against Fife, Foster trailed 7-6 after the first quarter, but exploded for 22 points in the second.
Gabe Gutierrez threw two touchdowns, both to Anthony Manago (from 30 and 34 yards out), as well as scored on a one-yard rush. Devin Brown scored on a pair of five-yard runs. Kiernon Williams also scored two rushing touchdowns, from 65 and six yards out.
The biggest challenge for first-year Foster girls soccer coach Nasir Tura was changing the team’s attitude.
“When we were playing a team like Kennedy or Hazen, before the girls even took the field they knew they were losing,” Tura said. “We have this culture of losing. We’ve worked on changing it and we’ve grown, but we’re not quite there yet.”
Tura tried to get the team to build confidence and not go into the games already defeated.
“The will to win, the desire to win is important,” he said.
The Bulldogs finished fourth in the Seamount, second among 2A teams, at 5-7 overall (5-6 in league play). That earned the team a berth into the sub-district playoffs, where it ran into a tough Olympic team and lost 11-0 to end its season Nov. 2.
Tura, a 2006 Foster graduate, had to go out and talk to prospective players’ parents before the season to try and get more girls on the field.
“Some parents said girls can’t play because of a cultural clash,” he said. “They cannot be outside. So we had to work with them, talk to the parents, talk to teachers and find out a way to get them on the field. It was very challenging, but successful too.”
Once Tura had them on the field, his work wasn’t done. Through gatherings and team bonding activities he strove to get the girls to know each other beyond soccer.
“Foster is a very diverse school, but we are not learning from one another,” he said. “We just go to the same school and that’s it. They need to lean, get together and not just talk about soccer, but each other’s cultures.”
Foster did get better as the season went on. The team totaled two goals in four games before October. Once the calendar flipped, Foster scored 15 goals in six more regular season games.
Sophomore forward Sierra Parsons led the way on offense with eight goals and six assists. Senior midfielder Lizbeth Hernandez scored four goals and two assists. Junior Rigan Rai came up with three goals, while junior Marily Hernandez and senior Bianca Benavides also added goals.
The Bulldogs were also well represented on the Seamount all-league teams.
Tura won the Seamount Coach of the Year award, while Lizbeth Hernandez made the all-league first team.
Rai Parsons and Marily Hernandez all made the second team.
Swim and Dive
In the program’s first season, Foster finished seventh at the Seamount swim and dive league meet. The Bulldogs scored 22 points, just 10 behind sixth-place Evergreen.
Junior Makayla Anderson finished 27th in the 50-yard freestyle, while senior Jessica Watts was just behind in 29th. Sophomore Jacque Griffin took 53rd in the event.
Anderson took 28th in the 100 free. Regan Timm finessed in 40th in the event. Watts placed 11th in the 100 back.
The Bulldogs 400-free relay team of Timm, Griffin, Anderson and Watts placed fifth.