Fall season | Foster prep year recap

Girls swim and dive The Foster swim and dive team placed seventh at the Seamount meet, scoring 22 points. The season took on even more meaning since it was the school’s first time having a girls swim and dive team. “I was super excited because I’ve always wanted to be on a swim team,” swimmer Jacque Griffin said. “But we’ve never had the opportunity.”

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Here is a recap of some of Foster’s more successful fall teams.

Girls swim and dive

The Foster swim and dive team placed seventh at the Seamount meet, scoring 22 points. The season took on even more meaning since it was the school’s first time having a girls swim and dive team.

“I was super excited because I’ve always wanted to be on a swim team,” swimmer Jacque Griffin said. “But we’ve never had the opportunity.”

Eleven Bulldogs worked alongside the Kennedy swim team, sharing coaches and practice time.

“The advantages are huge,” said Foster athletic director J.D. Hill. “The Foster girls see how committed the Kennedy girls are, and they see how hard they work. Our girls are massively motivated by that. They understand they are practicing with a seasoned team and they do a good job of observing.”

Kennedy coach Sean Prothero took the challenge of coaching extra swimmers in stride, even showing up at Foster’s homecoming assembly to introduce the swim team, wearing Foster Bulldog gear.

“I’m sure he took it off right after he stepped out of the gym,” Hill said with a laugh. “But it meant a lot.”

At the league meet, junior Makayla Anderson placed 27th in the 50-yard freestyle. Jessica Watts took 29th in the same event. Anderson also finished 28th in the 100 free. Watts took 11th in the 100 back.

The Bulldogs’ best finish of the day was in the 400-yard free relay, where the team took fifth. Regan Timm, Griffin, Anderson and Watts teamed for the relay.

Football

The Foster football team finished the year with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-4 record in the Seamount.

The Bulldogs finished strong, going 3-2 in their final five games, including a 52-45 win against Fife in the SPSL/Seamount crossover.

The team’s three-headed attack at quarterback, seniors Marquis Jackson, Gabe Gutierrez and Ian Buckmaster, combined for 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Gutierrez led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns, with 426 and five. Anthony Manago had 27 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns.

On the ground, Cedric Cooper rushed 135 times for 843 yards (6.24 average) and eight touchdowns. Jackson had 236 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Devin Brown chipped in 47 rushes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

Cross country

Junior Yohana Salzano again led the Foster cross-country team. Salzano ran a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds at the 2A state meet, good for ninth overall. That was her best time of the season.

Both Yohanes Beyene and Aven Zemo made the district meet for the boys team. Beyene, a freshman, placed 70th. Zemo, a junior, took 73rd. Junior Michel Banos finished 40th at the district meet for the girls team.

The development of Beyene and fellow freshman Alvin Zemo has Foster coach Bill Napier excited for the team’s future.

“They’re really strong,” Napier said. “They were excellent middle school racers, and as hard as they worked with me all summer, they’re going to be good.”

Girls soccer

The girls soccer team went 5-7 overall and 5-6 in the Seamount, good for fourth place.

Foster’s season ended in the sub-district playoffs against Olympic.

Sierra Parsons led the team with eight goals and six assists. Lizbeth Hernandez had four goals and two assists. Rigan Rai had three goals.

Volleyball

Foster’s volleyball team finished third in the Seamount, first among 2A teams.

The Bulldogs (9-8 overall, 9-5 Seamount) made it to the district tournament before getting knocked out by Olympic.

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