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Tulalip Heritage readies for season


August 30, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Dani Espinosa tries to grab a pass deep downfield during Hawks practice at the Tulalip Recreation Center on Aug. 25.

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks 8-man football team is gearing up for another season of competitive play on the gridiron.

Last season the Hawks finished 0-3 in league play and 1-4 overall as they were forced to forfeit a few games due to a lack of players. Tulalip Heritage struggled to field a full 8-man lineup due to academic ineligibility and look to change that this season.

Cyrus Fryberg Jr. has been an assistant coach for the last few years and steps into the Head Coach role this year. With over a decade of coaching under his belt and familiarity with the program and community, Fryberg is looking to lead his team on the path to a complete season, on and off the field.

"We focus in on the little stuff first, and just making sure we have enough guys to start working on our offensive plays. So far we've been doing a lot of individual work. We really try to climb those steps each day and figure out who's going to put in the work before we move forward," said Coach Fryberg.

Andrew Hines

Josh Iukes throws downfield during Tulalip Heritage practice at the Tulalip Recreation Center on Aug. 25.

The Hawks have four returning seniors from last year's roster. Chris Wyatt and Nashone Whitebear are two seniors who will be playing huge roles on both sides of the ball. Wyatt will be a vocal leader from behind center, at quarterback, and as the middle of the defense at linebacker. Whitebear is slotted as a versatile playmaker, as he will see time at running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety.

Fryberg has high hopes for his young talent as well, with four freshmen on the varsity roster. Unfortunately, they are currently ineligible, but he hopes that a few games into the season they will provide the spark that Tulalip Heritage needs.

If you want to cheer on the Hawks they will at home against the Muckleshoot Tribal School Kings on Friday, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m.


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