The Jr. High Cross Country team represented North Pointe well in the Championship Meet at Bullard Wash Park. 8th graders Kailyn Banks and Frida Escamilla led the girls with times of 16:19 and 16:41 respectively, and 7th grader Nicolas Gamboa led the boys with a personal best time of 14:01. “Every athlete worked really hard and improved incredibly over the season, and they should be very proud of all they have accomplished,” said Coach Stephenson.
The Falcons ended their season on a sour note, losing to Paradise Honors by a final score of 58-0. The offense was led by Mason Shaffer who had several big runs throughout the day. The offensive line of Lorenzo Ramirez, Eden Viscalla, JC Clark, Nasar Sinnokrot and Calista Vallelonga played well all day. Erik Estrada had three tackles including a touchdown saving tackle early. Aiden Borresen and Kaleb Goslin played hard on both sides of the ball. Ryan Williams and Steve Helmintaler played well on special teams. “This was definitely not the way we thought the season would go, but I couldn’t be more proud of the 12 Falcons that stick it out to the end and never stopped fighting. These young students already have the Falcon Strong attitude that will carry them far in the future. Thank you for a great season,” Coach Scott said after the game.
The North Pointe Falcon Football team ended their season on a very strong outing defeating the Sun Devils of ASU Prep, 42-0. Senior Daniel Ritchie carried the ball 19 times and amassed 161 yards with two touchdowns. Junior Joe Soriano had 11 carries for 103 yards and one TD. In total, your Falcons rushed for a combined 384 yards with additional carries by David Vargas (2 rushing touchdowns), Travis Evans (1 rushing touchdown), Christian Alley, Brevin Martin, Nijel Rosado and Cylar Alley. Cylar Alley connected with Senior Noah Farnsworth on a 34 yard reception. Defensively, your Falcons recorded their first shutout of the year and had four takeaways, three fumble recoveries and one interception. Junior Michael Zipprich recovered two ASU Prep fumbles, Sophomore Matthew McGovern recovered one fumble and Freshman Jesse Erlandson Gonzales had one interception. Sophomore Connor Christensen and Senior Noah Farnsworth both recorded two defensive sacks. After the game Coach Norris said, “I could not be more proud of these young men and how they ended this season. Going into the year we knew we had a special group of players, that when everything clicks, had the opportunity to do great things. The future here at North Pointe is brighter than its ever been, and as a coaching staff we are forever grateful for the foundation our seniors laid. Thank you Daniel Ritchie, Travis Evans, Noah Farnsworth, Emmanuel Peinado, Christian Alley, Justin Hodges and Zach Wilcox for an amazing season and allowing me to coach you, it has been a pleasure. Falcon Strong.”
North Pointe finished up the season tonight at ASU Prep, and took control early, survived a fight late, before taking control again and winning in five. Tonight leaders were Jaci Norton with 13 kills, Abby Rice with 11, and Chaeli Hoehn with 10, Kenia Esquivel also added 32 assists and 10 Aces. Defensively Julia Burke had 19 digs, and Chaeli Hoehn had 10. The team grew this year, increasing it win total of two last year to five this year, and had two players finish with more than 100 kills in a season for the first time in school history. Jaci Norton with 119, and Emily Wales with 108. Defensively Julia Burke finished the season with 182 digs, surpassing the previous record of 179, set by Emily Wales last season. There are also several players who finished top 10 in the region this year. Jaci Norton finished #7 in the region in hitting percentage, and #9 in kills, while Emily Wales finished #10. Kenia Esquivel finished #5 in the region in assists, and #6 in Aces. Abbie Barajas finished #8 in Blocks, and Julia Burke finished #7 in digs, while Emily Wales finished 8th. “We had a lot of growth this season, some of it was technical and most of it was mental. The program is moving in the right direction. Thank you to our seniors, who led us, pushed us, and dedicated themselves to 4 years of Falcon Volleyball. We love you and will miss you,” said Coach Dan.