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.
North Pointe visited Valley Christian on their senior night tonight and lost, 3-0. The Trojans are 2nd in our region, and one of the strongest teams in the 3A Conference, and they flexed those muscles tonight. North Pointe fought hard and continued with their strong defensive form. They were led by Abby Rice with four kills along Jaci Norton and Kenia Esquivel each contributing another two kills. “Our passing really hurt us tonight, but we played well in chaos and continued to fight against one of the best teams in the state. We did everything we could, but just got overwhelmed. It’s part of the growth process. We will continue to get better and learn from these kinds of situations for the the future,” said Coach Walsh.
North Pointe’s JV finished their last game of the season against Valley Christian with a loss, 2-0. Valley Christian was an extremely good team. Contributing to the game with great serves were Gen Agsaulio, Kristen Ryba, Ayannah Glesmann, Haley Flannagan, and Shavonne Street. Kristen Ryba, Madi Honesto and Shavonne Street also had a killer spike each. “With a whole season of experience behind them we can use that to build on next year’s team,” said Coach Keith.
The North Pointe Falcons B Team took on Maryvale Prep on October 24, 2017 in the Nest. Unfortunately the Falcons lost both sets, but there some excellent rallies back and forth. Alyssa Villalobos helped out at the service line with four aces. Addison Mitich and Brenna Cilley helped the team with some more service aces. “It was fun to watch the ladies work together and watch some of those rallies,” said Coach Erickson.
Senior night ended with a 63-0 defeat for our North Pointe Falcon Football team. Senior Daniel Ritchie set a new school record for individual rushing yards in a season with 605 yards with still one more game to go. Running back Joe Soriano-Garfias came out of his shell and rushed for 47 yards on just nine carries. Defensively our Falcons were mostly in position to make plays however, mental errors and correctable mistakes led to too many missed tackles. Juan Medina led our Falcons defensively with six solo tackles and one assisted tackle. After the game Coach Norris said, “I am proud of each and every senior on our squad and their effort tonight. Daniel Ritchie ran the ball hard and his new school record is a testament of not only his hard work, but also our offensive linemen up front that helped pave the way. Losses are not ever what we want as a program, but we will not allow these games to effect our attitude toward building a winning football program here at North Pointe. Falcon Strong!”