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.
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.