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 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.
The Falcons played with great effort and heart, yet lost to the Knights of Gilbert Christian won by a score of 41-0. The defense was led today by Erik Estrada who had three tackles, a pass breakup and an interception. Kevin Valenzuela and JC Clark also came up with big plays on defense. Offensively QB Mason Shaffer has a number of great passes. Eden Viscalla, James Winbush, Naser Sinokrott, JC Clark, and Lorenzo Ramirez, all played great on the line playing both offense and defense. “Today is one of those days we’re the scoreboard doesn’t reflect how hard these guys worked. I couldn’t more proud of a group, as these 11 guys that fought hard all day. We look forward to playing our bowl game next week and continuing to get better as a unit,” said coach Scott.
The Jr. High Cross Country team did well in their final regular meet of the season at Red Mountain Park. 7th grader Nicolas Gamboa led the boys with a 2.11 mile time of 14.50 while 8th grader Kailyn Banks led the girls with a time of 16:06. “The kids ran a strong race, and it will be fun to see how they compete in next week’s championship meet,” said Coach Stephenson.