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.
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!”
The JV Volleyball Team lost tonight to a very good Casteel High School team in two straight games. The first game was very exciting with the JV getting close at 13-15 but eventually lost. There were plenty of good serves from Gen Agsaulio, Ayannah Glesmann,and Haley Flanagan . The best serves came from Madi Honesto with four very good overhand serves, something she’s worked on all season and hasn’t done it till tonight. “There was a lot of energy on the court tonight and I want them to carry it on to our last game,” said coach Keith.
North Pointe hosted Yuma Catholic in what turned out to be an absolute barn burner that went the distance in five sets. The first two games went to extra points, 26-24 and 28-30, and the teams traded points the entire night, keeping each game close until the very end. While your Falcons eventually lost 3-2, it was a night for the record books. Emma Wales set a new single match record of 23 kills, beating the previous record of 16 set in 2013 and Kenia Esquivel set a new single match record of 37 assists, beating the previous record of 33 set in 2008. “Tonight we realized how capable we can be when we give full effort. Each player left everything they had on the floor all night long, and it was us playing together, relying on each other, covering each other that got us to the brink tonight. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t put it away, but it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come in two short years,” said Coach Walsh.
North Pointe’s JV lost to Yuma Catholic in two straight games but made things very exciting to watch. The JV kept coming back in the second game and kept tying the score again and again but lost by two points 24-26 in set one. All of the team served well and we had hits from Kristen Ryba, Gen Agsaulio, and a hit and tip from Haley Flanagan. “The team played very well tonight, I’m very pleased with their effort,” said coach Keith.
The Falcons opened up their last home stand of the season hosting 6th ranked Valley Christian. North Pointe fought hard in each of the three games, but ultimately fell, 3-0. The team was led by Emma Wales with five kills, seven digs and Jaci Norton with five kills and five digs, and Abbie Barajas with four kills and an ace. “There is a reason Valley Christian is ranked so highly, they have a lot of weapons, and it was too much for us to overcome tonight. We played as a team, fought for everything and challenged them deep into the third game. We gave them everything we had, which is all we can ask for,” said Coach Walsh.