Vikings add Seekon and Ricard to history books

North Branch added two more names to the Viking athletics history books, as ninth-grader Kevin Seekon and eighth-grader Logan Ricard earned a state championship last Tuesday at the adaptive bowling state tournament in Brooklyn Park.
The duo won the Autism Spectrum Disorder division for doubles with standout performances by both Seekon and Ricard, both of which are rookies to the Viking squad this spring.
Head coach John Grund said Seekon’s second-game score of 112 was a contributing factor to the title, as was Ricard’s total of 430. Ricard bowled 30 pins above his season average of 29 four games in a row for an impressive doubles performance, and also earned an eighth-place medal in the ASD singles division with a 424.
Grund said Ricard had a standout finish to his first season.
“What this young man did this year was nothing short of incredible,” Grund said. “Logan grew as a bowler enormously this season.”
Ricard’s teammate added that he was fun to bowl with in 2016.
“He’s one of the best scorers on the team and is just a great guy to work with, so hopefully next year we can go back and go for our second straight championship,” Seekon said.
Seekon helped clinch the top honor by bowling 67 pins over his average of 45.
“Kevin worked hard every practice this year and his hard work paid off for him at the state tournament,” Grund said.
Seekon said the experience was hard to explain.
“That was so exciting, I don’t even know how to describe it,” Seekon said. “There were so many teams and anyone could have beat us, but we just turned it around and it was unreal.”
The Viking added that it was an honor to bring home a state medal for North Branch.
“We haven’t won a state championship since 2008 so now I’m a part of championship row,” Seekon said. “I think I’ll do a lot to represent the school, and now I’m a true Viking, all day.”
The Minnesota State High School League added the ASD division in addition to the Cognitively Impaired and Physically Impaired divisions this year. North Branch activities director Corey McKinnon said the addition brings forth much needed positive experiences for adaptive athletes.
“Providing experiences and opportunities for kids and giving them the chance to be out there and competing is what it’s about,” McKinnon said. “Anything we can do to open up more opportunities like this one is exciting and so incredible for them, and it couldn’t have happened to better kids.”

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