Three 2016 state participants have come out for the 2017 North Branch adapted bowling team, including the state champion doubles duo in the ASD division.
Sophomore Kevin Seekon and freshman Logan Ricard took the top spot at state last year, and also qualified in singles: Ricard placed eighth and Seekon 20th.
“Both of them are off to an awesome start, and will be out to defend their title,” head coach John Grund said.
A pair of seventh-graders round out the ASD roster, Aiden Black and Matthew Fox. The four Vikings swept the top four places in the team’s first match against St. Michael-Albertville.
In the CI division, junior Joy Edyvean is the lone holdover from the Viking quartet that placed 11th of 27 in the state team championship; Edyvean’s score of 397 was the second-best for the Vikings.
Senior captain Neal Deilke, junior Marie Rogde, freshman Glenn Beck and eighth-grader Victoria Kent compose the rest of the CI competitors.
Deilke teamed with Edyvean to place ninth in the state doubles tournament in 2015. Rogde placed seventh in the same competition with now-graduated Autumn Zauner, and also finished sixth in singles in 2014.
“We’ve got good players who will bring a lot of experience,” Grund said. “We always get almost a whole team to state.”
The Vikings will compete in state qualifying matches at Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park May 11, with the state championship to follow May 19 at the same venue.
Another much-anticipated match will be the home-and-away series against Cambridge-Isanti. The Vikings will face the Bluejackets at Junction Bowl in Isanti April 21. The return game will take place at the Vikings’ home lanes, J.J.’s Bowl, May 5.
“(Cambridge) is always fun, we go for lunch, too, and make a half-day out of it; the kids love that,” Grund said.
The Vikings have played St. Michael-Albertville and Wayzata already, and will match up with Alexandria April 28.