The Vikings suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to a solid Rogers team 4-3 on Thursday, May 3. Before that, North Branch battled STMA in a classic pitchers’ duel, coming out on top 1-0 in eight innings on a walk-off triple by Sam Pederson.
North Branch also bounced back from their first loss with a 12-2 win at Grand Rapids on Friday, May 4.
Even with the one loss, the Vikings find themselves ranked #2 in Class AAA in the initial QRF rankings.
North Branch saw its losing streak end at three, with the last of those losses to STMA 14-3 on Tuesday, May 1. However, after ending the streak with a 5-4 win over Rogers, the Vikings slipped again, losing a 17-8 slugfest to Duluth Denfeld on Friday, May 4.
The Vikings picked up another three wins in a very busy week of action, but also fell three times.
The wins came against rival Princeton, 6-1, Osseo, also 6-1, and Duluth Denfeld 7-0. The Vikings lost twice to Rogers, by scores of 6-1 in conference action and 7-0 during the Coon Rapids quadrangular. They also fell to host Coon Rapids 5-2.
The Vikings only have four more matches remaining in their crazy, road-tripping season before section competition begins on Thursday, May 17.
North Branch competed in two meets last week, coming in seventh at Buffalo on Tuesday, May 1, and eighth at Sauk Rapids on Saturday, May 5.
The Vikings had minimal top-three finishes during the two stacked meets. At Buffalo, Colton Bauer picked up the team’s lone win, taking first in the discus. Evan Amunrud added a second place in the 400.
At Sauk Rapids, it was Jose Flor who was the only top-three finish, coming in second in the pole vault.
The Viking girls team had equally tough competition as the boys at Buffalo and Sauk Rapids, with a total of only three Vikings placing in the top three at both meets combined. As a team, North Branch placed eighth at Buffalo and 10th at Sauk Rapids.
Kyhah Harper and Paige Bauer were both double-placers for North Branch. Harper took second place in the triple jump in both meets. Bauer took second in the pole vault at Buffalo and first in the same event at Sauk Rapids.
Besides those two, Jenna Kurkowski also claimed a third place finish in the 1600 at Sauk Rapids.
The Vikings traveled to the Purple Hawk Invite on Monday, May 7, coming away with a sixth place team result. Josh Arnistead came away from the meet with North Branch’s low score, shooting an 82, which was good enough for 13th place.