Viera bowling teams have chance to be better than last year


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The Viera High School boys bowling team recently finished third at the Cape Coast Conference Tournament.

Courtesy of James Brand

As good as the Viera High School boys bowling team was last season, coach James Brand believes this year’s version has the potential to be even stronger.

“I believe we’re a better team than last year,” Brand said. “We just have to gel. We’re not gelling yet. We have our good games and bad games. We just haven’t gelled yet.

“But we’ll peak. We did the same thing last year. I think we’ll be all right.”

The Hawks graduated three seniors from last year’s team, which finished fourth in the state.

Sophomore team captain Cameron Cox said placing so high last year gave the Hawks a lot of confidence coming into this season. And while the team has had a slightly rougher go of it — Viera was 11-4 so far in the regular season as opposed to 13-2 last year — there was still plenty to be happy about.

“We work together, we have fun every single day at practice and we try our best to succeed in every single match,” Cox said.

This year’s team is led by a trio of sophomores all averaging around 200 a game — Colin Frost, Cameron Cox and Collin Cox. Senior Damari Frederick is also averaging 200 a game. Other key players include senior Kyndall Coleman and sophomore Christopher Soper.

The district tournament was set to be held Oct. 29 at Shore Lanes in Palm Bay. From there, teams will move on to the state tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 at the Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando.

Cameron Cox was confident the team will get back to the state tournament, and if the Hawks can gel as Brand feels like they can, it could be another interesting postseason for the Viera program.

Viera’s girls, meanwhile, have also shown improvement. Their scores are up across the board and the team has been much more competitive.

“They’ve gotten much better than last year,” Cameron Cox said. “They feel like they have more confidence.”

Summer King is averaging over 130 for Viera this year. She is a co-captain along with teammate Jenny Cleland.

Other key players include juniors Brianna Staerk, Bre Sullivan and Micki Pippett.

Brand likes the team’s chemistry and has been happy with the way the Hawks have bowled.

“The girls team is awesome, a lot different than last year,” he said. “This year, they love bowling and they love coming out (and competing).”