BLUE HILL — The Bobcats made a run to the Class C-2 state tournament last winter with a group of seniors who possessed all the experience a coach can ask for. Those five seniors won a volleyball state title last fall before basketball began.

But Blue Hill bowed out in the opening round of the state basketball tournament after eventual runner-up Crofton broke down the Bobcats’ 2-3 defense.

Defense is the staple of Tim Streff’s Blue Hill program. The most points (65) the Bobcats allowed last year were to C-2 champ St. Cecilia.

‘We will be an aggressive defensive team with good team speed,” Streff said.

The Bobcats wore down other teams and created their own offense on the other end with their suffocating defensive presence.

That they lost all five of their starters is not all bad news. Although, there are five more seniors expected to contribute heavily.

Blue Hill returns some experience, including Madison Menke, Kyra Meyer, Kenzie Bunner, Kaelyn Drury, and McKayla Faimon — each of which averaged between one to three points per game last year.

Brooklyn Kohmetscher, Jasmine Menke, Abigail Meyer, and India Mackin highlight players who earned letters last season. Madison Mlady and Ladelle Hazen are also expected to see the court.

“There are a number of quality players returning that have seen plenty of playing time,” Streff said. “I look forward to seeing this next group of student athletes take the next step and improve as the season progresses.”

The Bobcats begin the year as Twin Valley Conference champions seven of the last eight seasons — a tradition they expect to continue.

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