Last season, the Bluestem Lions finished the regular season below .500, but after an impressive postseason run the Lions were able to advance to the 2A state tournament. This may have been due to the team being young and inconsistent. Consistency is something that head coach Kasie Kiefer wants to stress more this season, since the Lions have continued to get better.

“The biggest changes will be the growth and individual development of each player,” said Kiefer.

“They are not the same girls I had last year because they have gotten so much better.”

The Lions will have three seniors that played last year and will provide experience: Natalie Bevan, Addy Emmons, and Paige Fisher. Bevan received all-league recognition in the Tri-Valley League, and Emmons was all-league honorable mention.

Paiton Haga, a junior, was also all-league honorable mention last season and will play a large role in the Lions’ success this season. Destiny Masters and Emma Young are also juniors who are expected to make an impact on the Lions this season.

Sophomore Torrance Lovesee impressed coach Kieffer during her freshman season and has continued to improve in the offseason.

“Torrance Lovesee will make a huge impact on our game this year.  She was a growing player last year and played varsity for us, but has made leaps and bounds and will have a huge impact on our success this season.”

Bluestem will play their first match of the season at home on Tuesday, Aug. 28.