Hobart helped Bengals win state volleyball championship

LEWISTON, ID - Klaree Hobart's been a star on the volleyball court for several years now and this year she helped bring home a state championship for the Lewiston Bengals.

Before the five-foot-nine athlete took to the volleyball court, she was showing off her talent and competitive edge by playing basketball. But the junior stand-out and three-year letterman said that ever since her coach convinced her to pick up a volleyball, she was hooked.

"I was a basketball player," said Klaree. "Nothing else and then she's like you need to try volleyball, you need to try volleyball and so I did...liked it."

As an outside hitter Klaree has numerous responsibilities, yet when it comes right down to it she has a favorite.

"I love passing," said Klaree. "I don't know why, I just love passing."

That teamwork is what helped lead the Lewiston Bengals to their first ever state championship this past Saturday and when asked if she considered herself to be a leader on the team, she was humble.

"We're all kind of leaders in our own way," said Klaree. "We all have a key role that we had to figure out this year so it's gonna be easy next year."

Being that there were no seniors on this year's squad, many thought the young team didn't stand a chance... but with the help of Klaree the Bengals proved otherwise.

"I just don't let my girls get down on themselves, that's when we need to come together," said Klaree. "That's when we need to go high five each other and say we're alright.'

Between the chemistry and experience, Klaree is optimistic that another state appearance is in the cards.

"I don't know if this is too much to say, but we should probably make it to state next year and do pretty well," said Klaree.