There is a saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Case in point, the Camden Hills boys basketball squad.

One year after finishing as unbeaten state Class B champions and then graduating a handful of core players, the Windjammers might have been predicted, by some, to take a slight step back in 2011-12. But the only steps Camden Hills took in Friday’s season-opening game with visiting Mount View of Thorndike was forward. Fast forward.

And while the season and the team’s core players might be new, everything else was pretty much the same for the Windjammers, and that resulted in another dominating performance by the red-and-white.

The Windjammers, in fact, may have a different cast but still possess the same tenacity, athleticism, depth and skill set to get the job done, often in convincing fashion, as they did in Friday night’s 87-57 win over Mount View.

Camden Hills did what all Windjammer teams have done during coach Jeff Hart’s 30-year tenure. They played rugged, suffocating, fullcourt defense, blocked shots, hit timely 3-pointers and pushed the ball at every opportunity.

Those factors allowed Camden Hills to pull away from the Mustangs in the first half and maintain a comfortable lead throughout Friday’s game.

Mount View, which must wonder what it has done to draw the unlucky straw in recent years by getting to start the campaign against the mighty Windjammers, should have known it was in for a long night when Camden Hills’ Andrew Flanagan banked in a 3-point basket at the halftime buzzer to give the hosts a comfortable 42-19 lead after 16 minutes.

Perhaps the positive news for both teams was that all players got plenty of early-season court time.

After losing the high-scoring trio of Tyler McFarland, Keegan Pieri and Joel Gabriele, among others, to graduation last year, the Windjammers had a different look Friday, using a balanced scoring attack and contributions from all players, both offensively and defensively.

Pacing the Windjammers, who led 15-5, 42-19 and 63-38 at the quarter breaks, were Taylor Hall with 18 points; Chandler Crans, 15; Colin Morse, 12; Connor Hart, Andrew Flanagan and Adam Carlsen, all nine; Mark Barley, eight; Kyle Olehnik, seven; Alex Crans, four; and Chris Brown, three. The team made five 3-pointers and 20-of-26 foul shots (77 percent).

For Mount View, Taylor Reynolds collected 18 points; Bobby Porter, 11; Chris Montminy, eight; Steve Davis, six; Nathan Wren, four; Ryan St. Clair and Brody Gibbs, both three; Andrew Gibbs, two; and Jalen Babin and Craig Nealley, both one. The Mustangs canned four 3-pointers, three coming from Porter, and 18-of-34 free throws (53 percent).

For Camden Hills, Morse grabbed 12 rebounds and Hall 10, while Hart dished out six assists and Carlsen four. For Mount View, Reynolds secured seven boards, Montminy five and Porter four. Porter also had two steals.

The Camden Hills winning machine continued to roll in regular-season games. The Windjammers have won 19 straight regular-season games dating back to last year, when they were 18-0 en route to the state title.

The Windjammers lost two regular-season games during the 2009-10 season, including Jan. 22, 2010 when Camden Hills fell to host Mount View 49-47 in Thorndike. That loss broke a 36-game win streak by the Windjammers, who have, in the past five years, posted an 89-5 overall record, including league, regional and state playoff games.

Camden Hills finished 23-0 last year in winning the state crown while losing the state final to Falmouth two years ago.

However, the most recent Camden Hills regular-season loss came against rival Rockland in a 67-66 defeat Feb. 4. 2010 in Rockport. Since then, the Windjammers were 18-0 in 2010-11 and have started the 2011-12 season 1-0 for their 19 straight regular-season wins.

Village NetMedia Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.