After finishing tied for second in the Southeast Kansas League a season ago, Pittsburg High School boys basketball coach Kiley Roelfs knows the road to a league title in the 2010-11 season will be uphill.


The Dragons, who were 16-6 last season and made it to the Class 5A sub-state finals, return just two starters from last year’s team.


But, Roelfs remains optimistic.

After finishing tied for second in the Southeast Kansas League a season ago, Pittsburg High School boys basketball coach Kiley Roelfs knows the road to a league title in the 2010-11 season will be uphill.

The Dragons, who were 16-6 last season and made it to the Class 5A sub-state finals, return just two starters from last year’s team.

But, Roelfs remains optimistic.

“We do return little varsity experience with only two starters back, but we do have a large senior class so we will be looking for those guys to get us going early,” Roelfs said.

Pittsburg returns seniors Jordan Elliott and Zach Younge — the lone returning starters from last season. Elliott averaged 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds last year while Younge had 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

In addition, Roelfs brings back returning letterwinners Luke Lee, Matt Clark and Caeleb Farrington — all seniors — to this years’s team.

“Hopefully, (our seniors) will bring along a few younger players as well,” Roelfs said. “We will try to get better each day and, hopefully, be playing our best come February.”

The Dragons will also have the services of senior Ryan Hall as well as juniors Dylan Gromer, Joe Wimmer and Jornell Fondren on the varsity squad.

But, with a tough SEK League schedule, Roelfs knows that gunning for a league title will take more effort.

“The league will take on a different look this year, playing each other only once for the standings,” Roelfs said. “I have no doubts that it will be tough again and the winner will be decided on by which team can be playing their best come February.”