As Ken Pistner enters his 10th year as the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader head coach, he has six letter winners returning to form the nucleus of the 2011-2012 squad.
â€śOur strengths are our depth and experience,â€ť said Pistner.
The six returning letter winners are seniors Abbi Petroski, Jena Struble, Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg and juniors Kristy Hanes and Taylor DaCanal.
Looking to fill the guard slots are Struble, Hanes, Sorg and junior Michelle Imbrogno.
Battling for the forward slots are Petrosky, Meholic, juniors Morgan Onink, Kayla Weis and Steph Zimmerman and freshman Julia Sweeney. DaCanal will be the center.
â€śWe need to develop leadership,â€ť said Pistner. â€śOur goal is to win the District 9-A title and advance in the state playoffs. The District 9 League should be very balanced, as Bradford and Brookville have a lot of returning starters."
â€śIn the AML, Kane and Johnsonburg have a lot of talent and as far as Class A is concerned, Clarion, Keystone and Union in the KSAC will be tough. Coudersport is always strong from the Northern Tier,â€ť added Pistner.
Pistner will have Dave Geci and Alec Pistner as his varsity assistant coaches. Ann Florio, Maureen Newell and Allie Dellaquila will be the junior varsity coaches.
The Lady Crusaders open their campaign tonight when they travel to Ridgway to take on the Lady Elkers.