SAPULPA, Oklahoma - The Sapulpa Chieftains are off and running early this season. A native Sapulpa son who returned home is leading the charge.

Camryn Dennis is back where it all began, and it's working out well.

"I'm from Sapulpa, so I went to elementary school here," said Camryn Dennis.

The former Broken Arrow star is back in his native town, helping lead the Chieftains to a 7-2 record and a number 4 ranking through Wednesday.

"He's been great. Just a selfless basketball player, high IQ guy. He can defend, he can score, he can pass it, can do a little bit of everything," said Ricky Bruner Jr., Sapulpa head basketball coach.

"We always talked about it when we were younger, little kids, but now we're actually doing it and we're all seniors," Dennis said.

There's a word the team uses to describe their success - how they've won their games by an average of 19 points. That word is: together.

"Playing together. That's when we play at our best, when we play together and everybody gets involved," said Jacoby Durant.

The Chieftains are serious about their work, but that's not to say that it's all work and no play here in Sapulpa. Both coach and team know that sometimes, you gotta keep it light.

"They're just a fun group to be around. Bunch of goofy guys that like to have a good time," Coach Bruner said.

"My go-to to get him to laugh? It's an inside joke. We just look at him, look at him a certain way," said Camryn Dennis, Sapulpa Chieftain basketball player.

At Sapulpa, they hope they keep laughing all the way to a state title.