Oneida basketball coach Rusty Yaden makes it clear: he was not happy with last season, which saw the Indians finish with a 17-11 record but ousted in a first round district tournament upset by Oliver Springs.
"It was a failure, in my book," Yaden said. "That's how it felt. That left a bad taste in my mouth, the way things went down."
There was a time, five short years ago, when a winning record would have been applauded. Yaden said the Indians' achievements of late have created the demand for higher expectations.
"We've accomplished a lot of things," he said. "We've had four straight winning seasons. But what we haven't done is win the district and go to the state.To continue reading, please subscribe to the Independent Herald. If you are already a subscriber, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive login credentials. If you are a subscriber who is logged in and believe you are seeing this message in error, please email email@example.com or call 423-569-6343. Non-subscribers can catch our complete basketball preview, including team photographs, in next week's (Nov. 14) print edition.