The first regular season game is yet to be played (although Oneida will have traveled to Union County for the season opener by the time this is printed) and already the word is getting out.

“I was surprised,” said one high school coach who has seen Oneida in action during the preseason. “They’re going to be improved.”

There’s a certain buzz around the Oneida program as the season opens. Of course, to be fair, coaching changes always create renewed interest and buzz. And it isn’t as though anyone is picking the Indians as a dark-horse candidate to win the reconfigured District 3-A this year. But as Oneida alumnus Jacob King prepares to begin his second stint as the Indians’ head coach, a lot of interested parties around the district are curiously watching to see how it’s going to pan out.

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The complete story can be found in the November 16, 2017 print edition of the Independent Herald.