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.

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