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Joliet-area coaches dealing with up-and-down week

02/12/2013, 3:00pm CST
By Tina Akouris takouris@suntimes.com

Lincoln-Way Central coach Bob Curran is happy with his team’s firs win of the season and Luke Yaklich mourns his friend and mentor, Sandburg athletic director Bruce Scheidegger.

It may have taken until February, but Lincoln-Way Central coach Bob Curran isn’t complaining about the Knights’ first SouthWest Suburban Blue victory of the season.

Lincoln-Way Central beat visiting Lockport 34-30 on Friday. It was a solid come-from-behind effort; the Knights were down 20-8 at halftime. They managed to quell a Lockport team that had upset Bolingbrook three days prior.

The Knights lost their first 10 conference games.

“It’s just nice to be on the other side of this one,” Curran said. “We just say, come and play every day. And we can only control those things.”

Curran knows the Knights could have had a few more league wins.

“We played really well and we had Joliet Central down and we lost that one on ourselves, we played Joliet West really strong and it was a five-point game with two minutes to go,” he said. “Whether or not we get wins in the playoffs, I don’t know.”

In mourning

Joliet West coach Luke Yaklich will be coaching this week with a heavy heart. His close friend and mentor, Sandburg athletic director Bruce Scheidegger, was killed in a one-car crash over the weekend in Carroll County.

Yaklich and Scheidegger got to know each other while they were at Sterling High School. There, Scheidegger was the girls basketball coach and Yaklich had just taken over the boys program.

“Bruce is the reason I am at Joliet,” Yaklich said. “He helped me get an interview here, and I was lucky enough to get hired through the interview process. He had a lot to do with recommending me for the position.”

The pair kept in touch over the years as Yaklich went to West and Scheidegger became the AD at Sandburg. About a month ago, the old friends reconnected. Yaklich was emotional when recollecting the last time the two spoke.

“Bruce became a great friend to me,” Yaklich said. “He did so much to help my wife and me. Three weeks ago we had dinner after the Joliet West-Sandburg game. We caught up on old times, talked about family. I know he was proud of me. That means a lot to me.”

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