Former Jordan High School girls basketball coach Paul "Lumpy" Lambrecht was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer earlier this year. Now his former team, and rivals from Belle Plaine, are rallying around him.
The Jaguars and Tigers battle on the basketball court as rivals year after year, but Tuesday night's game wasn't so much about who took home the win as was about seeing Jordan's beloved coach back in action.
"It kind of lifts your spirit," Lambrecht said. "Wants you to be stronger and go on.
Last April, Lambrecht was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer.
"They got the tumor," he said. "Took our 22 lymph nodes -- 7 had cancer. They said they got it all, so we're going by that."
But the fight for his life stalled Lambrecht's coaching career.
"I had two opportunities this year -- two different schools asked me to come back and coach as an assistant, but going through chemo I knew that wouldn't be possible," he said.
With a second round of chemotherapy and surgery ahead, Lumpy is staying strong for his wife Emily and three children – 5-year-old Evy, 8-year-old Teagan and 9-year-old Zach.
"As a teacher, what more would you want than to know you touched a life of a child?" Emily said. "He's touched a lot of them and I'm so proud of him. He's going to get through it, because he has to."