LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Zach Schradle arrived in La Crosse with little time to waste. The senior averaged 22 points a game last season at Superior. And then he opted for a chance with Ken Koelbl and the Eagles.
Mom and Dad were cool. Diane and Mike Schradle graduated together at UW-La Crosse. Both went into coaching. Mom went with volleyball while Zach stuck with Dad and hoops.
"He has actually told coach Koelbl, you know you can be hard on me, you can ride me because I am used to that." said Diane.
The coaches' son is busy coaching himself in his first season as an Eagle. The new playbook, new teammates that's no big deal anymore.
The problem is back in Turtle Lake. Diane is battling breast cancer.
"I found out that I have a genetic mutation so I am going to be battling for quite a while with some surgeries and I will be starting chemo in a couple of weeks."
Chemo starts just as UWL begins conference play. The Eagles schedule is no match for Diane's. She isn't going to get to all the games she promised back when Zach made his decision to transfer.
But she did make the first home game of the season. Conveniently it was parents day. And no family wanted time together in La Crosse more than this one.
"It was special, it was special," said Zach. "My mom she has been one of my biggest supporters all throughout my life. She is battling some tough times."
"It should not take something like cancer for you to realize how good you have it. I just try everyday to be thankful for what I have and the time I have with her."
Zach and Eagles fell short on parents night. But mom admits, she's never cared less about the final score.
"I think he feels like he has landed in Heaven. He really loves La Crosse. Like any mom out there, it is like when your child is happy, your heart is happy."