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Jaureguito joins forces with Sellers

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

Over the past decade and a half, they shared a one-sided rivalry, game film, preseason scrimmages and even a few grilled hamburgers.

Now Tim Jaureguito and Joe Sellers will share the same sideline.

Sellers, the head coach at Bishop Manogue High in Reno, recently talked the former South Tahoe High head football coach out of his brief exile from prep coaching.

Jaureguito, who coached the Vikings from 1987-93 and 1995-2000, will assist Sellers with the Miners’ offensive linemen this fall.

“It’s going to be fun,” Jaureguito said. “We’re doing a lot of preplanning right now, getting ready for (practice starting next week). He has a great staff, a couple of former head coaches and other guys who have been with him forever.”

Their friendship and respect for one another led Sellers to annually bring his Wooster Colts to South Lake Tahoe for a friendly scrimmage.

Jaureguito only defeated Sellers once in 13 years, and it was such a dandy that Jaureguito won’t need a VCR to refresh his memory.

In the 1991 zone championship game, the Vikings drove the length of the field late in the fourth quarter to pull out a dramatic 19-17 victory.

The win propelled the Vikings into the state championship for the first time in 30 years. STHS lost the final to Eldorado of Las Vegas but gained respect statewide by coaching a tight-knit 23-member team all the way to the championship.

Sellers wasn’t alone in convincing Jaureguito to return to coaching. Family members also did their share of persuading.

“My family wouldn’t let me stay out another year,” Jaureguito said. “I have enough work to keep me busy, but they want coaching and to be happy.”

Now that Jaureguito no longer has to figure out a way to beat one of the most successful coaches in Nevada prep football history, he can become a sponge.

“I just look forward to the learning experience,” Jaureguito said. “He did so many things that were successful … so many little things that made him successful.

“It will also be a good opportunity to go out and coach and not worry about all that other stuff.”

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