Boys Basketball

Mater Dei guard gets positive health update

After being taken by ambulance to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for testing following Friday night’s Mater Dei sectional basketball championship win over Pinckneyville, Knights junior guard Brendan “Butchie” Timmermann was back at home Saturday.

“They did all kinds of tests and everything came back negative,” Mater Dei coach Ron Schadegg said Saturday afternoon. “He’s seen about four or five different doctors and everything seems to be coming back negative, so they’re going to try anxiety medication.

“He’s doing well and feeling good, feels great right now.”

Schadegg said that after the game, Timmermann wasn’t feeling well and medical personnel decided to seek further testing.

Timmermann suffered what Schadegg described as a cracked rib against Edwardsville at the season-opening Highland Thanksgiving Tournament. He sat out six weeks before returning, but Schadegg said Timmermann, who has played in 23 of the Knights’ 33 games while averaging just under two points, still has trouble with his breathing at times.

“We didn’t play him for six weeks because of that,” Schadegg said. “Ever since then he’s struggled at times when he does a lot of activity and a lot of running.”

Asked about Timmermann’s status for the Knights’ Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional game Tuesday against Carterville, Schadegg seemed positive.

“If he’s capable, he’ll play,” Schadegg said. “All the tests are coming back negative, so he’s cleared.”

Mater Dei (23-10) defeated Pinckneyville 51-37 Friday to win the Class 2A Wood River Sectional, the Knights’ first sectional championship since 1996. The Knights’ other guards include Sam Toennies, Zach Haake, Nick Pollmann and Zack Deiters.