BREESE MATER DEI
BY JACK BULLOCK
The Breese Mater Dei Knights postseason ended at the hands of Columbia in the 3A Regional title game in March of last year and it was another of the situation where 2A becomes 3A in the flip-flop IHSA basketball world they live in.

After a fourth place finish in the state finals a season before, head coach Ron Schadegg saw his club go back up a level for the postseason and suffer a regional final defeat.
The Knights will be 3A once again and this coach will look to some new varsity faces in 2016-17.

Seven seniors, including all five starters from last winter, have departed.

Leading scorer Nick Pollmann, leading rebounder Jordan Kampwerth, and three year starter at point guard Butchie Timmermann are gone and must be replaced as the Knights will run yet another gauntlet of quality teams in its normal independent slate of contests.

Coach Schadegg will turn to letter winners from last season to compete for the plethora of varsity minutes procurable.

They grow the boys tall in Clinton County and Mater Dei never seems to have a lack of size on their squad.

Six-foot-three junior Lucas Theising was mentioned by Coach Schadegg as was 6-foot-2 senior Nolan Robben and 6-foot-8 Mason Toennies.

Six-foot-four senior Cordell Beckmann and 5-foot-8 senior Tyler Goebel also will be in the competition for minutes.

The afore mentioned gauntlet of games features defending state 3A champs Belleville Althoff, Centralia, Effingham, Brentwood (TN.), MICDS (St. Louis), Belleville West, Teutopolis, Quincy Notre Dame and St. Frances deSales.

“I'm not sure how many we can win but we play hard, compete, and get up and down floor so will be exciting to watch,” said Coach Schadegg, a Mater Dei graduate who played on a very good 1984 Mater Dei team that lost to McLeansboro in the supersectional. “Lost five starters and will begin with five new guys in line up so should be interesting how quick this group can figure it out. A lot of experience but not game minutes, this group played together on JV last year and finished 21-2 so high expectations as usually here.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
N24-25 Mater Dei Thanksgiving Tournament J23 Madison

D2

@ Belleville Althoff J26 @ Teutopolis
D8 @ Quincy Notre Dame J27 Pinckneyville Showcase
D9 MICDS Shootout F3 Breese Central
D15 @ Piasa Southwestern F9 St. Louis (MO.) North County Tech
D16 Waterloo Gibault F10 @ Centralia
D22 @ Olney Richland F13 @ Bethalto Civic Memorial
D27-30 Mater Dei Holiday Tournament F20 Effingham
J6 Alton Marquette F25-M1 IHSA Regional TBD
J12 @ Effingham St. Anthony M4-M7 IHSA Sectional TBD