Carney's hoop Dream
Schetter's all-around talents among U.P.'s best
Friday, March 29, 2013 7:00 PM
MARQUETTE, Mich. - Wade Schetter's basketball odyssey at Carney-Nadeau began in eighth grade, made a state semifinals stop at the Breslin Center and finished on top of the Wolves' list of all-time leading scorers.
Carney-Nadeau’s Wade Schetter has made the all-Upper Peninsula Dream Team. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Schetter added a final honor to his five-career at Carney-Nadeau by being named to the All-U.P. Dream Team in voting by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
A consummate all-around player, Schetter led the Wolves with his abilities as a passer, defender and rebounder, in addition to his record-breaking shooting touch.
The 6-foot playmaker finished his career with 1,551 points and is ranked second in the state in steals, averaging 5.1 this season.
With an uncanny ability to dish off to an open teammate while driving at full-speed, Schetter collected almost six assists per game and did the grunt work inside with 6.1 rebounds per game.
His 22.5 scoring average ranks third in the U.P., behind Class D Player of the Year Brett Branstrom of Mid Peninsula and Player of the Year runnerup Dillon Gordon of Ewen-Trout Creek.
Tyler Jandron of Negaunee was the only unanimous pick on the Dream Team. He was also a unanimous choice as the Class A-B-C Player of the Year.
The 6-2 senior led the Miners to the top Class A-B-C ranking in the U.P. with his 18.1 scoring average. Jandron popped in 56 percent of his two-point shots and was 35 percent from 3-point range.
A slick ballhandler, Jandron averaged just two turnovers a game while being the court general for the Miners. The all-stater was also the top defender for Negaunee, averaging 4.3 steals per game, and he fed his teammates for almost four assists per game.
Branstrom, the Player of the Year in the Skyline and C.U.P. Conferences, added Class D Player of the Year laurels.
Branstrom lit up defenses for 25.2 points per game but his work under the glass was even more telling. The 6-5 Branstrom used positioning, grit and his height to yank down an average of 21 rebounds per outing for the Wolverines. He set a Mid Pen record with 33 rebounds in a game this season and finished third in the state in career rebounds.
Branstrom closed his career with a school record 1,785 points.
Gordon paced the U.P. in scoring with a 28.5 average. He sank a blistering 62 percent of his two-point shots and bagged 48 percent of his 3-point tries. The 5-11 senior was money at the line, sinking 82 percent of his chances.
Mark Pap of Great Northern Conference champion Marquette rounds out the Dream Team.
The 6-6 senior was second to Gordon in field goal percentage (61 percent) while scoring 13.3 points per game. The GNC Player of the Year ripped down 9.5 rebounds per outing.
Marquette is the Class A-B Team of the Year, Negaunee earned Class C honors and North Central rode its run to the state semifinals to the Class D team honor.
North Central coach Adam Mercier is the Class D Coach of the Year. Marquette's Ben Smith earned the Class A-B-C coaching honor.By TOM KAESER
EagleHerald assistant sports editor
MARQUETTE, Mich. - When the ball was in the hands of Menominee's Bryan Hines or Stephenson's Austin Grinsteiner, opposing players had to be like cornerbacks on the basketball court.
Hines and Grinsteiner followed up their berths on the All-U.P. football Dream Team with All-U.P. basketball honors.
The two dynamic players were All-U.P. Class A-B-C special mention selections in voting by the Upper Peninsula Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Hines put teams on their heels with his explosive quickness and deft outside shooting touch.
The 5-foot-7 senior popped in 30 3-pointers while bagging 36 percent of his shots from the arc.
Hines broke down defenses with his ballhandling, controlling the pace until finding the open man for 3.5 assists per game and he led the Maroons on defense with three steals per game.
Although he struggled through an erratic season as a shooter (38 percent), Hines still averaged 12.4 points per game.
"Bryan is very dedicated," coach Pete Pericolosi said. "He played hard all the time. When he played well, the team did OK. He's a very coachable kid."
Grinsteiner led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points per game and he speared five rebounds per outing.
Grinsteiner was able to draw fouls with his powerful drives to the iron and he cashed in at the line, sinking 82 percent of his tries.
"Austin was a good scorer and a good free throw shooter," said coach Kurt Wangerin. "He was definitely coachable. He was one of the good kids on the team. Whenever you talked to him he always had a smile on his face."
Grinsteiner was the Dream Team quarterback in football while Hines was the Dream Team kick returner. Grinsteiner will play football at Milwaukee Lutheran University.
North Central junior Travis Vincent earned Class D first team honors, falling just one vote short of being unanimous.
The 6-2 Vincent turned in 19 double-doubles while helping to lead a young Jets' team to the state semifinals. He averaged 15.5 points and 13 rebounds, while blocking four shots a game.
Carney-Nadeau junior Keenan Lampinen was a Class D second team selection. Lampinen averaged 17.5 points per game with his ability to pull up for the three or drive to the hoop. He also contributed five rebounds, three assists and two steals per game for the Wolves.
North Central sophomore Rob Granquist pumped in 13 points per game and collected five rebounds and two steals a game while earned second team honors.
Jets' junior Josh Granquist earned special mention recognition on the Class D team. A tenacious defensive player, Granquist was responsible for holding Dream Team player Wade Schetter without a point in the first half of the Jets' district tournament win over Carney-Nadeau. He collected three steals per game while averaging 8.5 points per game.
Junior Adam Mackey of Ironwood, senior Caleb Harrington of Kingsford, junior Alex Almquist of Hancock senior Tyler Uren of Negaunee and senior A.J. Grazulis of Marquette were named to the Class A-B-C first team.
Almquist led the first team in scoring with a 21.5 average. Mackey was just one vote short of being unanimous.
Cedarville senior Josh Hester, senior Troy Kinnunen of Jeffers, Munising senior Gage Webster and senior Matt Verbrigghe of Superior Central join Vincent on the Class D first team.
BOYS' ALL-U.P. DREAM TEAM
* Tyler Jandron Negaunee 6-1 Jr.
Brett Branstrom Mid Peninsula 6-5 Sr.
Dillon Gordon Ewen-Trout Creek 5-1 Sr.
Wade Schetter Carney-Nadeau 6-0 Sr.
Mark Pap Marquette 6-6 Sr.
Class A-B-C Player of the Year - Jandron
Class D Player of the Year - Branstrom
Class A-B Team of the Year - Marquette
Class C Team of the Year - Negaunee
Class D Team of the Year - North Central
Class A-B-C Coach of the Year - Ben Smith, Marquette
Class D Coach of the Year - Adam Mercier, North Central
CLASS A-B-C FIRST TEAM
Adam Mackey Ironwood 6-3 Jr.
Alex Almquist Hancock 6-7 Jr.
Caleb Harrington Kingsford 6-1 Sr.
Tanner Uren Negaunee 6-3 Sr.
A. J. Grazulis Marquette 6-7 Sr.
class a-b-c second team
* Rae 'Shon Anderson Soo 6-1 Sr.
* Taylor Huotari Iron Mountain 5-9 Sr.
Aidan Wienke Kingsford 6-4 Sr.
Ryan LaBerge Houghton 5-10 Sr.
Derek Reetz Gwinn 6-4 Sr.
Austin Waara West Iron County 5-10 Sr.
Paul Torola Calumet 6-3 Sr.
Luke Zambon Iron Mountain 6-2 Sr.
Ryan Nyquist Marquette 6-2 Jr.
Jacob Ostermeyer L'Anse 6-1 Jr.
Special Mention: Mike Cretens, Gladstone, 6-0, Sr.; John Grayvold, Norway, 6-1, Sr.; Austin Grinsteiner, Stephenson, 5-11, Sr.; Bryan Hines, Menominee, 5-7, Sr.; Trent Ketteri, Houghton, 6-0, Jr.; Joe Lyle, Ishpeming, 6-1, Sr.; Brandon Robinette, Escanaba, 6-4, Jr.
Honorable Mention: Blake Ballard, Gladstone, 6-0, Sr.; Jacob DiGiorgio, Ironwood, 6-4, So.; T. J. Swanson, Westwood, 6-4, Sr.
CLASS D FIRST TEAM
Travis Vincent North Central 6-2 Jr.
Josh Hester Cedarville 6-2 Sr.
Troy Kinnunen Jeffers 5-8 Sr.
Gage Webster Munising 6-0 Sr.
Matt Verbrigghe Sup. Central 6-4 Sr.
CLASS D SECOND TEAM
*Keenan Lampinen Carney-Nadeau 6-0 Jr.
Rob Granquist North Central 6-1 So.
Tyler Roose Lake-Linden 5-10 So.
Taylor Smith Bessemer 6-3 Sr.
Curtis St. Louis St. Ignace 6-1 Sr.
Joe Duncan Cedarville 6-0 So.
Trevor Maki Superior Central 6-0 Jr.
Eric Lane Wakefield 6-4 Sr.
Dan Lothrop Brimley 6-5 Sr.
Mike Borseth Ewen-Trout 5-9 Sr.
Special Mention: Cody Berg, North Dickinson, 5-11, Sr.; Aaron Kaikko, Ontonagon, 6-1, Sr.; Alex Outinen, Jeffers, 5-4, Jr.; Jake Pearson, Rapid River, 6-3, Jr.; Josh Pietila, Chassell, 5-11, Sr.; Austin, Snell, Forest Park, 5-10, Jr.; Josh Granquist, North Central, 5-9, Jr.
Honorable Mention: Carson Rynnanen, Chassell, 6-3, Sr.; Jayson Aikens, Brimley, 5-11, Sr.; Ben Zelinski, Bessemer, 6-2, Jr.; Gage Kreski, St. Ignace, 6-1, Fr.