All-Class Dream Team: Underdog Schetter earns high honor

MARQUETTE – Carney Nadeau’s Wade Schetter is the prototypical underdog. A perfect example of how, even without the ideal basketball body or natural raw skill, with relentless hard work and practice one can still be among the best.

Schetter was honored by being selected to the All-Class Dream Team as selected by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Wednesday, along with Brett Branstrom of Mid Peninsula, Tyler Jandron of Negaunee, Dillon Gordon of Ewen-Trout Creek and Mark Pap of Marquette.

Schetter has achieved more than any other boys basketball player at Carney-Nadeau by putting in more work than the players he guarded on a nightly basis. Basketball is a 365 day a year passion for the 6-0 senior guard and it has led him to great things, such as racking up 1,561 career points – the most by a boys basketball player all-time at his school.

Schetter compiled 5.1 steals per game this season and finished his career 12 steals away from breaking the state record.

Wolves coach Jake Polfus said last week, “Night in and night out, Schetter is probably the best player in our conference with everything he does for us.”

Schetter had been a fixture on the Wolves’ varsity team since eighth grade, much like Mid Peninsula’s Brett Branstrom. The physically imposing 6-5 senior center did a little bit of everything for the Mid Peninsula Wolverines. He averaged a double-double for most of his career and also put up nearly five blocks per game for his career. That made Branstrom a triple-double candidate every time he stepped out onto the court.

Jandron had moves that could fake-out even the best defenders. They were on full display during the Negaunee Miners’ regional semifinal game against Harbor Springs. Jandron scored 10 consecutive points followed by six consecutive points, all in the first quarter against the Rams. The Mid-Peninsula Conference MVP averaged 18.1 points and 4.3 steals.

Dillon Gordon was a scoring machine at Ewen-Trout Creek, racking up 1,797 career points and averaging 28.4 points per game this season. Gordon was also a Class D All-State selection by the Associated Press.

Marquette’s Mark Pap was a surprising agile player for someone who is six-foot-six. Pap was more-than solid perimeter shooter as well as an inside scoring threat. He shot 61-percent and averaged 13.3 points en route to being named the Great Northern Conference Player of the Year.