Guetter goes out on top
WABASSO – By now, Chelsey Guetter’s resume has already accumulated enough bullet points to impress even the stingiest critics.
Guetter, who was a three-time All-Conference selection in her three seasons as a starter for Wabasso and the 2014 Tomahawk Conference Player of the Year, now has one more award to add to her repertoire of achievements. She has been named the 2014 All-Journal Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year in a season where she led the team in scoring, rebounds and assists en route to a 24-3 record with a runner-up finish in Section 3A.
“Chelsey’s a special athlete,” said Wabasso coach Neil Dolan. “She’s accomplished an awful lot and I think that goes a long way. Chelsey, she’s got [almost] 1,300 rebounds, a couple hundred steals and blocks – she’s a fantastic athlete and that’s something special about her.”
Guetter, who was a first-team All-Journal selection as a sophomore and junior, was also named the 2013 All-Journal Volleyball Player of the Year last fall.
After averaging a little more than 15 points per game in her sophomore and junior seasons, Guetter led the team in scoring with 21.5 points per game – more than a six-point increase. This was, in part, due to the loss of then-senior Kimberly Frank, who was the 2013 A-J Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year, after last season.
“Chelsey knew she had to pick up that slack and she did,” Dolan said. “She’s an unselfish player. She decided that this was the year she needed to step up offensively and she did.”
As one of the team’s leaders, Guetter was instrumental in helping Wabasso win its first 19 games of the season as well as its third-straight Tomahawk Conference title. This came just one season after Guetter helped Wabasso reach the Section 3A finals, where it lost to eventual-state champion Minneota by 26.
“We lost quite a few seniors, but we had a few people stepping up – who have had a lot of B-squad even though they hadn’t had experience on varsity but still had a lot of experience playing overall,” Guetter said. “Expectations were just the same as last year in that we wanted to get to the same spot and see if we could go a little farther.”
The Rabbits hit a small snag that ended their 19-game winning streak late in the season. On Feb. 11, Wabasso lost to Springfield 60-59 at home to end the streak before losing to Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 46-41 three days later.
“Those first two losses were really tough because one of our goals as a team this year was to be undefeated at home,” Guetter said. “Getting those two losses at home by just a couple points, it hurt a little bit but we had to bounce back.
“We had those two losses the week before we played Minneota and I think we bounced back pretty well considering that we won that one.”
With Wabasso’s 51-49 victory on Feb. 17, it handed top-ranked Minneota its only loss of the season until the Class A state championship game.
Wabasso met Minneota again in the Section 3A championship game, where its second-half surge fell short in a 50-43 loss.
“The game against Minneota this year was a lot better than last year,” Guetter said. “We were closer; we were kind of in it the whole game, but we just didn’t have enough time.”
The next step in Guetter’s athletic career will take her to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she will play basketball on scholarship.
Ultimately, Guetter finished her high school career at Wabasso with 1,610 points (second in school history), 1,247 rebounds (most in school history), 143 blocks (most in school history), 234 steals and 215 assists.
“One thing I wish she would have done was smile a little bit on the court,” Dolan said. “That kid is all about determination and dedication and winning. If she has to learn anything in the future, it’s to enjoy the moment because she’s a kid that should.”