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Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Kate Gunderson, Edgerton

12/02/2021, 12:00pm CST
By Norbert Durst

The Bug Tussel Wireless Triple Threat Athlete of the Week is an honor given on to the top senior boys and girls three-sport athletes in the state. Players are recognized each week on WSN, with the a boys and girls winner of the Pat Richter Award at the end of the season to the best three-sport athlete of the year.

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Name: Kate Gunderson
School: Edgerton High School
Year: Senior

Volleyball Honors: Four-year starter for coach and mother Sharon Fox and the Crimson Tide... started all 149 games of her high school career as a setter in a 5-1...three-time team captain... surpassed 2,000 career assists... two-time Taylor Falligant All-Tournament team selection... honorable mention all-Rock Valley as a freshman... second-team all-league as a sophomore... first-team all-conference as a junior and senior... honorable mention Division 2 WVCA all-state as a senior... team MVP... finished third in Division 2 in assists and aces... compiled 102 aces, 123 kills (.235 hitting percentage), 265 digs, and 966 assists as a senior for the 34-11 Crimson Tide... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year varsity starter for the Crimson Tide... coached by Chris Jenny... earned second-team all-Rock Valley as a sophomore... first-team all-league selection as a junior, averaging 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game... three-year team captain... team MVP and named to the All-Area Team as a junior... the 5-8 guard is currently averaging 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 2.2 steals per game for the 4-0 Crimson Tide which are ranked No. 4 in the Week 1 Coaches Poll... 

Softball Honors: Enters her senior year as a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide... coached by Tony DeWar... lost her sophomore year due to COVID-19... team MVP and received Gold Glove award as a junior... batting average of .275... earned honorable mention all-Rock Valley... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "I have an extremely difficult time choosing between basketball and volleyball. I love both sports for very different reasons. In volleyball, I like being the setter and the leader on the court. I have the ability to directly change the game in terms of my decision-making. It requires a lot of strategy. I love basketball because of the physicality and the grit that it necessitates. It is a fight every night and I love going on the court and being a part of the fight with my teammates." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports is representing my community and being an example for the younger generation of kids in my community. I have the ability to use my platform to make a difference in young women's lives!"

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "The best advice I’ve gotten is to 'Be bold and take up space in this world'. No matter what it is you’re doing, if you attack it with a confident and bold mindset, you will be successful." 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "My most memorable moment is winning the regional championship in volleyball during the alternate spring season. We have always talked about putting numbers up on our banner and to see that come to fruition was so rewarding." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "I get the opportunity to be on three different teams and enjoy playing the sports with three different groups of my best friends. There is nothing else that I would rather be doing than competing for Edgerton in as many sports as I can."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "I want to be the best I can be at everything that I do. Making sacrifices between the sports has been tough for me throughout my high school career. There are times that I play club volleyball, AAU basketball, and high school softball at the same time. Not only is it tough on my body, but I have also had to make hard decisions when there were conflicts between the three and that is never fun." 

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent is Brodhead because no matter what sport, I know that it will always be a hard-fought, intense game. They are always very well-matched with us." 

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Giannis Antetekoumpo 

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin Badgers 

Cumulative GPA: 3.98 

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "Abbie Dix. On the volleyball court, she is an absolute force (our Conference POY), she averages a double-double on the basketball court, and she hit two home-runs against us during softball." 

Most Admired High School Teammate (and why): "I admire Sylvia Fox, my basketball teammate. She puts in countless hours of hard work without looking for any recognition. She is a fantastic example in our program of the time that someone who desires to be an elite athlete has to put in." 

College Plans: "I am planning on playing both college volleyball and basketball and majoring in either Pre-Chiropractic (or something in the health field) or business management." 

Activities Outside of Sports: "I am a part of our Student Council including an RVC student council representative, I am on the RVC Athlete Sportsmanship Committee, I am a two-time Class Officer, a part of our Eco Club, a National Honor Society member, I have recorded over 150 hours of community service, and I volunteer for the Outreach Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal drive and distribution. I also enjoy traveling and camping with my family and hanging out with my friends!" 

I Find it Relaxing to: "I find it relaxing to listen to music, watch Tik-Tok, and get massages." 

Favorite TV Show: A Million Little Things

Favorite Movie: "I love any Hallmark Movie."

Favorite Musical Artist: Morgan Wallen 

Favorite Subject: Psychology

Favorite Restaurant: "I love Chipotle and Qdoba. It really just depends on the day for which one I like the most!" 

Favorite Website: Instagram 

Other Family Members: "My family includes my parents Eric Gunderson and Sharon Fox and my two brothers, Drew Gunderson (14) and Ross Gunderson (6)." 

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