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WBY Camp Notes: Wauzeka-Stueben's Bunders shines in games and drills

06/13/2022, 10:45pm CDT
By Mark Miller

Seth Bunders pulled off the daily double Monday evening at the annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Camp held at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

The Wauzeka-Steuben senior guard won the Skills Competition and then followed that up by winning the Three-Point Shooting contest.

Later in the evening, the 6-foot-0 point guard was electric with his shooting and passing while helping his team play well and earn some victores.

Bunders edged senior Carson Koepnick of West Salem and sophomore Preston Johnson of River Falls in the finals of the Skills Competition, which featured ball handling, passing and shooting skills along with speed and quickness in an obstacle-like course spread out throughout the Viterbo college floor.

Bunders finished the course in :33.8 seconds compared with :37.4 for Johnson and :37.7 for Koepnick.

Senior Sam Coon (6-1) of St. Mary's Springs, senior Grant Paertzold (6-0) of Cameron and junior Eli Podoll (6-0) of Franklin also took part in the Skills Competition. 

 Moments after winning the Skills Competition, Bunders and three others took part in the Three-Point Shooting contest.

Bunders made 27 triples in a two-minute period to defeat senior Connor McFarlane (6-0) of D.C. Everest in one semifinal. McFarlane made 25 triples during the two-minute time frame.

In the other semifinal, Senior Mason Stoik (6-4) of Eau Claire Memorial made 26 triples to turn back junior Domanyyck Schwarzenberger (6-3) of Bloomer. Schwarzenberger made 19 triples. 

In the playoff for the title, Bunders connected on 26 triples compared to 22 for Stoik.

Bunders shot 36 percent from three-point range as a junior at Wauzeka-Steuben, making 53 of 147 attempts. He averaged 21.9 points per game and shared Player of the Year honors in the Ridge & Valley Conference with Ashton Swanson of Seneca and Stephen Munson of North Crawford. 

Spending time in the Wauzeka-Steuben gym takings shots with The Gun machine has paid off for Bunders, who attended Almond-Bancroft as a freshman and sophomore before moving to Wauzeka last summer.

"I basically use The Gun at school every day," Bunders said. "I try to get up 300 to 400 shots per day and my goal is to make over 50 percent."

Bunders' ability to make long-distance shots coupled with his ability to handle the ball with ease and find open teammates with his passing skills make him a very difficult cover for opponents.

"If I'm making some threes in a game, I like to use shot fakes to go to the basket," Bunders said. "My three-point shooting can set up my drives to the basket."

Bunders is receiving recruiting interest from a number of NCAA Division III programs, including Ripon College and UW-Platteville, among others. 


Quick Hitters ... College coaches from Clarke, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Lakeland, Oshkosh and Wisconsin Lutheran stopped by camp the past two days to check out college prospects in attendance ... Players at the WBY Camp are divided into 10 teams for game competition. Coaches of the 10 teams at this year's camp include several head high school coaches, including Matt Bredesen of Janesville Parker, Brett Pickarts of Waupun, Garrett Redman of De Soto and Jordan Polk of Hillsboro. Other coaches at camp include Viterbo University assistants Carter Hayden and Taylor Hanson, Western Technical College head coach Erick Wuensch, Oconomowoc assistant and former Jefferson head coach Greg Jefferies, Modesto Junior College assistant Dave Mlachnik, and Waupun assistant Preston Dubey. Oconomowoc head coach Jay Benish is an assistant camp director along with VIterbo head coach Wayne Wagner and assistants Luke Clift and Hanson. 

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