Prep Athlete of the Week: Keeli Munkres

Prep Athlete of the Week: Keeli Munkres

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EUGENE, Ore. - She doesn't put up big scoring numbers, but Keeli Munkres does everything else ont he court for her Willamette High School team.

"She's a super athlete," said head coach Lance Haas. "We put her in an athletic spot so she can get rebounds. She can guard a big because she jumps so well. She's just a real high energy player for us."

"I think I have to do the dirty work kind of," Munkres said, "to get the passing and rebounding and stuff like that."

As a 5-foot-6 forward, Munkres isn't the tallest player at her position.

Her height isn't a disadvantage.

"She's had to battle bigger kids before, so hopefully she is up to the test as we move forward," her coach said.

Her scrappy role may not be the most glamorous, but it's one piece of the puzzle that helped Wil-Hi build a 24-1 record and arrive at a place just two wins away from a state title.

"We've all known each other for a long time," she said, "and we know each other's role and it has worked out well for us.

"We aren't the underdogs anymore. We are the target. But if we play our game we will be fine and get it."