By Andrea Camarena

Seventeen year-old senior Morgan Munger played two 31 point games in a row for the Exeter Monarchs varsity boys basketball team last week.

The swing man who serves as the team's utility player put away big points in Exeter's victories over both the Mt. Whitney Pioneers and the Farmersville Aztecs on the week of Dec. 20.

The 6'2", 190-pound athlete stepped fresh off the football field and onto the basketball court just five weeks ago and is now dominating the court with his shooting range.

Exeter coach Jim Mitchell has rotated Munger into every slot on the court in his time on the team. In his second season, Munger is standing out as the team's leading scorer after imroving his outside shot.

Munger has played basketball for as long as he can remember. Inspiration has come from his two older brothers Ryan, 22, and Matt, 25.

After playing basketball for the majority of his life, playing on an organized team for the first time in junior high and dominating the Monarchs court all through high school, Munger looks at this as his last season of basketball. After graduation, the senior hopes to pursue another sport at the collegiate level: football. With hopes of playing at Humboldt State and an acceptance letter from San Francisco State University already in his hands, Munger looks to this season to be memorable.

"I just want to take league," Munger said.

While it's a challenging goal, the Monarchs shot at a league title isn't unfathomable. All but one team in the East Sequoia league holds a winning record in the preseason and Exeter is right in the middle of it all.

Exeter has seen early success in its appearance at the Kerman tournament in December.

The Monarchs fought their way into the championship game but fell 33-34 in a heartbreaking loss to the Coalinga Horned Toads.

Making it to the championship game of the Kerman tournament has been Munger and the team's highlight of this season so far.

"It's fun, I like the new challenges." Munger said.

In his final season of basketball, Munger enjoys the comraderie that the team brings on and off the court.

"We've all grown up together," Munger said. "We've been playing for a while together. That's been real fun. We know everybody."

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