Two inducted as athletic standouts for Muncy
HOWARD ‘TINY’OTT- Class of 1932
MUNCY – ‘Tiny’ was a four-year letter winner in football. His senior year in 1932, they finished 5-5 overall. That same year the West Branch Conference was formed, and Muncy came in second with wins in schools in the West Branch Valley. Big wins were 20-6 over Hughesville, and a 22-6 victory over Montoursville.
‘Tiny’ Ott was one of three Muncy players honored on the West Branch all-conference team. He played both ways at left tackle and was known for his hard hitting on defense while he opened big holes for his running backs on offense. Coach Dan Staley had high praise for his stellar play.
‘Tiny’ lettered 3 years on the track team and specialized in the shot put and javelin. His teams won first place in 1930 at the Lycoming County Track meet and finished runner-up in his senior year, 1932.
In the late 1950’s, he coached the 13-15 year olds for the West Branch Intermediate baseball team before moving up to the 16-18 year olds who competed in the 8 team Central League. The Muncy team was sponsored by the AFL-CIO, Local 3181(USW). Muncy won the championship in 1962 when they went 19-1 as they won 14 in a row before losing to Jersey Shore. They went 14-6 a year later and made the playoff.
Tiny who was recognized for starting the local Legion program by the Pennsylvania American Legion Hall-of-Fame. He was inducted into the prestigious Hall on November 23, 1968, by State Legion Commander John E. Gilbert. The activities director Charles Ganawere had notified Mr. Ott on his selection and noted his responsible work on training and coaching several players over the years. Several of his players advanced to Legion All-Star games. Two of them were sons Tom and Ed. Tiny chaired the East-West Legion All-Star game in Philadelphia (Aug. 1963), son Tom participated in the game. Six years later son Ed competed in several All-Star games with the final one at Harrisburg on Aug. 2nd.
‘Tiny’ was signed on as an area scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1965 to Nov.10, 1969. Son Ed was drafted by the Pirates in the 23rd round in June 1970. After a successful stint in the minor leagues, Ed capped off his nine year major league career with a World Championship in 1979 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
TREVOR J. EGLI-Class of 2004
MUNCY – Trevor Egli was one of the best all around athletes ever to don the blue and white at Muncy High School.Trevor lettered all 4 years in basketball and started at point guard for every game he played. He scored 914 points in his stellar career while ripping the cords for 116 three pointers along the way.
His best over-all season was his junior year when the team set a school record best with a 27-4 record, and captured the Mid-Penn and District IV titles when they beat Benton by 57-45. Then they won three state games before losing to the eventual state champ Scotland.
Egli’s senior year started off rough as he missed the first 8 games with a football injury. When he returned, Muncy caught fire as they again won the Mid-Penn and went back-to-back capturing another District IV title by knocking off Elkland the defending champ by 43-36 and finished 23-5 overall setting a school record for the win titles.
Trevor lettered 3 years in football and excelled at the quarterback position. Individually, he was the Mid-Penn League offensive player of the year both his junior and senior campaigns. He went 5 for 11 for 42 yards his sophomore year. His junior year saw him go 54 for 108 and 1037 yards,(15 touchdown passes). His senior year saw him go 98 for 189, 1599 yards and 25 touchdown passes. Totals for his career were 157 for 308, 2678 yards, 40 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.
In baseball Trevor won Muncy Little League Championships in 1993 and 1994, playing for American Legion Post 268. In high school baseball, he played one year and made the most of it as he was a member of the District IV Champs, and reached the State final Championship game as Muncy lost a heart breaker to Neshannock by a 8-4 score.Trevor started in right field and batted .323 his senior season.
Egli played college basketball at Franklin & Marshall from 2004 to 2006. His team’s record overall was 36-19 and he played on the ECAC South Region Champions.
Currently Trevor Egli who earned his PHD in sports psychology and kinesiology, is an assistant men’s basketball coach at Johnson University, Knoxville, TN.