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Muncy’s Ross Eyer earns first-team all-state nod in Class AA

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Muncy’s Ross Eyer was a first-team all-state selection in Class A in boys basketball this year.

Look outside the Muncy gym and one sees all its athletes who produced fantastic seasons and earned all-state honors in various sports.

Over the years, however, one could keep searching those framed photos and never find one featuring a first team all-state boys basketball player. That will soon change.

Ross Eyer now holds a special place in Muncy’s athletic history. He has gone where no other boys basketball player ever has there.

The Pennsylvania Sportswriters named Eyer a first team Class AA all-state selection Wednesday. The drought is over and a player who does so much work when no one is watching now will be seen by Muncy fans whenever they walk inside that gym.

“Words can’t describe this feeling. All of the behind the scenes work that was put in, all of the shots taken, all of the sacrifices made to take my game to the next level… I’m glad it’s paying off,” Eyer said. “I’m so grateful to get this recognition. It means more to me than most people will ever know.”

The junior forward earned this breakthrough honor because he put together one of the most dominant seasons in Muncy history. Eyer averaged 20.4 points and a District 4-best 13 rebounds per game while helping Muncy reach both the district championship and the state tournament for the first time since 2017. Even in a loaded statewide Class AA field, Eyer stood out.

While producing 3.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game, Eyer added a whopping 24 double-doubles in 26 games as Muncy went 19-7. That included 21 straight double-doubles at one point despite being a marked man by opposing defenses. Put it all together and Eyer compiled the resume which finally put Muncy over the top.

In addition to becoming Muncy’s first team all-state selection, Eyer also is just the program’s second during the 2000s, joining Jeff Fry, a third team selection in 2016. Muncy has had some super players over that time, making what Eyer has achieved even more impressive.

“That fact is so wild. I honestly could not believe it when I first heard,” Eyer said. “Even though I’ve had time to think about it, my brain still can’t wrap itself around that. I just hope this can inspire the younger guys that this stuff is do-able. With hard word and dedication, they can do anything they put their minds to.”

Eyer has shown them exactly how. The stats are impressive, but they are not by accident. Eyer has paid the price for every point, every rebound and every accolade. The versatile 6-foot-4 forward has made big strides every season and Muncy, collectively, has improved each year.

A two-time all-state safety in football and one of the area’s premier pitchers, Eyer still finds the time to pursue his basketball goals. He is one of the district’s best shooters and rebounders. Above all that, though, Eyer simply is a worker.

“The amount of work that went into this could not be put into words. There were countless of endless nights spent working of my craft, shooting my shots, ball handling, finishing at the rim, and even practicing rebounding,” Eyer said. “Last summer was huge for me. All I wanted to do was get better. And I don’t plan on changing anything for this summer. It’s always time to get better, and no matter what happens that isn’t going to change.”

Eyer has become a matchup dilemma because he can make it rain from outside, but also is tough in the post, an aspect of his game which took his game to another level last winter. He drained 58 3-pointers, but also could take advantage of defenses inside and set his teammates up well. Eyer also has the drive to match his versatility, grabbing at least 26 rebounds in all 26 games.

So impressive was Eyer that he grabbed his 500th, 600th and 700th career rebounds last season. Entering his senior year, Eyer has produced 949 points, 709 rebounds, 191 assists, 132 steals and 118 blocks.

Muncy has made five and six-win improvements in each of the past two seasons. Eyer dominated late against Wyalusing in the district final last March but the Rams won in the final seconds, 49-47. Combine that memory with this all-state honor and Eyer is extra motivated for his final season.

Eyer has produced a new chapter in the story of Muncy boys basketball. Now, though, the only one he is focused on is the next one.

“This season did not end up the way we wanted it to. That night at Mansfield University was not what we hoped for. I’ve watched that game almost every night since it happened, and I am not going to be satisfied with that,” Eyer said. “Whether I was selected for all-state or not, that wasn’t going to change. We’re playing with that chip on our shoulder.

“The fire is raging, and this only added to the flame. This senior season will be one to remember and I can promise you that.”

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