Put-in-Bay Panther Basketball Closes Weekend on High Note

Panther Basketball closes on a high note after a long weekend of home basketball games versus Horizon Jaguars and Monclova Christian Academy.  Losses in the first set of contests were salvaged by the girls team!

The boys Panthers had a rematch of Friday night’s game.  Both teams started off a bit slow as they settled into the game.  The visiting Jaguars used a strong second quarter and rode out the rest of the clock to a 30-21 victory.















Next up was the junior game; the coed Panther squad battled and took a 31-30 lead with less than two minutes to go, but Horizon closed the game on a. 6-0 run to get the 36-31 victory.

The lady Panthers then fought the Thunder from Monclova Christian.   Ava Heineman scored the game’s first six points and the ladies never looked back. The panthers won 24-11 and finished the weekend on a high note.



“I think the whole island will need a nap after this weekend, and I want to thank everyone who made this possible,” said Coach Schuffenecker.  He added, “It truly takes an island to pull off a weekend of basketball like this.”

Get Your Growl on Panthers!


Panther Basketball Extravaganza Begins

Panther boys fight hard, but they drop the first home game of the Panther Basketball Extravaganza versus the Horizon Jaguars.  In a rare night game on South Bass Island, the Panthers lose 55-46.

The visiting Jaguars came out hot and built up a 21-4 lead at the end of the first.  Coach Schuffenecker told his team to keep chipping away.

That is what the Panthers did–fighting back to bring the game score to 50-44 with 1:59 left in the second half.  The Panthers just couldn’t overcome their slow start.

Kudos to Joe Byrnes, former Put-in-Bay School Panther, for his exceptional play-by-play announcing !

The Panther Basketball Extravaganza rematch happens tomorrow with tip-off at 9am.  The boys game is followed by the junior high and girls games.

Panther All-Stars Basketball Wins Community Hearts

Friday evening’s Panther All-Stars basketball game at Put-in-Bay School was a blend of great entertainment and a meaningful showcase of fundamental basketball skills taught to Put-in-Bay Elementary students.  Congratulations to Coach Adam Danes!

Below are action shots illustrating the enthusiasm of the young players.

Put-in-Bay Township Board of Trustees Move Forward with Ottawa County Sheriff Contract

Put-in-Bay Township Board of TrusteesPut-in-Bay Township Board of Trustees, in a special meeting held at 8am today, authorize funding to provide housing and police cruisers for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s contract approved in December 2022.


Put-in-Bay Township Board of Trustees
Laurie Miller, Fiscal Officer, addresses Trustees Chris Cooper and Matt Miller.

Two condominium units and two police vehicles (used black Ford Interceptors) were identified in motions for payment by the Put-in-Bay Township Trustees.  Township purchase orders for December 2022, bills payment, and bank reconciliation receive “yes” votes, too.


The Trustees also voted to make a final payment to Put-in-Bay Village for 2022 Police service, pending legal review.

The two-year contract with Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office costs $750,000.  The previous, five-year contract with Put-in-Bay Village was $298,000.  While the November 2022 levy for police funding failed in a certified tie vote of 194-194, Township Trustees explain funding for the new contract comes from previous savings, a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and $50,000 remaining from the Covid-19 CARES Act.

Mr. Miller said, “The Trustees always look forward to working with The Village and the community at large to provide the best possible police service for Put-in-Bay.”  Mr. Cooper pointed out the mutual aid service provided by a single dispatcher and the lack of jurisdictional conflicts will serve both entities well.