Panther Basketball Comes Home

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Panther Cheerleaders keep the spirit flowing!

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Mr. Dress and Ms. Knauer keep stats and scores accurate.

Put-in-Bay School basketball teams returned to home court on Saturday, after a series of away-games, including the Great Lakes Islands Schools Competition.  Today, the girls team beat Bowling Green Christian 32-38 in a well-fought battle.  However, the Put-in-Bay eighth-graders could not keep up with the Fassett  Eagles of Oregon, 49-9. The high school boys capitulated to BG Christian, 44-32.Put in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther Basketball

 

 

 

 

 

In-between the high school games, participants and fans remembered Patrick Myers, Voice of the Panthers.  A new scoreboard was dedicated to his memory as the community supported Put in Bay Panther Basketballthe fight against suicide.Put in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther BasketballPut in Bay Panther Basketball

 


Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday

AudubonWalk the island from dawn to dusk listening, watching, counting. Enjoy the quiet time of year. Or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country and participation is a lot of fun!

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle is on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Participants are needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, to travel the island bird watching during the day, and to watch their feeders at home. We are also looking for birders or feeder-watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass.

If you are interested in watching your feeders or traveling the island for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at 419.366.2087 or e-mail at leiconservancy “at” gmail.com. Those on South Bass can meet at the Brohl residence (441 Mitchell Rd.) at 7:00 AM for coffee and strategy. We will get together for pizza and to share results after the count. Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun!

Contact Nancy Welter (nkw2329 “at” yahoo.com) or 419.341.5806 to participate on Middle Bass.  John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will coordinate the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please correspond with him at jpogacnik “at” hotmail.com or with Tom Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett “at” gmail.com if you wish to help at Kelleys.



Put-in-Bay School Presents Joyful Holiday Concert

Put-in-Bay School students from grades kindergarten through eighth-grade performed a holiday concert this evening, under the direction Put in Bay School Holiday Concertof Ms. Gay Pippert.  Islanders gathered for the festive, annual presentation to hear well-rehearsed singing and instrumentals.  A signed version of Silent Night, Holy Night, four selections by the recorder ensemble, and sing-along carols were highlights.  Elegant stage decorations, a nice program, and a complimentary sing-along sheet supplemented the enthusiastic atmosphere. Congratulations to Ms. Pippert and her diligent students for sharing the season’s joy in such a splendid manner!

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Music students ready to perform!

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Panthers Win Trophies in Great Lakes Tournament

Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament

Championship and “The Rock” Trophies

WPIB radio covered the Put-in-Bay Panthers Basketball Team in a live television broadcast on Saturday, 7 December 2019.  The girls team Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournamentwon the championship and the boys harvested the Mackinac vs. Put-in-Bay Rock.  Coach Shuffenecker provides the following write-up:

Great Lakes BasketballPut-in-Bay Panthers had a very successful Great Lakes Islands Tournament! The girls repeated as the champions with three thrilling games.  The Panther Girls started the tournament versus Beaver Island and had a tough back-and-forth game.  With less than a minute to go the Panthers found themselves down three; during a timeout coach Schuffenecker drew up a play for senior Hannah Lentz and she nailed a three pointer to tie the game.  After a change of possession, Kate Byrnes got a loose ball and raced down and hit a buzzer-beating shot to secure

Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament

Panthers on fast break to the basket

the victory. It was the boys’ turn against Beaver Island next.  Beaver Island proved too powerful for the Panthers and the boys were defeated.  The girls then took on the Washington Island Bucks from Wisconsin.  The girls took the lead early and did not look back.  They finished the day 2-0 and in control of their destiny.  The boys played the Bucks next and fell in defeat, despite some hot shooting from the three-point line.  The boys were 0-2 and still had the rivalry game versus Mackinac Island.   Later that night the teams enjoyed an evening of games together.

The Panthers woke up Saturday with just one game each.  Both teams would play their rival, Mackinac Island.  The Rock Trophies were on the line.  The trophies were created by the late Voice of the Panthers, Patrick Myers.  Both teams wanted to maintain the trophies.   The girls also had the tournament championship to play for.

Great Lakes Islands Basketball TournamentThe boys would play first.  Earlier in the day the Islanders won the boys tournament with an undefeated record.  Although not being able to win the championship, the boys were determined to finish strong in the final contest.  Jacob king led the Panthers to an early lead.  He scored all 19 first-half points and the Panthers led at the break, 19-16.  The Panthers held a comfortable lead throughout the second half.  The pesky Lakers of Mackinac never gave up, but when the clock hit zero the Panther boys were victorious and “The Rock” stays on South Bass Island.   Put-in-bay Panthers had a very successful Great Lakes Islands Tournament! The girls repeated as the champions with three thrilling games.  The Panther Girls started the tournament versus Beaver Island and had a tough back-and-forth game.  With less than a minute to go the Panthers found themselves down three; during a timeout coach Schuffenecker drew up a play for senior Hannah Lentz and she nailed a three pointer to tie the game.  After a change of possession, Kate Byrnes got a loose ball and raced down and hit a buzzer-beating shot to secure the victory.   It was the boys' turn against Beaver Island next.  Beaver Island proved too powerful for the Panthers and the boys were defeated.  The girls then took on the Washington Island Bucks from Wisconsin.  The girls took the lead early and did not look back.  They finished the day 2-0 and in control of their destiny.  The boys played the Bucks next and fell in defeat, despite some hot shooting from the three-point line.  The boys were 0-2 and still had the rivalry game versus Mackinac Island.   Later that night the teams enjoyed an evening of games together. The Panthers woke up Saturday with just one game each.  Both teams would play their rival, Mackinac Island.  The Rock Trophies were on the line.  The trophies were created by the late Voice of the Panthers, Patrick Myers.  Both teams wanted to maintain the trophies.   The girls also had the tournament championship to play for. The boys would play first.  Earlier in the day the Islanders won the boys tournament with an undefeated record.  Although not being able to win the championship, the boys were determined to finish strong in the final contest.  Jacob king led the Panthers to an early lead.  He scored all 19 first-half points and the Panthers led at the break, 19-16.  The Panthers held a comfortable lead throughout the second half.  The pesky Lakers of Mackinac never gave up, but when the clock hit zero the Panther boys were victorious and "The Rock" stays on South Bass Island.    The final game of the tournament was set up for all the marbles.  The girls knew if they won, the championship would be Put-in-Bay's.  Panthers led by two at the break, 6-4,  and after a back-and-forth game the panthers found themselves down three again with a timeout and less than ten seconds to go.  The Panthers leaned on Hannah Lentz once more,  and Coach Schuffenecker drew up a play at her spot.  Hannah performed in the clutch and nailed a three-point shot to force overtime at 20-20.  In OT, with five seconds to go, Elena Schroeder, from the deck of the boat, nailed the game-winning, rock winning, and tournament-winning shot.   The girls finished 3-0 and back-to-back Great Lakes Islands Tournament Champions.   What a set of games and a great finish to the four-school competition! For next year, Put-in-Bay has extended an invitation to our Great Lakes foes to continue the series.   The Put-in-Bay School basketball program thanks Mackinac Island for being great hosts.   The Panthers return to action tomorrow for a boys game at Genoa.  The beat goes on!

The final game of the tournament was set up for all the marbles.  The girls knew if they won, the championship would be Put-in-Bay’s.  Panthers led by two at the break, 6-4,  and after a back-and-forth game the panthers found themselves down three again with a timeout and less than ten seconds to go.  The Panthers leaned on Hannah Lentz once more,  and Coach Great Lakes Islands Basketball TournamentSchuffenecker drew up a play at her spot.  Hannah performed in the clutch and nailed a three-point shot to force overtime at 20-20.  In OT, with five seconds to go, Elena Schroeder, from the deck of the boat, nailed the game-winning, rock winning, and tournament-winning shot.   The girls finished 3-0 and back-to-back Great Lakes Islands Tournament Champions.   What a set of games and a great finish to the four-school competition!

For next year, Put-in-Bay has extended an invitation to our Great Lakes foes to continue the series.   The Put-in-Bay School basketball program thanks Mackinac Island for being great hosts.

The Panthers return to action tomorrow for a boys game at Genoa.  The beat goes on!