Covid Reduces Participants in Great Lakes Basketball Competition

Put-in-Bay School Press Release  9:00am Thursday, December 2, 2021

This weekend Put-in-Bay School was to host three other Great Lakes Islands basketball teams for the Third Annual Great Lakes Islands Tournament.   Unfortunately, two of those islands, Mackinac Island and Washington Island, had to cancel at the last minute due to positive Covid tests on their respective teams.  A revised schedule of basketball competition is listed below.

Friday, December 3rd

5:00pm            Tree Lighting – Downtown – All Teams

6:00 pm.          Girls – Beaver Island v Put-in-Bay

7:30 pm           Boys – Beaver Island v Put-in-Bay

Saturday December 4th

10:45 am         Boys – Put-in-Bay v Beaver Island

12:00 pm         Girls – Put-in-Bay v Beaver Island

1:15/30 pm     Trophy Presentation


Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament Comes to Put-in-Bay

20 November 2021:  Content updated to reflect revisions in narrative and live broadcast information.

Put-in-Bay High School
Great Lakes Islands High School Basketball Tournament

Put-in-Bay High School hosts the third annual Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Four Island High Schools will compete:
– Beaver Island, Michigan Mascot: Islanders
– Mackinac Island, Michigan Mascot: Lakers
– Washington Island, Wisc. Mascot: Bucks
– Put-in-Bay, Ohio Mascot: Panthers

2018 Inaugural Tournament at Beaver Island, Michigan
2019 Second Annual Tournament at Mackinac Island, Michigan
2020 Cancelled Due to COVID
2021 Third Annual Tournament at Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio
Previous Champions:
– 2018, 2019 Boys champs – Beaver Island High School
– 2018, 2019 Girls Champs – Put-in-Bay High School

Put-in-Bay Head Coach Craig Schuffenecker
14th year coaching boys – Overall Record 76-86
5th year coaching girls – Overall Record 24-11

Tournament Schedule

Friday, December 3rd
11:45 am Boys – Mackinac Island v Washington Island
1:00 pm Girls – Put-in-Bay v Beaver Island
2:15 pm Boys – Beaver Island v Mackinac Island
3:30pm Boys – Washington Island v Put-in-Bay
6:30 pm. Boys – Put-in-Bay v Beaver Island
Saturday December 4th
8:30 am Boys – Washington Island v Beaver Island
9:45 am Girls – Beaver Island v Mackinac Island
10:30 am Boys – Put-in-Bay v Mackinac Island
12:00 pm Girls – Put-in-Bay v Mackinac Island

Put-in-Bay Returning Starters:
Girls – Kate Byrnes, senior point guard
McKenna Stacy, junior forward
Lilian Frederick, junior center
Boys – Doug Steidl, junior guard
Joe Blumensaadt, sophomore forward

Narrative (revised):

In the fall of 2017 nearly seventy-five business owners, government officials, chamber of commerce leaders, and education leaders from a dozen islands in the Great Lakes and the coast of Maine converged on Beaver Island, Michigan to share ideas, concerns, plans, and stories.  This event was called “The Great Lakes Islands Summit.”

It was at this first annual summit of island leaders that Put-in-Bay School Superintendent Steve Poe came up with the idea of having a high school basketball tournament for the island schools of the Great Lakes.  Mr. Poe and Wil Cwikel, superintendent of Beaver Island, got together and scheduled the first annual Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament, to be played on the first weekend of December of 2018.  Beaver Island was the host school for this inaugural event.   In 2019, Mackinac Island followed up by hosting the second annual Great Lakes Islands Basketball tournament.   Nearly one hundred fans from South Bass and Middle Bass Island made the seven hour trip north that year to cheer on the Panthers of Put-in-Bay.  Put-in-Bay was scheduled to be the host last year, but had to postpone it due to COVID concerns.

Put-in-Bay High School and Mackinac Island High School had scheduled basketball games with each other a couple times prior to the Great Lakes Islands Tournament.   When Beaver Island, Michigan and Washington Island, Wisconsin decided to join in to make it a round-robin tournament format, with four island schools competing, bragging rights among the island school districts intensified!   So far, Beaver Island has dominated the boy’s tournament, while Put-in-Bay has won the first two tournaments for the girls.

Each year the host school and islanders go all out in rolling out the red carpet!  Activities and tours are planned for the players, coaches, and parents.   A few downtown bars, restaurants, and retail shops re-open.   Mackinac Island put on a beautiful tree lighting ceremony, with song and refreshments the year they hosted.  Put-in-Bay plans to return the favor for their new friends from the three other islands.

The games will be Live Video Streamed on the “WPIB Radio” YouTube Channel.


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!