Put-in-Bay Panthers Engage Tough Competitors

Put-in-Bay Panther basketball teams competed with dynamic performance, but they did not realize a win against Oak Harbor boys or Emmanuel Christian girls.  In spite of enthusiastic play, the boys lost 21-54 in the first game; the girls fell short 24-46.  A supportive crowd and energetic cheerleaders, as well as vigorous play-by-play commentary by announcer Joe Byrnes, kept the energy level high.  The photos below underscore the physical nature of both contests.

Registration for Put-in-Bay 2022 Car Races is Officially Open

Click to enlarge the flyer!

Registration is officially OPEN for the 2022 Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races set to take place on Ohio’s South Bass Island September 20-23 with racing at the Put-in-Bay Airport on Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 & 22.  Featured Marques for the event, as announced in late November, are MGs and Triumphs including “specials” running MG or Triumph engines.

The Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races take place on Ohio’s South Bass Island where small-bore sports cars raced through the streets of the village of Put-in-Bay from 1952 to 1959 and one last time in 1963. Beginning in 2009 with a modest “reunion” followed by real racing in 2012, today’s Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races take place on a challenging 1.2-mile hay bale-lined course at the island’s airport.  Unique in vintage racing in many ways, the Put-in-Bay event offers entry options for racing-, exhibition- and non-racing enthusiasts plus an entrants car show, tours of the original street course, social events and the unexplainable and often hysterical “rocker cover races”.

The event will be an official MG Vintage Racers “Focus Event” meaning that group will pull out all the stops to entice MG drivers from far and wide to make a special effort to come and enjoy the “Holy grail of old school vintage sports car racing.”  2022 will mark 70 years since the first Put-in-Bay Road Race back in the fall of 1952 when most all of the entries were MG TCs and TDs.  Then by the late 50s Triumph TR2s and TR3s vied for preferred British entry status, dominating E production.  So it just made sense to add the TRs into the mix for 2022 and to provide an excuse for an always-popular MG vs. Triumph race.

To enter, go to www.pibroadrace.com and either click on the link to MotorsportReg.com for online registration or print out the “hard copy” entry form for the mail-in version. In addition to the registration material, the web site also contains information about everything a potential entrant might need.  Also on the site can be found the latest “downloadable” flyer about the event which entrants and other PIB enthusiasts are encouraged to print out and post/distribute to help spread the word about “the Holy Grail of Old School Vintage Racing.”

Panther Basketball 1-2 for the Day

Put-in-Bay Panther Basketball teams played with fervor on Saturday, but only came away with one win out of three games.  The girls beat Bowling Green Christian Lions 45-24, while the boys lost 12-48.  The junior high team lost to Fasset Middle school 37-39.  The contests were heated from start to finish, with several players hitting 3-point shots.  Action shots below . . .

Skating and Basketball at Put-in-Bay School this Weekend

Sweeping bubbles out of the skating base to the vacuum on right.  Photo by Heidi Ladd

Put-in-Bay students will participate in three scheduled basketball games on Saturday, 15 January 2022.  Pupils also have the chance to ice-skate on the newly formed rink atop the outdoor basketball court.

Panther basketball boys team begins play at 9:15am vs Bowling Green Christian.  The girls play at 10:45, and the junior high team plays Fasset Middle School at noon.



Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade Set for Saturday, June 11, 2022

The 17th Annual Island Pooch Parade will be held Saturday June 11 at the Gazebo in DeRivera Park. Dogs of all kinds and sizes are encouraged to bring their masters. Registration for this amusing, fun event will open in the Gazebo at 9:30 AM., followed by the traditional doggie stroll around the Park at 10am  (Early registration available at Mossbacks on Friday June 10 from 4 PM to 6 PM)

Judging will immediately follow the parade. Raffle drawing immediately after judging on Saturday, June 11. The $20 entry fee makes your closest friend eligible to receive a “doggie goodie bag,” five raffle tickets to win prizes, plus becoming qualified to compete for prizes in one or more of the following groups. The Judges will look for the best pet in these categories: cutest, smallest, largest, individual best dressed, group best dressed, dog that looks most like its owner, and most unique dog.

This is always an enjoyable and entertaining event for the whole island and particularly the children. Put it on your calendar and we’ll see you there Saturday, June 11th.

Put-in-Bay Panthers Tenacious in Loss to Margaretta

Put-in-Bay Panthers girls played energetically against the Margaretta Lady Bears, but they failed to keep pace and lost 28 to 57 on Saturday morning.

Joe Byrnes, former Panther player, provided play-by-play commentary as the Put-in-Bay School spirit team led the crowd in a new series of chants.  The boys and junior high teams did not compete today.  More basketball is scheduled for next Saturday, 15 January 2022.