For the girls, the excitement really began in early December when Mackinac Island, Michigan visited the island for a Friday night school game. With a boisterous full house in attendance and a local radio station broadcasting the game, the Lady Panthers Basketball held off the Lady Lakers from the Mackinac school 39 – 31. A month later, the girls won their seventh game in a row. After trailing by eleven points with a little over four minutes to play, junior guard Janine Cerny nailed a trey with six seconds remaining in a 32-31 thrilling victory over a very talented New Riegel squad.
And after another come from behind win and a ninth straight victory at Bettsville (43 – 38), the girls found themselves thinking about the possibility of having an undefeated season. This possibility came to an end the very next night when the girls lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to Lakota, 31-28. “The biggest change I saw in the girls this season was in their confidence. They came to win and found ways to win,” said Coach Steve Poe. He added, “We will really miss our two graduating seniors, Miranda Riddle and Caiti Market. Their ‘no fear, no doubt’ attitude became contagious. Good teams have good leaders and they meant a lot to us.” Junior guards Janine Cerny and Elizabeth McCann were awarded this year’s “Most Improved Player” and “Most Valuable Player,” respectively.
Also returning for next season are juniors Amanda McCann, Michala Wertenbach, Erika Wertenbach, Mette Blumensaadt, and Sara Farman; sophomore Anna Engel; and freshman Jessica Farman. Much like the girl’s team, the boy’s team felt the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The boys felt the agony of defeat during an overtime loss to Mackinac Island, 56 – 53. That loss stung all season until a Saturday night road game at Oak Harbor. Trailing 29 – 28, Coach Schuffenecker drew up a play and Max Leicher executed the play to perfection and scored the go-ahead basket as time expired to defeat the Oak Harbor Rockets 30 – 29. By season’s end, the boys improved on their 1 – 11 record from a year ago and finished with eight wins and five losses. “Our kids really picked up the intensity and played up to their potential,” said coach Schuffenecker. “Gage Auger, Nate Seaberg, and Robert Courtney will be greatly missed, but the rest of the players will be expected to pick it up and “fight on!” Gage Auger won the team MVP award for the second straight year and Max Leicher picked up team’s Most Improved award. The boys will return six players: juniors Brian Thwaite, Max Leicher, and Patrick McCann, sophomore Dallas Mohn and freshmen Wyatt Auger and Shawn Seaberg.
Students of the Month
Put-in-Bay School’s Elementary Student of the Month is 5th Grader Carter Pugh. He was nominated by three students. The first wrote, “I think this person deserves to be the student of the month because he always is willing to help others, has a lot of school spirit, puts a lot of effort into his work, and has a nice calm attitude. He also participates in many things at school and out of school.”
The second wrote, “This student is a friend to kids in all grades. His attitude is always good with no whining! When someone needs help, this student is always willing and able to help. I like him because he shares with others, too.” The third student wrote, “He has helped me with things such as Math when Mrs. Wilhelm is busy. He always puts forward great effort with things and is very kind. When the marker box fell on the floor, he was right there to help pick things up. He shares his snacks with people and he never gets his name put on the board by the teacher.”
The Put-in-Bay High School Student of the Month is Freshman Karina Kowalski who was nominated by a teacher who wrote, “This student displays such a good attitude that other students feel comfortable around her. Her academic ability exceeds expectations and her effort to include her classmates in discussions attributes to her self-confidence. This student, despite her young age, has been most impressive on the high school academic challenge team. Her confidence and performance increase with each competition. She is truly a pleasure to be around.”
A special thanks go out to Cheerleading Advisor Sonya Niese and her outstanding group of cheerleaders: Karina Kowalski, Victoria Wertenbach, Madeline Pugh, Elyse Drake, Anna Rence, Sara Farman and Jessica Krueger.
Congratulations to seniors Chad Hughes and Miranda Riddle, along with junior Janine Cerny. These three students tied for the coveted “Edison Award” at our annual Science Olympiad held on January 29th.Congratulations to 6th grader Ian Pippert-Ladd. Ian lasted till the third round of the annual Ottawa County Spelling Bee held on February 2nd. 6th grader Meredith Engel and 7th grader Elliot Kowalski also qualified and competed in this event. Our students in grades five through eight will compete in the annual Ottawa
County Academic Challenge March 8 – 11. Good Luck to everyone! Thanks to all who helped contribute to “Help Haiti Hydrate” With everyone’s help, Mr. Schuffenecker’s Civics class raised over $1,356. The Put-in-Bay Ferry added $1,000 to this total for a grand total of $2,356.48. And finally, good luck to our archery team! They compete at the State Archery Tournament in Columbus on March 5-6.