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PCMS first National Junior Honor Society induction

Port Clinton Middle School students are all smiles after the National Junior Honor Society Induction. Pictured, left to right: Max Brenner, Kamlin Nisch Quan, Caitlyn Pipoly, Conner Cadigan and Courtney Sayre.

Port Clinton Middle School inducted a new group of students in the National Junior Honor Society on Feb. 12. Mrs. Carrie Sanchez, PCMS Principal, addressed the entire middle school student body and parents, grandparents and special guests that were in attendance.

According to their website, “The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS).”

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PCMS students perform in District Honors Orchestra

Front row, left to right: Kaleb Wadsworth, Hannah Mallory, Deanna Elliott, Claudia Rosiar, Brianna Stout, Kyle Fitzpatrick. Back row: Jaden Aragon, Cailee James, Spencer Sullivan, Samantha Slauterbeck, Kayce Deal, Tyler Williams  

Twelve Port Clinton Middle School students participated in the Ohio Music Educators Association District II Middle School Honors Festival Orchestra. Students performed well and proudly represented the Port Clinton community. Port Clinton is the only school district in Ottawa County to offer Orchestra as part of the Fine Arts program. 

The event also premiered three new musical works commissioned for the festival. Fleet 8 students from PCMS included Kaleb Wadsworth, Hannah Mallory, Deanna Elliott, Claudia Rosiar, Brianna Stout, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Jaden Aragon, Cailee James, Spencer Sullivan, Samantha Slauterbeck, Kayce Deal, and Tyler Williams. Mr. Brian Stitak is the Port Clinton City Schools Orchestra Director.

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Oak Harbor girls win first sectional title in 11 years

The fact that it was expected doesn’t make winning a sectional title any less enjoyable. Behind Andrea Cecil’s 28 points, Oak Harbor defeated Margaretta, 59-31, in the Division III Sectional Final last weekend at Port Clinton High School.

For the Rockets (19-4), it was their first sectional title in 11 years, a sign of how far they’ve come in the last few years. Last year, the team improved from 7-14 to 16-8 and won a game in the tournament before falling to Port Clinton, 52-45, in the sectional final. This season, Oak Harbor established itself with the area’s elite teams by going 18-4 and 11-3 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, good for a second-place tie with Port Clinton.

The Rockets, who defeated the Polar Bears, an SBC foe, both times in the regular season, controlled this one throughout as they slowly built a lead. Oak Harbor led, 16-9, after one quarter and 34-18 at halftime before outscoring Margaretta, 25-13, in the second half.

“I think our pressure defense was the difference,” said Oak Harbor head coach Tom Kontak. “We were in man-to-man and then went to our 1-3-1 trapping defense. We played a little bit of our 2-3 zone defense, too. What we tried to do (on offense) was give Andrea some space. And we wanted to give Maddy some a chance. We thought Maddy would have a quickness advantage. I think you have to give credit to Allie Kuhn, too. She hit a couple of big shots in the second quarter when Emma Barney was in foul trouble. I just wanted the kids to play in the moment and not worry (about anything else). The girls didn’t even know we were cutting down the nets. And I just want to say that I have the greatest group of coaches with me, Art Eli, Chris Rawski, Ralph Mills and Mark Boukissen. We’ve won five sectional titles in our eight years as a coaching staff together.”

On Thursday, the Rockets travel to Seneca East High School in Attica to face Bucyrus at 6:15 p.m. in the district semifinal. The winner will play either Bucyrus Wynford or Genoa in the district final on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Seneca East High School. 

“We have incredible respect for this opporunity,” Kontak said.

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Danbury girls edge Stritch to win sectional title

After losing to Oak Harbor on Feb. 3, the Danbury Lakers were in a bit of a funk. Sitting at 8-10 with injuries to three of their top players, Danbury could’ve easily folded and limped into the postseason. But instead, the Lakers rose to the occasion, winning six straight games, culminating with their 40-37 victory over Cardinal Stritch in the Division IV Sectional Final last weekend at Genoa High School.

Behind 21 points from Erin Lavelle, 16 of which came in the second half, Danbury, which split with the Cardinals during the regular season, raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led 8-2 heading into the second quarter.

The Lakers pushed the lead to 18-9 at halftime, but held just a slim 26-24 advantage after three quarters. In the final period, Stritch rallied to take the lead, holding a three-point advantage with3:30 to play before Lavelle took over and led her team to victory. Lavelle, who scored 12 of her team’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, scored a basket to cut the deficit to one and then converted on two free throws to give Danbury the lead for good and help them win their first sectional crown since 2008.

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Bataan celebrates school day 100

Bataan Memorial Primary Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing like they were 100 years old. Pictured here grade one students Ryan Madison, Olivia Spencer, Emily Boykin, and Steele Joseph with teacher Mrs. Nicole Heilmann.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, was day 100 of school at Port Clinton City Schools so grade one classrooms at Bataan Memorial Primary planned day 100 lessons. In addition to counting to 100 by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, students and staff dressed like they were 100 years old. Throughout the day there were themed lessons and activities such as 100 phonic words using word families “hunks & chunks”, 100 Bear Olympic exercises, and reading “100 Days of School” by Mindy Pierce. Students enjoyed a special 100 day snack, spelling out the number 100 with oreos and crackers.

See the complete photo album at www.pccsd.net under the News or visit the Port Clinton City School District Facebook page.

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Presale basketball tournament tickets available at Danbury

Presale tickets are available this week in the Danbury high school office for both boys and girls tournament games this week. The girls take on Carey at Gibsonburg Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold in the high school office until noon on Thursday.  

The boys take on the winner of Seneca East/St. Mary's game on Friday, Feb. 28, at Norwalk High school at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets are $6 at the gate and will be sold until noon on Friday.

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United Way leads discussion on “The Kindness of Strangers”

On March 5 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Ida Rupp Public Library in Port Clinton, United Way in Ottawa County is hosting a book discussion on “The Kindness of Strangers” by Marc Freedman. The library ordered 20 copies of the book especially for the book discussion and they are encouraging the public to read the book and participate in the discussion.

“We want to execute the best practices for mentoring,” said Chris Galvin, Area Director of the United Way in Ottawa County. “We don’t want to just be mentors; we want to be life navigators.”

According to factfinder2.census.gov, in Ottawa County 12.7% of households are single female families. According to countyhealthrankings.org, 28% of the children in Ottawa County live in single parent homes and 17% of all children in the county live in poverty.

“There are children in our community who need the guidance of caring and concerned adults,” said Galvin. “We hope to get discussion going on how to best help prevent and cope with these situations.”

For more information on this event call the Ida Rupp Public Library at 419-732-3212 or the United Way at 419-734-6645.

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Kerynn Christiansen ICS principal for a day

Miss Kerynn Christiansen reported for duty on Thursday, Feb. 13, for her new position at Immaculate Conception School. Kerynn was “Principal for a Day” at ICS. The first grader took the place of Principal Connie Snyder, for just one day. Kerynn wasted no time at all making a few small changes to the normal school day at ICS. She reported for duty with a list of priorities she would put into effect immediately. 

First and foremost, everyone was permitted to give the school uniform a rest for the day and wear their jeans to school. Secondly, recess was a bit longer on Thursday and an important task was given by Principal Kerynn to the entire school. Each class had to build a snowman, the biggest and best snowman they could as a team create. Kerynn rewarded her hardworking students by delivering pizza to each classroom after recess. 

With Mrs. Snyder’s guidance, Kerynn also helped with many office tasks. She even completed classroom inspections. At the end of the school day, Kerynn took to the PA system to tell the school that she had a great day being in charge and she hoped they all did, too. 

Being Principal for a Day was auctioned off at last year’s Immaculate Conception School auction. This year’s auction is April 26 and the theme is “Happy 90th Birthday ICS”, as the school embarks on celebrating 90 years of providing a faith filled education in Port Clinton. Immaculate Conception School would be so grateful for any monetary gifts or donations of products or services from our community for this year’s auction. If you have an item you would like to offer to this year’s school auction, call the school office at 419.734.3315.

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Community Calendar Feb. 27-Mar. 5

Thursday Feb. 27

The Gathering
What: Free Community Meal open to the public; fully accessible facility
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, Parish Hall, Second & Adams, Port Clinton

Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner
What: Guest speaker Melissa Rush
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ciao Bella, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., PC
Cost: $65
Info: 419-734-2426 or ciaobellaohio.com

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Binder leads Lady Redskin bowlers to state tournament

Junior Eryn Binder saved her best performance for the District Tournament and led the Port Clinton Redskin Girls to their first OHSAA State Finals visit by rolling games of 178-192-169 for a 539 series, earning her a place on the All Tournament Team. 

Binder received help from juniors Kassidy Mahler (181-143-193 for 517) and Alysia Zoeller (149-165-197= 511), Samantha Stroupe (148-169) and Reilly Wittman (141-158). Other team members are Jozlynn 

Seamon and Katelyn Chapman. The Girls finished fourth at the Lima District Tournament Saturday to advance. Coldwater won the Districts, St. Marys placed second and Napoleon third. 

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