PHS girls basketball team honors loyal fan


TRENTON VANDERSANDE, a junior at PHS, was honored by the Plymouth girls varsity basketball team this past season for his outstanding fan support. Pictured with VanderSande is the Panther squad (front row, left to right) head coach Brad Shutter, Lydia Rhude, VanderSande, Lexi Lautenschlaeger, (middle row) Kalei Hering, Megan Goeser, Morgan Lisowe, (back row) Skyler Gosse, Gwen Nytes, Jordyn Pieper, Emily Majerus and Gwen Streblow. — Submitted photo TRENTON VANDERSANDE, a junior at PHS, was honored by the Plymouth girls varsity basketball team this past season for his outstanding fan support. Pictured with VanderSande is the Panther squad (front row, left to right) head coach Brad Shutter, Lydia Rhude, VanderSande, Lexi Lautenschlaeger, (middle row) Kalei Hering, Megan Goeser, Morgan Lisowe, (back row) Skyler Gosse, Gwen Nytes, Jordyn Pieper, Emily Majerus and Gwen Streblow. — Submitted photo PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth varsity girls basketball team appreciates all of the support it receives from the fans. The Panthers especially appreciate one of their most loyal fans, 17-year-old Trenton Vander- Sande.

VanderSande, a junior at PHS, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He didn’t let his disability deter him from attending most of the Panthers’ games and cheering them on the past two seasons.

VanderSande, 17, was recognized for his support by the team at its game versus Campbellsport on Jan. 12. Panther head coach Brad Shutter announced at the game that his team wanted to give special recognition to VanderSande for being such a great fan and supporting the team.

Shutter called him and his mother, Jennifer VanderSande, to the center of the court where Shutter and Kathy Majerus (mother of Panther Emily Majerus) presented Trenton with a Panther shirt, a signed team photo and a few other gifts.

Shutter said during the presentation that he has been Trenton’s special-needs physical education teacher off and on since he was 3.

Jennifer pointed out that the team, coaches and parents appreciate very much that Trenton is at almost every game. She said the players notice that her son is at the games and they thank him for coming.

She recalled that when he returned after missing a few games asked if he was feeling better and told due to sickness, the players him it was great having him back. A parent said the players think Trenton is their biggest fan. When Trenton, whose father is Rick VanderSande, wore his lucky Minion slippers to the game, the Panthers often won.

“This story is not just about my son. It is about these girls taking him under their wing, appreciating him being there and showing compassion, etc.,” said Jennifer.

“The coaches, girls and families deserve some special recognition for what they have done for our family.”


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