Gulfview Middle School basketball coach Jeep Quinby wrapped up his coaching career in grand style on Saturday at the Collier County Athletic Conference championships at Marco Charter Middle School.
Quinby, who graduated from Naples High in 1975, led both the boys and girls teams to conference titles. He recently accepted a new job and will be unable to coach basketball any longer.
This was his first year at the boys team helm. He has coached the Panthers girls team for the last five years.
The Panthers girls team, led by Sherry Lubin's 17 points, defeated North Naples Middle 44-38 in the championship game. Meanwhile, eighth grader Chris Ortiz's 22 points guided Gulfview's boys team to a 70-59 victory over an undefeated North Naples squad.
"It blows my mind that we scored that many points," said Quinby, whose team scored 68 in beating No. 1 seed Pine Ridge Middle in the semifinals. "We started the season 1-2 but really came together. We got them to believe in themselves. They really drank the Kool-Aid."
Also contributing in the scoring attack were Tyler Byrd and Bobby Schuster.
The Panthers girls team has made the tournament semifinals the last three years but were unable to break through. After losing last year, Lubin, shooting guard Kelly Kramer, and point guard Megan Sullivan, vowed not to go down in defeat this season.
"They said it wouldn't happen again this year," Quinby said. "And it didn't. We finally got over the hump."
To get to the championship game the Panthers defeated an undefeated Golden Gate Middle squad 43-33. In that matchup, Kramer, daughter of Naples High football coach Bill Kramer, scored 13 points while Sullivan added seven.
Gulfview finished its season with a 7-0 record.
"The kids were focused this year," Quninby said. "They had a goal and made it happen."