Barton Sisters, Rhonda and Tracy, Led Spikers to Victory
Knightstown’s football team lost a heartbreak to 5th-ranked New Palestine when the Dragons kicked a 30-yard field goal with just two seconds showing on the clock to escape the Panther Den 22-20.
The Panthers had taken the lead when Joe Peggs took a handoff and then gave the ball to his brother Bryan on a reverse. The play got Knightstown a first down and led to a 66-yard scoring bomb from Bruce Willard to John Nicholas, resulting in a 20-19 KHS lead.
The Knightstown junior varsity won again, improving their record to 4-0. Stellar defensive play by their “force of five”, John Abercrombie, Greg Byers, Greg Howard, Shawn Adkins and Mike Roland preserved yet another shutout for the JV.
Eastern Hancock defeated Mt. Vernon 20-7 behind the great running of Keith Hockett and Mickey Spegal and the quarterback play of sophomore Kyle Barrentine.
Knightstown defeated Shenandoah and Connersville in volleyball action last week. Standout players Diane Henry, Jolinda Coon, Rhonda Barton, Kelly Clark, April Helms and Beth Munden led the way for the Lady Panthers, who had won six straight matches.
The girls then won the Eastern Hancock Invitational behind the play of the Barton sisters, Tracy and Rhonda, and Amanda Westerfeld. The Lady Panthers have now won eight straight games and stand 10-2 on the season.
Knightstown’s 8th grade football team blasted Maxwell 26-0 last week. Touchdowns were scored by Kevin White, Bobby Hamblin, Chris Bundy and John Baily. Mike Miller scored the two-point conversion.
Knightstown’s junior varsity football team fought to a 12-12 tie with Hamilton Southeastern last week. HSE had a 12-0 lead before Dan Miller ran a reverse 60 yards to the one and Wes Hooker took the ball across the goal line to make it 12-6.
Knightstown got the ball back with 25 seconds to play when quarterback Tom Jordan completed a 32-yard scoring pass to Miller as time ran out. The two-point conversion failed and the teams ended in a tie. The tying play came one week after Jordan had thrown a 28-yard pass to Miller late in the game against Shenandoah, setting up Hooker for another touchdown that also tied the score. This time Knightstown made the two-point conversion when Jim South dove into the end zone, securing the 8-6 win.
Eastern Hancock lost a 6-0 heartbreaker to New Palestine after driving the length of the field in the final seconds. Quarterback Joe Martin directed the Royals inside the Dragon 20 yard by hitting John Cain, Larry Spegal and Chris Snider with consecutive passes. But Martin was sacked on the game’s last play, enabling the Dragons to hold on.
Behind the running of Joe Sitler and Jeff Wright the Knightstown cross country team continues to dominate area teams. Sitler and Wright have taken turns winning meets as the Panthers have easily turned back all comers. Other strong runners on the team include Jeff Firestone, Barry Bramlage, Doug Colip and David Raglin, who finished third through sixth respectively in the last meet.
Members of the KHS varsity volleyball team this year will be Allison Queener, Jill Skillman, Kim Johnson, Beth Mills, Annette Turpin, Janet Downey, Teresa Wright, Lori Alexander and Tammy Fox. JV players will be Alice DeVine, Judy Mohler, Teresa Galyen, Michelle Voris, Diane Munden, Julie Queener, Barb Hickey, Tina Richmond and Dawn Lansinger.
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