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 Without Bryan Peggs, Panthers Lose to Raiders in 1984


Knightstown varsity football team lost a shocker to Shenandoah 7-6 when star player Bryan Peggs went down to a knee injury during pre-game warm-ups. Peggs plays multiple positions, noted coach Don Willard. “It takes about six people to replace him.” Peggs injured his knee while delivering a high-five during player introductions. Rod Jones scored the Panther touchdown in the game, while defensive stars included Mark Chew, Andy Moore, Bruce Willard, Pat Reeves, Mark Jones, Marty Goble, John Nicholas and John Jones.

Eastern Hancock crushed Class 3A South Dearborn 21-2. Keith Hockett and Mickey Spegal combined for over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Royals.

Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team upset 13th-ranked Wapahani in the Richmond Invitational Tournament. It was the Lady Panthers’ second straight win over the tradition-rich school. Outstanding performances were turned in by April Helms, Diane Henry, Beth Munden, Jolinda Coon, and Rhonda Barton. The Knightstown girls then whipped Eastern Hancock in three games to improve to 18-3 on the season and win their third straight Big Blue River Conference title. Coach Becky Freeman’s team has not lost a BBRC match in four years.

The Panther cross country team led New Palestine and Triton Central runners behind in easily winning a three-way meet with the schools. David Dodd won the meet and was immediately followed by teammates Erikk Knapp, Scott Van Hoy, Kent Armstrong and Eric Rogers. Ross Wells, Richard Sitler and Ross McMahan all also finished in the top 12, giving the Panthers eight of those places in the lopsided win. The team is unbeaten this season.

Chris Bundy passed for 198 yards and two touchdowns but the Knightstown 8th grade football team lost to Rushville 30-28. Brett South, Chris Roberts and Bobby Hamblin each caught three passes from Bundy. Aaron Ratliff caught two passes and was the leading rusher for the Panthers.



Knightstown’s varsity football team fell to 0-3 on the season after suffering a 37-14 setback at Eastern Hancock.

Dennis Bricker, Larry Spegal and Jay Wisehart combined for nearly 300 rushing yards. Panther fullback Mark Heim scored on a six-yard run and Bryan Magee added the extra point to put the Panthers ahead. After that, it was all Eastern Hancock.

Doug Muegge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Meugge of Charlottesville, was the winner of the Regional level of the punt, pass and kick contest in the 13-year-old division. The competition was held in Indianapolis. Mark Lawrence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lawrence of Knightstown, won the local competition and finished in second place at the Regional in the 12-year-old division.

Knightstown’s 8th grade football team defeated Doe Creek 12-6. Jeff Stearns rushed for 154 yards, Randy Hall passed for 76 more yards and Mike Mattix scored a touchdown for Knightstown.

The 7th grade football team crushed Maxwell 20-0. Mark Carroll scored on a 20-yard touchdown run and David Mattix scored from five yards out. Mark Lawrence threw a touchdown pass to Gus Taylor to cap the Panther scoring. Chris Taylor was cited by coach Dan Purtee for his superior defensive play. Eastern Hancock’s cross country team won again last week. Mark Tompkins and Wayde Veach led the way with a 1-2 finish in the meet.




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