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 Eddie Fairchild, David Walls Starred for 8th Grade Team


Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team got hot at the right time, winning 21 of their last 24 matched to complete the regular season schedule with a 22-5 record. The Lady Panthers, coached by Becky Freeman, are the odds-on favorite to win this week’s sectional.

The girls are led by Amanda Westerfeld, Jolinda Coon, Denise Dick, Kelly Clark, April Helms, Diane Henry, Rhonda Barton and Beth Munden.

Knightstown’s varsity football team committed four turnovers, including one at the Hagerstown nine-yard line, and lost to the Tigers 20-12 Friday night. The setback eliminated the Panthers from post-season cluster play, and assured the Tigers of a spot in the playoffs. Quarterback Bruce Willard was sacked five times in the game.

Eastern Hancock defeated Edinburg 22-6 to secure their second consecutive playoff appearance. They will battle Milan, who upset Tri High 21-6, this Friday night in round one of the state tournament. Mickey Spegal, Kevin Hastings scored the touchdowns for the Royals, who rushed for 363 yards in the game. Spegal finished with 158 yards, Keith Hockett had 105 and Joe South added 62 yards on the ground.

Knightstown’s junior varsity football team blasted Hagerstown 42-0, improving their record to 6-0. In those six games the JV has out-scored its opponents 110-6, recording five shutouts. John Abercrombie and Shawn Adkins both rushed for over 100 yards. Defensive standouts were Greg Howard, David Moore, Randy Miller, Charles Hamby and Todd Cleek.

David Dodd finished 15th in the cross country sectional at Pendleton Heights last week. Other Panther runners helping the team to a 12th place overall finish were Erikk Knapp, Richard Sitler, Kent Armstrong, Scott Van Hoy, Eric Rogers and Ross Wells.

The junior varsity volleyball team finished another successful season with a victory over Centerville. Standout performances were turned in by Jennifer Foster, Eileen Mullany, Kelly Roberts, Dawn Florea, Melanie Cox, Ellen Willard and Jeanna Wright.

The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams lost tough games to Shenandoah and Morristown last week, but got great individual performances from Carrie Florea, Julie Wilson, Shawna White, Terri Lee, Julie Estridge, Pam Hochstedler and Heather Weimer.



The Knightstown Panthers lost their annual homecoming game to Indianapolis Ritter 35-25. Kirk Hochstedler threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns to Brett Posey. Senior Kandy Lawrence was crowned homecoming queen. Her older sister, Leah, was homecoming queen two years ago.

The 8th grade football team got a touchdown run from Scott Turpin, forging a 6-6 tie with Tri last week. Eddie Fairchild and David Walls were defensive stars for the Panthers, while Jeff Stearns ran for 140 yards.

Dennis Bricker became the first Eastern Hancock player ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, leading the Royals to a 33-6 victory over Indian Creek. Joe Martin threw a touchdown pass to Monte Conley, while Dan Willis added a touchdown run.

Joe Sitler had quite a week for the Panther cross country team. First, he set a school record by completing the course in 12:45 against New Palestine. Then Sitler finished third in the sectional at Richmond. Jeff Firestone was eighth in the sectional and Jeff Wright missed the meet because of the flu.

Morristown won the Big Blue River Conference cross country meet. David McIntosh was third and Bruce Shelton 10th for the Panthers.



Coach Herod Toon, Knightstown’s new varsity basketball coach, cut his squad to 13 men last week. The team will consist of five seniors, seven juniors and one sophomore. Of the group only five were not on last year’s team.

The roster will include seniors Bob Zimmerman, Norman Carroll, Jack Carr, Bill Shores, Bill Wyatt; juniors Sam Francis, Milton Jackson, Carlee Rose, Lloyd McCleese, Dan Kamp, John Smalley, Bud Butler; and sophomore Dick Leakey.




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