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 Volleyball Team Won New Castle Sectional in 1976


Punt, Pass and Kick winners have been announced by the Optimist Club. In the 13-year-old division, Chris Bundy was first and Bobby Hamlin was second; 12-year-olds, David True was first and Trent Dishman second; 11-year-olds, Matt hooker was first and Tracy Stafford second; 10-year-olds, Chas Bowling was first and Tony Haugh second; 9-year-olds, Andy Copeland was first and Matt Roberts second; 8-year-olds, Brian Hamlin was first and Aaron Willard was second.

Knightstown’s junior varsity football team improved its record to 7-0 for the season by beating Union County 30-0. Greg Byers caused and recovered two fumbles that both led to touchdowns.

Knightstown’s varsity football team crushed Triton Central 20-6 last week, improving their record to 5-4. Eric Hunt scored two touchdowns and Joe Peggs added one, while Andy Moore had 14 solo tackles. Quarterback Bruce Willard threw for 232 yards.

Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team rallied from big deficits in every game to defeat Shenandoah and win the New Castle Sectional last week. April Helms served eight straight points as Knightstown erased a 9-2 deficit to win the last game. Amanda Westerfeld had seven kills, Rhonda Barton served for seven points and had six kills, and Tracy Barton had four kills. Diane Henry had nine assists and six service points. The Lady Panthers beat New Castle, Shenandoah and Tri to win the sectional and improve their record to 25-5 on the year.

Eastern Hancock finished its regular season with a 12-6 victory over Tri High. Keith Hockett scored the two touchdowns for the Royals, who had already qualified for the playoffs.

Knightstown and Eastern Hancock will honor seniors before the last game of the regular season next week. The Panthers have 12 seniors, including Bryan Peggs, Andy Moore, Rodney Jones, Eric Hunt, Mark Chew, Marty Goble, James Abercrombie, Brad Hayes, Tony Butler, Brian Cavaletto, Brian Sullivan and John Nicholas. Being honored from Eastern Hancock are Joe Munden, Chris Brumfield, Paul Matlock, Keith Burnside, Dan Powell, Keith Hockett, Kevin Hastings and Mickey Spegal.



A trick play flea flicker led to a 50-yard touchdown pass that propelled Knightstown’s varsity football team to a 22-20 upset over Centerville last week. The Bulldogs, 7-1, didn’t think they’d get much of a game from the 3-5 Panthers.

But Knightstown surprised them when Alex Gatmaitan recovered a fumble. On the ensuing play, quarterback Kirk Hochstedler handed off to Mark Heim, who then handed the ball to Duane Carroll. Carroll lateraled the ball back to Hochstedler, who threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Brett Posey that put the Panthers in front, 22-8.

Knightstown’s 7th grade football team lost to Rushville 20-6, dropping their record to 2-2-1 on the season. Gus Taylor scored the team’s only touchdown on a 36-yard pass play from Mark Carroll.

Knightstown’s 8th grade football team beat Shenandoah 22-14 last week. Jeff Stearns intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Randy Hall also scored two touchdowns of one and 15-yards, and Hall threw a two-point conversion pass to Stearns. Stearns gained 190 yards rushing, while Hall ran for 99 yards and passed for 46 more.

Eastern Hancock clinched a playoff berth with a 45-20 victory over Tri High. Dennis Bricker and Jay Wisehart scored three touchdowns apiece for the Royals. The win was the first over Tri since 1972. Eastern had lost to the Titans in 1973, 1974 and 1975, with each loss costing the Royals the Big Blue River Conference title. Barry Welsh rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns for the Titans.




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