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 Mike Wade, Rhonda Barton Pre-Season All-State in 1984


Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team was eliminated from the Regional by Wapahani, ending a successful season in which the Lady Panthers went 25-6. Team members included Leslie Councellor, Denise Dick, Lisa Koors, Diane Henry, April Helms, Marci Dalton, Tari Sandlin, Amanda Westerfeld, Jolinda Coon, Tracy Barton, Rhonda Barton, Kelly Clark and Beth Munden. The team was coached by Becky Freeman.

Fall sports awards were present to several Knightstown High School athletes during ceremonies held last week. Honored for varsity football were Joe Peggs, Eric Hunt, Marty Goble, Mark Chew, and Andy Moore, who was given the Stephen D. Smith Award.

Junior varsity football awards were presented to Greg Byers and Shawn Adkins. Richard Sitler, Todd Miles and David Dodd were given cross country awards. Varsity volleyball awards were given to Jolinda Coon, Diane Henry and Rhonda Barton.

Varsity tennis recipients were Mike Wade and Mike Mosely, while Shelli Chandler won the low medalist award in girls’ golf. Lura Howard and Jeanna Wright were given junior varsity volleyball awards.

Eastern Hancock’s football blasted Milan 33-15, advancing to the state’s final eight for the second consecutive year. The Royals will play top-ranked Sheridan for an opportunity to get to the final four. Keith Hockett, Kevin Hastings, Chris Conley and Dan Powell were cited by Coach Bob Copeland for their outstanding defensive play. The game will mark the third straight year the Royals have met Sheridan in the playoffs. The Blackhawks beat Eastern Hancock previously in the playoffs 31-28 and 18-0, and defeated Wes-Del last week 70-14.

Knightstown junior guard Mike Wade and junior forward Rhonda Barton, basketball standouts for the Panther teams, were both named pre-season Honorable Mention All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.

Jennifer Wilfong, a standout basketball player for Knightstown from 1979-82, has been named co-captain of the Indiana University women’s basketball team for the 1984-85 season. Jennifer averaged more than 26 points per game her senior season at Knightstown, leading the Lady Panthers to a 17-2 record.



Knightstown’s varsity football team lost the last game of the season to Triton Central 17-8, assuring the Tigers a three-way split with New Palestine and Eastern Hancock for the Big Blue River Conference title. Kirk Hochstedler threw a 61-yard scoring pass to Art Rose, and Mark Heim ran for the two point conversion for Knightstown’s only points. Andy Johnson and Kurt Easton were the defensive standouts.

Barry Welsh went over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing, but Tri High lost its season final to Centerville 28-20 last Friday.

The newly-organized Knightstown Panther booster club elected its officers. Alan Wade will be the president, while Hazel Gatmaitan will be secretary and Fred Wright will be treasurer.

Eastern Hancock’s junior varsity football team improved its record to 6-1-1 with a 20-8 victory over Shenandoah. John Mascoe, Rusty Lowe and Brent Ware all rushed for more than 100 yards in the game. Jeff Edwards also scored a touchdown for the Royals.

Former Morton Memorial standout athlete Tim Brown was inducted into the Ball State University Athletic Hall of Fame last week. Brown was a multi-sport star for Morton, and later also starred for the Cardinals. He went on to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Colts.




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