McCorkle Inked Pro Ball Contract in 1966
Kim Beavers hit six of nine field goals and combined with Jolinda Coon to shut down Eastern Hancock star Cheryl Vail, leading Knightstown to a 39-28 upset victory over the Royals. Vail, averaging 22 points per game, was held to just two. Beavers scored 12 points, while Shari Alexander, April Helms and Rhonda Barton each scored eight points.
The Lady Panthers also whipped Blue River 52-44. Jeanna Wright led the team with 17 points, while Amanda Westerfeld and Liz Smith added six apiece. Knightstown’s boys basketball team upset state-ranked New Palestine 55-53. Gary Duff scored six points in the final minutes on three rebound baskets to rally the Panthers to their sixth consecutive victory.
Terry Rodgers scored 27 points, while Scott Van Hoy added 12 points and 12 rebounds, leading the junior varsity to a 63-42 victory over New Palestine.
The annual Big Blue River Conference holiday tournament is this week, and unbeaten Tri High will battle 6-2 Knightstown. The Titans, 7-0, have four players averaging in double figures, led by junior Randy Reece at 24.6 ppg. Bill Sidwell, March Welch and Rod Watson also averaged in double digits.
The Panthers are led by Brent Magee, whose 27.3 scoring average is one of the highest in the state. Galen Thomas appears to be fully recovered from his football injuries and comes in with a 19-point scoring average. The BBRC consists of Knightstown, Tri High, New Palestine, Morristown, Triton Central, North Decatur, Eastern Hancock and Morton Memorial.
Former Knightstown football, basketball, baseball and track star Richard Richey closed out an outstanding season for the Manchester College Spartans by being named the team’s most valuable player. Richey finished among the Hoosier Buckeye Conference rushing leaders for the second straight season, and was named to the all conference team.
Ken Stanley’s 20 points per game scoring average for the Mays Tigers tops all others in the Banner area. Morton Memorial’s Jeff Wilber is second with an average of 19.6 points per game. Knightstown is represented on the scoring chart by John Mayhill, in sixth place with an average of 15.4. Mike Thompson is ninth at 13.1 points.
Dave McCorkle, 1962 graduate of Knightstown High School, has signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team. He will report to the Indians’ training camp in Tucson, Arizona, on March 24. McCorkle has just completed a two-year hitch with the United States Air Force.
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