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 Carthage Teams Won County Title in 1976


Knightstown senior basketball players Rob Hall, Donnie Jackson, Jeff Griggs, Larry Edwards and Greg Hochstedler saw their careers end last week at the hands of the New Castle Trojans in the sectional second round. Knightstown defeated Blue River in the first round 53-41, when Edwards and Hochstedler led the way with 10 assists and 14 points respectively.

But the Panthers lost in the semifinals to the Trojans 86-43. New Castle wound up in the final four three weeks later. Against the Trojans, Edwards finished with 10 points, Hochstedler had nine and Hall scored eight. Eastern Hancock lost in the semifinals to Greenfield-Central, but got double figure scoring from four different players. Mickey Spegal, Jim Peck, Shawn Grass and Scott Petry all scored in double digits for the Royals in their 85-63 loss.



The Knightstown Panthers clobbered Blue River 79-54, but lost to second-ranked Rushville 61-43, ending their regular season with an impressive 15-5 record. Brent Magee scored 22, Galen Thomas 18, Rick Harris 16, and freshman Art Rose eight points against the Vikings.

Saturday night, the state’s second ranked team trailed the Panthers 28-26 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half for the 18-point victory. Knightstown led 32-30 before the Lions scored 19 straight points in the third quarter. Magee finished with 19 points and Thomas had 14 for the Panthers, while Ray Keesling scored seven.

The New Castle Sectional field includes 15-5 Knightstown, 19-1 Tri High, 19-2 Eastern Hancock, and the always tough host Trojans. Members of the Panther team include Bo Roland, Al Gatmaitan, John Wright, Tom Kidd, Brent Magee, Jim Doubman, Galen Thomas, Raymond Keesling, Bill Miller, Rick Harris, Brett Posey and Art Rose. The team is coached by Duane Queener and assisted by Bill Bergmann.

Head Coach Ron Bocken and assistant Steve Landram will lead the Royals, who have handed Tri its lone loss of the season. Team members include John Jordan, Pete Hubert, Chris Smith, Gerald Bricker, Joe Rhodes, Steve Mayer, Richard O’Neal, Bob McDaniel, Doug Rodebeck and John Cain.

Eastern Hancock finished its season with a 19-2 record, getting 33 points from senior Pete Hubert and 15 points and 14 rebounds from Bob McDaniel.

The Carthage A and B teams won the Rush County Tournament. A team members, coaches and cheerleaders are Mark White, Perry Fitch, Joe Proctor, Todd Roberts, Jeff Jackson, Steve Buckley, Eric Harris, Russell Kline, Mark Messer, Jim South, Rodney Mathews, Mike Wyatt and Benny Conley. Cheerleaders are Lynn Curry, Debra Ebbert, Sheryl Leisure, Sue Conley, Rhonda Miller and Debbie Steinwachs.

B team members and coaches are Chuck Helms, Monte VanHorn, Brian Grandison, Rusty Addison, Steve Edwards, Grant Wilfong, Mark Weidner, Kent Sullivan, Jay Wood, Mike Eickhoff, Lindsay Steinwachs, Allen Smith, Jim Williams and Bud King.

Kent Sullivan of Carthage won the boys 12-13 age group Elk’s Hoop Shoot contest held at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Kent is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sullivan. He is traveling to Toledo, Ohio, this week to compete in the regional semifinals.

Kirk Hochstedler tipped in a missed shot a split-second before the buzzer that gave the Knightstown junior varsity basketball team a 50-48 victory over Blue River. They finished the season with an 11-8 record.



Knightstown’s basketball team reached the finals of the New Castle Sectional, nearly knocking off the third-ranked team in the entire state. Knightstown lost to the Trojans 65-52 in the final, but the game was very close in the final minutes. The Panthers actually led the game after three quarters, but the Trojans scored 26 points in the final quarter and the Panthers ran out of gas.

The Panthers ripped Spiceland 66-43, Sulphur Springs 86-61 and Mt. Vernon 66-53 to advance to the final against the Trojans. Jim McCall, Bob Sorrell, Ken Schweizer, Jim Harrell, Tom Mills and junior Gene Bundy were the shooting stars for the Panthers. Bundy was named to the all-sectional first team, including receiving the honor of Sectional MVP, while Harrell was named to the second team after his superb game against the Trojans in the final.




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