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 Ron Dick Set School Track Records in 1967


Knightstown’s varsity baseball team got its season off to a successful start by whipping Connersville 9-2 and Blue River 10-1. Chris Taylor and Bill Garris were the winning pitchers in the two lopsided wins.

Mark Lawrence and John Collins both had two hits and drove in two runs against the Spartans. Brian Jones, Marc Bundy, Rem Perry and David Mattix hit safely and scored runs for Knightstown.

The Lady Panther tennis team lost a match to tough Centerville 4-1 and Traci Walls picked up the lone victory for Knightstown. Myra Bolinger and Charmi Bonne lost very close matches.

The Knightstown girls softball team easily defeated Indianapolis Brebeuf 14-1 last week. Shari Alexander was the winning pitcher, while Susan Koors had two doubles. Gwen Hamblin also hit safely twice and scored three times.

Eastern Hancock is expecting big things from its high school boys track team this year. The squad has more than 30 participants on the roster, including veterans Jim Peck, Jon Miller, Mike Lewis, Russell Spiker, Larry Bowman, Jon Smith, Phillip Stoten, Richard Kurz, Lee Pittner, Keith Hockett, Mike Dunlavy, Aaron Basicker, Scott Maxwell, Andy Craig and Brian Jones.



The All-Big Blue River Conference basketball team was announced. Included were Knightstown sophomore Art Rose, Eastern Hancock’s Bob McDaniel and Joe Rhodes, and Tri High’s Randy Reece and Rodney Watson. The lines for the first metric high school track in Indiana were completed at Logansport’s all-weather track last week. Indiana will go to all metric in track in the next two years.

Richard Richey, a former KHS athletics great, is carrying a big bat for Manchester College in baseball this spring. Richey has had the game-winning hits in several games for the Spartans this season and leads the team in most offensive statistical categories.

Knightstown’s girls track team got first place finishes from Teresa Wright, Pam Rutherford, Martha Sitler, Tracy Cooper and Annette Turpin in romping to a win over North Decatur. Wright in undefeated this season in the 100-yard dash, while Rutherford is unbeaten in the 880-yard run. Turpin broke her own school record in the long jump.

Dave Kilmer, a former wrestler at KHS, finished his third season of varsity wrestling competition at Indiana Central University with a record of 10-5-3. Dave’s career record at ICU is 45-15-3, and he finished second in the Indiana Collegiate Conference meet.

Behind the pitching of junior Bo Roland and freshman Jim South, Knightstown’s varsity baseball team defeated Blue River to even their record at 1-1. Jack Tague had two singles and three RBI’s.

Knightstown lost to Connersville earlier in the week 11-1 in five innings. Bill Wasson and Roland had the lone hits in the game for the Panthers.



The Knightstown High School chess team came within less than one point of winning the state championship last week. The team lost to Indianapolis Arlington in the 150-team state tournament, coming home with a second place trophy. Team members are Larry and Terry Blankenship, Butch Gregory and Jeff Jackson. They are coached by Bruce Marks.

The Knightstown “Cloverette Five”, an acrobatic team consisting of area youngsters Debra Hill, Julie Carroll, Robin McCorkle, Beverly Wright and Teresa Wright, will represent Henry County in district competition after winning on the county level.

Randy Jordan and Brian Hampton were named to the All-Big Blue River Conference basketball team, along with Eastern Hancock’s Rick Johnson.

Paul Mills, on of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mills, is listed as a member of the Ball State University football team. Mills was a multiple sport star for the Panthers, and will be the kicker for the Division I Cardinals.

Knightstown’s GAA track team defeated Connersville and Morton Memorial in a three-way track meet last week. Denise Jackson won four events for Knightstown, while other wins were posted by Karen Skillman, Donna Malkemus, Della Swincher, Ann Foley, Lisa Richmond and Teresa Johnson.



Ron Dick continues to shatter his own school records in long-distance running for KHS. In a track meet last week against Arlington and Carthage, Ron ran the two mile in 10:58.1, shattering his own school record in the process. In the previous meet, Ron ran a two mile time of 10:58.7, breaking the record that had been owned by his brother, Don.

Members of the KHS track team this year include Ron and Don Dick, Jack Kopp, Mike Williams, Tim Gann, Richard Cassiday, H.D. Masters, Joe Hamm, Gene Bundy, Mark McFarland, Jim Harrell, Tom Mills, Rick Litten, Jim McCall, Ken Schweitzer, Mike McDonald, Joe Thompkins, Ewing Shields, Mike Trent, Rick Tribby, Gary Roberts, Matt Rodewald, Allen VanDuyn and Tim Rodewald.



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