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 Cristi Wright, Kerri Grandison Starred for Knightstown's Varsity Softball Team in 1982


Knightstown High School graduate Jack Tague was supplied leadership and a lot of hitting and defense for theMacMurray College baseball team this spring. The junior is leading his team in hitting, as he did his freshman year, and recently had three hits against Wesleyan College.

Knightstown varsity track team captured 10 of 15 events in a dual meet victory over Hagerstown last week. Cort Swincher won the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter races, while brother Mark Swincher won the 800- and 1600-meter races. Mark Carroll won the high jump, Jeff Wilkerson won the shot put, and Dave McIntosh won the 3200-meter run.

Knightstown’s varsity golf team won its third straight match last week by defeating Hagerstown. Rob Hall, Brad Ratliff and Steve Davidson all shot a 41 for the Panthers.

The Lady Panther tennis team defeated Tri High last week as Traci Walls picked up another win in number one singles. Judy Anderson and Cathy Cunningham also won in doubles action, and April Helms picked up a singles victory to give the match to Knightstown.

The Lady Panther softball team took a major step forward by sweeping Indianapolis Warren Central in a doubleheader last week, 14-11 and 17-7. Christi Wright and Kerri Grandison both had huge games against Warren, with six hits apiece in the twinbill. Shari Alexander and Teresa Couch each had a triple in both games as Knightstown’s girls pounded out 29 hits in the two games. Susan Koors and three doubles and a triple on the day.

Knightstown’s junior varsity baseball team whipped Tri last week. Chris Waits was the winning pitcher, while Rod Jones and Nicholas each doubled and scored twice in the game.



Knightstown junior Pam Rutherford remained unbeaten in the 880-yard run, breaking her own school record in the event by running in a time of 2:36.5. Teresa Wright was a double winner for the Lady Panthers, winning the long jump and the 100-yard dash (12.4) as the Lady Panthers defeated Eastern Hancock and Morton Memorial in a three-way meet. Tracy Cooper, Robin McCorkle, Kim Miller and Annette Turpin also had first place finishes.

Diana Munden posted her best time in the 220-yard dash with a clocking of 26.4.

Andy Johnson and Mark Todd dominated in the short dashes, but Knightstown’s varsity boys track team lost in their three-way meet with the Royals and Tigers. Jeff Wright was the only other winner for the Panthers, easily claiming the two-mile run in 10:46.

Knightstown senior John Wright became the first player recruited by new Indiana University East coach John Beckman. Wright was a two-year player for the Panthers, starting his senior season and averaging nearly a double-double.

Knightstown’s tennis team shut out Tri last week 7-0. Winners included Bev Wright, Jill Skillman, Kim Phelps, Karen Gregory, Carol McCord, Allison Queener, Lori Alexander, Julie Carroll and Michelle Voris.



Knightstown’s track team easily won a four-way event with 104 points. New Palestine was second with just 57 points, followed by Blue River (54) and Carthage (13). Richard Cassidy won both sprint events; Jim McCall took the 440 and low hurdles; Tom Mills won the high hurdles and long jump; while McCall and Cassidy were also on the two winning relay teams.

Carthage High School cheerleaders were chosen by a popular vote of the students. They will include Becky McCorkle, Kathy Smith, Marilyn Edwards and Lorinda Miekush, and the girls will cheer during the 1967-68 school year.



Best records for the Knightstown High School track team are, Carroll in the high hurdles (18.7), low hurdles (22.6); Zimmerman in the 100-yard dash (10.7), the 440-yard dash (58.8) and the 220-yard dash (25.6); Roseberry in the mile run (5:11) and half-mile run (2:20); Jackson in the high jump (5’8”); Kemp in the shot put (38’5”); Francis in the broad jump (18’1”) and in the pole vault (9’6”).

East Central Conference track teams who will compete in the conference track meet this year include host Morton Memorial, who is unbeaten this season. Other conference teams competing include Knightstown, Morristown, Spiceland, Cambridge City, Centerville, Hagerstown, Union City, Brookville, Milroy and Farmland.




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