Taylor, Mattix Led Panthers in Hitting 25 Years Ago
Knightstown’s varsity baseball team is ready to defend its sectional title with a veteran squad this season. Team members include Dan Florea, Rem Perry, Kurt Willis, Pat Day, Kevin Hiner, Angie Lindsay, Marc Bundy, Brian Jones, Mark Lawrence, David Mattix, Chris Taylor, John Betz, John Collins, Chris Waits, Baron Magee, Bill Garris, Todd Wells, Ron Hammer and Mike White. The team is coached by Mike Wyatt and he is assisted by Gary Ogden. Team managers include John Myers, Mike Reeves, Angie Lindsay, Lana Gregory, Diane Henry and Liz Wyatt.
At this point in the season, several Panthers are carrying outstanding offensive credentials to the baseball field. Chris Taylor leads the team with a .488 batting average. David Mattix is hitting .390, John Collins .357 and Mark Lawrence .334. The entire team’s combined batting average is .319, and they have stolen 65 bases.
Scott Reeves, Steve Davidson, Rob Hall and Jeff Brummett all shot in the low 40s, leading the Panther golf team to a victory over Triton Central last week.
Brian Peggs, Rod Jones and Chris Waits had two hits apiece, while Randy Pitts, Jim Wolski and John Nicholas had extra-base hits to lead the junior varsity baseball team to a win over Eastern Hancock. Judy Anderson, Cathy Cunningham and April Helms won matched to lead the Lady Panther tennis team to a win over Cambridge City Lincoln.
Knightstown’s girls softball team lost a doubleheader to John Marshal High School last week. Christi Wright, Michelle Gosser, Kerri Grandison and Susan Koors all had at least two hits in the twin bill.
Knightstown’s varsity tennis team continues to improve as sectional play approaches. Team members include Carol McCord, Allison Queener, Jill Skillman, Julie Carroll, Michelle Voris, Karen Gregory, Lori Alexander, Bev Wright and Kim Phelps. The team is coached by Becky Freeman.
Longtime Eastern Hancock varsity basketball coach Ron Bocken resigned his position to accept a similar post at Mississinewa High School. Bocken led the Royals to the 1974 New Castle sectional title. The team had a 21-3 record that season.
Bo Roland pitched a three-hitter to lead the Panther baseball team to a 4-2 victory over Triton Central. First baseman Eric Barnes connected for two of the five Knightstown hits. Roland, Chuck Hutson and Greg Whitfield also had hits, while Whitfield had three RBI.
Traci Cooper and Martha Sitler won two events apiece to pace the Lady Panther track team to a win over Eastern Hancock.
Grant Wilfong ran a 2:31.8 880 and Jim Williams posted a 63.8 440-yard dash in the Carthage junior high track meet against Milroy last Thursday. Both Wilfong and Williams are undefeated in their events this season.
Knightstown track men qualifying for competition in the sectional track meet at Richmond are R. Cassiday in the 100-, 200-yard and broad jump; J.D. Masters in the 880-relay; Jim McCall in the 440-yard dash, the mile relay and the low hurdles; Ken Schweizer in the 440-yard dash and mile relay; Ron Dick in the two-mile run; and Tom Mills in the high hurdles and high jump.
Hancock Central’s strong track team won the Hancock County meet, while Eastern Hancock finished fourth. Jerry Hurt was the only Royal winner, taking the long jump with a leap of 18’8”.
Hoss’s Gang, a team made up of Knightstown High School faculty members, will defend the title they won last year in the slow-pitch softball league. The league will consist of six teams from the Knightstown area and will start play June 13.
Knightstown’s baseball team opened its 1952 season when they traveled to Richmond and suffered a 26-2 defeat. Ben Rhodes homered for Knightstown in the fourth inning, and Dixie Howell pitched well for a few innings, but lost his control. Some powerful hitting off Ab Moore, Bob McCaslin and Art Snow finished any Knightstown hopes of a win.
Woods Motor Sales softball team launched their season with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Sigma Tau Fraternity of Ball State College in an 11-inning game.
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