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 Teresa Wright qualified for Track Regional 30 Years Ago


Knightstown’s varsity baseball team will open sectional play on June 1 against county rival New Castle. The Panthers are the sectional defending champion, and the Trojans are ranked in the state’s top 20. With four games left in the regular season, the Panthers are 14-3, coming off a tough 5-4 loss to 21-3 Lapel. Knightstown rebounded from that loss to defeat Tri High 4-0 behind the two-hit pitching of senior Bill Garris. Garris lowered his season ERA to 1.48 John Collins, Chris Taylor, Baron Magee, Mark Lawrence and Kirt Willis all had multiple hits on the week for Knightstown.

Chris Taylor pitched for the Panthers in a 1-0 victory over New Palestine. Taylor also reached base, stole second and scored on a single by Mark Lawrence for the game’s only run.

The Panther JV baseball team defeated Tri 4-3 last week and starting pitcher Kevin Hiner overcame wildness to post the win. Despite walking eight and hitting another batter, Hiner struck out 11 men to get himself out of trouble. Bryan Peggs had three hits and Randy Pitts slammed a home run for Knightstown.

The Panther golf team finished in third place in the eight-team Big Blue River Conference tourney. Rob Hall shot a 78 and Steve Davidson fired an 81 for KHS.



Knightstown’s baseball capped another successful season by finishing with a 5-0 record in the BBRC, in the process handing state-ranked New Palestine their first loss of the season.

The Panthers defeated the Dragons 8-7 when senior Bill Miller cracked a two-out single to score the winning run. Knightstown rallied to tie the game on a three-run homer by sophomore Art Rose, scoring Eric Barnes and Tom Jordan. Jack Tague, Bo Roland, Kirk Hochstedler and Greg Whitfield all had two hits in the game.

Teresa Wright, a top competitor all season in the 100-yard dash and long jump, has advanced to the regional competition in both events. Pam Rutherford also qualified in the 880-yard run.

During the Girls Athletic Association awards banquet at Knightstown High School, several girls were given awards by the KHS athletic department. Senior award winners were Annette Turpin, Allison Queener and Melinda Melton, for sportsmanship.

Senior plaques were awarded to Queener, Turpin, Janet Downey, Jill Skillman, Kim Johnson, Joyce Henderson, Beth Mills and Susan Taylor.

Underclassmen award winners were Charity Fields, Teresa Wright, Genea White, Bev Wright, Melinda Melton, Julie Queener, Janet Jackson, Michele Voris, Kim Phelps, Teresa Phelps, Teresa Galyen, Diane Munden, Lori Alexander, Tracy Cooper and Kim Miller, Terri Schram, Susie Cunningham and Tracy Roderick.

The KHS bowling team established several new school records during their season, and recognized the accomplishments of team members at a banquet. Genea White had the high average, and Charity Shields was named most improved.

Beth Mills, Cheryl Lefforge and Brenda Kline were recognized for winning tournaments, while Patti Parker, Kim Clark, Janet Jones and Cathy Irwin were also representatives on the state team.

Joyce Henderson was honored as the girls golf team’s outstanding golfer, while Trish Wyatt won the golfing excellence award.

Other KHS athletes recognized at the banquet included Tammy Fox, Kim Johnson, Lori Alexander, Julie Carroll, Rhonda Elliott, Karen Gregory, Tonya Haase, Debra Hill, Terri Keesling, Robin McCorkle, Kim Miller, Molly Myers, Debbi Nigh, Penny Burgess, Nancy Eddy, Carol McCord, Lynn Miller, Joann Mohler, Martha Sitler, Kim Grandison, Teresa Galyen, and Angel Voris.

Tim Wright was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete at the KHS awards banquet.




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