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 Kelly Phelps, Kerry Grandison Led Sluggers to Wins in 1982


Eastern Hancock boys basketball coach Doug Price surprised everyone by resigning his position last week. Price led the Royals to a sectional championship, and had been successful each of his three seasons at the school.

School officials would not comment on the matter, and said a hearing scheduled for next week to hear complaints about Price had been cancelled. Two Eastern Hancock students had alleged “improprieties” against Price, according to Superintendent Keith Davis.

The Shirley Belters defeated the Mt. Lawn Speedway Bombers 4-3 in the Wanda Smith Memorial Girls Softball League action last weekend. Kim Henderson was 2-for-3 to lead the Belters’ hitting attack, while Debbie Austin struck out 12 and was the winning pitcher.

The Bombers scored their three runs on just one hit. Cindy Estridge had the lone Bomber hit, while Dawn McRoberts took the loss on the mound. The Hornets also defeated the Chargers 15-3 as Carrie Wyatt had three hits and was the winning pitcher. Rhonda Barton, Lura Howard and Lori Griffin all had hits for the Chargers.

The Sluggers defeated the Tigers 27-4. Kelly Phelps and Kerry Grandison both had two hits, while Gwen Hamblin was the winning pitcher. The Tigers had four runs on three hits, with Jane Rhodes and Carolyn Mallory leading the way.

The Bombers beat the Chargers by a score of 9-7 in the thriller. Angie Sloan, Shelli Ottinger, and Kim Price each had two hits for the bombers, while Dawn McRoberts was the winning pitcher.



Phil Snodgrass, a Kennard native, has been hired as head basketball coach at Greensburg High School. Chosen from approximately 60 applicants, Snodgrass had coached at Liberty since 1969 and four seven more years a Short High and Union County High Schools.

Snodgrass earned varsity letters in baseball, basketball and track while attending Kennard High School. He earned three varsity baseball letters at Ball State University. His basketball team in 1973 lost just one game all season long, to Connersville in the sectional.

The Sluggers won the girls softball championship, defeating the Jets, who were the three-time defending champions of the major league title. Terri Williams, Angel Voris, Kim Roland, Teresa Phelps, Teresa Wright, Kim Phelps and Michelle Voris starred for the Sluggers.

The Jets lost in the championship for the first time ever. The defending champions had won the title in 1973, ’74 and ’75, but were denied in a major upset. Kim Grandison, Debra Hill, Allison Queener, Janet Downey and Janet Jackson all had two hits for the Jets, who had seen a 66-game winning streak end earlier this season.

The Cheetahs defeated the Lions 11-3 to win the girls minor league softball championship last weekend. Coached Anna and Caley Wyatt praised their team’s defense, which allowed just five total runs in four tourney games. The Lions, coached by David Phelps Sr., lost just one game during the season and were the tournament favorite.

Trudy Hamilton head three hits for the Cheetas, while Diane Zinkan, Cara Peggs and Marjorie Small each had two hits. Beth Johnson belted a home run for the Lions, and Kelly Phelps, Traci Walls and Dawn McRoberts each had two hits.



Knightstown’s varsity baseball team lost the first game of a double header against Triton Central 6-5, but came back to take the second game 10-0. Monte Howell pitched the game for the Panthers, striking out 16 batters.

The Jaguars eliminated the Tigers 17-1 in girls softball tournament action at Sunset Park last weekend. Sisters Kim and Teresa Phelps each had home runs for the Jaguars. Susie Hammer was the winning pitcher, while Kandy Lawrence took the loss on the mound for the Tigers.



Knightstown Merchants advanced to the winner’s bracket of the state semi-pro baseball tournament, downing Gaston 11-7. Jim Perkins took over pitching duties in the fifth inning and was perfect over those final five frames. He struck out 14 of the 15 men he faced.

The Merchants will play the Sullivan Miners in a game this weekend at Anderson. The winner of the 20-team state playoff will advance to the national tournament at Wichita, Kansas.




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