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 Brett, Lynn Wilfong Dominated Indiana Sire Stakes in 1982


Final baseball awards were handed out last week to Mark Lawrence, Bill Garris and Chris Taylor, following the completion of a 23-win win season by the Panthers. Lawrence was presented the Lyle O. Bell Award for being the team’s outstanding baseball player. Garris received the award for Lowest ERA, and Taylor won the awards for Batting Average and the Charlie Hustle Award. The awards were presented by Athletic Director Larry Barnes.

One of the biggest races in Indiana for Indiana Sired Horses was held Friday at the Clinton County Fair. Jenny’s Arrow, owned by Lynn Wilfong of Carthage, finished 1-and-1 in the first division of the two-year-old Indiana Sire Stakes.

In the second division, Jesse Slam, owned and ridden by Lynn Wilfong, finished 1-and-1 in her division. The overall winner was Jenny’s Arrow.

At the Elkhart County Fair, a race was held for the Indiana Sire Stakes for three-year-olds. The winner was Toffee, which finished 1-and-1 with times of 2:04 and 2:05. Toffee is owned by Lynn Wilfong and driven by Brett Wilfong. The purse was $11,173. The second place winner at Elkhart was Sure as Shootin’, which is also owned and ridden by Lynn Wilfong.

Local anglers Bob Winters and Dick Bonne made a trip to the Tennessee River for a fishing outing at a spot located just south of the World’s Fair. The two men each caught their daily limit of two striped bass, and combined, the fish weighed more than 60 pounds.



The Panthers Minor League girls softball team finished the season unbeaten and won the league championship last week. Team members include Mary Van Horn, Lisa Mercer, Shari Alexander, Loretta Smith, Shelli Chandler, Judy Shields, Amy Aker, Debbie Steinwachs, Kim Duff, Rina Miller, Rhonda Miller, Jennifer Wilfong and Michelle Harmon. The girls were coached by Sally Smith.

First round action of the First National Bank Tennis Tournament has been completed. Men’s singles results include Gary Snider defeating Bob Borror; Wayne Allen over Frank DeLois, David Steele over Jeff Galyen, Randy Youse over Bob Jones, Mike Graham over Richard Voris, Don Doerr over Tom Coleman and Joe White over Roger Shore.

In the men’s doubles, Bob Borror and David Steele beat Rex Huse and Randy Youse, Stacy Kalter and Frank DeLois beat Jeff Malkemus and Chuck Rhodes, Wayne Allen and John Mayhill beat Bob Sitler and Steve White, Chris Alexander and Lee Walker defeated Richard Brown and Dennis Carter, Don Doerr and Mike Graham beat Richard Voris and Tom Coleman.

The Yankees, coached by Steve Welsh and Joe Patton, won their second consecutive Little League championship by downing the Reds. Members of the league champs are Jeff Buckley, Don Fort, Darin Martin, Brad Ratliff, Brian Fairchild, Eric Councellor, Bret Ratliff, Eddie Fairchild, Steve Richardson, Mark Fort, Curtis Couch, Brian Ratliff, David Martin, Wes Hooker, Mark Councellor, Jeff Stearns and Ray Sharp.

The second place Reds were coached by Jim Perry and Mike Mattix Sr. The Reds finished the regular season undefeated, and didn’t lose until the final two games against the Yankees. Team members include Paul (Rem) Perry, Brian Peggs, Brian Jones, Mark Armstrong, Marc Bundy, Chris Taylor, David Mattix, Ed Gilliam, Sammy Lines, Mike Mattix, Mark Lawrence, Gus Taylor, Sammy Aker, Brian Christopher and Jamie Butler.



The Big Blue River Conference baseball crown eluded the Knightstown Panthers after an 8-5 setback at North Decatur Wednesday afternoon. Triton Central won sole possession of the crown despite having lost to the Panthers 10-0 earlier this season.

Kent Lansinger started the game pitching against the Chargers, and he was relieved by Jon Easton and Brian Hampton.

In the final game of the season Thursday, Monte Howell, with relief help from Darl Nigh, hurled a shutout as Knightstown stopped Eastern Hancock 2-0. Rick Kuhn hurled an excellent game for Coach Randy Grass at Eastern Hancock, but Howell and Nigh kept the Royal bats in check the entire game.

Girls minor league all-stars were announced this week, and include Nichole Harmon, Debbie Steinwachs, Rhonda Miller, Jennifer Wilfong, Teresa Couch, Terri Gosser, Penny Schaeffer, Michelle Spears, Terri Greenwalt, Amy Rose, Tammy Wade, Lynn Miller, Tina Reeves, Teresa Hall, Tracy Roderick, Cindy Hahn, Sherry Phelps, Kristen Willard, Beth Johnson, Tracy Walls, Nova Thompkins, Jennifer Collins, Anna Wyatt and Cara Peggs.




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