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 Leopards Won Girls Minor League Softball Title in 1982


The Cubs were crowned little league tournament champions of the Knightstown Optimist Club baseball program. Team members included Scott Roberts, Jason Jackson, Rob Chandler, Jimmy Ruby, Daryl Leisure, Randy Miller, Kent Steward, Greg Gerse, Steve Weidner, Bruce Pell, Jason Wilson, Wade Gorman and Andrew Keck. The Cubs were coached by Todd Roberts and Harry Fox.

The Sox were the major league runners-up in the little league tournament. Team members included Brett South, Ted Chew, Eric Kopp, Randy Gosser, Wayne Cooper, Scott Van Hoy, Ty Hunt, Mickey Chew, Todd Adkins, Mike Miller and Jamie Smith. Coaches were Mike Roland and George Adkins.

Chris Alexander, formerly of Carthage and Knightstown High School graduate, has been appointed sports director and news director of KZZZ Radio in Kingman, Arizona. The 1975 KHS graduate was sports director a WCTW Radio in New Castle, and had previously served as sports editor of The Banner.

The Angels won the 1982 Minor little league tournament at the Optimist diamonds in Sunset Park recently. Team members included Shawn Richmond, Mike Jessup, Clayton Keck, Doug Hardeman, Victor Jackson, Scott Bennett, Carl Eyre, Curtis Moore, Brian Matney, Ricky Kline, Kelly Winstead, Jason Brockman and Jimmy Gorman. Coaches were Todd Roberts and Jim Gorman.

The Giants were the Minor little league runners-up. Team members include Scott Flafer, Matt Pierson, Mark Pierson, Tony Hough, Mike Baker, Chuck Crooke, Augie Hough, Brent Lane, Mike Zilbermann, Robbie Wagers and Rudy Cox. The team was coached by Bryan Harris.

In the Wanda Smith Memorial girls softball league, the Leopards were the league tournament champions. They included Jamie Miller, Laurie Eyre, Angie Gorman, Merica Moore, Melanie Smith, Andrea May, Mindy Gorman, Michelle Clay, Deena Fitch, Pam Melton, Kim Aker, Tracy Barton, Kelly Chapple and Tammy Melton. The team was coached by Cliff Aker.

The Cougars were the minor league runners-up, losing in the final to the Leopards. Cougar team members included Amber Walker, Leah Rogers, Donna Zech, Tammy Rogers, Jenny Gamble, Shannon Monger, Anna Bergmann, Jennifer Conley, Diana Foster and Pam Hochstedler. They were coached by John VanOsdol.

The Charlottesville Pony League team won the championship of the Knightstown Pony League, defeating the Knightstown Merchants in the final. Members of the Charlottesville champs included Scott Meyers, Tom Meyers, Darrell Griffith, Brian Smith, E.A. Fox, Billy Orr, Todd Inman, Ron Nelson, Tim Morris, Tim Meyers, Matt Mercer, Mike Biehl, Doug Griffith, Scott Barton, Joe South and Richard Kurz. The team was coached by Ron Nelson and Mark Vale.

American Legion Post 152 at Knightstown finished second in the state softball tournament held at Seymour from July 29 through August 1. Team members included Billy Cowan, Sam Rector, Jerry Glisson, Brian Bollinger, Gene Huston, David Carmack, Joe Williams, Jerry Grilliott, Larry Robertson, Gene Miller, Gary Roberts, Don Bouslog, Neil Hinton and Coach Charlie Ratliff.



The Jets capped another perfect season by defeating the Crunchers 13-3 to win the girls major league softball title for the third consecutive season. The team has not lost a game in that three-year run of dominance. The Jets advanced to the championship game by defeating the Bombers 21-0.

The Crunchers got into the championship game by emerging through the loser’s bracket and defeating the Bombers and Morton. Suzanne Riggs had five hits against Morton, while Tammy Perry scored four times and Kim Miller hit a home run in a 19-11 win.

The Odds used a nine-run second inning to help them edge the Evens 15-10 in the girls minor league softball all-star game played last week. A three-run triple by Kris Willard was the big hit as the Odds cracked out 18 hits in the game. Traci Walls and Amy Rose each had three hits, while Terri Gosser and Teresa Hall led the losers with three hits apiece.



Behind the four-hit pitching of Joe Hamm, the Reds captured the little league baseball tournament, defeating the Cardinals 4-1. Hamm also had a home run and a double.

Ken Schweizer and Gary Roberts both pitched complete games in leading the Knightstown Panthers to a double header sweep over New Palestine, 3-2 and 2-1. Then the slugging of Larry Meece and Mark Cronk, combined with superb pitching by John Lansinger, enabled the Panthers to defeat Morristown 9-1 to end another successful season.




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