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 Greg Hochstedler Leading Rusher for KHS in 1982


Knightstown’s varsity football team relied on its defense in defeating Cambridge City Lincoln last weekend 14-6. The win improved the Panthers to 2-1 on the season. Freshman quarterback Bruce Willard threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Stearns, and Greg Hochstedler scored on a two-yard run for the Knightstown touchdowns. Jacob Smith had a 29-yard run on the game-winning drive. Offensive linemen Mark Haase, Darin Hopping, Randy Jarvis and Marty Goble opened up the holes for a Panther ground game that gained over 200 yards.

Abb Moore hit a hole-in-one at the par-three, 161-yard hole at Raintree Springs Golf Course north of Knightstown. The shot was witnessed by Jim Perry Sr., Jerry Nicholas and Edward (Dean) Williams.

The Knightstown junior varsity football team raised its record to 2-0 with a hard-fought 8-6 victory over Shenandoah early last week. Freshman quarterback Bruce Willard, who would get elevated to the varsity and account for a touchdown in that game as well, ran a keeper in from eight yards out to tie the game in the fourth quarter. John Nicholas scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Willard to give Knightstown the win. Mike Wade and Nicholas had interceptions for the Panthers, while Andy Moore had 21 tackles.

The Lady Panther volleyball team lost its season opener to a tough Greenfield-Central squad last week in three games. Kelly Phelps had 12 kills in the match, while Diane Zinkan, Suzanne Foster and Krista Schramm and Kristin Willard all served for eight points apiece.

Knightstown’s cross country team competed in a three-way meet at Cambridge City Lincoln last week. Mark Swincher finished second, followed by Richard Sitler in third, Tom Sitler 15th, Kevin Westerfeld 25th, Bill Rogers 26th and Chris Feghli 27th.

Todd Cordle threw three touchdown passes – two to Donnie Rhodes and one to Kent Armstrong, in leading the eighth grade football team to a 22-0 win over Eastern Hancock.



Knightstown’s varsity football opened its regular season with a 46-8 pounding of Shenandoah. The Panthers scored on their first five possessions. Andy Johnson pounded the ball inside for a score, and quarterback Kirk Hochstedler hit wide receiver Brett Posey with a 42-yard scoring strike for the 9th-ranked Panthers. The Panther offensive line, all projected to be all-conference this season, includes Alex Gatmaitan, George Wilson, Jim Lewis, Mike Lewis, Dennis Greenwalt and Kirk McCord. Behind that line, Art Rose ran for 186 yards, Johnson had 69 and Greg Hahn had 45 on just two carries. Hochstedler also passed for 152 yards.

Knightstown’s cross country team got off to a great start with a strong second place finish in the Pendleton Heights Invitational. Joe Sitler, Barry Stacy, Steve Brooks, Doug Colip, Jack Tague, Eric Barnes, David Stacy, David Lewis, Martha Sitler and Pam Rutherford make up the primary roster for the harriers. Rutherford, one of two females on the team, beat several male runners at Pendleton.

Sophomore safety Greg Stolle intercepted two passes that set up two scores and helped Tri High win its season opener over Northeastern 33-14 last Friday night.

Raintree Springs Golf Course, located on the Greensboro Pike just north of Knightstown, had its grand opening over the weekend. The first foursome to tee off on the course included Kemper Rice, Ivan Wyatt, Dan Owens and Ernie Morehead. Greens fees for the new course are $2 for nine holes and $3.50 for 18. Knightstown’s varsity tennis team this season includes Steve Buckley, Terry Hayes, Jeff Roland, Al Gatmaitan, David Bonne, Chris Sitler, Eric Harris, Jim Stacey and Roger Kilmer.

Rufus Miller of Kennard was squirrel hunting in Steve Harlan’s woods and found a huge puff ball. It measured 33 inches in circumference, 11 inches in diameter, and weighed three pounds. Denise Roberts of Kennard found a five-pound puff ball, but Mrs. Donald Haler out-did them all. She found a puff ball that weighed nearly nine pounds in the woods next to their home at R.R. 1, Knightstown.



Coach Ed Moore had 65 kids from grades seven through nine report for their first practice and enthusiasm is running high in this, their first year of football.

Bob Schaeffer was the winner of the 10th annual Little 50 Bike Race at Sunset Park. Schaeffer’s time was 26 minutes and 39 seconds, and he was followed closely by Bob Ottinger in second place. The Little 25 was captured by Tony Butcher.



Homer Roses’s Gay Spot Tavern All-Stars downed the Wood Motor Sales softball team to capture the Charlottesville Invitational Softball Tourney. Don Moore hurled the game for the winners, pitching the team to the 5-1 win. J.E. Keith and Art Rose each had two hits.




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