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 Buckles Raced Motorcycles in Czechoslovakia in 1982


Tom Buckles of Knightstown recently returned from the 57th International Six Days Enduro Contest held in Czechoslovakia, where he won a bronze medal in competition motorcycle racing.

Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team finished its season with a 17-11 record after falling to New Castle in the championship game of the sectional. Seven KHS seniors saw their varsity careers come to an end with more than 50 wins over the last three years. Seniors playing their last volleyball game were Krista Schram, Julie Coon, Suzanne Foster, Susan Davidson, Kelly Phelps, Diane Zinkan and Kristen Willard.

Ten Knightstown seniors will be playing their last game this Friday night against Indianapolis Ritter. Seniors Brian Jones, Ron Hammer, Jim Mackey, Mark Haase, Rodney Cox, Rick Baughman, Scott Lukens, Darrin Hopping, Chris Waits and Mike White will take the field for the Panthers on senior night.

Knightstown’s football team lost a heart-breaker to Centerville 12-7 last week. The Panthers fumbled the ball at the Centerville two-yard-line in the game’s closing minutes. Then the Bulldogs shocked Knightstown by getting a 98-yard touchdown run the next play to provide the game-winning points. Knightstown had dominated the game, with Pat Spears, Bryan Peggs, Greg Hochstedler and Darrin Hopping all registering three tackles-for-loss apiece in the contest. Brian Jones had two interceptions and Hopping had another.



Knightstown’s 7th grade football team lost to Rushville 20-6, dropping their record to 2-2-1 on the season. Gus Taylor scored the team’s only touchdown on a 36-yard pass play from Mark Carroll.

Eastern Hancock clinched a playoff berth with a 45-20 victory over Tri High. Dennis Bricker and Jay Wisehart scored three touchdowns apiece for the Royals. The win was the first over Tri since 1972. Eastern had lost to the Titans in 1973, 1974 and 1975, with each loss costing the Royals the Big Blue River Conference title. Barry Welsh rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns for the Titans.

A trick play flea flicker led to a 50-yard touchdown pass that propelled Knightstown’s varsity football team to a 22-20 upset over Centerville last week. The Bulldogs, 7-1, didn’t think they’d get much of a game from the 3-5 Panthers.

But Knightstown surprised them when Alex Gatmaitan recovered a fumble. On the ensuing play, quarterback Kirk Hochstedler handed off to Mark Heim, who then handed the ball to Duane Carroll. Carroll lateraled the ball back to Hochstedler, who threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Brett Posey that put the Panthers in front, 22-8.

Knightstown’s 8th grade football team beat Shenandoah 22-14 last week. Jeff Stearns intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Randy Hall also scored two touchdowns of one and 15-yards, and Hall threw a two-point conversion pass to Stearns. Stearns gained 190 yards rushing, while Hall ran for 99 yards and passed for 46 more.



Trailing 13-6 at halftime, Knightstown’s football team scored 32 unanswered points in the second half and thumped Hagerstown 38-13. Senior Richard Richey ran for 208 yards and scored four touchdowns. Junior halfback Mike Todd also scored two touchdowns and had 130 yards rushing for the Panthers.



Mays Tigers baseball team won the Rush County Tournament for the first time in 12 years. They defeated Arlington 8-2 in the championship. Don Simmerman was the winning pitcher. Jim Hall had a double and a triple, while Hugh Grandison and Tyrone Netherly both had two singles.

Carthage Principal Charles Morris was elected president of the East Central Conference at the fall meeting in Union City.




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