Hunt, Peggs Led JV to 6-2 Mark in 1982
Three members from the Knightstown Lady Panther volleyball team were named to the All-Big Blue River Conference team, the most of any of the eight schools. Seniors Suzanne Foster and Diane Zinkan, as well as junior Shari Alexander, were named All-BBRC. Knightstown won the title with a 7-0 record.
Knightstown’s varsity football team finished its regular season with a record of 4-6, losing the season finale to Indianapolis Ritter 7-0. Seniors playing their last game for the Panthers included Brian Jones, Ron Hammer, Jim Mackey, Mark Haase, Rodney Cox, Rich Baughman, Scott Lukens, Darin Hopping, Chris Waits and Mike White. A long drive in the closing minutes ended deep inside Ritter territory when halfback Jones hit Jason Smith with a 20-yard pass in the closing minutes. Two incomplete passes later the Panthers lost the game. The Panthers lost the game despite blocking four Ritter punts, intercepting four passes and recovering four fumbles. Ritter finished the game with just 53 yards of total offense, and scored their touchdown on fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
Knightstown’s junior varsity football team completed a 6-2 season with a 56-0 victory over Tri High. Eric Hunt, Joe Peggs and Chris Hunt scored two touchdowns each, while Pat Reeves, Mike Wade and Gary Duff also scored touchdowns. Tri’s offense managed just 40 yards of offense in the game.
Despite starting the season 6-0 and earning a number three ranking the state, Knightstown’s varsity football team couldn’t overcome a rash of injuries and finished the season with a 7-3 record. The loss knocked the team out of a playoff spot.
The Panthers lost the season finale to Wes-Del 8-6, despite out-gaining the Warriors 397-84 in total yardage. Several turnovers in the game killed Panther drives. Junior Art Rose carried the ball 20 times for 151 yards, bringing his 10-game season total to 1,558 yards on 195 carries and 21 touchdowns. Quarterback Kirk Hochstedler, who missed nearly three full games due to injuries, still finished the season with 1,157 passing yards. The Panthers out-gained their opponents on the season by more than 1,600 yards.
Knightstown’s junior varsity football team capped its season with a 46-0 win over Tri, holding the Titans to minus-36 yards of offense. Jeff Stearns and Steve Bearhope each scored two touchdowns. Ivan Horne, Dan Miller and Randy Hall also scored. Bearhope scored on a 50-yard reverse, and also on a 60-yard fumble recovery. Grant Wilfong finished the game with 17 solo tackles, while Greg Clark, Mike Downey, Tim McFarland and Wes Hooker all had tackles for loss.
Knightstown’s varsity football team ended its season with a record of 1-8 after losing to Centerville 35-14. Tim Gann scored both of the Panther touchdowns, and finished with 118 yards rushing.
Knightstown basketball Coach Dan Kile will not commit on his probable starting lineup this season, ad 15 juniors and seniors return to the team. Lewisville Coach Don Schwarzkopf is projecting his starters at Bob Monger, Bob Miller, Benny Pierce, Mark Allhands and Tom Pyle. Spiceland Coach Bill Bergmann said his starting lineup will probably include Byron Jordan, Carol Ware, Charles Byrkett or Dan Gosser, Joe Nugen and Dave Applegate.
The East Central Indiana Conference football champions, Morton Memorial, were led by John Brown, who picked up 1,335 yards, averaging 190 per game. Brown carried the ball just 82 times for an amazing per-carry average of more than 16 yards. Morton completed the season 5-1-1.
Knightstown Coach Toon announced the opening lineup for the first game this week against Charlottesville. Sam Francis and Milton Jackson will be the forwards, and Dick Leakey will jump center. Carlee Rose and Lloyd McCleese will be the starting guards, while immediate bench help will come from John Smalley, Don Dailey, Bill Brosius and Pat McCleese.
Plans are being made to increase the seating capacity of the basketball hall by installing elevated seats, which would actually be located higher than the playing surface.
A Number 7 basketball team composed of Jack Mattix, Clifford Butler, Olin Shipley, Alfred Morgan and Myron Lutholtz defeated a Number 6 team by a score of 15-0.
A crowd of about 200 people saw Knightstown High School’s basketball team defeat Westland 79-6. Field goals were made by King, 18, Anderson, 14, Schweitzer, four, and Cox, three.
Knightstown’s girls basketball team beat Westland 15-6. Lorena James, Hazel Bartle and Mae Brown scored all of the points for the local girls.
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