David True, Jason Smith, Matt Hooker Won Area Punt, Pass & Kick Football Contests
Punt, Pass and Kick Contest winners from this area included 13-year-olds Tai Nguyen and Todd Cordle; 12-year-olds Steve Walker and Brett Walker; 11-year-olds Tom Welsh and Bobby Hamblin; 10-year-olds David True and Andy Carrow; eight-year-olds Matt Hooker and Loren Smith; and seven-year-olds Sunny Blevens and Jason South.
The Harlem Globetrotters came to Knightstown and played in a basketball game to benefit the KHS athletic department. In the basketball double header, the Knightstown Optimist Club defeated the Knightstown Volunteer Fire Department 56-50. In the nightcap, the Globetrotters trounced their opponent.
Knightstown High School’s football placed seven of the 22 players on the Big Blue River All-Conference team, by far the most of any school in the eight-team conference. On the squad is Alex Gatmaitan, Kirk Hochstedler, Mike Lewis, Kirk McCord, Brett Posey, Art Rose and Bill Wasson.
Hochstedler finished the season with 1,165 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Rose, a junior, caught 26 passes for 535 yards and seven touchdowns, and finished with 1,556 rushing yards. He scored 130 points. Lewis finished the season with 80 solo tackles and 46 assists. Greg Hahn lead the team in sacks and Steve Mackey had the most interceptions.
Knightstown’s wrestling team is expecting big things this season, returning the majority of last year’s squad. Veterans who won conference titles last year include Gary Kiswer, Mark Smoot, Gary Spence, Mike Lewis, Kirk McCord, Greg Hahn, Rodney Williams and Mark White.
Members of the Carthage Raiders basketball team this season include Tom Pearson, Warren Nigh, Danny Edwards, Joe Kline, Mike Joseph, Rick Hampton, Mike Matlock, Kim Lafuse, Dwayne Ray and Jim Edwards. The team is coached by Bud King.
Knightstown returns 10 varsity letter winners from last year’s basketball team, and expectations are high again this season. Returning letter winners include Jim McCall, Ken Schweizer, Gene Bundy, Bob Sorrell, David Purtee, Wayne Allen, Mark McFarland, Daryl Keesling and Gary Wright, a transfer from Eastern Hancock, Jim Estelle, Joe Tompkins, David Lansinger and Jim Ellis.
Freshman cheerleaders at Knightstown High School this basketball season will be Amy Shields, Jeannette Strunk, Linda Brewer and Cindy Perry.
Timmy Brown, running back for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, is rumored to be on the trading block. The former Morton Memorial standout athlete had just completed filming for a role in television’s “Wild, Wild West” when he was contacted by The Banner about the trade rumor. Brown set another NFL record this past season when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, and also surpassed the 10,000-yard career rushing mark. Brown is nursing a torn hamstring injury and will be staying in Hollywood a little longer while he completes work on a new album on songs to be released soon.
Knightstown basketball fans will all have a change to size up Coach Mercer’s 1942-43 high school basketball team when the local Falcons open the season against Charlottesville. Ten players will be competing for time on the court, and Mercer has not said who will be his staring lineup. Players expecting to have a great season for the Falcons include Dick McCormack, Ivan Fisher, James Stapp, John Walls, Harold Brammer, Charles Garner, Edward White, Alvin Stapp, Bill Moor and George Bradway. All of those players were on the successful Falcon team of last season.
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