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 Sam Francis, Dick Leakey Led Panther Basketball Team in 1952


Coach Becky Freeman and the Knightstown Lady Panther open the basketball season with big shoes to fill. The girls compiled a 17-2 record last season, winning another undisputed Big Blue River Conference title.

The team lost to graduation Kim Duff, Susan Koors and Jennifer Wilfong, the state’s leading scorer last season and current player for Indiana University. This year’s team will include Kelly Phelps, Suzanne Foster, Kim Beavers, Diane Zinkan, Shari Alexander, Jolinda Coon, Julie Coon, Rhonda Barton and April Helms.

The Panther boys basketball team returns just one starter from last season’s successful team. Baron Magee will be expected to shoulder a heavy load this season for Duane Queener’s Panthers. Also on the team are Brian Jones, Jeff Griggs, Pat Spears, Chris Waits, Jeff Lewis, Larry Edwards, Jeff Brummett, Ron Hammer, Kevin Hiner, Rob Hall and Greg Hochstedler.

The Knightstown Home Optimist Club elementary basketball program will be getting underway next week. There will be a teaching session in passing, shooting and dribbling put on by eighth grader Scott Van Hoy and ninth grader Mike Wade. Coaches this year will be Larry Bundy, Tom Harmeson, Don Sloan, Jeff Haase and Richard Crawford.

Knightstown High School cheerleaders for basketball season will include Jenni Jarvis, Shelly Scott, Cara Peggs, Mary York, Janelle McCorkle and Traci Walls.

Knightstown’s freshman basketball team lost its season opener to Blue River last week 49-46. Mike Wade scored 21 points for the Panthers, while Bruce Willard and David Bundy each scored six. Wade Stewart and Brian Chapple scored four points apiece, while Gary Duff and Steve Gulley each had two.



Knightstown’s varsity basketball team will start the season with its two tallest players on the floor. Seniors Kirk Hochstedler and Bo Roland are both listed as week-to-week due to injuries suffering while playing in other sports. The Panthers will rely on heavily on junior Art Rose, who averaged nearly 20 points per game his sophomore season. Other team members include Doug Abrams, Troy Doubman, Barry Stacy, Bill Wasson, Andy Johnson, Eric Barnes, Greg Whitfield, Al Gatmaitan, Jack Tague and freshman Randy Hall.

Knightstown’s junior varsity basketball team includes Jim Stacey, Tim McFarland, Tim Hamilton, Bruce Bowling, Wes Hooker, Eric Harris, Ivan Horne, Scott Jarvis, Mark Buckley, Tom Jordan and Roger Hammer. The junior varsity cheerleaders will be Pennie Burgess, Kelly Grandison, Robin McCorkle, Lori Coffman and Joann Mohler.

Knightstown’s freshman basketball team will consist of Kent Sullivan, Brian Grandison, Jeff Hager, Scott Lewis, David Walls, Scott Turpin, Grant Wilfong, Jeff Kaser, Jeff Stearns, Chuck Helms, Brian Ratliff, John Richmond, Scott Wells, Eddie Fairchild, Jeff Van Hoy, Eddie Ray, Ray Sharp, Mike Neal, Steve Edwards, Tony True, Paul Wallace, Jay Henry and Randy Egan.

Knightstown’s varsity girls basketball team will include Lori Alexander, Julie Queener, Terri Keesling, Kim Phelps, Janet Jackson, Teresa Galyen, Lisa Bowling, Teresa Phelps, Kim Miller, Tena Richmond and Diane Munden.

Former Knightstown Panther baseball, basketball and football coach Bill Nixon will have his team playing for a state championship this weekend. Nixon coaches at Plymouth High School and his undefeated team will be facing Jasper in the Class 2A state championship game. Nixon is 32-2 in his last three seasons at Plymouth. He coached the Knightstown baseball team to the semistate in 1967.



Sam Francis scored 22 points and Dick Leakey scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Knightstown Falcon basketball team to a 97-55 victory over Farmland.

Charles “Chuck” West, of Knightstown, has been named trainer and manager for entrants in the Golden Gloves boxing tournament to be held at Hagerstown. West is a former champion from the Hagerstown event and represented the area in the Golden Gloves tournament in Chicago.




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