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 1982 KHS Graduate Roger Kilmer Performed as 'Chief Miami' Mascot


Knightstown is expecting great things from the varsity wrestling team this season. Coach Doug Johnson has a full compliment of wrestlers this year, including Mike Haltom, Darrell McCracken, Greg Back, Craig Waits, Brad Hayes, Ronnie Smith, Brett Ratliff, Darron Dulin, Pat Williams, Chad Henderson, John Jones, Steve Turpin, Brett Muncy, Mark Harmeson and Mike Julian.

Darin Hopping, a senior and linebacker for the Panther football team, was named to the Associated Press Class A All-State football team. He is the son of Rayanna and Edward Hopping of Knightstown.

Volleyball awards were presented last week to Diane Zinkan, who was named the team’s most valuable player, while Diane Henry and Rhonda Barton won defensive awards.

Charmi Bonne was named the girls golf low medalist. Brad Ratliff was named tennis team most valuable player, Mark Swincher was the most valuable cross country runner, and Tom Sitler won the medal for most miles run as a cross country team member.

Knightstown’s varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a pair of losses to larger schools last week. Mt. Vernon defeated the Panthers 62-59 and 9th-ranked New Castle won 58-39. Against the Marauders, Baron Magee scored 21 points, but Mt. Vernon hit 22-of-25 free throws in the contest.

Magee led the Panthers again in the New Castle game, scoring 17 points. Chris Waits had eight, Pat Spears had four, Larry Edwards, Jeff Brummett, Jeff Griggs and Ron Hammer scored three apiece. New Castle’s Steve Alford scored 30 points. The previous night against Winchester, Alford scored 56 points. Knightstown’s girls basketball team remained undefeated with a 40-36 win over Mt. Vernon, improving their record to 3-0 for the season.

Susan Foster led Knightstown with 12 points and three assists. Diane Zinkan had nine points and eight rebounds, while Rhonda Barton, Kelly Phelps and Kim Beavers all scored four points.

1981 Knightstown High School graduate Roger Kilmer will be performing as Chief Miami at Miami (Ohio) University. Chief Miami is the mascot for the university. Roger is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Mervin Kilmer of Knightstown.



Art Rose scored 22 points, but Knightstown’s varsity basketball team lost to Lapel last week 59-51. Kirk Hochstedler had 11 points, while Bo Roland and Greg Whitfield scored six apiece.

Knightstown’s freshman basketball team lost to Tri last week 45-39. Grant Wilfong and Kent Sullivan led the team with 10 and nine points respectively. Mike Neal and Chuck Helms scored 10 points apiece to lead the freshman “B” team to a 35-30 win.

Von Wasson and Ron Hammer led the Knightstown seventh grade basketball team to a 32-30 victory over Tri. Wasson had 12 points and Hammer scored nine. Kevin Hiner, Steve Richardson and Chris Waits were also cited by their coach as having played well in the game.

Knightstown wrestling team this season will include Verl Palmer, Roger Kilmer, Gary Kiser, Mark Smoot, Mark White, Greg Hahn, Mike Robinson, Mike Lewis, Barry Sneed, Dave Garmine, Kirk McCord and Gary Spence. The team is coached by Von Williamson.

Knightstown’s junior varsity basketball team lost its season opener to Lapel 41-34. Tim Hamilton, Tom Jordan and Jim Stacey all scored six points apiece for the Panthers.

Doug Johnson, a member of the Indiana University wrestling team, placed fifth in the Wright State Invitational wrestling tournament over the weekend. Johnson is a KHS graduate and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Johnson.



Brian Hampton had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Bob Galyen scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds, and Rob Winters scored 15 points and nailed 11-of-11 free throws, in leading the Knightstown varsity basketball team to a 77-72, double-overtime victory over Mt. Vernon last weekend.

Knightstown juniors J.B. Vogle and Tony Butcher received all-state honorable mention in football results released last week.




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