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 Jordan, Stacy Led Freshman in 1976


Former Knightstown High School athlete Brian Williams was named to the NAIA All-American Cross Country Team following an outstanding performance at the national championships. Brian crossed the finish line in 19th place in the national title race. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Williams.

Knightstown senior Rhonda Barton drilled a jump shot with four seconds to play, lifting the Lady Panthers to a 49-48 victory over Hagerstown last week. Barton finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and six steals. April Helms had seven points and eight assists, while Dawn Redmon, Liz Smith and Amanda Westerfeld each scored four points.

The Panther varsity basketball team lost their season opener to Mt. Vernon 51-43, and then fell to 19th-ranked New Castle 69-43 Saturday night. Against the Marauders, Mike Wade had 15; Gary Duff scored 13 and Ronnie Morgan 9 for the Panthers. Against New Castle, Duff finished with 18 points, Brian Chapple scored eight and Wade Stewart had seven.

Greg Howard, Terry Rodgers, Kent Armstrong and Scott Van Hoy were the leading scorers for the junior varsity team, who fell to Mt. Vernon and New Castle last week. Todd Cordle and Mark Moss also scored and played well in both games.

Eastern Hancock’s basketball team, still short-handed because of the extended season for the football team, lost its season opener to Centerville 80-58 last week. Mike Biehl led the Royals with 15 points and nine rebounds. Jim Peck and Mickey Spegal each scored ten points in the game.

Eastern Hancock mental attitude award winners for junior high volleyball were given to Cindi Biehl for seventh grade and Andra Nawa for eight grade.

Hagerstown defeated the Knightstown junior varsity girls basketball team 21-20 last week. Kelly Roberts led the Lady Panthers with 12 points and seven rebounds. Melanie Cox had four points, while Mardina Marsh scored two points and pulled down seven rebounds. Tammy Martin, Shelly Tinkle and Lura Howard also scored for Knightstown.



Knightstown’s varsity basketball team lost a tough decision to New Castle last week 65-55. Sophomore Art Rose led the Panthers with 15 points. Bill Wasson scored 12 points, while John Wright and Bill Miller had 10 apiece.

The Panther varsity lost its season opener to Lapel last Friday 70-47. Bill Miller led the team with 16 points, while Kirk Hochstedler scored 11.

The Panther junior varsity basketball team lost to Lapel 38-33 last week. David Lewis led the team with 10 points, while Doug Abrams and Jack Tague each scored seven. The boys were then clobbered by New Castle Saturday night 76-24. Barry Stacy led Knightstown with six points.

The seventh grade basketball team lost to Eastern Hancock 30-28. Mark Carroll scored 13 points. The eighth graders won their game with the Royals 49-45. Randy Hall was the leading scorer with 22 points.

The freshman “A” and “B” teams both picked up wins over Eastern Hancock last week. The A team won 41-24. Tom Jordan led Knightstown with 19 points. Mark Wright grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jim Stacy scored six points.

Scott Jarvis led the B team to a win over the Royals with seven points and 21 rebounds.

Former Knightstown three-sport athlete Gaylen Thomas will delay his athletic career at Hanover College. He underwent back surgery and his status for the season is unknown.

Two Knightstown High School graduated opened their collegiate wrestling careers by participating in the Ohio Open Tournament at Wright State University over the weekend. Doug Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Johnson, is wrestling at 134 pounds for Indiana University. David Kilmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin Kilmer, is wrestling at 126 pounds for Indiana Central University.




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