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One of the Greatest Comebacks Ever Happened in 1977
Knightstown’s varsity boys basketball team crushed Centerville and Cambridge City to improve their record to 9-5 on the season. Kevin Roland, Frank Renfro, Russell Cleek, Brian Hampton and Randy Jordan all scored in double figures against the Bulldogs.
The Panthers have been hampered by injuries. Rob Winters will miss at least the next four games due to a broken hand. Center Bob Galyen is expected to return to practice this week and is recovering from an ankle injury.
The Knightstown junior varsity boys extended their winning streak to six games despite playing with their two leading scores. Galen Thomas has a shoulder injury, while Brent Magee participated in a freshman tournament. But the Panthers got great efforts from J.B. Vogle and Jerry Brown in picking up two wins. Gary Litten, Jeff Galyen and Buddy Fannin also had great games.
In a dramatic freshman basketball tournament at New Castle, the Trojans hosted unbeaten Knightstown and Greenfield-Central, as well as once-beaten Richmond. The four teams had just two combined losses entering the tourney, having a collective 36-2 record entering the tourney. The young Panthers jumped out to an early 12-point lead and defeated Greenfield 45-34. But New Castle avenged an earlier loss to the Panthers by winning the championship.
Against Greenfield, Brent Magee and Dale Johnson scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Bob Stevens had nine points and 13 rebounds. Larry Roland had seven, Randy Posey five and Tom Eddy three. Against the Trojans, Magee and Stevens both had 13 points.
Knightstown’s Girls Athletic Association (GAA) varsity basketball team defeated Morton Memorial 106-12 last week. Janet Anderson led the way with 33 points, while Vicki Pugh had 18 points and eight other players scored. Varsity team members also include Lisa Richmond, Marianne Stanley, Jenny Borror, Shirley Steurer, Sylvia Sammons, Karen Skillman, Elaine Mills, Catherine McGinnis, Jenny Ellis and Tina Springman. Wanda Smith is the coach.
The Knightstown junior varsity girls also beat Morton 36-3. Danette Roland had nine points and Anna Pitts scored eight. Other JV team members include Shelly Beavers, Charla Genaro, Patty Gorman, Susie Hammer, LuAnn Lawrence, Linda Muir, Nancy Proctor, Jane Schaeffer, Liz Sparks and Tammy Williams. Becky Freeman is the coach.
Knightstown’s varsity wrestling team improved its dual match record to 5-1 with an impressive win over Cambridge City. John Ottinger, Joe Beavers and Perry Gorman all won by pin, while Bob Lines, Jim Buckley and Terry Wright won decisions. Pat Smoot, Harold Mohler, Dave Kilmer, Doug Johnson and Jon Turpin remained undefeated on the season with easy wins.
Knightstown’s varsity basketball team trailed by 18 points at the midway point of the third quarter, and then did the unthinkable. They rallied to win the game by 18 points. The Panthers trailed New Palestine 43-25 with 4:20 to play in the third quarter. Knightstown then outscored the Dragons 54-18 the rest of the way to win the game going away, 79-61. Sophomore Art Rose scored 20 points, while juniors Bo Roland (18) and Bill Wasson (13) also hit for double figures. Junior Andy Johnson had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and the Panthers drained 29-of-39 free throws in the contest.
Knightstown’s junior varsity lost an overtime thriller to the Dragons 44-41. Barry Stacy scored 10 points, Doug Abrams scored seven and Troy Doubman had five.
Jay’s Hall in Greensboro was the scene of two exciting basketball games over the weekend, drawing spectators from throughout the area. Wilkinson defeated the Greensboro Tigers, and following that contest, Lewisville edged the girls team of Tigers in a thriller. Before those contests, both the boys and girls Tiger teams had been unbeaten this season on the Jay’s Hall home court.
Knightstown’s wrestling team defeated Tri High last week. Individual winners for the Panthers included Mark Smoot, Tim Wright, Mike Lewis, Kurt Easton, Kirk McCord, Mark Todd and Randy Hooker.
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