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 Optimist Basketball Contest Drew 182 Entries in 1973


Brian Hampton scored 25 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the Knightstown Panther varsity basketball team over New Palestine 89-76. Kevin Roland, Frank Renfro and Randy Jordan all scored 14 points for the Panthers, who were without injured key players Bob Galyen, Jay Tweedy and Russell Cleek. Those players joined star Rob Winters on the bench. Winters will be out of action for at least four weeks after suffering a broken bone in his right hand.

Tim Kilmer, a 1970 graduate of Knightstown High School, was among six Manchester College football players named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes District 21 All-Star Team for the 1972 season. Tim is currently wrestling for Manchester College and also serves as an assistant wrestling coach at North Manchester High School.

Knightstown’s freshman basketball team beat Rushville 52-34 for their ninth consecutive win. Coach Mike Jester’s team improved to 9-0 behind the 16 points and 12 rebound performance of Brent Magee. Randy Posey had 14 and Dale Johnson 13 points. Bob Stevens scored seven points and Tom Eddy had two.

The Knightstown junior varsity defeated New Palestine 56-49. Coach Bill Bergmann’s team never trailed in the game. Jon Easton led the way with 11 points, followed by Jeff Galyen with 10, Brent Magee with eight, Buddy Fannin six and Gary Litten five.

The Optimist Club’s Tri-Star Basketball Contest drew 182 entries vying for the 18 trophies in the six age brackets. Results included:

Eight-year-olds: Billy Garri first, Jeff White second and Danny Masters third.

Nine-year-olds: Mark Lawrence first, Steve Edwards second and Brent Hall third.

Ten-year-olds: Perry Fitch first, Tracy Hampton second and David Walls third.

Eleven-year-olds: Kevin Stevens first, Brett Wilfong second and Jeff Jackson third.

Twelve-year-olds: Art Rose first, Johnny Peters second and Mark Lake third.

Thirteen-year-olds: Robert Pearson first, John Albright second and Dale Munden third.

Knightstown’s varsity wrestling team placed third in an eight-way meet at Brownsburg. The Panthers defeated Brownsburg, Edgewood, Franklin, Southmont and Brazil in the meet. Pat Smoot and Harold Mohler went undefeated in the meet for the Panthers. Doug Johnson and Jim Buckley made it to the finals before losing their only match.

Smoot, Mohler, Johnson and Buckley also paced the grapplers to easy wins over Tri and Shenandoah last week. Also getting wins were Dave Kilmer, Jon Turpin, Jon Ottinger, Dennis DeWitt, Bob Lines, Perry Gorman, Terry Wright and Joe Beavers.


Greenfield, Vernon Township and Hancock Central high schools have been added to the sectional field at New Castle.

Mike McDonald, Norman Cox, Pat Chase and Dave Stearns were all in double figures in scoring in the Knightstown Panthers’ impressive win, 71-64, over previously unbeaten Brookville.


The Kennard Leopard Cats were defeated by the Charlottesville Eagles 37-18. Ray Frazier was high man for Kennard. Vanderbeck and Morris split 27 points between them for Charlottesville.

The Knightstown Falcons defeated Cambridge City easily last week 24-14. Van Duyn led the Falcons with 10 points and Sharp scored eight more. Knightstown then won its sixth straight game by defeating Mooreland 34-17. Larmore showed up good in this one, scoring 12 points by hitting six baskets.


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