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 Scott Van Hoy, Carrie Florea Won Optimist Contests in 1983


Knightstown Optimist club Tri-Star basketball contest winners include, eight-year-olds Jason South, first, and Darin Norfleet, second; nine-year-olds Matt Pierson, first, and Matt Hooker, second; 10-year-olds Mark Pierson, first, and D.J. Jordan, second; 11-year-olds Jeff Haase, first, and Chris Bundy, second; 12-year-olds Doug Walker, first, and Steve Walker, second; 13-year-olds Scott Van Hoy, first, and Tai Nguyen, second.

In the girls division, winners include, eight-year-olds Emily Sloan, first, and Wendy Weimer, second; nine-year-olds Monica Weimer, first, and Tracy Fish, second; 10-year-olds Michelle Gilbert, first, and Mindy Hopkins, second; 11-year-olds Julie Estridge, first, and Heather Whitesitt, second; 12-year-olds Ticy Cox, first, and Carrie Florea, second; 13-year-olds Terri Gregory, first, and Dawn Florea, second.

Despite a loss on Saturday night, Knightstown boys basketball coach Duane Queener is happy with the way his team is playing right now. The Panthers lost to a very talented team from Pendleton Heights 74-58. That game came on the heels of a Friday night 84-55 victory over Centerville in which the Panther shot 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line (16-of-20). The Panthers are down to just eight varsity players on the roster due to injuries. Baron Magee had 26 and 23 points respectively in the two games, while big man Jeff Lewis scored 20 and 15 points in the two games. In the two games, Lewis hit 16-of-22 shots from the field. Mike Wade, Brian Jones, Jeff Brummett, Jeff Griggs, Larry Edwards and Ron Hammer have all had to put in extra minutes because of the shortage of players. The Panthers, just 3-7 on the season, lost those seven games to teams with a combined record of 60-10.

Knightstown’s eighth grade basketball team upped their record to 8-4 with wins over Morton Memorial 50-31 and Eastern Hancock 46-36.. Ron Morgan, Kent Armstrong, Greg Howard, Todd Cordle, Billy Jones, Scott Van Hoy, Alan Manche and Randy Langley have been shouldering the bulk of the scoring load for the eighth grade team.

Knightstown’s seventh grade basketball team beat Morton Memorial 47-40, but lost to Eastern Hancock 32-21. Steve Walker, Brett Walker, Matt Price, Shawn Adkins, Rodney Littleton, Randy Miller and Scott Knepley all scored and played well in both games for the Panthers.

Knightstown’s varsity girls basketball team clinched at least a share of the Big Blue River Conference title after they upped the conference mark to 4-1 with a win over Morristown. The Lady Panthers, trailing 27-20 at the half, went on a 22-6 third quarter run and then won the game going away by more than 20 points.. A balanced attack for Knightstown came from Diane Zinkan, Shari Alexander, Rhonda Barton, Kim Beavers, Suzanne Foster, Kelly Phelps, Julie Coon, April Helms and Jolinda Coon.

Jim Gosser, of Shirley, has wont he “Longest Squirrel” contest sponsored by the Bluetick Gun Shop in Shirley. Gosser won the contest after bagging a 27-inch squirrel in November. The last day of the squirrel season was December 31. Gosser used a .22 caliber rifle, and his effort earned him a new .22 caliber Buffalo Scout pistol. More than 50 hunters from throughout the area entered the contest.


Knightstown’s seventh grade basketball team won the tournament at Greenfield-Central last week. The young Panthers defeated Eastern Hancock 35-32 in two overtimes, and then whipped the host Cougars in the championship 36-34. Seventh grade team members include David Wyatt, Bo Roland, Andy Johnson, Mike Stevens, Brett Posey, George Wilson, Barry Sneed, Eric Cleek, Mitch Kornman, Duane Carroll, Kirk Hochstedler, Joe Sitler, Doug Sears and Richard Wright. Cheerleaders are Michelle Voris, Darla Bolinger, Melinda Melton, Rhonda White and Judy Mohler. The team is coached by Dan Clevenger.

Knightstown’s varsity wrestling team won the Big Blue River Conference meet by outdistancing New Palestine, Eastern Hancock, Tri High, Triton Central, North Decatur and Morton Memorial. First place winners for Knightstown included Harold Mohler at 107 pounds, Pat Smoot at 114 pounds, David Kilmer at 121 pounds, Jon Turpin at 134 pounds, Terry Wright at 140 pounds and Perry Gorman, who was seeded fourth, won at 157 pounds. John Ottinger, who was not seeded, finished second at 147 pounds, as did Jim Buckley at 187 pounds.

The Carthage junior high basketball team defeated Arlington 45-42 behind the 16 points and 18 rebounds from Davis Grizzell. Greg Whitfield added 14 points, while Eric Schmidt and Bruce Cole scored two apiece.

Knightstown’s junior varsity basketball team ran its winning streak to eight games with wins over Daleville and Greenfield-Central. Big men Jerry Brown and Jeff Galyen each scored double figures in both contests. Marty Wells and Buddy Fannin just missed double digits in each of the two wins.


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