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 Julie Estridge Won Tri-Star Contest in 1983


Julie Estridge, an 11-year-old student at Knightstown Elementary School, won the Indiana Tri-Star Basketball Contest Saturday at Plainfield. The Optimist Club-sponsored event is for children ages eight-to-13 years old and tests their skills in free throw shooting, dribbling and passing.

Julie is the daughter of Phil and Barbara Estridge. She finished first in the 11-year-old category, and was fifth in the state last year. She won the contest in Knightstown, and then captured the regional round at Blue River before winning the state title.

Nine-year-old Monica Weimer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weimer, finished fifth in the state in her division. Scott Van Hoy, a 13-year-old, finished sixth in the state in his division. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Van Hoy.

Knightstown’s varsity basketball team committed seven turnovers in the first quarter, fell behind by a big margin early, and lost their season finale to Rushville 75-55. The setback ended a seven-game winning streak for the Panthers. Baron Magee had 19 points, Mike Wade and Jeff Lewis scored 11 apiece, while Ron Hammer had five. Throughout the game New Castle coach Sam Alford and his son, Steve, watched the game from the top of the Rushville bleachers. Knightstown will play the Alfords and New Castle Trojans in the sectional next week.


The big showdown between the undefeated intramural (IM) basketball team at Knightstown High School and the faculty team will be held this week. The senior-laden IM team consists of Mark Miller, Monte Howell, Ken Leavell, Doug Hooker, Terry Wright, Terry Jackson, Kent Lansinger, Mark Roland, Darrell Roland, Dan Meeker and Steve Hickey. The IM team has been practicing for two weeks to take on the faculty, and finished the season at KHS with a 10-0 record. They are guaranteeing a victory, said teacher Dan Purtee, who along with Mike Jester, will be coaching the IM team for this game.

The Knightstown faculty is also guaranteeing a victory. They have played one game, a 103-101 three-overtime win over the Greenfield-Central faculty. Team members include Wayne Allen, Dan Clevenger, Jim Cain, Don Willard, Bill Bergmann, Fred Donnell, Stan Boler, Tom Crawford, Larry Barnes, Denny McMahan, Bob Gates, Mark Holtzhausen and Bob Weimer.

The New Castle Trojans proved their top-ranking was no fluke, easily winning their third consecutive New Castle Sectional title. The Trojans beat Mt. Vernon in their first game 80-50 when 6’11 center Kent Benson hit 14-of-17 shots. They beat Shenandoah 85-63 and then Eastern Hancock 73-31 in the final. Benson was named the sectional most valuable player.

Knightstown advanced to the sectional semifinals by beating Tri High 47-44. Russell Cleek and Brian Hampton both scored 10 points. The Panthers lost in the second round to Shenandoah 63-55. Hampton had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Frank Renfro scored eight points and grabbed 14 boards. Cleek had eight points, while Richard Richey and Randy Jordan both had seven points.

Knightstown’s freshman basketball team completed a 14-4 season, and swingman Randy Posey led the team with an average of 11.9 points per game. Brent Magee and Galen Thomas both averaged double figures early in the season before being moved up to the junior varsity team. Other team members included Bob Stevens (9.7 points, 10 rebounds per game), Dale Johnson, Larry Roland, Tom Eddy, Rick Harris, Bob Miller, Tim Jackson, Al Sanders, Jay Taylor, Tim Weesner and Jeff Edwards. The freshmen had a 10-game winning streak during the season.

The Knightstown junior varsity won their last 13 games and finished 15-5. Jeff Galyen and Buddy Fannin both narrowly missed averaging double figures in both scoring and rebounding.


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