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 Davidson’s Slam Won Softball Game in 1983


Knightstown Lady Panther shortstop Susan Davidson hit a grand-slam home run to rally the girls softball team to a 10-8 victory over Indianapolis Brebeuf last Thursday. Knightstown trailed 8-5 when Davidson walloped her home run. The Lady Panthers are in their second year of softball and coach Debbie Ratliff is hopeful that the Indiana High School Athletic Association will sanction a state tournament in the coming years. Most area schools do not have girls softball, and the Lady Panthers play a schedule that includes Brebeuf, Shenandoah, New Castle, Warren Central, Indianapolis Marshal and Franklin Central. Knightstown has played girls softball for more than 15 years under the old Girls Athletic Association.

Fifth-ranked Richmond scored seven unearned runs and defeated the Knightstown varsity baseball team 10-1 last week. Starting pitcher Chris Waits pitched five strong innings for the Panthers, giving up six runs, but all were unearned. Brian Jones hit a triple and scored the only run for Knightstown, while Darren Greene had the other Knightstown hit.

Team members for the Panthers this year include Joe Peggs, David Bundy, Rod Jones, Eric Hunt, Mike Wade, Darren Greene, Andy Moore, Kevin Hiner, John Nicholas, Jim Wolski, Bruce Willard, Greg Hochstedler, Chris Waits, John Betz, Ron Hammer, Brian Jones, Bryan Peggs, Larry Edwards, Mike White, Todd Wells, Dan Florea and team manager John Myers. Mike Wyatt is the head coach and he is assisted by Gary Ogden.

Knightstown’s varsity golf team has huge numbers to begin the season this year. They will play their home matches at the Knightstown American Legion Post 152 golf course. Team members include Brad Hayes, Pat Reeves, Brad Magee, Brad Ratliff, Mike Morgan, Mark Stacey, David Emerson, Rob Hall, Darin Hopping, Baron Magee, Pat Spears, Mike Vaccaro, Mark Gregory, Brent Burton, Darron Dulin, Pat Adams and Mark Chew.

The “Senior Sting” intramural volleyball team at Knightstown High School captured the league championship. Team members include Cara Peggs, Ruth Stange, Charmi Bonnie, Krista Schramm, Kristin Willard, Sara Lewis and Mary York. The team completed the season with a 19-1 record.

Liz Smith, Knightstown’s number three player on the tennis team, was the only winner in the teams’ two matches held last week. Smith, a freshman, won her match in straight sets.

Six Knightstown wrestlers qualified for the Indiana State Wrestling Association state tournament in Indianapolis. To qualify they had to place in the top six in their sectional meet at Connersville. They include Bryan Towse, Matt Harmeson, Kyle Kinnaman, Ron Walker, Brett Muncy and Mike Haltom. The group is led by KHS varsity wrestling coach Doug Johnson.

Knightstown’s boys varsity track team lost to Blue River 65-62. Jeff Wilkerson won the shot put and discus, Scott Neal won the high jump and John Terrell took first in the long jump. Kevin Westerfeld, Scott Lowhorn, Terrell and Mark Swincher narrowly missed breaking the school record while winning the 1600-meter relay.


The Knightstown High School golf team is a veteran group and expecting big things this season. Team members include Bud Florea, Jeff Edwards, Bob Miller, Ken Kaufman, John Ottinger, Rob Winters, Ron Winters, Dennis Carter, Rob Nelson and Jim Lewman. Duane Queener coaches the Panthers. Knightstown opened the season with a 20-stroke victory over Centerville. Carter led the way by firing a 38.

Knightstown’s GAA track team has 20 girls on this year’s team. Wanda Smith is the coach, and the team will be hosting the district track meet this weekend. Team members include Jan Starbuck, Tammy Collier, Donna Malkemus, Trish Johnson, Della Swincher, Tammie Williams, Debbie Pitts, Marilyn Moman, Audrey Wright, Becky Wright, Janet Anderson, Karen Skillman, Denise Jackson, Marianne Stanley, Jenny Beth Ellis, Cathy Genaro, Ann Foley, Vicki Pugh and Denise Richmond.

Knightstown’s varsity baseball team was swept in a double-header by New Castle last week, 11-6 and 10-3. In game one, Jay Tweedy and Jon Easton led the Panthers with two hits apiece. Brian Hampton, Kevin Roland, Mark Roland and Darl Nigh all hit safely.

In the nightcap, Nigh, Kent Lansinger and Jim Thomas all had hits. The Panthers were playing the came without star players Richard Richey and Randy Jordan.

Knightstown’s varsity track team has already qualified most of their athletes for the sectional just a couple of meets into the season. Already sectional qualified are Bob Galyen in the high jump, Randy Jordan in the pole vault, Richard Richey in the 100- and 200-yard dashes, Mick Kiser in the 440-yard dash, Derek Spears in the mile, David Brown in the long jump and Terry Wright in the low hurdles. Both the relay teams have already qualified for the sectional. The 800-yard relay team of Brown, Al Wilson, Randy Jordan and Richard Richey will be joined by the 1600-yard relay team of Wright, Dale Johnson, Bobby May and Kiser.


Brad Poer was winner of the Cub Scout Pack 68 Pinewood Derby held last week. He was followed by David Williams, Steven Welsh and Bruce Trump. Williams’ car was also chosen as the most eye-appealing.


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