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 Garris Pitched for Grace in 1983


Cub Scout Pack 468 held its annual Pinewood Derby last week. The race was won by Danny Cupp. Eric Roland’s car won the eye appeal contest. Other top finishers were Joe Harding, Scott Gorman and Kendall Abraham.

Billy Garris Jr., who attends Grace College and is a pitcher for the Grace Lancers baseball team, left last weekend for Hawaii. The Lancers are scheduled to play several games while in the island state.

Garris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Garris, Sr., of Knightstown. Billy graduated from Knightstown High School in 1982 and was a star pitcher for the Panthers. Knightstown American Legion Post 152 will operate the front nine of the Knightstown Golf Course until the end of this year under an agreement reached with the Farmer’s Home Administration.

The Legion will operate the golf course under the supervision of a committee that includes members Frank Brooks, Terry Mason, Louie Merchant, Bill Brown, Virgil Welsh, and Sons of the American Legion members Kemper Rice and Monty Goodwin. Edward “Dean” Williams was appointed as the course manager. Memberships are being sold for $150 at the golf course, and as of press time more than 50 had been sold.


Members of Knightstown’s varsity baseball team this season will include Monte Van Horn, Tom Jordan, Roger Hammer, Mark White, Gary Kiser, Jim South, John Peters, Denny Flowers, Eric Cleek, Greg Whitfield, Art Rose, Jack Tague, Brett Wilfong, Wes Hooker, Richard Wright, Scott Ward, Dennis Greenwalt, Bryan Haase, Bill Wasson, Bill Miller, Bo Roland and Eric Barnes. The team is coached by Mike Wyatt and Steve Auten.

Knightstown’s varsity girls track team is comprised of Jan Pitts, Trena Lowhorn, Debbie Heim, Joanne Mohler, Angel Voris, Jody Wasson, Stacy Rumple, Judy Mohler, Teresa Wright, Martha Sitler, Teresa Phelps, Janet Jackson, Diana Munden, Charity Shields, Rhonda Elliott, Patti Parker, Laurie Meeks, Debra Hill, Debbie Hall, Anita Schmidt, Pam Rutherford, Cindy Sechrest, Terry Keesling, Tracy Cooper, Kim Miller, Susan Taylor, Robin McCorkle, Melinda Melton, Molly Myers, Tonya Haase, Anita Turpin, Nancy Eddy and Beth Mills. The girls are coached by Wanda Smith.

The Knightstown boys varsity track team is coached by Bill Bergmann and Dan Clevenger. Members include David Stacey, Dan Lukens, Steve Brock, Steve Mackey, Jerry Cordle, Josh White, Tim Wright, Mark Todd, David Lewis, Rick Walters, Jeff Wright, Brett Posey, David Kidd, Casey Carrow, Rod Williams, Jeff Robinson, Jeff Firestone, Mark Wright, Jim Lewis, Joe Sitler, Mark Heim, Andy Johnson, Gary Emerson and Marty Johnson.


The Knightstown High School chess team has again made it to the state finals. The Panther chessmen, including Terry Blankenship, Larry Blankenship, Butch Gregory and Jeff Jackson are in the final eight of the state tournament. The team is coached by Bruce Marks, and will compete in the state finals on April 14.


The Friends Church grade school team walked off with the trophy in the Church League tournament Saturday. Coached by Byron Leaser, they defeated the team from the Christian Church in the afternoon game, and then trounced the Presbyterian Church in the championship game.

Coaches of the other church league teams are Arthur Lindsay of the Presbyterians, Paul McCaslin of the Methodists and Lyle Brammer of the Christians. Christian Church team member Douglas Reeves received the trophy for good sportsmanship during the tournament.

Ervin Kendall announced this week that Wood Motor Sales will sponsor the community softball team this year. Kendall is the coach of the team, and Wood Motor Sales has already purchased new uniforms for the Knightstown players. Team members include Norm Morris, Herod Toon, Gene Ewing, Dick McCormack, Harold Brammer, Max Brown, Joe Carroll, Bill Watts and Orville Ottinger.


The Knightstown Panthers closed the season with a blaze of buckets as they bombed their way to a lopsided 87-55 victory over the Hagerstown Tigers, who are champions of the Mississinewa Conference. It was the last home game for seven seniors, including Mike McDonald, Pat Chase, Dave Stearns, Norm Cox, Charlie Allen, Don Hopkins and Mark Ulrey.

For the first time in four years, New Castle broke the jinx and won their own boys high school basketball sectional tourney. Coach Dan Kile’s Panthers waltzed to the semifinal round without too much trouble, knocking off Straughn and Mooreland before being defeated by the host Trojans.


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