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 Wilkerson Chased Shot Put Mark in 1983


Senior Jeff Wilkerson nearly broke the oldest track record at Knightstown High School last week. Wilkerson tossed the shot put 47’5”, missing the record by one inch that was set by Mike Thompson in 1967. Wilkerson finished second in the event for the first time this year, and also placed second in the discus. Dohn Terrell, Jeff Perry and Chris Hunt all won their events.

Baron Magee shot a 39 but the Knightstown varsity golf team lost to Cambridge City Lincoln by 22 strokes last week. Brad Ratliff, Mark Chew and Pat Reeves each shot a 45, while Pat Spears and Darin Hopping both fired a 48.

Singles players Traci Walls and April Helms both won their matches, but the Lady Panthers lost a tennis battle to Greenfield-Central, 3-2. Krista Schram and Kristin Willard lost at number one doubles, Debbie Hulse and Kim Beavers fell in three sets in number two doubles, while Liz Smith fell in the number three singles match.

Julie Fitch, Jeana Wright and Sherri Lee were the only first place finishers for the Knightstown junior high girls track team in a loss to Hagerstown. Fitch won the long jump, Wright won the 800-meter dash and Lee won the shot put.

Millie Butts and Melissa Chapple were the game MVPs and Shari Alexander was the winning pitcher when the Lady Panther softball team knocked off state-ranked Indianapolis Ritter, 11-10. Knightstown is unbeaten early in the season and as a team is hitting nearly .500.


Knightstown’s varsity tennis team defeated Blue River 5-2 last week, picking up their first win of the season. Bev Wright, Kim Phelps and Karen Gregory won singles matches. Allison Queener and Lori Alexander won at number one doubles, while Julie Carroll and Michelle Voris won at the number two doubles match. Wright, who was the team’s number one player and MVP as a freshman last year, has not lost a match this season. She is 4-0 and has not given up more than four points in any set.

Knightstown’s boys track team lost to Triton Central, but the girls picked up a win against the Lady Tigers last week. Mark Todd, Danny Lukens, Andy Johnson, Jeff Firestone and Jeff Wright won events for the boys. Teresa Wright, Patty Parker, Pam Rutherford, Annette Turpin, Tracy Cooper and Teresa Phelps all won events for the girls.

Knightstown’s varsity baseball team lost a huge six-run lead and fell to Shenandoah 13-7. Jack Tague had three hits for the Panthers. Art Rose, Bo Roland, Bill Wasson, Bill Miller, Eric Barnes and Brett Wilfong all had hits for the Panthers, who committed eight errors in the game. Shenandoah hit five home runs off Panther pitchers Roland, Wasson and Chuck Hutson.

The Panther golf team lost its first two matches of the season to Mt. Vernon and Centerville. Greg Hahn was low man in the season opener with a 44, but was injured and didn’t compete in the second match. Mitch Kornman had the best score against Mt. Vernon, followed by Buddy Grimm, Chris Alexander and Chris Sparks.

Knightstown’s junior high girls track team lost to Parkway last week in a close meet. Penny Shafer, Teresa Rose and Sherry Nicholas all won multiple events for the Lady Panthers.


Bob Galyen had just broken the Knightstown High School track record for the high jump with a leap of 6’3”. Two weeks ago, he demolished that mark by clearing 6’6”. Last week, Galyen struck again, jumping for another school record 6’61/4” that established one of the top heights in the state this season.

Eastern Hancock’s Kenny Smith, Jim Engleking, Hubert Nolen and Denny Wales broke a school record that had stood since 1965 in the 880-yard relay. Their time was 1:37.

Knightstown’s girls track team is also dominating competition, sweeping another three-way meet. Denise Jackson won all three of her events, while Vicki Pugh remained undefeated in the shot put and softball throw this season.

Coach Duane Queener’s KHS varsity golf team won its season opener over Triton Central when every Panther golfer shot a lower score than the low man for the Tigers. Rob Nelson was low medalist, followed by Jim Lewman, Dennis Carter, Rob Winters and John Ottinger.


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