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 1976 Track Team Closed in on BBRC Crown


Knightstown’s varsity boys track team defeated New Palestine and picked up a huge Big Blue River Conference win in the process. Mark Todd, Dale Johnson, Tim Wright, Tim Jackson, Galen Thomas, Brett Posey, Bob May, Randy Posey and Jeff Bledsoe all had first place ribbons in the meet.

Jeff Edwards and Bob Miller both shot a 42 to lead the Panther golf team to a victory over Tri High last week. Steve Gelwicks shot a 45 and Greg Hahn fired a 46. The Lady Panther track team got wins over Lincoln and New Palestine and has been on fire recently. Winning first for Knightstown were Robin McCorkle, Debra Hill, Annette Turpin, Rhonda Elliott, Janet Jackson, Diane Munden, Teresa Wright, Pam Rutherford, Tracy Wyatt, Cynthia Elliott and Tracy Cooper. The 440-yard relay team just missed setting a school record, and includes McCorkle, Melinda Melton, Turpin and Julie Stroup. Judy Mohler, Munden, Dawn Lansinger and Jackson teamed up to win the 880-meter relay as well.


The Panther varsity track team continues to dominate area action, and has qualified several more athletes for sectional competition. Guaranteed sectional spots are sophomore Derek Spears (mile run), senior Richard Richey (100 and 200), Junior Mike Todd (100 and 200), sophomore Mick Kiser (440), low hurdler Terry Wright, Dave Brown (long jump), Bob Galyen (high jump), Randy Jordan (pole vault) and Denny DeWitt (shot put). Wright, Dale Johnson, Bobby May and Kiser are qualified in the mile relay, while David Brown, Al Wilson, Randy Jordan and Richey are qualified in the 880-relay.

Knightstown’s GAA track squad this year includes Jan Starbuck, Tammie 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, Kathy Genaro, Charla Genaro, Ann Foley, Vicki Pugh and Lisa Richmond. The team is coached by Wanda Smith.

The Knightstown junior high track team won defeated Hagerstown last week. Individual winners were Jeff Bledsoe, Mark Todd, Andy Johnson, Jeff Firestone, Kurt Easton, Bill Miller and Harold Kissick.

The “Cloverette Five” acrobatic team of Julie Carroll, Beverly Wright, Debra Hill, Robin McCorkle and Teresa Wright were selected as the outstanding talent group in the district last Thursday night in competition held at Portand. 4-H Cloverette leader Helen Riley will decide whether the Cloverette Five or the New Castle Greenstreet Girls (winners of the senior division) will represent the district at the Purdue University Roundup.

Knightstown’s golf team defeated Centerville last week when junior Dennis Carter shot a career-low 38. Rob Nelson also shot a 43, while Jim Lewman had a 44, Rob Winters a 47 and Ron Winters a 50.

Knightstown’s varsity baseball team was swept by New Castle in a double-header, although both games were extremely close. Players with multiple hits in the twinbill were Jay Tweedy, Jon Easton, Brian Hampton, Kevin Roland, Mark Roland, Darl Nigh and Jim Thomas. Pitchers Monte Howell, Hampton and Kent Lansinger combined to walk 24 batters in the two games against New Castle.

Members of the KHS golf team this year include Bud Florea, Jeff Edwards, Bob Miller, Ken Kaufman, John Ottinger, Rob Winters, Ron Winters, Dennis Carter, Rob Nelson and Jim Lewman. The team is coached by Duane Queener.


Cambridge City won the ECC track meet for the third consecutive year, and Knightstown finished eighth in the 10-team event. Just one athlete claimed a first-place ribbon for the Falcons. Norman Carroll won the low hurdles by a comfortable margin, nearly breaking the ECC record for the event.

Mark Ellis, an assistance basketball coach at Morristown, has been named head basketball coach at Mays High School.


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